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CHATHAM — When it comes to shaping the airport master plan, it’s not enough for airport commissioners to accept public comment before forging ahead with their vision; they need to seriously consider public concerns. That was the message from the board of selectmen this week, which said the process for vetting the plan has been flawed from the outset. “I think you guys think you’re inclusive, but it doesn’t ...

CHATHAM – The historical commission is looking at using zoning incentives—and disincentives—to encourage preservation of historical structures. Possible changes to the zoning bylaw include flexibility in dimensional regulations, allowing smaller lots than allowed to be created for historic structures and restrictions on lots where historic structures are not preserved. The concepts grew out of work the Cape...

CHATHAM – If you're the sort of person who often racks up hefty fines after forgetting to renew or return that library book or DVD, then you've got an early Christmas present coming your way. Eligible material borrowed from libraries in the Cape Libraries Automated Materials Sharing—CLAMS—system will now be automatically renewed up to three times. Borrowers don't have to do anything; just return the item when ...

CHATHAM – For the first time in 45 years, the town will usher in Independence Day with a fireworks display at Veterans Field. The display, scheduled for Thursday, July 2, is a cooperative venture between the Chatham Athletics Association, Chatham Bars Inn, the chamber of commerce, Chatham Cookware and the town. It's a “community effort to do something special for the biggest weekend of the year,” said CBI Gene...

COA Special Town Meeting Rescheduled To Jan. 4

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Seeking to boost turnout from young people and senior citizens, selectmen have chosen a new date and time—Saturday, Jan. 4 at 1 p.m.—for a special town meeting laying the groundwork for a new senior center. Holding town meetings on a weekend is a recommendation of the Chatham 365 Task Force, which seeks to make it easier for young, working families to take part in town government. And having a sessio...

When the Family Pantry was created 30 years ago, it was designed to be a safety net for the most vulnerable members of the community: people who had just lost their jobs or experienced some major financial crisis. Support Helping Neighbors Those days are gone. Today, the Family Pantry also helps meet a d...

Homeless In Harwich Encampment In Brooks Park This Weekend

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Members of the fire and police departments were scheduled to set up an encampment in Brooks Park on Wednesday to draw attention to the plight of homelessness and community members who have fallen on hard times. Firefighter Brad Willis was before selectmen Monday night to inform the public that the fifth annual “Homeless for the Holidays” encampment will once again be located in Brooks Park. This is a...

Former Students Helping Build New Tech School

By: Alan Pollock

PLEASANT LAKE — Some of them just graduated, and others did so decades ago, but none of the former students figured they’d be coming back to Cape Tech. This time, they’re part of the army of skilled tradesmen and women working on the new high school building project. “A lot of memories,” said Jonas Ayala, looking at his alma mater. A 2012 graduate, Ayala is a laborer with the Harwich-based Robert B. Our Co., w...

Local Planning Committee To Guide Comprehensive Plan

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Selectmen have agreed to appoint a wide-ranging local planning committee to craft a new local comprehensive plan for the town. The committee is expected to work with consultants in shaping a plan for defining the future of the community. Voters in the May 2019 annual town meeting approved $200,000 to update the 2011 local comprehensive plan, which is supposed to be revisited every five years. Town Pl...

Firefighters And Supporters Dedicate New Station

By: Alan Pollock

EAST HARWICH — Calling it an expression of the value Harwich residents place on public safety and the people who provide it, town officials dedicated the new East Harwich fire substation Saturday. The new building will be ready for use in about three weeks, Fire Chief Norman Clarke, Jr., said. It will be a vast improvement over the small, dilapidated station it replaces next ...

Selectmen To Form Search Committee For New Administrator

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Selectmen Monday agreed to create a town administrator search committee by early January, but the board will continue to weigh whether to retain a search consultant to assist in the process. Town Administrator Christopher Clark went on an extended leave of absence after working out an agreement with selectmen which includes Clark not seeking a new contract with the town. His leave of absence expires ...

Solar Benefits Rewarding For Harwich

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The solar photovoltaic array at the landfill netted the town $441,216 last year. Cape and Vineyard Electric Cooperative manager Liz Argo was before selectmen Monday night to discuss the continuation of a one-quarter penny assessment on kilowatt hour generation to assist the agency in funding its operations. CVEC serves as the intermediary between municipalities on the Cape and Vineyard and contractor...

HARWICH – It was wet. It was windy. And when the final buzzer sounded signaling the end of Cape Tech's Thanksgiving Day game against Upper Cape Tech, the game belonged to the visiting Rams, who claimed the Golden Wrench trophy with a commanding 30-0 victory. The weather was definitely a factor in the outing, with winds topping out at more than 20 mph at times and intermittent showers occasionally falling almos...

HARWICH – Although it's been a week since the Monomoy Sharks defeated the St. John Paul II Lions 19-6 in their second Thanksgiving game, it's likely that senior Zach Parker is still smiling, and with good reason: it was Parker's 65-yard touchdown that ignited the spark leading the Sharks to victory. “They did a great job,” said head coach Larry Souza. “I think we finally played the way we knew we could play al...

Nature Connection: Bare Essentials

By: Mary Richmond

The cold has crept in, frosting the ground with its icy fingers as it moves along the morning trails left by the mist. Trees, stripped of their leaves, now stand with their branches bare, stabbing into the sky in all directions. Darkness has won over light. We spend much of our time now in the crepuscular hours, filled with gray, dusky light. We scuttle about, avoiding the damp as much as we can, shaking the wet ...

Local Hotspots Featured In 'Cape Cod Nights'

By: Debra Lawless

In his new book “Cape Cod Nights: Historic Bars, Clubs and Drinks” (History Press, 2019), Christopher Setterlund picks up where his 2017 book “Historic Restaurants of Cape Cod” left off. Both books lead the reader on a nostalgic trip of dining, clubbing and drinking across Cape Cod of yesteryear. “I began by asking my family, parents, grandparents, etc. where they had enjoyed going and amassed a huge list o...