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CHATHAM – Paul Harrington plans to run “a very unconventional campaign” for the Ninth Congressional District seat. Harrington, a West Chatham resident who is running as an independent, acknowledged that he is entering the race late in the game, with less than two months before election day, but said he will knock on doors and do whatever else it takes to get his message out to the residents of the district. ...

Skydive Suit Moves Forward

By: Alan Pollock

BARNSTABLE — Opponents of skydiving at Chatham Municipal Airport will have the chance to continue their legal battle against the town, after a Barnstable Superior Court judge Tuesday declined to throw out the case. Judge Robert Rufo denied the town's request to dismiss the suit under the Massachusetts Tort Claims Act, which will now become the focus of the litigation. Rufo decided that the plaintiffs, a grou...

CHATHAM – While the windmill at 66 Briggs Way can't be seen from street, for those passing by on Chatham Harbor, it's a familiar landmark. “When you sail out of the cut, it's iconic,” historical commission chairman Frank Messina said of the waterfront building, which sits above a high stone revetment at the crest of a wide, green lawn. The windmill now serves as the center of a long, rambling home, most of ...

CHATHAM – In an example of how the town's historic heritage is being whittled away, only one of three homes subjected to demolition delay will be saved in its entirety. Some historic elements of the other two homes will be salvaged, but they'll likely become floors or mantles in other houses, possibly not even in Chatham. The historical commission invoked the town's demolition delay bylaw on several homes i...

CHATHAM – Based on spending approved at the May annual town meeting, town officials estimated that the tax rate would increase by about 16 cents. But after factoring in new growth, revised property values and increased local revenue, the rate increased by just one cent. As they do every year, selectmen last week voted to retain a single tax rate for all property classifications. Later in the week the state dep...

CHATHAM – The planning board will hold a series of planning sessions in the coming weeks focusing on affordable housing and the West Chatham Roadway Project. The housing discussions are aimed at developing zoning bylaw amendments for the West Chatham, Cornfield and Crowell Road village centers, where mixed uses, including housing and businesses, are to be concentrated, according to the town's comprehensive lon...

CHATHAM — Today's firefighters don't need to be reminded of the horror and heroism at the World Trade Center 15 years ago; it's part of their collective identity. But for the next generation of firefighters, born too late to remember the terror attacks, just outside the front door of the Chatham fire house there's a concrete reminder. Steel, actually. The torn and twisted floor beam from one of the Twin T...

Harwich Police Make Opiate Epidemic A Department Priority

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Illegal drug use has had a major impact on the community, resulting in 20 deaths from overdoses between 2000 and 2015. The problem is not unique to Harwich; Barnstable County has the highest overdose rate per capita of any county in Massachusetts. “This is a serious concern Capewide,” Dt. Sgt. Robert Brackett said this week of the opiate epidemic. “Harwich is no different than other Cape communities....

Electrical Problems Again Close Brooks Free Library

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — For the second time in a month and the fourth time since the equipment was installed four years ago, a failed transistor inverter has closed public access to Brooks Free Library. Word of the latest failure came early last Friday morning. This is the second time in a month the town has gone without full access to its public library, and frustration levels are high. Selectmen on Monday night expressed ...

Parade, Arts And Music Fest Set For This Weekend

By: Alan Pollock

HARWICH — It's almost cranberry harvest time, and Harwich is celebrating this weekend with a parade and a festival of arts and music. The Harwich Hometown Parade is back this year, bringing floats, marching bands and family fun through Harwich Port and Harwich Center. A longtime staple of the Harwich Cranberry Festival, the parade is now an anchor event for the chamber of commerce's Fall for Harwich series. ...

Selectmen Change Position On Library Preservation Oversight

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The board of selectmen has altered its decision to reduce the funding for the architectural services associated with the restoration and preservation of Brooks Free Library. The board had voted a couple of weeks ago to cut services, reducing funding for the work by more than $16,000. But the board received some negative feedback from the architectural firm being considered to oversee the project, McG...

Volunteer Breathes New Life Into The Tip O'Neill Rose Garden

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — When Toni Hollingsworth walked into the community center in June, she couldn't help noticing that the rose garden honoring former resident Thomas P. “Tip” O'Neill had fallen into deplorable condition. Seeing that the garden needed some TLC to survive, Hollingsworth agreed to develop a volunteer program to see to its continued care. In 2002 the town was recognized by The American Rose Society as an...

HARWICH ─ Thanksgiving Day is still months away, but one of the bigger local football rivalries hit the gridiron on Friday night when the Monomoy Sharks hosted Cape Cod Tech in their season and home opener, with the dominant Sharks coming away with a 22-6 victory under the lights of the Monomoy Athletic Complex, otherwise known as the Shark Tank. Fans packed the stands and stood along the fences surrounding ...

Sharks Nip Raiders 5-2 In Field Hockey Win

By: Kat Szmit

HARWICH ─ Monomoy field hockey coach Cheryl Poore said she's never had a team work harder than her 2016 squad. That was evidenced mightily on Monday when the Sharks dispatched the Barnstable Red Raiders 5-2 in a stellar non-league contest. Carlee Tolley proved the most dangerous shark in the Shark Tank, netting four of Monomoy's five goals, the first coming in the opening half on an assist by Emma Mawn. Holl...

Sharks Open 2016 With First Win In New League

By: Kat Szmit

HARWICH ─ It was hot, humid, and not exactly pretty, but when the final whistle blew on the Monomoy boys varsity soccer team's first-ever Cape and Islands League game last Friday, the Sharks emerged victorious with a 1-0 win against Sturgis East. The triumph came courtesy of senior forward Akeem Bucknor who found an opening in the midst of a scrum in front of the Sturgis net and took the shot, netting the on...