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CHATHAM – Members of the park and recreation commission are interested in expanding opportunities for dog owners to walk their pets on town beaches during the summer season, but state and federal regulations designed to safeguard nesting shorebirds could be an impediment. Currently, dogs are not allowed on town beaches from May 1 to Sept. 15, with the exception of Jackknife Harbor Beach, where dogs can be walk...

CHATHAM – Even as officials begin a study to determine the feasibility of building a new senior center at 1610 Main St. in West Chatham, interest is growing in an alternative location, land along Stepping Stones Road that is now part of the Monomoy Regional Middle School campus. A few weeks ago, North Chatham resident Fred Crimins asked the board of selectmen for an agenda item to discuss the Stepping Stones R...

CHATHAM – Last summer's “Shark Smart” education program at Lighthouse Beach was a success and will be expanded to other locations this coming summer. Marianna Long, Education Director at the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy, told park and recreation commissioners last week that while the exact number of people who stopped by to listen to interns talk about great white sharks three mornings a week was not track...

Community Center To Celebrate 20th Anniversary In February

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The community center is planning a 20th anniversary party that will run for the month of February. The actual anniversary, which celebrates the opening of the center, will be Feb. 5, and events on that day will include the showing of the video “Then and Now” at the center. “I’m really excited about turning 20. I was excited at 10 years,” said Community Center Director Carolyn Carey. “The building has...

HARWICH – The Monomoy After Prom Planning Committee needs help and they're not afraid to ask for it. Unfortunately, as the 2020 Junior Prom approaches, the answer to numerous requests for financial support for the annual After Prom event has been largely in the negative, which has committee members scrambling to raise the funds necessary to keep the program afloat. The After Prom is a special post-prom event l...

Harwich Selectman Ballantine Will Seek A Fourth Term

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The second incumbent selectman whose term expires in May, Larry Ballantine, has joined Selectman Donald Howell in taking out nomination papers for another three-year term. Ballantine, currently the board's chairman, served on the board for six years before taking a hiatus in 2015 for a couple of years. He came back in 2017, winning election to a third term. He took out nomination for a fourth term on...

With Small Fanfare, Fire Substation Opens

By: Alan Pollock

EAST HARWICH — With a little fanfare Monday morning, the Harwich Fire Department opened the new $6.75 million fire substation in East Harwich. Most of the fanfare came nearly two months ago, during an official ribbon cutting for the new station. Since that time, additional work has been taking place on the epoxy floor in the six-vehicle apparatus bay, and some challenges with the heating system have been addre...

Water Dept. Looks At Former Pet Cemetery Land

By: William F. Galvin

Contamination May Force Current Site To Be Abandoned HARWICH — The water department is concerned about pollution to the well fields at its Chatham Road site and is considering moving its operation to the land on Queen Anne Road where a pet cemetery was previously proposed. Selectmen asked the real estate and open space committee a couple of weeks ago to assess the future of the parcel, the jurisdiction of w...

Municipal Participation Sought To Revitalize Harwich Center

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — There will be another effort by a Harwich Center Initiative Committee, working more closely with town agencies, to develop a road map for revitalizing Harwich Center. Selectmen last week heard a report from the committee, which was put in place a year ago and charged with shaping a plan but which took a hiatus last March. Committee members said they needed additional assistance, including traffic, pa...

NORTH EASTHAM – The records have been falling like dominoes with each event the Nauset girls indoor track team competes in, but recently the Warriors accomplished a goal that will belong to the 2019-2020 team always: they won the Cape and Islands League title for the first time in program history. “It's exciting,” said head coach Moira Nobili. “It's the whole team and the whole season that builds up to that. T...

HARWICH – The Monomoy girls varsity basketball team might have fallen to Sandwich with a lopsided score of 57-35, but head coach Pete Richer told the team he thought it was their best game all season. “I told the girls after the first quarter that was the best quarter of the year, and I told them after the game it really was our best game of the year regardless of the score and considering the competition,” Ri...

HARWICH – Quiet leadership and dedication to sport have worked well for Monomoy's Connor Deveau during his high school lacrosse career, so well in fact that Deveau recently celebrated his official signing to play for Regis College next fall. It was none other than a confident Deveau that secured the attention of Regis College Men's Lacrosse head coach Matthew Sweeney by sending an email with his own lacrosse h...

Nature Connection: Get The Kids Outside

By: Mary Richmond

It’s a common lament these days, especially among older people, that kids today are too focused on screens and structured activities with little or no free playtime. The thought seems to be that many children never get outside unless they are going from building to car and back again. This is disturbing for many reasons, but perhaps we should also ask ourselves if it’s really true. Since the beginning of t...

Harwich Artist Ann Hart Exhibits In Signature Boston Show

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Ann Hart's interest in the arts started at a very early age, having grown up in a creative family. She said her mother was an “artsy-craftsy person” who did a lot of work with furniture and antiques, and she took notice. Observation paid off for Hart, an East Harwich resident, whose work will be on display in February at the Signature Member Show of The New England Watercolor Society on Newbury Stree...

Who doesn’t love a thriller set in the often-paranoid world of spies, where nothing is quite as it seems to be? Author Keith Yocum’s “Valley of Spies” (Time Tunnel Media, 2019) has been named to Kirkus Review’s 2019 prestigious list of Best Indie Mysteries, Crime Stories and Thrillers. “Valley of Spies” is the third book in the trilogy that began with “Color of Blood,” and continued with “A Dark Place.” All...

Our View: Relocate Harwich Water Department

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

If there's one thing Cape Codders care about, it's water. Whether it's groundwater, which comes from our single-source aquifer, or the coastal waters that drive our economy—which the region will spend billions on to clean up toxic nutrient loading—clean water is as important as the air we breath. It's ironic, then, that levels of MTBE, a gasoline additive that may be carcinogenic in high concentrations, was de...