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Forty-five Panels Smashed At Town Solar Array

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM – Vandals caused $46,000 in damage to solar panels at the town's capped landfill in May, according to police. A blunt object was used to smash 45 of the photovoltaic panels, a meter and inverter components, said Lt. Michael Anderson. Security cameras in the area were not operational at the time, and there were no witnesses to the May 4 incident. Police don't believe the incident was a random act of ...

Though the Bob Murray Housing With Love Walk might have taken its last steps in 2017, those at both the Harwich Ecumenical Council For Housing and the Chatham Ecumenical Council for Preventing Homelessness know the need is still great, which is why they've combined forces for the first Mini Love Walk. Slated for July 12, folks from CECH and HECH will be walking the Chatham to Harwich leg of the Bob Murray walk...

CHATHAM – For Stuart Varney, the sometimes-controversial host of Fox Business Network’s Varney and Co. since 2012 and a part-time Chatham resident, Chatham’s Fourth of July parade is one of the highlights of the year. “I just like that feeling of the town of Chatham coming together for this event,” he said during a telephone interview last week. “It’s a long parade; the whole town is there.” Varney will spe...

Parades And More On Tap This Week

By: Tim Wood and Ed Maroney

With July 4 landing on a Wednesday, this week promises to be busy on both ends. If you've arrived for the summer or are just visiting, there's plenty to do over the next several days. Beginning, of course, with Independence Day parades in both Chatham and Orleans. Chatham's parade kicks off at 9:30 a.m. while Orleans starts at 10 a.m. (see below for Orleans event details). More than 100 entries are expected...

CHATHAM – “We're losing homes at a significant rate.” Historical Commission Chairman Frank Messina was speaking at a hearing for yet another demolition of a home on Stage Harbor Road, but was talking more generally about why the town adopted and the commission often enforces a delay on the razing of buildings determined to be historically significant. “We want to make owners stop and think about it,” he sai...

CHATHAM — A regional coalition of bike experts is peddling the possibility of a new bike path that would link Orleans with Chatham using a right-of-way under Eversource high-tension wires. Currently, pedestrians or cyclists traveling between the two towns either have to travel west all the way to the junction of the Cape Cod Rail Trail and Old Colony Rail Trail in Harwich Center – a detour of almost 18 miles...

Remembering The Airfield And Pilots Of East Harwich

By: William F. Galvin

EAST HARWICH — Not many kids become a pilot at 16 years of age, and even fewer of them built an airfield in their backyard. But Charles P.H. “Chief” Bascom attained both those accomplishments. Few people remember the East Harwich Airdrome which operated in a limited fashion for close to 50 years, with planes taking off from the dirt runway over Orleans Road (Route 39) or Church Street, depending upon wind dire...

Neighbors Stop Harwich Port Parking Expansion

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH PORT– Faced with opposition from neighbors to a proposal to expand the Schoolhouse parking lot, town officials withdrew the request last week. Town officials were before the planning board seeking a waiver to a site plan issued in 2002 for the parking lot and construction of the chamber of commerce building. Based on the opposition and planning board members' determination that a waiver wasn't the prop...

NORTH HARWICH — Everyone looks forward to Independence Day, but perhaps none so much as clients of the Family Pantry. Still, for many, the day they don’t need help putting food on the table can be elusive. The majority of Family Pantry clients – 63 percent – are working one job or more, and many are employed during the busy summer season. But during the off season, the low wages and few hours available mean ...

Planning Board Approves Cape Tech's Special Permits

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The planning board last week unanimously approved the site plan review and use special permits for the new Cape Cod Regional Technical High School. The project is scheduled to get underway in December and is estimated to cost $128 million. The new school will be located on the east side of the 69.46 acre lot that presently holds the existing Cape Tech school in the Pleasant Lake section of town. The ...

A new light is about to shine on Harwich's cultural stage as a result of a collaboration between the Harwich Cranberry Arts and Music Festival, Inc., and the Harwich Cultural Center, located in the former Harwich Middle School on Sisson Road. Starting on Thursday, July 12 and continuing through Thursday, Aug. 23, Cranfest In The Courtyard will offer a series of acoustic concerts to be held, weather permitting,...

HARWICH — It has been a long time coming, but the former gas station property in Harwich Center could be heading for major renovations. The historic district and historical commission will conduct a certificate of appropriateness hearing in two weeks for a proposal for a new convenience store and two apartments on the site. The 27,441-square-foot lot, which has a small, dilapidated structure that housed the...

HARWICH – When Ryan Richer was first faced with the idea of taking up running, he wasn't enthused. Fast-forward a few years and the Harwich resident has segued from those less-than-enjoyable early days to becoming a highly competitive triathlete. Richer, who was among the first graduates of Monomoy Regional High School in 2015, said it was his mother, Sue, who got him started on his running journey. “My mom...

CHATHAM – When the Chatham Anglers hosted the Harwich Mariners on June 30, for the better part of the game it seemed either team could be the victor, but a four-run seventh from the home team put the game away for good, especially thanks to the prowess of the Chatham bullpen. “The guys on the mound really set the tone for us,” said Chatham head coach Tom Holliday. “Dan Hammer pitched really well. Every guy tha...

Love conquers all. Now playing at the Cape Cod Theatre Company, Home of the Harwich Junior Theatre, Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” is a powerhouse production show with over-the-top costumes, big-time song and dance numbers and many touching moments. It’s all here, and the HJT stage has never looked finer! More than 25 actors, both young and young at heart, shine and will “wiggle” into your heart when you e...

Fathers and daughters have special relationships, and the past has a way of becoming your present no matter how far away you go. Local playwright Jade Schuyler incorporates both ideals in “The Tuna Goddess,” her first play and a world premiere at Brewster’s Cape Rep Theatre. Let me start out by saying this; this show is hilarious. Everyone who sees it will agree but especially those of us who live in the fishi...