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CHATHAM ─ Though commercial fishing has changed a great deal since the days of Chatham's forefathers, it's still a profession fraught with unpredictability. Safety precautions help ensure the well-being of a boat and all on board, and every blessing helps, which is why a supportive crowd eagerly ventured to the fish pier Saturday for the annual Women of Fishing Families' Blessing of the Fleet. The Women were...

Honoring The Memory Of Those Who Served

By: Tim Wood

With rain threatening, Chatham held its annual Memorial Day ceremony inside the community center Monday. Dozens of residents joined color guards from the Chatham VFW and Chatham Coast Guard Station, Coast Guard Auxiliary, scouts and local officials in remembrance of those who lost their lives in the nation's conflicts and wars. Master of Ceremonies Ted Miller of the Chatham VFW Post thanked those who attended for...

At least on a trial basis, you're now able to use your computer or smartphone to let town officials know about potholes, clogged storm drains, balky streetlights and other such annoyances. The board of selectmen has authorized a one-year trial of a system called “See Click Fix,” and is waiting to see if the public uses the new technology, or possibly over-uses it. Town Information Technology Director Craig Row...

Wind And Waves Vex Aspiring Ocean Rowers

By: Alan Pollock

The elements seem to be conspiring against two would-be adventurers who are planning to row across the Atlantic this summer. James Caple and Cindy Way remain ashore, waiting for a break in the easterly winds, ocean storms and high seas. “We were really expecting to be able to leave Monday morning first thing,” they wrote Sunday in an email to supporters. They consulted with their weather service Sunday morni...

Water Street Stairs Almost There

By: Tim Wood

The upper portion of the new stairway to the beach at the end of Water Street is in place, with the lower level soon to follow. Funded by a combination of community preservation money and donations from the Old Village Association, the stairs will restore traditional access to the beach at the Chatham Harbor end of the town landing. According to Coastal Resources Director Ted Keon, the bottom section is currently...

HARWICH — NASA hopes to have the capabilities to send humans to Mars sometime in the 2030s, but if Matthew Kelley and classmates at Vanderbilt University have a say in the matter, it could happen sooner. Kelley, who recently graduated from Vanderbilt, grew up in Harwich and went to Harwich Elementary School and Chatham Middle School. While he was in middle school, his teacher, Karen Manning, recognized his int...

Monomoy Students Sponsor Lively Senate Candidate Debate

By: Elizabeth Van Wye

HARWICH – Anyone who thinks today’s high school students aren’t interested in the issues that affect their communities would have seen something different at Monomoy Regional High School last Tuesday night. Nearly 150 people showed up to hear a debate between the five candidates vying to replace retiring three-term Senator Dan Wolf, who represents the Cape and Islands district in the Massachussetts Senate. The...

Honoring Those Who Died In Service To The Nation

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The threat of rain did not deter an intrepid audience at the Memorial Day ceremony at Brooks Park on Monday morning, as residents came to hear Lt. Paul Doane, USN, a former four-term state senator of the Cape and Islands and active municipal volunteer. Doane focused on the importance of reflecting and honoring those Americans who died while in service to the nation. For many Americans, Memorial Day h...

Monomoy Start Times Set To Change In 2017

By: Kat Szmit

HARWICH ─ When students should arrive at school each day has been a hot topic at a number of recent school committee meetings. Now, after a 4-2 vote, school start times will see a change in the Monomoy district in September 2017. The vote, taken during the May 25 school committee meeting, approved a motion to change the start times at Chatham and Harwich elementary schools to 7:45 a.m., and the start times a...

Brooks Academy Unveils Restored 1858 Map

By: Alan Pollock

HARWICH — What does it take to restore a 158-year-old map that is an important resource for genealogists, a striking artifact in the Harwich Historical Society's collection, and a powerful link to local history? It takes the CPA, and a lot of TLC. Using Community Preservation Act funds, Bob Zaremba of Maps of Antiquity spent more than four months restoring the 1858 Walling map of Barnstable, Dukes and Nantu...

Both Monomoy Regional High School and Cape Cod Technical High School will hold commencement ceremonies this weekend. Cape Tech's graduation takes place on Saturday, June 4 at 2 p.m. at the school on Pleasant Lake Avenue in Harwich. Monomoy's second graduating class will receive their diplomas the next day, on Sunday, June 5, at 2 p.m. at the Oak Street school, under a tent on the school grounds. For the ...

HARWICH — It could be a couple of months before the state department of environmental protection rules on a superseding order of conditions request for the proposed shellfish nursery at the former Lucas fish house on the Herring River. That was the word from Mark N. Bartow, an environmental analyst with DEP's bureau of resource protection, when he conducted an onsite hearing last week. He explained the hearing...

Monomoy Girls Golf Wins South Sectionals

By: Kat Szmit

HARWICH ─ In just its fourth year of competition, the Monomoy girls golf program has tucked a pretty significant feather in its cap with their win of the South Sectional Crown on Tuesday. According to longtime Monomoy golf supporter Jack Farrell of the Eastward Ho! Golf Club, the Sharks took first place in the match, held at the Brookside Country Club in Bourne, with top golfer Jen Keim the day's medalist wi...