CHATHAM – The legal fight between the Chatham Bars Inn and the town – or at least the rhetorical battle – is escalating. In a lawsuit filed in state Land Court Jan. 17, the Shore Road inn charged the town officials instructed then-Building Commissioner Justin Post to issue cease and desist orders in October for activities on its land in retaliation for the inn seeking damages for the town's eminent domain taki...
In Daniel Handler's view, stories with happy endings are just no fun. A prime example is the series of novels Handler wrote under the pen name Lemony Snicket. In “A Series of Unfortunate Events,” bad things happen to three orphans over and over and over again. “It's hard for me to think of a story that doesn't have a threat involved,” Handler, a Chatham summer resident, said last week in a telephone intervi...
CHATHAM – Although the chief reason most voters at Monday night's special town backed the purchase of the Eldredge Garage property was to expand downtown parking, the land could be put to a number of other uses, according to town officials. Open space, public rest rooms, and even workforce housing are among the possible uses for the 1.4 acre site. Selectmen will have the ultimate authority to decide the use, a...
HARWICH ─ Beverly Johnson never thought at the age of 80 she'd be part of a public protest. However, incensed by the election of President Donald Trump and fearful of policies that could potentially compromise quality of life for millions, Johnson joined more than 100 others on Jan. 21 in the Harwich Stand. Participants gathered shortly after 10 a.m. on the corner of Pleasant Lake Avenue and Main Street, eve...
By: Alan Pollock
HARWICH — The permitting process for restoration of the face of Brooks Free Library has the historic district and historical commission seeing red. Commission members are leaning toward requiring that the1855 bank building and 1880 Brooks building be restored with historically accurate colors, which include brown, gray, off-white and brick red. Efforts to restore what has been called the “jewel” of historic...
By: William F. Galvin
HARWICH — Town officials are asking federal and state representatives to help give the Army Corps of Engineers a nudge in expediting permits for the Saquatucket Harbor waterside reconstruction project. There are serious concerns that the absence of federal permits could set the project back yet another year. “This marina reconstruction project is well supported by the citizens of the town, it is an important r...
HARWICH ─ When Mary Jo Keenan went for medical testing in 2005, it was for something minor, which happened to lead to something major when Keenan was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Now, more than 11 years later, Keenan is lending her support to the annual Dancing for a Cure fundraising event, while soldiering on through her own ongoing treatments. Like many women, Keenan had no symptoms regarding her ovarian...
By: William F. Galvin
HARWICH — The community preservation committee will be revisiting the 14 votes it took two weeks ago on Community Preservation Act project recommendations. The posting of the Jan. 12 meeting was called into question over improper notification to public issue, and town counsel recommended a new posting and vote occur. The committee has scheduled the new session for Thursday (tonight) at 6 p.m. in town hall. ...
By: William F. Galvin
HARWICH — There will be some scary scenes in the wetlands behind Grand Slam Entertainment next fall. The conservation commission last week approved a request for a determination of applicability for a temporary haunted forest to be created in the weeks leading up to Halloween. Grand Slam Entertainment owner Phillip “Skip” Fennell was before the commission a few weeks ago making a preliminary presentation on...
HARWICH — Robert Widegren, who served on the board of selectmen and the planning board, along with many civic organizations, has died at the age of 87. The board of selectmen held a moment of silence in Mr. Widegren's honor Monday. Mr. Widegren came to Cape Cod in 1972, continuing his career with New England Telephone, later known as NYNEX. But he's best known for his contributions to town government and ...
By: Kat Szmit
DENNIS ─ It's been a season of growth for the Cape Cod Furies, who showed off their improved skills in a hard-fought, well-played 1-1 tie against the Dennis-Yarmouth Dolphins on Friday, a game that demonstrated how far the Furies have come since the start of the 2016-2017 season. “It was exciting,” said head coach Scott Rebello. “For me, watching what's been going on here, things are starting to evolve. We'r...
By: Kat Szmit
HYANNIS ─ It's not every day that nearly every member of a varsity basketball team gets a chance to play, but when it happens it's pretty cool, as the Monomoy girls varsity squad learned Monday night in their 44-14 victory against Sturgis West. When it was clear the visiting Sharks held an unshakable lead over their hosts, head coach Pete Richer capitalized on the opportunity to give each of his players some...
Chatham baseball fans planning future trips to Cooperstown will want to be on the lookout for a new team member in the storied Hall of Fame. Jeff Bagwell, who played for the A's back in the late 1980s, was elected to the Hall of Fame last week. Bagwell, a Boston native, played for the then Athletics (now the Chatham Anglers) in 1987 and 1988 before being drafted by the Boston Red Sox in 1989. In 1990 he was tr...
By: Elizabeth Van Wye
The holidays are over, the sounds of First Night have faded and it’s early January in Chatham. While some may think of heading south, several dozen members of the Friends of Monomoy Theatre are heading northeast to London. For 30 years the group has sponsored a biennial London theater trip in January, and with the exchange rate suddenly very favorable, there’s another great reason to go this year. In spite of ...
By: John Whelan
“There’s a party going on right here A celebration to last throughout the years So bring your good times, and your laughter, too We gonna celebrate your party with you Come on now Celebration Let’s all celebrate and have a good time Celebration We gonna celebrate and have a good time.” Kool and the Gang recorded their anthem to good times in late 1980 and it reached number one on t...
By: Cape Cod Chronicle
From our somewhat isolated enclave here at the Cape's elbow, we've watched the way the new administration of President Donald Trump's relationship with the national media has gone from bad to worse. Even after just a few days in office, it's clear that the new president has brought with him a new paradigm not only in the way he conducts the nation's business, but also how he communicates with the public and the p...