CHATHAM ─ Don't be fooled by the significant collection of soccer balls tucked around Caroline Kennard's house. While the 10-year-old from Chatham definitely possesses a love of the game, there's another sport she also loves that recently earned her a big win: competitive jump rope. Forget what you remember from your playground days. Competitive jump rope is a sport that takes skipping rope to new heights th...
By: Kat Szmit
HARWICH ─ Team Jackal was so close to winning their first Harwich Headhunt since its inception 13 seasons ago, but the team of tourney creators once again missed the mark as a bigger fish once again took the top prize. For Ryan Burke, co-creator of the Headhunt with brother Sean, not winning (again) just means they'll have to keep the tournament around another year, which suits its participants just fine. Th...
By: Ellen Petry Whalen
There’s nothing like watching a dysfunctional family in crisis to put one’s own problems into perspective. The Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater lures the audience into a world of family secrets in their new musical “Unexpected Joy.” This world-premiere musical brings together some acclaimed talents, and the net result is impressive. The book and lyrics are by Tony Award-nominated playwright Bill Russell...
By: Ellen Petry Whalen
The aptly named song “Greased Lightnin’” captures the spirit of the Academy of Performing Arts’ production of “Grease,” with its enticing energy emanating from the stage and the natural chemistry apparent between cast members. From the start, “Grease” revved up its engine to break records. It was the longest-running Broadway show of its time, opening in 1971 and running for nine years. It was eve...
By: Amy Tagliaferri
Children find magical worlds all the time in literature. Dorothy found hers over the rainbow, Alice fell down a rabbit hole and the Darling children literally flew there. In C.S. Lewis’s “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” (and in the adapted play by Joseph Robinette), four siblings stumble upon the fantasy world of Narnia through the back of a wardrobe. Just as in Oz and Wonderland, there’s an evil queen, ani...
By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers
Try A Little Civility Editor: To well over 6,000 people, the town of Chatham is home, but it is a town and home of a special kind. Chatham is also a state, regional and international destination. Visitors come here from all over the world. Walk down the street and you can hear the tones of England or the lilt of an Irish brogue, and, within a few blocks of the downtown area, it would not be remarkable to...
By: The Cape Cod Chronicle
Reflecting on last week's editorial about the fascination with sharks, especially graphic shark predations on seals, we realize that despite these being examples of nature in action right on our doorstep, there is another factor at work here, a single entity that is the cause of both the proliferation of seals along our coast and the recent arrival of great white sharks. Hillary Clinton. And, through an in-...
By: John Whelan
Several years ago, I wrote that an entire Chatham summer passed by more quickly than two weeks in January. A number of readers wrote me to agree. Others stopped me on the street to concur. Well, this year, it is quicker than that. Picture if you will a huge rollercoaster. Most of us have spent a number of nervous moments on rollercoasters in our life. Perhaps not lately for some of you, but even now, I still r...
CHATHAM – For the first time, researchers Monday documented a great white shark in Pleasant Bay, much to the surprise of a family who saw the 14-foot predator pass within a few feet of their boat. The Whaler was moored just inside the cut between North Beach and North Beach Island when the shark swam by about eight feet off the beach. The 17-foot boat was “just a little big bigger than the shark,” observed Bet...
By: Staff Reports
HARWICH — Because of a problem with the building's emergency lighting system, Brooks Free Library will be offering reduced services for the next few days, officials announced this morning. Most of the library building itself is closed to the public but limited services will be available in the lobby, where patrons can check out books and movies from a small collection; they can also pick up items on hold. Chi...
By: Tim Wood
CHATHAM – The Eldredge Garage property on Main Street may be the last, best hope to get additional public parking in downtown Chatham. “This is it,” said business owner Sandy Wycoff, referring to the land at 365 Main St. Earlier this summer, selectmen decided to pass after holding preliminary talks with the Eldredge family on possible town purchase of the property. Wycoff is rallying merchants and residents...
By: Alan Pollock
HARWICH PORT — Two boaters are lucky to be alive after a fishing trip off Allen Harbor went badly awry Wednesday afternoon. Shortly after 3:30 p.m., a man aboard a 28-foot center console boat radioed the Chatham harbormaster to report an empty inflatable motorized boat south of Allen Harbor. Chatham's 21-foot patrol boat, which was patrolling off Harding's Beach, diverted to the scene. Assistant Harbormaster B...
Robert Mario Fano Robert "Bob" Fano, 98, of Naples, Fla. passed away at Naples Community Hospital on July 13, 2016. He was Ford Professor of Engineering Emeritus in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT. He was predeceased by his parents, Gino and Rosetta Fano of Turin, Italy; his brother, Ugo Fano of Chicago, Ill.; and in 1998 by his beloved wife of 49 years, Ja...
By: Tim Wood
CHATHAM – The sentiment couldn't have been clearer: don't allow the sale of undersized, farm-raised quahogs in Massachusetts. That was the message local shellfishermen sent to representatives of the state Division of Marine Fisheries at a hearing last Thursday on a proposed regulation change that would legalize the in-state sale of hard-shell clams that are under the current minimum size. The change would only...
By: Kat Szmit
CHATHAM ─ In the foggy hours just after dawn on July 18, a 17-foot pilot whale stranded and died in the sandbars at the point of Harding's Beach. The whale was initially spotted by Kelly Chase, a friend of Corbin Ross, BMCS, Officer in Charge at Coast Guard Station Chatham, with news of the stranded creature reaching officials from the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and the media shortly afterw...