ORLEANS — Selectmen Chairman Sims McGrath, whose term ends this May, is ready to move on if somebody else will step up. “I will not categorically say that I will not run, but I do feel that it's someone else's turn,” he said Tuesday. “So I hope someone, some qualified people, will take out papers, and I hope to get a vacation. But I'll do it again if I absolutely have to.” The board's vice chairman, David...
By: Ed Maroney
ORLEANS — In a world full of gadgets, it's refreshing to visit the candle maker on Main Street. “It's very traditional, non-high tech,” Agostino Di Bari said of his work. “It's rewarding.” The sales area at the front of Honey Candle Co. at 37 Main St. is replete with various sizes, shapes and colors of beeswax candles and tapers. Behind that is a compact work space that includes the tools of his trade as ...
By: Cape Cod Chronicle
A sold-out First Night was underway Saturday, with large crowds downtown celebrating the New Year's Eve holiday. See a photo gallery of the day's activities here.
By: Tim Wood
CHATHAM – Selectmen voted Tuesday to support town purchase of the Eldredge Garage property at 365 Main St. “It's a potential gem for the town, to accomplish multiple purposes,” said Selectman Dean Nicastro. Although primarily being considered to expand downtown parking, the 1.2 acres could also serve as open space and for historic preservation, he said. The $2.5 million purchase will be put before voters at...
CHATHAM – By early this week, some 80 percent of this year's 7,500 First Night Chatham buttons had been sold. While the New Year's Eve event regularly sells out, the buttons are disappearing faster and faster every year. Usually they're gone by the early afternoon Dec. 31; last year it was 10 a.m. A steady stream of button buyers stopped by First Night headquarters, tucked just off Main Street behind Bella o...
By: Tim Wood
CHATHAM – It was a year of contrasts in Chatham. A number of long-standing projects came to fruition in 2016, including completion of a new fire station, the opening of the new Mitchell River drawbridge, and the construction of a new bridge over Muddy Creek. But it was also a year when progress on several key issues was frustratingly slow. The dispute over the western boundary of the Monomoy National Wildli...
CHATHAM – Currently the town has two historic districts listed on the National Register of Historic Places – the Old Village and the Marconi/RCA Wireless Receiving Station. Last week the historical commission set in motion plans to nominate up to four more districts to the National Register, putting a high priority on two of the areas, Stage Harbor Road and South Chatham. The commission endorsed a plan by the ...
CHATHAM — Acknowledging that it doesn't replace the state Open Meeting Law, a split board of selectmen last week adopted a policy encouraging the chairmen of town committees to allow public comment at their meetings whenever possible. Drafted by resident Norman Pacun and amended by selectmen, the statement acknowledges the Open Meeting Law and the need both for public participation in government and for orde...
By: Alan Pollock
With the clock running down on The Chronicle's annual “Helping Neighbors” campaign for the Family Pantry of Cape Cod, donations were continuing to arrive, and a generous matching grant is now in effect. Thanks to an anonymous family of Chatham summer residents, donations postmarked now through New Year's Eve will be matched, dollar for dollar, up to $10,000. As of Dec. 22, however, a gap of more than $17,00...
By: William F. Galvin
HARWICH — Grand Slam Entertainment has some haunting plans for the commercial site it operates along Route 28 just west of Sisson Road. The entertainment center has operated bumper boats and batting cages there over the past 28 years, and this past year they added a zip line. But this is where it gets scary. Owner Phillip “Skip” Fennell was before the conservation commission last week discussing the creation o...
By: William F. Galvin
HARWICH — Abutters are pushing to see how resilient The Resilient Family Farm will be in a residential neighborhood off Chatham Road. Several neighbors were before the conservation commission last week complaining about the intensity of farm use and charging the town dropped the ball in allowing the commercial farm to plant roots in their neighborhood. “We have already experienced, at times, palpable lev...
HARWICH — Looking back at Harwich in 2016, there have been a number of positive accomplishments, including putting in place the comprehensive wastewater management plan, construction of an artificial reef offshore and completion of the Muddy Creek Bridge project. But the town also suffered a few setbacks, including a delay in the waterside renovations planned for Saquatucket Harbor for a year based on the abse...
By: Kat Szmit
The end of the year is an excellent time to reflect, recharge, and especially remember, and in the local sports world, whether it was expanded teams, coaching changes, tournament runs, or athletes making names for themselves, 2016 offered much to look back on. See a gallery of 2016 sports photos here .
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Sharks. Orcas. Bridges. A new fire station. A new reef. These are just some of the events of the past year. Relive the events of 2016 in our year-end photo gallery here .
By: Debra Lawless
Chatham, Harwich and Orleans are meccas for art lovers. In 2016 both homegrown talent and visiting artists livened up the painting, photography, film, theater, music and literary scenes. Here is a look at some of the year’s highlights. Chatham was abuzz as “The Finest Hours,” a tale of the February, 1952 sinking of the SS Pendleton, premiered at the Chatham Orpheum Theater on Jan. 28. The Disney movie was film...
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Use Freedom Of Speech Now Editor: I do not know Tom Johnson, Sr., but he speaks truth when he tells us to “speak out”(Chronicle, Dec. 15) How right he is! President-elect Trump is traveling the country, gloating about his win, with the same noxious rants that he had during the campaign to large meetings of his base corps, the “deplorables” who still chant “put her in jail.” Encouraged then and now to b...