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Richard Kean Clifford

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Richard Kean Clifford, 76 Richard Kean Clifford, 76, of Chatham, formerly of Simsbury, Conn., passed away at his home on December 6, 2019 surrounded by his family. He was born February 19, 1943 and spent his childhood growing up in Bantam, Conn.  Richard graduated from Torrington High School, Torrington, Conn., in 1961.  He went on to graduate from Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, with a degree in E...

CHATHAM — At the request of local business owners, selectmen this week rejected a proposal that would have put in place a one-month detour allowing only westbound traffic through the West Chatham Roadway Project construction zone. The decision will spare stores and restaurants in the area from the detour, which some claim would kill business, but it is also likely to add another year to the project. Roadway...

Richard Clifford, ‘Countdown Cod’ Creator, 76

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Richard Clifford, perhaps best known locally as the creator of the Countdown Cod sculpture that helps Chatham celebrate New Year’s Eve each year, has died at the age of 76. A trained engineer and landscape architect, Mr. Clifford made a career working for the Connecticut state parks department before retiring to his Chatham vacation home with wife Judi in 1997. In retirement, he was a founding member...

CHATHAM – There's no stopping the Cookie Express. The annual holiday event sponsored by the First Congregational Church, which stops at the Chatham Congregational Church this Saturday, Dec. 14, has been chugging along for many years, perhaps two or three decades, first as part of a church Christmas fair, and on its own for at least the past 15 years. What's crystal clear, however, is that its ongoing popularit...

CHATHAM – Taking action ahead of a new state law set to go into effect June 1, the board of health last week approved regulations banning the retail sale of all flavored tobacco products in town. Last summer the board banned flavored tobacco sales in regular retail stores, but allowed the sales in adult-only smoke shops. The latest revision of the town's tobacco control regulations, slated to go into effect Ja...

Run, run Rudolph, Santa has to make it to town Santa make him hurry, tell him he can take the freeway down Run, run Rudolph, reeling like a merry-go-round – Chuck Berry, “Run Run Rudolph” CHATHAM – There will be a lot of Rudolphs running in downtown Saturday thanks to a new event that's been added to this weekend's 41 st annual Christmas By The Sea celebration. “Rudolph's Flight” takes off on ...

If you needed any proof of the power of generosity, here's some: In the 15-year history of The Chronicle's annual Helping Neighbors, our readers have contributed more than $1 million dollars to the Family Pantry of Cape Cod. The milestone was reached last week. Support Helping Neighbors “That's a pretty bre...

Harwich Fire Chief Clarke Announces His Retirement

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Fire Chief Norman Clarke, Jr. told selectmen Monday night that he will be retiring on July 18 after 43 years of service to the community. He endorsed Deputy Fire Chief David LeBlanc as his replacement. The department has had a history of promoting from within. When Clarke was appointed fire chief in October 2011, former selectman Allin Thompson pointed out the department had only one chief appointed ...

Port Parking Committee Cites Progress This Year

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The ad hoc Harwich Port parking committee will be wrapping up its tasks after one more meeting. The committee made its report to selectmen Monday night listing recent improvements made and making a few suggestions going forward. Committee chairman Al Donoghue said the group met 15 times. In the report the committee said signage, the use of the TD Bank parking lot for employee parking and efforts to c...

HARWICH — The Barnstable County Assembly of Delegates gave its unanimous approval to the designation of a West Harwich District of Critical Planning Concern last week. The final step in the approval must be taken by the Barnstable County Commissioners, but it is unlikely to receive unanimous support. In a statement, commissioner Ron Beaty said he was opposed to the proposal and intended to vote against the ord...

Housing Trust Needs Time To Assess Church Property

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Affordable housing trust members said they need time to examine if they would have any use for the century-old house the Bishop of Fall River is seeking to have torn down on the Holy Trinity Church property in West Harwich. A demolition is pending before the historic district and historical commission, which wanted to see if the town’s affordable housing trust might have an interest in moving the Vic...

HARWICH — If you’re looking to put the twinkle back in your holiday spirit, Bob Doane’s got just the thing. Swing by the Harwich Cultural Center after dark and you’ll see a dazzling display of holiday lights synchronized to music. Candy canes dance to Tchaikovsky, reindeer take flight and frisky penguins play in a winter landscape. The display is free for all to enjoy, and visitors tune in the music on their c...

Local Teams Give Back Through Lower Cape Showdown

By: Kat Szmit

HARWICH – For the past several years, the winter sports season, particularly ice hockey, has officially gotten under way with game play between the Monomoy-Mashpee Monarchs and the Nauset Warriors. The same goes for this season. But this time there's a twist. When the Monarchs and the Warriors face off on Dec. 14 at Charles Moore Arena, it will be part competition and part fundraiser as the teams aim to raise ...

Nature Connection: Keeping Up With Change

By: Mary Richmond

There’s a beach not far from me that is a tiny beach, but it separates a bay and harbor from Nantucket Sound. One side is quiet, almost pastoral, if a beach could be pastoral. The other side can be quite wild, even on the same day the other is calm and peaceful. It is pretty much the literal and physical definition of a barrier beach and as such, it is under constant stress. I grew up on this beach. I took swi...

EAST HARWICH – Students at the Cape Cod Lighthouse Charter School played host to country singer Jessie Chris last week as part of a school-wide celebration focused on raising awareness about bullying. “Hi. I’m from Massachusetts and grew up coming to Cape Cod for vacations,” Chris said to the cheering sixth, seventh and eighth graders, many of whom wore hand-knit blue hats in celebration of “Hats not Hate” day...

Review: 'Elf, The Musical' A Joyful Helping Of Holiday Cheer

By: Amy Tagliaferri

Need a holiday pick-me-up? A jolt of holiday fun? The Cape Cod Theatre Company/Harwich Junior Theatre’s “Elf, the Musical” to the rescue! What a joyful show! I challenge you to see this show and not leave with a smile. A huge cast of children and adults literally fill the stage with pure joy. The dynamic duo of Robert Wilder, director and musical director, and Suzette Hutchinson, choreographer, have done it...