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HARWICH — It took three hearings to draw the public into the design debate for the proposed convenience store at the former gas station site in Harwich Center. The message they sent to the historic district and historical commission last week was for the commission to be sure the project captures the “rhythm and elements” of the historic village. Over the past couple of months the commission has been working w...

Historic Commission Objects To 'Demolition By Neglect'

By: William F. Galvin

WEST HARWICH — The historic district and historical commission made it clear that it will not stand for “demolition by neglect” as a way to avoid the town's demolition delay bylaw, voting to place a one-year delay on he circa 1870 structure at 52 Route 28. The run-down building bears a large red “X” placed there by the fire department to note its hazardous condition to department personnel. It is a warning tha...

HARWICH – Robert Perry stared in amazement at his transformed back yard. What had been an area choked with weeds, cluttered with items ready for the dump, and shaded by overgrown saplings just hours before was now weed free, with trash and trees removed, sunlight dappling the freshly raked space. All the work was done by volunteers taking part in the ninth Annual Big Fix, which this year bettered the homes, and l...

Debt Exclusion Votes Driving Harwich Tax Increases

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The good news in Town Administrator Christopher Clark's five-year financial plan is that there is no projection of an override in the next fiscal year. But looking out to FY24, spending could outpace revenue by $2.5 million. Clark said he and Finance Director Carol Coppola worked closely in putting together the five-year financial plan that is required by the town charter each year. He made it clear ...

HARWICH – It's been a bit of a roller coaster week for the Monomoy girls varsity soccer team, which fell to Sturgis West and Nauset but sandwiched in a welcome victory against Martha's Vineyard. The Sharks played tirelessly against the Navigators on Sept. 20, but one well-placed goal was all it took for the visiting Sturgis team to claim victory in a hard-fought, physical outing. “We knew coming in it was g...

HARWICH – When the first Pickleball Funfest was held in 2014 it was a small but successful event that focused on the fun of the game. Five years later the Funfest has more than doubled the number of participants, but still holds at its heart how much fun it is to play the game. Pickleball has been dubbed by many one of the fastest-growing sports in the United States, with clubs popping up across the nation. Ca...

Longtime fisherman John Our knows some people who love calamari, but won’t eat squid. Doesn’t matter that they are same thing; calamari just sounds better. “Dogfish” seems to provoke a similar visceral reaction; people turn their noses up at the name. “I’ve always thought that if you changed the name you would make it more attractive,” Our said. “It would only help.” Our’s feeling is backed by research. ...

CHATHAM — The Chatham Orpheum Theater is known across the Cape for showing a selection of films focusing on famous artists, and this year the Sustainability Film Series. Now the theater is branching and introducing the New York Dog and Cat Film Festivals to Cape Cod on Sept. 29 and 30. “Every winter in January, there’s a conference in Utah,” said Kevin McClain, executive director of the Orpheum, “which is a ga...

Alison Bechdel, author and cartoonist of the graphic novel that “Fun Home” is based on, created the Bechdel Movie test. In order to pass, a movie needs to meet three criteria: have two women (named) in it, who then talk to each other about something other than a man. Naturally “Fun Home,” the Tony-award winning musical, passes that test. That doesn’t mean that men are excluded from this play though; in fact, t...

Neglect Equals Negligence

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

“Demolition by neglect,” the practice of allowing a building to deteriorate to the point that renovation or restoration is not practical or financially feasible, received a much-deserved calling out last week by members of the Harwich Historic District And Historical Commission. The commission agreed to issue a demolition delay on the circa 1870 structure at 52 Route 28, known as the Capt. George Winchell Baker H...

Letters to the Editor, Sept. 27

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Poor Quality Road Work Editor: Compaction, compaction, compaction! I'm talking about what has happened to the new sewer lines in Orleans on Main Street. It is absolutely the worst case of no compaction I've ever seen. Look at the dips, hollows and cracks at every seam in the roads. When the dirt was put in after the pipes were laid in place there should have been tamping done around and on top of tho...

John Whelan: 'It’s A Short Season'

By: John Whelan

“The summer wind came blowin’ in from across the sea It lingered there, to touch your hair and walk with me All summer long we sang a song and we strolled that golden sand Two sweethearts and the summer wind…..”   Frank Sinatra recorded the most memorable rendition of “The Summer Wind” back in 1966. The song was written by Heinz Meier with lyrics in German by Hans Bradtke in 1965. The great Johnny ...

School News, Sept. 27

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Monomoy Regional School District On Thursday, Oct. 25, the Monomoy Regional School District will host a Parent University on the topic of technology and social media. The session will be held at Monomoy Regional High School, Room A202, from 5 to 6 p.m. Parents will learn how to help children use technology as a tool; understand the various apps and sites young people use; and get tips on how to effectively m...

Formal Dog Park Ruled Out For Town Conservation Lands

By: Ed Maroney

ORLEANS — Anyone who hoped some of the town's conservation land could be used for a dog park has been barking up the wrong tree. Although dogs and their walkers are allowed on all 14 of the town's conservation properties, they were acquired under agreements that prohibit “active recreation,” Conservation Agent John Jannell told the conservation commission Sept. 25. That definition, he said, includes enclosed...

ORLEANS — The selectmen voted last week, unanimously in most cases, to support the articles on the Oct. 29 special town meeting warrant. They were united in opposition to a citizen-petitioned article that would ban marijuana retail sales, but gave it a prominent position on the warrant before two marijuana-related articles proposed by the planning board. That position was suggested at the outset of the selec...

ORLEANS — Capt. John J. Fitzgerald, like the rest of the men on the bow section of the ill-fated tanker Pendleton, never made it to safety aboard the famous Coast Guard rescue boat CG36500 in that blizzard in 1952. But more than 66 years later, his grandson Matt got to climb aboard, learning about the famous rescue and putting context to some of his own family history. “If I had to sum it up in one word I wo...