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BREWSTER – When it comes to living with white sharks, there are many options: stay out of the water, move inland, or, if you're Greg Skomal, a marine biologist with the state Division of Marine Fisheries, you do all that you can to learn as much as you can about the creatures, and ideally save a life or two in the process. Skomal has been doing just that—studying everything possible about white sharks—for more...

CHATHAM — Saying there’s no single action that will help make Chatham an affordable place for young families and other year-round residents, the Chatham 365 Task Force has recommended a varied package of 30 reforms that cover everything from affordable housing to the minimum wage. One proposal, having the school district offer universal preschool, seems to be gaining traction. The detailed proposal is the c...

CHATHAM – The largest annual fundraiser for the South Chatham Public Library, the summer book and bake sale, didn't happen this year. The process of moving dozens of books from the library across the street to the South Chatham Village Hall proved too difficult and problematic for the mostly older volunteers who usually help out. That left the “little library that could,” as supporters refer to the 145-year-ol...

State Won’t Backpedal On Bike Lane At Intersection

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Though they favor a compromise to save trees at the gateway to downtown Chatham, state officials are still requiring a shared-use bike lane for the intersection of Crowell Road and Main Street. Selectmen still chafe that plans for the new intersection still include shared-use bike lanes, despite the town’s efforts to route bikes away from main roads in downtown Chatham. But not wanting to abandon the...

CHATHAM – A proposal to allow direct instrument approaches to Chatham Airport during poor weather was attacked Monday as a significant change that will lead to greater use of the facility by larger and louder aircraft. The proposal, included in a draft of the airport master plan update, will not make the airport safer, as the airport commission claims, but will change it “from being a good weather airport to b...

Based on MCAS scores, progress for English language learners and attendance rates, the Monomoy Regional School District earned high marks from the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, receiving the highest accountability rating of any pre-K through 12th grade school district on Cape Cod. Meanwhile, state education officials ranked Monomoy Middle School as having the highest “accountability r...

HARWICH – Having epilepsy can mean long stays in the hospital, but comfy socks can help. This is something Cole Strzepek knows all too well. But the last time he was at Children's Hospital in Boston, their sock supply was nearly gone, with Cole getting one of the last pairs. Soon, a plan for procuring more socks was hatched, though neither Cole nor his family had any idea just how successful it would become. ...

Trash Crisis Is Driving Cost Increases, Selectmen Told

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The town will be facing difficult decisions on how to move forward with its disposal of trash, were told selectmen on Monday night. ABC Disposal Services Inc. Vice President Michael A. Camara made clear that the cost of trash disposal will be increasing. He raised issues relating to the ability to find ways to dispose of municipal solid waste (MSW) as landfills close across the state and internationa...

HARWICH — Four of the five members of the town’s bylaw/charter review committee resigned this week, leaving one member, Tina Games, remaining. Reasons for the resignations varied. “It’s time to do other things, it’s time to do other things,” Sandra Hall, the committee chair and chair of the town’s initial charter commission, said on Friday of her resignation. Hall said she told the members of the committ...

A Clearer View After Hinckley’s Pond Alum Treatment

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Hinckley’s Pond is looking a little brighter these days, after the injection of 77,000 gallons of alum and close to 40,000 gallons of sodium aluminate in an effort to reduce excessive phosphorus feeding algae blooms and fish kills. “The pond looks wonderful,” Natural Resources Director Heinz Proft said after the treatment was applied last week. “It’s a dose of medicine that will last a long time.” ...

Preliminary Plan Approved For Route 137 Development

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The planning board has approved a 10-lot preliminary subdivision plan for Route 137 Development LLC, but East Harwich residents were more interested in a possible alternative use of the 12 acres between Chrisjobeth Circle and Sherwood Road. Town Planner Charleen Greenhalgh told those in attendance that there has been a “great deal of misinformation” about the plan. She made it clear it was not a 40B ...

PLEASANT LAKE — There’s never been a shortage of community support for Cape Cod Regional Technical High School, but thanks to its new charitable foundation, there’s a new channel for that support. The foundation will help students by providing scholarships and “toolships,” helping support graduates who are on their way to college or full-time employment. Each year, the school and its supporters award between $...

HARWICH – The effort was there, but when the Cape Tech boys varsity soccer team hosted Upper Cape Tech on Sept. 26, the goals weren't, as both teams played to a scoreless tie in Mayflower League action. The Crusaders—who have been having a stellar 2019 season with the exception of one early season loss—dominated much of game play, consistently moving the ball into scoring territory, but neither team was able t...

HARWICH – When the Cape Tech girls soccer team fell 5-0 to Sturgis East on Monday afternoon, some might have chalked it up to just another loss for the Crusaders. Not head coach Matthew Theodore. For him, it was a sign of improvement. Theodore, in his first season with the Crusaders, said that in the past the teams lost by scores of 10-0 or more. This season, in spite of a decidedly younger team, many of whom ...

Is it surprising that to photograph ducks and shorebirds, you may well have to creep along ice-covered rocks or lie down on your belly in the sand or mud? These are commonplace activities of award-winning wildlife and nature photographer Sarah E. Devlin of Chatham, who will show her exquisite bird photographs at the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge from Oct. 4 to 14. “I lie in a prone position,” Devlin said...

Harwich Author Pens Love Letter To NYC Apartment

By: Debra Lawless

Recent books by local writers examine life in New York City, Cape Cod and during Neanderthal days. Skip Rozin of Harwich, who made a career as a freelance writer in publications as diverse as Time Magazine, the Wall Street Journal and Audubon, has now turned his considerable talents to memoir in “The View from Apartment Four: On Loving and Leaving New York” (77 Street Press, 2019). At the heart of the memoi...