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Dredging Debate Deepens

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Despite threats of litigation by shorefront property owners, the town is seeking to move ahead with an emergency dredging plan designed to keep Chatham Harbor open to fishing boats and other vessels. “This is the most severe hazard to navigation that I’ve seen, not only in my time here, but anywhere that I’ve been in my career,” Deputy Harbormaster Jason Holm told the conservation commission last w...

CHATHAM — The summer residents' advisory committee is looking for some answers about the proposed new senior center. But having not yet chosen a site, town officials can’t judge the size of the facility or its potential staffing needs. That means some of those answers will have to wait. Meeting on July 20, the summer residents’ committee quizzed Council on Aging Director Mandi Speakman and Principal Planner ...

Harvest Time At Cape Cod Lavender Farm

By: Olivia Szymanski

HARWICH – To find a little bit of local magic, look no further than the Cape Cod Lavender Farm. Located off a winding dirt road, the farm is home to a fragrant field of lavender plants, an enchanted fairy garden, and walking trails. Cynthia Sutphin started the farm on her own property 23 years ago, and it has since continued to grow and evolve – the farm now sees between 10,000 and 12,000 visitors each summer....

HARWICH — There are changes taking place on the north corner of the intersection of routes 137 and 39 with the leveling of a section of the site for the new East Harwich fire station, but those changes will also include a new memorial park to be centered around the flag pole cell tower area. “I've filed site plan paperwork,” Town Administrator Christopher Clark said on Thursday. The town administrator said the...

Selectmen Considering A Fraud Risk Assessment Policy

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The town is putting in place a fraud risk assessment policy that is committed to deterrence, detection and correction of misconduct and dishonesty. The town has been without such a policy and putting one in place has long been a recommendation of the town's auditors. “There haven't been any problems that are generating the policy. It's a protective measure,” said Finance Director Carol Coppola. She s...

Selectmen Seek To Hire Wastewater Coordinator

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Selectmen are looking to engage the community in all the details involved in the upcoming sewer project. For more than 600 residents in East Harwich, connecting to the system is just a couple of years away. Selectman Larry Ballantine has been pushing for a wastewater communication coordinator to work with residents and answer questions, receive input and be a focal point for addressing wastewater iss...

Darkness Drops On Anglers-Red Sox Tie Game

By: Kat Szmit

SOUTH YARMOUTH – The Chatham Anglers were hoping for just one more inning when they faced the Y-D Red Sox in South Yarmouth on July 27, but the chance to erase a tie and eke out a win evaporated along with the last of the daylight when the game was called at the end of the eighth inning due to darkness with a 4-4 final score. The game pitted the top two teams of the East Division against one another, with the ...

SOUTH YARMOUTH – Eight seems to be a tricky number for the Harwich Mariners, who fell to the Y-D Red Sox in back-to-back games with scores of 8-5 and 8-1, but beforehand were able to defeat the Bourne Braves 8-5 as the end of the regular season fast approaches. The Mariners had a hard time finding the hits on July 29 when they traveled to South Yarmouth to face the Y-D Red Sox for their second outing against t...

This summer, audiences can sail the seven seas while learning all about the pirate code at the Cape Rep Theatre’s “How I Became a Pirate.” The Rep is home to the only outdoor theater on Cape Cod, making their childrens' shows a fun outdoor activity for the whole family. The performing arts center was converted out of a childrens' camp, so the stage is set in the middle of a clearing. The outdoor scenery gives ...

Review: 'An Act of God' Is A Divine Comedy

By: Ellen Petry Whalen

Nietzsche might have said, “God is dead,” but at Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre, she is alive and has something to say, in the irreverent comedy “An Act of God,” written by playwright David Javerbaum. The show opens with a part-game-show-part-talk-show vibe. Being momentarily housed in “the toffee-colored” body of Lynnette R. Freeman (which is the name of the actress playing the part), God has taken a human f...

Phil Rittner's rock music and Teddy Yudain's gigantic flesh-eating puppet have taken over the Monomoy Theater in a wretchedly bewitching musical playing all week. Being green has been tainted by a terrifying plant with dreadful eating habits. No cousin to a cuddly sing-along frog named Kermit brought to life by the late master puppeteer Jim Henson. Audrey II is no Muppet! She commands center stage with shark-like...

“Two roads diverged in a yellow wood.” So begins Robert Frost’s famous 1916 poem “The Road Not Taken.” Wouldn’t it enhance Frost’s poem if you could read it while standing in a picturesque wood? Since mid-June you can. This and 27 other poems—half for adults, half for young readers—are set out on Chatham’s first Poetry Walk thanks to a collaboration between the Eldredge Public Library (EPL) and the Chatham ...

CHATHAM — Two of Chatham’s long-time summer residents will sign their new books, an allergy-free cookbook and a young adult novel, this week. At the age of 14, Catherine Walker has published a cookbook, “Cook It Up: Delicious Recipes for Healthy Cooking” (Bookbaby, 2018) made up of about 75 recipes that she wrote. Walker, who lives in Hudson, Ohio, also cooked the food, plated it, staged it and photograph...

Our View: CBI Rapprochement

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

With new a new manager now on board at Chatham Bars Inn, it's time for the town and its major resort and largest private employer to resolve their various differences and begin working together. Over the past several years, the town and the 104-year-old Shore Road resort have been involved in several disputes, a few of which have ended up in court. While it isn't unusual for municipalities and businesses to fi...

Health Officials: Go On In, The Water’s Fine

By: Debra Lawless

Good news: The fresh and salt waters of Harwich, Chatham and Orleans have remained clean and safe for swimmers all summer, according to health agents in the three towns. “So far there have been no exceedances or failures of our beaches,” says Harwich Health Director Meggan Eldredge. “There are no complaints. Honestly, I don’t know of any last year, either.” One minor issue in 2017 was that Red River Beach had ...

ORLEANS — About 60 people packed a hearing room at town hall July 24 to talk about the planning board's proposed zoning bylaw amendments to regulate the sale, cultivation and other uses of marijuana. Although it wasn't part of the hearing agenda, Selectman David Currier was on hand to discuss his own proposed amendment, which is under review by town counsel. The back-and-forth made it clear that there's stil...