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Three Bids Received for Downtown Sewer Work

By: Ed Maroney

Contract Award Expected Early Next Month   ORLEANS - Two of the three bids to build the first section of the downtown sewer system came in below the estimated construction cost of $2,681,900.   Cape Cod Construction of South Dennis bid $1,917,954.10 and Revoli Construction Co. of Franklin bid $2,279,606.06. The only other bidder was Robert B. Our Co. of North Harwich, at $2,799,307.45.   The bids were opened t...

Downtown Stairs Are Gone For Good

By: Tim Wood

Parking Lot Steps Were A Safety Hazard by Tim Wood CHATHAM – Each fall, Yankee Ingenuity becomes the de facto downtown information booth after the small building that usually serves that purposes closes for the season. “We're the nearest store,” said owner Jon Vaughan. This past fall, the most commonly asked question was when the stairs leading from the town offices parking lot to the Main Street sid...

CHATHAM — Saying they need more money to promote the town as a destination, the chamber of commerce is seeking a $15,000 hike to its town budget appropriation next year, representing a 20 percent increase over the current year’s payment. On Monday, selectmen said they appreciate the chamber’s work to promote the town and could support some kind of budget increase, but they stopped short of approving the appr...

If and when it comes, the decision to change the grade alignment at elementary schools in Chatham and Harwich will be made by the Monomoy Regional School Committee and both town's boards of selectmen. Town meetings, however, will not have the option of weighing in on whether students from one town can be sent to the elementary school in the neighboring community, according to a change in the language of the Mo...

CHATHAM – New bleachers at Veterans Field, replacement of the fish pier observation deck, restoration of a downtown memorial and preservation of town records are among more than a dozen projects seeking Community Preservation Act funds this year. This year's CPA requests total $1,845,075, with the largest amounts for recreation projects. Six requests in that category from town departments and other agencies se...

Shellfish Upwelling System Planned For Mill Pond

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – For 30 years, the Dennis-based Aquaculture Research Corporation maintained a satellite shellfish upweller on the shores of Stage Harbor. The facility allowed the company, which annually sells millions of seed shellfish to Chatham and other Cape communities, to take advantage of the warmer Nantucket Sound waters to grow out shellfish earlier in the season than it could at its Cape Cod Bay-side facility. ...

'Hooked On Chatham' This Year's Parade Theme

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

CHATHAM – “Hooked on Chatham” will be the theme for this year's Fourth of July parade. The theme represents the idea that people who live or visit become “hooked” on the town's many aspects other than the obvious fishing, such as the beaches, boating, shopping and history, Independence Day parade committee chairman Justin Bohannon told the selectmen Monday. It was submitted by Connecticut resident and regular ...

Selectmen: Monomoy Refuge Letters A 'Slap In The Face'

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — From the town’s perspective, the latest volleys in the Monomoy refuge boundary dispute have added insult to injury, selectmen said Monday. On Jan. 5, federal officials replied to a letter the town sent to U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke more than half a year earlier, asking him to intervene in the town’s dispute with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The reply didn’t come from Zinke or from an...

Harwich Port Land Ho! To Be Sold

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Staff

HARWICH PORT — A popular eatery in Harwich Port, the Land Ho! Restaurant, is set to change hands next month. The sale is expected to take place on Feb. 26, and the restaurant will remain open through Feb. 18. When it reopens under new ownership, it will be known as the Lanyard. The announcement was made Monday by Harwich Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Cyndi Williams as part of an event held by the St...

HARWICH – “Imagine yourself...growing up in a country with a specific language. Now, you're 10 years old and all of a sudden you're torn away from that environment, torn away from your parents, and sent to school where everybody's a stranger, speaks a different language...It's kind of tough.” For Martin Owens, leaving home at the age of 10 was tough but necessary since it likely saved his life by helping him...

Harwich Selectmen Approve Cultural Center Fee Increases

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The success of the Harwich Cultural Center was evident Monday night when selectmen voted to increase fees for the rental of space and the only one to complain was a selectman, who thought the charge for classroom participants was too high. Community Center Director Carolyn Carey was asked to look at the fees for the first year of the cultural center program at the former middle school on Sisson Road....

Residents Question Costs Of East Harwich Sewers

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — East Harwich property owners last week received a detailed description of the implementation process for wastewater infrastructure, if voters approve $22.5 million the project in the May annual town meeting. With the design work well underway and an intermunicipal agreement in place with the town of Chatham to use its wastewater treatment facility to process up to 300,000 gallons of sewage per day, t...

Towns Get Grant To Study Regional Sewer Plant

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The Baker-Polito Administration has awarded Dennis, Harwich, Yarmouth and Barnstable a $150,000 grant to study a regional wastewater treatment facility. The communities have been studying a regional facility for more than a year. The Community Compact Cabinet grant was among $2 million awarded to 92 communities across the state. There are two components to the grant, Town Administrator Christopher...

HARWICH — Town officials learned Monday that the landside Saquatucket Harbor project will receive a $1 million state Seaport Economic Council grant. But what exactly this means for the project, which was altered and reduced in scope due to insufficient town funding, remains unclear. Questions yet to be answered include whether the state funds will be used to restore the original project approved by town meetin...

Senate Task Force Gets Retail Pitch From Local Businesses

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — A lot needs to be done on the Cape to improve the retail climate for local businesses. That message was conveyed to the Senate Task Force on Strengthening Local Retail during a visit to town on Monday. The task force came to see what steps government can take to improve the economic climate for small businesses, many of which face a small window during the summer months to show a profit. Those that d...

HARWICH ─ Winning is awesome, and is certainly the main goal of most sports, but sometimes a game comes down to not how a team won, but how well they lost. On Saturday, the Monomoy girls basketball team might have fallen to Nantucket 40-28, but they did so by playing one of the best games of the season thus far. “That game and the Falmouth game we just played were two of the better games we played all year,”...