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CHATHAM – A lawsuit filed by a group of residents hoping to prevent skydiving from returning to Chatham Municipal Airport was dismissed by a Barnstable Superior Court judge last week. In a six-page decision issued July 29, Justice Beverly J. Cannone said federal law governing airports overrides nuisance claims under the state's Tort Claims Act. Citizens for a Safe Chatham Airport, Inc. (CSCA), filed the sui...

The tornado and 90-mile-per-hour winds that ravaged the area July 23 changed the streetscape in many locations in Chatham and Harwich. A glance at the nearly-empty hollow behind the Brooks Park bandstand, once thick with trees, confirms the storm's lasting impact. When some 3,000 trees are lost, as happened in Harwich, it can't help but change the appearance of the community. While many lost trees were on priv...

Three Locations Eyed In Senior Center Site Search

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — In their search for a location for a new senior center, selectmen have narrowed the list to three sites: the existing site on Stony Hill Road, the rear of the Marconi property in Chathamport, and a private parcel at 1610 Main St., West Chatham. With all board members saying they firmly support construction of a new council on aging building, selectmen are under pressure to find a location that vote...

'Walkinators' Sponsor Fundraiser For MDA Aug. 24

By: Rowan Wood

CHATHAM – How did the children’s television series “Phineas and Ferb” contribute to the formation of a local team for a benefit Muscular Dystrophy Association Muscle Walk? “Well, I was eight and I loved the show,” said Sage Barnes, a Chatham resident who will be a senior at Monomoy Regional High School in September. Dr. Doofenshmirtz, a character on the show, always created devices with the suffix “-inator,” “...

Ron Braun Finds His Niche In Conch Fishing

By: Doreen Leggett

When Ronnie Braun was a young fisherman captaining the Peggy B, he used to cruise by buoys strung in a line, and they weren’t marking lobster traps. He always wondered what they were, but since he was catching thousands of pounds of cod a day, he didn’t think much of it. “I thought those days would never end,” Braun said. But they did. Braun, whose only career has been fishing, began involving himself ...

Family Pantry Of Cape Cod Turns 30

By: Alan Pollock

NORTH HARWICH — Three decades ago, the Family Pantry of Cape Cod began as a storage closet filled with canned goods at Holy Trinity Church, with a handful of volunteers collecting food donations and making them available to people in need. It was a simple case of neighbors helping neighbors. Denny Duggan of Harwich, one of the five founding members of the Family Pantry, remembers holding meetings in the kitc...

Cranberry Valley Golf Course Back In Full Swing

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — It took a major commitment of staff and tree service companies, but Cranberry Valley Golf Course is back in full swing. The golf course was closed for nine days in the wake of July 23 tornado. Nine holes were open last Thursday and the full course was available for play on Saturday. The closure was a major financial hit. The course suffered the loss of nearly 200 trees and will need replacements. ...

Cape Verdean Official To Speak In Harwich

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — There has been a strong connection between the island of Brava in the Cabo Verde archipelago and the town of Harwich for more than a century. That bond is about to become a little firmer with a planned visit of President Francisco Tavares, the mayor of Brava. Albert Raneo informed selectmen last week that Tavares will visit the community on Aug. 28. There are numerous residents of Cape Verdean descen...

HARWICH — When it comes to controlling vaping, smoking or other nicotine use among students, Monomoy High School has traditionally had an old-school approach, issuing multiple-day suspensions when kids violate the rules. “We’re rethinking that,” Assistant Principal Janie Girolamo told the school committee recently. “It really doesn’t serve any purpose” to have violators miss out on their classes and miss out...

HARWICH — Concerned that the huge piles of brush and debris at the landfill are a fire hazard, the town is hiring a contractor to break down the 40,000 cubic yards of material collected after the July 23 tornado. Fire Chief Norman Clarke, Jr. told Town Administrator Christopher Clark last week that that “massive brush/debris pile [is] beginning to show signs of generating heat at the DPW (Department of Public ...

HARWICH – For much of the 2019 Cape League season, the Harwich Mariners fought to climb out of what's known as the basement. Now, with wins against Chatham and the Y-D Red Sox, the Mariners are poised for a place in the championship. After clawing their way into playoff position with a commanding victory against Brewster in their last regular season game, the Mariners kicked off the playoffs with a 1-0 win aga...

ORLEANS/SOUTH YARMOUTH – The chairs have all been collected off the hills, the scoreboard switched off, and the dugouts swept clean. Another summer has come to an end for the Orleans Firebirds, who fell in the playoffs to the Y-D Red Sox. The Firebirds made a big rally in the bottom of the ninth inning on Aug. 2 but it wasn't enough to overtake the Sox, who went on to win the first game of the first round 7-6....

HARWICH/CHATHAM – It wasn't necessarily the way the Chatham Anglers wanted to end their 2019 season, but the game of baseball can be a fickle friend as the A's learned when they fell to Harwich in the first round of the playoffs. One run was all it took for the Mariners to defeat the Anglers on Aug. 2, thanks to a timely sacrifice fly hit by Chris Galland in the top of the sixth that brought home Hal Hughes. T...

PLEASANT BAY – Beachgoers were treated to a stunning sight on Aug. 3 when 126 boats of varying sizes took to the waters of Pleasant Bay for the 2019 Chatham Yacht Club Regatta. The key to the event's success? Its volunteers. “We claim to be the oldest and longest running free regatta in the United States,” said CYC member and skipper Ted Dickson. “The volunteers made it possible for the event to be free for th...

Cape Rep’s ‘Full Monty’ Bares It All

By: Amy Tagliaferri

How far would you go to see your kid? Jerry Lukowski, who’s behind in his child support, would go all the way. Six unemployed steelworkers from Buffalo, N.Y. are low on cash and the future looks bleak. So when two of them, Jerry and Dave, spy their wives (or ex-wife in Jerry’s case) at a male strip club and see their enthusiastic response to the dancers, an idea is formed. Why don’t do we do a one-night-only...

CHATHAM – After a summer of keeping a watchful eye on beachgoers from Bourne to Provincetown, the Cape's lifeguards had the opportunity to show off their skills in the 45 th Cape Cod Lifesaving Competition, held Aug. 2 at Harding's Beach. Guards from each team set out in the Iron Woman contest, one of the first events of the 45 th Lifesaving Compe...