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CHATHAM – The Surfside Motor Inn on Holway Street may be one of the last of its kind. The rambling, 20-room inn is the sort of comfortable, homey place that people return to year after year, where folks who see each other once a year gather on the porch in the evening to catch up as the cool breeze drifts off nearby Chatham Harbor. It's also the sort of place that is rapidly disappearing due to development pre...

Much to the relief of motorists, the new bridge over Muddy Creek opened to traffic last Friday afternoon, bringing to fruition an important water quality project. On the surface, the new bridge appears to be a roadway improvement, but it was installed to provide better tidal flushing between Muddy Creek and Pleasant Bay. The new $6.5 million bridge includes a sidewalk for pedestrians and, for the first time in de...

Shark Center Opens This Weekend

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – The Chatham Shark Center will open for the season this weekend. The 235 Orleans Rd. center showcases research into the region's great white shark population through exhibits and educational displays. It's new virtual reality experience will be up and running, according to Shark Education Director Marianne Long, allowing visitors to see what it's like to go on a night dive with sharks. Kids will be ab...

Chatham Memorial Day Ceremony Monday

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – The town will hold its annual Memorial Day ceremony on Monday, May 30, beginning at 10 a.m. A procession including members of the Chatham VFW, Coast Guard, town officials and local scouts will visit each of the town's five war memorials before concluding at the Veterans Memorial Traffic Circle (the downtown rotary). At each site, a brief ceremony will include the placement of a wreath, a rifle salute...

CHATHAM – The word for mariners navigating the three inlets on the town's east side this summer is simple: Caution. Harbormaster Stuart Smith recommends that boaters use the middle inlet – the oldest one, opposite Chatham Light – to access the Atlantic. Although more narrow than it was last year, the inlet remains the safest of the three that separate Chatham Harbor and the Southway from the open ocean. “It...

Welcome To The New CapeCodChronicle.com!

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Staff

Welcome to the Redesigned CapeCodChronicle.com! Our new website has frequently updated content and is designed to be easier to read on computers, tablets and phones. Use it to change your print edition delivery address, contribute a letter to the editor, or even to send us a news tip. We're excited about the change, and hope you are, too. Spot any glitches? Please  let us know . For a few w...

Chatham COA June Events

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – The following council on aging events are scheduled for June. To register for programs, arrange transportation or for more information, call 508-945-5190. Senior tax work off program enrollment meeting, June 1, 2 p.m. at the COA. A complete overview and guidelines are available at the COA or online at www.chathamcoa.com/forms . Disaster preparedness presentation, Wednesday, June 1, at 11 a.m. Lea...

HARWICH ─ The changing of the guard within the Monomoy School Committee hit a snag last week when not one but two votes for the vice chair resulted in a tie that will continue indefinitely until someone changes their vote. The tie ensued during the annual elections of officers, which take place each year after elections of new members. Sharon Stout nominated Karen Ryder for vice chair, praising her work ethi...

Rush Of Historic Demolitions Sought In Campground

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH PORT — More than two years ago the historic district and historical commission were having serious discussions about the need for establishing a historic district to preserve the eclectic character of the Ocean Grove Campground south of Route 28. The 11-acre area was home to the Spiritualist Movement of the late 1800s. The small lots and narrow streets initially provided room for tents for a few weeks ...

Construction Project Shores Up Harwich Shellfish Lab

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The town's shellfish laboratory on the Wychmere Harbor pier is getting a multi-dimensional rehabilitation. The lab has housed the town's shellfish nursery since 1994, growing out an estimated 34 million oysters, clams and softshell clams. The project is being funded with town and state Seaport Economic Council funds for the reconstruction of Wychmere Harbor pier, Natural Resources Department Director...

HARWICH — The Coast Guard is considering removing two aids-to-navigation in the federal channel leading into Saquatucket Harbor as a cost savings measure. The cost of maintaining the buoys exceeds navigational safety benefits, Coast Guard officials say. But Harbormaster John Rendon said the buoys have great value in protecting boaters as they enter the inside channel at Saquatucket Harbor, marking a shoal and ...

Harwich Examines New Community Development Direction

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — There could be changes coming to the planning department as town officials examine a move toward officially establishing the position of community development director and having the assistant town administrator serve in that capacity. Town Administrator Christopher Clark said the concept is part of due diligence deliberations given that eight-year veteran Town Planner David Spitz is retiring on July...

Monomoy Baseball Hits A Bump

By: Kat Szmit

HARWICH ─ It's been a tough go for the Monomoy boys baseball team as of late, with the Sharks falling in two of their last four games, but even as the post-season nears, head coach Steve Wilson is realistically optimistic. Even fresh off his team's 17-7 loss to D-Y on May 23, Wilson remained objective, issuing a reminder that while wins are great, so too is building the skills of a team's respective players....

by Tim Wood One of Chatham's most important painters was Alice Stallknecht, whose mural “Christ Preaching to the Multitude” depicted Jesus as a modern-day fisherman standing in a dory beneath the Chatham Lighthouse bluff. When it was displayed at the First Congregational Church in 1933, it caused a sensation, both locally and nationally. Stallknecht's son, Frederick S. Wight, was also an artist of note, a...

CHATHAM ─ When it comes to the written word, Alan Pollock isn't one to shy away from a challenge. That's why when he learned that a book about Chatham needed an author, he took on the task, with gusto. The result is the engaging, interesting, and in some cases, eyebrow-raising book simply titled “Chatham,” released this week. Pollock, who has been with the Chronicle 20 years and in the news business for slig...

Back when Christine Hughes-Prince was a child growing up in the Midwest, she spent many a summer running with a gang of siblings and cousins on 17 acres at her grandparents’ house in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. “We’d play kick the can, go fishing in the brooks, swimming in the lake,” Hughes-Prince recalled recently. “We would leave the house and my parents wouldn’t know where we were until dinner tim...