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CHATHAM — The board of selectmen voted unanimously Tuesday to pitch in $7,500 to support the legal battle to stop Eversource from spraying herbicides on power line right-of-ways on the Cape. The board also voted to send a letter to the Barnstable county commissioners urging them to support the effort. The vote came several weeks after selectmen opted to send a letter to the Massachusetts Department of Agricu...

CHATHAM – With an accelerated construction schedule, the West Chatham Roadway Project can be completed in two construction seasons, according to a construction time determination study by project manager Howard Stein Hudson. The timeline includes early relocation of utilities and a moratorium on work during the winter and assumes both multiple work zones and delaying the state's usual summer work moratorium un...

Shareen Davis Wins Chatham Selectmen's Race

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — By a healthy margin of 1,289 to 706, Shareen Davis unseated Selectman Seth Taylor in last Thursday's annual town election. Davis began her three-year term the following day, when she took her oath of office. The selectman's race was the only contested one on the ballot. Davis thanked those who backed her campaign. “We had a really good support team of volunteers,” she said. A series of meet-a...

Death Café: A Relaxed Chat About Mortality

By: Jennifer Sexton-Riley

Death Café is back by popular demand. On Monday, May 22 at 10 a.m. at the Stony Hill Road senior center, Beacon Hospice director of operations Carla Torres and bereavement coordinator Judy Hunter will facilitate the Death Café, an opportunity to breathe life into conversations about mortality. What is a Death Café ? Death Café is a global movement designed to bring discussion about dea...

Sharks Return To Kate Gould Park Friday

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – Once again, dozens of five-foot-long, brightly decorated sharks will be swimming into Kate Gould Park. The Chatham Merchants Association-sponsored Sharks in the Park, one of the town's most popular events and a sure indication that summer is on the way, will be set up this Friday, May 19, and will be open to the public thereafter. Local businesses sponsor the sharks, which local artists decorate u...

Liberty Commons Curbs Water Use

By: Alan Pollock

NORTH CHATHAM — Faced with the potential of someday paying a premium as one of the town's largest consumers of drinking water, Broad Reach Healthcare is turning down the tap. The parent company of Liberty Commons and the Victorian announced last week that it voluntarily put in place water conservation measures that, at least at first blush, seem to be having a beneficial effect. Based on an analysis of ac...

Selectmen Worried Tax Lien Auction Will Hurt Some

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The town has taken steps to move forward with its plan to auction tax liens as a means of generating revenue from delinquent payments on property taxes. But selectmen on Monday night expressed concern that the initiative is moving too fast and questioned whether the necessary homework has been done. The town has scheduled the auction for June 6 and a list of tax titles scheduled to be assigned and tr...

Brooks Library Painting Bids Nearly $150K Over Budget

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — It has not been an easy process getting paint on the historic Brooks Free Library building. The town has been working for a couple of years on a plan to restore the face of the buildings that house the library, a bank building, built in 1855 and the Brooks building, built in 1880. The painting plan has drawn a lot of review and discussion on how to move forward and whether or not to restore the wh...

HARWICH PORT — A little triangular oasis of public space in Harwich Port, Doane Park is looking particularly green this week, thanks to a lot of community cooperation – and a little good karma. The park has a new irrigation system that waters both the grass and the garden beds maintained by the Garden Club of Harwich. It replaces an old, failing system that left major dry patches in some places and leaked wa...

HARWICH — Despite a selectmen's race and seven Proposition 2½ funding questions on Tuesday's annual election ballot, voters showed little interest in who will run the community or what the cost of living will be, with just 1,758 voters cast ballots, a 17 percent turnout. In a bit of deja vu, the two new selectmen have previously served in the office. Yet Larry Ballantine and Donald Howell barely out-distancing...

Clark Contract Extension Awaits New Board Members

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Town Administrator Christopher Clark will have to wait until after this week's election to see if he can win a two-year extension to his contract, selectmen decided Monday. There was support for extending the contract. Outgoing Selectman Peter Hughes cited the favorable review of the board and suggested they should be moving forward. But the three remaining selectmen were more comfortable having that...

HARWICH — Selectmen received a public records request from Leo Cakounes Monday night seeking emails sent and received by W. Matthew Hart in his capacity as chairman of the Saquatucket Harbor development committee and the waterways committee. If the committees have been deliberating through email, that would be a violation of the state Open Meeting Law, Cakounes said. “It has come to my attention that Mr. Hart ...

HARWICH — A fledgling day camp for kids, to be based at the old Harwich Middle School this summer, goes beyond activities that teach appreciation for the earth. The new Ocean Protection Advocacy Kids (OPAK) summer program, aimed at kids between 10 and 12, uses a mix of science and the arts to teach environmental advocacy. The innovative program is a first for OPAK, a new nonprofit group that aims to inspire ...

HARWICH ─ Each time Monomoy athlete Ryan Meehan sets foot on the soccer pitch or prepares to race down the track in a meet, he savors the moment and gives it his all. Mostly it's because he loves sports, but it's also partly because he knows there is a chance he might not play again. When Meehan was days old and about to be discharged from Cape Cod Hospital, medical personnel from Bass River Pediatrics decid...

Looking every inch the varsity program they've been playing as this season, the Monomoy girls lacrosse team battled fiercely against Sacred Heart on Monday, falling 10-9 in an overtime heartbreaker that was perhaps the best game the Sharks have played so far. As the last of the day's rain moved off the Cape, the Sharks gathered against the Saints for a well-played game that kicked off with Monomoy taking a 1-0...

Kat's Pause: Loud Doesn't Equal Rude

By: Kat Szmit

When the Monomoy boys lacrosse team finished its Monday practice, they decided to show some love to the girls team, which was currently doing battle against Sacred Heart on the turf at MRHS. To say they were loud is, well, an understatement. But rude? Not so much, which is why when they rankled an official and were tossed out of the stadium, the move rankled others, including me. Having been on the sidelines o...