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ORLEANS — To the poet Goethe, architecture was “frozen music.” To some members of the architectural review committee, plans to modernize the look of an office building on South Orleans Road are out of tune with the community’s design guidelines. According to draft minutes of the committee’s Nov. 14 meeting, the proposal by Del Mar Vacations, Inc., for 24 South Orleans Rd. was withdrawn by Matt Cole of Cape A...

A Coffee House For A Great Cause At MRHS

By: Kat Szmit

HARWICH – There is a wealth of holiday bazaars and craft fairs on Cape Cod during the holidays, but the newest one at Monomoy Regional High School aims to raise money for a great cause. On Dec. 6 the Sandscript Club will host its first Holiday Market and Coffee House/Open Mic event to raise funds toward future writing adventures. For those unaware, Sandscript, a creative writing club, is one of the oldest club...

SOUTH CHATHAM — Maybe it was the years of breathing sawdust and fiberglass particles, or maybe it was a fluke of genetics. Or perhaps it was completely random. But 44-year-old Rick Merrill now has severe scarring on his lungs, and he’s waiting for the double lung transplant that will save his life. A Chatham native and 1993 graduate of Chatham High School, Merrill is a big man with a firm handshake and kind ey...

CHATHAM – The new owner of the Monomoy Theatre property is proposing to restore and add on to the historic theater building and antique Greek Revival home at 774 Main St., as well as construct housing for people 55 years of age and over at the rear of the lot. Greg Clark of Chatham Productions LLC was before the historic business district commission last Wednesday with conceptual plans for the redevelopment of...

CHATHAM — This week, Gov. Charlie Baker signed a new law that makes it illegal for people to use hand-held cell phones while driving. Among those who lobbied for years in favor of the law is the father of the late Katie Brannelly, who spent many summers in Chatham before her untimely death at the hands of a distracted driver in 2013. “You can’t explain what you’ve gone through when you lose a kid,” Tom Brannel...

CHATHAM — A decision by federal regulators to adopt restrictions on herring trawler operations is being hailed by local fishermen. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration last week approved Amendment 8 to the Atlantic Herring Fisheries Management Plan, including restricting midwater trawl gear inshore of the 12-mile limit from the Canadian border to Connecticut and inshore of 20 miles off Cape Cod....

Airport Commission Floats Compromise Approach Plan

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — In the wake of vocal opposition to a previous runway approach plan, the airport commission is proposing an alternative that still improves safety but requires fewer private property easements to be taken. Under the adjusted proposal, easements would likely be required for 18 properties where trees would need to be removed or topped to provide adequate clearance for a new straight-in approach pattern....

Pollock Rip Shoals Turned Mayflower Around, Changing History CHATHAM – In his “Of Plymouth Plantation,” William Bradford devoted just a few lines to the events of Nov. 9, 1620. That was the day those aboard the Mayflower sighted land—the highlands of Cape Cod, the Nauset-Eastham area—and headed south toward their intended destination of the Hudson Valley, then part of the Virginia colony. “But after they ha...

New Development Planned For Harwich Port

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — A sign reading “Be Part of Harwich Port's Exciting Future” is drawing a lot of interest in town. Erected on the vacant land across from Cumberland Farms, between Heather's Hairport and the former Bayside Realty office, the sign includes a rendering of a future retail and residential development. There has been a lot of talk about the improved business climate in Harwich Port over the past couple of y...

Historic Arrowhead Found On Habitat Construction Site

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — With the clearing of land for the six-home Habitat for Humanity project to be located on land behind 93 and 97 Route 28 in West Harwich, an ancient arrowhead was recently discovered. The projectile appears to be a Brewerton type which dates back between 4,500 and 6,000 years. The find is not anticipated to stall the Habitat project, but the site is expected to be registered as an archaeological site ...

Cole Strzepek Honored For Socks For Smiles

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Cole Strzepek’s efforts to keep kids a little more comfortable while in the hospital have paid off in a big way. The Cole’s Socks for Smiles initiative has collected more than 41,000 pairs of socks for children across the country. Cole, a 12-year old Monomoy Regional Middle School student, has been diagnosed with intractable epilepsy and after suffering eight seizures within a 24- hour period he was ...

Residents Want Holy Trinity To Preserve Century-old House

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Residents of West Harwich made it clear to the historic district and historic commission this past week that they do not want to lose the century-old house that once served as the rectory and later the thrift shop for Holy Trinity Church. The commission was addressing a notice of intent filed by the Roman Catholic Bishop of Fall River, as owner of the property and Bishop Edgar Moreira da Cunha as app...

Cape League Inducts 2019 Hall Of Fame Class

By: Kat Szmit

HARWICH – Paul Galop isn't a fan of the spotlight but when it came to being honored as one of eight inductees to the Cape Cod Baseball League Hall of Fame on Nov. 23, the former league commissioner took it in stride, joining the Class of 2019 in expressing gratitude for the league's highest honor. Galop joined a host of fellow inductees in the 2019 ceremony, held Saturday at the Wequassett Resort and Golf Club...

'Elf' Will Provide All The Christmas Joy You Need

By: Elizabeth Van Wye

Does the commercialism surrounding the Christmas holidays make you feel more like "Bah, Humbug!" than "Joy to the World?" If so, you may have company. Maybe what we all need is just what Cape Cod Theatre Company is offering, the Cape Cod premiere of "Elf, the Musical." Based on the classic 2003 movie that starred Will Ferrell as Buddy, "Elf" is the tale of a young orphan who accidentally crawls into Santa's...

PHILADELPHIA – Think you know the truth about Thanksgiving? Think again. As people across the nation prepare to sit down to another turkey dinner, David Silverman has an important message for them: it's all a lie. If you want the truth, read his new book “This Land Is Their Land,” which aims to eradicate what Silverman calls the Thanksgiving myth. Silverman, a historian, college professor and author of four pr...