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CHATHAM – It started as a sore throat that just wouldn't go away. The diagnosis of stage three cancer, with a 50-50 chance of survival, came in early August. The treatment West Chatham resident Mike Keeler is now receiving has left him requiring nearly round-the-clock care, said his wife, Wendy Sequin. A 52-year-old fishermen and landscaper who more recently helped out in the family business, Sequin Cleaning, ...

Will Fatal Attack Curb Shark Fever?

By: Tim Wood

From Sharks in the Park to numerous shark-based businesses, Chatham and other communities embraced the arrival of the apex predators in Cape waters. But for years, people have wondered: What will happen when a fatal shark attack occurs? That happened last Saturday, when a 26-year-old Revere man was killed while boogie boarding off Newcomb Hollow Beach in Wellfleet. Shark merchandise, however, wasn't immediatel...

CHATHAM – Louis Guarracina loved fishing. If he wasn't with his family or working, it was likely he was on the waters off Chatham catching stripers or tuna. “He just loved fish,” said Peter Harris, CEO of HighRes Biosolutions, the company Mr. Guarracina co-founded in 2004. The conference rooms at the company's Beverly headquarters are all named for different species of fish, he said. Last Wednesday, Mr. Gua...

CHATHAM — A stroll around Chatham reveals lots of war memorials, including ones for World War II, Vietnam and Korea. But nowhere are the town’s Revolutionary War veterans honored. “We did have a Chatham presence before and during the revolution,” said selectmen Chairman Dean Nicastro, who asked the board to consider supporting the creation of a new memorial. Chatham never hosted a large battle and didn’t sen...

CHATHAMPORT — In helping shape the fledgling Monomoy Regional School District, former Superintendent Carolyn Cragin focused on improving education, building partnerships and enhancing the district’s long-term sustainability. As the new board president of the Chatham Marconi Maritime Center, her to-do list isn’t that different. Even though she retired as a public school administrator in 2013, Cragin hasn’t le...

Officials Claim Success With Downtown Paid Parking Trial

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Despite a few setbacks, the paid parking operation at the former Eldredge Garage site did well this summer, providing some relief for motorists and a little revenue for the town. That was the message that Chatham Valet co-owner Miladin Terziyski told town officials late last month. While a committee is still mulling the best long-term uses for the property, this summer’s experiment showed that, par...

CHATHAM — Conflicts between people and seals are nothing new on the Lower Cape, where fishermen have long faulted them for depleting fish stocks and fouling the water. But with two recent cases of people being bitten by seals in Chatham – and naturally with last weekend’s fatal shark attack in Wellfleet – there are renewed calls to examine the issue. Chatham resident Elaine Gibbs asked the board of selectmen...

Eastward Co. Buys Bank Of America Property

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM –Eastward Companies has purchased the former Bank of America property at 168 Old Harbor Rd. The Chatham-based development company is proposing to create two residential home lots on the site. The 42,356-square-foot parcel is located in a residential zone with a minimum lot size of 20,000 square feet. Eastward MBT LLC, the official entity that purchased the property, filed a two-lot definitive subdiv...

In the wake of the death of a 26-year-old Revere man Saturday after he was bitten by a shark in the waters off Newcomb Hollow Beach in Wellfleet, local officials are planning to meet to brainstorm safety strategies for area beaches. In a tweet Sunday, Rep. William Keating said he plans to convene a meeting with National Park Service, state and local officials to address the issue. Local officials also said the...

Selectmen Approve Treasurer/Tax Collector's Salary Upgrade

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Treasurer/Tax Collector Amy Bullock will be getting a raise in January and selectmen are hoping that will address what they termed as a “poaching” effort by the town of Dennis to lure her away. After lengthy discussion among selectmen and Town Administrator Christopher Clark last week over a proposal Clark put forward to move Bullock from a M-4, step 9 to a M-5, step 7 pay grade as an “anti-poaching ...

HARWICH — At the cultural center on Sunday afternoon, Lower Cape Indivisible and several other local organizations sponsored a forum on disinformation, a word coined during the cold war that refers to the deliberate dissemination of wrong or distorted information. Speakers were invited to talk about three initiatives that will appear on the ballot in November which are vulnerable to disinformation campaigns: n...

HARWICH — There is a proposal in the works to restore oyster beds in the Herring River that could also serve to improve estuary's health. The oyster reef proposal would be a cooperative venture between the town's natural resources department and the conservation commission. Oysters have become a recognized source of filtration for the ability to process carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus at high rates, byprodu...

Selectmen Approve Regional Wastewater District Legislation

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The board of selectmen Monday night voted to approve draft special legislation allowing the establishment of a Dennis, Harwich and Yarmouth Clean Water Partnership, which could lead the three towns into an agreement to share a wastewater treatment plant located in Dennis. The special legislation seeks to lay down the groundwork for the powers, duties and liabilities of the partnership and establish t...

Selectmen Vote To Seek Winter Boat Storage Lease

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The town will be weighing the interest of boatyards in leasing a section of Saquatucket Harbor parking lot to store deep-draft boats, including sailboats without dis-masting, over the winter. The issue of winter boat storage on town property has been contentious in recent years. Harbormaster John Rendon said he has had requests from a number of slipholders in Saquatucket Harbor to be able to store...

HARWICH – The Cape Tech Crusaders had the fire but lacked the unity needed to overcome the Tri-County Cougars on Saturday, falling in their home opener 21-6 as tensions rose on and off the field. Weather-wise it was a perfect afternoon for football, but not for the Crusaders, who struggled to make connections in game play and among teammates. The Cougars marched determinedly downfield en route to a first quart...

Monomoy No Match For Nauset Warriors In 45-8 Loss

By: Kat Szmit

EASTHAM – When the Monomoy Sharks traveled to Eastham last Friday night to face the Nauset Warriors there was a swirl of chatter about the potential outcome, but not many predicted the 45-8 drubbing the Div. 7 Sharks would suffer at the hands of their Div. 4 black-and-gold hosts. Bobby Joy scored three touchdowns in the outing, the first two seemingly in quick succession as Nauset finished the first quarter wi...