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Officials Quizzed About West Chatham Roadway Project

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — A panel of engineers and project leaders working on the West Chatham Route 28 roadway redesign project took questions from the select board and the public last week. While the project is not yet complete, it is likely too late for any significant design changes, they said. A number of people spoke at last week’s meeting to express support for the new design, which slows traffic using roundabouts at...

CHATHAM — In a sometimes-testy three-hour meeting last week, the airport commission overwhelmingly rejected a proposal to create a citizens’ advisory committee to help guide the airport master plan update, vowing to continue to move ahead with the planning process. In a prepared opening statement, commission Chairman Huntley Harrison pointed out that the update of the plan has been a daunting task, but that ...

CHATHAM – The conservation is considering hiring an outside consultant to provide advice on a proposal to redevelop land along Pleasant Bay that lies completely within the flood zone. The property also happens to be the location of what many consider the oldest house in town. The proposal would alter the land by bringing in more than 6,000 yards of fill to raise the elevation from seven to 12 feet, which would...

CHATHAM – Traditions die hard here, but after more than 300 years, the town's chief policy making body will no longer be known as the board of selectmen. Last Wednesday, special legislation signed by Gov. Charlie Baker officially changed the group's name to the Chatham Select Board. Town meeting passed a resolution to change the title in May 2019. The citizen's petition that brought abut the change was file...

Engineer: Brooks Academy Foundation In Need Of Stabilization

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The engineer doing the assessment on the historic Brooks Academy building foundation told the community preservation committee this week the building is unstable and major intervention is needed. The committee is weighing a request for Community Preservation Act funds to reconstruct the historic brick foundation wall holding up the building, but there are other questions and costs being considered fo...

Powers No Longer 'Interim'

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The selectmen agreed Tuesday night to drop the “interim” from Joseph Powers' title, making him town administrator, and to have Selectmen Chairman Larry Ballantine start negotiations for a three-year contract. The 4-1 vote came after Powers was passed over for the town administrator's job in Yarmouth. The motion was met with opposition from Selectman Michael MacAskill, who said the action was prema...

Royal Apartments Remain a Heated Issue With Neighbors

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – The 26-unit Royal Apartments project is back before the planning board under the new multifamily use zoning amendment approved by town meeting in September. The new amendment has done little, however, to abate the concerns of neighbors over density, traffic and public safety. Royal Apartments LLC has been seeking permits for a year to convert the former Royal of Harwich Center assisted living facilit...

Lane Changes Could Help Promote Business In Harwich Center

By: William F. Galvin

 HARWICH — Officials are considering removing parking along the north side of Main Street in Harwich Center and shifting the travel lane to accommodate business on the south side of the road. That was one suggestion that came out of a Jan. 13 gathering with stakeholders and town officials as Town Engineer Griffin Ryder works on a Winter Shared Streets and Spaces grant application to be filed with the Massachus...

Furies Co-op Girls Hockey Team Thumps Whalers

By: Brad Joyal

ORLEANS – The Cape Cod Furies were hungry for some goals. After only scoring once during Saturday’s season-opening tie against Martha’s Vineyard, the co-op hockey team comprised of girls from Monomoy, Nauset and Cape Cod Tech was determined to display a little more offensive firepower when it returned to the ice Monday afternoon for another Cape and Islands League clash against Nantucket at the Charles Moore A...

NORTH EASTHAM – The Nauset Regional High School boys’ basketball team is establishing a reputation for being the Cardiac Kids, displaying a knack for late-game heroics. Following a season-opening loss to Nantucket, the Warriors responded with back-to-back victories that required perfect execution in the final minutes. The team’s winning streak began Jan. 12, when it held on for a 66-64 double-overtime victory ...

 The sometimes weird and sometimes spectacular adornments of wild creatures inspired author Jenna Grodzicki of Chatham to write “Wild Style: Amazing Animal Adornments” (Millbrook Press, 2021). “Hats. Jewelry. Makeup. Perfume. People wear accessories every day. But humans aren’t the only ones with a flair for fashion,” Grodzicki writes. For wild creatures, “The right look, though, can make all the difference.” ...

Our View: Save The Boathouse

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Too often in the past, Chatham has passed up opportunities to preserve its past. The most notable instance is the passing up of the offer to acquire the CG36500, the motor lifeboat piloted by Bernie Webber and his crew to rescue 32 men from the sinking tanker Pendleton on Feb. 18, 1952. Fortunately, the Orleans Historical Society (now the Centers for Culture and History in Orleans) stepped in and saved the vessel...

Letters to the Editor, Jan. 21

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

A Win-Win Compromise Editor: In West Chatham, runway protection zones (RPZs)/safety-zones at both ends of the runway contain multiple homes, stores, offices and roads, which are declared by the FAA as “unacceptable, incompatible land uses” and unsafe. Where this occurs, the FAA AC150/5300-13A §322 recommends moving the RPZs away from the unacceptable land uses. This then requires planes to land further alon...

Our View: Words Matter

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

We’ll admit it. We were, at first, a little hesitant at the prospect of erasing the word “selectmen” from our lexicon when it comes to Chatham town government. That’s because we’re proud of the heritage behind our local government, largely unchanged since colonial times. Decade after decade, selectmen have made the decisions that have helped shape Chatham, setting local policies and responding to local emergencie...

For Lindsay Garre Bierwirth, co-owner with her husband Fred of the North Chatham fitness center Chatham Works, stepping up during the coronavirus pandemic is a way to show her young daughters that in hard times, you have to help others. “In the darkest times, you shine the brightest light,” Bierwirth said during a telephone interview last week. For several months now Bierwirth has opened her gym at 323 Orleans...

Dana Eldridge, 89, Knew He Was ‘Cape Cod Lucky’

By: Ed Maroney

“God made mud. God got lonesome. So God said to some of the mud, "Sit up!" "See all I've made," said God, "the hills, the sea, the sky, the stars." And I was some of the mud that got to sit up and look around. Lucky me, lucky mud.” Cat’s Cradle, by Kurt Vonnegut ORLEANS — When Cape Cod sat up, it looked like Dana Eldridge. Tall as a lighthouse, casting a cheerful beam on people and places, illuminating fo...