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Letters to the Editor, June 27, 2019

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Brooks Library Offers Thanks Editor: The staff and Trustees of Brooks Free Library are having an open house  on Saturday, June 29 from 2 to 4 p.m. to celebrate the completion of our restoration and preservation project, and would like to invite the people of Harwich as well as the community preservation committee to join us in this celebration as a thank you for all your support with this project.  Light re...

I Hope The Fish Are Jumpin’

By: John Whelan

“Summertime, and the livin’ is easy Fish are jumpin’ and the cotton is high” Well, you won’t find the high cotton here in Chatham, but the rest is possibly true. George Gershwin wrote the tune and DuBose Hayward added the lyrics in 1934. Hayward also wrote the novel “Porgy” on which Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess” was based. All of a sudden it is the end of June and Chatham summer is upon us. All the sign...

Dogs Have Their Day At Selectmen's Meeting

By: Ed Maroney

ORLEANS — People can walk their dogs before 9 a.m. and after 5 p.m. on a town property adjacent to Skaket Beach now that the selectmen have scaled back what was a round-the-clock seasonal ban at Willie Atwood Road and Wildflower Lane. It was standing room only in the Nauset meeting room June 19 as more than 70 opponents of the restriction called on the board to reverse its recent decision. Testimony from dog...

Towns Agree On Next Steps In Dredging Effort

By: Ed Maroney

EASTHAM — The selectmen of Eastham and Orleans have reached an agreement to move forward on dredging Nauset Estuary. Exactly where the shovels will dig and other issues are unresolved, but the boards, meeting June 24 at Eastham Public Library, saw the wisdom of letting the permitting process provide the information they'll need to make such decisions. At the same time, the boards green-lighted a variety of fie...

CHATHAM — A Minister’s Point property owner whose land is threatened by erosion is keeping up the legal fight against dredging in Chatham Harbor. Essentially denying an earlier appeal by property owner Gerald Milden, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection issued a superseding order of conditions late last month that would have allowed dredging to go forward in an area inside the North Inlet...

Selectmen Seek Senior Center Site Suggestions

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Pledging to bring a new senior center proposal to voters this fall, Selectmen Monday outlined a plan to find a better site for the building, even if it’s smaller than the Middle Road parcel rejected by town meeting last month. The town will issue a renewed request for proposals (RFP) from private property owners who would like to sell or potentially even lease land to the town on a long-term basis....

CHATHAM – A decision on allowing a food truck downtown during the summer Mondays on Main music nights was postponed this week. The board of selectmen are tentatively scheduled to take up the topic June 24, pending submission of followup paperwork by the Chatham Merchants Association, the event sponsor, specifically regarding the food truck location and a traffic and pedestrian safety plan. Selectmen last week ...

CHATHAM – The town is justly proud of its history and the historical assets that it has preserved. This Friday, Saturday and Sunday, residents and visitors will have the opportunity to experience special events and open houses at the town's museums and other sites during the annual History Weekend. Sponsored by Historic Chatham, a cooperative effort among the town's museums and non-profit historical and cultur...

Demo Proposed For Iconic Stage Harbor House

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – A request to demolish a historical house that was the subject of a 2013 documentary will go before the historical commission next month. “Starboard Light” is the name of the circa 1860 house at 154 Champlain Rd., as well as the title a film by Nick Fitzhugh, whose family owned the property for decades before selling it in 2010. The house was a gathering place for several generations of the Fitzhugh f...

CHATHAM – In reaction to the recent cutting of trees along town-owned land bordering the Seaside Links Golf Course, the board of selectmen is considering a strict policy punishing those who encroach on municipal property. Officials detailed a half dozen incidents where abutting property owners encroached on town land; four of them bordered the golf course, and two others involved land near town cemeteries. ...

Harwich Selectmen Frustrated Over Sewer Bids

By: William F. Galvin

Additional Contract May Be Necessary To Complete Work HARWICH — Frustration levels are high as town officials examine how to move forward with funding the remainder of the phase two sewer project for East Harwich. On Monday night selectmen approved the first construction contract for the work, even though the town may not have enough money to cover a second contract to complete the project. Selectmen approv...

Selectmen In Quandary Over Lower County Road

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Lower County Road was referred to is being in “shambles” at the selectmen’s meeting on Monday night, but the board could not make a decision on how to move forward with repairs. The town’s department of public works put together a plan to reconstruct a 2.25-mile section of the road, which was assessed as being in deplorable condition and which had recently been dug up to accommodate water department ...

Artisans Can Secure A Shed At The Seaside Marketplace

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The Seaside Marketplace at Saquatucket Harbor will open on July 3, and the Harwich Cultural Center is now accepting applications from artisans interested in leasing the sheds on a weekly basis. The marketplace was a major component of the landside renovations at the waterfront facility and will make it more of a destination for residents, visitors and boaters, said Erica Strzepek, program aide at the...

Toy Library Finally Finds A Home—In West Barnstable

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The effort to establish a Cape Cod Toy Library, a facility that fosters healthy child development through free play, remains alive, but in West Barnstable, not Harwich. It’s been a couple of years since Chatham resident Deb Willsea floated the idea of the Cape Cod Toy Library, based on a similar project she founded and which has been successful in Rochester, N.Y. Willsea sought to purchase the former...

Harwich Center Development Gets High Marks

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The latest plans for a proposed mixed-use development at the former Getty gas station lot in Harwich Center were well received by the planning board last week, although issues were raised regarding the buffer zone at the rear of the lot and how the new building will fit into the character of the historic village. This is the second time around for project proponent Saumil Patel, who withdrew an earli...