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CHATHAM – A significant amount of the cost of the town's sewer construction costs will be reimbursed through the Cape Cod and Islands Water Protect Fund. The first round of subsidies and grants awarded by the fund, established in 2018 as part of the expansion of the lodging and short-term rental tax, were announced last week. Twenty-five percent of the nearly $35 million Chatham has borrowed over the past deca...

CHATHAM – Is it worth an additional $60 a year in property taxes to retain the town's elementary school? The majority of the more than 50 people attending a virtual forum on the future of Chatham Elementary School last Thursday said they'd be willing to pay a bit more in property taxes to ensure the existence of a local elementary school. “Good education is expensive,” said resident Michael Westgate. “I thi...

West Chatham Land Eyed For Housing

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – Two new initiatives in the ongoing effort to boost affordable and attainable housing may go before voters in June. The purchase of 2.44 acres in South Chatham is already included on the June 12 town meeting warrant, as is the designation of town-owned land on Middle Road for affordable and/or attainable housing. The select board has also endorsed an article for special legislation to allow the town t...

While all people over the age of 16 are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, and while case numbers are trending down again, officials are warning that even fully vaccinated people are still able to contract the disease. On Monday afternoon, Broad Reach Healthcare President and CEO Bill Bogdanovich notified residents and family members that a staff member at the Victorian assisted living center had test...

What will the world look like in 2033 when today’s kindergarten class graduates from high school? And what is the best way to prepare those students for the world of tomorrow? For the past two years or so, teachers and administrators at Chatham Elementary School (CES) have been studying and implementing a program called “deeper learning.” To further educate the community on deeper learning, on April 28 auth...

HARWICH – Tucked down a back hallway in the Harwich Cultural Center is a space where some of Cape Cod’s best and brightest congregate to share ideas. It’s a room where concepts become a reality, where likeminded individuals join forces to see their dreams take flight. The room, which was formerly used to teach home economics classes at the old Harwich Middle School before it was transformed into the cultural c...

HARWICH – The hybrid learning system in place at Monomoy Regional High School since school began in September will end on May 3. “We feel confident we can bring everybody back safely, as long as we maintain social distancing and masking,” said Principal Jennifer Police. The Monomoy Regional School District wants to be ahead of the ball when the state announces a return to full-time, in-person learning at hi...

EAST HARWICH — The complex, costly job of replacing the seasonal pier at Pleasant Bay Community Boating wasn’t just about getting rid of a narrow, rickety dock. It was about the organization’s core mission: making boating accessible to the public. By Memorial Day when it’s complete, the new pier will become the only wheelchair-accessible dock on the bay, and will open the world of sailing and paddling to peo...

Peggy Rose Nominated For Mercy Otis Warren Award

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The late Peggy Rose, who served the community for many years in many fashions, is being nominated for the 2021 Mercy Otis Warren Cape Cod Woman of the Year Award. The award is presented to a resident of Cape Cod who has demonstrated leadership in the community and made significant contributions while embracing the ideals of patriotism. The categories of contribution considered are the arts, education...

Royal Apartments Approval Appealed By Neighbors

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Neighbors have appealed the planning board’s approval of the conversion of the former Royal of Harwich assisted living facility into 26 apartments. The re-development of the interior of the structure on the corner of Bank and Parallel streets was met with opposition from neighbors, who expressed concerns with the density of the proposed development on the 1.8 acre lot, as well as parking, traffic and...

Plovers Have Returned To Red River And Bank Street Beaches

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — With the coming of spring each year, piping plovers follow close behind. Sure enough, they have returned to Red River and Bank Street beaches. Piping plovers, considered threatened on both the Massachusetts and the federal endangered species list, have been seen along the Nantucket Sound beaches over the past couple of weeks. Melyssa Millett, assistant conservation agent, said staff observed one p...

NORTH EASTHAM – Throughout the second half of Saturday’s Senior Day game against Falmouth, Nauset senior Aidan Handville looked over at the Warriors’ sideline and shouted “Good things are going to happen!” Handville offered the encouraging words between plays or during periodic breaks in the action. On occasion, Nauset defensive coordinator Jerry Gordon looked back at him and said, “That’s right — good things ...

A lot has changed for Tyler Potter since he began playing Pop Warner football at age 7. For starters, he’s grown older and taller and now attends Monomoy Regional High School, where he plays for the Sharks’ football team. As much as some things have changed, however, other aspects of Potter’s life have stayed the same. That includes the dream he’s maintained since he was a youngster — the dream of one day play...

Nature Connection: Connecting Through Stillness

By: Mary Richmond

Golden fingers of sunlight reached up through the trees, beckoning me. I pulled on my jeans and a sweater, packed my sketchbook and binoculars in my backpack, swigged a last gulp of coffee and drove off to see and hear what was happening out in the world. The morning was a cool but clear one at the wetland area where I started my walk. Reflections shone off the pond with little distortion as red-winged blackbi...

CCTC/HJT's Virtual 'Open Mic Night' Is Fun With Heart

By: Jennifer Sexton-Riley

On Friday, April 23 at 7 p.m. Cape Cod Theatre Company/Harwich Junior Theatre will present a new play, “Open Mic Night” written by New York based playwright Justin Jay Gray, filmed and directed by CCTC/HJT technical director Matt Kohler. The play will be broadcast on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Jester51 and on the theater's Youtube channel at CCTC HJT. After five years of highs and mostly lows running the ...

Responding to budget cuts in the mid- to late-1990s, Coast Guard brass decided that Station Chatham would be combined with Station Provincetown under a single command, with a paring-down of resources for the two key stations. On our editorial page, we opined that the move was shortsighted and jeopardized the safety needs of local mariners – and our readers agreed. But we were paid an office visit by the group com...