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CHATHAM – Incumbent Select Board member Dean Nicastro will run for a third term, and Tom Wilson, currently the town's representative on the Cape Cod Commission, will also be seeking one of the three seats up for election on the board. Incumbent Cory Metters is also seeking a third three-year term. Wilson, retired from IT and sales management at Pepperidge Farm, currently serves on the town's charter review ...

CHATHAM – Erosion has increased along Chatham Harbor between the fish pier and Claflin Landing, across from a new washover on North Beach Island, and Chatham Bars Inn is hoping to stave further loss of its beach with an infusion of sand dredged from nearby Aunt Lydia's Cove. Changes along the stretch of shoreline began before the major washover blew out dunes and sent water cascading over the barrier beach and...

Proposed Budget Will Include Two New Firefighters

By: Alan Pollock

FinCom Identifies Housing As Town’s Top Priority CHATHAM — In the spirit of holding the line on expenses during the pandemic, Fire Chief David DePasquale did not ask for new full-time firefighters in the fiscal 2022 town budget, even though he’s made it clear that the extra hands are needed. Last week, having heard that the finance committee could support the idea, the select board asked Town Manager Jill Go...

NORTH CHATHAM – When the pandemic mandated that Liberty Commons Nursing Home lock all its doors in order to funnel all staff and visitors through the front entrance, where they were screened for symptoms, people began walking from the lower parking lot up a hill to the front door. In normal times, they'd use other, more conveniently located entrances. “It was fine all summer,” Broad Reach President and CEO Bil...

CHATHAM – The planning board approved a preliminary seven-lot subdivision plan for the former Monomoy Theatre property last week. It's the latest step in the redevelopment of the 2.7-acre property by owner Chatham Productions LLC. The proposal will require final subdivision approval by the planning board as well as a special permit from the zoning board of appeals to develop single-family homes on six of the l...

CHATHAM — The town will likely be storing 3,000 feet of dredge pipe at Harding’s Beach, and the parks and recreation commission wants to make sure the equipment doesn’t threaten visitors’ safety or the beach’s scenic vista. Coastal Resources Director Ted Keon briefed the commission on Feb. 23, saying the current dredging of Stage Harbor is transporting sand west to Cockle Cove, where it will nourish south-si...

Weather Station To Close At End Of Month

By: Tim Wood

Due To Morris Island Erosion CHATHAM – Erosion of the bluff at the Morris Island headquarters of the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge has continued in recent weeks, although the pace has slowed compared to earlier this year. Its inexorable march, however, has convinced federal officials to halt the release of weather balloons from the National Weather Service's upper air inflation building on the property and ...

Officials Ready Regional Vaccine Site

By: Alan Pollock

While Carefully Watching For Possible COVID-19 Resurgence Punctuated by warnings that new virus variants may set back the fight against COVID-19, public health officials are pushing to accelerate the vaccination process. On Cape Cod, a large regional vaccine clinic is expected to open perhaps as early as this week. The vaccine site is being established at Cape Cod Community College in West Barnstabl...

Conversion Of Royal To Apartments Approved By Plan Board

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The 26-unit Royal Apartments project was approved last week by the planning board over the objection of residents in the neighborhood who were concerned with density, traffic and parking issues that will be generated by the conversion of the assisted living facility to apartments. The proposed apartments would be located in the former Royal of Harwich assisted living facility at the corner of Bank an...

HARWICH — Wastewater infrastructure projects may be put on hold while the town makes adjustments to its comprehensive wastewater management plan. “I’m not willing to advance building any hard assets anywhere unless we go through this endeavor first,” Selectman Donald Howell said. “We’re not even sure what should be built, where and how big it should be built. I wouldn’t support anything going to town meting.” ...

Planning Board Approves Route 28 Boat Repair Shop

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The planning board has given its unanimous approval to a 4,000-square-foot boat maintenance and repair shop along Route 28 in West Harwich, despite issues raised about the aesthetics of the planned metal structure. Allen Harbor Marine Service proposed construction of a 60-by-78-foot building with a maximum height of 25 feet at 282 Route 28, to the east of Villa Roma Restaurant. The project required s...

HARWICH — Property owners made it clear to selectmen Monday night that the time is not right to place additional taxes on rental units. Selectmen were weighing a couple of draft warrant articles for the annual town meeting warrant that could have increased rental taxes by 2 to 5 percent, but decided to table the proposal for now and take it up again at a later time. Room rental and home rental taxes here are c...

The Monomoy Regional School District launched a pooled COVID-19 testing program this week, designed to identify spread of the disease among students and teachers who show no symptoms. But as of Tuesday, only about half of the school population had agreed to be tested. Superintendent of Schools Scott Carpenter said more permission slips are being received each day, and he hopes by the end of the four-week poole...

Monomoy Boys Reach Final But Fall To CCA

By: Brad Joyal

HARWICH – Even during normal times, high school basketball seasons quickly pass by for the players, coaches and officials involved. This year, considering all of the high school athletic seasons were shortened due to COVID-19, the basketball season seemed to go by especially fast. It even seemed quick for the teams that played the longest, such as the Monomoy boys basketball squad, which advanced all the way t...

Nauset Girls' Title Hopes Thwarted By Falmouth

By: Brad Joyal

FALMOUTH – The Nauset Regional High School girls basketball team had two goals for this season: win every game and finish the season with a Cape and Islands League Atlantic Tournament title. In the end, Falmouth got in the way of both goals. The second-seeded Warriors’ season ended in heartbreaking fashion, as they fell to the top-seeded Clippers 49-45 in the Cape and Islands Atlantic Tournament championshi...

FALMOUTH – No team wants to see their season end with a loss. However, for the Cape Cod Furies, a co-op hockey team comprised of girls from Monomoy, Nauset and Cape Cod Tech, plenty of room for optimism remains after advancing to the Cape and Islands League Tournament semifinal. Despite the fact the Furies’ season ended Saturday with a 4-0 loss to top-seeded Falmouth in the league tournament semifinals, Addie ...