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Plunging Enrollment Threatens Chatham Elementary School

By: Alan Pollock

And Puts Unfair Burden On Harwich Taxpayers A precipitous drop in enrollment, driven by the loss of young families from town, is threatening the future of Chatham Elementary School. That also has big implications for Harwich taxpayers and the pact between the two towns that form the Monomoy school district. In the short term, Chatham taxpayers will likely be asked to pay a larger share of the budget for the...

HBDC Denies Demo Of Monomoy Theatre Buildings

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – Lacking a plan for redevelopment of the former Monomoy Theatre property, the historic business district commission last week denied requests to demolish five of the seven buildings at 766 Main St. and 70 Depot Rd. “I feel very uncomfortable approving a demolition of anything down there without a comprehensive plan,” said Chairman Dan Sylver. There were previous plans for redevelopment of the prope...

Route 28 Sidewalk Draws Strong Public Support

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Close to 50 people tuned in remotely to the selectmen’s meeting Monday night to support the construction of a sidewalk from Harwich Port to Saquatucket Harbor. Public safety and economic benefits were cited as benefits, and there were also pleas to extend the sidewalks further east to Julien Road. Selectmen conducted the session to determine support for a sidewalk along the six-tenths of a mile stret...

Harwich Preparing To Lease Or Sell Two Town Buildings

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Selectmen have instructed Interim Town Administrator Joseph Powers to prepare the necessary paperwork to lease or sell the West Harwich schoolhouse and the former fire station and surrounding property on Bank Street. There have been numerous discussions and votes relative to the properties in recent years, some of which restrict what actions the board can take. Powers informed selectmen last week ...

Holiday Season Gets Underway In Harwich This Weekend

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Christmas in Harwich will not be as festive this year as in the past, when traditional events such as the Christmas stroll brought the community together for a tree lighting, the arrival of Santa on a fire truck, horse drawn carriage rides through the streets and local shops with doors wide open with holiday spirit. The COVID-19 pandemic has curtailed the festive side of the holiday season, but the c...

A Change In Venue For Harwich's 'Homeless For The Holidays'

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Local firefighters and police officers will join together for the sixth consecutive year to make the holiday season a little easier for those facing hard times. The public safety staff will be “Homeless for the Holidays” for three days beginning on Friday, Dec. 4. Given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the setting will be changed this year. The homeless encampment set up in Brooks Park by fire and poli...

Car Donation Puts West Harwich Woman Back On Track

By: Kat Szmit

WEST HARWICH – Things were not going well for Adelia Marquis. Once, she lived and worked on Nantucket, enjoying her job as a landscaper. But then the hard times hit, and with force. “I struggled with homelessness for quite a while,” Marquis said. Thrown out of her home due to her sexuality, Marquis then lost her job due to COVID-19 layoffs. Faced with the unfathomable decision of where to go, Marquis opted ...

Winter Sports Are A Go, With Modifications

By: Kat Szmit

HARWICH – The modifications are many, but not enough to stop winter sports from happening, which comes as great news to student-athletes across the state and at the local level who are looking forward to starting their seasons on Dec. 14. In a roughly two-hour meeting on Nov. 20, the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) held discussions and votes on the guidelines set forth by the Executiv...

Nature Connection: Finding Gratitude In A Crazy World

By: Mary Richmond

No one will argue that this has been quite a year. It’s been a topsy turvy mess of sickness, misinformation, uncertainty, and deliberate malfeasance by people that should know better. It has caused many of us to spend sleepless nights looking out dark windows onto an increasingly desolate landscape of ignorance and wrongful distortions falling like leaves from the silhouettes of menacing trees. We are mo...

“It's sad to lose Uhtred,” author Bernard Cornwell said of the hero of his Last Kingdom series of books, the 13th and final volume of which, “War Lord,” was released this week. The prolific Chatham novelist began writing about Uhtred of Beddanburg, the warlord of the book's title, 17 years ago in “The Last Kingdom,” the first book in the series, the arc of which follows the character from his youth to his old ...

Flight Program Helps Scouts Earn More Than A Badge

By: Kat Szmit

CHATHAM – In the timeless classic “To Kill a Mockingbird,” the main character, Scout, tells her brother during a conversation, “I think there's just one kind of folks. Folks.” Inspired by that motto, the Rev. Buster Keith Waters made his life's mission helping others. Now he's brought his passions to the Cape, specifically to Chatham Airport, where he's passing on his love of flying, and urging local youth to aim...

Our View: Thanks, 2020

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Given COVID-19, the economic crisis and a nation deeply divided on issues of race, politics and climate change, how would you rate the year 2020? Survey says? Dumpster fire. But today, we focus on reasons to be thankful – and there are many. Social isolation has forced us to think about what’s important in our lives: our friends and loved ones, our coworkers, and our health. By depriving us of much, the pan...

Letters To The Editor: Nov. 26, 2020

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Found Shark Cove Cartoon Offensive Editor: Am I the only one who found your “cartoon” offensive (Shark Cove, Nov. 12)? You owe the Christian community of Chatham a sincere apology for such an offensive rendering. You should be ashamed. Keith Bradley Chatham A Quaint Airport No More? Editor: This is in response to Allan Brooks’ letter from last week, “What shows an ignorance is moving next to an...

Orleans Terraces Residents Get A Royal Thrill

By: Debra Lawless

ORLEANS – This Thanksgiving, one of the most difficult aspects of the coronavirus pandemic is that many extended families cannot sit at the same table to eat, laugh and reminisce. The isolation can hit seniors particularly hard. In senior living centers, visits are prohibited or kept short to protect elder loved ones from the virus. Seniors can’t hug family members and can’t cradle newborns in their laps. B...

ORLEANS — With two outdoor town meetings and one presidential balloting behind them, voters will be asked to make one more set of decisions in 2020 on Tuesday, Dec. 1. That’s when a special town election will determine whether the town moves ahead on a feasibility study for the renovation and/or expansion of the aged and inadequate fire station, the planned purchase of a new pumper truck, and continuing preparati...

The Cape Cod Chronicle won the Orleans Chamber of Commerce’s 2020 Small Business of the Year Award, given during the chamber’s 31st annual meeting held virtually on Nov. 17. “Thank you for all you do for the Orleans community,” the chamber’s incoming chair Judy Lindahl of Nauset Marine said in announcing the award. She added that the paper supports the chamber, businesses, non-profits, and civic and community ...