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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...

'The Burn Zone' Author To Speak In Chatham

By: Debra Lawless

How is it possible that an intelligent, educated, worldly woman can be brainwashed and inducted into a cult in the 21 st century? Author Renee Linnell, 45, tells her frightening story in “The Burn Zone: A Memoir” (She Writes Press, 2018). “When we’re young we hide what makes us different, to fit in,” Linnell said during a telephone interview last week. Linnell, who lives in Colorado, is on a book tour that...

When Jenny Pagliaro took the stage with her band Roses and Cigarettes at the 2018 Cape Cod Women's Music Festival, what began as a set evolved into a powerful experience for all in attendance, moved not only by the music but also by the woman at the mic who was, at the time, living with Stage IV metastatic breast cancer. Sadly, Pagliaro, a longtime Chatham summer person, passed away in March, but organizers hope ...

Letters To The Editor, May 2, 2019

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Ban Is The Responsible Thing To Do Editor: I am writing in support of the municipal plastic bottle ban proposed by Sustainable Practices that would prevent the town of Chatham from buying plastic bottled beverages. Each year 35 million plastic bottles are thrown away and only 9 percent of plastic bottles are recycled. At school, I see plastic bottles in the trash can instead of the recycling bin. And though...

Though it was technically eliminated from the United States in 2000, measles is making a comeback. And public health officials say it’s a reminder of the importance of vaccinations. The pages of the Chatham Monitor from the 1800s show many references to measles, both in its coverage of families who reported cases and in the many elixirs and tonics advertised to treat the disease. Before the development of the ...

An Eastham man died while paddleboarding off Nauset Light Beach Sunday afternoon, having apparently suffered a medical emergency while in the water. Because of shoaling at Nauset Inlet, the closest rescue boats had to come from Chatham, about 12 miles to the south. And had the tide been lower, some of those rescuers might also have been prevented from responding because of shoaling in Chatham Harbor. Respon...