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Promoted Harwich Police Officers Sworn In

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – It was a room full of blues as police officers from near and far came to the Harwich Public Safety Facility on Sisson Road to observe the swearing-in ceremonies of officers ascending the chain of command. Following the retirement of Deputy Police Chief Thomas Gagnon on April 6 after 33 years of service to the department, Police Chief David Guillemette conducted an extensive promotional selection proc...

Two-Hour Harwich Port Parking Limit Recommended

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The ad hoc Harwich Port parking committee is recommending a two-hour parking limit in the public Schoolhouse Road parking lot in the center of the village. The group is also considering asking employees of village businesses to park at the former fire station on Bank Street and take a shuttle to Harwich Port. The group is planning to make its recommendations to the board of selectmen on Tuesday night...

HARWICH — A resident of Hawksnest Road in the Six Ponds District of East Harwich is seeking to have the town make improvements to that road and Round Cove Road, which lead into the Hawksnest Pond and Hawksnest State Park.  Area residents, however, objected to the request, saying the proposal would increase traffic and open up more land for development. Robert D. Fratus, Jr. has made some improvements to Haw...

HARWICH – The D-Y Dolphins might have scored the opening goal on Monday, but the game, and a big victory, belonged to the Sharks as the girls varsity lacrosse team played to a 12-4 win in non-league play. After the visiting Dolphins found the scoreboard first in the opening half, Monomoy went to work, with Aleidy Rodriguez offering an answer at 14:55 in the frame to tie the score 1-1. Seconds later a lightning...

HARWICH – If the opening games of the Monomoy girls varsity softball team are any indication, it's going to be a tough season—for their opponents. After trouncing Sturgis West in the Sharks home opener 33-0, Monomoy went on to defeat Rising Tide 17-0 in their second home game of the season. Starting pitcher Mollie Charest had eight strikeouts in three innings against Rising Tide, opening the game by retiring t...

How does an author write nearly 90 books? That’s an average of almost two each year, if you consider that Martin W. Sandler of Cotuit did not publish his first book until he was in his 30s. The answer is that, in addition to having loads of talent, Sandler writes for nine hours a day, seven days a week, in his office, which is on the second floor of his home. During an interview in his sunny living room las...

School News, April 11

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Chatham Elementary School Each month, students and staff at Chatham Elementary School come together to celebrate their collective successes, efforts, and community spirit, as part of the school’s PBIS program (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports). These celebrations are called Proud To Be A Shark events, and the activities range from student performances to special guests. To honor National Poetr...

Patience

By: Mary Richmond

When I was a kid back in the '60s, my mother bought a set of humorous, supposedly motivational, posters she stuck up around the house. One had Uncle Sam pointing at my younger sister and me from the bathroom mirror telling us he wanted YOU to put the cap back on the toothpaste tube. He also pointedly wanted us to pick up our rooms.  There was a poster reminding us to put away our clothes and one telling us ...

Our View: Summer Watchwords

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

As Chatham officials and others are discovering, protecting swimmers from a shark attack is a problematic proposition. There were no takers when the town asked for proposals on shark safety measures at Oyster Pond Beach. Proponents of a shark warning buoy pilot project, currently the subject of a Go Fund Me effort, have run into reluctance from some outer Cape towns, whose legal eagles warn that such a system cou...

Donna Tavano: Full STEAM Ahead

By: Tim Wood

This column STEMs from my need to advocate for art and creativity that does not necessarily involve numbers and engineering. As you may know, the acronym STEM translates to science, technology, engineering and math. Schools have gone bonkers in this educational direction. Presicent Obama stressed that since the U.S. was losing ground worldwide in these categories, and girls and minorities were being “left behind,...

Letters to the Editor, April 11

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Make Decision On Facts  Editor: I was disappointed to read of the Harwich Board of Selectmen balking at the idea of a plastic bottle ban. While the board conveyed the message that they thought it was a good and well-intentioned idea, they fell short of voting in favor of the ban for reasons of convenience and misinformation. They argued that the fire department uses plastic bottles to hydrate firefighters, our...

Beginning at the age of 15 during the Great Depression, for 38 years Vivien Oswell of Harwich retouched black and white negatives of high school students for a professional photographer. “All those years, I was studying faces,” she says. Crossed eyes, acne and scars—she fixed all of these blemishes with a needle-point pencil that she sharpened on sandpaper. “I worked on thousands of faces—it helped me to...

ORLEANS — The town's dredge advisory committee reviewed dredging and disposal options for opening up Nauset Estuary April 8, but members started off focusing on what to expect in the way of support from neighboring Eastham. The takeaway from the March 25 meeting of the two towns' boards, committee chairman Bill Amaru told his colleagues, “is that the town of Eastham is partly in and mostly out until they hav...

ORLEANS — The Academy of Performing Arts and its Academy Playhouse have been riding a roller coaster for more than a year, with all the highs and lows that implies. In recent weeks, there's been an upswing as the institution has worked to maintain its school and transform its theater into an arts center more accessible to its students and the community in general. The theater is enjoying a spring cleaning and ...

CHATHAM – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to allow hunting on the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge for the first time since its establishment in 1944. The refuge is proposing a public use hunt program for migratory waterfowl and coyote, and will hold an information session on the plan on April 30 from 3 to 6 p.m. at the community center. The draft hunt plan, compatibility determinations and env...

David A. Metzler

By: Contributed

David A. Metzler             David Alfred Metzler, formerly of New Canaan, Conn., and Harwich Port, died peacefully at his home surrounded by family and his beloved Slovakian Rough- haired Pointer James, on March 24, 2019.             Dave, as friends and family knew him, was born in Cinncinnati, Ohio, on December 18, 1942, son of the late Dale Alfred Metzler and Barbara Hickey Metzler. He earned a Bachelor...