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Culminating years of work, lawmakers last week passed legislation that would extend the hotel-motel tax to short-term rental properties, boosting town coffers and raising funds for expensive wastewater treatment projects. But one day after the legislative session ended, Gov. Charlie Baker sent the bill back to committee for more work. Despite the current uncertainty about the bill’s future, most agree that the...

State Pitches In $180K For Shoreline Study

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — With erosion of the town’s east-facing coast once again making headlines, the town is moving ahead with a $250,000 study designed to guide management of the shoreline for the next 20 to 30 years. The idea has won the endorsement of the state’s Coastal Zone Management program, which is contributing more than $180,000 toward the effort. Town officials are working with the Center for Coastal Studies a...

CHATHAM – With federal legislation to resolve the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge western boundary dispute between the town and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service stalled, town officials are exploring another tack, a possible administrative solution to the dilemma. Exactly what form such an approach would take remains vague, but officials reported that they had a “promising” meeting in Washington, D.C. last w...

No Injuries After Boats Collide Off Monomoy

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Remarkably, there were no injuries when a charter boat collided with a commercial fishing boat in thick fog off Monomoy Point Saturday morning, sending the charter boat to the bottom. At around 6:20 a.m., the charter boat Artemis II from Allen Harbor struck the starboard side of the Chatham-based commercial fishing boat Great Pumpkin. The Artemis, a 38-foot Pursuit, ended up on top of the Great Pumpk...

It was a typical day on the water for Dr. Greg Skomal and his shark research team. Spotter pilot Wayne Davis was guiding boat captain John King through murky water near the Eastham-Wellfleet line, following one of several great white sharks spotted that day. Skomal stood at the end of the pulpit 11 feet from the bow of the 24-foot Aleutian Dream, ready to photograph the shark with his pole-mounted GoPro. And t...

The first multi-town watershed permit issued by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection has been approved, allowing innovative options for the management of nitrogen pollution in and around Pleasant Bay. Nitrogen – 75 percent of which is generated through septic systems, 16 percent by lawn and golf course fertilization and another 9 percent through stormwater runoff – serves as a fertilizer in...

Adjustments Planned In Harwich Center Development Proposal

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — A compromise on the design for the proposed new convenience store and two apartments in Harwich Center has been reached between the historic district and historical commission and developer Saumil Patel that will make it more in keeping with the historic village. Patel, the owner of the adjacent Main Street Market in Harwich Center, agreed to have more of the building fronting on the street, to place...

Planning Board Approves Boat Storage Along Route 28

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The planning board has approved a site plan special permit for Allen Harbor Marine Service, Inc. to store between 39 and 60 boats on the lot at the east side corner of Route 28 and Grey Neck Road. The property was part of the Mill Store operation and was used for garden shed storage and sales. Brad Malo of Coastal Engineering, Inc. said Allen Harbor Marine Service is planning to purchase the 40,810-s...

HARWICH - CBS news correspondent Seth Doane, a native of Harwich who now lives in Rome, told about 220 members of the Harwich Conservation Trust (HCT) at the group’s 30 th annual meeting Monday afternoon that by the time August rolls around he is “desperate to get here.” Doane, a 1996 graduate of Harwich High School, graduated from the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication. In...

Safety Concerns Raised About Brooks Library Crosswalks

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Employees of the Brooks Free Library fear for their lives. That is, when they're crossing the streets around the Harwich Center facility. Safety in the crosswalks in the area of the Brooks Free Library has been an issue for a number of years. It was a topic of discussion during the Harwich Center Initiative study in 2001 and it remains a concern. “In fact, a regular joke among staff members is tha...

CHATHAM – Blustery weather and soaking rain didn't stop the intrepid sailors taking part in the 2018 Chatham Yacht Club Regatta on Aug. 4 and 5, though more than a few found themselves just a little bit waterlogged. The Regatta, which featured participants aged 8 to 89, is one of the oldest annual regattas of its kind, sailing each year since 1921. According to sailor Ted Dickson, it is also one of the only fr...

HARWICH – The Harwich Mariners wanted to defeat the Chatham Anglers just one time this summer, and after taking a commanding lead in Game 2 of the opening round of the Cape League's East Division playoffs, seemed to be headed in that direction. But a blown lead and a solid Chatham bullpen led the A's to an 8-6 victory, just one night after winning Game 1 with an 8-3 final score. After a scoreless first seemed ...

CHATHAM – The Chatham Athletic Association was fined $2,500 this week and two players from the Chatham Anglers were suspended for two games due to violations of the Cape Cod Baseball League Code of Conduct regarding the use of fake IDs to purchase alcohol. A host parent of the players discovered a collection of empty alcohol containers, fake driver's licenses, and a receipt for the recent purchase of alcohol d...

Macort Shares Secrets Of Pirate Sam Bellamy

By: Debra Lawless

CHATHAM — Researchers at the Whydah Museum in West Yarmouth and Provincetown recently used DNA tests to draw some conclusions about the human bones Whydah divers have found at the site of the 1717 shipwreck off Eastham. First, a thigh bone that had a one-in-40 chance of belonging to the Whydah’s Captain Sam Bellamy did not belong to the infamous pirate. DNA from the bone was compared to DNA from Bellamy’s re...

Jo Ann Ritter: Color Captures It

By: Pamela Quirinale

CHATHAM — As a little girl, Jo Ann Ritter was fascinated by color. She "colored continuously." And later in life, as an artist, this is evident in her work. Beautiful colors in harmony with each other, combined with a subtle use of shading, create a calm, peaceful mood in her oil paintings. Ritter is a plein air painter, one who paints outside and captures the scene fresh from life. Ritter initially studied ...

"All the world's a stage!" Monomoy Theater's playful production of William Shakespeare's sportive, pastoral comedy "As You Like It" is set to the Age of Regency about 1790. Autocratic Dukes and Lords continue to rule their jurisdictions with full control over their subjects including brothers, sons, and daughters, or so it seems. "And all the men and women merely players." Written in 1599, "As You Like It" ...