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CHATHAM – Chatham has an airport. It's an upscale community in a blue state. There's no reason to think that what happened on Martha's Vineyard last week couldn't happen here. Two planes chartered by the state of Florida arrived on Martha's Vineyard unannounced Sept. 14 carrying 48 Venezuelan asylum seekers who had been recruited in Texas. The group spent two days on Martha's Vineyard before being moved to Joi...

CHATHAM – For a number of years now, the spiny dogfish has been a mainstay of the town's commercial fishing fleet. Along with skate, it is by far the largest species by volume landed at the fish pier. Most of that fish, however, is shipped to Europe, where it is used for fish and chips, among other things. Not only does that create a fairly large carbon footprint, but local fishermen don't get a lot per pound ...

Curious Seniors Learn All About Cannabis

By: Elizabeth Van Wye

CHATHAM – After decades of battles, cannabis is legal in Massachusetts, for both medical and recreational uses, but finding out whether it is right for you and navigating the buying process can be daunting.  Dave Wheeler, founder and president of Brockton-based Therapy Gardens, was in town last week for a presentation called "All you wanted to know about marijuana...but were afraid to ask." Two dozen or so int...

CHATHAM — Following the lead of Orleans officials, the Chatham health board has agreed on a preliminary draft of a new bylaw regulating short-term rental properties and is sending it on to the select board for consideration. As currently drafted, the bylaw would place limits on the number of people who can occupy a rental and the number of cars they can park on a property. The health board is asking the select...

CHATHAM — With the old fishing gear storage lot at the airport now padlocked, and with plans still being finalized for a replacement site near the capped landfill, the select board last week endorsed a stopgap plan for three fishermen whose equipment needs temporary quarters. The three, two of whom are lobstermen, have immediate permission to move their equipment to parcels identified at the wastewater treatme...

The Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management's Coastal Resilience Grant Program has awarded local towns more than $1 million in grants to combat the impact of climate change. On Tuesday the Baker-Polito Administration announced that Chatham, Brewster and Orleans will receive funding to address erosion, salt marsh restoration and shoreside infrastructure improvements. The grants were among $12.6 million ...

HARWICH – Residents living along the 5,000 feet of sidewalk near the Harwich Elementary School proposed for Safe Routes To School improvements made it clear last week that they do not want to see eight-foot sidewalks that can accommodate bicyclists included in the project. There was certainly agreement that the three-foot sidewalks that now serve the neighborhood need improvements, but given the rural and h...

PLEASANT LAKE — Less than a decade ago, when local fire departments advertised a vacant position, they might get 100 applicants. Today, they sometimes don’t get any. Departments are increasingly short-staffed even though call volume is climbing, and they need a long-term strategy for replenishing the ranks. The answer, or part of it, might be at Cape Tech. On Monday, the regional vocational school held the fir...

New Ladder Truck Arrives At Harwich Fire Department

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – T he fire department’s new quint ladder truck has arrived, and members of the department have been busy training and becoming familiar with the vehicle operations. Every member of the department must have 10 hours of training with the vehicle before it will be put into service, Fire Chief David LeBlanc said. The new ladder truck was built by Sutphen Corporation of Cincinnati, Ohio, and...

Cape Tech Foundation Receives $80,000 Grant For Student Needs

By: William F. Galvin

PLEASANT LAKE  – The Cape Cod Tech Foundation has been awarded an $80,000 grant from T he Cap e Cod Foundation to support capacity building initiatives , educational and men toring programs, scholarships, and other needs of Cape Cod Regional Technical High School students. The Cape Cod Tech Foundation was established in 2019 to support the students, teachers and programs at the Pleasant Lak...

Seven Units Proposed For W. Harwich Schoolhouse

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – T h e new owner of the former West Harwich schoolhouse was before the affordable housing trust last week with a preliminary plan for housing at the historic structure. Although in the conceptual stage, John Carey said he is planning to establish seven apartments at 5 Bell’s Neck Rd. Carey also said there would be very little alteration to the historic facade of the schoolhouse, con...

HARWICH – It’s a new season and the Monomoy field hockey team has a new coach, but the Sharks are maintaining their big expectations. After inheriting much of the roster from last year’s team that advanced to the Division 4 state semifinals under coach Kathryn Andreoli, Monomoy’s first-year coach Kyle Cappallo is focused on bringing the team together. In order to do so, Cappallo has implemented a new offens...

Several Lower Cape Cod residents will be among the thousands of walkers who will approach the historic Boston Marathon start line in Hopkinton on Oct. 2 to take part in the Jimmy Fund Walk. Since its inception in 1989, the Jimmy Fund Walk has raised more than $150 million for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, with the funds being used to support all forms of adult and pediatric patient care and cancer research...

Fast Start Propels Nauset Boys Soccer Past Monomoy

By: Brad Joyal

NORTH EASTHAM – It’s a strategy that’s become a calling card for the Nauset boys soccer program. Although the Warriors want to play strong soccer throughout every game, they especially want to be at their best in the opening minutes, where an early goal can provide them with a spark while simultaneously forcing opponents to play on their heels and from behind. Nauset executed that philosophy perfectly Satur...

The streak is over. The Nauset football team is back in the win column. The Warriors ended a 10-game losing streak to earn first-year coach Jesse Peno’s first career victory with a 21-14 nonleague win over East Bridgewater on Friday in North Eastham. It was Nauset’s first win since April 17, 2021, when the team bested Falmouth 20-14 in the penultimate game of the “Fall II” spring football season held that y...

Athlete Of The Week: Mikah Krystofolski

By: Brad Joyal

There’s something to be said about a player capable of coming through in the clutch. When the stakes were the biggest and the pressure was the highest, Harwich resident Mikah Krystofolski delivered for his summer baseball team on the ultimate stage. Krystofolski helped guide the Eastern Mass. All-Stars to an 8-6 victory over New Jersey-based Intensity Elite in the Cooperstown Dreams Park Tournament championshi...