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ORLEANS — They're on a mission to celebrate the historic heritage of the town and encourage its preservation. They are the Orleans Historical Commission, and they'd appreciate an invitation to speak to your group about their mission. “Preservation really isn't about laws and regulations,” said commission chairman Ron Petersen. “It's about winning hearts and minds and establishing community norms that support...

ORLEANS — It's a pretty little stretch of sand on Cape Cod Bay, with a big parking lot close by. And you don't need a sticker to use it. The shoreline at Rock Harbor is one of the town's many waterside attractions popular with local residents and visitors alike. Balancing those demands has the board of selectmen contemplating some sort of resident parking sticker that could give priority to those who live he...

Fish Pier Observation Deck Closed

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – The observation deck at the fish pier was closed Monday after a support post was damaged by a fork lift. Wharfinger Michael Ryder secured the deck and shut down access by the public after being informed of the incident by Red's Best, one of the two tenants that lease the packing building. In an email, Ryder said the deck would be closed until the damage can be properly repaired. Plans are in th...

BREWSTER – The failure to follow the rules of “regular order” are at the root of Congress' inability to address the pressing issues of the day, Representative William Keating said Tuesday. Health care, immigration, affordable housing and many other matters could be tackled if legislation could just come to the floor for a vote, Keating said, but the current leadership won't allow that to happen, either because...

Selectmen Battle With Fees Versus Taxes To Fund Departments

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Selectmen continue to wrestle with the cost of permits as the town looks at bringing fees in line with the costs of running the building department. The topic has drawn some interesting debate, and selectmen could not come to a conclusion on increases in fees recommended by Building Commissioner Raymond Chesley. Over the past three weeks selectmen have been debating an increase in building departm...

'Chatham Charlie' Was The Town's Unofficial Ambassador

By: Debra Lawless

CHATHAM – Chatham Charlie was a “heart dog,” a special dog out of many beloved dogs, who wiggled his way deep into hearts. For Charlie’s “humans” Paul and Robin Litwin and, it turns out, for an awful lot of other people, the beautiful golden retriever with his huge smile and extraordinary personality made each day a little better. In his capacity as unofficial “ambassador” for the town of Chatham, Charlie lure...

New Study Seeks To Reveal The Secrets Of Halibut

By: Doreen Leggett

Fred Bennett has been a fisherman for about 60 years and he just stared, perplexed, at a graph supposedly showing a halibut, tagged to track its progress, moving in the water column. He shook his head in consternation and looked at fellow captain Mike Anderson who has spent more than 40 years on the water. How is that possible? Bennett wondered. Anderson was laughing. It’s not, he said – unless the st...

CHATHAM – The central portion of the iconic house at the corner of Shore Road and Seaview Street will be saved from the wrecking ball. Peter Polhemus of Polhemus Savery DaSilva Builders Architects told the historical commission last week that the firm has been working “quite intensely” with owners Ronald and Ann Cami on a design that will incorporate the original 1927-section of the building at 233 Seaview St....

What convinced Angela Sanfilippo, president of the Gloucester Fishermen's Wives Association, that filmmaker David Wittkower could tell the story of the decline of the New England commercial fishing industry was that he wanted to interview fishermen and let them speak in their own voice. “That never happened,” she said. In most stories in the media about the industry, fishermen's words “are always twisted,” she...

CHATHAM – A plastic barrier system is being eyed to protect against flooding and perhaps combat erosion in the Little Beach neighborhood. Last Thursday representatives of Muscle Wall were at Outermost Harbor Marine to demonstrate possible uses of the four-foot-high polyethylene structures, which can be linked together to form a continuous wall. “We refer to it as giant Legos,” said Chaz Housley, general man...

CHATHAM — For many seasonal residents, this is the weekend for cleaning up, packing up and heading south for the winter. But before they go, members of the town’s summer residents’ advisory committee gave their annual report to selectmen Monday, staking out positions on a number of key issues facing the town. Committee Chairman Colette Trailor said her group and its subcommittees received detailed informatio...

OPAK Unlocks Secrets Of The Salt Marsh

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Staff

CHATHAM — On Aug. 18, the environmental education group Ocean Protection Advocacy Kids, or OPAK, led a small group of ocean advocates on a marsh scavenger hunt through the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge. After getting an introduction from refuge staff, participants set out into the field with a guide. Students learned how to use a seine net for population studies, and how to use water quality testing kits ...

Harwich Will Cease Monday Evening Access To Town Offices

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — For the past dozen years town hall departments have had their doors open and staff has been working until 8 p.m. on Mondays as an exercise in convenience to working people who may not be able to conduct business on the usual 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. schedule. But that practice will be changing. Beginning in January, town hall will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. five days a week. As a tradeoff for provid...

Mixed Use Sought For Former Mill Store Property

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The planning board will be acting on mixed use and site plan review special permits for the former Mill Store property located along Route 28 in West Harwich. The proposal calls for retail use of the existing building and the addition of a three-bay garage with an apartment above. The applicants seeking the special permits are Ty Cronin and John Doherty, who have the property under contract to purcha...

CLF Files Lawsuits Against Wequassett And Wychmere Resorts

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The Conservation Law Foundation has filed federal lawsuits against the Wequassett Inn and Wychmere Beach Club charging the town's two largest resort complexes with illegally discharging pollutants which are impairing the health of local marine waters. “Nitrogen pollution is killing the Cape's beautiful waterways,” Christopher Kilian, vice president of strategic legislation at CLF, said in a statement...