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Vaccine Demand May Initially Outstrip Supply

By: Alan Pollock

Appointments May Not Be Available At First In news that is likely to be welcome in Chatham and Orleans – demographically two of the oldest towns in New England – Gov. Charlie Baker announced this week that 75-and-older residents have been moved to the front of the line in Phase 2 of the state’s COVID-19 vaccine roll-out, with people 65 and older next in line. But local public health officials warn that, as of ...

CHATHAM – The sale of single-family homes in town increased by more than 50 percent during 2020, reflecting an unprecedented year in real state sales Cape wide. COVID-19 was a major factor driving the super-charged market, with buyers seeking second homes away from populated areas. People nearing retirement age moving up plans to buy on the Cape also contributed to the increase in sales, said Ryan Castle, CEO ...

CHATHAM — Though it’s not moving ahead as a top priority just yet, plans are coming together for the potential renovation of the historic filling station at the former Eldredge Garage property. Last week, an architect presented two plans: one that keeps the same building footprint, and another for replacing it with a slightly larger building. Kurt Raber of Catalyst Architecture said his team thoroughly surve...

Survey: Fishing Industry Suffering Under Pandemic

By: Alan Pollock

In news that comes as no surprise, a survey conducted by federal fishing regulators and the University of Florida has found that COVID-19 has taken a toll on the commercial fishing industry, from fishermen and charter boat operators to seafood processors and dealers. The first round of the phone survey was conducted in July and August, and the second round is underway now. Chosen at random, people in the fishi...

Special town meetings will likely be held in Chatham and Harwich in the fall to consider changing the way school costs are apportioned to each community in the Monomoy Regional School District agreement. The change would address the financial disparity in elementary school costs that has developed due to declining enrollment in Chatham, and would essentially call for each town to pay for its own elementary sch...

Voters To Finally Act On New Senior Center

By: Alan Pollock

Extra Elementary School Funding, Land Purchase On Tap For May Meeting CHATHAM — While the select board praised the town manager for presenting a slimmed-down FY22 operating budget to help the town weather the remainder of the pandemic, they vowed to move ahead on big-ticket town meeting articles for a new senior center and affordable housing, saying those needs can’t be ignored. The board also agreed to s...

CHATHAM – There's no question that the house at 351 Barn Hill Rd. has been renovated and added on to over the years. But at the core is a building that dates from before 1923, perhaps as early as 1740, and historical commission members hope they can find a way to save it. Last week the commission placed a one-year demolition delay on the structure, asking the owner to reconsider plans to completely tear down t...

Selectmen Place Regional Sewer Plant Article On Warrant

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Whether the community becomes a member in the Dennis-Harwich-Yarmouth Clean Waters Partnership remains an outstanding issue as selectmen weigh whether to enter a tri-town treatment plant agreement or develop an in-town treatment plant. The board on Monday night spent nearly three hours reviewing wastewater issues and the phasing of the town’s comprehensive wastewater management plan, looking backward...

Year-round Apartments Proposed For Stone Horse Dorms

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The two dormitories constructed to provide seasonal employee housing for foreign workers over the summer months remained virtually empty this past summer due to COVID-19 travel restrictions. The owners of the newly constructed buildings are now seeking to convert one to year-round apartments. Main Street Stone Horse, LLC had been scheduled Tuesday evening to go before the planning board to request a ...

Sherry Will Make Another Bid For Selectman

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Thomas Sherry is the first selectman candidate out of the gate as the political season gets underway. Sherry took out nomination papers this week. There is only one selectman’s seat on the ballot this year. Incumbent Selectman Ed McManus’ term is expiring. McManus said on Monday he has not decided yet whether he will be running. McManus said he still has to sit down with his wife, Shannon, and dis...

Town, HCT Working To Acquire 31 Acres

By: William F. Galvin

Jenkins Property Includes 20 Acres Of Cranberry Bogs HARWICH — The nearly 20 acres of cranberry bogs along Route 124 and Headwaters Drive provide visual evidence of the town’s agricultural heritage each fall as the red berries are floated and prepared for harvest. People line the bog banks with cameras to capture the beauty of the harvest. But in the future, people may have to flip the pages of photo albums...

Nauset Swimmers Making The Best Of Virtual Season

By: Brad Joyal

EASTHAM – If there’s one thing we’ve all learned about ourselves during the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s that we possess the ability to adjust our daily lives. We’ve worn masks and social distanced from one another. We’ve also altered the way we learn and work, the way we communicate and the way we congregate, often turning to technology to help us feel connected with each other. This way of living has crept int...

Monarchs Drop First Two Games Despite Quick Starts

By: Brad Joyal

SOUTH DENNIS – If high school hockey games were sudden-death and victories were awarded to the first team that scored, the Monarchs would be well on their way to posting a successful season. The co-op hockey team featuring boys from Mashpee and Monomoy managed to find the back of the net before its opponents in each of its first two games, though fast starts weren’t enough for the Monarchs to earn victories ag...

Harwich Family Finds The Dog Of Their Dreams...In Antigua

By: Elizabeth Van Wye

HARWICH – Adopting a dog is high on the list of things people are doing in the pandemic. So high, in fact, that nationwide shelters are reporting that the supply of dogs has often not been able to keep up with the demand. A Harwich family recently found a creative solution to this problem and adopted a rescue dog from the Caribbean island of Antigua. When Cheryl Eldredge and her husband Matthew decided the tim...

It was Christmas Day and Andrea Spence was starting to prepare dinner when she received a call about 20 stranded dolphins. She quickly left her home in South Orleans and headed for Brewster, where she weathered heavy rain with other members of the International Fund for Animal Welfare’s Marine Mammal Rescue and Research Team. Spence and her colleagues were met with a dire situation: 11 live dolphins were stran...

Our View: Go Bold With Housing

By: The Cape Cod Chronicle

The figures are, frankly, astounding. The number of single-family homes in Chatham sold during 2020 increased 53.5 percent over 2019, with the median sales price rising to more than $860,000. Orleans saw an 86.8 percent increase, with a median sale price of $827,000. Sales were lower in Harwich, increasing 10 percent, which in most years would be a respectable level. COVID-19 helped drive record-setting real e...