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CHATHAM – Ahoy, maties. The Buccaneers have taken over the town's Fourth of July parade Monday. The Bridge Street Buccaneers, a neighborhood group making their debut in the parade, captured the Chatham Cup prize as the best overall entry out of more than 100 participants. That's the largest number of entries ever, according to Independence Day parade committee Chairman Brad Schiff. Officials also estimated ...

CHATHAM – When he walked through the former Chatham Bowling Alley building on Chatham Bars Avenue with a real estate broker in 2013, it was clear to David Oppenheim that the structure hadn't been used in some time. Windows were broken, there was heavy mold and mildew, and standing water, dead mice and vermin feces covered the floor. “It was a pretty disgusting sight,” Oppenheim told the zoning board of appeals...

Orca Seen Off Chatham

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CHATHAM – An orca, also known as a killer whale, the only creature known to prey on great white sharks, was spotted off Chatham Monday by a charter fisherman. Bruce Peters of Capeshore Charters was about 11 miles east of the Cape on a tuna charter when one of his customers spotted the orca's distinctive dorsal fin. “I was like, no way,” Peters said Tuesday. “But it was definitely a killer whale.” ...

CHATHAM — Two Hyannis teens pleaded not guilty to felony charges Tuesday after they allegedly robbed the Corner Store Friday evening, brandishing a semiautomatic handgun and a Taser and making off with an undetermined amount of cash. Thanks to fast thinking by victims and witnesses at the restaurant and cooperation with the Harwich police, the two men were arrested a short time later. No one was hurt. “We a...

Shark Safety Tips

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Great white sharks have been photographed recently feeding close to shore, so this is a good time to remind beachgoers of the need to keep safety in mind when swimming off the Cape’s eastside beaches. While shark attacks on humans are rare, one did occur off Truro in 2012, so authorities urge caution whenever swimming in the ocean. These safety tips were issued this week by the Cape Cod National Seashore: •...

New Plaza Could Alter The Face Of Harwich Port

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH PORT— Change is coming to the center of the village with plans to develop Harwich Port Plaza in the location where Dino's Harwich Port Grille and several other shops previously served the community. The planning board has scheduled a pre-application conference on the new plans for July 12. The plans on file in the planning department show a mix of commercial and residential uses for the new 12,400-sq...

Town Planner Spitz Honored By Fellow Employees

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Approximately 40 people turned out Thursday afternoon at the Cranberry Valley Golf Course clubhouse for a farewell party for Town Planner David Spitz, who will retire on Friday. Spitz has been town planner for more than seven years and is well respected among his peers in the community development department in town hall. “It was a joy to work with him, he is a gentleman and a scholar,” Planning boar...

HARWICH — The other foot has fallen on the effort to rebuild the Lucas fishhouse on the Herring River and use the structure as a shellfish nursery. The abutting property owners have filed suit in Barnstable Superior Court challenging the conservation commission's approval of the project under the town's wetland protection bylaw. The property owners, Gwynne and David Daks of 18 Harbor Way, had previously filed ...

Housing advocate Bob Murray left some big sneakers to fill. He pounded the pavement – literally – for more than a dozen years, walking from Provincetown to Falmouth during a week each summer to raise funds for the Housing With Love Walk. Now, three years after Murray's death, the next generation of activists is lacing up to continue the tradition. As in past years, the nine partner organizations supported b...

CHATHAM ─ The first time the Chatham Anglers faced the Harwich Mariners this season, the game belonged solely to Harwich. The second time proved the charm for the Anglers, when a home run in the eighth, followed by a 1-2-3 ninth led to a 4-2 victory for Chatham on Saturday. Things got off to a tense start at Veterans Field when Chatham starting pitcher Tanner Chock allowed Ernie Clement and Pavin Smith to get ...

Demanche Back At Helm Of Monomoy Football

By: Kat Szmit

HARWICH ─ The Monomoy football program has seen its fair share of changes in recent years, which is why players, parents, and fans will likely be glad to see a familiar face on the sidelines this coming season. Paul “Spanky” Demanche, a man who comes with a long history of local football, will once again don the coach's cap after being named the new head of Monomoy football. If the name seems familiar, it is b...

Kat's Pause: Summertime Magic

By: Kat Szmit

When I was a little kid, summertime was nothing short of magical. The kind of stuff you only read about nowadays, it seems. Fireflies in glass jars, all manner of fun games with friends, and days that stretched well into the evening further enhancing our sense of freedom. The world has changed, but there is a way to capture that summertime magic in a way that is uniquely Cape Cod: baseball. Only a covert sport...

Bestselling children’s book author and illustrator Brian Lies’s new book “Gator Dad” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) exudes charm from each of its scale-filled pages. “Gator Dad” tells the story of a stay-at-home alligator dad who has charge of three rambunctious young gators. Led by Dad, the group explores the world, then returns home safe and sound. Lies says “Gator Dad” reflects an era in his own life. When Lie...

Gilbert and Sullivan’s world-renowned comic operas were written in the late 1800s and are credited with influencing our modern-day musicals. The Chatham Drama Guild highlights five timeless works from this great Victorian-era theatrical partnership in the original production “Gilbert and Sullivan in Chatham.” Librettist W.S. Gilbert (1836-1911) and composer Arthur Sullivan (1842-1900) created 14 operettas toge...

Double click for double-barreled delirium at the Monomoy Theater this week as their multi-talented ensemble of student actors, designers, technicians, and musicians prove it's not easy having two bosses at the same time. "One Man,Two Guvnors," written by Richard Bean, is a roundabout scramble of mistaken identities based on unlikely situations and comedy of confusion.  Adapted from Carlo Goldoni's "Servant ...

Defending Against Dry Spells

By: Tim Wood

A couple of times in the last week, there's been an unfamiliar sight outdoors: water droplets falling from the sky. Other than reducing the pollen clouds and temporarily rejuvenating plants and grass, the showers had no effect on the dry spell that's left Cape Cod parched. Don't be fooled into thinking that the pressure's off when it comes to conserving water. On June 15, Chatham put in place a series of vo...