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Our View: The Unintended Consequences Of Popularity

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Traffic was snarled in downtown Chatham, nary a parking space was to be found, and crowds roamed the sidewalks and packed Kate Gould Park. A typical summer day in our fair town? No. That was the situation this past Saturday when the town was flooded with people here to take advantage of the fair fall weather and to participate in the Chatham Merchants Association-sponsored Oktoberfest. Perhaps it's the stri...

School News, Oct. 26

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Harwich Elementary School The newly formed 18-member HES School Council had its first meeting recently. The next meeting will be on Thursday, Nov. 16 at 3 p.m, in our activity room. Members include administrators Sam Hein, co-chair, and Mary Oldach; parents Gregory/Marcie Gogol, Jean Copeland, Martha Anne/John Larivee, Adam Capen, Teresa Sprague, Justin/Holly, Tavano, Mariah/Greg Tillman; community represent...

ORLEANS – Voters dug deep into their pockets Tuesday to fund the central core of a downtown sewer system and a new building for Cape Cod Regional Technical High School. They also backed spending $600,000 for HVAC upgrades at the town's elementary school. By a margin of 1,102 to 412, townspeople agreed to borrow $3.68 million to put in sewer pipes and connectors to property lines under Main Street between Acade...

Town To 'Bite the Bullet' To Retire Debt Sooner

By: Ed Maroney

ORLEANS — $29 million. $3.96 billion. Some pretty big numbers were discussed at last week's selectmen's meeting. The $29 million is the amount the town will borrow next month to pay for the new police and DPW/natural resources facilities and a slew of other projects ranging from the recently completed Rock Harbor bulkhead work to replacement of water mains on Beach Road. The $3.96 billion is the ass...

Cape Tech Wins Big

By: Alan Pollock

HARWICH PORT — By a more than three-to-one margin, voters Tuesday gave Cape Cod Tech the green light for a $128 million new high school building. Based on unofficial tallies from town clerks in the 12 towns from Mashpee to Provincetown, the building project passed by a vote of 12,207 to 3,927, earning solid wins in each town in the district. “Most of all, this vote endorses our students,” Superintendent o...

ORLEANS – Voters dug deep into their pockets Tuesday to fund the central core of a downtown sewer system and a new building for Cape Cod Regional Technical High School. They also backed spending $600,000 for HVAC upgrades at the town's elementary school. By a margin of 1,102 to 412, townspeople agreed to borrow $3.68 million to put in sewer pipes and connectors to property lines under Main Street between Acade...

Eldredge Garage Study Group Appointed

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Staff

CHATHAM – Selectmen Tuesday named seven residents to the committee charged with examining possible uses for the Eldredge Garage property, recently purchased by the town for $2.5 million. Named to the Eldredge Garage property planning committee were Sandy Wycoff, owners of the Chatham Clothing Bar; Scott Hamilton of Chatham Jewelers; former Independence Day parade committee chairman Brad Schiff; resident John K...

CHATHAM – At a public information meeting Monday evening on the Crowell Road Intersection Improvement Project, local residents critiqued the plan that selectman blessed in August for improving the intersection of Crowell Road and Route 28. While residents generally agree that the intersection is antiquated and dangerous, several of the roughly 40 people at the meeting at the town hall annex said they favored a...

CHATHAM – Hoping to impress upon federal officials the need for a permanent solution to the dispute over the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge's western boundary, town officials traveled to Washington, D.C. Monday and met U.S. Department of the Interior officials. Selectman Shareen Davis, Natural Resources Director Robert Duncanson and Town Manager Jill Goldsmith also met with staff from the House Natural Resou...

Chatham Celebrates Oktoberfest Saturday With Music, Food, Games

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

CHATHAM – Amid a crowd of Pumpkin People in the Park, the town will celebrate Oktoberfest Saturday at Kate Gould Park. The festival runs from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and features food, live music and games for the whole family. Sponsored by the Chatham Merchants Association, the event includes a costume parade at noon; kids and adults are encouraged to show off their Halloween outfits. Other Oktoberfest hig...

CHATHAM – Distilling four separate waterways-related regulations into a single document isn't an easy task, and even the process of reviewing the consolidated rules has become fraught with controversy. A lack of public input into the process thus far and the possibility of an independent review of the consolidated regulations took center stage at last week's board of selectmen's meeting, although the not-so-su...

What's The Future Of Chatham Elementary School?

By: Tim Wood

Steep Enrollment Decline Likely To Lead To Changes CHATHAM – Chatham Elementary School could end up as one of the smallest elementary schools on the Cape if recent enrollment trends continue. A 12 percent drop in enrollment this fall resulted in the school's usual three classes at the kindergarten level dropping to two, requiring the transfer of one teacher to Harwich Elementary School to keep class size ...

CHATHAM — When it comes to boosting numbers of commercially important fish species – and helping the small-boat fishery that relies on them – the Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen's Alliance is proposing a “no-fish zone” on the backside of the Cape designed to keep herring trawlers out. If it's implemented, the conservation measure could also benefit whales, seabirds and other species that feed on Atlantic herring....

HARWICH — Selectmen have endorsed the state Department of Housing and Community Development regulatory agreement that will move the West Harwich Habitat for Humanity of Cape Cod development forward. Habitat for Humanity of Cape Cod Executive Director Victoria Goldsmith said the purchase of the land should close in November as long as all the affordable housing trust fund money is available. Goldsmith told s...

Harwich Selectmen Withhold Naming Pet Burial Grounds

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Selectmen on Monday night postponed action on a request by the cemetery commission to name the town's new pet burial grounds on Queen Anne Road after Christine Wood, a longtime cemetery commissioner and committed community volunteer. Cemetery Administrator Robbin Kelley said Wood was well-known and appreciated for being an active volunteer in the town. Kelly pointed out Wood was the 2010 recipient of...

Audit Highlights Muddy Creek Bridge Overpayment

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The auditing firm which conducted a review of the town's financial statements ending in June 2016 discovered an overpayment of $325,000 to the general contractor working on the Muddy Creek Bridge project. Lynch, Malloy, Marini, LLP of Norwell, the town's auditor, made recommendations for improvements to internal controls, policies, procedures and risk assessments for the town.“It is important to reco...