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ORLEANS — The atrium at the entrance of Orleans Elementary School will be full of books and displays when students return to classes this week. One giant “book” was opened to two blank pages. “What will your story be this year?” literary specialist Martha Jenkins said students will be asked. “Children will be writing their own story of the school year.” Adding their stories to the “book” celebrates indivi...

Chatham To Drop Controversial Dredging Plan

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – The town will drop a controversial plan to dredge a section of Chatham Harbor near the North Inlet that prompted a lawsuit and appeal to the state department of environmental protection. In a press release Friday, town officials said because of evolving shoaling conditions in that area, the limited amount of dredging being sought would be ineffective in providing a suitable navigational channel. Rath...

Man Seriously Hurt In Cannon Blast

By: Alan Pollock

NORTH CHATHAM — A man was badly hurt following a mishap with a cannon Saturday afternoon. With ambulances committed to other four other rescues in Chatham at the time, an Orleans ambulance was dispatched at 12:42 p.m. to 2 Salt Pond Rd., North Chatham, the Gerald Milden residence, for a report of a man shot with a cannonball. Deputy Chatham Fire Chief David DePasquale was the first rescuer on scene, and s...

CHATHAM – A neighborhood group has appealed a Barnstable Superior Court justice's decision dismissing their legal challenge to skydiving at Chatham Municipal Airport. Citizens for a Safe Chatham Airport (CSCA) filed a notice of appeal on Aug. 12 seeking review of Judge Beverly J. Cannone's July 29 order ruling that federal law, under which the town allowed skydiving, overrode the group's assertion that the act...

Ms. Eelgrass To Return As Part Of End Of Summer Bash

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

CHATHAM – The legendary Ms. Eelgrass contest will return next Saturday, Sept. 7, as part of the Chatham End of Summer Bash sponsored by the Chatham Chamber of Commerce and Chatham Merchants Association. The Bash, which will run from 2 to 6 p.m., will be a “fun, family friendly event” celebrating the end of the season, said Chamber Executive Director Mary Cavanaugh. It will be held at “George Ryder Beach,” AKA ...

Summer Residents Urge Prudence In Capital Spending

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — If the town doesn’t carefully prioritize spending on big-ticket items, it will be stretched thin when it comes time to borrow for upcoming phases of the multi-year, multi-million dollar wastewater project. That was the message delivered to selectmen by the summer residents’ advisory committee. Advisory committee Chairman Jill MacDonald said the committee supports a plan to prioritize large capital ...

When natural disasters or other emergencies happen, town officials are always in need of trained workers to help with a variety of tasks, from answering phones and helping with paperwork to directing traffic and staffing shelters. To that end, the towns of Brewster, Orleans, Chatham and Harwich are creating a new regional Community Emergency Response Team and will be offering the first training session shortly. ...

During the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, 18 years ago now, nearly 3,000 people died; 2,606 of those were killed at the World Trade Center in Manhattan. Of the dead, 746 lived in New Jersey, and 18 were from the small suburban town of Basking Ridge. Just 36 miles from New York City, Basking Ridge is an easy commute into the city by train. At the end of that nightmarish day of Sept. 11, parked cars remain...

CHATHAM – Almost a year after it was established, the Chatham 365 task force is preparing to bring a series of recommendations to the board of selectmen to address the group's goal of encouraging a diverse, sustainable, year-round population. The task force's proposals range from taxation and zoning changes to economic incentives, sharing beach stickers with Harwich, building a community pool and moving the an...

Bylaw Calls Into Question Cranberry Fest Fireworks Location

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The town bylaw approved in 2009 establishing a buffer zone around drinking water wells where discharging fireworks is prohibited could spell trouble for the Harwich Cranberry Festival fireworks. For the past two years, the festival fireworks were ignited from Whitehouse Field, which is within the 1,500-foot buffer zone. “It’s news to me,” Fire Chief Norman Clarke said of the prohibition. “You’ve t...

Somehow, being “poor” Doesn’t matter here, Because the heart of this place Is in every volunteer! A few months ago, a client of the Family Pantry was inspired to write a poem, excerpted above, expressing her feelings about the organization and its workers. Asking for help is never easy, but the Family Pantry helps clients in a way that is both comprehensive, compassionate and respectful. “I enjoy co...

Trading Lemonade Profits For A Route 28 Sidewalk

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — A citizen initiative is underway to accomplish what the town has not yet to be able to do: get the state to construct a sidewalk along Route 28 from Saquatucket Harbor to Harwich Port. And it's being led by a 10-year-old boy. “Dear Mr. Baker: I am a child who lives in Harwich Port on Cape Cod. I live so close to the center of town and my grandparents and cousins, but I cannot walk there! The reaso...

Saquatucket Harbor Improvements Exceed Expectations

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito was impressed with the major improvements to Saquatucket Harbor as she strolled along the new dock system during a project completion ceremony on Tuesday afternoon. “It exceeded my expectations, though I knew it would be great,” Polito told The Chronicle at the conclusion of a tour of the new facilities. Polito is the chair of the state Seaport Economic Council, which contrib...

HARWICH — Selectmen on Monday night issued a contract to Community Development Corporation to provide housing coordinator services to the affordable housing trust for a second year. But there was debate over who should issue the contract, the town's affordable housing trust or selectmen. Selectman Donald Howell, who also serves on the trust, declared it should be the selectmen’s decision, not the trust’s, to i...