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Monomoy School News

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Chatham Elementary School Attendance Improvements In 2018, Chatham Elementary School received zero out of four points from the state accountability system for attendance. In 2019, due to efforts both at home and at school, the data showed positive trends and CES earned three out of four points. However, with CES' lowest performing scores, the data still reflects the need to continue the focus on how abs...

Over the past 30 years, thousands of people in this country and abroad have been treated to the music and dance of the renowned fiddle ensemble Childsplay. The group's repertoire ranges from Celtic to Irish to Appalachian and bluegrass, with styles bridging jazz, swing and classical music. After more than three decades, the group has embarked on their final tour and a Nov. 21 Harwich performance at Monomoy Reg...

The Laughs Are Nonstop In Cape Rep's 'Something Rotten!'

By: Amy Tagliaferri

There’s absolutely nothing rotten about Cape Rep’s production of “Something Rotten!” Madcap high jinks, double entendres, crazy asides and outright silliness abound in this Broadway hit. Director Stephen Sposito and an incredible cast are up to the task in the final production of the Cape Rep’s 2019 season. Conceived by Karey Kirkpatrick, a screen and songwriter for Disney Animation, and Wayne Kirkpatrick, ...

Even after reviewing hundreds of shows, I’ve never critiqued a near sold-out show right at its opening. Eventide Theatre Company, the little theater that can, was one of a dozen playhouses around the country lucky enough to be given the performance rights to Aaron Sorkin’s new, currently running Broadway adaptation of Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird”—hence, all the hype and fast ticket sales; the entire run ...

Finding Joy In The Familiar

By: Mary Richmond

There’s a lot that’s shiny and new out there in the world, both real and virtual. There are places we dream of visiting, books we long to read and things we hope to do. It can be easy to feel dissatisfied. An unprecedented and constant chatter of news buzzes around us, subjecting us daily to insults and lies, arguments and nasty confrontations. It’s wearing on the heart and soul as well as the mind, I thin...

Nature Connection: Hunting Season

By: Mary Richmond

It’s that time of year again, when hunters are in the woods, fields, marshes and on our beaches. Each town has slightly different dates for different kinds of hunting, but most are governed by the state. You can usually find out what season or seasons we’re in by looking at various state sites. All hunting is forbidden on Sundays in Massachusetts, except by indigenous peoples, who can hunt pretty much any day of ...

Chatham Chorale Performs 'Ode To Music'

By: Staff Reports and Contributors

CHATHAM – Music Director Joe Marchio will lead the Chatham Chorale, with guest soloists and chamber ensemble, in an “Ode to Music” at the First Methodist Church Nov. 9 and 10, both at 3 p.m. Featured on the program is George Frideric Handel’s “Ode for Saint Cecilia’s Day.” Tenor Charles Blandy, soprano Joan Kirchner, and the Quartett Giocosa join the singers in Handel’s cantata, composed in just 10 days in 173...

Photographer Kim Roderiques of Chatham has two main passions in life: animals and children. In creating her Dec. 12 fundraising event “Pirouettes, Pliés & Pets” that will benefit both children and animals, she brings these two passions together and adds a third element: dancers. “It’s this unbridled joy when you mix animals with dancers,” Roderiques said in a telephone interview last week. “All of a sud...

Nature Connection: Early Morning Meditation

By: Mary Richmond

It’s still dark out but there’s a bird chirping outside my window. Several, actually. One is making a steady, monotonous chirp, probably a house sparrow. The other is a bit more melodic, trying on different calls, most likely our resident young mockingbird. He has stood, or flown, steadfast against all rivals so far, including an older but apparently not feistier opponent who tried for several days to oust him. ...

Locally-grown 'Wrinkles' Just Gets Better With Age

By: Ellen Petry Whalen

The easiest way to describe the home-grown musical “Wrinkles” is a comical marriage of “A Chorus Line” and “The Golden Girls.” The musical, which gives a voice to aging women, first premiered at Cape Cod Theatre Company two years ago to sold-out audiences. Open to input and changes, Cape Cod playwrights and lyricists Wilderness Sarchild and Naomi Turner returned to Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater to workshop t...

Local Fishermen Have Their Own Quirky Superstitions

By: Doreen Leggett

Lobsterman Rob Martin was out with a crewman years ago when the fellow tried to gaff a seagull that landed on the boat. Martin told him to cut it out. Not only was it illegal, it was bad luck. Moments later, the stern man was gone. “He went flying out the back of the boat,” said Martin, adding that he told him “I told you so” after fishing him out of the water. Martin is not superstitious, for instance h...

CHATHAM – The Women’s Club of Chatham got a crash course in women’s safety in September, and also learned a little about what it’s like to be the only female officers on the Chatham and Harwich Police Departments. Sergeant Sarah Harris of the Chatham Police and Sergeant Amy Walinski of the Harwich Police Department joined forces on Sept. 23 during a special meeting of the Women’s Club where they spoke with rou...