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Court Rebuffs Boston YWCA's Attempt To Gain Ownership Of Historic Homes CHATHAM – The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has cleared the way for a Philadelphia nonprofit organization to once again offer vacations at three historic cottages in the Old Village to its members. In denying an appeal last week, the court let stand a ruling turning back the Boston YWCA's attempt to wrest control of the three c...

Connick Takes Command At Chatham Fire

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — On Friday, Peter Connick raised his right hand and became Chatham's fire chief, only the fourth professional chief in the town's history. Connick takes the place of Michael Ambriscoe, who retired at the mandatory retirement age of 65, having served Chatham for a dozen years. “He made us what we are,” Connick said. “He's left this place so much better than he found it.” “It's been an honor and a...

CHATHAM — The political narrative in town has entered a new chapter, with Chatham hosting what appears to be its first political action committee. Last Wednesday, West Chatham resident Rick Leavitt registered a new PAC called the Chatham Citizens for Responsible Government with the town clerk's office. The stated purpose of the committee is “to inform Chatham voters on issues affecting the operation of local...

CHATHAM — The region may still be drying out from some recent soaking rains, but what could be a long, hot summer is just around the corner. And that's turned the heat up on water conservation planning. Selectmen last week scheduled a public hearing to discuss new proposed restrictions on non-essential water use that regulate residential irrigation systems and swimming pools.  The hearing will be held as part ...

Soup Bowls For Hunger: 25 Warm, Nourishing Years

By: Jennifer Sexton-Riley

Cape Cod Potters, Inc. and the culinary department of Cape Cod Regional Technical High School will host the 25 th annual fundraiser Soup Bowls for Hunger to benefit The Family Pantry of Cape Cod on Wednesday, April 12 in the cafeteria at tech school at 352 Pleasant Lake Ave., in Harwich. Tickets are now available for $18 each. The “soup-line” style meal consists of a roll, coffee or tea and a warming soup se...

Harwich Selectmen Withhold Action On Utility Spraying

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Selectmen withheld support for a request by Protect Our Cape Cod Aquifer director Laura Kelley Monday night to have selectmen write a letter to the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) protesting planned herbicide spraying to keep vegetation down along power lines. Board of Selectmen Chairman Michael MacAskill stated at the beginning of the board's meeting that they would not be ...

Tech Students Renovate PBCB Headquarters

By: Alan Pollock

EAST HARWICH — It's not unusual to see young people busily at work at Pleasant Bay Community Boating, but they're typically in boats or in sailing classes – not on the roof, swinging hammers or digging up the grounds. The teens are students at Cape Cod Tech, taking part in one of the school's most ambitious building projects in recent years. The future builders, landscapers, plumbers and electricians are carry...

HARWICH — Homeowners could be required to install expensive nitrogen-removing septic systems if the town fails to fund its wastewater management project. With voters being asked to provide more than $9 million in wastewater management funds to design sewering – as well as enter into an agreement to treat effluent from the Pleasant Bay watershed in East Harwich at the Chatham Water Pollution Control Facility an...

BackOffice Associates Closes Doors In South Harwich

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — BackOffice Associates has closed its South Harwich office and relocated to Hyannis. The IT company, with offices around the world, had considered Harwich its headquarters for a decade. During that period there were as many as 110 employees working out of the building at 940 Route 28. But in the past couple of weeks moving vans filled the parking lot, the BackOffice Associates sign was removed and the...

A Bumpy Start For Monomoy Baseball

By: Kat Szmit

HARWICH ─ Monomoy baseball's 2017 season has gotten off to a bumpy start, with opening losses to Rising Tide and Sandwich, but though head coach Steve Wilson would like the team to see success, he's pleased that one of his goals is already taking shape. “One of our goals is [for them] to be good teammates,” Wilson said following the team's tough 15-3 loss to Sandwich on Monday. “There's probably nothing more...

Along the Sidelines

By: Kat Szmit

Monomoy Softball Blanks Rising Tide In Season Opener The Monomoy girls softball team opened their 2017 season with a 12-0 shutout of Rising Tide last week. Mollie Charest had 11 strikeouts in the outing, and also went 2-for-3 at bat, swinging into a home run for the Sharks. Carlee Tolley and Hannah Potter also had strong games, going 2-for-4 at the plate. On Monday, the Sharks traveled to Sandwich, ...

CCTC's 'Sister Act: The Musical' A Comic Gem

By: Amy Tagliaferri

Deloris Van Cartier, nightclub singer and disco queen, is not someone you’d picture in a nun’s habit. In “Sister Act, The Musical” Deloris finds herself in the wrong place at the wrong time when she witnesses her mob-leader lover killing an associate. Forced into witness protection, astonishingly she finds herself in a convent. But it’s here that Deloris learns there are Sisters and then there are sisters. When t...

'Sense The Wind' Illuminates The World Of Blind Sailors

By: Jennifer Sexton-Riley

Negotiating the world without sight is a prospect that many of us struggle to imagine. We may assume that the absence of sight might make the world a smaller place, a place in which freedom of movement is restricted. “Sense the Wind,” a new hour-long documentary by New York-based filmmaker Christine Knowlton, reveals a world in which those restrictive assumptions are cast to the four winds. The film will be ...

HARWICH — In a teacher’s room tucked in next to the cafeteria of Harwich Elementary School, a group of students and adults meet weekly to give back to people they’ve never met. The elementary school offers after school enrichment programs through the Monomoy Cooperative Learning Program which give kids a fun and enriching activity to do after school. Gina Grenier, a teacher at Harwich Elementary, was inspired ...

How Do We Come Together As A Town?

By: Russ Allen

Frank Bryan, author of “Real Democracy” : “A town meeting is a legislature of citizens, for citizens, and by citizens. The fact that each citizen of the town is also a legislator separates the New England town meeting from all other forms of democracy.” From Wikipedia: “A town meeting is a form of direct democratic rule, used…in New England…since the 17th century, in which…members of a community...