CHATHAM – In the coming weeks, selectmen will face a number of policy decisions that will impact the shape of next year's annual budget. As presented by Town Manager Jill Goldsmith and Finance Director Alix Heilala at last Tuesday's annual budget summit, important policy decisions include capital spending levels; service expansion or reduction; revenue expansion; use of funds from the sewer intermunicipal agre...
By: Jan Sidebotham
CHATHAM — As conflicts between people of color and police dominate the news, Chatham Chief of Police Mark Pawlina stated that he wants “to get out in front of” the issues. “Let’s look at ourselves as police and as a community. How are we doing? What can we do better?” Pawlina said at a community policing and race relations forum hosted by Reverend Brian McGurk and St. Christopher’s Church Oct. 18. He assured t...
By: Debra Lawless
CHATHAM – About a century ago, Chatham’s town historian William Smith wrote, “No more graceful act could be performed by the grateful descendants of the Pilgrims than to erect… at Chatham a simple monument to this unhonored, but most deserving, friend and protector of their forefathers.” Smith was referring to Squanto (also known as Tisquantum), perhaps the most famous Native American to greet the Pilgrims. Sq...
By: William F. Galvin
HARWICH — Capital plan requests for next year run nearly $39 millions, driven by implementation of wastewater infrastructure, addressing the need for the East Harwich Fire Station improvements and the resurfacing of Lower County Road. Town Administrator Christopher Clark presented the plan to selectmen Monday night, emphasizing this is the “first crack at what's been submitted.” He said the numbers in the plan...
By: William F. Galvin
HARWICH — The Harwich Conservation Trust relies on volunteer services to assist in conservation efforts. They have a new partner in the Chatham-Harwich Newcomers' woodworking group, which is building trail-head kiosks at conservation properties. “It's fantastic working with the woodworking group,” Harwich Conservation Trust Executive Director Michael Lach said. “They're enthusiastic and dedicated to creating q...
By: William F. Galvin
HARWICH — The conservation commission has approved the proposal by Aquacultural Research Corporation of Dennis to use the former fishhouse along Harbor Way on the Herring River as a shellfish nursery. The commission determined that the aquacultural use is exempt under the state Wetlands Protection Act. ARC President Rob Doane was before the conservation last week seeking a request for determination of applicab...
By: Alan Pollock
HARWICH PORT — By a more than three-to-one margin, voters Tuesday gave Cape Cod Tech the green light for a $128 million new high school building. Based on unofficial tallies from town clerks in the 12 towns from Mashpee to Provincetown, the building project passed by a vote of 12,207 to 3,927, earning solid wins in each town in the district. “Most of all, this vote endorses our students,” Superintendent o...
When it comes to building active global citizens, it's not enough for a school to require foreign language and world history classes. As part of its new global studies program, Monomoy High School is getting ready to send a small team of students on an eight-day service project in the Dominican Republic. The students will make the trip in February, working with the Dominican Republic Education and Mentoring pr...
HARWICH ─ Not only were the two seniors on Monomoy's field hockey team celebrated on Monday night, but when the Sharks triumphed against Sturgis West 9-0, the duo and their teammates all celebrated together the team's being crowned Cape and Islands League champs for the second straight season. “It's incredible, especially for the second year in a row,” said senior captain Emma Mawn. “Our team's been through ...
By: Kat Szmit
HARWICH ─ Tensions ran high in the second of two nearly back-to-back games between the Monomoy and Cape Tech boys varsity soccer teams, with the Monday afternoon game ending in a 1-1 tie. As the Sharks worked to shake off the fatigue from a demanding end-of-season schedule, the Crusaders seized control early, but found putting the ball in the net a challenge. After a scoreless first half that saw the inte...
By: Kat Szmit
HARWICH ─ It was a good day to be Tim Scruggs, but a rough day to be a Crusader as the Cape Tech football team fell in football action to the Old Colony Cougars with a final score of 29-8. Scruggs scored his team's only touchdown after hauling in a stellar pass from quarterback Anthony Armenti to put the Crusaders on the scoreboard and cut into the visiting team's lead of 14-8 in the third quarter. Betwee...
By: Amy Tagliaferri
For Halloween this year, forget about fiendish clowns, cackling witches or even the scary state the world’s in. Escape to the theater on Division Street in West Harwich where you’ll meet Seymour and his mysterious plant with the insatiable appetite. The production of “Little Shop of Horrors” at the Cape Cod Theatre Company, home of the Harwich Junior Theatre, is a creepy yet funny experience, the perfect All Hall...
By: Ellen Petry Whalen
“The Turn of the Screw” is a Gothic ghost story that is currently haunting Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater with much success. Adapted from the 1898 novel by Henry James, the delightfully creepy story is open to interpretation, which ultimately produces more questions than answers. The hour-and-twenty-minute-long play is set in an English country estate called Bly. We are told that the events of the story unfol...
By: John Whelan
“With a little bit….with a little bit With a little bit of bloomin’ luck” Lerner and Loewe created the wonderful song “With a Little Bit of Luck” to explain the philosophy of ne’er-do-well Alfred P. Doolittle in the hit musical “My Fair Lady.” Doolittle was a wonderful character and that song was just one of many great songs in the show. The song came to mind as I read of all the natural disasters that...
By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers
Churches Provide Storm Relief Editor: On Oct. 1 and 2, 11 churches came together to load 3.5 tons of emergency supplies onto a trailer bound for Houston. The project was planned and implemented in two and a half weeks, and we would like to thank the people who helped. Project leader Bob DeBoer reached out to a family member who is active in the First Baptist Church of Houston. This large church, actively...
By: Cape Cod Chronicle
Traffic was snarled in downtown Chatham, nary a parking space was to be found, and crowds roamed the sidewalks and packed Kate Gould Park. A typical summer day in our fair town? No. That was the situation this past Saturday when the town was flooded with people here to take advantage of the fair fall weather and to participate in the Chatham Merchants Association-sponsored Oktoberfest. Perhaps it's the stri...