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CHATHAM – The antique house that is at the center of the documentary “Starboard Light” is on the market. Located at 154 Champlain Rd., where the waterfront street bends north, the late 18 th century house overlooks Stage Harbor and includes beachfront south of the roadway. The one-and-a-half story three-quarter Cape was said to have been moved to the site from Nantucket. Appraised by the town's assessing de...

One hundred years ago, during World War I, the only attack on American soil by the Germans took place on Nauset Beach in Orleans when U-boat 156 fired shells that hit the beach. That attack was soon answered by seaplanes from the Chatham Naval Air Station, which dropped dud bombs on the U-boat. It was July 21, 1918, a hot and hazy Sunday, when U-boat 156 lurked in the waters just off Orleans. According to o...

CHATHAM – “Little rocket man.” “The dotard.” Prior to the summit in Singapore last month between North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump, the pair exchanged insults. Is this good diplomacy? No, said Gov. Bill Richardson, a part-time Chatham resident, during a talk Wednesday. “I’m a traditional diplomat, I’m a dull person. I just don’t believe in insults,” Richardson said. “Diplomacy i...

CHATHAM – One of the longest-serving members of the finance committee in recent memory is stepping down. Roslyn Coleman opted not to be reappointed after 18 years on the finance panel, said Moderator William Litchfield, whose is charged with appointing finance committee members. “Roz served with great dedication and devotion over the course of six terms on the finance committee, which is at least a modern d...

Dog Attack Leaves Some Riverbay Neighbors Fearful

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Several residents of the Riverbay neighborhood say they’re afraid to walk to the mailbox or have their grandchildren play outside after a longtime resident was attacked by a neighbor’s dog last month. On the morning of June 7, Joan Maloney had gone outside to retrieve her morning paper, and struck up a conversation with neighbor Jeffrey Howell, who was walking his dog. Ernie, the 45-pound lab mix, ...

CHATHAM — When a series of coastal storms inundated Little Beach early this year, it was the first time in recent memory that rising water left people stranded in vulnerable neighborhoods. And with the barrier beach eroding and the sea level rising, officials predict it’ll happen again. When it does, the town will be ready to deploy its new high-water rescue vehicle to get rescuers into flooded areas and to ...

Special Town Meeting May Reconsider Pet Burial Ground

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Paperwork for calling a special town meeting was issued this past week to Tom Birch, an outspoken opponent of using a 2.25 acre parcel of town land on Queen Anne Road to establish a pet burial ground and crematorium. Birch said on Tuesday he is looking at the options of calling a special town meeting to reconsider the town meeting vote in 2016 giving the cemetery commission custody and control of the...

Harwich Using Grant For Disability Act Compliance

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The town will be taking a close look at its compliance with the Americans With Disability Act through a $30,000 planning grant that will evaluate handicapped accessibility in public buildings, parks and beaches. Town Administrator Christopher Clark said the grant was the work of the town's accessibility rights commission, which put in for $50,000 for a municipal self-evaluation from the Massachusetts...

Route 28 Mill Store Lot Proposed For Boat Storage

By: William F. Galvin

WEST HARWICH — The planning board will conduct a site plan special permit review for the lot along Route 28 on the east corner of Grey Neck Road, which for a long time held sheds for the Mill Store operation on the opposite corner. The Mill Store is no longer in business and both the store and the 40,810-square-foot lot on the east side of Grey Neck Road are for sale. Allen Harbor Marine Service is planning to...

The Cape Verdean Spirit Filled Brooks Park On Saturday

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The weather and the warmth of the Cape Verde community made for a wonderful day in Brooks Park on Saturday, with music, dance and food defining the island's culture of the Second Annual Cape Verdean Festival. The Cape Verdean community here has long been an instrumental part of the town. Selectman Ed McManus said he is proud of the part its played, including early contributions to the fishing and cra...

Harwich Gets Grant To Shape Cultural Districts

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The town has received a $10,000 Communities Cultural District Initiative grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council to establish two cultural districts, in Harwich Center and Harwich Port. Harwich over the past year has become very active in focusing on cultural activities as a means of driving the local economy. The conversion of the former Harwich Middle School into the Harwich Cultural Center h...

The 2018 Cape Cod Baseball League All-Stars were named this week, with six from Chatham's squad earning spots on the East Division roster, five from Harwich, and two from Orleans. They are all set to show their strengths in the July 22 game being held this year at Whitehouse Field in Harwich. Fans of the Anglers will cheer on Dan Hammer, Blake Sabol, John Rave, Tristin English, Troy Miller, and Greg Velez, whi...

ORLEANS – Unpredictable winds didn't faze the intrepid sailors taking part in the 2018 New England Region Daysailer Regatta on July 14, with the Coleman sisters of the Chatham Yacht Club claiming a first-place victory after a day of successful sailing hosted by the Orleans Yacht Club. Natalie Coleman-Fuller and Allison Coleman were at the top of the list of finishers in the event, a solid warm up for the upcom...

Mariners No Match For Hard-Hitting Anglers

By: Kat Szmit

HARWICH – A home run, solid pitching, and timely hits led the Chatham Anglers to another victory against the Harwich Mariners, this time with the Anglers earning an 8-3 win at Whitehouse Field on July 14. The first inning made it seem as though the fourth match between the A's and the Mariners was destined to become a pitcher's duel as both sides were quickly retired in the opening frame. But Chatham struck qu...

The Monomoy Theatre showcases Sir Noel Coward's semi-autobiographical madcap comic play "Present Laughter," written in 1939 and placed on a shelf as World War II consumed Europe and the world. Coward himself starred in the leading role of Garry Essendine, opening to rave reviews in the fall of 1942. Clifton Webb starred four years later on Broadway. Kevin Kline drew acclaim in 2017, and so it goes, the laughter c...

“ The Twelve Dancing Princesses” is a lesser known Brothers Grimm fairy tale. For the 17 th season of WHAT for Kids! director and playwright Stephen Russell has combined modern-day politics and a children’s tale to produce the original and fun family show—“The Magic Cloak.” The comedy is set in modern day. Deborah Magee plays a homeless woman who opens the show by unsuccessfully begging from the ...