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CPC Turns Down Chatham VFW Funding Request

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – The community preservation committee has turned down the Chatham VFW Post's requests for funds to upgrade the heating system at its George Ryder Road facility. The $205,000 request doesn't adhere to Community Preservation Act guidelines for historic structures because it does not involve acquisition, preservation, rehabilitation or restoration. While a section of the building has been determined to b...

CHATHAM – For nearly a quarter of a century, Peter Saunders ran poetry workshops and taught writing classes here and in other Cape towns. He published a dozen books of poetry and became known as the town's unofficial poet laureate. “He always said there are no rules,” said John Poignand, who considered Mr. Saunders a mentor and friend. “He would not allow people to say bad things about their poetry. A good tea...

CHATHAM – Most special permit and other zoning regulations addressing land use apply to the property in question. For instance, a special permit granted by the zoning board of appeals applies to the subject property, no matter who the owner or how many times it's resold. The same goes for demolition delays imposed by the historical commission. That allows an owner who wants to sell a home that's been determine...

$200k Grant Supports Urgent Behavioral Health Care

By: Alan Pollock

When a person is experiencing a mental health crisis, it can sometimes take hours to get professional help to the scene. Thanks to a grant from the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation, Bay Cove Human Services will be providing additional staff to respond to after-hours crises between Hyannis and Provincetown. Under its contract with MassHealth, Bay Cove is required to provide emergency services ...

Could Demo Ban Boost School Enrollment?

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – A former finance committee member is urging the board of selectmen to “think outside the box” and impose a moratorium on tear downs to prevent developers from converting more affordable year-round housing to expensive summer homes. Doing so could provide more opportunities for families to remain in town and stem declining school enrollment, which is playing havoc with the budget process. Roslyn Colem...

Park Com: Time To Revisit Municipal Swimming Pool

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – Is it time, once again, to look into building a municipal swimming pool? The parks and recreation commission thinks so. The last proposal for a town swimming pool was 15 years ago, when two pools were part of the first plan to renovate the Main Street School into a community center. The plan was voted down at the 2004 annual town meeting, with opposition to the pools, especially the cost, a major fac...

HARWICH — With the February sun streaming through the windows on a recent morning, John and Helen Beck sat together at a table at Rosewood Manor in Harwich Center, sipping ginger ale. After nearly 70 years as husband and wife, just being together is enough. Every time Helen visits her husband, he greets her the same way. “The first thing he says is, ‘I love you,’” she said. “She’s a good woman,” Joh...

HARWICH – When the news broke that Monomoy Regional High School senior Perry Comeau of Harwich had earned the Massachusetts Association of Superintendents Award for Academic Excellence, the congratulations started rolling in and haven't stopped, and rightly so. Comeau is one of the top students at MRHS and shows no sign of slowing down even as graduation rapidly approaches. The annual award is given to a high ...

HARWICH — With help from a health insurance windfall and a proposal to raise the local hotel-motel base tax from 4 to 6 percent, Town Administrator Christopher Clark has presented selectmen with a proposal for a balanced budget for fiscal 2020. Clark’s proposed $70,257,941 spending plan represents a 7.8 percent increase over the current year’s budget and aims to keep a similar level of service without the ne...

Commission Approves South Street Lobster Pot Storage

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The conservation commission has approved the storage of 800 lobster pots adjacent to wetlands in the yard of lobster fisherman Ken Weeks on South Street, but putting the puzzle together to ensure the traps are not stored inside the 50-foot no-disturb zone may not be an easy task. Weeks went before the commission in December after receiving a citation for storing the traps in the wetlands resource are...

Fire Engine Swap Could Save Harwich $1 Million

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Fire Chief Norman Clarke wants to make changes to the department's major equipment purchases in the capital plan which could save the town $1 million and reduce the number of fire trucks in the department. “We're putting all our eggs in one basket,” Clarke told selectmen. He proposes to change the capital plan by eliminating the purchase of a $600,000 fire engine in FY20 and a ladder truck replace...

HARWICH – What do you get when you have 17 stellar basketball players, a season of successful games, and one exciting championship victory? You get the stellar fourth and sixth grade teams in the Monomoy Travel Basketball program, both of which went undefeated in their regular seasons this winter, and their winning ways aren't over yet. The 2018-2019 season of the Monomoy boys fourth grade team began in early ...

Monomoy School News, Feb. 14

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Harwich Elementary School Fun Run The Harwich Elementary School Fun Run Fundraiser officially kicked off on Feb. 13 with a pep rally; online pledging began Feb. 6. This year the school is trying to raise $20,000. Check out www.boosterthon.com to learn more information about the upcoming Fun Run and be on the lookout for more information coming soon. Kindergarten Registration Kindergarten Registr...

CHATHAM — Teaching middle school students about heroic figures in history can be a dry proposition; after all, it was a long, long time ago that Washington crossed the Delaware. But working with local first responders and the co-author of “The Finest Hours,” Monomoy Middle School teachers have found a way to bring history to life. For the second year, Monomoy sixth graders read the young reader version of th...

Heads Up, V-Day Is On The Way

By: Donna Tavano

For some, Valentine’s Day is just another blank square on the calendar, for others, it’s a special day to show appreciation for friends, children, parents and spouses. And for youngsters and oldsters, whose hormones are still raging, it may be a heart throbbing, love seeking adventure. Love relationships can be tough: half end in divorce or break-ups. To the unattached, Valentine’s Day may be SAD (Singles Awar...

Letters to the Editor, Feb. 14

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Coast Guard Grateful For Support Editor: We would like to extend a heartfelt "thank you" to every person and business that helped the crew of U.S. Coast Guard Station Chatham. We were all completely overwhelmed by the kindness, compassion, and generosity that was extended to the active duty members and their families. We may be U. S. Coast Guard Station Chatham, but the enormous amount of support we receive...