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Joan Stello

By: Contributed

                  CHATHAM – Joan Stello, a lifelong resident of Chatham, died peacefully on March 20, 2019 at Liberty Commons.                 Joan was born on June 7, 1926 to the late Kenneth Kendrick and Dorothy Eldridge Kendrick.  She was the twin sister of the late Jean Stello and the mother of the late Donna Metters.                 Joan graduated from Chatham High School, class of 1945.  She worked...

Russ Allen: Harwich’s Hidden History 4.0

By: Russ Allen

A couple of weeks ago I posed a question to folks on my social media network: “What are the 20 most historically significant buildings and locations in the town of Harwich?” Harwich has an historical society, an historic district and historical commission, a handful of addresses listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and at least two facilities specifically dedicated to its history. It has over 70...

You Guest It: Demystifying ADUs

By: Shirley Smith

There’s a lot of misinformation about Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs), which will create more year-round housing by making it easier for homeowners to build and rent out in-law apartments. Let’s clear up a few things: Myth: This is a drastic change to zoning and our neighborhoods, adding density, and overcrowding homes. Reality: ADUs are already allowed under existing zoning and have been for hundreds of ye...

Our View: Bury The Pet Cemetery

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

At last year's Massachusetts Municipal Association convention, Harwich received the Kenneth E. Pickard Municipal Innovation Award for its pet cemetery project. But what seemed like a good idea has escalated into a fiasco. The cemetery commission improperly used funds from its revolving account for site work at the 2.25-acre town-owned parcel on Queen Anne Road, including construction of a gazebo. That $70,000 was...

CHATHAM – In 1944, Monomoy Island was a former bombing range popular with hunters and dotted with summer camps. Thanks to its location, it was also a key site along the Atlantic Flyway, the network of coastal areas that serve as stopovers for migrating shorebirds. The establishment of the island—then a peninsula—as a National Wildlife Refuge meant the preservation of thousands of acres of habitat critical to the ...

CHATHAM – When visitors stop by Lighthouse Beach, they often ask anyone who looks like a local about what, for the past several years, has been the chief topic of interest here: great white sharks. Making sure folks get accurate information about the region's shark population is the impetus behind a new program being proposed by the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy (AWSC). Under the “Shark Smart” program, AWSC...

Iconic Chatham Squire To Be Sold

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – Perhaps the town's most iconic restaurant, The Chatham Squire, is being sold. Richard Costello and George Payne, who started the Main Street restaurant and tavern in 1968, are selling the business and real estate to Todd Hearle, a Connecticut businessman who grew up in Chatham. General Manager Richard Sullivan confirmed the sale Tuesday, stating that it is expected to be completed by Memorial Day....

CHATHAM — On the advice of the parks and recreation commission, selectmen this week reversed course on a proposal to move swimming lessons to Schoolhouse Pond as a precaution against sharks and seals. But the board is seeking new signs and better communications equipment to help lifeguards keep swimmers safe at Oyster Pond and all other town beaches. On April 8, selectmen voted to have the commission conside...

CHATHAM – It's Derby time! Chatham will be off to the races with its first “Downtown Derby” Saturday, May 4, a springtime event that gives a seaside twist to the venerable Kentucky Derby. Both adults and kids can play the “Seahorse Races” at the Whit Tileston Bandstand at Kate Gould Park, rolling dice to move three-foot-tall seahorses around a track. Chatham Band Director Tom Jahnke will be the race caller,...

CHATHAM – The fight over skydiving at Chatham Municipal Airport continued last week, with the town and a group of residents arguing over whether a suit seeking to ban the activity should move forward.  At a hearing in Barnstable Superior Court April 25, Citizens for a Safe Chatham Airport (CSCA) contested the town's motion for summary judgment of an injunction it sought to prevent the town from issuing a contr...

HARWICH — The selectmen did battle Monday night over the issuance of a seasonal wine and malt beverage license for the Dockside Seafood Shack, which has a 10-year lease to operate out of the new snack shack at Saquatucket Harbor. The leaseholder, Joseph W. Griffiths, was applying for the license and to serve as manager of the operation. Griffith's was the only response to a request for proposals to lease the n...

Pet Cemetery Will Be Hot Topic At Town Meeting

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The pet cemetery debate is expected to be the hot topic in town meeting, with three articles addressing the burial grounds on Queen Anne Road. Town meeting will begin Monday at 7 p.m. at the community center on Oak Street with voters facing 69 articles. The major financial issue facing voters is a debt exclusion request estimated at $4.6 million for the reconstruction of 2.25 miles of Lower County Ro...

ORLEANS — Jeremy Gingras, the former executive director of the Harwich Chamber of Commerce, has been accused of embezzling funds from the chamber and its charitable foundation for years before he was fired in 2017. According to a conservative estimate from a forensic accountant, Gingras allegedly received at least $37,712.73 from the scheme. On Tuesday, Gingras was in Orleans District Court to answer two cou...

EAST HARWICH — At age 100, Isabelle Monteleone still enjoys pretty good health, still has a wry sense of humor, and still remembers spending time with the young paratroopers who fought and died in places like Normandy and Bastogne. It seems like a lifetime ago that she was a Red Cross worker embedded with a regiment of the famed 101 st Airborne Division, running makeshift clubs where they could write letters h...

HARWICH – In a game of back-and-forth baseball that went into extra innings, both the Monomoy and Cape Tech teams were chomping at the bit to claim victory. Unfortunately for the Sharks, the hard-hitting Crusaders clinched a 6-5 win in the bottom of the ninth on April 25 in Cape and Islands League play. “It was a great baseball game, back and forth all game long,” said Monomoy head coach Steve Porter. “I figur...

HARWICH – It wasn't the outcome the Cape Cod Tech boys lacrosse team wanted when they faced Cape Cod Academy on Monday, but when the clock drained on an 11-10 loss to the visiting Seahawks, all the Crusaders could do was look to the next game. “It's a team we should have beaten,” said Cape Tech head coach Pat Lawson. “We didn't come out ready to play and they did.” The Crusaders started off strong in the Ca...