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Local fire and rescue departments saw an escalation in calls last year, ranging from 13 percent in Chatham to 15 percent in Orleans and nearly 20 percent in Harwich. Most of the increases were in the number of emergency medical calls fielded by the departments. A major factor, officials say, is the area's aging population; last year's winter storms also contributed to the increase. “The storms certainly did...

CHATHAM –On Friday the Chatham Board of Selectmen put the "good offices" of the town squarely behind the effort to save the Monomoy Theatre The board met in executive session to discuss the possibility of the town purchasing the property at 776 Main St. and 70 Depot Rd., which went on the market a week ago for $3.95 million. In a statement issued Friday, the board said it values the tradition of the theater...

As Shutdown Deepens, Support Grows For Federal Workers

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Now entering its second month, the partial government shutdown has left many federal workers scrambling to meet household expenses. A variety of resources have been made available to help. The town of Chatham has published a list of community resources , with contact information for agencies that can help with food, housing, child care and other expenses.  The volunteers who maintain and operate the hist...

Town May Charge Merchants For One-day Alcohol Permits

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — In the summertime, restaurants and bars aren’t the only place in downtown Chatham where you can enjoy a little wine. Increasingly, you can stop for a libation at an art gallery or a clothing store. Having seen a big jump in the requests for special one-day alcoholic beverage permits issued to retailers and other non-foodservice businesses, selectmen are considering imposing a fee for that privil...

Harwich Center Revitalization Forum Draws A Crowd

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Suggestions to revitalize Harwich Center were clearly stated by the nearly 50 participants in the Harwich Center initiative committee's forum last Thursday. The session focused more on traffic and infrastructure improvements than economic vitality. Residents and business owners in and around the village spoke about the needs for improvements to three key intersections, more parking, better sidewalks ...

Clean Sweep: Community Preservation Recommends All Requests

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The community preservation committee has recommended approximately $825,000 in Community Preservation Act funds be approved in the annual town meeting this spring, including funds for a Red River Beach revetment, Brooks Academy repairs, affordable housing and restroom facilities at Sand Pond. The committee made its recommendations last Thursday night, approving all eight applications it had received....

Affordable Housing Trust Seeks Control Of Five Parcels

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The affordable housing trust is preparing an article for the annual town meeting seeking to transfer jurisdiction over five town-owned parcels from the board of selectmen to the trust for the development of affordable housing. “I don't see we'll be able to use multiple sites in one year, but it can help with the incredibly important issue of affordable housing over one to five years,” said Town Admin...

State Grant Assists Trust With Cornelius Pond Purchase

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The state has put the finishing touches on the Harwich Conservation Trust's Cornelius Pond Woodlands acquisition fundraising campaign with an $85,000 grant from the Conservation Partnership Grant Program. The trust issued a notice a couple of weeks ago that it would be extending the campaign through the end of the month in an effort to raise an additional $75,000 necessary to reach the $850,000 goal ...

Harwich Kelp Farmer Provides Insight Into New Industry

By: William F. Galvin

WEST HARWICH — Mark Kelleher has been drawn to the waters in and around the Herring River for many years. He's worked in fishing and shellfishing, and now has a new venture, a kelp farm a mile offshore, which is taking advantage of the nutrients flowing from the river into Nantucket Sound. The kelp farm is a first for Harwich. Kelleher admits it is an experiment for him. The part-time teacher, shellfisherman a...

Cape Tech Girls Outlast Monomoy In 47-41 Win

By: Kat Szmit

HARWICH – Chenoa Peters lit up the scoreboard to the tune of a game-high 19 points on Jan. 17 when the Cape Tech Crusaders defeated the Monomoy Sharks in girls basketball action. The majority of Peters' points came from well-aimed three-pointers, five in total, that helped the Crusaders earn a key Cape and Islands League victory. Following close behind Peters was teammate Taylah Gurley with 15 points. The e...

HARWICH – The Cape Tech Crusaders struck first, but it was the Monomoy boys who cruised to a commanding 63-42 victory on Jan. 17, keeping them undefeated in the Cape and Islands League. A pair of three-pointers from Jack Derosier and Tyjon Barrett led the Crusaders to an early lead in the first of two matches between the teams this season, but the lead was short-lived as the Sharks awoke ready to do battle. ...

When Dr. Michael Thompson asks sixth graders if their parents asked about them their friends in the past few days, 98 percent raise their hands. Just a generation or two ago, fewer parents, if any, would have asked that question on a regular basis. “This is a very anxious generation of parents,” said Thompson, a psychologist, author, lecturer and consultant who specializes in children and families. Parents tod...

Nature Connection: The Perils Of Travel

By: Mary Richmond

Travel seems to be part of our universal experience as mobile organisms. We are on the move as soon as we can scoot or crawl across the ground. Baby animals and birds move as soon as they are able as well. Some of us move around close to home all our lives, but many of us feel the need to move well beyond our own dens, nests or backyards.  Today, humans don’t have to travel for survival as they once did, at...

John Whelan: Striking A Nerve

By: John Whelan

“Another op’nin,’ another show In Philly, Boston or Baltimo’ A chance for stage folks to say hello! Another op’nin,’ another show” In 1948, Cole Porter opened his great musical “Kiss Me Kate” with “Another op’nin,’ another show.” The song has become a Broadway anthem. The musical, which was based on William Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew,” was one of Broadway’s most enduring shows. I’ve been th...

Letters to the Editor, Jan. 24 2019

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Letter Opened A Much-needed Dialogue Editor: In recent weeks there as been an outpouring of feedback to the letter from Beverly Nelson.   Like everyone else, I was outraged and a little pissed off at Bev to say the least.  As time as gone by, though, I want to thank Beverly for her (in my opinion) misguided and uninformed letter.  Her letter began a conversation that was long overdue. Like most things in li...

Our View: Don't Raise Resident Beach Fee

By: The Cape Cod Chronicle

Given the discussions that have gone on in Chatham recently about trying to sustain a diverse year-round population, the park and recreation commission's proposal to raise the annual resident beach sticker fee comes at the wrong time. Like death by a thousand cuts, each time town government raises a permit fee it digs into the limited resources of those who live here year round. Some, like building permits, ha...