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Crowds Flock To Chatham's July 4 Parade

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – Call it the first post-COVID parade. That seemed to be the sentiment among the thousands who lined the route of Monday's much-anticipated Independence Day procession. Crowds were nearly back to pre-pandemic levels, and there were more than 72 entrants in the parade, not the most ever but an improvement over last year's limited event.   Many of the entries capitalized on the theme of “Chatham:...

Even though Chatham has gone farther than most Cape towns in implementing protections for old buildings, the town is still losing its historic heritage at an alarming rate. Elsewhere on the Cape, the situation is even more dire. The mission of Protect Our Past, a nonprofit group formed in 2019, is to create media that shines a light on the gradual erosion of the region's built environment. It aims to use films...

Anderson Takes Helm Of Chatham Police

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Last Thursday, flanked by his family, fellow officers and the department’s past leaders and their families, Michael Anderson took his oath of office and became the town’s chief of police. Even as he paid homage to his predecessors in the department’s 100-year history, Anderson said he is committed to modern policing that is transparent, accountable, empathetic and effective. After having been sworn i...

NORTH CHATHAM — At a time when gun violence seems to be in the headlines almost every day, local schools have been hosting active shooter training and lockdown drills. But a new partnership considers an equally horrifying possibility: a violent intruder at a nursing home. On June 21, Broad Reach Healthcare hosted public safety officials for a “tabletop exercise” exploring how officials would respond to a hypot...

NORTH CHATHAM — When it comes to finding ways to protect swimmers, surfers and boaters from shark encounters, a real-time white shark detection system is the holy grail for public safety officials. While such a system remains elusive, researchers are gaining useful insights that bring them closer to someday achieving that goal. “This is the basic question we’re trying to answer: the when, where and how do whit...

Tax Credits Could Help Boost Affordable Housing

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – The affordable housing trust is looking at the use of Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) in a public/private partnership as a way to develop affordable housing. In the trust’s June 27 meeting, resident David Bernie and Scot Butcher of Chatham, a tax incentive finance/tax credit service provider, laid out a route to expanding affordable housing stock without development costs to the town. The 1...

State Proposes Accelerating Nitrogen Removal Timeline

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection is proposing major changes to septic system regulations to address the impacts of nitrogen discharge on surface water quality. The proposed changes would require accelerated nitrogen discharge reductions in 30 watersheds across the Cape, requiring that they be completed within 20 years, half the time previously stipulated. The changes to the re...

Monomoy Students Protest Supreme Court Abortion Ruling

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – Organized by two recent Monomoy High graduates, a protest took place in Brooks Park last Thursday gathered to voice opposition to the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. Though boisterous at times, the protest began quietly with a moment of silence for women who have died due to unsafe abortions. The protest was organized by Jade Kennedy and Olivia Prisco, 2022 graduates of Monomoy Regi...

New Development Proposed For The Center Of Harwich Port

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH PORT — The vacant lot with the white picket fence across Route 28 from Cumberland Farms in Harwich Port may soon contain a mixed use development with a couple of restaurants, retail space and five residential units on the second floor. Main Street HP LLC will be going before the planning board on July 12 seeking a site plan review special permit and use special permit with waivers for the development. ...

CHATHAM – The cotton candy-colored clouds resting above Veterans Field and the unrelenting fog rolling in from the outfield. The thrill of a towering home run or a comeback victory, and the suffocating agony that lingers in the wake of a crushing defeat. Those are just a few of the sights – and feelings – Dan D’Uva captured while announcing Chatham A’s games during the early 2000s. D’Uva and his childhood f...

HARWICH – Moments after he struck out Brewster shortstop Alex Freeland to end the top half of the fifth inning of Monday’s game at Whitehouse Field, Harwich pitcher Billy Seidl took two steps toward the Mariners’ dugout and clenched his fist by his waist. It was hardly an animated celebration from Seidl, but the subtle fist pump was well deserved for the Wellesley native and right-handed pitcher from Duke who ...

BREWSTER – It can be challenging for Cape League players and coaches to build relationships because every team experiences so much turnover throughout the summer. Some players arrive late from college teams that advanced far in the NCAA tournament, while other players leave early to join USA Baseball’s Collegiate National Team, to prepare for the MLB Draft, or to take some extra rest before school restarts in ...

CHATHAM – The Chatham Anglers’ opening day starter is heading to the MLB draft after four starts with the team. Carson Whisenhunt, a senior left-handed pitcher from East Carolina University, is a projected first-round selection in the upcoming MLB entry draft on July 17. After missing the entire 2022 college season due to a suspension following a positive PED test, Whisenhunt joined the Anglers to get back int...

CHATHAM – The Ole Miss Rebels and Oklahoma Sooners combined for 19 runs scored during their two-game NCAA College World Series, with the Rebels claiming the national title after outscoring the Sooners 14-5 during the series. That run explosion – a commonality in college baseball – is uncommon in the Cape League while the college players used to aluminum bats adjust to using wooden bats. While the best playe...

Athlete Of The Week: Alex Freeland

By: Brad Joyal

HARWICH – The Brewster Whitecaps were on the verge of being held hitless. Then Whitecaps shortstop Alex Freeland did what he does best: hit the ball into a gap. The Harwich Mariners only needed four more outs to throw a combined no-hitter against Brewster on Monday at Whitehouse Field when Freeland collected the Whitecaps’ first hit of the game with a single to rightfield with two outs in the top of the eighth...

Author Darby Hobbs Signs At Three Local Bookstores

By: Jennifer Sexton-Riley

     Chatham author Darby Hobbs will appear at three local bookstores over the next few weeks to sign and read from her new book for young readers, “Hockey Island.” During her signing events Hobbs would like to enlist the talent of any young bookstore visitors who might be interested in lending a hand to contribute to a future book.      “ At each book signing I am inviting children to participate in my next ...