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CHATHAM — The town is formulating an increase in the water rates, the first since 2005, as a means of paying for some long-awaited improvements to the water system. But the way the increase is structured has a second goal: to encourage better water conservation among the town’s biggest users. On Monday, selectmen heard a report from Doug Gardner of Pioneer Consulting Group, who presented a new rate structure...

Fish Pier Deck Upgrade Gets Final Approval

By: Tim Wood

$1.6 Million Project To Be Completed By Summer CHATHAM – Town officials were scheduled to meet earlier this week with engineers and the contractor hired to build a new observation deck at the fish pier, following final approval of the project by the zoning board of appeals last week. The board unanimously approved the $1.6 million project, which will result in a more larger, more stable deck that meets acce...

CHATHAM — It might be the end of the trail for the Chatham-Nauset Lions, but they’ve got plenty of reason for pride. Now facing dwindling membership, the chapter will hold its final meeting in June, almost 50 years after it was created. But during that time, Lower Cape Lions raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for scholarships and service projects, touching hundreds of local families. “We have been...

Accessory Dwelling Unit Bylaw To Get Hearing

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Depending on one’s perspective, accessory dwelling units – or ADUs – are either a good first step toward addressing the housing shortage or a radical zoning change that won’t achieve the desired results. Either way, the draft bylaw amendment is now on its way to the planning board for a public hearing. An outgrowth of a 2015 survey showing that local seniors are worried about housing options to all...

Retail Store Proposed For Site Of Historic West Harwich House

By: William F. Galvin

WEST HARWICH – The owners of the former Captain George Winchell Baker house, the historic structure at the corner of Route 28 and Depot Street, have filed plans with the planning board to construct a 7,489-square-foot retail store on the property. Applicant Harwich DG Series LLC did not indicate what type of retail store it plans to develop on the site. The Baker house is presently protected by a one year d...

Sherry To Make Another Run For Selectman In Harwich

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Thomas Sherry is the first candidate to take out nomination papers to run for a seat on the board of selectmen. There are two seats on the ballot in May and incumbents Julie Kavanagh and Michael MacAskill have not yet committed to seek re-election. Sherry is familiar to Harwich voters after having run last May against Ed McManus for a seat on the board. In a close election, McManus won by a 21 vote m...

RFP Going Out For Saquatucket Snack Shack

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The town is looking for a food service business partner interested in leasing the snack shack at Saquatucket Harbor. Town Administrator Christopher Clark was putting the finishing touches on a request for proposals document this week and has an eye on awarding the lease by March 21. Clark went over the RFP with selectmen last week and the board had several questions. Selectman Larry Ballantine wanted...

HARWICH — Officials and citizens expressed mixed opinions about the town moving ahead with a pet burial ground on town-owned land during an update provided to selectmen on the project proposed by the cemetery commission. The pet burial ground and the future plan for the placement of a crematory on the 2.25-acre parcel on Queen Anne Road has fervent proponents and opponents, as was on display during the present...

Ups and downs are often part of the ride when school officials formulate a budget, but the roller coaster took a turn last week that’s likely to upset some stomachs in Harwich. The FY20 Monomoy Regional School District spending plan got a boost of more than $400,000 thanks to an increase in state aid and the likelihood that health insurance costs will hold steady rather than increasing 10 percent as expected. ...

ORLEANS – There was a charge in the atmosphere around the home team bench of the Cape Cod Furies. The energy was nearly electric, the chatter among players intense and determined, peppered with “let's do this!” and “c'mon ladies, we've got this!” even though a single goal had yet to be scored. Then came the third period between the Furies and the Vineyarders and a final score of 3-1 in favor of the home team, ...

HYANNIS – Fresh off a big win against Barnstable, the Nauset Warriors boys varsity hockey team conquered the Monomoy-Mashpee Monarchs 3-0 in a fast-paced outing at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center on Jan. 26. Freshman JJ Alger kicked things off for the Warriors, sending in the game's first goal at 6:22 in the first period with help from teammates Nick Dadoly and Cam Hull to give Nauset an early 1-0 lead....

CHATHAM – For the 10 years between 2005 and 2015, Tony Ntumba was a translator and photojournalist for the United Nations in his native country of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Fluent in six languages, he was the first person out of a U N helicopter, the chief means of transportation due to jungle conditions, ready to reassure the people of a village that this “group of white men” were there to help them....

There was a time not long ago when fishermen tried to get rid of big-jawed, sharp-toothed prehistoric-looking monkfish by kicking them out the scuppers. Now they steam 100 miles in often ugly weather to find them, bringing up thousands of pounds in weighted gillnets. “It makes up a fair part of my year, about a third of my income,” said Nick Muto, captain of the Dawn T. The fat-headed brown angler fish c...

Getting Sick In The Wild

By: Mary Richmond

If you’ve battled the flu and all its accompanying feverish and respiratory joys, you have a pretty good idea what my last week was like. But here I am, mostly recovered and ready to head out the door again. While I was sick, I had many hours to read quietly, stare out my window and try to find something to watch that didn’t bore me to death or upset me. I ended up reading. A lot. Since I couldn’t get out i...

Letters to the Editor, Jan. 31

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

An Opportunity For Reflection  Editor: My name is Jim Nelson and I have spent some time researching my ancestry. Fortunately, it appears than I have less genealogical connection to the now infamous Beverly Nelson than the infamous Elizabeth has to the Cherokee Nation. One thing I do have in common with Beverly is that my family and I have the privilege of owning a home in Chatham. Our decision to move to...

Our View: Take Sidewalk Plan To The Next Level

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Chatham selectmen heard the details of a recent comprehensive sidewalk management plan and the news was rather discouraging. There are 11 miles of sidewalks in town and 265 curb ramps, much of which requires repair or upgrade. The good news is that this inventory allows the town to rank the condition of sidewalks and curbs and determine how to prioritize repairs; only 1.78 miles are ranked as excellent, with more...