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Barbara (Drake) Weinz

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Barbara (Drake) Weinz, of Reading, formerly of Maine and longtime resident of Chatham, Cape Cod, passed away on Monday May 13, 2019 at her home surrounded by her loving family and pets.             Born 9/20/1932 in Morristown New Jersey, Barbara was the daughter of the late Fredrick Drake and Martha (Ferguson) Drake. Barbara was a loving daughter, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend. She will be...

Selectmen Mull Oyster Pond Safety Measures

By: Tim Wood

Following Shark Barrier Loss At Town Meeting CHATHAM — The message from voters at the annual town meeting was clear: Chatham shouldn’t be spending money on shark detection and mitigation at Oyster Pond Beach. But with swimming lessons starting up soon, selectmen are wondering what might still be done to improve safety for beachgoers. “Is there anything else we can do for Oyster Pond?” Selectman Peter Cocolis ...

CHATHAM – Voters in the annual election last Thursday approved borrowing $7.1 million for the next phase in the town's comprehensive wastewater management plan. The town is nine years into the 20-year first phase of the wastewater plan. Work previously completed or authorized, including last week’s approval, amounts to sewering about 20 to 25 percent of the town, according to Natural Resource Director Robert Dun...

CHATHAM — A week after town meeting voters rejected it, the proposal to build a new senior center could soon be making a comeback. A revised plan—likely on a different parcel of land—could be back before voters as early as this summer. “I think we all kind of agree generally we have to move ahead,” Selectman Peter Cocolis said Monday. “I believe that we need a new council on aging building.” Delaying the pro...

Named Mercy Otis Warren Cape Cod Woman Of The Year CHATHAM — Saddened by an act of violence at a women’s clinic in Brookline, Juliet Bernstein decided to organize a candlelight vigil in front of the Eldredge Public Library, and asked selectmen for permission to do so. When the board denied her request, Bernstein went ahead anyway, asserting her constitutional right and giving the town fathers a well-deserved...

In the past week or two, it’s been hard to drive even short distances without encountering a detour sign, traffic cones or road construction crews. But take heart: town officials say much of the work will be done by Memorial Day. It’s a fact of life on Cape Cod, Chatham Public Works Director Tom Temple said. Paving crews have to work in a narrow window of time between the onset of warm weather and Memorial Day...

CHATHAM – Save the date—June 29, at the Chatham VFW on George Ryder Road—for the Art of Charity's final swansong, really-and-truly-last-time event. Local food trucks, music and a limited but extremely selective silent auction will be the highlights of the evening, which will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. It's the Art of Charity Foundation's way of saying so long and thanks to the community, said President Otis Rus...

CHATHAM – Voters spent some $60 million at the annual town meeting, and while the major expenditures received coverage last week, there were numerous smaller appropriations that didn't make the news but nonetheless deserve attention. There were also several articles that were not acted upon, including changes to the Monomoy Regional School district agreement. Although the changes mostly involved removing referen...

HARWICH — The board of health has extended the ban on smoking in workplaces and public places to include town beaches, recreation areas and other town-operated properties. The board will decide at its June meeting whether to move forward with a ban on flavored tobacco products. The expanded prohibition on smoking in public places was brought to the board of health by the recreation and youth commission. The b...

Planning Board Gives Nod To Stone Horse Dormitories

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The planning board last week approved a site plan review and special permit for the redevelopment of the Stone Horse Motel property and opted not to refer the redevelopment project to the Cape Cod Commission, despite requests from neighbors. The redevelopment plan for the former motel calls for constructing two dormitories with 42 rooms in each building, two beds per room, to be used primarily to prov...

In Local Runs, Herring Numbers Jump

By: Alan Pollock

Judging from the sheer number of gulls loitering at local herring runs this spring, it would seem that 2019 was a good year for the struggling fish species. And official herring counts seem to be confirming that suspicion. On Tuesday, the electronic fish counter at Johnson’s Flume in Harwich had registered just under one million river herring this year, Natural Resources Director Heinz Proft said. That’s up fr...

HARWICH — The planning board will meet May 30 to consider sending the Harwich Retail LLC plan to construct a 7,489-square-foot retail structure along Route 28 in West Harwich to the Cape Cod Commission for review. “This is our neighborhood,” said resident Danny Horn. “Send this to the Cape Cod Commission because it's not consistent with our neighborhood.” The property at 48 and 52 Route 28 is presently the site...

HARWICH — Incumbent Selectman Michael MacAskill was returned to office in Tuesday's annual town election. Newcomer Stephen Ford also won a seat on the board with an 80-vote margin over Thomas Sherry. Meredith Henderson won a one-year unexpired term on the Monomoy Regional School Committee over former Selectman Linda A. Cebula. Voters turned aside two debt exclusion ballot questions for road work. Voters in ...

Selectmen Divided On Clark's Evaluation

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — A clear division among members of the board of selectmen on the performance of Town Administrator Christopher Clark was on display Monday night when the board reviewed its annual evaluation of the town administrator. The accumulative points given by selectmen in the evaluation determines if the town administrator has earned a cost of living increase. Clark's accumulative point total was 65.3, just abov...

HARWICH – Getting every kid on a team into a game is one thing, but at Monomoy Regional High School ensuring that kids have a team to be part of is a mission Special Education Teacher Shana Grogan took to heart, resulting in the creation this year of the new unified track team. Grogan, the Students Having Opportunities for Recreation and Employment (SHORE) teacher, said that plans were in the works last year t...

Sharks Nip Crusaders 16-9 In Boys Lacrosse

By: Kat Szmit

HARWICH – The Cape Tech Crusaders put up a good fight, but in the end the game belonged to the Monomoy Sharks, who came away with a 16-9 win in Cape and Islands League action on May 16. Six Sharks scored in the win, with Mark Pawlina leading the fray with six goals and three assists, while teammate Elijah Beasley added four goals. Rory Carpenter had a hat trick with three goals, with Jack Archibald netting two...