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CHATHAM — Renewing a tradition that stretches 75 years, the town’s summer residents had the chance to speak out about issues important to them in the annual summer town meeting Tuesday. And for about two hours, they covered topics ranging from town finances to groundwater contamination. As nonresident taxpayers, seasonal homeowners contribute the majority of the town’s property tax revenue, without the benefit...

CHATHAM – This summer's less-than-perfect weather has even impacted shark tagging efforts. Dr. Greg Skomal of the state division of marine fisheries and his shark tagging team have only been able to get out on the water a few days. Rain, wind and low-ceiling clouds – which prevented the team's spotter pilot from taking off – have all been factors, according to Marianne Walsh, education director of the Atlantic...

It Can Take Two Years To Catch Up CHATHAM – These days, trying to match real estate sales with the town's property assessments is a bit like comparing apples to oranges. They don't even come close to matching up. Because assessments lag a year or more behind sales figures, there's always a disparity between the two. But in today's red-hot real estate market, that difference has grown wide enough to drive a ...

Walter Meier, Business And Civic Leader, 96

By: Staff Reports

CHATHAM — Walter Meier, a longstanding business and civic leader and philanthropist, died Sunday at the age of 96. Mr. Meier, who grew up in Zurich, came to New York City in 1948 to represent a Swiss import/export company that sold watches. He met Pota Lewis, whose family had a home in Orleans, and the two were married in 1950 and settled in Chatham. Together, they started Chatham Jewelers, building in the emp...

CHATHAM — On its surface, the surge in COVID-19 cases that gained national headlines for Provincetown might just as easily have happened in Chatham. Both places saw huge crowds around the Fourth of July, with influxes of people from around the country. What was different? It might be the fact that Chatham has a much more subdued nightlife. Providing a pandemic update to the health board Monday night, Health...

Rower Passes Halfway Mark

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Though he remains largely incommunicado, transatlantic rower Guirec Soudée has passed the halfway mark in his bid to reach the coast of Brittany under his own power. On Friday, Soudée was about 1,700 statute miles east of Chatham, and about 1,500 miles west-southwest of Brittany. Following a storm that damaged electronic equipment, Soudée’s ocean rowboat has only reported its position intermittent...

Chatham Fire Celebrates Promotions

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Last Wednesday was a red letter day for five of Chatham’s bravest. The fire department introduced two new firefighters and promoted a new lieutenant and two new captains. Ryan Clarke, son of retired Harwich Fire Chief Norman Clarke, was promoted to Captain. A 14-year veteran of the department, Clarke has a degree in fire science and holds certifications in training, leadership and fire investigation,...

Draft Bylaw Incentivizes Historic Preservation

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Having had limited luck with the stick, town officials are hoping to use a new carrot to keep developers from tearing down historic homes. The historical commission has drafted a historic preservation incentive bylaw that would allow property owners renovating certain historic buildings to construct larger additions closer to the property line, in exchange for a pledge to preserve the structure forev...

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to designate a portion of Pleasant Bay and most of the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge as critical habitat for the threatened rufa red knot. The areas are among 120 being considered for the designation, covering some 646,000 acres in 13 states. The red knot migrates between the arctic, where it nests, and southern locations -- as far as Argentina -- wh...

Harwich Police Detective Sergeant Bob Brackett’s motivation to begin the Harwich Police Soccer Club in 2012 was to provide local boys and girls with an opportunity to play soccer in a re-imagined way. “Everybody plays soccer on grass on a field, 11-on-11. I wanted to come up with unique things that these kids will carry with them forever and they’ll remember back, which is why we started the futsal program ind...

Volunteers Are The Heart Of The Family Pantry

By: Jennifer Sexton-Riley

NORTH HARWICH — The Family Pantry of Cape Cod helps provide many of our neighbors in need with nourishing food as well as access to clothing, fuel assistance and other resources. None of it would be possible without the hard work and dedication of the Pantry's 650 volunteers, who give their time and energy not only at the main Pantry location in North Harwich, but also in the Mobile Pantry, the Pantry location at...

Selectmen Reject One Scallop Farm, Approve Another

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The need for navigational safety outweighs the need for a new aquaculture operation in Nantucket Sound waters. That was the word from the board of selectmen, which rejected one request to locate a bay scallop farm in Nantucket Sound, while approving another request to grow scallops in the Herring River. Mark Kelleher of Kelpeher Farms has permission to grow kelp on two, 250-foot long lines offshore i...

Caleb Chase Fund Provides A Helping Hand During Pandemic

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — In 1899, Caleb Chase gave the town $10,000 to establish a fund to assist the less fortunate members of the community. That contribution has grown and provided between $300,000 and $500,000 in assistance to community members over the years. Caleb Chase Fund Trustee Paul V. Doane made a presentation to selectmen last week on the status of the fund. It continues, 120 years later, to be a successful prog...

HARWICH — The hotel/motel and short- term rental tax may be heading for an increase from 4 to 6 percent. The selectmen have instructed Town Administrator Joseph Powers to draft an article reflecting the increase for the next town meeting. Last week, the board discussed the local option tax as it applied to short-term rentals. Powers informed selectmen that an increase would also apply to hotels and motels as w...

HARWICH PORT – The crunch of your tires rolling down a broken-seashell driveway is the first indicator that you are on the right path. If you are met with a tunnel of miniature American flags resting in the shadows of a never-ending row of hydrangea flowers, keep driving ahead, because that is another sign you are close. When you spot a half-dozen-or-so cars and a couple stray bicycles parked in front of the h...

ORLEANS – The surprise was put to the test early in the morning when Orleans Firebirds manager Kelly Nicholson sent his longtime friend and former player-turned-assistant coach Chris Beck a text message asking him if he was awake and available to chat. “I was like, ‘Yeah, yeah, I have kids, I’m awake,’” Beck recalled of the text exchange, which came right around 10 a.m. on June 28. “He thought it was 7 o’clock...