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CHATHAM – Distilling four separate waterways-related regulations into a single document isn't an easy task, and even the process of reviewing the consolidated rules has become fraught with controversy. A lack of public input into the process thus far and the possibility of an independent review of the consolidated regulations took center stage at last week's board of selectmen's meeting, although the not-so-su...

What's The Future Of Chatham Elementary School?

By: Tim Wood

Steep Enrollment Decline Likely To Lead To Changes CHATHAM – Chatham Elementary School could end up as one of the smallest elementary schools on the Cape if recent enrollment trends continue. A 12 percent drop in enrollment this fall resulted in the school's usual three classes at the kindergarten level dropping to two, requiring the transfer of one teacher to Harwich Elementary School to keep class size ...

CHATHAM — When it comes to boosting numbers of commercially important fish species – and helping the small-boat fishery that relies on them – the Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen's Alliance is proposing a “no-fish zone” on the backside of the Cape designed to keep herring trawlers out. If it's implemented, the conservation measure could also benefit whales, seabirds and other species that feed on Atlantic herring....

HARWICH — Selectmen have endorsed the state Department of Housing and Community Development regulatory agreement that will move the West Harwich Habitat for Humanity of Cape Cod development forward. Habitat for Humanity of Cape Cod Executive Director Victoria Goldsmith said the purchase of the land should close in November as long as all the affordable housing trust fund money is available. Goldsmith told s...

Harwich Selectmen Withhold Naming Pet Burial Grounds

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Selectmen on Monday night postponed action on a request by the cemetery commission to name the town's new pet burial grounds on Queen Anne Road after Christine Wood, a longtime cemetery commissioner and committed community volunteer. Cemetery Administrator Robbin Kelley said Wood was well-known and appreciated for being an active volunteer in the town. Kelly pointed out Wood was the 2010 recipient of...

Audit Highlights Muddy Creek Bridge Overpayment

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The auditing firm which conducted a review of the town's financial statements ending in June 2016 discovered an overpayment of $325,000 to the general contractor working on the Muddy Creek Bridge project. Lynch, Malloy, Marini, LLP of Norwell, the town's auditor, made recommendations for improvements to internal controls, policies, procedures and risk assessments for the town.“It is important to reco...

Committee Endorses New East Harwich Fire Station

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The committee working with the architects on improvements to Station 2 in East Harwich voted on Tuesday to move forward with a new building to replace the 41-year-old station, based on options put forward by consultants Kaestle Boos Associates. Building a new station would cost about the same as upgrading the existing structure to meet current needs and safety codes, according to the consultants. ...

Brooks Park Improvements Becoming Gaining Visibility

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The recreation department has been implementing a five-phase plan for improvements to Brook Park over the past few years, but the most noticeable change is the new picnic pavilion and fencing leading into the expanded parking area. “Brooks Park always has been busy, but we saw the potential for even more use and we're fulfilling what we thought it will do,” Recreation Director Eric Beebe said of the ...

Voters To Decide Cape Tech Building Project Tuesday

By: Alan Pollock

PLEASANT LAKE — Following years of planning, studying and lobbying state officials, Cape Tech will see its bid for a $128 million new school building put before voters Tuesday. It's the first such vote in the history of the regional school district, which teaches vocational skills to students in the 12 towns between Mashpee and Provincetown. School officials are seeking to completely replace the existing 42-...

Monomoy Girls Soccer Nets Big Win Against Mashpee

By: Kat Szmit

HARWICH ─ Overcast skies couldn't dull the shine of the Monomoy girls soccer team on Saturday as the Sharks battled to a 1-0 non-league victory against Mashpee courtesy of an early goal from Maggie Dever and solid work by the team's defense. “That was a good win,” said Monomoy head coach Jenn Peterson. “We scored early and then held on.” Dever netted Monomoy's lone goal, the game winner, less than 10 minu...

HARWICH ─ It was a huge homecoming and a lucky Friday the 13 th for the Monomoy football team on Oct. 13 when the Sharks held on to defeat the Sacred Heart Saints 14-8, giving the program its first tournament berth in school history. “It feels good, extremely exciting, and it was a great team win,” said head coach Brandon Perry. “I think that was the first time this season that we've played four quarters, a...

HARWICH ─ Trying to find innovative ways to raise funds can be a challenge, but the Monomoy All-Sports Booster Club scored big with its latest as Bubble Soccer proved a “pop”-ular event on Sunday night. Though the weather was wild, student participants eagerly gathered along the sidelines of the turf field at MRHS, ready to don giant inflated bubble suits and play soccer, or at least try to. The result wa...

The Orleans Surf Film Festival will be holding its fifth annual event this coming weekend – Friday and Saturday, Oct. 20 and 21 – at the Hog Island Brewery, sponsored by the Orleans Chamber Foundation. The program features between 12 to 14 films chosen by six members of the community from criteria including story, cinematography and, as described by Festival chairman Sassy Richards, “the general Stoke factor.” Th...

Intimate 'Love Letters' Benefit HJT Scholarship Program

By: Elizabeth Van Wye

This Sunday, Oct. 22, for one afternoon performance only, the North Chatham home of Lou and Carole Maloof will be transformed into a performance venue. Lou Maloof and Nina Schuessler, Harwich Junior Theater Producing Artistic Director, will take on the roles of Andrew and Melissa in A.R. Gurney’s Pulitzer nominated play “Love Letters.” The relationship between Andrew and Melissa unfolds in a series of letters,...

'Waverly Gallery' Examines Alzheimer's With Heart And Humor

By: Ellen Petry Whalen

“ It’s no fun getting old.” This is a familiar sentiment and one that Howard shares with his octogenarian mother-in-law Gladys in playwright Kenneth Lonergan’s “The Waverly Gallery,” currently at The Eventide Theatre Company. But the heart-wrenching play is about much more than the challenges of getting older — it thoroughly explores how the whole family system is affected by the devastating effects ...

Our View: Support Cape Tech Building Project

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Each week, the most consequential stories in the pages of The Chronicle are ones related to sustainability. Whether it's about wastewater treatment, waterways infrastructure, municipal finance or roads and bridges, the debate is always about providing for the needs of the next generation of people who will call this place home. And so the proposed Cape Tech building project isn't just about education or the ta...