CHATHAM – Town officials are hoping to convince the chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources to approve legislation to clarify the western boundary of the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge. In a March 6 letter, Town Manager Jill Goldsmith asked Republican Congressman Rob W. Bishop of Utah to support House Bill 1157, filed by Ninth Massachusetts District Representative William Keating at the request ...
By: Kat Szmit
HARWICH ─ Upperclassmen at Monomoy Regional High School will find a new set of graduation requirements and a slightly changed curriculum after the school committee voted 5-3 to approve changes that will begin in the next school year. The new graduation requirements lower the amount of credits necessary to graduate from 100 to 94, and bring about a slightly different curriculum that makes government class an ...
By: Alan Pollock
HARWICH — Almost every week, Youth Counselor Sheila House has a conversation with a parent who's concerned that their teenager is spending too much time on their phones or computers. A panel of experts will take up the topic following a screening of the film “Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age,” next week. The event happens on Wednesday, March 22 at 6 p.m. in the auditorium at Monomoy High School. ...
By: William F. Galvin
HARWICH — The owner of the Resilient Family Farm off Chatham Road has filed a request with the state department of environmental protection for a superseding order after the conservation commission determined a previous owner's horse paddock was not exempt from the Wetland Protection Act and requires commission review. Farm owner Barry Viprino is contending the use of the paddock for horses establishes agricul...
By: William F. Galvin
HARWICH – The conservation commission will be doing battle in court over an enforcement order issued this past summer relating to an addition it estimates to be nine feet from a wetland. The commission issued the enforcement order after the work was done without a building permit. Conservation Administrator Amy Usowski said she was busy this past week preparing documents for the suit filed by the property owne...
By: William F. Galvin
DENNIS – Selectmen from Harwich, Dennis and Yarmouth heard a clear message from their wastewater consulting firm relating to the cost savings associated with building a tri-town wastewater treatment plant that would be located in Dennis. “It’s a watershed moment for the towns,” said David Young, vice president of CDM Smith, Inc., the wastewater consultant working with the three towns in developing comprehensiv...
By: Kat Szmit
BROCKTON ─ When the Monomoy boys basketball team stepped onto the court in Brockton for their Div. 4 South final game against Cathedral, they knew they’d be in for a tough battle. Though the Panthers cruised to a 100-44 victory, the Sharks took it in stride, knowing they’d already made history. The moment Monomoy reached the finals, not only had they become the only Cape team to make it that far in tournamen...
By: Ellen Petry Whalen
With our current political climate, it seems America couldn’t be further from the idealized Camelot era of the Kennedy Administration. Some might fear Camelot is gone forever, but in Orleans, at The Academy of Performing Arts, the mythical land is alive and well. Based upon the legend of King Arthur and adapted from “The Once and Future King” by T. H. White, the 1960 Broadway musical helped to defin...
Chatham is more than sharks when it comes to science. At Wellfleet Bay Mass Audubon’s 22nd annual Cape Cod Natural History Conference at Cape Cod Community College last weekend, a number of projects relevant to the area were discussed. Mark Borelli of the Center for Coastal Studies discussed the use of cutting edge mapping from two small craft with shallow drafts, each equipped with two methods of using sonar,...
By: Cape Cod Chronicle
Monomoy Regional District News The Monomoy Regional School District provides an integrated preschool program at Chatham and Harwich elementary schools that is designed to meet the requirements of the special needs preschool population as well as other preschool children from the community. Application for the admission for children with and without special needs considerations will be take place on Wednesday...
By: Cape Cod Chronicle Staff
Historically, the entrance to Chatham Harbor – and the infamous “Chatham Bar” that must be crossed to access the entrance – has shifted back and forth from relatively benign to downright dangerous. Right now it's in the dangerous phase, not atypical for the fall and winter months, although this iteration is more hazardous than usual due to numerous factors, including the channel pushing hard against the outer sho...
By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers
Plastic Bag Ban Not A Hit Editor: I read your passionate reporting on how some food markets were skirting the law by using heavier plastic bags instead of paper bags. I once again am wondering why this regulation was promulgated in the first place. After watching one woman picking up groceries after a paper bag broke I spoke with many cashiers and the manager who confirm that consumers universally dislik...
By: Andrew Buckley
Everything looked exactly as it did this morning as it did yesterday. Brilliant blue sky. Yard draped in a cold, white blanket. Bracing, bone-dry wind from the west-northwest, swirling will-o-wisps of dusty snow that caught the twinkles of sun. In the teens, below zero in the stiff breeze, but the red oak in the stove kept the house cozy warm. My watch reading 7:30 a.m., and the dogs were not yet stirring beca...
Brooke Naramore Williams West Harwich - Architect Brooke Naramore Williams of Chestnut Hill and West Harwich died at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston on March 2nd. He was 58 years old and fought a courageous battle against cancer. His family would like to thank the hospital staff for the tremendous care he received during the past several months. Williams was president ...
Dr. Forrest A. Jacobs Dr. Forrest A. Jacobs, formerly of Auburn and West Chatham died on Sunday, March 5, 2017, in New Port Richey, Fla. He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Shirley (Holbrook); son, Glenn and his wife Leslie, of New Port Richey, Florida; two granddaughters, Tara Johnson and her husband, Robert of Tampa; Amy Gee and her husband, Brian of Toronto, Canada; ...
Kevin L. House PORTLAND, Maine - Kevin L. House, 60, passed away at this home in Portland on March 2, 2017, after a brief illness. Kevin was born in Hartford, Connecticut on July 11, 1956, the third child of seven of Frank E. House III and Patty (Tighe) House. Kevin graduated from Windsor High School in 1975 and eventually made his way to Burlington, Vermont where he worked in the building eq...