CHATHAM — A partnership of local business owners and residents has stepped up to save the former Eldredge Garage property for parking or other public uses. The consortium has signed a purchase and sale agreement for the two parcels at 365 Main St., with the goal of helping the present owners clean up any pollution at the site before razing the buildings and making the land available for the town to purchase....
By: Tim Wood
CHATHAM – Tickets are now available for the “Raise the Roof” dinner and dance to benefit the Chatham VFW on Friday, Nov. 11, Veterans Day. The event will be held at the James-Brown-Buck VFW hall on George Ryder Road, with proceeds going toward the estimated $200,000 in repairs and upgrades needed by the facility. “The VFW Post in Chatham is a living monument to veterans in Chatham and all Cape Cod,” said fo...
CHATHAM – With docking space at a premium, town officials are considering ending the U.S. Coast Guard's lease at the fish pier's north jog. The Aunt Lydia's Cove committee last week voted to recommend to selectmen that the lease, which ends next fall, not be renewed. Nobody wants the Coast Guard to vacate the premises, however. The Aunt Lydia's Cove and waterways advisory committee are reviewing options for...
By: Alan Pollock
In a year when presidential politics is obscuring other news and the November election ballot is also crowded with a Congressional race, a State Senate contest and four ballot questions, it might be easy to miss two contested races for county office. But voters are deciding a hotly contested two-way race for Barnstable County Sheriff, and a four-way race for two seats on the board of county commissioners. Sher...
WEST HARWICH — On a clear blue morning Tuesday, thunder crashed over the trees in West Harwich. Or rather, the thunderous sound of steel plates colliding as high-flying workmen began disassembling the Lothrop Avenue water tower. It was the beginning of the end for the 30-year-old structure, which survived hurricanes and blizzards and served as a landmark for mariners offshore. It is being dismantled this wee...
By: William F. Galvin
HARWICH — The planning board unanimously approved four special permits last week paving the way for construction of the Harwich Port Plaza project in Harwich Port. The board acted after receiving and reviewing a development agreement with abutters to the east and west of the project site. Attorney Michael D. Ford told the planning board last Tuesday that his clients, Paul and Diane Manning, were able to forge ...
By: William F. Galvin
HARWICH — The abutters to the fish house on the Herring River, which the owners are seeking to reconstruct and lease as a shellfish nursery, have appealed the recent superseding order of conditions issued by the state Department of Environmental Protection, claiming that the state and town's review process was faulty. Francis and Debra Zarette, trustees of Farm View Realty Trust, purchased the former Lucas fis...
By: Kat Szmit
HARWICH ─ When the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education released its 2015 graduation rates recently, eyebrows shot up at the Monomoy Regional High School percentage of 76.9. But Principal Bill Burkhead cautions that there is more to that statistic than just a stark number. “I think the low graduation rate certainly was alarming and not something we aspire to, but there's more to that one nu...
By: William F. Galvin
HARWICH — Town Clerk Anita Doucette is anticipating a 90 percent voter turnout for the Nov. 8 presidential election, which means more than 9,000 voters will be casting ballots. Early voting is helping to relieve some of the anticipated crowding on election day, but town officials have developed a plan to help mitigate conditions at the polls. It starts with parking at the community center, where voting will ta...
By: Kat Szmit
HARWICH ─ After dropping five recent games, the formidable footwork of Monomoy senior Akeem Bucknor lifted the Sharks to a much-needed 5-1 win against Sturgis West last Thursday, with Bucknor netting each of his team's goals in the outing. “It was important for us to play well and get a win today after losing five matches on the trot,” said Monomoy head coach Keith Clark. “I was waiting to see what our react...
HARWICH ─ Cape Tech quarterback Justin Lukas had one wish for his seniors in their last regular season home game against crosstown rival Monomoy. “Just to give my seniors a last good game on their home field,” he said. “To give them a 'W.'” Lukas, with the help of teammate Lorvens Estinvil and a fired-up Crusader squad, gave his fellow seniors their wish when Cape Tech came away with a stellar 28-20 non-l...
By: Kat Szmit
HARWICH ─ It wasn't the way Monomoy field hockey head coach Cheryl Poore wanted her team's regular season to end, but in spite of strong play all around, the Sharks fell 3-2 to Foxboro on Sunday morning, capping off their 2016 with a record of 11-5-2 overall. “I think it was a pretty evenly matched game,” said Poore. “So it's a bit of a heartbreaker.” It was the game that almost wasn't, courtesy of Mother...
In the year 1790, Sleepy Hollow, N.Y. is a small town filled with happy families who have learned to live with a few ghostly legends. It’s a town bewitched by tales of the Native American spirits who once inhabited the area, and the more modern ghost of a Hessian solider who lost his head to a stray cannonball in a Revolutionary War battle. In Washington Irving’s short story, the Headless Horseman “rides forth to...
By: Rowan Wood
Homelessness has always been a big problem in Africa. A small organization called Jitegemee (jit-teg-umay), currently based in Kenya, has decided to do something about it. Their website states, “[We] exist to provide street children with access to formal and vocational education. We believe every child with the desire to learn and the will to succeed should be encouraged to do so. We are dedicated to removing ...
By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers
Time To Help The Eldredges Editor: The Eldredge Garage has been a Chatham landmark forever. It has served the town as a livery stable, a gas and service station, for 38 years it was Chatham’s fire house, it’s been used as a staging area for construction equipment and movie sets, it has allowed truck turnarounds, wedding parking, motor vehicle storage, taxi service, beach shuttle service and public parking...
By: Russ Allen
Next Tuesday, Nov. 8, is Election Day, and as it is a presidential election a higher percentage of voters will participate than were it a local one choosing members of the board of selectmen. More voters make it to the polls to elect a President or Governor, and given the nature of this overly long and sometimes troubling electoral cycle, the turnout maybe greater than usual. Still it seems appropriate to ask, “W...