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Whales In The Park Raise Record Breaking $82K

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – It's official: Whales are more popular than sharks. Or, at least, people were willing to pay more for the painted and decorated whales on exhibit in Kate Gould Park this summer than they were for the sharks that populated similar displays in the past. Auction of the whales in this year's Chatham Merchants Association-sponsored Art in the Park brought in a total of $82,480, which beat out the previ...

CHATHAM – Owners of the Monomoy Theatre are tallying signatures collected during the past week on a petition to call a special town meeting to alter zoning to allow redevelopment of the historic Main Street property. After a drive-through signature collection Monday, owner Greg Clark of Alexandra Properties said about half of the 200 signatures necessary to call a special town meeting had been collected. “We'r...

Few Hot Contests In Sept. 1 State Primary

By: Alan Pollock

Hopefuls Seek Nod For U.S. Senator, County Commissioner With all eyes on the November presidential election, officials are reminding voters that the state primary election is set for Sept. 1. While there aren’t many headline-grabbing races, Democrats will decide between incumbent Edward Markey and challenger Joseph Kennedy, III, for U.S. Senate, and will choose among three candidates for the chance to seek two...

CHATHAM – You are out for a quick fishing trip and unexpectedly the surf overtakes your boat, flips it over and you find yourself wet and standing on top of what was the bottom of your boat, stranded in the North Inlet connecting Pleasant Bay with the Atlantic Ocean. No other boats are around and it is late afternoon with the tide ebbing and visibility down to less than half a mile. This is not what you imagin...

CHATHAM — Whether they’re bringing Social Security checks, prescription medicines, mail-in ballots or just friendly letters, mail carriers are a lifeline, and the U.S. Postal Service needs our support. That was the message from a handful of protesters who held signs in front of the main Chatham post office Saturday, one of many similar protests held around the nation. And judging by the number of waves and h...

CHATHAM – The contours of Cape Cod’s iconic coastline tell a story of a landscape dramatically and dynamically defined by Atlantic storms. At the heart of the peninsula's narrative are the nor’easters and hurricanes that shape and reshape the Cape’s shorelines each year.  This summer, the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season is setting records. As of early this week, the Atlantic had experienced 11 named storms...

Cause Of Pleasant St. Beach Closures A Mystery

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – At least six times this summer, water samples taken at Pleasant Street Beach have failed to meet state water quality standards, resulting in the beach being closed to swimming. The cause of the high Enterococci counts, however, remains a mystery. “I am concerned about it,” said Natural Resources Department Director Robert Duncanson. “Clearly there's something going on down there that's unusual.” ...

Harwich To Consider Lowering Town Meeting Quorum

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Selectmen are considering whether to reduce the quorum for the Sept. 26 annual town meeting to as low as 15 registered voters. On Monday, according to the agenda, the board will “vote pursuant (to Massachusetts General Law) to reduce the quorum for the annual town meeting…to no less than 10 percent of the quorum requirement of 150 under section 271- 2 of the Town Code, or 15 registered voters.” Mo...

Powers Gets Another 90-day Appointment

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — When selectmen were unable to reach a decision on the appointment of a new town administrator several weeks ago, they agreed to retain Interim Town Administrator Joseph Powers for one year. On Monday, however, the board voted to extend Powers' appointment for 90 days. The appointment will expire on Nov. 18. It would conclude a full year of service for Powers as interim town administrator. Question...

Conservation Commission To Examine Use Of Styrofoam On Docks

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Every day, Ann Frechette walks along the shore of John Josephs Pond and picks up a cup full of tiny foam beads. She told the conservation commission last week that Styrofoam is spewing into the pond every day from an old dock on a neighbor’s property and she is concerned about the impacts on wildlife and the environment. Frechette said when she purchased her property on the pond there was an old dock...

When it comes to housing, child care, hunger and the wealth gap, COVID-19 has exposed and worsened existing problems on Cape Cod. That was the conclusion of a panel of experts who met in a virtual “State of Cape Cod” session last week. From an economic standpoint, things may not seem too different this summer, but looks can be deceiving, Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Wendy Northcross said. Th...

Carpenter: Monomoy Is Ready For Students

By: Alan Pollock

78 Percent Will Attend In Person Teachers are returning to the Monomoy Schools today, and students will follow in about two-and-a-half weeks. When they do, the school district will be ready, Superintendent Scott Carpenter said. “We’re essentially running two different Monomoys,” he told the Chatham selectmen last week. Parents were given a choice whether to have their children attend classes remotely or in ...

HARWICH — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is predicting record cranberry crops in Massachusetts and across the country. Local growers, however, are being more conservative in their crop estimates based on recent heat and drought conditions, and are wary of larger harvests that drive down prices. “It’s basic supply and demand,” Harwich cranberry farmer Wayne Coulson said. “The greater the supply the more the...

High School Sports Remain Mired In Uncertainty

By: Kat Szmit

Who’s up for some spring football? Though it might not be traditional, that’s what athletic directors around the state are looking at as they try planning high school sports schedules amidst the uncertainty created by the COVID-19 pandemic. On Aug. 19, the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) released its recommendations for school sports, which could include a fourth “floating season” tha...

ORLEANS – Ask Tony Davis, president and owner of Arey’s Pond Boat Yard, what the theme of the 2020 Cat Gathering was, and you’ll likely get a wry grin before he answers with a decisive word. “Decisions,” he said. “It’s been a tough year in the sense of having to make a series of decisions.” It started with the pandemic, which had Davis taking note of the numerous sailboat races posting cancellations, hoping...

CHATHAM – There was no need to get dressed up, or to drive somewhere, or fight for a parking space, or hope for a good seat last Sunday. The Chatham Historical Society (CHS) joined many other institutions when it held its 64-minute annual meeting, featuring a talk on “Tourism Through the Years,” via Zoom video conferencing. About 75 people watched the presentation. At 3:30 p.m. exactly Ginny Nickerson, CHS out...