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Inspiring Students, One Bird At A Time

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Somewhere over George’s Bank, flitting over the wave tops, there’s a shearwater named Monomoy. And another named Nauset. You could almost pity the one named Cape Cod Lighthouse Charter School. The seabirds are part of a number outfitted with radio tracking tags by researchers at the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary and named in honor of area middle schools whose students will follow their ...

Attention Drawn To Lack Of Rt. 28 Sidewalks

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The town has filed for a Massworks Infrastructure Program grant to assist with funding the proposed 3,300-foot sidewalk construction project from Saquatucket Harbor to Harwich Port. The project is estimated to cost $826,500 and the town is seeking $576,500 in the grant application. But as traffic increases along Route 28, the need for sidewalks in other high density commercial areas, such as the stre...

HARWICH — Senior citizens will be rolling around town in style with two new council on aging buses, one purchased by the Friend of the Council on Aging and another expected to be delivered in the next week or so from the Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority. The Friends of the Council On Aging held a reception on Saturday for James B. Athens, who recently donated $100,000 in the name of his wife, Helen P. Athen...

Selectmen Hold Off On Building Department Fee Increases

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — A presentation made by Building Commissioner Raymond Chesley to selectmen shows building permit fees in the town are 57.2 percent less than the average of the surrounding communities on Cape Cod. The town has been looking at its fee structures in various departments and Chesley, in a public hearing last week on proposed fee increases, pointed out the fees in his department have not been raised since ...

Harwich Community Center To Open On Sundays

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — With a $65 million annual budget, the town has a lot of moving pieces and once in a while a program can get lost in the numbers. That was the case with funding for Sunday openings of the community center. The Sunday opening issue was raised by former selectman Jannell Brown, who in late June emailed Town Administrator Christopher Clark inquiring about the status of Sunday openings. She said she thoug...

Abraham Wants Cape To ‘Bee Happy’

By: Alan Pollock

EAST HARWICH — When Jill Abraham recently planted several bee-friendly perennial plants in her yard, she marveled at how happy the pollinators seemed to be. And that got her thinking about what it would be like if yards all over the Cape were planted with native plants favored by bees and other pollinators. Abraham, the owner of Power Yoga of Cape Cod in East Harwich, is also a student in a leadership traini...

ORLEANS – Mother Nature was anything but cooperative during the 26 th annual Arey's Pond Boat Yard Cat Gathering, but nearly nonexistent winds didn't spoil the fun for participating sailors, although it did slow them down a bit. The event, a celebration of the classic catboats and those who delight in sailing them, was held Aug. 10 and 11 on the waters of Little Pleasant Bay. While practice runs on Friday wen...

CHATHAM – It was a playoff season of sweeps, but a championship victory wasn't in the fog-obstructed stars for the Chatham Anglers, who played hard but ultimately fell to the Wareham Gatemen in one of the more unique playoff series in Cape League history. After falling to the Gatemen on the road in game one of the championship series, the Anglers returned home to Veterans Field on Aug. 12 for game two, which b...

'Emperor's New Clothes' Commedia Dell'Art With A Message

By: Amy Tagliaferri

Do you believe in something because everyone says it’s so? Are you so afraid of being looked upon as a fool so much that you lie to yourself? Are you confident in your role in life? Do you believe in yourself? Take the fool-or-not test in this adaption of “The Emperor’s New Clothes” at the Cape Cod Theatre Company, Harwich Junior Theatre. on Division Street in West Harwich. The Theater has been a major player ...

Something about “then and now” shots of familiar places always captivates us – the older photographs reveal ghosts of what once existed in spots we know so well. So you might want to take a second look at “Double Take: Historical and Current Panoramic Photographs of Chatham,” a show of then-and-now photographs of the town on display at the Atwood House and Museum. If you already saw the show, which opened earl...

"Everyone in Yonkers is afraid of Grandma." Neil Simon's "Lost in Yonkers" won the 1991 Pulitzer and Tony Awards. "Lost" is not quite as light-hearted as his "Brighton Beach Memoirs" trilogy of comedies. In his character study of the Kurnitz family, Simon conveys two powerful messages that are keenly felt in Monomoy Theater's intensely thorough production, directed by Francesca James. Guest Artist Ellen Fis...

Our View: Unmoored

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

The label “fake news” is thrown around a lot since its coining on the Trump campaign trail. Sometimes it’s used to distinguish gossip, opinion and commentary from actual journalism. Of course, those things aren’t news at all – fake or otherwise. But sometimes the term “fake news” is applied to actual, verifiable facts that the labeler finds uncomfortable. If it’s provable, that’s not fake news. Period. Even he...

Letters to the Editor, Aug. 16

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Shoes No Longer Secure Editor: I am sad to report that visitors can no longer safely leave their shoes at the bottom of Lighthouse Beach steps. After our allotted 30 minute visit, ours had been taken. What a shame! Judy Nichols Chatham   Accident Reinforces Safety Concerns Editor: The Trustees and staff members of Brooks Free Library would like to thank you for the Aug. 9 article “Safety Concerns R...

Voyage Of The Colby (Part II)

By: Andrew Buckley

Not again. Unlike yesterday, we were going to get an early start. With an outgoing tide from Menemesha Pond, we would slide out into the northwest current and make it around West Chop and out of Vineyard Sound well before noon. Then, despite the reversal of the tidal flow to against us, the southwest wind would hurry us home diagonally across Nantucket Sound. If the engine would start. A little after fiv...

ORLEANS — For more than 15 years, townspeople have been taking the fate of their estuaries into their own hands. They've done this literally, by diligent collection of water samples from Nauset Marsh/Town Cove, Upper Pleasant Bay, Rock Harbor, and Namskaket and Little Namskaket marshes. The data were used by the Massachusetts Estuaries Project (MEP) to assess the health of these water bodies and played a par...

Father, Daughter Team Up In Monomoy's 'As You Like It'

By: Elizabeth Van Wye

It was a little more than 24 hours before opening night of "As You Like It" at the Monomoy Theatre, and Allison Layman, who was preparing to go on as Rosalind in Shakespeare's comedy, was "nervous and excited." In addition to tackling the demanding role, often referred to as "Hamlet for women," Layman was also being directed for the first time by her father, Monomoy guest artist and favorite Terry Layman. Alli...