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CHATHAM – The number of students who receive free or reduced-cost meals at Chatham Elementary School has grown to the point where the school now qualifies for a federal program that makes free lunch and breakfast available to all students. Monomoy Regional School District officials are preparing to apply to the program and anticipate its implementation in the fall. As of April, 46.18 percent of students at ...

CHATHAM – The former Cumberland Farms store at 859 Main St. may have a new life as an office building. Next Tuesday, June 12, the planning board will hear a proposal to change the use of the property from retail to professional offices. SV Design, which currently has offices at 403 Main St., is proposing to move its architectural and design firm to the former convenience store/gas station. “We're committed ...

Experts: Give Cute Seal Pups A Wide Berth

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Federal officials are issuing a familiar warning to boaters and beach goers. Seal pups are on the shore, and getting too close is dangerous – and illegal. Local police departments get scores of calls from well-intended citizens each spring about young harbor seals on the beach. The pups are often left alone on the shore for as long as 24 hours while the mother feeds just offshore. That behavior is ...

Cape Verdean Museum To Open On Friday

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The Cape Verdean Museum located in the Cultural Center will open its doors to the public on Friday with a goal of educating and expanding the knowledge of Cape Verdean culture. Southeastern Massachusetts has a large Cape Verdean population. Many inhabitants of the archipelago located about 400 miles off the West Coast of Africa came to Nantucket and New Bedford on whaling vessels several generations ...

HARWICH — It’s a painful topic to discuss, but one that can’t be kept a secret. The sexual abuse of children is a real problem on Cape Cod, and a group of students at Monomoy Regional High School is taking part in a unique partnership with Children’s Cove to raise awareness among their peers. The 13 sophomores have been meeting as Monomoy’s Teen TASK (Taking A Stand for Kids) Force since December, working...

HARWICH —Bond rating agency Standard and Poor's has issued a stable outlook in the town's annual credit rating, retaining Harwich's AA-plus long-term rating. The rating is an important factor in the interest rate the town gets when borrowing money. “The stable outlook on the long-term rating reflects our opinion of Harwich's very strong economy, supported by strong management with good financial policies and p...

Plovers Close A Third Of Red River Beach

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Access to approximately one-third of the Red River Beach parking lot and sections of the beach will be closed for the month to protect four piping plover chicks which have hatched and are nesting in the adjacent dune. Town officials were put on notice of Friday by the Massachusetts Audubon Society that the parking lot had to be shut down to protect the piping plover chicks, a state and federally prot...

HARWICH — Like the gusty winds that mussed hairdos, sent mortarboards flying and caused the tent to creek at Sunday’s commencement, the last few years have been a bit turbulent for the Monomoy Regional High School Class of 2018. But their need to persevere, their drive to achieve, and their strong sense of community saw them safely to graduation and will help them as they enter young adulthood. ...

HARWICH PORT — While village businesses, the chamber of commerce and town officials are looking for more parking, steps were taken last week to limit parking in the name of public safety. Police Department Lt. Kevin Considine was before selectmen last Tuesday seeking approval for no parking zones in the village. The restricted parking areas being sought were along Cross Street and at the rear access and egress...

PLEASANT LAKE -- “There’s so much more to come,” Cape Cod Regional Technical High School salutatorian Madison Wallace said Saturday afternoon during the graduation ceremony. “We have finally made it.” Wallace, who studied in the electrical program at the Pleasant Lake school, said she had planned to attend the technical school since she was a child. At the school she met “some of the kindest, most accepting pe...

HARWICH – The Monomoy girls varsity lacrosse team put everything they had into their first-ever post-season game Tuesday, playing with passion, but in spite of a solid effort the Sharks fell to the Nantucket Whalers 14-8 in the first round of the MIAA Div. 2 South tournament. Abby Wallace had a hat trick in the outing, while Jess Currie, Alyssa Lyons, Leah Nash, Kelsey Olson, and Emma Mawn each had single goal...

The countdown clock on the Cape Cod Baseball League's website has reached the single digits and continues ticking away toward one of the most eagerly anticipated days of the year: Opening Day for all CCBL teams. Each of the league's 10 teams, including Chatham, Harwich, and Orleans, spent the off-season prepping fields and filling up rosters, many with new players, but there will be a handful of familiar faces...

CHATHAM — Though we might still like to complain about them, modern weather forecasts are undeniably better than they were even a few years ago, thanks in large part to sophisticated computer modeling. But those models are only as good as the data that’s fed into them, and that’s where Chatham’s Upper Air Station comes in. Twice a day, in all kinds of weather, Tim Morrissette and two colleagues launch radios...

As summer begins and visitors fill our sunny beaches and streets, what could be better than a cool evening’s entertainment at one of Cape Cod’s treasure-trove of fine theaters? Get out your calendar, because 2018 is sure to tempt you with more than one night of theatrical merriment. Whether at the Academy Playhouse in Orleans, Cape Cod Theatre Company: Home of Harwich Junior Theatre, Cape Playhouse in Dennis, Ca...

Adrift In '80s New York

By: Ellen Petry Whalen

Three Young People Grow Up In Hard-hitting 'This Is Our Youth The Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater opens its 34th season with the high-energy “This Is Our Youth”— a play set in the '80s, the same time the theater got its start. First performed in 1996, playwright Kenneth Lonergan’s coming-of-age drama showcases three young adults adrift in New York City’s materialistic and cocaine-snorting Reagan years. W...

Russ Allen: Grocery Store Etiquette

By: Russ Allen

We are about to enter that time of year when the various and diverse segments of Harwich’s society attempt to live together in relative harmony. Full-time residents, second homeowners, returning snowbirds, business owners, employees, and customers, J-1 Visa holders, college sports players, vacationers and tourists; over the next three-four months all of these will interact in ways that hopefully will prove mutual...