CHATHAM – Over the past 25 years, the Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen's Alliance has accumulated a trove of videos and still photographs documenting the local commercial fishing industry, many of them generated by the fishermen themselves. But the collection has not been documented or curated in any significant way. “We do have quite an archive, but we've never had anyone dedicated to going through those and tel...
CHATHAM – Three giggling women skipping through Kate Gould Park at 1 a.m. Nothing so odd about that. Except that one of them was carrying a five-foot painted shark taken from the Sharks in the Park exhibit. Video of the escapade was captured by surveillance cameras scattered around the park and shown to a representative of the Chatham Police and a reporter Tuesday. While police are investigating, because the w...
By: Tim Wood
CHATHAM – In granting developer Mark Bulman a comprehensive permit in 2007, the zoning board of appeals agreed to waive 18 zoning regulations and allow construction of 10 condominiums on a lot which otherwise would have only supported two single-family homes. The trade-off was that two of the units had to be sold as affordable, and that developer Mark Bulman was required to contribute $150,000 to the town's affor...
CHATHAM – The town has long honored its history, and for the past several years has highlighted its past and the institutions that celebrate it with the annual History Weekend. Sponsored by Historic Chatham, a coalition of the town's museums and history organizations, this year's History Weekend takes place June 16, 17 and 18. Local museums will be open with free admission, highlighting new exhibits for the se...
CHATHAM – Chatham Bars Inn is once again tangling with the zoning board of appeals over the fate of its property at 45 Chatham Bars Ave. Zoning board members were skeptical of a recent appeal filed by the inn seeking a special permit to operate a warehouse and office at the building, once the town's bowling alley. A previous appeal regarding the same property, board members noted, remains open, and is subject ...
By: The Cape Cod Chronicle
CHATHAM – This is not the easiest town from which to spot whales. Provincetown is the place to see the frolicking just offshore, although at times huge mammals can be glimpse from the Lighthouse Overlook breaching not far off the beach. But for the next few months, Chatham will be a great place to spot whales. At least in local shops and businesses. “Where are the Whales?” is this year's summer scavenger hu...
By: Alan Pollock
EAST HARWICH — Biology students from Monomoy Regional High School got waist-deep in science last week during a cooperative research project held at Pleasant Bay Community Boating. The teens collected marine life from the bay and its shoreline, taking tiny samples for DNA testing. Part of the “Bioblitz” project organized by Northeastern University's Ocean Genome Legacy Center, the effort aims to preserve a ge...
By: William F. Galvin
HARWICH — Rain did not dampen the Memorial Day spirit as more than 150 people attended the ceremony, moved from Brooks Park to the community center on Monday morning. The trip to the community center was a worthy one, as Staff Sgt. Jeremy Armstrong, a 2003 graduate of Harwich High School, who served for seven years as a U.S. Army Cavalry Scout and is now a non-commissioned officer serving as an Infantry Squad ...
By: William F. Galvin
HARWICH — The Resilient Family Farm is under more town pressure to bring the commercial farming operation into compliance with town requirements. Building Commissioner Raymond Chesley has requested applications be filed with his department for “unpermitted” structures on the property. The property owner, Barry Dino Viprino, has contended he is operating a farm that has established agricultural exemptions at 35...
By: William F. Galvin
HARWICH — Treasurer/Tax Collector Amy Bullock said Wednesday that she is postponing a controversial auction of tax liens. In an email, Bullock said she was putting off the auction to a future date, "to allow more time for conservation and the Real Estate Open Space Committee to look into properties the town may have an interest in." Those possibilities were cited by several town officials Tuesday in urging ...
By: William F. Galvin
HARWICH — Helen Davis attended fifth and sixth grades in the former Harwich Middle School. Now an artist, she is renting one of her former classrooms as studio space. “This place has such a huge ability to be a great arts center,” Davis said. “It brings artists together and artists need artists.” The former Harwich Middle School is quickly emerging as a cultural center providing space, opportunity, camarade...
HARWICH ─ The Monomoy boys lacrosse team showed immense progress last week in their final game of the 2017 season against D-Y. Though the team ultimately fell 4-3 in overtime to the visitors, it was a game the Sharks will look back on with pride. Connor Santoni scored twice in the match, with Owen Smith adding one more as the Sharks and the Dolphins traded goals throughout regulation play. D-Y struck firs...
HARWICH ─ The Monomoy boys baseball team was slated to host Sturgis East in their final home game of the season. Instead, it became the game that wasn't, bringing to a close the team's 2017 season with a rainout and a laugh. While not every team was rained out in their last games of the spring, most Monomoy teams wrapped things up recently, with a handful of exceptions. Members of the track team enjoyed a pr...
By: Debra Lawless
Authors Rob Conery, a Chronicle contributor, and Susan Blood of Orleans will release their new books during a party that also marks the launch of their new publishing venture, Surface Popper Publications, on June 3. You know that friend who describes life’s trials and tribulations in a way that makes you laugh? That’s Blood in her debut book “How Not to Do Things.” When her daughter asked what Blood would c...
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Not The Town It One Was Editor: Chatham is not the Chatham of 15 or 20 years ago. The small fishing village with beautiful beaches is no more. It's lost its charm and affordability for the average family. A weekend visit averages $400 to $450 per night with a minimum of three nights. The Dolphin is gone. The Bradford Inn is gone. The Town House is gone. The Ridgevale Motel is gone. Chatham has demolis...
By: Russ Allen
Recently overheard in a nearby store: Local man (with a tone of disgust): “Well – they’re here again. I saw them yesterday.” Store owner: “Who?” Local man: “Them. They had bicycles on the back of their car.” The local man: a retired resident of the Cape. Them: Visitors. Tourists. Early vacationers. People he was not terribly happy to see. Was he thinking as he spoke, “I wish they would close those bri...