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CHATHAM – The home of the most famous surfboat crew in the history of the Coast Guard is no longer a surf station. As of Dec. 10, Coast Guard Station Chatham's designation was changed from a surf station to a heavy weather station. That means crews can only respond if surf on the bar is under eight feet, said Senior Chief Petty Officer Carlos Hessler, the officer in charge of the station. “That's the only c...

Legislation extending the state room occupancy tax to include short-term rentals was signed into law by Gov. Charlie Baker Friday. Along with applying the tax to summer home rentals and AirBnBs, the legislation adds an additional 2.75 percent to the tax to create a fund to clean up the Cape's coastal waterways. The legislation was a compromise between a House and Senate conference committee agreement and am...

ORLEANS — The town took concrete steps in 2018 to support the pursuit of affordable housing options. Perhaps the most significant was a general override of the tax levy limit in May to fund a new version of the town's affordable housing trust with $275,000. In future years, an annual amount will be included in the budget for town meeting approval. The trust will also receive $300,000 in community preservation f...

CHATHAM – The historical commission may consider calling on the Cape Cod Commission to protect a 300 year old house if the owner decides to go ahead with a demolition proposal. The original section of the house at 68 Shell Dr. was built in 1700, reportedly by the son of Chatham founder William Nickerson. Enlarged considerably over the years, it sits on more than three acres of land on Pleasant Bay and is being...

CHATHAM – Beginning Jan. 1, residents will be asked to recycle newspapers separately. Newspapers were previously included with mixed paper, all thrown in together into two large containers at the recycling area at the town's transfer station off Sam Ryder Road. The decision to ask people to separate newspapers from other paper stems from recent changes in the recycling industry, said Department of Public Works...

CHATHAM – The year began with a roar and maintained a sustained level of activity and news over the course of the next 12 months. There was joy and tragedy, music and fun, no balloons at band concerts and a new configuration of the town's shoreline. This year saw substantive discussions about the demographic makeup and future of the community, as well as concern that high profile shark attacks and growing seal po...

Midnight Fireworks Canceled

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

FIRST NIGHT UPDATE Dec. 31, 2:30 p.m. CHATHAM — Due to anticipated rain and wind, tonight's midnight fireworks have been canceled.  The fireworks at Veterans Field after the 6 p.m. Noise Parade will go off as planned.  Main First Night story: With button sales just starting to pick up momentum, people are gearing up for the town’s famous First Night celebration on New Year’s Eve. The pieces are in ...

Wastewater Management Was A Major Focus In Harwich In 2018

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Because dollars talk, it is safe to say wastewater management expenses were the main topic bantered about in town in 2018. Voters in the annual town meeting approved $24,775,000 for the construction of sewers in East Harwich, and the town is working closely with Dennis and Yarmouth to develop a tri-town sewage treatment plant. There have been a number of battles and accomplishments in the communit...

HARWICH — The sound of music will come under scrutiny from the board of selectmen as they consider adjustments to the town's noise bylaw, including removing commercial districts, or liquor establishments, from the measure. Noise from music coming from liquor establishments in Harwich Port and filtering into residential neighborhoods has become a growing concern, especially with the increase in outdoors venues,...

Residents Push For Ramp, Shoulder Improvements On Route 6

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — There was strong support for roadway improvements along Route 6 from approximately 20 people who attended a Cape Cod Commission hearing last week focusing on ramp and shoulder improvements along the state highway. The hearing sought public input on ramp and shoulder needs from the canal to the Orleans Rotary. Steven Tupper transportation program manager for the commission explained a planning study i...

Despite Strong Economy, Need For Pantry Continues To Grow

By: Debra Lawless

Last summer, an octogenarian client at the Family Pantry of Cape Cod reminisced about her days working as a bagger and cashier at a large local supermarket chain. After telling her customers what they owed for their groceries she would ask, “Would you like to make a contribution to the Family Pantry?” Smiling, she would add, “You never know. You may need it someday yourself.” ...

Boston is a center for higher education, sports, government, history, tourism and culture for much of New England. While offering concerts, plays, art exhibits, and other events year-round, during the holiday season Bean Town hosts special programs ranging from a month-long series of concerts by the Boston Pops to presentations like Langston Hughes’ “Black Nativity” and traditional performances of Tchaikovsky’s “...

Nature Connection: Out With The Old

By: Mary Richmond

If you want a real eye-opener, go to the town landfills the morning after Christmas. Dozens of trucks filled with truckloads of trash wait their turn at the gate from the moment the place opens all through the day until it closes. This repeats all week long and into the new year. Some refuse will go into recycling bins but the amount of paper trash that gets bagged in plastic and tossed in the dumpster bec...

Letters to the Editor, Dec. 27

By: The Cape Cod Chronicle

If A Tree Votes In The Forest... Editor: In response to Beverly Nelson’s recent letter, I pose this question:  Let’s imagine I am a full-time Chatham resident with a hideaway cottage on a lake in Natick (because I cannot afford the townhouse in the Back Bay). What voice and vote do I have to affect change according my specific needs and whims in  Natick? Linda Simonitsch Chatham   A Plea For You...

Our View: Donate In Honor Of ‘Working Families’

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

As of this writing, The Cape Cod Chronicle and its readers have contributed about $23,500 toward the $60,000 goal for our Helping Neighbors campaign for the Family Pantry of Cape Cod. It’s a tremendous accomplishment. But we know we can do better. Perhaps it’s been the crush of holiday errands and travel, or maybe it’s the jittery stock market. Or maybe we’ve been focused lately on a certain letter to the editor ...