CHATHAM – Selectmen have begun digging down into the proposed fiscal 2018 budget, last week reviewing general government, debt and capital spending plans for the coming year. At $2.1 million, the capital budget is up $158,000 over the current year's capital spending, but for the first time since 2012, will be funded completely outside the tax rate. Finance Director Alix Heilala said the source of money for the...
By: Rob Conery
Dogs are going to college and it's not a case of affirmative action run amok. The Cape Cod Commercial Fisherman's Alliance is spearheading a new program to get dogfish into university dining halls. A new “from boat to campus” version of a fish-to-table program is putting the fish on the tables of some of America's leading universities including Yale, UMass, and Ohio State. UMass has already ordered thousand...
CHATHAM – Drs. Michael and Margaret Tompsett were getting ready for a vacation in Cuba when they received a call from Lord Browne of Madingley. Michael Tompsett, he informed them, was to share the £1 million Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering for his work in digital imaging. “We basically took a day of shock, then unpacked our suitcase for Cuba and packed for London – unpacked swimsuits and packed rain coat...
By: Debra Lawless
The “heartwarming and inspiring” story of the 1952 rescue of 32 sailors from the Pendleton, the tanker that broke in two off Cape Cod during a vicious northeaster, represents Chatham’s community spirit at its finest, says Danielle Jeanloz, executive director of the Chatham Historical Society (CHS). “Rarely does a community have a chance to rally like that and have such success,” Jeanloz said Monday. The story ...
By: Cape Cod Chronicle
CHATHAM – Learn mindfulness, the philosophical underpinnings of Hinduism, flower arranging, gardening secrets, how to golf and all about the Cape's freshwater ponds in the spring Learning Series at the Eldredge Public Library. The series of more than 20 programs, which begin this month, is held at the Main Street library (with a few exceptions) and cost a mere $15 each, a true deal considering that many of the...
By: Jan Sidebotham
HARWICH – In his talk last week at the Brooks Free Library, Monomoy High School history teacher Richard Houston referred to the recent Superbowl game: “That was a North-South contest, too — New England versus Georgia...a good segue to tonight’s topic.” The topic was Houston’s trip to Virginia to explore Revolutionary and Civil War sites, funded by the Westgate Foundation of Chatham. Created in honor of Dr. R.I...
By: Alan Pollock
HARWICH — Voters in the May 1 annual town meeting will face a weighty warrant of town business, including an article that seeks around $34 million to build a sewer collection system in East Harwich. Around 50 articles are on the draft warrant, which closed on Friday at noon. Town Administrator Christopher Clark warned that the draft warrant remains subject to change. It will be reviewed and revised by the boar...
By: Alan Pollock
NORTH HARWICH — They're not quite ready for a mortgage-burning party, but Family Pantry officials are celebrating a milestone. They've surpassed the halfway mark in their bid to pay off the mortgage and construction expenses for Second Glance, their thrift shop in West Harwich. The campaign, called “Shop for the Hungry,” has raised $542,000 of the $1 million needed to retire the debt on the thrift shop, which ...
By: Alan Pollock
HARWICH — Saying there's evidence that town finances are stabilizing, Town Administrator Christopher Clark submitted a balanced budget to selectmen Monday night. The draft fiscal 2018 spending plan will now be scrutinized by selectmen and the finance committee and is likely to undergo many revisions before town meeting in May. Though it omits or reduces nearly $1 million in funding requests from department hea...
By: Alan Pollock
HARWICH — It doesn't qualify as leisure reading, but the town's new handbook on water quality aims to answer some key questions about wastewater treatment, like why it's being done, where certain measures will be needed, and how much it'll cost. Selectmen approved the 12-page document on a split vote last week. It can be downloaded from the town's website by clicking on the water droplet button on the home pag...
HARWICH ─ The New England Patriots’ historic win of Super Bowl LI happened more than a week ago, but for Eric Adler it feels like it was yesterday. It helps that he’s been perusing more than 20,000 images captured during the big game and subsequent celebratory parade, and this die-hard fan, who now works for his favorite team, wouldn’t have it any other way. To some degree, Adler’s tale is your classic small...
ORLEANS ─ The Cape Cod Furies girls varsity ice hockey team weathered a late-game rally by the Stoughton Black Knights to secure a 5-4 victory on Senior Night Feb. 11 at their home rink in the Charles Moore Arena. The Cape Tech-Monomoy-Nauset tri-team was ready to go in the opening period, netting three of their five goals in the frame. The first came at the 2:45 minute mark when Lauren Monger sent in an una...
By: Kat Szmit
NORTH EASTHAM ─ Injuries and three-pointers proved potent for the Monomoy girls basketball team on Friday night as the Sharks fell 56-24 in a girls-boys doubleheader. Noticeably absent from game play for the Sharks was Geia Alverio, who was sidelined with a season-ending injury in the team's recent game against Falmouth. Her absence, combined with a powerful Nauset squad, was more than Monomoy was ready for ...
NORTH EASTHAM ─ Friday night was a tough one for the Monomoy boys basketball team, which fell to rival Nauset in an 80-41 non-league game on the road. Chris Mazulis was the Sharks' high scorer in the outing, contributing 14 points overall between free throws and successful shots on net, but even with his double-digit input and Jake Wisniewski's game-high 13 rebounds, Monomoy found itself overrun by the deter...
By: Amy Tagliaferri
I thought I was going to just "Ease on Down the Road” Friday night when I went to see “The Wiz” at the Cape Cod Theatre Company, home of the Harwich Junior Theatre, but instead I was blown away like the tornado that touched down in Kansas! A fantastic cast of 17 adults and children under James P. Byrne’s innovative direction with Robert Wilder’s musical know-how and four (yes four!) equally innovative c...
By: Debra Lawless
Here’s the thing about “Wolf Hollow,” the new novel by Lauren Wolk of Centerville: the story is so compelling that when you finish it, you’ll be thrilled to know that another novel by Wolk will soon be released. “Beyond the Bright Sea,” set in the Elizabeth Islands off Falmouth, is due out in May. “Wolf Hollow” is for ages 10 and up and was named a 2017 Newbery Honor Book and won the New England Book Award....