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Lucky Boaters Safe After Going Overboard

By: Alan Pollock

HARWICH PORT — Two boaters are lucky to be alive after a fishing trip off Allen Harbor went badly awry Wednesday afternoon. Shortly after 3:30 p.m., a man aboard a 28-foot center console boat radioed the Chatham harbormaster to report an empty inflatable motorized boat south of Allen Harbor. Chatham's 21-foot patrol boat, which was patrolling off Harding's Beach, diverted to the scene. Assistant Harbormaster B...

Robert Mario Fano

By: Contributed

Robert Mario Fano               Robert "Bob" Fano, 98, of Naples, Fla. passed away at Naples Community Hospital on July 13, 2016. He was Ford Professor of Engineering Emeritus in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT. He was predeceased by his parents, Gino and Rosetta Fano of Turin, Italy; his brother, Ugo Fano of Chicago, Ill.; and in 1998 by his beloved wife of 49 years, Ja...

CHATHAM – The sentiment couldn't have been clearer: don't allow the sale of undersized, farm-raised quahogs in Massachusetts. That was the message local shellfishermen sent to representatives of the state Division of Marine Fisheries at a hearing last Thursday on a proposed regulation change that would legalize the in-state sale of hard-shell clams that are under the current minimum size. The change would only...

Pilot Whale Strands, Dies At Harding's Beach

By: Kat Szmit

CHATHAM ─ In the foggy hours just after dawn on July 18, a 17-foot pilot whale stranded and died in the sandbars at the point of Harding's Beach. The whale was initially spotted by Kelly Chase, a friend of Corbin Ross, BMCS, Officer in Charge at Coast Guard Station Chatham, with news of the stranded creature reaching officials from the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and the media shortly afterw...

CHATHAM – A shuttle bus could still be coming to town, despite the board of selectmen's rejection of a shuttle system as a way to help solve the downtown parking problem. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is sitting on grant funds awarded several years ago and is moving ahead with the purchase of a shuttle to serve the Eastern Massachusetts Wildlife Refuge Complex, which includes the Monomoy National Wildlife...

CHATHAM – Lt. Governo Karyn Polito toured the town-owned Old Mill Boatyard on Stage Harbor Tuesday morning, getting a first-hand look at facilities that will be renovated and upgraded with a $1 million state grant awarded late last year. The $1.5 million project, scheduled to get underway this fall, includes replacement of the facility's bulkhead, renovation and replacement of piers, floats and gangways, a new...

CHATHAM – Q: What do you think of immediately when you’re asked to imagine a shark? A: “Jaws.” This question was one of several posed by Cynthia Wigren, founder and president of the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy (AWSC), during a talk last Wednesday evening at the community center. The title of Wigren’s talk, which she delivered to about 75 people, was “Awareness Inspires Conservation: White Sharks in the...

Shark Bytes - July 21

By: Tim Wood

Shark Week In Review If you've looked at your Sharktivity app or at the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy Facebook page, then you know it's been a busy week for sharks. Last Friday, July 15, Dr. Greg Skomal of the state division of marine fisheries, working with the Conservancy, tagged the fifth and sixth great white sharks of the season, 11 and nine feet, respectively. On Monday, an 11-foot shark off Mono...

CHATHAM – In the run-up to next month's annual summer town meeting, members of the summer residents advisory committee have been busy talking with town officials and others to assess the major issues facing the town. In the past few weeks, the group, which meets Fridays at 9 a.m. at the annex, has held discussions with Town Manager Jill Goldsmith and Chairman of Selectmen Jeffrey Dykens, Finance Director Alix ...

CHATHAM – The airport commission has rejected a claim that it violated the state Open Meeting Law by prohibiting a resident from speaking at its June 6 meeting. Resident Juris Ukstins filed a complaint June 21 stating that commission chairman Peter Donovan allowed a resident to criticize an airport commission member at the June 6 meeting, but when Ukstins tried to speak in defense of the commissioner he was no...

CHATHAM — In less than a century, rising sea levels could cause localized basement flooding, septic system failures, roadway deterioration and problems with underground utilities. That's the prediction of a U.S. Geological Survey study carried out in cooperation with regional and state experts. Released last week, the study used sophisticated computer models to predict the effects on the Cape's freshwater aqui...

Historic Navigation Charts Now Available Online

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Three years ago, the federal government stopped printing traditional paper navigational charts, moving toward electronic charts and print-on-demand products to help mariners find their way. But old paper charts provide a window to local history, and the Chatham Historical Society has started the process of preserving some of them, even making them available for viewing online. “We realized that we ha...

Muddy Creek has a new bridge, better water quality, and a new group of devotees who are visiting by canoe and kayak. Chatham resident George Olmsted thinks it's time for the waterway to get a new name, as well. Olmsted says he'd someday like to drive across that bridge and see a little “Monomoy River” sign where the Muddy Creek sign used to be. “Muddy Creek is not an attractive name. And furthermore, at thi...

HCT Launches Challenge To Buy Muddy Creek Land

By: William F. Galvin

EAST HARWICH — The Harwich Conservation Trust has signed a purchase and sales agreement with the Marini family to acquire 17 acres of land with 1,400 feet of frontage along Muddy Creek. The acquisition is seen as important in protecting the headwaters of the creek that feeds into Pleasant Bay. “This gives us a window to raise the funds to purchase the property,” Harwich Conservation Trust Executive Director Mi...

Harwich Port Plaza Would Restore Historic Village Pattern

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Parking and inclusion of a restaurant are among the issues that need to be worked out before the Harwich Port Plaza proposal makes its way before the planning board for Village Commercial Overlay District site plan approval. Attorney Michael D. Ford detailed changes proposed for the 28,008-square-foot parcel in the center of Harwich Port during a pre-conference meeting last week. The focus was not o...

With Excavations, Bank Street Bogs Will Control Nitrogen

By: William F. Galvin Location: Bank Street Bogs

HARWICH — Town officials have begun examining the draft final report on the nitrogen attenuation potential in Cold Brook in the Bank Street Bogs. The evaluation assesses the waterway's ability to naturally absorb nitrogen as a way to improve water quality and reduce the need for costly sewer construction. The study was prepared by the Coastal Systems Group from the School for Marine Science and Technology at U...