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Citizens Craft Landscaping Plan For West Chatham

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — With the contentious West Chatham traffic plan now all but decided, a group of citizens is thinking about landscaping, lighting and other features of the new streetscape. The $3.47 million roadway redesign, which includes the elimination of the center turning lane and the construction of roundabouts at the Route 28 intersections of George Ryder and Barn Hill roads, includes a limited amount of landsc...

Town Won't Pursue Eldredge Garage Purchase

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – Selectmen have decided not to pursue purchase of the Eldredge Garage property as a potential municipal parking lot, according to a statement released late Tuesday by Town Manager Jill Goldsmith. A number of factors went into the decision, reached during an executive session May 31, according to Chairman Jeffrey Dykens. Environmental issues were a major concern. The town commissioned a phase one en...

EAST HARWICH — Town officials joined with regional transportation planners this week to begin shaping a road safety audit for the intersection of Route 39 and Pleasant Bay Road. The audit will not provide recommendations, but it will examine all options for safety improvements at the busy intersection. More than a year ago town officials began examining a roundabout at the intersection, considered one of the m...

Harwich Garden Club Dressing Up Town's Streetscape

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The Garden Club of Harwich has taken on a major beautification project in Harwich Center and Harwich Port. The club is providing floral artistry in 43 black polyethylene planters that have been placed along major roadways. Garden Club President Diane DiGennaro made a presentation to selectmen this past winter relating to the club beautification efforts in town and said the most ambitious project this...

EAST HARWICH — The entrance to the expanded section of Evergreen Cemetery along Route 39 got a facelift over the past couple of weeks with floral and tree plantings designed and implemented by students from Cape Cod Regional Technical High School's horticulture program. “As a school we like to help out the town of Harwich because they help us out with different projects,” horticulture teacher Bob DelVecchio sa...

HARWICH ─ As Monomoy Valedictorian Catie Barr struggled to write her graduation speech, she grappled with the concept of telling a story. Then she realized her challenge was in trying to tell one story for the 105 members of the Class of 2016. “I realized there isn't just one or two stories to tell,” said Barr to her fellow graduates, as well as their families and friends. “In just a few years of being toget...

Cape Tech Grads Set to 'Get The Job Done'

By: Kat Szmit

HARWICH ─ The hour before commencement at Cape Cod Regional Technical High School was nothing short of controlled chaos. As members of the Class of 2016 milled about, snapping selfies and group photos, others stood in line to collect the traditional yellow roses, while others still sought assistance in tying ties or straightening caps, tassels, and sashes. Before long, however, it was time to line up for one la...

Late Start For Nesting Piping Plovers This Season

By: William F. Galvin

It has been a bit of a late start for nesting piping plovers this year. “What we're seeing, especially in Chatham and Harwich, are birds coming in later this year,” Katharine Parsons, director of the Coastal Waterbird Program for Mass Audubon, said this week. “They've been late this year, late in arriving and slightly late in nesting,” concurred Ted Keon, Chatham Coastal Resource Director. “It was a slow st...

HARWICH PORT — Supporting the Family Pantry of Cape Cod is more than important. It can be downright elegant. More than 350 people turned out for the organization's annual gala at the Wychmere Harbor Club Sunday. The fundraiser was hosted by Tom and Shelly O'Neill, David and Nicky Metzler, Kip and Stephanie O'Neill and Paul and Mary Jo Barrett. “I thought it was wonderful,” Executive Director Christine Mena...

CHATHAM ─ The Monomoy girls golf team had what one player dubbed a “roller coaster” day in the MIAA State Championship, but when all was said and done at Eastward Ho! Country Club, the Sharks placed third overall with a final score of 408. Annie Howard shot a 121, while Erin Smeltzer had a 117 and Caroline Howard shot a 115. Haley Rae recorded a 106, and Maddie Leonard echoed her score from the team's big So...

Monomoy Tennis Falls To Cohasset In Tourney

By: Kat Szmit

HARWICH ─ At Monomoy's graduation on Sunday, someone spoke about the school's athletic teams and their hard-fought losses. The girls tennis team endured such a loss in the MIAA Div. 3 South quarterfinals on Monday, battling fiercely but ultimately falling 3-2 to Cohasset. “I think we were lucky to get out of here with a 3-2 win,” said Cohasset head coach Gigi Meehan. “This is a really tough team. We all knew...

There's a sense of excitement in the air around Cape Cod and it all has to do with one thing: the return of the Cape Cod Baseball League. The summer season gets under way this week as teams prepare to celebrate opening day tomorrow (June 10). Here's a look at what to expect in the early days. In Chatham, the Anglers will welcome back longtime head coach John Schiffner, the winningest manager in Cape League his...

Shark Softball's Season Comes To A Close

By: Kat Szmit

HARWICH ─ The Monomoy girls softball team posted five runs in Thursday's tournament game against Diman, but the Sharks' momentum wasn't enough to overtake the Bengals, who triumphed 10-5 in MIAA Div. 3 South first round play. Taylor Schaub brought in three runs for Monomoy while teammate Karley Marchese had two. Errors, however, proved a problem for the Sharks as the Bengals broke the game wide open in the f...

First Night returns in June with an ice cream social and jazz band concert. The event is a thank you to the many Cape residents who have supported First Night throughout the years. The Monomoy Summer Seven Jazz Band, featuring Jeff Hughes, will play for free on Monday, June 19 at the bandstand in Kate Gould Park. The festivities begin with free ice cream provided for all by Buffy's Ice Cream and Emack and Boli...

Authors At Their Best At WE CAN Annual Benefit

By: Amy Tagliaferri

HARWICH PORT – “Authors love coming to this event because you treat them like rock stars!” Anne LeClaire, an author herself, declared at last week's 12 th annual Day of Words, Wit and Wisdom benefit for WE CAN. The inside crowd cheered, and the “people of the tent” in the outside overflow area were heard cheering also. Nearly 500 women and a healthy smattering of men attended last Thursday's event, kn...

Chatham's New DPW Director Hit The Streets Running

By: Elizabeth Van Wye

Tom Temple, Chatham’s new director of public works, has a vivid memory of his first day on the job. Monday, Feb. 8 dawned with snow, and not just a dusting. When you are responsible for the 118 lane miles of road and a blizzard of fast-falling snow and high winds wallops the area, you do your best to survive. Temple, who brought more than 30 years experience with the Marlborough Department of Public Works to h...