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Senate, House Pass Short-term Rental Tax

By: Tim Wood

Long-sought Revenue Source Likely To Go Into Effect In 2019 With the backing of both the state Senate and House, it appears as if the extension of the room occupancy excise tax to include short-term room and home rentals is a done deal. Both houses of the legislature have passed bills authorizing the short-term rental tax, which would apply to summer home rentals of less than 90 days, as well as Air BnB-typ...

CHATHAM – In 1968, two and a half years after Lady Bird Johnson initiated her national beautification program, the women of the newly-formed Chatham Garden Club began to beautify Chatham by planting flowers, ornamental grasses and flowering trees. Armed with trowels, gardening gloves and watering cans, the women tended plantings in traffic islands and window boxes. And half a century later, garden club members...

Chatham Wins State Grant For Recycling Education

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — If you take the time to separate out your plastics and tin cans before pitching out the trash, you might think you’re pretty well schooled in recycling. Turns out, most people need a periodic refresher about what and how to recycle. To that end, the town has received a state grant of up to $7,500 to improve the town’s “Recycling IQ.” “We were one of the first communities on the Cape to get this,” D...

CHATHAM — Summer visitors will be able to continue to park at the old Eldredge Garage property this summer, but it’ll cost them. In what will be the town’s first experiment with paid parking in downtown Chatham, selectmen this week endorsed a plan to charge visitors – but not Chatham residents or taxpayers – to park at the town-owned site this summer. The recommendation came from the Eldredge Garage prope...

Harwich Cultural Center Partners With ArtWeek Festival

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The Harwich Cultural Center will play a major role in the ArtWeek festival that will take place across the state toward the end of the month. The festival seeks to spotlight how the creative economy is thriving in Massachusetts. That will also be the goal here with the “Harwich is Creative” initiative that has been shaped by the center's program aide, Erica Strzepek. ArtWeek is a 10-day festival b...

Selectmen Reject Participation In Opioid Lawsuit

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — On a 3-2 vote, selectmen on Monday night decided not to participate in a lawsuit that alleges pharmaceutical companies are responsible for the opioid epidemic and caused additional expenses to municipalities across the nation. Town Counsel John Giorgio made a presentation to selectmen two weeks ago explaining a consortium of lawyers are spearheading the national litigation seeking remuneration for co...

Town Meeting To Decide On Pet Burial Ground Crematory

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The proposed creation of a crematory at the new pet burial grounds on Queen Anne Road has the support of the selectmen and finance committee heading into town meeting, but one resident said he didn't think it made any sense. If he was an investor on the television program “Shark Tank,” resident Richard Gundersen told selectmen Monday night, he'd say, “I'm out, it doesn't make it.” Cemetery Adminis...

HARWICH – You have to look really hard to find much difference in policy positions among the three candidates running for the Democratic nomination for governor. In a debate at Monomoy Regional High School Monday, the candidates outlined similar positions on issues such as affordable housing, education, immigration and transportation. Each attacked Gov. Charles Baker as ineffective and said as governor they wo...

Town Officials Seek To Clarify Marijuana Zoning Amendments

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Town officials admitted Monday night the four annual town meeting articles related to the retail sale of recreational marijuana can be a bit confusing. They were clear, however, on their united support for banning pot sales in town. Both Police Chief David Guillemette and Town Planner Charleen Greenhalgh pointed out it is legal for residents over 21 years of age to smoke marijuana at home and to grow...

HARWICH – It might have been unseasonably chilly for Monomoy softball's home opener against Rising Tide on April 5, but the Sharks were on fire, posting a 5-1 victory in non-league action. Sophomore pitcher Mollie Charest, who along with catcher Emma Thacher was named a Div. 3 player to watch by the Boston Herald, quickly retired the first three batters in Rising Tide's lineup, paving the way for Monomoy's lea...

HARWICH – When a seasoned team plays one that's still relatively new, games can go any number of ways, but when the Monomoy boys varsity lacrosse team hosted Martha's Vineyard on Monday, the game may have ended in a 9-6 loss, but the Sharks definitely worked to keep the Vineyarders on their toes. After Martha's Vineyard netted three goals in quick succession to take a 3-0 lead in the opening frame, Monomoy's C...

The newly-organized Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra will debut on April 15 with a concert blending music and poetry as a salute to National Poetry Month. Matthew Scinto, 27, who directs the bell choir at Pilgrim Congregational Church in Harwich Port, founded the new 25-piece orchestra consisting of friends and colleagues from the Boston area after moving with his wife Cara to Brewster last August. He will conduct t...

'Wolf Hollow' Premieres At Cape Cod Theatre Company/HJT

By: Jennifer Sexton-Riley

Courage, friendship and standing up to intimidation are the powerful themes in “Wolf Hollow,” a haunting tale of a young girl, a bully and a veteran which will premiere on Friday, April 13 at The Cape Cod Theatre Comapany/Harwich Junior Theatre ( CCTC/HJT) . “Wolf Hollow” is truly a local production in every sense of the word, adapted for the stage by local playwright Susan Kosoff from the Newber...

For Monomoy Regional High School principal Bill Burkhead, an innovative lunch hour is “the future of education.” In late winter of last year, MRHS began an experiment known as “Jawsome Hour.” This is a new lunch schedule between third and fourth period that lasts an hour and allows students to use that time in a variety of ways. Principal Burkhead said “the great thing about Jawsome Hour is that i...

Our View: Got Lawn? Pay For Water

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

It's clear that the major driver of increased water use in Chatham over the past few years has been irrigation systems. They're much more commonplace today than they were even a half decade ago; it seems wherever there is new construction, an irrigation system is installed so the new owner can enjoy a beautiful verdant lawn. Which, by the way, is completely antithetical to Cape Cod; our soil does not naturally...

Letters to the Editor, April 12

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Election, Town Meeting Deadlines Letters relating to the annual town meeting and election in Harwich will be accepted for publication through the issue of April 26. Letters relating to Chatham's annual town meeting and election will be accepted for publication through the issue of May 3.   Who's Advising Selectmen On Airport? Editor: Four times in Superior Court, the Chatham Selectmen have tried ...