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CHATHAM – The historical commission has asked the Massachusetts Historical Commission to determine if the Monomoy Theatre property is eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. If the state agency issues a positive determination, it will be up to the new owner of the Main Street property to make a formal nomination to the federal National Park Service, which maintains the National Regist...

CHATHAM – “If history teaches us anything,” illustrator Bob Staake says about his cover of the April 29 issue of The New Yorker, “it's that out of flames can come rebirth.” The cover, titled “Our Lady,” depicts the iconic view of the Notre Dame towers against a background of flames which shine through the cathedral's Rose Window, indicating, as arts editor Francoise Mouly wrote on the magazine's website, that ...

CHATHAM — As part of a legal settlement with nine property owners, selectmen are moving ahead with a compromise plan to allow the town to take ownership of seven roads in exchange for a pledge not to allow sidewalks. But abutters who weren’t plaintiffs in the suit say the plan is ill-conceived, rushed, and doesn’t provide ironclad protections against future sidewalks. Following a lengthy discussion Monday at...

CHATHAM – There's usually a pretty good turnout for the annual town meeting; better, in fact, than most local towns. “Yarmouth has 20,000 voters and has trouble getting 100 people” for town meeting, said Chatham Moderator William Litchfield. “Chatham has about 5,500 voters and we get 500 at the drop of the hat.” But when it comes to the town's annual legislative session, where budgets are set and major poli...

A New And Improved Miss Fitz Hits The Seas

By: Doreen Leggett

CHATHAM – The gleaming white boat was trailered down to the ramp at Ryder’s Cove and eased into the water on an April day so windy it brought tears to your eyes. “Swing it,” said Mike Davis to the crew at Chatham Boat Company. “Go, Go Go!” Captain John Our quickly reversed the Miss Fitz and raced off to the Chatham Fish Pier. “She feels like a brand new boat,” Our said. Miss Fitz is in Chatham Harbor ...

Special Town Meeting Called For VFW Proposal

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — In a bid to circumvent a 164-year-old law that was rooted in religious bigotry, selectmen are going to unusual lengths to support the local Veterans of Foreign Wars post. That includes calling a special town meeting for May 14, the second night of the town’s annual town meeting. The Brown-James Buck VFW Post applied for $200,000 in historic preservation funds from the Community Preservation Act to ...

Powers Confirmed As Next Assistant Town Administrator

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The choppy waters surrounding the appointment of a new assistant town administrator have settled, with selectmen Monday night confirming Joseph Powers, currently town clerk/assistant town administrator in Wellfleet. He will begin his new job May 20. Powers confirmed his interest in serving as the assistant here in an email to Town Administrator Christopher Clark on April 17. “I look forward to workin...

HARWICH — They might seem like a repository of dry information, but annual town reports can shed light on a community’s values, its problems and its strengths. Now, thanks to a program of the Boston Public Library, many of Harwich’s old town reports are now just a click away. Through a portal known as Digital Commonwealth, and at no expense to the town, the reports back to 1866 have been scanned and can be v...

If you think art is something to be appreciated from afar, it’s time to roll up your sleeves, pick up a paint brush, knitting needle, or chisel and start creating. That’s the message from the organizers of ArtWeek, a 10-day, state-wide festival that gets underway tomorrow. While there are ArtWeek demonstrations, classes and lectures around the Cape, the Lower Cape—and Harwich in particular—will be a center of ...

Bank Street Residents Denounce Expanded Parking Lot

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Bank Street residents told selectmen last week that they do not want parking for Harwich Port employees in their residential neighborhood. Responding to a recommendation from the ad hoc parking committee to use the former fire station lot at 203 Bank St. for employee parking, several residents expressed concern for increased traffic, increased speeding, late night disturbances and the lack for pedest...

Stop & Shop Workers Are Back On The Job

By: Alan Pollock

Stop & Shop supermarkets in Orleans, East Harwich and around southern New England are open and the shelves are rapidly being stocked, days after the company and workers reached agreement on a three-year labor deal, ending a 10-day strike. On Easter Sunday, the corporation and the United Food and Commercial Workers Union announced that negotiators had reached tentative agreement, subject to ratification vot...

HARWICH – Isaiah Stafford first started playing basketball in the fourth grade. After watching professional basketball on television, he was ready for his own Paul Pierce moment, eventually parlaying his skills honed on a Harwich travel team into a spot on Monomoy's varsity team. This week, Stafford was selected to the Massachusetts Basketball Coaches Association All-Academic Team, proving that hard work pays off...

Just in time for the fifth Independent Bookstore Day on April 27, three bookstores in Chatham, one in Harwich Port and two in Orleans have joined the new Cape and Islands Bookstore Trail, a brainchild of Caitlin Doggart-Bernal who, along with her mother Joanne Doggart, owns Where the Sidewalk Ends Bookstore and Children’s Annex in Chatham. “It should be a lot of fun for readers who love to seek out indie books...

Author Andrew Dubus To Speak At Chase Library Brunch

By: Debra Lawless

The Cape’s rich heritage of public libraries and independent bookstores has not escaped the notice of one bestselling author who frequently visits friends on the Cape and will soon give a talk here. “I’m particularly struck by how many thoughtful readers of books seem to live in the towns of Cape Cod,” Andrew Dubus III said in an email interview last week. “I’m also struck by its volume of public libraries and...

Remembering A Cape Publisher Of Substance

By: Ed Maroney

First impressions of Rob Sennott, the retired publisher of The Barnstable Patriot who died last week at 74, were lasting. He looked as tall and solid as a New York skyscraper, and his deep voice echoed the rumble of the city's subway. When wife Toni and he arrived to take charge of one of New England's oldest weeklies, it was as if the Chrysler Building had settled its Art Deco eminence in a much flatter lands...

John Whelan: Once, Chatham Had Lots Of Gas

By: John Whelan

“On the road again Just can’t wait to get on the road again Goin’ places that I’ve never been Seein’ things that I may never see again And I can’t wait to get on the road again.”   Willie Nelson wrote and sang “On the Road Again” which won the Grammy for Best Country Song in 1980. The song has become one his most popular recordings. Willie, even at 85, still does lots of touring and spends lots ...