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Some Say They Feel 'Unsafe' CHATHAM – Several members of the charter review committee say they will resign unless selectmen take action following an incident in which committee clerk Seth Taylor shouted at and allegedly physically confronted a member of the public. The confrontation occurred after the committee's June 18 meeting had been adjourned and the meeting room video recorder had been turned off. Pro...

CHATHAM — At age 93, Ivan Bassett looks back on many happy Independence Day celebrations, and never misses the parade in Chatham. This year, as grand marshal, he’ll be watching from the back seat of a vintage Ford Phaeton convertible, part of the parade’s salute to veterans and members of the military. It’ll be a memorable experience, but perhaps not as memorable as a Fourth of July he spent 75 years ago, off I...

CHATHAM – A confirmed sighting of a great white shark eating a seal off the southern end of Monomoy Monday leaves no doubt that what are now the region's most unwelcome summer visitors have arrived. With shark sightings comes renewed concerns over safety at area beaches. Last week new signs went up at most town beaches and town landings warning of the presence of great white sharks. The bright red and blue sig...

CHATHAM – Five years ago, a golden retriever named Lazy Daze Sir Charles Barkley (known better as Chatham Charlie) became the “unofficial ambassador” of the town of Chatham. That status continued after his unexpected death last August from hemangiosarcoma cancer. “One day he was swimming at Cow Yard, and the next morning he passed away,” said Paul Litwin, one of Charlie’s owners. Charlie’s life will be cele...

West Chatham Roadwork To End Friday

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – There's good news for folks who frequently drive along Route 28 through the West Chatham business district. The West Chatham Roadway Project is about to end for the summer. Work on revamping Route 28 (Main Street) between Barn Hill Road and George Ryder Road road is scheduled to end Friday, June 28, according to Public Works Director Tom Temple. “They're actually ahead of schedule at this point,” ...

CHATHAM – There will be lots of familiar faces as well as some newcomers marching down Main Street during next week's Independence Day parade. As of early this week, there were 90 entries in the parade, along with the 10 traditional groups that lead the parade, making for an even 100 groups participating in the annual event. Thousands are expected to line the route of the parade, which begins at 9:30 a.m. o...

CHATHAM – Rebuilding of the Eldredge trap dock in Stage Harbor is expected to begin in the fall and be completed by May. Last week the zoning board of appeals approved a variance and special permit for the $3 million-plus project. Final approval is pending from the Army Corps of Engineers, according to Coastal Resources Director Ted Keon; all other state and local permits have been approved. “It's badly in ...

Outraged Fishermen Demand Action On Fish Pier

By: Alan Pollock

Because Of Delays, New Observation Deck May Wait Until Fall CHATHAM — With angry fishermen struggling to offload their catch, and with crowds of sightseers looking in vain for a place to watch, town officials are voicing frustration with the contractor hired to replace the observation deck at the fish pier. While some of the delays are linked to this spring’s unusually wet weather, many are blaming genera...

Family Pantry Of Cape Cod Turns 30 When a few parishioners of Holy Trinity Church came together to stock a closet with nonperishable food for the needy, little did they know that, 30 years later, their effort would grow to become the Family Pantry of Cape Cod. They probably also couldn’t have foreseen how important the pantry would prove to be, not just for families facing emergency hardships, but also for peo...

A Reconfiguration Of Administrative Offices In Town Hall

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Some offices in town hall will be reconfigured in the next week, Town Administrator Christopher Clark has informed the board of selectmen. The change will better utilize the largest room in the selectmen/administration offices, he said. “It’s about how we get greater use of space in the building,” Clark told The Chronicle this week. Under the reconfiguration plan, Clark said Assistant Town Adminis...

Affordable Housing Trust Sets Eyes On Oak Street Property

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The affordable housing trust set a few housing development priorities last week and plans to work with the Massachusetts Housing Partnership to evaluate potential housing locations and the number of units that can be placed on certain lots. After considering several available lots, the trust settled on investigating the housing potential of land on Oak Street. The partnership is a quasi-state agen...

CPA Funds Suggested For Housing And Preservation

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Affordable housing and historic preservation projects were identified as priorities as the community preservation committee conducted a public information hearing on needs, possibilities and resources as it looks to allocating Community Preservation Act funds next year. The committee is required by law to hold an informational hearing as it begins seeking applications for funding requests each year. ...

HARWICH — The planning stage for the $600,000 Safe Routes to School sidewalk project around Harwich Elementary School is underway with an eye on providing a safe evacuation route for students and staff should an emergency occur. Selectmen on Monday night received an update on the project from Harwich Elementary School Principal Mary Oldach and Town Engineer Griffin Ryder, who met with state officials and consu...

CHATHAM – Two home runs and some stellar pitching kept the Chatham Anglers situated firmly at the top of the East Division after a 4-2 victory against the Cotuit Kettleers on Monday night. With the rain taking a much-needed breather and the sun setting brilliantly behind the scoreboard at Veterans Field on June 24, the Anglers set out on a quest to hang on to the top spot in the East, and ultimately the League...

HARWICH – One rain delay, one lightning delay, and some solid pitching by the opposing team weren't enough to keep the Harwich Mariners from eking out a 2-1 victory against the Cotuit Kettleers on Saturday night in the second week of Cape League action. After wet weather delayed the 5:30 p.m. game by an hour, the Mariners took their positions, ready to throw down, but it was the visiting Kettleers that made it...