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ORLEANS — Some of the promises made at this week's town meeting will have to be kept right away. On Monday, voters said they wanted to spend $4.2 million to advance water quality projects, $450,000 to fund Other Post-Employment Benefits obligations, $275,000 to seed a new affordable housing trust, and $175,000 for a master plan to relocate facilities at Nauset Beach. Next Tuesday, they'll have to confirm tho...

ORLEANS — Town meeting was in a mood to approve some big-ticket items Monday night, including a $37.1 million operating budget for the town and schools and $4.2 million for continued work on water quality projects, but members were downright penny-pinching when it came to raising fees. The meeting voted down the finance committee's proposal to review all fees annually with an eye toward eventually bringing t...

Darrel Palm

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Darrel Palm     Darrel “Dewey” Palm, 59, passed away on Tuesday, April 24th, 2018 at his home in Brewster.     He was the beloved son of Sally Palm, loving partner of Irene Gallant, brother to Tracy Moss, uncle to Trevor and Kelley Moss and loving father of Jeffrey Palm, Amanda Palm and Jay Grenier. He had four beautiful grandchildren: Jordan, Nevaeh, Riley and Cullen. Darrell was predeceased by his father Lee ...

Parker Newhall Chick Jr.

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Parker Newhall Chick Jr.             CHATHAM - Parker Newhall Chick Jr., 85, of Chatham, passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 26, 2018 after a long illness. He was the beloved husband of Priscilla (Freeman) Chick for over 64 years. He is predeceased by his parents Parker Chick Sr. & Katharine (Pearson) Chick, and his beloved brother Peter Chick of Tacoma, Wash. ...

Carol Ann Jefferson, 77

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Carol Ann Jefferson, 77                 HARWICH – Carol Ann (Vaughan) Jefferson loving wife, mother, mother-in-law, sister and grandmother died on Thursday, April 26th at Boston Medical Center after a long battle with multiple illnesses.  She was the daughter of Theodore and Florence Vaughan formally of Carver and Cohasset.                 Carol is survived by her daughter Cheryl Pichel and husband Philip P...

CHATHAM – The only thing certain about the fate of an iconic Shore Road home is that it will continue to exist in its present state for at least the next 18 months. After unanimously agreeing that the 91-year-old house, whose official address is 233 Seaview St., is historically significant, the commission voted Tuesday to impose an 18-month demolition delay on the structure. Owners Ronald and Ann Cami of San F...

CHATHAM – Toxic algae has closed several freshwater ponds on Cape Cod in recent years, including Harwich's Hinckley's Pond in 2009. So far Chatham's ponds have not been impacted, and a new testing program aims at providing a warning if that changes. Volunteers are being sought to help collect water quality samples from five ponds this summer. Testing for cyanobacteria – the organism that causes the blue-green ...

CHATHAM — Because of an apparent miscommunication, an article seeking to renew the Monomoy Regional School agreement was not included on Chatham's annual town meeting warrant and will have to wait until next year. Fortunately, the revised agreement doesn’t include any weighty changes, so the postponement doesn’t pose a problem, Superintendent of Schools Scott Carpenter said. At first, it seemed the revisi...

CHATHAM – After the 1987 break in North Beach, a long-range plan was developed in response to what was expected to be continued erosion south of Lighthouse Beach. But conditions changed – South Beach connected to the mainland and provided protection for the inner shoreline – and the plan was never fully implemented. That's just one reason no one was prepared for the devastating effect this past winter's four n...

CHATHAM – After nearly two years of work, consolidated waterways regulations were approved last week by the waterways advisory committee. The final draft will now go back to the board of selectmen before being adopted by the harbormaster. A theme that emerged from the committee's hearing on the draft last Thursday was the need to take a look at the waterways bylaw, the override authority under which the new re...

This is the second of a three-part series focusing on warrant articles for Chatham's May 14 annual town meeting. CHATHAM – Every year, homeowners pay a 3 percent surcharge on their property taxes that's used to fund affordable housing, historic preservation, open space and recreation projects that would not usually be covered by the town's operating budget. The Community Preservation Act was signed into law ...

CHATHAM — When it comes to the plan to widen Route 28 at the intersection of Crowell, Depot and Queen Anne roads, selectmen are tapping the brakes. On Monday, engineer Keri Pyke of Howard/Stein-Hudson showed selectmen a new design that includes a modern traffic signal coupled with turning lanes and bike lanes on Route 28 west of the crossroads, but with less road widening on the east side of the intersection...

Selectmen: Carpenter Letter May Violate Campaign Law

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Selectmen are upset with a couple of additions to the May 7 annual town meeting warrant which were inserted into the document without their knowledge after they had signed what they thought was the final version. The additions, inserted by Town Administrator Christopher Clark shortly before the warrant went to the printer, include a letter from Monomoy Regional School District Superintendent Scott C...

Toast Of Harwich Draws A Crowd At Wequassett Resort

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — “It was a great success,” Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Cyndi Williams said of the 17 th annual Toast of Harwich, held at the Wequassett Resort and Golf Club on Friday evening. The event, despite the rain, drew its largest crowd ever. “To draw 350 people on a Friday night in April is incredible,” Williams said. “People love the event and the venue. This event proves that this is the format ...

HARWICH — Sharon Hughes, a special education teacher at Orleans Elementary, has been tapped as the next assistant principal at Harwich Elementary School. The announcement was made last week by Harwich Elementary’s current assistant principal, Mary Oldach, who will be assuming the principal’s job on July 1. “The interview committee reviewed the applications of 21 highly qualified candidates, and, of these,...

Crematorium, Sewer Top Town Meeting Warrant

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The 69-article annual town meeting warrant is expected to ignite some fireworks on Monday night with such controversial topics as funding for a pet crematorium and sewer infrastructure in East Harwich. There are other topics that certainly will draw debate, including using a $1 million grant to offset the cost of the Saquatucket Harbor landside project; a $6.7 million East Harwich fire station replac...