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Monomoy Proposes Hybrid Reopening Plan

By: Kat Szmit

Parents Given Option Of Continuing Remote Learning   HARWICH – While many school districts are preparing plans for three possibilities – a full return to school, a partial or hybrid return, and the continuation of remote learning – the 47-page draft Monomoy plan only includes a hybrid learning plan and plans to shift back to remote learning if necessary. A full reopening, said Superintendent of Schools Scot...

HARWICH — The Harwich Historical Society is looking for people to become a part of the town’s history by sharing first-hand experiences about living through the coronavirus pandemic. The society is collecting these experiences to help future generations understand what it was like living through this time. “Your observations now can be the primary sources for future historians,” Harwich Historical Society Dire...

HARWICH — Time may not be on the side of the planning board and Town Planner Charleen Greenhalgh as they work to shape a West Harwich district of critical planning concern article for the annual town meeting planned for late September. Greenhalgh and board members have been talking about putting together a document to meet the minimum DCPC guidelines for the September meeting and returning for additional provi...

HARWICH — Selectmen could not come to a conclusion Monday night on the hiring of a permanent town administrator. After two motions failed, the board agreed to retain Interim Town Administrator Joseph Powers for one year. “No comment,” Powers responded Tuesday morning to an email asking if he had made a decision on continuing in the interim town administrator job. Discussions on the choosing of a new town ad...

Harwich Conservation Trust Tracks The Secretive Box Turtle

By: Susanna Graham-Pye

Tracking turtles isn’t as easy as one might think, but Michael Musnick, a passionate amateur herpetologist, is doing his best.  Holding an antenna and receiver, Musnick sets off down one of the grassy trails leading from the parking lot of Harwich Conservation Trust’s (HCT) Robert F. Smith Cold Brook Preserve.  On the preserve’s 66 acres, somewhere, hides a female Eastern box turtle (Terrapene carolina). Wa...

HARWICH – It’s not just the kids that wanted to get in a game this summer, which is why, when field activities were allowed under the state’s Phase 2 part of the reopening plans, Cape Cod Senior Softball jumped at the chance to salvage at least some of its 2020 season. Since July 13, teams from across the region, sponsored by local businesses including those from Chatham and Harwich, once again took to the sof...

EVERYWHERE – What do you do when a global pandemic wipes out everything you hold dear – your job, your home, your future prospects? Well, if you’re Scott Gerke, you sell off pretty much everything you own and hit the road. Gerke, from Key West, Fla., had been working as a professional DJ, event host, and YouTuber when the pandemic hit. By the end of March, every one of his future gigs was canceled. With no pro...

How Baby Oysters Get From Spat To Flat

By: Doreen Leggett

In a greenhouse off a long, sandy road in Dennis, concrete pools are filled every spring to offer millions and millions of oysters a swim. Before the budding bivalves took the plunge this year, about 4,000 mesh bags of mostly sea clam shells, originally from a processing facility in New Bedford, were placed inside two of the empty pools at A.R.C. Hatchery. “After we put the bags of shell in the tanks, we fi...

Cape Playhouse Goes Outdoors With ‘Playhouse On The Green’

By: Jennifer Sexton-Riley

The Cape Playhouse stageremains empty this summer due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but in true theater tradition, the show must go on. The team at The Cape Cod Center For The Arts has created an outdoor stage on their 22-acre campus for a new initiative called Playhouse on the Green. Live entertainment and music will take place under the stars every Thursday and Friday evening in August, keeping the arts alive wh...

Our View: Close Schoolhouse Pond Now

By: The Cape Cod Chronicle

It’s true that sometimes it’s not overly crowded at Schoolhouse Pond, the town’s only residents-only swimming beach. But other times the beach is packed beyond capacity and people are unable to follow social distancing rules. People, many of them children, are regularly exposing themselves to an increased risk of COVID-19 transmission. It’s happened more than once, and more often than town officials would probabl...

Letters to the Editor: Aug. 6, 2020

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Noticing Small Act Of Kindness Editor: We have been enjoying Harding’s Beach in Chatham since May 1987. We often take for granted the daily service of the life guards but this past Sunday we witnessed the kindness and consideration of one of Chatham’s “finest.” There had been a significant improvement to Harding’s this past spring when tons of sand were dredged out from the boat channel and the resulting sa...

Health: Understanding COVID-19 Testing

By: Alan Pollock

If you’ve thought about getting tested for the novel coronavirus, you’ve got some challenges to consider, and some homework to do. There are three general types of tests — molecular, antibody and antigen — and each has advantages and drawbacks. But experts say that for now, there continue to be limits on the availability of tests and the speed with which they provide results. The gold standard for testing r...

ORLEANS — More than 13,000 herring disregarded pandemic travel advisories and swam and wriggled their way to Pilgrim Lake to spawn this year. “This is the largest run we’ve observed since I’ve been observing, 13 years,” Judy Scanlon told fellow members of the marine and fresh water quality task force July 27. She said herring warden Scott Johnson, who’s been keeping track of them even longer, agreed. “Thi...

ORLEANS — Greetings, Chronicle readers of the year 2070! You have just opened a time capsule that includes this newspaper, which was published on Aug. 6, 2020. Fifty years ago, elementary-age children in the town’s summer recreation program looked to the future and wrote cards and letters about their lives in the midst of a global pandemic, including pictures of themselves and their activities. Perhaps, afte...

Tropical Storm Isaias is expected to track up the Hudson Valley Tuesday evening and overnight, bringing some rain and occasionally gusty winds to Cape Cod.  Most of the storm's effects were expected to be felt well to our west; read the  latest updates here . A tornado watch was issued for Southern New England, including the Cape, through 9 p.m.  Tornadoes and waterspouts are common when tropical storms make l...