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Each community in Massachusetts publishes an annual town report, usually about the time of the annual town meeting. The reports cover the previous year and contain a wealth of information and statistics that provide insight into how towns operate, municipal priorities and the people who make local government work. The Chatham, Harwich and Orleans reports for 2018 have all arrived—Chatham was the last one, beco...

YARMOUTHPORT — In 20 years as head of Habitat for Humanity of Cape Cod, Vicki Goldsmith of Harwich has seen political and public support for affordable housing ebb and flow. But as she looks forward to her retirement in December, Goldsmith is as optimistic as ever. “There’s been such an upsurge in energy from the towns,” she said. More towns have established housing trusts to help them purchase property when...

HCT: Keep Your Eyes Open For Turtles

By: Alan Pollock

SOUTH HARWICH — The Harwich Conservation Trust is asking residents to keep an eye open for eastern box turtles and spotted turtles, two declining local species that face a variety of mostly man-made threats. If you find one, officials are asking you to snap a photo and record some information, all of which will be relayed to the state's Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program. The eastern box turt...

HARWICH — The neighborhood dispute between The Port Restaurant and Bar and the abutting Perks Coffee Shop and Beer Garden in Harwich Port is heating up. The attorney for The Port filed has a petition seeking enforcement action relating to an outside bar the owners claim is encroaching on their property and is therefore illegal. The sparing between the two establishments intensified over the winter when Perks m...

East Harwich Sewer Bids Higher Than Expected

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Bids for the first of two sewer contracts for phase two of the comprehensive wastewater management plan were opened last Thursday, and while a local contractor, Robert B. Our Company, was the low bidder, the bids were higher than expected. The town received four bids, with the Our Company coming in at $11,368,663 with the next lowest bidder, RJV Construction, Inc., at $11,764,616. Town Administrator ...

Saquatucket’s Dockside Restaurant Off To Great Start

By: William F. Galvin

Alcohol Service To Require Harbor Plan Change HARWICH — It has not been an easy process for Joseph Griffiths, the only bidder for the 10-year lease of the snack shack at Saquatucket Harbor, but with opening of the Dockside Seafood Shack last weekend made it worthwhile. “He’s been working hard to get ready and he’s done a terrific job and he’s made a significant investment and looking forward to a big year,”...

HARWICH — “For your tomorrow, we gave our today” are powerful words of sacrifice to reflect upon on Memorial Day. Those words are from an epitaph of a fallen American warrior, Sgt. Jeremy Armstrong told a large crowd gathered around the bandstand at Brooks Park Monday. Monomoy Regional Middle School seventh grade students Megan Crowe, Kathryn Neal a...

HARWICH – Other teams might get the fans, but the Monomoy girls golf team got the wins this season, including an outstanding performance at the 2019 Cape Cod Girls High School Golf Championship, won by Shark eighth grader Jennie Grogan. So what's behind the team's success? According to players the key factor is patience, with a healthy dose of sportsmanship, the latter of which earned the team well-deserved re...

HARWICH – The Monomoy girls lacrosse team might have lost to Nantucket in a 16-15 heartbreaker last week, but their tenacity and determination made it a battle to the final whistle. The Sharks struck first in the May 23 outing with the game-opening goal courtesy of Jess Currie, who fired a successful shot past Nantucket's goalkeeper at the 23:28 mark to give Monomoy a brief lead before the Whalers evened the s...

This year, the Family Pantry of Cape Cod expects to serve 10,000 clients and distribute 100,000 bags of groceries valued at $4.2 million. “We call ourselves a sustaining pantry,” said Christine Menard, the director of the Harwich facility, meaning that the pantry’s clients do not fit a stereotype of people in total collapse. “They are landscapers, fishermen, nursing assistants. You’ll recognize people here fro...

In the early 17th century, English explorer Bartholomew Gosnold gave Cape Cod its name due to the abundant cod fish he saw in its waters. Throughout history, the cod has played a crucial role in feeding various peoples, from explorers on ships such as the Vikings, to Basques, to Europeans, to early settlers of the Cape. They all lived on cod, whether it was fresh, salted or frozen. Author Mark Kurlansky, in hi...

Our View: Curbing Spending

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Residents clearly want town officials to scale back spending. The signs were not-so-subtly telegraphed at recent town meetings, and officials would do well to heed those warnings. Harwich began the trend by rejecting $4.5 million for reconstruction of Lower County Road, defeating funds for the controversial pet cemetery and coming within 34 votes of turning down the $39.6 million operating budget—unprecedented...

Letters to the Editor, May 30, 2019

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

The Once And Future Volunteer Editor: Chatham has always been blessed with a wealth of people who are willing to step into a vacuum of need and offer assistance.  The recent honors bestowed on Juliet Bernstein are well-deserved and bespeak a life, not just long-lived, but well-lived also.  The passing last week of Pat Cass extinguishes a charitable light that helped illuminate Chatham’s tradition of giving ...

HARWICH — “For your tomorrow, we gave our today” are powerful words of sacrifice to reflect upon on Memorial Day. Those words are from an epitaph of a fallen American warrior, Sgt. Jeremy Armstrong told a large crowd gathered around the bandstand at Brooks Park Monday. Monomoy Regional Middle School seventh grade students Megan Crowe, Kathryn Neal a...