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CHATHAM — A Minister’s Point property owner whose land is threatened by erosion is keeping up the legal fight against dredging in Chatham Harbor. Essentially denying an earlier appeal by property owner Gerald Milden, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection issued a superseding order of conditions late last month that would have allowed dredging to go forward in an area inside the North Inlet...

Selectmen Seek Senior Center Site Suggestions

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Pledging to bring a new senior center proposal to voters this fall, Selectmen Monday outlined a plan to find a better site for the building, even if it’s smaller than the Middle Road parcel rejected by town meeting last month. The town will issue a renewed request for proposals (RFP) from private property owners who would like to sell or potentially even lease land to the town on a long-term basis....

CHATHAM – The town is justly proud of its history and the historical assets that it has preserved. This Friday, Saturday and Sunday, residents and visitors will have the opportunity to experience special events and open houses at the town's museums and other sites during the annual History Weekend. Sponsored by Historic Chatham, a cooperative effort among the town's museums and non-profit historical and cultur...

CHATHAM – A decision on allowing a food truck downtown during the summer Mondays on Main music nights was postponed this week. The board of selectmen are tentatively scheduled to take up the topic June 24, pending submission of followup paperwork by the Chatham Merchants Association, the event sponsor, specifically regarding the food truck location and a traffic and pedestrian safety plan. Selectmen last week ...

Demo Proposed For Iconic Stage Harbor House

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – A request to demolish a historical house that was the subject of a 2013 documentary will go before the historical commission next month. “Starboard Light” is the name of the circa 1860 house at 154 Champlain Rd., as well as the title a film by Nick Fitzhugh, whose family owned the property for decades before selling it in 2010. The house was a gathering place for several generations of the Fitzhugh f...

CHATHAM – In reaction to the recent cutting of trees along town-owned land bordering the Seaside Links Golf Course, the board of selectmen is considering a strict policy punishing those who encroach on municipal property. Officials detailed a half dozen incidents where abutting property owners encroached on town land; four of them bordered the golf course, and two others involved land near town cemeteries. ...

Harwich Selectmen Frustrated Over Sewer Bids

By: William F. Galvin

Additional Contract May Be Necessary To Complete Work HARWICH — Frustration levels are high as town officials examine how to move forward with funding the remainder of the phase two sewer project for East Harwich. On Monday night selectmen approved the first construction contract for the work, even though the town may not have enough money to cover a second contract to complete the project. Selectmen approv...

Selectmen In Quandary Over Lower County Road

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Lower County Road was referred to is being in “shambles” at the selectmen’s meeting on Monday night, but the board could not make a decision on how to move forward with repairs. The town’s department of public works put together a plan to reconstruct a 2.25-mile section of the road, which was assessed as being in deplorable condition and which had recently been dug up to accommodate water department ...

Artisans Can Secure A Shed At The Seaside Marketplace

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The Seaside Marketplace at Saquatucket Harbor will open on July 3, and the Harwich Cultural Center is now accepting applications from artisans interested in leasing the sheds on a weekly basis. The marketplace was a major component of the landside renovations at the waterfront facility and will make it more of a destination for residents, visitors and boaters, said Erica Strzepek, program aide at the...

Toy Library Finally Finds A Home—In West Barnstable

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The effort to establish a Cape Cod Toy Library, a facility that fosters healthy child development through free play, remains alive, but in West Barnstable, not Harwich. It’s been a couple of years since Chatham resident Deb Willsea floated the idea of the Cape Cod Toy Library, based on a similar project she founded and which has been successful in Rochester, N.Y. Willsea sought to purchase the former...

Harwich Center Development Gets High Marks

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The latest plans for a proposed mixed-use development at the former Getty gas station lot in Harwich Center were well received by the planning board last week, although issues were raised regarding the buffer zone at the rear of the lot and how the new building will fit into the character of the historic village. This is the second time around for project proponent Saumil Patel, who withdrew an earli...

TAUNTON/KINGSTON – It wasn't the way the Monomoy girls varsity softball team wanted their season to end, but when the dust settled on the field at Taunton High School on June 15, Case had earned a 7-1 victory in spite of the Sharks' tireless efforts in the Div. 3 South Finals. Struggling with an ankle injury, Monomoy pitcher Mollie Charest continuously shook off the pain in favor of fighting for strikeouts, bu...

CHATHAM – The brand new scoreboard at Veterans Field has been impressing fans during the first week of the Cape Cod Baseball League, and it looked even better on Friday night when the Chatham Anglers defeated the Harwich Mariners 5-0 in the season's first meeting of the two teams. The home team Anglers scattered five runs across four innings in the outing, including a two-run homer from Paxton Wallace in the b...

Steve Smith began playing drums at a young age while growing up in Whitman. He spent many summers practicing in the basement of his family's vacation home. While his main interest was jazz, he incorporated rock techniques and eventually became the drummer for the band Journey. Along with playing with Journey and such noted musicians as Jean-Luc Ponty, Smith has pursued a number of side projects, one of which h...

CHATHAM - As a part of its two-year “Celebration of the Arts” program, St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church in Chatham will sponsor a benefit concert called “For the Love of Music: Emotions Galore!” followed by a garden reception on June 30. “I refer to it as an emotional roller coaster ride,” says Barbara Reed, a lyric coloratura singer with undergraduate and graduate degrees in music who will direct the concer...

CHATHAM — For Monomoy Regional Middle School science teacher Nancy Gifford, learning isn’t just something she inspires. It’s a way of life. “I apply for every program for science teachers that sounds interesting and fun, and jump in with both feet. I am hoping my students will learn from this and not be afraid to take risks and try new things,” she said. “I attend interesting programs every summer. Last summ...