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What Is OPEB And Why Should You Care About It?

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – The acronym OPEB has been popping up more and more often in municipal finance discussions. It's one of those arcane accounting elements that makes the eyes glaze over, but in actuality has a significant impact on the town's finances. Last week the town's OPEB trust fund board of directors held a forum to educate the public and provide background on the topic. The following information was gleaned from t...

Some actions to mitigate the danger from sharks in the region's waters can be put in place this summer. A Bourne consulting group will look at other options as part of a study that begins this week. Officials from six Outer Cape towns, the Cape Cod National Seashore and the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy met with the Woods Hole Group last Wednesday in Wellfleet to kick off the $49,950 shark mitigation altern...

CHATHAM – Friends of Trees helped support Monomoy Middle School's “Finest Hours” field trips with a grant to support a program that immersed students in local history.  “Chatham’s trees are living artifacts, survivors of decades of change and anchors to the town’s history,” said Friends of Trees president DeeDee Holt. “We were pleased to support this program and Ms. Bourget's effort to make this meaningful con...

HARWICH – In the midst of budget season comes a new debate for the Monomoy Regional School District: whether to replace Spanish with a science/STEM curriculum at the elementary level. While no decision has yet been made, the matter sparked a lengthy discussion at the Feb. 12 school committee meeting. Superintendent Scott Carpenter said the proposal for the curriculum change came from a strategic planning fo...

Petition Seeks To Get Harwich To Give Up The Bottle

By: Alan Pollock

HARWICH — If a petition article passes muster with voters this spring, Harwich town departments will no longer be able to purchase or distribute beverages in plastic bottles. The article, submitted in Harwich by resident Patrick Otton, is not a town-wide ban on single-use plastic bottles, just a bylaw change to prohibit town government from procuring and distributing them. “I walk the beaches daily, and I...

Peake: ‘Green New Deal’ Not A Spacey Proposal

By: Alan Pollock

EAST HARWICH — When it comes to addressing climate change, what’s needed is an audacious plan to get the nation to zero carbon emissions within the decade. And while some might call U.S. Sen. Ed Markey’s “Green New Deal” too ambitious, State Rep. Sarah Peake said there’s precedent for the nation getting behind sweeping change – if the stakes are high enough. Speaking before Harwich Democrats Monday, the Prov...

Alum Treatment Approved For Hinckley's Pond

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — While the heavy nutrient loading in Hinckley's Pond that has caused serious algae blooms and fish kills in recent years needs to be addressed, the conservation commission made it clear it wants long term monitoring of the pond's health after the chemical remediation is applied. The town had hoped to employ aluminum sulfate/sodium aluminate – also known as alum – to the pond this past fall to address ...

A Secret Window To The Past

By: Alan Pollock

HARWICH — The volunteers and staff of the Harwich Historical Society regularly receive artifacts from all over town that tell the story of bygone Harwich. But their greatest find in recent months has been right under their noses the whole time: a chalkboard in one of the old classrooms, still bearing writing from 1913. Town maintenance crews are repainting the large upstairs exhibit room in advance of the su...

Tackling Housing Crisis: A Full-time Job

By: Alan Pollock

HARWICH — The Cape’s year-round housing shortage is undeniable, and town volunteers deserve much of the credit for the affordable units that have been created so far. But now, with the talents of a housing expert from the Community Development Partnership, Chatham and Harwich are treating the housing crisis with a full-time focus. Until now, Harwich and Chatham have worked with volunteer committees to chart ...

HARWICH – The Monomoy girls basketball team might have been missing a few players in recent games, but it didn't stop them from earning a spot in the playoffs courtesy of big wins against Cape Cod Academy, Sturgis West, and Cape Cod Tech this week. The tourney berth for the Sharks came after a commanding victory against Cape Cod Academy, in which Erin Starkey and Mackenzie Balfore had career high contributions...

HARWICH – The Monomoy boys basketball team not only earned a spot in the playoffs with recent wins, but also clinched a share of the Cape and Islands League Championship with its Monday night victory against Cape Cod Tech. On Valentine's Day the Sharks hosted Sturgis West, employing smothering defense in a commanding 64-29 Senior Night win that saw the Sharks pull ahead early, leading 17-6 after the first quar...

Furies Fall To Bourne

By: Kat Szmit

ORLEANS – It was a tough Senior Night for the Cape Cod Furies girls varsity ice hockey team, which fell to BMW/ORR on Feb. 13. Molly McKenna did her best in net to keep the score low, but the Canalwomen capitalized on two power plays en route to a 3-0 shutout, their first goal coming at 8:07 in the first period when the Furies were down a player due to a penalty. The Cape Tech/Monomoy/Nauset home team stepp...

Fun 'Freaky Friday' Switches Things Up At CCTC/HJT

By: Amy Tagliaferri

For just one day wouldn’t you like to know what your daughter is thinking, or why your mom is so unreasonable? Teenager Ellie Blake and her mother Katherine wished just that on the eve of Katherine’s wedding and the night of a popular high school scavenger hunt. And guess what? Through the power of magic, they switched bodies! Now Katherine, in Ellie’s body, has to dissect a frog, and Ellie, in Katherine’s body, ...

Eventide's 'Feiffer's People' Lovingly Skewers Modern Life

By: Ellen Petry Whalen

Jules Feiffer is one of America’s most celebrated cartoonists. In 1986, the now nonagenarian won a Pulitzer Prize for his satirical work which has spanned the decades, and in 2004 he was inducted into the Comic Book Hall of Fame. In “Feiffer’s People,” first produced in 1968, Eventide Theatre Company comically brings the artist's early cartoon strips to the stage. The quote “all the world’s a stage” come...

Our View: Don't Cut Elementary School Spanish

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

The future. That's why Monomoy Regional School District officials say they are leaning toward reducing or eliminating Spanish language instruction from Chatham and Harwich Elementary Schools in favor of more science/STEM. Given the changes in technology over the past two decades, students graduating 10 years from now will need even more grounding in science and STEM subjects to compete. That emerged from a rec...

Letters to the Editor, Feb. 21

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Stop The Madness, Save Monomoy   Editor: Say it isn’t true that the town of Chatham, that is us, the people, the town government, the business owners, all who love Chatham tradition and summer after summer of superb theater, are going to let the Monomoy Theatre disappear. Will someone please come forward with a plan to stop this madness? Carole and Lou Maloof Chatham   Confused By Pet Ceme...