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ORLEANS — Battered but unbowed, the stretch of Main Street between Routes 28 and 6A can look forward to a spruced-up look that will include more trees, more lighting, more places to sit, and a little less parking. Representatives from Stantec, the town's consultant, gave an update to the board of selectmen June 20 about plans for an upgrade of the street. The work was put on hold pending completion of the st...

Officials Rescue Apparently Orphaned Fawn

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

CHATHAMPORT — Thanks to a compassionate resident and quick work by the Chatham Police, a fawn is getting a new lease on life. Shortly before 1 p.m. Tuesday, a resident of Crow’s Pond Road called the police department to report that a small fawn had climbed up on the deck and had been there by itself for some time. Animal Control Officer Diane Byers and Police Officer Christopher Vardakis located the baby ...

Here Come The Sharks...To The Library

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

The Chatham Merchants Association's Sharks in the Park exhibit debuted on the front lawn of the Eldredge Public Library last Friday for what organizers say will be its final year. The 60 painted, sculpted and creatively decorated sharks, sponsored by local organizations, will remain on display through Aug. 17. Increased security is one reason the display is spending all summer at the library. Previously it beg...

Little Beach Seeks Flood Fix

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Little Beach property owners are working with town officials on a plan designed to lessen the impacts of future floods – or even prevent them. An association of property owners from Little Beach, Morris Island and Stage Island is working with town departments to seek grants and plan infrastructure improvements in the wake of severe flooding last winter that inundated some areas and isolated others ...

Our View: Happy Anniversary

By: Tim Wood

A half century is a long time. Not so long ago, it was longer than average life expectancy. While there are plenty of businesses and companies that have persisted that long, for a local establishment to reach the 50-year mark is extraordinary. To do so under the same ownership is almost unheard of. With events over the past several weeks, The Chatham Squire celebrated reaching the mid-century point under the o...

CHATHAM — Like the summer visitors strolling Main Streets on the weekends, a few white sharks have returned to local waters for the season. But like their human counterparts, shark visitors won’t be back in large numbers until the weather warms up a bit more. The fifth and final season of the white shark population study is underway, and acoustic receiver buoys recorded the presence of three tagged sharks of...

CHATHAM — There’s more than just sand slipping away at Cockle Cove Beach. There’s revenue. On the advice of Parks and Recreation Director Dan Tobin, selectmen Monday voted to waive the parking fees at the beach in recognition of the severe erosion that has made it nearly impossible to even walk the shoreline at high tide. But town officials say there’s hope that the beach could be nourished by the county dre...

When Is a Dorm Not A Dorm?

By: Tim Wood

Neighbors Protest Use Of Former CBI Chauffer's Quarters CHATHAM – Whether a building housing a group of unrelated people should be classified as a dormitory or a single-family home lies at the core of a complaint filed by neighbors of 20 Chatham Bars Ave. Last week, however, members of the zoning board of appeals turned aside the complaint, even though some had the very same concerns expressed by the neighb...

CHATHAM — Dozens of fishermen and other citizens spoke out at a public hearing Tuesday night to share a single message with regulators: large herring trawlers need to keep their distance from the Cape, to give key fish stocks – and the people who harvest them – a shot at survival. The large meeting room at the community center was filled to capacity for the hearing, held by the New England Fishery Management...

Bestselling author Anne D. LeClaire has just published her first book for children, “Kaylee Finds a Friend” (Golden Paws Publishing, 2018), illustrated with photographs by fellow Chatham resident Kim Roderiques. The genesis of this charming book that celebrates friendship was an unusual one. LeClaire, Roderiques and Paul Litwin, who owns Charlie, the golden retriever who served as the book’s canine model, sat ...

CHATHAM – Steve Kubik will be happy to talk to fellow boaters about the unique flag he'll be flying this summer on his Cape Dory 26 in Stage Harbor. The flag displays the logo of the EB Research Partnership, a nonprofit dedicated to funding research to treat and cure a rare genetic disorder, Epidermolysis Bullosa. Kubik's granddaughter Elodie was born with the affliction; her skin is so sensitive that the slig...

Harwich Fire Department Purchases Ballistic Armor

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — It's a changing world with a lot less tolerance and a lot more violence, and public safety officials have to make adjustments accordingly when responding to calls. That includes providing the proper safety armor for fire department personnel. “It's a far cry from when I started this job,” Deputy Fire Chief David LeBlanc said of some of the conditions fire personnel across the nation find themselves f...

Harwich Harbors Shaping Up For Boating Season

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The county dredge Codfish was scheduled to moved into the Allen Harbor channel this week to remove 8,000 cubic yards of sand. Harbormaster John Rendon said the sand will be used as nourishment for nearby public beaches. The Codfish just finished dredging the Saquatucket Harbor channel where material was placed on both public and private beaches in the area. The town received several bids from shorefr...

Good Numbers Reported For Harwich Herring

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The herring migration got off to a late start this year in the Herring River, but in recent weeks it has proven to be strong. More than 800,000 fish have passed through the electronic fish counter in the ladder at Johnson's flume in West Harwich. Early April is traditionally when the anadromous fish begin their migration from ocean waters to headwater ponds to spawn. But there was little movement at ...

Red River Beach Plover Restrictions Reduced

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The town and local beachgoers received some good news this week: the closure of one-third of the Red River Beach parking area and beach due to nesting piping plovers will be scaled back. The town was required to close a portion of the parking lot and limit public access to the beach because of the presence of four piping plover chicks. Piping plovers are considered a locally threatened species and ar...

Planning Board To Act On New Cape Tech School Site Plan

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The Cape Cod Regional Technical High School building project will go before the planning board next Tuesday night for a site plan review special permit and a use special permit. Construction on the new 221,880-square-foot high school is expected to start in December. The conservation commission earlier this month issued a negative finding on a request for determination of applicability to remove the ...