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CHATHAM – The town will drop a controversial plan to dredge a section of Chatham Harbor near the North Inlet that prompted a lawsuit and appeal to the state department of environmental protection. But that doesn't mean that officials have given up on dredging that section of the harbor. Last fall town officials had hoped to do emergency dredging of the area in question, just inside and to the south of the N...

Chronicle Readers Raise $25K-Plus For Family Pantry

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Though there’s still ample opportunity for beaching, boating and barbecuing, the summer 2019 visitor season is behind us, and so is our summertime edition of Helping Neighbors. But the summer visitors who contributed to the campaign left behind more than footprints in the sand. Joined by some year-rounders, they contributed more than $25,000 to support the Family Pantry of Cape Cod, helping put nut...

Airport Approach Plan Could Cost $5.4M

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — If it comes to fruition, a part of the master plan endorsed by the airport commission calls for the town to acquire easements from 46 private properties to allow trees to be topped or removed to provide a safer approach for pilots using the airport during poor visibility. The easements would apply to businesses on the south side of the airport near Ocean State Job Lot and several homes around Georg...

HARWICH – It is quiet this afternoon in Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Harwich Port. At the edge of the cemetery, wind stirs the oak trees and the pines. Birds call out; a car passes nearby on Forest Street. A Rose of Sharon drops petals on the ground next to the polished granite bench that stands as a memorial to Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill Jr., 47th Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1977 to 1987. O’N...

Climbing The Ladder In The Harwich Fire Department

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — There are a number of fire department members climbing the career ladder and a few making the first step. Many were recognized in a swearing-in ceremony last Friday. With the retirement of long-time veteran department members Fire Inspector Brian Coughlan and EMS Officer Ron Sanders, department members and friends came to celebrate the appointment of Bruce J. Young as the new fire inspector and Paul ...

State Denies Variance For Stone Horse Dorm Elevators

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The state Architectural Access Board has denied a variance for elevators at the new dormitories being built at the former Stone Horse Motel in South Harwich. The issue was raised during the site plan review and special permit hearing for the redevelopment. Main Street Stone Horse, LLC is constructing a pair of two-story dormitories, each with 42 rooms to accommodate up to 180 seasonal workers, includ...

Planning Board Gets Commission’s Pitch On DCPCs

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The planning board received a detailed presentation on the use of a district of critical planning concern to buy time to make zoning adjustments by Cape Cod Commission historic preservation staff member Sarah Korjeff last week. There has been a focus on using the tool to protect historic characteristics along what has become known as Captains’ Row, a section of Route 28 in West Harwich extending from...

Gagnon To Serve As Hometown Parade Grand Marshal

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Residents will be lining the streets to celebrate Harwich “Then and Now” as the Hometown Parade rolls along Route 28 in Harwich Port on Sunday in the annual chamber of commerce-sponsored event. “The town will be stepping out to Celebrate Harwich ‘Then and Now.’ Come line the streets and show your Harwich spirit,” Cyndi Williams, executive director of the chamber, said of one of events leading into th...

CHATHAM – This spring when Mollie Charest took to the pitcher's circle for the Monomoy softball team, she had a secret. She played most of her 2019 season with a sprained ankle and wrist, soldiering on when the Sharks made the playoffs. Recently she had another secret, one she's beyond excited to let out: Charest has committed to play Div. 1 softball for Manhattan College in New York. “I've been trying to g...

eens Lift Academy's Modern 'Romeo And Juliet'

By: Ethan Ehnstrom

The Academy Playhouse returned to business earlier this summer with a production of “Disney’s Frozen, Jr.” Now, director Judy Hamer is taking a completely different theatrical turn with a unique and supremely enjoyable take on William Shakespeare’s timeless tragedy “Romeo and Juliet.” This weighty text, showcasing the power of love to overcome boundaries of society, family, and loyalty, is entrusted in th...

'The Tuna Goddess' Also Being Developed As A Film After a successful run at Cape Rep Theater in Brewster last summer, Harwich resident Jade Schuyler's original play “The Tuna Goddess” will be staged a bit farther inland, in West Springfield, beginning this week. The play opens the 23 rd season at the Majestic Theater on Sept. 5. Schuyler and her husband Paul are also developing a film of “The Tuna Goddess”...

YARNAPALOOZA!

By: Tim Wood

Knitters Challenged To Make 'Yarn Haul' If you were to drive from Main Street, Chatham, to Gannett Road, Scituate, you could do the approximately 70-mile trip in about an hour and 25 minutes. However, when you take that drive during the Cape and South Shore “Yarn Haul” event between Sept. 12 and Sept. 15, we can guarantee that short ride will take a lot longer than 90 minutes. In fact, according to Ron Weis...

Letters to the Editor, Sept. 5

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Selectmen Not Doing Their Job Editor: The United States can talk to the Taliban, but our selectmen won’t talk to its own citizens about skydiving. So as you reported last month, it’s off to court again—this time to the state Appeals Court in Boston. Citizens for a Safe Chatham Airport is bolstered by an impressive array of legal expertise for the hearing there. This makes the fifth time court proceedings...

A Vision For The Hollows

By: Russ Allen

“Where there is no vision, the people perish!” – Proverbs 29:18 There is not a definitive translation of this passage from the Hebrew nor are Biblical scholars at one in its interpretation, other than to say most get it wrong. Therefore, we are free to see what we want in the maxim and apply it as we see fit. After living here over 13 years, and as I begin my sixth year writing this column, it is time to as...

Our View: Ready For A Taste Of The Tropics?

By: The Cape Cod Chronicle

With any luck, Hurricane Dorian will skirt out to sea well south of Cape Cod. But the powerful storm is a reminder of the need to be prepared for emergencies. A few people among us remember the double-whammy of hurricanes that came 65 years ago in 1954. On Aug. 25, Carol came ashore at Old Saybrook, Conn., bringing winds of over 115 mph, downing thousands of trees and damaging many boats on the Cape. A week la...

Mosquitoes have always been an annoyance, swarming and biting during summer outings, particularly in the evening. But now they come with a greater threat: Eastern equine encephalitis, a serious illness that has been detected in mosquitoes on Cape Cod. Eastern equine encephalitis, also known as EEE, is a mosquito-borne illness that, while very rare in Massachusetts, is beginning to spike, particularly in Bristo...