You ’ d never know that off of Route 6A, down a dirt road about a half mile from the sign that gleams “ Cape Rep ” beside a big yellow house, a creative community is growing and alive within the restored theaters tucked behind the trees. But Director Maura Hanlon and her troupe of actors know exactly where to go to find creative respite three times a week. Cape Rep Young Compa...
By: Cape Cod Chronicle
While it's only a coincidence that the release of an administrative decision regarding a proposed revetment on Shore Road came just days after a new break was formed in South Beach a few miles to the south, both events highlight the dynamics of Chatham's eastern shoreline and provide guidance as to how officials can approach these highly complex issues. The administrative decision upholding the denial of a 108...
By: Donna Tavano
We love our water; we love to drink it, cook with it, wash our whitey whites in it, bathe in it and swim and fish in it. But once we’ve used it, the love affair is over. We just want to flush it out of our lives, which is what we’ve been doing for a good long time. Water conservation and its waste is not a new concept. Greek playwright Aeschylus in 470 BC penned, “By polluting clean water with slime you will ne...
By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers
Questions Need For Chatham PAC Editor: I write in response to the letter from Rick Leavitt describing a new group called Chatham Citizens for Responsible Government (CCRG), which is self-described as a Political Action Committee, a PAC. The letter also stated that CCRG “pledges to work diligently for a responsible town government, fairly addressing the needs of one Chatham.” That’s not wha...
By: Morris O'Connor Blute Funeral Home
HARWICH - Neville J. Coomber, 47 of Harwich was taken from us suddenly on April 8, 2017. He was the loving and devoted husband of Megan VanNatter Coomber for nearly 17 years. He was an exceptional father to Cameron N. Coomber, Tristan D. Coomber and Isabella R. Coomber. Neville was born on July 24, 1969 in Englewood, N.J. and lived in Ridgewood, before coming to Cape Cod with his family at the age of three. H...
By: Jennifer Sexton-Riley
Some volunteers possess a quality beyond mere free time and a willingness to do some good free of compensation. The ones who really stand out are those who, when working with those in need, manage to minimize any feelings of discomfort associated with needing help, replacing them with warmth and camaraderie. Such a person is retired federal judge Ralph Smith of Harwich, age 80, who volunteers at both the Harwich ...
By: Ed Maroney
ORLEANS — Next month, town meeting will vote on spending $33,527,010 to pay for the combined town and schools budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1. But voters will look well past FY18 both financially and philosophically as they weigh in on major commitments by the town. On May 8, Orleans will be asked to continue work on water quality projects to the tune of $3,733,660 and to approve spending $13,575...
By: Ed Maroney
ORLEANS — To every time, there is a season. Unfortunately, the time for the first season of community gardening at Putnam Farm won't be this year. There have been many encouraging signs for getting under way at the municipally-owned property behind Second District Court, but the town will not be able to put through an access way from Bridge Road until the fall. “The water is in, but it's not on,” agricult...
By: Tim Wood
CHATHAM -- In a civil suit filed in Barnstable Superior Court, Skydive Cape Cod charges the town with breach of contract and discrimination for failing to renew its contract to operate out of Chatham Airport in 2013. The suit, filed in January by Hyannis attorney Robert Lawless on behalf of Skydive Cape Cod owner Jimmy Mendonca, claims the town interfered with its contract with Cape Cod Flying Circus, the airp...
By: Tim Wood
CHATHAM – A state department of environmental protection hearing officer is recommending that a revetment not be allowed to protect a Shore Road home. The conservation commission approved a 108-foot revetment to protect the 498 Shore Rd. property of James and Lisa McGonigle in 2014, but the decision was overturned after an appeal filed by DEP and a group of 10 residents. The owners appealed the decision, and t...
CHATHAM – Town officials were scheduled to travel to Washington, D.C. on Wednesday to testify in a House of Representatives subcommittee hearing on legislation clarifying the boundary of the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge. Town Manager Jill Goldsmith, Selectman Seth Taylor and Natural Resources Director Robert Duncanson were to attend the hearing of the House Committee on Natural Resources Subcommittee on Fe...
CHATHAM – Even though the April Fools Plunge was postponed from Saturday to Sunday, Justin Tavano and Gerard Smith showed up at Harding's Beach on April 1, along with one other person who couldn't make it Saturday. Together they braved the cold and wind-driven rain to take their annual swim on April Fool's Day proper. maintaining their decade-long streak. SEE A GALLERY OF PHOTOS FROM THE APRIL FOOLS PLUNGE HE...
CHATHAM – Chatham Bars Inn will go before the planning board next week with a proposal to allow the resort to continue to use a warehouse it owns on Chatham Bars Avenue as a storage and maintenance facility. Town officials issued stop work orders last year halting the inn's active use of the building at 20 Chatham Bars Avenue. Once a bowling alley but for many years a storage facility, the building is located ...
CHATHAM – Members of the Aunt Lydia's Cove committee want a say in how the town spends the money raised through the fees they pay to operate out of the municipal fish pier. Those fees, which raise about $150,000 annually, are proposed to be placed in a new waterways user fee revolving fund through an article on the May 8 annual town meeting warrant. The fish pier permit fees will be combined with a new waterwa...
By: Tim Wood
Inlet In South Beach Could Prove Troublesome For Fishing Fleet CHATHAM – For the past few months, shellfisherman Randy Saul has been watching a washover on South Beach, about a half mile south of Lighthouse Beach. He knew there was deep water on the ocean side of the narrowing neck of sand as well as on the west side, in the old Southway. It was only a matter of time before the ocean broke through the low, n...