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Entanglement Probably Drowned Right Whale Found Off Monomoy

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

CHATHAM – The North Atlantic right whale found dead on Monomoy Island last week most likely drowned after being entangled in fishing gear, according to the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration. Scientists from the Yarmouth-based International Fund for Animal Welfare performed a necropsy on the whale Aug. 30 and documented 11 lesions, including several linear depressions and bruises that are co...

A Weekend Full Of Music, Festivals And Fireworks On Tap

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — There is no better time to be in town than Harwich Cranberry Festival weekend, with the usually warm days and hints of fall in the evening, the red berries igniting the bogs and the festivities flowing like a perigean spring tide. This weekend is the most energetic of the year in town, with the Harwich Cranberry Arts and Music Festival hosting two days of great music and large crowds of people at the...

Demolition Of Historic West Harwich Structure Proposed

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The historic district and historical commission will be acting on a notice of intent for the demolition of a historic structure at 52 Route 28 in West Harwich. The structure, the former Capt. George Winchell Baker House, was built circa 1870. The Route 28 corridor through West Harwich has been the focus of an initiative to establish a Captains' Row Historic District extending from the Herring River B...

Harwich Tries To Halt Employee Poaching

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The town has lost two department heads this past year and a third department head, Treasurer/Tax Collector Amy Bullock, has been offered a position in the town of Dennis. To retain employees, Town Administrator Christopher Clark sees the need to implement some “anti-poaching initiatives.” What often drives the decision to leave a position in one town to take a similar position in another town is comp...

Harwich Fire Department Gets $70,000 FEMA Grant

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The fire department has received a $70,866 Assistance to Firefighters grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to replace aging nozzles, add additional capabilities and provide training. “It's a huge bonus for us,” Fire Chief Norman Clarke, Jr. said on Monday of the grant that will cover the cost of replacing values and nozzles on firefighting equipment. The grant is critical because it ...

HARWICH – After a tough season opening loss to D-Y last week, the Monomoy girls varsity field hockey team was looking for a win and found it when they played to a 5-0 victory against Sturgis East on Sept. 10. As a steady, light rain fell across Harwich, the Sharks played host to the Storm, with Alison Barrett setting up teammate Amy Hinesley for the first goal of the game at 26:40 to put Monomoy ahead 1-0. Les...

HARWICH – The social media buzz was humming in the days leading up to Monomoy football's home opener Sept. 7 against Cape Tech, with fans from both camps boasting of potential victory. But after a short-lived bumpy start, Monomoy made it clear which was the team to watch as they battled to a 30-12 victory, Monomoy's first official win under new head coach Larry Souza. For the majority of the first quarter, how...

CHATHAM – The media is under assault from all sides lately, it seems. Large newspapers and major TV networks are losing readers and viewers, a trend that began years ago as the internet began to change the way people get their news. Budgets are being slashed and many media outlets, particularly newspapers in small and medium-sized cities, are only a shadow of their former selves as reporters and other staff me...

“Fake news” is a constant topic of conversation today, and Victorian playwright Oscar Wilde’s quote “The truth is rarely pure and never simple” gives us insightful words to ponder. Almost 125 years old, Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest” is still relevant today and is currently creating many laughs at the Academy of Performing Arts. This comedy of manners revolves around two Victorian bachelors, Jack...

Donna Tavano: Whittle While You Work

By: Donna Tavano

I opened a tiny shop at our house on Main Street in Harwich Port this summer. I call it an itty bitty art boutique since it’s only 180 square feet. Due to my husband’s hip replacement and never-ending family visits, I’ve been open just three hours a week during the Wednesday night music strolls (also by chance or appointment, but most people don’t know that.) If a wandering curious or brave soul meanders down the...

Letters to the Editor, Sept. 13

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Different Approach To Opioid Crisis Editor: As many are already aware, opioid addiction is without question a crisis of epidemic proportions in this country. It is an urgent and ongoing conglomeration of healthcare, financial, social, political and spiritual factors. It impacts every geographical locale: urban, suburban and rural. Moreover, it stretches across nearly all human ethnicities and socioeconom...

Elayne Perlstein, 90, is the sole librarian at the South Chatham Public Library, keeping the non-profit library open two afternoons a week year-round. On a sunny Friday afternoon in late August, Perlstein, who describes herself as “a people person,” greets a visitor warmly, but too many patrons are waiting to check out books to chat now. A few days later, at the West Chatham Dunkin’ Donuts, she has the leisure...

ORLEANS — An international assemblage gathered at the French Cable Station Museum Sept. 6 to hail Le Direct, the first direct transatlantic telegraph connection. “It was a vital communication link,” said James Jefferies, president of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), before presenting the Milestone Achievement Award. In 1898, the cable was “the best available technology (and used) ...

Roots And Blues Festival Will Rock Nauset Beach Saturday

By: Alan Pollock

ORLEANS — A day-long music festival Saturday will be bringing live music to Nauset Beach, for the benefit of Nauset Beach. The first-ever Cape Cod Roots and Blues Festival is a collaboration between musician Garrett Dutton, a.k.a. G. Love, and Mike McNamara of the Hog Island Beer Company, and promises a day filled with great music. General admission ticket sales sold out early, but sales may open again if or...

ORLEANS — Consultants have answered a key question by opining that the current Cape Cod Five Operations Center on West Road can probably be re-purposed as affordable apartments. But in answering that question, they’ve opened up countless others. CBI Consulting, LLC, of Boston and Bennett Environmental Associates, Inc., of Brewster submitted their findings to town officials late last month, Town Administrator...

CHATHAM – Students returning to Chatham Elementary School this week might not have noticed anything different about the cafeteria, but for some students, a little-used but well-stocked closet will help ensure that they don't go hungry evenings and weekends. The closet will be filled with non-perishable, nutritious food as well as other essentials, which will be given out to students identified by schoo...