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Harwich Town Offices Begin Opening Doors

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — With the third phase of Gov. Charlie Baker’s Reopening of Massachusetts, municipal government became more accessible on Monday. The doors to town hall and a number of other public buildings are open, but in many instances appointments are required ahead of time to meet with town staff. Town Administrator Joseph Powers said the town has been working on compliance with the mandatory safety standards...

HARWICH — The affordable housing trust will contribute $37,800 to the housing authority's rental assistance program to ensure funding is available as the new fiscal year begins. The housing authority is seeking $200,000 in Community Preservation Act funds for the program in the annual town meeting. Because the session was put off until Sept. 28 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the funds won't be available until t...

Voter Turnout Low In Harwich Annual Election

By: Staff Reports

HARWICH – Voters cast ballots in very low numbers in Tuesday's annual town election due both to the absence of any elective races and the COVID-19 pandemic. Only 807 voters, about 5 percent of those registered, cast ballots during limited polling hours. Town Clerk Anita Doucette said 346 ballots were cast by mail. Most, 327, were absentee ballots, and another 19 were early voting ballot requests. She said voti...

Baseball Is Back!

By: Kat Szmit

With The Help Of Monomoy Players, Centerville Coyotes Play To First 2020 Win   COTUIT – If you thought you heard the crack of a bat and the slap of a ball against a glove in Cotuit on Monday evening, you weren’t dreaming. Baseball is back, and with it came the Centerville Coyotes’ first victory of 2020, a come-from-behind 4-2 win against the New Bedford Whalers. The game marked the first for the Coyotes,...

Garden Club Of Harwich Persists Through Pandemic

By: Jennifer Sexton-Riley

HARWICH – We’ve all been spending quite a lot more time indoors than was once normal. It’s only natural that when we venture out of our homes for necessary errands, we tend to see the once familiar world around us with fresh eyes. Take a look at those flowers! Wow, those planted containers are just stunning. I wonder who has been taking care of these garden b eds during the quarantine? If you are asking ...

Institution Poised To Adapt To Pandemic Changes WEST BARNSTABLE — It was eerily quiet at the Cape Cod Community College campus on a recent visit. The parking lot was empty, concourses vacant. While summer traditionally is the season of fewer enrollments at the college, the COVID-19 pandemic has had a major impact and will change the way students will be educated. “This is part of life, learning how we na...

Nature Connection: Reconnecting

By: Mary Richmond

It’s been a long few months of being more or less housebound, alone or together. For some it has been a nightmare, but for others it’s been a blessing of sorts. As things ease up a bit, it is easy to tell the most social amongst us, as they were out and about and eagerly seeking company for drinks, dinners and group activities as quickly as they could. The rest of us may feel a bit of regret as life resume...

Our View: Fish Pier Fiasco

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

The newly rebuilt observation deck at the Chatham Fish Pier is certainly an improvement over its predecessor. Solidly built, spacious, attractive and made of more durable material than the previous wooden deck (situated in one of the harshest environments one can imagine), it will no doubt weather storms, sun and salt spray for years, hopefully decades, to come. But getting to the point of opening the deck to ...

Letters to the Editor: July 9, 2020

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Chatham Selectmen Fail Voters Editor: If you have ever thought about serving as a volunteer on a Chatham board, think twice. Your efforts will not be appreciated unless you cede your right to speak freely and express an honest opinion. Don’t ever criticize the board of selectmen or you’ll not be re-appointed. Despite entreaties from friends, colleagues, and concerned citizens, I was not re-appointed to t...

Donna Tavano: Bring Fourth Illumination

By: Donna Tavano

If you’ve lost track of time and space, stumbling about in a calendar-less COVID-19 coma, the recent explosion of fireworks, sending shuddering dogs into under-the-bed mode, might have alerted you to the sudden appearance of the Fourth of July. As so many traditional Independence Day activities and formal fireworks displays have been canceled due to the virus, let us be illuminated by some little-known July Fo...

William Nickerson Walker’s third spy novel, “Target Switzerland,” will be released later this month. In retirement, Walker, 82, is a prolific writer, an indefatigable golfer and an energetic vice president of the Nickerson Family Association, Inc. (NFA). In the past he was an international businessman and financier, diplomat, government official and partner in a large Wall Street law firm. Two years ago, Wa...

ORLEANS — The Nauset Estuary Stakeholder Group will meet via Zoom tonight (July 9) at 5 to hear some good news regarding the long-sought and oft-delayed effort to dredge the estuary and restore its utility for commercial and recreational boaters. The likely presence of red tide cysts in some of the material to be dredged presented concerns about their possible spread when the materials were relocated. A pilo...

Fiscal stability involves not only planning to pay for needed services years into the future but also being prepared for unexpected circumstances. That’s why the work sessions will also look at ways to protect the town’s AAA bond rating, to reduce reliance on free cash to offset the operating budget, and to preserve financial reserves including stabilization funds. According to the DOR, towns can recover 100 p...

Not too long ago the Orleans harbormaster, a bit worried, asked a longtime fisherman to keep watch on a young guy who had started bullraking in Cape Cod Bay with no more experience than watching a few videos on YouTube. “In two days I made about $28,” said Chris Viprino, the young guy in question, on a recent overcast day at Rock Harbor. “I spent a winter doing it. Too stubborn to do anything else.” Viprino...

No Major Injuries After Boat Capsizes

By: Staff Reports

CHATHAM — Four young men were apparently spared any serious injury after their boat capsized in Chatham’s North Cut Friday afternoon. At about 2:50 p.m., officials received a 911 call from one of the men, who indicated that they were in the vicinity of Outermost Harbor before the call was disconnected. Dispatchers retrieved the phone’s location and plotted it to a location several miles away near the north inlet....

The Long Wait Is Over: Rebuilt Fish Pier Deck Opens

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

CHATHAM – Nearly 18 months after construction started, the new fish pier observation deck finally opened to the public Thursday. A few visitors were watching fishing boats unload and seals swimming in Aunt Lydia's Cove from the new, spacious deck. A board of health order mandates that face masks be worn on the observation deck from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Construction of the $1.7 million deck began in January 2019...