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William Joseph Toohey

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  William Joseph Toohey died at Massachusetts General Hospital on Feb. 11th of a sudden illness.  Bill was born August 1, 1941 to Mary Elizabeth Parker and William Joseph Toohey Sr. He is survived by his wife, Andrea Petitto.             On Cape Cod a memorial celebration of life for Bill will be held April 13, 3 - 6 pm at the Chatham Marconi Maritime Center, 831 Orleans R...

Robert Joseph Norris

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Robert Joseph Norris died unexpectedly and peacefully February 26, 2019, at Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis, with his wife and extended family with him.          Bob was born July 22, 1945 in Boston, to John Michael Norris and Margaret Angela (Sullivan) Norris.  Bob graduated from Christopher Columbus High School in the “North End” of Boston in 1963, and attended Boston State College.     Bob always dreamed of li...

State: Minimal Disruptions From Rt. 28 Project

By: Alan Pollock

WEST CHATHAM — With the controversial Route 28 reconstruction project set to begin, state officials are downplaying the likelihood of disruptions to local residents and business owners. But while the state’s contractor will not be working during the peak summer months, the same can’t be said for utility contractors. The project contractor, Falmouth-based Lawrence-Lynch Corp., provided the town with a work sc...

CHATHAM — Officials last week unveiled scaled-down plans for a new 10,200-square-foot senior center proposed for town-owned land off Middle Road. But before bringing the plan to town meeting, proponents want to make sure they’ve answered questions about the cost and the location. At a public meeting hosted by selectmen Saturday, architect Joel Bargmann of the Boston-based firm Bargmann Hendrie and Archetype ...

Summer Season May Be Possible, Says Principal  CHATHAM – The mystery of who is buying the Monomoy Theatre was solved Monday when a Morris Island Road homeowner announced that his company plans to purchase the Main Street property. Gregory T. Clark of Alexandra Properties in Newton Upper Falls, announced during the public forum segment of the board of selectmen's meeting that his company has an agreement wit...

CHATHAM – The town will file a new order of taking for seven Stage Neck roads after reaching agreement with several property owners who sued to invalidate a previous taking. Selectmen next week are expected to approve an article for the May 13 annual town meeting authorizing an order of taking for Battlefield Road, Cedar Street, Champlain Road, Port Fortune Lane, Sears Road, Stage Harbor Road and Stage Neck Ro...

Deck Replacement Closes Fish Pier To Public

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

CHATHAM – Most of the municipal fish pier will be closed to the public for the next few months as construction crews replace the facility's popular observation deck. Sciaba Construction Corporation was scheduled to begin staging equipment at the pier first thing Monday, but heavy snow at the company's headquarters in Walpole delayed its arrival. The company was expected to be on scene early in the week, but ex...

CHATHAM – After making some minor wording adjustments, the planning board last week endorsed a zoning bylaw that will allow the creation of accessory dwelling units – essentially apartments – within single-family homes. The measure now goes to the board of selectmen for placement on the warrant for the May 13 annual town meeting. Last Tuesday's public hearing on the accessory dwelling unit (ADU) bylaw amend...

Transfer Station Makeover Price Drops

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Armed with firmer design figures, detailed cost estimates and a sharp pencil, a consultant now says the renovation of the town transfer station would likely cost $4.5 million, rather than the $7.5 to $8.5 million projected last year. The goal, said Mike Richard of Weston and Sampson, is to make the facility more user-friendly and efficient, to make vehicle traffic patterns less confusing, and to re...

CHATHAM – Selectmen last week declined to support proposed federal legislation to declare Nantucket Sound a National Historic Landmark. Chatham is the only Cape town bordering Nantucket Sound that has declined to endorse the legislation, which is being promoted by the Alliance To Protect Nantucket Sound. Some 50 towns, municipal agencies and nonprofit organizations signed on to a letter to Senators Edward Mark...

CHATHAM — For vessels over a certain draft, getting in and out of Chatham Harbor is now impossible except during the most favorable tides. While smaller boats can still pass freely, commercial fishing vessels and even Coast Guard rescue boats are increasingly unable to leave the harbor. Experts say the south inlet opposite Outermost Harbor is predominantly feeding Nantucket Sound through the so-called Foo...

Selectmen Nix Room Occupation Tax Increase Article

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The board of selectmen voted Monday night to remove an article seeking an increase in the local room occupancy tax from 4 to 6 percent from the May annual town meeting warrant. Town Administrator Christopher Clark told selectmen Monday night he was presenting a balanced budget to the finance committee, unless selectmen decided to make additional adjustments that evening. The budget presented by Clark...

HARWICH – In spite of a parent survey in which a majority of families said they were in favor of keeping the Spanish language program at Harwich and Chatham Elementary Schools, the Monomoy Regional School Committee voted last Thursday night in favor of doing away with the language instruction and bringing in a science/STEM initiative that committee members hope will better prepare students for the state MCAS test...

HARWICH – While some students spent February vacation catching up on homework and sleep, a group of 17 students from Monomoy Regional High School's Global Studies program ventured across the Atlantic Ocean for a life-changing service learning trip to Tanzania, where they went on safari, visited museums, and made lifelong connections with students from the SEGA Girls Secondary School. The first-of-its-kind sojo...

Residents Speak Out Against West Harwich Retail Proposal

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — While the planning board received a presentation this past week on the proposed development of a 7,489-square-foot retail structure along Route 28 in West Harwich, it is still not clear what business will occupy the location. Residents of the area raised questions about the type of retail business and the future of the historic Captain George Winchell Baker house, which is located on one of the two l...

Kavanagh Not Running, Ford Seeking Seat As Selectman

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — With three weeks remaining before the close of nomination papers, there are now two candidates who have expressed their intention to run for the two seats on the board of selectmen, and one incumbent who said she does not think she will run again. Board of Selectmen Chair Julie Kavanagh said on Tuesday she does not think she will be running for re-election. Kavanagh said it has been a rough winter fo...