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CHATHAM – After several years of planning and at least two closures due to structural problems, the popular observation deck at the town-owned fish pier has gone out to bid for reconstruction. The project is expected to be finished by June 15, just as the busy summer season is ramping up. The fish pier is the town's most popular tourist attraction, drawing upwards of 200,000 people during summer, as many as...

CHATHAM – The town-owned Eldredge trap dock and the Stage Harbor Yacht Club pier, which have existed side by side for years, will be rebuilt separately and not as a single unit. Town and Yacht Club officials had held discussions aiming at reducing costs by reconstructing the two adjacent piers in tandem rather than as separate projects. But after seeing preliminary cost estimates for the town-proposed design, ...

Kimberly Amsden of North Chatham is a member of the executive council of the Susan F. Smith Center for Women’s Cancers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and is leading efforts to help eradicate breast and gynecologic cancers through education, advocacy, and fundraising. The executive council is a forum of nearly 40 women business and community leaders who are committed to helping find cures for women's cancers. ...

CHATHAM – About 200 residents, including nearly 40 veterans, gathered at the community center Sunday for a somber Veterans Day ceremony, which also marked the 100 th anniversary of the end of World War I. Master of Ceremonies Robert Franz recognized veterans in the crowd, those who served in the past as well as active service members. The experience of serving in the armed forces leaves an indelible imprint, ...

CHATHAM – If not for Chatham's unique coastal geology, our country might have a very different history. When the Pilgrims sighted land from the deck of the Mayflower on Nov. 9, 1620, it was the Nauset area that they saw, just north of Chatham. Heading south toward their original destination, they ran into Pollock Rip off Monomoy, and, sensing the danger that would drag many ships down over the coming centuries...

Despite Setbacks, Round Cove Dredging Still Planned

By: Alan Pollock

EAST HARWICH — Tormented by persistent bad weather and equipment problems, the long-delayed Pleasant Bay dredging projects might seem to be cursed. But officials say they’re confident the streak of bad luck is coming to an end and the dredging of Round Cove will take place this fall as planned. The dredging adjacent to Fox Hill in North Chatham, near the entrance to Ryder’s Cove, along with the Round Cove dr...

Jetty Plan Would Stem Erosion At Red River Beach

By: Alan Pollock

SOUTH HARWICH — At the eastern tip of Red River Beach, it's hard to miss the thousands of yards of sand that have built up against the jetty, creating a wide swath for beachgoers to enjoy. But on the back side of the barrier beach, the river itself is eating away at the dunes, threatening the paved vehicle turn-around. A new plan to stem that erosion would use Community Preservation Act funds to extend the j...

HARWICH — In its bid to improve compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Harwich is doing more than just checking off the boxes on some form; it's making enhancements that help real people. That's the word from a consultant who reviewed a limited number of town buildings and facilities for accessibility. Valerie Fletcher of the Boston-based Institute for Human Centered Design was retained t...

Brax Hosts Annual Thanksgiving Dinner

By: Russ Allen

HARWICH PORT – As it has for a quarter of a century, Brax Landing Restaurant, which overlooks Saquatucket Harbor, will give back to the community by hosting its annual free Thanksgiving dinner for seniors, veterans, group home residents, the disabled and those alone or in need. Started by former owner Rod Leidner, the tradition has been continued by current owners of the restaurant, Tad Peavey and Jeff Gomes, ...

HARWICH – In baseball, Steve Wilson encourages his players to take chances, especially if there's an opportunity for a suicide squeeze, his favorite play. But when it came to facing ongoing health concerns, Wilson wasn't taking any chances, which is why he recently opted to step down as head coach of the Monomoy baseball team, bringing to an end a storied career along the sidelines. Wilson said his health issu...

When nine runners from the Monomoy cross country team ventured to the Div. 7 south sectionals last weekend, they were a few in a sea of many, but according to head coach Don Bates, they weren't the least bit fazed. “They responded well to the amount of kids in the race and didn't get intimidated,” Bates said. Not only did the Sharks tackle the 5K course in Wrentham with determination, they also turned in so...

Noted Children's Book Expert Anita Silvey To Speak At EPL

By: Debra Lawless

CHATHAM – Whether you are a child, a teen or an adult who loves books, an extraordinary opportunity is coming to the Eldredge Public Library (EPL) on Nov. 18 when Anita Silvey, probably the nation’s premiere expert on children’s literature, speaks at the library. “The talk is for everyone with a love of literature and books,” says Tammy DePasquale, EPL’s assistant director and youth services librarian. “She’s ...

Letters to the Editor, Nov, 15

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Public's Charter Input Sought Editor: A charter review committee of five members was appointed by the Chatham Board of Selectmen in conformance with our Home Rule Charter this past June. In August the committee was expanded to nine members. Current members, including me, are John Bendas, Steven Buckley, Gloria Freeman, Tom Geagan, George Lane, Rick Leavitt, Stuart Smith and Seth Taylor. The purpose of the c...

Our View: Seal Culling Faces Major Hurdles

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Any plan to cull seals would likely face extreme challenges, including overcoming the Marine Mammal Protection Act and the likely opposition of both local and national environmental organizations. There has been no authorized seal culling under the Act related to shark attacks since the law was passed in 1972, according to Mike Asaro, Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Branch Chief of the National Oceanic and Atm...

Last summer a model scout hosted 12 young aspiring models in her Orleans home for a masterclass or boot camp for models. The girls’ experience in the camp is now an addictive 10-part docuseries on Snapchat. “You’re coming in as my little chickadee babies and you’re going to leave as skilled models that can rule that runway,” scout Erin Scimeca tells the models in the first episode of “Camp Runway” produced by ...