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Francis J. “Bosco” Kelly Jr.

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Francis J. “Bosco” Kelly Jr. of Chatham passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his wife and children on Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019.  He was 76 years old. Francis was born to Francis J. Kelly Sr. and Bernadette Kelly on November 9, 1943 in Brooklyn, New York.  He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Ann “Candy” Kelly; his five children, Charlene Kelly, Francis Kelly, Noreen Kelly, Prudence Kelly and Michael Ke...

Elizabeth Ann Spencer

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Elizabeth Ann Spencer peacefully passed away at the age of 81 on Friday, November 29, 2019. Predeceased by her loving husband and soulmate, Alan H. Spencer with whom she shared 39 years of marriage. Daughter of the late James V. Rowley and Marie Rowley (Erickson). Elizabeth devoted her life to her 7 children. Tammy Adams of Colo., Beth Meyer and her husband Paul of Ill., Alan H. Spencer Jr. and his wife Judy of...

Nathaniel Thayer Mason

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Nathaniel Thayer Mason recently passed away on November 21, 2019 in London, England.  Nat, born June 21, 1947 and raised in Hartford, Conn., was a lifetime summer resident of Cape Cod.   He was educated at St Marks School, Dartmouth College and the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration where he earned his MBA.   His career was mainly in banking.  After two years of teaching and two years’ service in the US...

CHATHAM — When it comes to shaping the airport master plan, it’s not enough for airport commissioners to accept public comment before forging ahead with their vision; they need to seriously consider public concerns. That was the message from the board of selectmen this week, which said the process for vetting the plan has been flawed from the outset. “I think you guys think you’re inclusive, but it doesn’t ...

CHATHAM – The historical commission is looking at using zoning incentives—and disincentives—to encourage preservation of historical structures. Possible changes to the zoning bylaw include flexibility in dimensional regulations, allowing smaller lots than allowed to be created for historic structures and restrictions on lots where historic structures are not preserved. The concepts grew out of work the Cape...

CHATHAM – If you're the sort of person who often racks up hefty fines after forgetting to renew or return that library book or DVD, then you've got an early Christmas present coming your way. Eligible material borrowed from libraries in the Cape Libraries Automated Materials Sharing—CLAMS—system will now be automatically renewed up to three times. Borrowers don't have to do anything; just return the item when ...

CHATHAM – For the first time in 45 years, the town will usher in Independence Day with a fireworks display at Veterans Field. The display, scheduled for Thursday, July 2, is a cooperative venture between the Chatham Athletics Association, Chatham Bars Inn, the chamber of commerce, Chatham Cookware and the town. It's a “community effort to do something special for the biggest weekend of the year,” said CBI Gene...

COA Special Town Meeting Rescheduled To Jan. 4

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Seeking to boost turnout from young people and senior citizens, selectmen have chosen a new date and time—Saturday, Jan. 4 at 1 p.m.—for a special town meeting laying the groundwork for a new senior center. Holding town meetings on a weekend is a recommendation of the Chatham 365 Task Force, which seeks to make it easier for young, working families to take part in town government. And having a sessio...

When the Family Pantry was created 30 years ago, it was designed to be a safety net for the most vulnerable members of the community: people who had just lost their jobs or experienced some major financial crisis. Support Helping Neighbors Those days are gone. Today, the Family Pantry also helps meet a d...

Homeless In Harwich Encampment In Brooks Park This Weekend

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Members of the fire and police departments were scheduled to set up an encampment in Brooks Park on Wednesday to draw attention to the plight of homelessness and community members who have fallen on hard times. Firefighter Brad Willis was before selectmen Monday night to inform the public that the fifth annual “Homeless for the Holidays” encampment will once again be located in Brooks Park. This is a...

Former Students Helping Build New Tech School

By: Alan Pollock

PLEASANT LAKE — Some of them just graduated, and others did so decades ago, but none of the former students figured they’d be coming back to Cape Tech. This time, they’re part of the army of skilled tradesmen and women working on the new high school building project. “A lot of memories,” said Jonas Ayala, looking at his alma mater. A 2012 graduate, Ayala is a laborer with the Harwich-based Robert B. Our Co., w...

Local Planning Committee To Guide Comprehensive Plan

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Selectmen have agreed to appoint a wide-ranging local planning committee to craft a new local comprehensive plan for the town. The committee is expected to work with consultants in shaping a plan for defining the future of the community. Voters in the May 2019 annual town meeting approved $200,000 to update the 2011 local comprehensive plan, which is supposed to be revisited every five years. Town Pl...

Firefighters And Supporters Dedicate New Station

By: Alan Pollock

EAST HARWICH — Calling it an expression of the value Harwich residents place on public safety and the people who provide it, town officials dedicated the new East Harwich fire substation Saturday. The new building will be ready for use in about three weeks, Fire Chief Norman Clarke, Jr., said. It will be a vast improvement over the small, dilapidated station it replaces next ...

Selectmen To Form Search Committee For New Administrator

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Selectmen Monday agreed to create a town administrator search committee by early January, but the board will continue to weigh whether to retain a search consultant to assist in the process. Town Administrator Christopher Clark went on an extended leave of absence after working out an agreement with selectmen which includes Clark not seeking a new contract with the town. His leave of absence expires ...

Solar Benefits Rewarding For Harwich

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The solar photovoltaic array at the landfill netted the town $441,216 last year. Cape and Vineyard Electric Cooperative manager Liz Argo was before selectmen Monday night to discuss the continuation of a one-quarter penny assessment on kilowatt hour generation to assist the agency in funding its operations. CVEC serves as the intermediary between municipalities on the Cape and Vineyard and contractor...