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CHATHAM – Voters spent some $60 million at the annual town meeting, and while the major expenditures received coverage last week, there were numerous smaller appropriations that didn't make the news but nonetheless deserve attention. There were also several articles that were not acted upon, including changes to the Monomoy Regional School district agreement. Although the changes mostly involved removing referen...

HARWICH — The board of health has extended the ban on smoking in workplaces and public places to include town beaches, recreation areas and other town-operated properties. The board will decide at its June meeting whether to move forward with a ban on flavored tobacco products. The expanded prohibition on smoking in public places was brought to the board of health by the recreation and youth commission. The b...

Planning Board Gives Nod To Stone Horse Dormitories

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The planning board last week approved a site plan review and special permit for the redevelopment of the Stone Horse Motel property and opted not to refer the redevelopment project to the Cape Cod Commission, despite requests from neighbors. The redevelopment plan for the former motel calls for constructing two dormitories with 42 rooms in each building, two beds per room, to be used primarily to prov...

In Local Runs, Herring Numbers Jump

By: Alan Pollock

Judging from the sheer number of gulls loitering at local herring runs this spring, it would seem that 2019 was a good year for the struggling fish species. And official herring counts seem to be confirming that suspicion. On Tuesday, the electronic fish counter at Johnson’s Flume in Harwich had registered just under one million river herring this year, Natural Resources Director Heinz Proft said. That’s up fr...

HARWICH — The planning board will meet May 30 to consider sending the Harwich Retail LLC plan to construct a 7,489-square-foot retail structure along Route 28 in West Harwich to the Cape Cod Commission for review. “This is our neighborhood,” said resident Danny Horn. “Send this to the Cape Cod Commission because it's not consistent with our neighborhood.” The property at 48 and 52 Route 28 is presently the site...

HARWICH — Incumbent Selectman Michael MacAskill was returned to office in Tuesday's annual town election. Newcomer Stephen Ford also won a seat on the board with an 80-vote margin over Thomas Sherry. Meredith Henderson won a one-year unexpired term on the Monomoy Regional School Committee over former Selectman Linda A. Cebula. Voters turned aside two debt exclusion ballot questions for road work. Voters in ...

Selectmen Divided On Clark's Evaluation

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — A clear division among members of the board of selectmen on the performance of Town Administrator Christopher Clark was on display Monday night when the board reviewed its annual evaluation of the town administrator. The accumulative points given by selectmen in the evaluation determines if the town administrator has earned a cost of living increase. Clark's accumulative point total was 65.3, just abov...

HARWICH – Getting every kid on a team into a game is one thing, but at Monomoy Regional High School ensuring that kids have a team to be part of is a mission Special Education Teacher Shana Grogan took to heart, resulting in the creation this year of the new unified track team. Grogan, the Students Having Opportunities for Recreation and Employment (SHORE) teacher, said that plans were in the works last year t...

Sharks Nip Crusaders 16-9 In Boys Lacrosse

By: Kat Szmit

HARWICH – The Cape Tech Crusaders put up a good fight, but in the end the game belonged to the Monomoy Sharks, who came away with a 16-9 win in Cape and Islands League action on May 16. Six Sharks scored in the win, with Mark Pawlina leading the fray with six goals and three assists, while teammate Elijah Beasley added four goals. Rory Carpenter had a hat trick with three goals, with Jack Archibald netting two...

Atwood House Opens Season With Three New Exhibits

By: Debra Lawless

Step into the Chatham Historical Society's Atwood House and Museum this weekend and you will hear the musical soundtrack that would have been performed live to accompany a black and white silent film at the original Orpheum Theater on Main Street, Chatham. A padded bench has been set up so you can watch the silent film; old theater posters and a movie projector are displayed nearby. This is a part of the new “...

A powerful show of religious paintings called “Violent Grace” has just opened in the Gallery at St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church in Chatham. Artist Edward Knippers was on hand last week to help his friend of about 40 years, curator Sandra Bowden, hang the 30 or so paintings, linocuts and monotypes. All but one takes as its subject a New Testament story, with many depicting an aspect of the crucifixion and resu...

A native of Chatham and Orleans who now lives in Oregon has written an intriguing and creative book, “Exploring the U.S. Life-Saving Service 1878-1915: 17 Student Workshops with 120 Activities” (Skaket Books and Art, 2019), that can be used with students in grades four through 12. “Most people know nothing about the USLSS but then become so inspired by all these men achieved,” author Rebecca Fadely Locklear said ...

Letters to the Editor, May 23

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Impact Of Road Rejection Editor: What are the voters of Harwich thinking? Whose road is next to be voted down? When you don’t repair your infrastructure your values go down. Harwich has a quality reputation. Where is it going to go? Bob and Sue Kraus Harwich Wrong To Ignore Voters Editor: I would like to add my opinion to Joan McCarty's letter in the April 25 edition of The Chronicle, "Take Back The...

The CPA Has Been Good For Chatham

By: John Whelan

“I’m as restless as a willow in a windstorm I’m as jumpy as a puppet on a string I haven’t seen a crocus or a rosebud But it might as well be spring.” Rodgers and Hammerstein May snuck up on us this year. Perhaps it was the cold rainy weather or maybe that so much has happened in Chatham that we just did not pay attention to the calendar. But June and the summer are just ahead, and it is time now to pay att...

ORLEANS — Voters said yes Tuesday to spending $47 million on wastewater infrastructure and no to spending $100,000 on a renovation or replacement feasibility study of the fire station. Challenger Cecil Newcomb topped the ballot for selectman with 966 votes, and incumbent Mark Mathison remained on the board with 946. Erik Oliver, who received 638 votes, was encouraged by Newcomb to run again as the results we...

ORLEANS — The selectmen voted unanimously last week to move ahead with the first year of a revised scope of field investigations and permitting for a less ambitious dredging of Nauset Estuary, for now at least without the financial support of neighboring Eastham. “We've revised dredge volumes,” Woods Hole Group consultant Leslie Fields told the board May 15. “Before, the channel that started at the inlet and...