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CHATHAM — Acknowledging that road construction along Route 28 is likely to keep some people from visiting local stores and restaurants, selectmen are looking for ways to send the message that West Chatham is open for business during the upcoming roadway project. The board took action to make it easier for area businesses to obtain temporary signs and is encouraging the business community to come together to ...

CHATHAM – For the 680 voters who attended the Jan. 4 special town meeting, the process of checking in was just a little bit different. For one thing, rather than lining up alphabetically by last name, voters could check in at any of six stations, which greatly expedited the process. And at each of those stations, for the first time, iPads were used to check everyone in. It was the first time the Poll Pad sy...

Town Clock In Need Of Facelift

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – The town clock is in need of an overhaul. Located in the tower of the First United Methodist Church, the clock's four faces can be seen throughout much of the downtown area. That's both a benefit and a detriment. At its height, it gets the brunt of everything that nature throws at the town. “It's clearly above the tree line, so definitely is exposed to all of our conditions,” said Principal Projec...

Goldsmith Proposes $32.7M Operating Budget

By: Alan Pollock

Selectmen: Focus More On Project Management CHATHAM — Town Manager Jill Goldsmith has proposed a $32,733,626 operating budget for fiscal 2021. Designed to keep the current level of services, the budget is up nearly 6 percent over the current year’s spending plan and includes the equivalent of five new full-time employees. Selectmen praised Goldsmith and Finance Director Alix Heilala for the budget, and se...

Administrator Search Companies Make Their Pitch

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Selectmen will soon be putting together a request for proposal for town administrator search companies to assist the committee they have put together to screen candidates to fill the town's chief executive position. On Monday night the board heard presentations from Groux-White Consulting, LLC and Community Paradigm Associates. The board was looking for some foresight into the services companies prov...

Recreation Proposals Get Floodplain Approvals

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The conservation commission approved two requests for determination of applicability relating to floodplain issues for two recreational projects along Route 28 last week. The projects include a 36-hole mini-golf course adjacent to Bud’s Go Karts and expansion and a snack shack for The Trampoline Center across from the A&W Root Beer restaurant. There will be additional site plan review permitting ...

Conservation Commission Examining Bylaw Changes

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The conservation commission will hold a public hearing tomorrow morning (Friday, Jan. 16) on proposed changes to the town’s wetland protection and water-dependent structures bylaws as it works on preparing articles for the annual town meeting. “The goal is to be able to allow the commission to more consistently apply the bylaws,” Conservation Administrator Amy Usowski said this week. The focus is ...

Harwich To Move Ahead With Complete Streets Program

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The term “Complete Streets” brings up some uncomfortable memories for town officials who were involved in the planning process to improve road conditions along a section of Route 124 several years ago. The project had been approved for construction under the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and the funding would have been provided by state and federal agencies. But one of the conditions, comp...

HARWICH – Countdowns typically happen at the end of a game, but in Skyeler Sandison's case the countdown began as soon as the stellar senior stepped onto the court at the start of game play against D-Y on Jan. 10. Mere minutes later, with the sinking of a layup, Sandison scored her 1,000 th career point, a milestone moment worthy of celebration. All eyes were on Sandison's shot and as soon as the ball fell cl...

HARWICH – The Monomoy girls varsity basketball team might not have any seniors on its roster, but that didn't prevent them from holding their own against a senior-heavy Martha's Vineyard team on Jan. 9. Unfortunately, a pair of late free throws made the difference, lifting the Vineyarders to a 35-33 win. Melissa Velasquez scored an impressive 12 points for the Sharks and proved instrumental in keeping Monomoy ...

Nauset Wrestling Can't Quite Pin Down Barnstable

By: Kat Szmit

NORTH EASTHAM – Four Nauset wrestlers won by pin in one of the Warriors only home meets of the 2019-2020 season on Jan. 8, but it wasn't enough to overtake the Barnstable Red Raiders, who went on to win 51-28 in a Cape and Islands League meet. Henry Rank was the first to win by pin for the home team Warriors, defeating Barnstable opponent Jacob Coyne during regulation wrestling in the 126 class. Coyne offered ...

Cambridge-based Ensemble Features Part-time Chatham Resident Allison Coleman The internationally-renowned world music and dance ensemble Libana will present a concert called “Through the Darkness: Music of Deep Winter, Earth Love, and Healing” on Sunday, Jan. 19 in Chatham. This concert, scheduled for the dark period of the winter, will be the group’s first since the release of its new sellout CD, its 10th,...

Nature Connection: Watching Like A Hawk

By: Mary Richmond

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been a watcher. I’ve watched the leaves turn in the wind, the stars twinkle in an inky indigo sky and the butterflies sipping nectar from a summer flower. Watching nature is a quiet, mostly private activity that can be done at any time in any location. I’ve watched bluebirds flirt in noisy, busy parking lots, spiders build webs in the shower and mice steal kibble from a dog wit...

CBI Launches Second Season Of Winter Art Series

By: Debra Lawless

Here’s a fun idea for art lovers this winter: The third annual Winter Art Series, 11 weeks of shows featuring Cape Cod galleries and artists, will begin at Chatham Bars Inn on Friday, Jan. 17. The series runs through Friday, March 27. “People really come—it’s been a great social thing for people,” says Domonic Boreffi, owner of Gallery Antonia at 1291 Main St. Boreffi schedules the shows. The shows are open...

Our View: Toward A More Even Playing Field

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Buried in Chatham Town Manager Jill Goldsmith's budget summary delivered to selectmen Monday was this nugget: the average value of a home in Chatham, as calculated by the town's assessing department, is now $938,145. In 2000, that figure stood at $249,975; that's a 275 percent increase in less than two decades, a rate of appreciation that would make any investor envious; during that same period, the S&P 500 h...

Letters to the Editor, Jan. 16

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Positive Progress On Senior Center Editor: The Jan. 4 special town meeting brought us one step closer to creating a viable new senior center. With the creative problem-solving skills of expert planners, a facility that meets the needs of seniors and fits the landscape can be designed. We cannot continue to criticize every site, thus never improving the situation for the intended population. Imagine the lone...