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Main Street Sidewalk Replacement Begins Monday

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – The replacement of sidewalks in the west end of the downtown business district begins Monday, Oct. 26, and the concurrent repaving of Cross Street will limit pedestrian and vehicular traffic in the area through mid-December. Sidewalks will be replaced from the rotary to Library Lane on the north side and Cross Street on the south side. The work began at Library Lane; crews will work west to the rotar...

Historic CG Boathouse May Return To Town

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – A piece of Chatham history that was thought to be lost may be returning to town. The Coast Guard boathouse that stood on the shores of Stage Harbor from 1936 until 2009, when it was taken by barge to Quincy and later moved to Hull, was slated to be auctioned Thursday. But a local resident who had previously headed an effort to keep the structure in town was able to convince the current owner to pull ...

CHATHAM – Selectmen last week rejected an allegation that the signing of a federal airport grant contract by the town manager violated the Open Meeting Law, but agreed that greater transparency was appropriate for some ad hoc committees that had previously not complied with the law's requirements. The Open Meeting Law complaint was filed by James Fulton, who alleged that the law was violated when Town Manager ...

CHATHAM – For Dan Meservey and other West Chatham business owners, it's deja vu all over again. A decade ago, businesses struggled through several seasons as sewers were installed along Route 28, limiting and sometimes shutting down access completely. Last week, major construction began on the West Chatham Roadway Project, and although the road is ostensibly open to traffic, long delays and the torn-up surface...

AmeriCorps Partners With HCT, Town Conservation Dept.

By: Jennifer Sexton-Riley

The Harwich Conservation Trust (HCT) and the town of Harwich Conservation Department have been chosen to jointly host an AmeriCorps Cape Cod member three days each week from this fall into summer 2021. The AmeriCorps member, Caroline Stephen from Marlborough, graduated from Roger Williams University in 2016 with a degree in psychology. They have done two terms with AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Co...

Peter Luddy Remembered For His Community Service

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — By all accounts, Peter Luddy was a man of community. He stood out under his pink ball cap. He loved Harwich and its people. Mr. Luddy, 66, who served as a selectman for seven years, passed away at home on Friday. Mr. Luddy moved to Harwich from Waterbury, Conn. in 1989. He established his painting business and shortly thereafter opened a paint and decorating shop. He was a gregarious character always...

Historic Schoolhouse Undergoes Emergency Repairs

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Emergency repairs have been made to the roof of the historic West Harwich Schoolhouse, which has been vacant for more than two decades, during which the town has wrestled with what to do with the 1871 building. Selectmen Chairman Larry Ballantine said he received an email from former selectman Peter Hughes who had been at the former schoolhouse and noticed holes in the roof. Hughes recommended the to...

Two Forums Scheduled For Proposed 100-Unit Development

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Opposition is building to the 100-unit apartment development proposed on 12 acres off Route 137 in East Harwich. There is a petition circulating seeking to block the development and at least one member of the board of selectmen is speaking out against the project. Selectmen this week agreed to hold a public forum next Monday on the proposed development based on the mounting opposition. A presentation...

Selectmen To Advertise For Assistant Town Administrator

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Selectmen approved an extension of Interim Assistant Town Administrator Robert Lawton’s contract last week through Dec. 31, and also took steps to fill the position on a more permanent basis. Lawton’s agreement with the town had expired, and selectmen last week approved the new agreement, post-dated to Oct. 1. Interim Town Administrator Joseph Powers said the town of Yarmouth is also looking for an i...

HARWICH – After a scoreless draw against Sturgis West the previous evening, and still without a win in the season, the Monomoy boys varsity soccer team faced a tough task on Oct. 15 — non-league, Division Two opponent Sandwich. Despite the challenge and early offensive pressure from the Blue Knights, Monomoy captured its first win, 1-0, behind a first-quarter goal from eighth-grader Ryan Laramee and another st...

Pandemic Forces Monomoy Culinary Arts Program To Get Creative

By: Elizabeth Van Wye

If you walk the bike trail past Monomoy High School on a school day, you might see high school students out in the school's garden, hard at work and practicing the basics of grilling. With the pandemic forcing adjustment in many school activities, Caroline Freitas, the school's culinary arts and nutrition teacher, has come up with an ingenious way of advancing her hands-on curriculum in a safe outdoor environme...

ETC's Virtual Playhouse Premieres 'Impossible?'

By: Jennifer Sexton-Riley

On Saturday, Oct. 24 at 4 p.m. Eventide Theatre Company's Virtual Playhouse will present the regional premiere of Lee Roscoe's timely satire about the rise of tyranny in the United States, “Impossible?” This free, livestreamed event will take place on Eventide's Facebook page, facebook.com/eventidetheatrecompany. “Impossible?” focuses on a group of friends in a small New England town and how their lives are affec...

Letters to the Editor, Oct. 22

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Time With Sharks Well Spent  Editor: A big Shark thank you to Detective Brackett of the Harwich Police Department! Detective Brackett was kind enough to have a Zoom meeting with me that also included students in my seminar classes at Monomoy High School.  He answered students' questions about policing, about the problems our country has seen this year in policing, and about our local police departments' rel...

John Whelan: The Age Of Wonder

By: John Whelan

“Just a closer walk with thee, Grant it, Jesus, is my plea, Daily walking close to thee. Let it be, dear Lord, let it be.”   We live in the age of wonder with so many resources as close as our computer. In this case I am referring to all that is available to us on YouTube. A great number of my musical favorites have died and most of the rest are no longer able to perform at the level they once coul...

Forest And Lyons For County Commission

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

We've editorialized in the past about our belief that Barnstable County Commission incumbent Ron Beaty should not be returned to office. We haven't changed our tune; we want to reiterate, two weeks before election day, that the county commission race is the most important local contest on the Nov. 3 ballot, and removing Beaty is critical for the continued function of county government on Cape Cod. Of the four ...

Solution In Suspension For Uncle Harvey’s Pond

By: Ed Maroney

ORLEANS — On Nov. 4, the select board hopes to clear up a somewhat murky situation regarding polluted Uncle Harvey’s Pond. After hearing clarifications of a couple of points, they may be ready to have Town Administrator John Kelly file a Notice of Intent (NOI) with the conservation commission to review a remediation project to use an aluminum sulfate treatment that will reduce phosphorous in the pond. Althou...