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CHATHAM – At two public forums last week, residents encouraged the planning board to move forward with a zoning amendment allowing accessory dwelling units in single-family homes, but recommended that limits be placed on the number of units allowed annually and suggested that the language of the bylaw be tightened to prevent abuse. Support was not unanimous, however, with several residents warning that the byl...

Despite Chain Store Closures, Toy Drives Doing Well

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — With the closure of Toys “R” Us in Hyannis and Benny’s in Dennisport, among other retail chains, organizers of local toy drives worried that some needy local children wouldn’t find as much under the Christmas tree this year. Now, there appears to be reason for some cautious holiday optimism. “We surpassed our donation amount last year by quite a bit. I’d say, more than doubled it,” Deputy Chatham P...

HARWICH – When the Monomoy Regional School District put out a request for bids for a busing contract in January and again in November, they anticipated sifting through a host of proposals. Instead, they received none. With a need to get plans firmly in place for the next school year, the Monomoy school committee approved Superintendent Scott Carpenter's recommendation that the district begin working with the C...

CHATHAM – Folks will be celebrating Christmas By The Sea this weekend as the Chatham Merchants Association sponsors its annual holiday stroll. Events kick off Friday with a light parade and lighting of the town tree and continue all weekend long with activities, including a newly improved scavenger hunt, and open houses in many local shops. Christmas By The Sea has been a mainstay of the town's holiday season,...

New Partnership Could Boost Affordable Housing Stock

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Like other towns in the region, Chatham has a lack of affordable housing. But it also has a scarcity of available housing for families capable of paying a mortgage, since properties under $500,000 often sell immediately after going on the market. A group of citizens and stakeholders hope to start addressing that problem using a novel approach: a private entity that quickly buys up a property that’s...

HARWICH – Educators in the Monomoy Regional School District took their message regarding fair contracts public last Wednesday when many stood outside their respective schools holding signs that read, “Monomoy Educators Go The Extra Mile.” But with rumors flying as contract negotiations continue, Superintendent Scott Carpenter emphasized that he and the school committee have the district's best interests at heart....

State Rejects Harwich Sidewalk Grant

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The sidewalk along Route 28 from Saquatucket Harbor to Harwich Port is considered the missing link in improved pedestrian safety and economic development along the expanded harbor waterfront. But officials a state Massworks Infrastructure Program grant that would have covered nearly 70 percent of the cost has been rejected. The town was seeking a grant for $576,500 to be matched with $250,000 town me...

Child Dies In Tragic Accident

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

NORTH HARWICH — The death of a seven-year-old boy Saturday has left his family, his friends and his young classmates reeling from the loss. Police say Damien Larsen was at his grandfather’s home on Main Street Extension Saturday afternoon when he was critically injured by a piece of heavy equipment, a skid steer loader. The accident happened at around 3:15 p.m. at 106 Main St. Harwich police officers and ...

Selectmen Approve Housing Coordinator On Split Vote

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — On a 3-1 vote, selectmen approved a contract agreement with Community Development Partnership, an Eastham based nonprofit, to serve as the town's new housing consultant. Selectman Michael MacAskill cast the dissenting vote, expressing concern the town was rushing the appointment, given the absence of a recommendation by the new affordable housing trust. Town Administrator Christopher Clark, who is...

Harwich Center Initiative Group Wants Stakeholder Input

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Storefronts in the village should be living entities generating economic growth and stimulus, members of the newly formed Harwich Center initiative committee agreed during their first session last week. There was certainly renewed energy behind the revitalization of Harwich Center expressed at the gathering, with more than a dozen people coming together with the committee and expressing ideas on how ...

New Cape Tech School Bid $12M Lower Than Projected

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The Cape Cod Regional Technical High School building committee has selected Brait Builders Corporation of Marshfield as the general contractor for the new high school construction project. Brait Builders' $91,376,000 bid was $12 million below the initial construction estimate approved by the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) and $8 million below the adjusted professional cost estimate pr...

CHATHAM – John Schiffner was once told he'd never be a head coach in the Cape Cod Baseball League. After all, he was just a high school coach and high school coaches didn't make it to the nation's most renowned summer baseball league. Now those naysayers can come visit Schiffner's plaque where it hangs proudly in the League's illustrious Hall of Fame. Schiffner, longtime head coach of the Chatham Anglers, was ...

ORLEANS – The costumes were as cool as the runners themselves (emphasis on “elves”) in the 2018 Santa Stampede in Orleans on Saturday morning, with more than 200 runners taking part in the annual tradition. Dave Fay was first to cross the finish line with his time of 18:33.3, followed by Jeremy Bullock, who ran the 5K in 18:50.5. Meanwhile, Jessica Scott of Seekonk was the first woman to cross the finish line,...

It’s the classic book “Madeline’s Christmas” by Ludwig Bemelmans come to life! It’s Madeline and her classmates in their distinctive school uniforms of blue with yellow hat and the all-important red scarf singing and dancing with delight on the Harwich Junior Theatre stage. This production is the ideal holiday getaway, because the show will transport you to a different time and place, and fill you with holiday...

One very small cast is putting on one great big play at the Academy of Performing Arts in Orleans this month: “Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol.” See it, even if you’re not a fan of all things Christmas, because it’s simply a whopping good piece of theater. Directed by Peter Earle, who is the Academy’s executive and artistic director, four superb actors deliver on the literate, witty script by Tom Mula. Dressed ...