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Letter to the Editor, Oct. 5

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Celebrating Town's Superstars Editor: The Chatham Ecumenical Council Helping Neighbors in Need celebrated founding members Phyllis Tileston and the late Nancy Cole at a tribute dinner on Sept. 21 at the Wayside Inn. We wish to express our sincere gratitude to Shane Coughlin, Linda Kidd and David and Gail Oppenheim for their extraordinary efforts in making the fund-raising event a huge success. David Willard...

Russ Allen: What Makes Harwich A Good Community?

By: Russ Allen

What makes for a good community? What are the marks of a town whose people lead healthy, productive, and wholesome lives? What measuring sticks can we use to assess the type of town Harwich is today? Some of the more objective answers are easy to enumerate. A good community is safe; it has strong law enforcement, fire and ambulance services. It serves its residents by making quality medical care readily availa...

Greg Horne of Chatham has written a brave and honest memoir about his struggles with mental illness, specifically obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). “I wanted to educate people about OCD,” Horne said during a telephone interview last week. His book, “I Chose Life: A Struggle with OCD, Anxiety, and Depression,” was published in time for International OCD Awareness Week, Oct. 8 to 14. Horne, now 31, grew up...

ORLEANS — A state lawyer says that the Department of Transportation's intersection project on Main Street can't be changed to include construction of a sewer collection system, which could delay the sewer work well into the next decade. Later this month, town meeting and voters at a subsequent special election are scheduled to decide on spending $3.7 million for the sewer work. The plan was to have Lawrence-...

ORLEANS — In banking terms, Snow Library welcomes withdrawals but has suspended accepting deposits. With the Friends of Snow Library Room in the basement about to be renovated, there is no room to store donated books, audiobooks, CDs, DVDs, and the like. This Saturday, Oct. 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Friends will hold its last book sale of the year in hopes of reducing its stores further. Last week, M...

ORLEANS — A state lawyer says that the Department of Transportation's intersection project on Main Street can't be changed to include construction of a sewer collection system, which could delay the sewer work well into the next decade. Later this month, town meeting and voters at a subsequent special election are scheduled to decide on spending $3.7 million for the sewer work. The plan was to have Lawrence-...

CHATHAM – When the town purchased the Eldredge trap dock on Stage Harbor for $1.5 million in 2016, it was with the understanding that at some point, the commercial facility would be upgraded at a significant cost. The work was included as one of several projects to be funded over the next five years through an $11.3 million bond issue approved by voters this past May. Officials also realized that it would make...

José Departs, At Long Last

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Like an unwelcome visitor who wouldn't take the hint, José spun bands of rain and wind on the Lower Cape for the better part of last week, leaving a soggy parting gift of downed leaves and twigs, but caused no significant damage. José was at peak strength when it crossed the Atlantic. Approaching the Leeward Islands with a maximum sustained winds of 155 mph, the hurricane mostly dodged populated is...

Longtime Parks And Rec Chairman Gary Anderson, 63

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Gary Anderson, perhaps best known as the longtime chairman of the Chatham Parks and Recreation Commission, died unexpectedly last week at the age of 63. A native of Chatham, Mr. Anderson will be remembered by many for his contribution to parks, playgrounds and facilities that continue to serve the town's young people. “He was a member of the community,” friend and former selectman David Whitcomb s...

CHATHAM – With the goal of enhancing bicycle infrastructure, the bikeways committee is working with the Cape Cod Commission to develop a town-wide bike plan. The plan will be introduced at a “community listening session” on Thursday, Oct. 5, an opportunity for the public to have input into and comment on the draft document. Planners from the Cape Cod Commission held a site visit on Aug. 7, and working with ...

Crowds Of Tourists Raise Safety Issues At Fish Pier

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – With as many as 3,000 people per day visiting the fish pier in the summer, there's no doubt that it has become one of the town's most popular tourist attractions. It may also be one of the most dangerous. Unlike other attractions in town, like the Lighthouse Overlook or downtown shopping, the fish pier is a working industrial facility, with constant truck traffic crossing pedestrian walkways and t...

Band Concert Balloons To Stay, For Now

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Despite the environmental harm they cause, helium balloons will remain a colorful part of downtown band concerts, at least for one more summer. Selectmen Tuesday approved their sale at next year's concerts at Kate Gould Park, but several board members said they might be open to considering a town-wide balloon ban in the future. Downtown property owner Suzanna Nickerson said that helium balloons,...

Boats Kept On Beaches Now Require Town Stickers

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

CHATHAM – If you want to leave your sailboat, kayak or canoe on a town beach, you'll have to get a sticker for it. Much like stickers are required for boats kept at town landings, boats kept along the shore at town beaches will now require a town-issued sticker. The move is designed to try to get a handle on the boats kept at beaches and to clear away unused or derelict vessels. “We just want to know whose ...

Thanks to an almost total communications outage in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, the full extent of the damage caused by back-to-back hurricanes Irma and Maria remains unknown. For scores of Lower Cape residents waiting to hear from friends and loved ones there, that means more heartache and helplessness.   Mortell Organizes Relief Drive Ignacio Mortell of Chatham, who grew up in San Juan, is gra...

HARWICH — Donations of “gently used” Halloween costumes are being sought to give to local children in the community center's annual “Boo-tique.” Now in its third year, the program has been a big success, according to Community Center Director Carolyn Carey. “We got four costumes yesterday,” she said last Thursday. The costumes will be displayed in the Boo-tique and children will be allowed to come in and se...

Saquatucket Landside Project To Be Bid Again

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — After lengthy discussion concerning whether changes to the Saquatucket Harbor landside project are within the scope of what voters approved in the May town meeting, selectmen Monday night, by consensus, agreed to instruct Town Administrator Christopher Clark to seek a second round of bids. The project has been fraught with cost overruns, with the initial design done by the architectural firm of Brown...