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After Blustery Session, ConsCom Approves Emergency Dredging

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Staff

CHATHAM    —    The conservation commission voted unanimously Wednesday to issue emergency certification for dredging near the North Inlet to Chatham Harbor. The vote came after a hearing that was contentious at times. Minister’s Point property owner Gerald Milden told the commission that dredging in the harbor is responsible for erosion of his land and other properties. After Milden made a series of heated co...

CHATHAM –The Chatham Fish Pier was packed, the upper deck was filled with people giggling at seals floating on their backs or watching fishermen coming in with boats full of dogfish that swished down the metal chute to be packed in ice and sent on their way. “It’s usually crowded. Sometimes it will stay empty for five minutes and then it gets bombed again,” said Pier Host Rick Miszkin on a recent sunny Friday....

Mary Ellen Baggitt

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Mary Ellen Baggitt             Mary Ellen Baggitt, 69, of Chatham passed away early Monday morning, holding the hands of her Mary Ellen Baggitt             Mary Ellen Baggitt, 69, of Chatham passed away early Monday morning, holding the hands of her husband George and son Shaun.             Mary was born and raised in Cranford, N.J. She attended Georgian Court College, in Lakewood, N.J. and would even...

Lee Fuller

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Lee Fuller         Lee Fuller (Little Momma), surrounded by children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren, died on August 1, in North Chatham. She was born on October 13, 1924, in Worcester, Mass. Her almost 94 years of life were extraordinary, full of passion for social justice, her family, animals, the nursing profession, especially Hospice, and the Unitarian Universalist Meeting House.         I...

Francis B. Jones

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Francis B. Jones, 88               CHATHAM-Francis Burchell Jones of Chatham died peacefully on August 3, 2018 surrounded by his loving family.  He was born in Chatham on January 3, 1930, the son of Norman and Aurelia Jones.  Fran was predeceased by his wife of 58 years, Jean Jones, and his brothers Norman, Robert and Arthur Jones.  He leaves his daughters, Ann J. Jones of Vernon, Conn. and Kathleen A. J....

Irene Elizabeth Lund

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Irene Elizabeth Lund               Irene Elizabeth Lund passed away peacefully at age 81 on July 13, 2018 in Houston, Texas where she had lived for 14 years.               She was born October 26, 1936 in Youngstown, Ohio to Andrew and Ida Johnson.               Irene attended Boardman High School in Boardman, Ohio, graduating in 1954 and went on to attend nursing school at Youngstown State Univ...

William (Bill) Richard Lean, Jr.

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William (Bill) Richard Lean, Jr.             HARWICH PORT - William (Bill) Richard Lean, Jr. passed away peacefully on Wednesday, August 1, 2018 surrounded by the love of family and friends. He is survived by his college sweetheart, wife of 54 years, Mary Beth D. Lean.             Born in South Bend, Indiana on March 18, 1942, Bill was predeceased by his father, William Richard Lean, and his mother, Mary Ca...

CHATHAM – The town continued its 72-year tradition of summer town meetings Tuesday, with more than 65 summer folks getting a two-hour run-down on the state of the community from selectmen and other town officials. The litany of details provided to non-resident taxpayers included the financial condition of the community, an overview of projects and issues officials have dealt with in the past year and expect to...

CHATHAM – The park and recreation commission is considering expanding the community center's fitness room into the adjacent conference room. The idea is only in the concept stage right now, and the commission plans to survey fitness room users to determine interest in expanding the facility's offerings. “People I've talked to are excited” about the possibility, commission chair Meredith Fry commented at las...

Culminating years of work, lawmakers last week passed legislation that would extend the hotel-motel tax to short-term rental properties, boosting town coffers and raising funds for expensive wastewater treatment projects. But one day after the legislative session ended, Gov. Charlie Baker sent the bill back to committee for more work. Despite the current uncertainty about the bill’s future, most agree that the...

State Pitches In $180K For Shoreline Study

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — With erosion of the town’s east-facing coast once again making headlines, the town is moving ahead with a $250,000 study designed to guide management of the shoreline for the next 20 to 30 years. The idea has won the endorsement of the state’s Coastal Zone Management program, which is contributing more than $180,000 toward the effort. Town officials are working with the Center for Coastal Studies a...

CHATHAM – With federal legislation to resolve the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge western boundary dispute between the town and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service stalled, town officials are exploring another tack, a possible administrative solution to the dilemma. Exactly what form such an approach would take remains vague, but officials reported that they had a “promising” meeting in Washington, D.C. last w...

No Injuries After Boats Collide Off Monomoy

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Remarkably, there were no injuries when a charter boat collided with a commercial fishing boat in thick fog off Monomoy Point Saturday morning, sending the charter boat to the bottom. At around 6:20 a.m., the charter boat Artemis II from Allen Harbor struck the starboard side of the Chatham-based commercial fishing boat Great Pumpkin. The Artemis, a 38-foot Pursuit, ended up on top of the Great Pumpk...

It was a typical day on the water for Dr. Greg Skomal and his shark research team. Spotter pilot Wayne Davis was guiding boat captain John King through murky water near the Eastham-Wellfleet line, following one of several great white sharks spotted that day. Skomal stood at the end of the pulpit 11 feet from the bow of the 24-foot Aleutian Dream, ready to photograph the shark with his pole-mounted GoPro. And t...