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The Hawes House

By: John Whelan

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year With the kids jingle belling And everyone telling you be of good cheer It’s the most wonderful time of the year”  Andy Williams was right, Christmas and New Year’s in Chatham is the most wonderful time of the year. Christmas in Chatham, with families celebrating together, is terrific. And Chatham’s First Night is as good as it gets, anywhere. And since...

School News, Dec. 22

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Chatham Elementary School Traffic And Pickup To be good neighbors to surrounding homes and residents, the school is reaching out to encourage local families to take advantage of bus ridership for school arrival and dismissal. The car "kiss and ride" pick up/drop off line is currently extending out of the parking lot and cars continue to line up quite a distance down Hitching Post Lane. This is causing t...

Reassurance Programs Make For Happier Holidays

By: Ed Maroney

ORLEANS — We all want to be home for the holidays. But what if we can't remember where home is? For people with Alzheimer's Disease, the familiar becomes unfamiliar. They can walk out the front door and forget how to come back home. About 10 years ago, a local resident was reported missing. It wasn't known that he had Alzheimer's. Public safety personnel and volunteers began what turned into an 18-hour se...

Nauset Middle School Eyed As Backup Discharge Site

By: Ed Maroney

ORLEANS — The town will ask the Nauset Regional School District to allow testing at the middle school to see whether its running track area can serve as a backup site for discharge of effluent – treated wastewater – from a proposed treatment plant for a downtown sewer system. Meeting Dec. 14 with AECOM staff and town consultant Mike Domenica, the board reviewed a list of nine sites ranging from the Overland ...

CHATHAM – A training session for selectmen and airport commissioners conducted by representatives of the Federal Aviation Administration has prompted questions from an outspoken opponent of skydiving at the town's airport. David Bixby, a member of the group that is suing the town to block the return of skydiving, questioned why the session was held behind closed doors and whether those attending violated the s...

Man Unhurt After Boat Capsizes

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — A Chatham man was cold and wet but uninjured after his boat capsized near the north inlet late Tuesday afternoon. Harbormaster Stuart Smith said the single man aboard the 22-foot center console boat, identified as fisherman Justin Pascarelli of Chatham, was in the area of the inlet when his boat rolled in the surf. Smith said Pascarelli waded to a nearby sand bar, and thanks to a waterproof cell ph...

HBDC Told Eldredge Garage Stable Can't Be Saved

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – No matter who ends up owning the Eldredge Garage, the oldest building on the property, built about 120 years ago as a stable, will likely have to be torn down. Although determined to be historically significant, the building is in such poor condition that it is not salvageable, several people told the historic business district commission during a hearing last Wednesday. The best that could be hoped ...

CHATHAM – A proposal to demolish a 150-year-old home on Stage Harbor Road has rekindled a push to have the historic street placed on the National Register of Historic Places. The historical commission last week imposed an 18-month demolition delay on the Greek Revival house at 271 Stage Harbor Rd., and asked town staff to prepare documentation to submit to the Massachusetts Historical Commission (MHC), the fir...

All Aboard The Cookie Express!

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – Well before the sale begins, there's a line of people in the rear foyer at the First Congregational Church of Chatham early Saturday morning, waiting for the annual Cookie Express to start. Inside the church hall, volunteers buzz around long tables set in a big square, adding more cookies to the dozens of plates already piled high with every sort of holiday cookie imaginable: gingerbread men, sugar c...

Chatham Celebrates Christmas By The Sea

By: Tim Wood

Frigid temperatures didn't deter crowds from attending Chatham's 38 th annual Christmas by the Sea celebration last weekend. After a process from the community center to Sears Park, the town Christmas tree was lit to a chorus of seasonal carols, with oversight from Santa and Buddy the Elf. The celebration continued throughout the weekend with open houses, music and the annual historic inn tour. CLICK HERE FO...

Human Skull Found On Museum Grounds

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – Landscapers doing a fall cleanup at the Atwood House Museum made a surprising discovery last Friday: a human skull. Thought to be more than 100 years old, the skull was found in the brush behind the Stage Harbor Road museum, which is owned by the Chatham Historical Society. “It generated a lot of excitement,” said museum Executive Director Danielle Jeanloz. Workers from Luciano's Landscaping di...

Online Mooring System Cut Loose

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – The town's problematic online mooring permit renewal system is being scrapped. Instituted more than three years ago, the system had low use by mooring permit holders as well as technical issues that did not produce the functionality or savings in staff time that were anticipated, said Director of Natural Resources Robert Duncanson. “We just didn't see the efficiency we thought we would,” he said. ...

CHATHAM — Though there seems to be plenty of common ground when it comes to the landscaping and lighting needs for the new West Chatham Route 28 corridor, deep divisions remain about the underlying traffic plan. The board of selectmen heard a report from the planning board and historic business district commission last Tuesday about proposed landscaping and lighting options for the roadway, which is slated for...

Few Details On Plans For Harwich Center Gas Station

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The sign on the former Getty gas station property in Harwich Center that reads “Winstead Village Inn Expansion” is drawing a lot of attention. The landscaping along Main Street in front of the shuttered station has also been vastly improved, with holiday lighting signaling hope for the future there. The property is owned by Bassil Brothers Trust, which purchased it from Getty Realty Corporation for $...

Wastewater Will Drive Capital Plan

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Town officials got a close look Monday night at the capital plan and what it means for taxpayers going forward. The plan recommends $13 million in projects in FY18, driven primarily by more than $4 million in wastewater infrastructure. “The sale of wastewater is the elephant in the room,” Capital Outlay Committee Chairman Richard Larios told the gathering of selectmen and finance committee members in...