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CHATHAM — Th e plan was for the county dredge to move the sand from the Stage Harbor entrance channel to a feeder beach west of Cockle Cove, where it would slowly drift east, nourishing beaches along the way. But thanks to a looming deadline related to piping plovers, that plan is being modified a bit. Updating the select board last week, Health and Natural Resources Director Robert Duncanson said the d...

93 Polar Plunges Net $27K For Teen Recovery

By: Brad Joyal

Bob Wirtshafter was leaving his yoga class at Power Yoga of Cape Cod in Harwich when he noticed his instructor, Stephanie Briody, was wearing a bathing suit as she left the studio and headed out into the December cold. “I saw that she had her bathing suit on after yoga and I said, ‘Where are you going?’” recalls Wirtshafter, a Chatham resident. “She said, ‘Oh, I’m going to do an ocean dip’ and I said, ‘Oh, I’l...

CHATHAM — In a couple of weeks, people will be queuing up to take a brisk swim in Nantucket Sound for a good cause. They’re Chatham’s April Fools, and they’re back this year with a pandemic-safe plunge to benefit a local woman facing medical challenges. Each year, the April Fools raise money for a different local individual or family in need, usually to ease the financial burden of an illness or injury. And,...

CHATHAM – Twelve years ago this week, the historic Stage Harbor Coast Guard boathouse was lifted off the pilings on which it had sat for more than 70 years, gently placed on a barge and floated to a Quincy shipyard. And there it remained for years, until 2019, when it was moved to Hull in an ill-fated attempt to use it as a Coast Guard museum. After a near-brush with demolition, it was once again moved to Quin...

This week’s troubling pandemic news is that the P.1 variant, which spreads more easily and quickly than other strains of COVID-19, has been detected on Cape Cod. The good news is that the same preventative measures in place since the start of the pandemic – the use of face masks, social distancing and other precautions – are the best defense against the new variant, public health officials say. Sometimes...

DHY Partnership Not Likely To Make It To Town Meeting

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — There seemed to be little doubt the regional Dennis-Yarmouth-Harwich wastewater partnership will be financially beneficial to Harwich, but selectmen on Monday night were hesitant to include the DHY article on the annual town meeting warrant. Residents have lost confidence because of the cost overruns on the East Harwich sewers, and more community input is needed, board members said. “We’re not rea...

Outdoor Seating, Lane Changes Coming To Harwich Center

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Major traffic and pedestrian access changes, albeit temporary, will be coming to Harwich Center soon. Property and business owners were provided a detailed description of proposed changes to Main Street in Harwich Center by Town Engineer Griffin Ryder last Friday. The changes are being facilitated by a $142,021 Winter Shared Streets and Shapes grant issued to the town by the Massachusetts Departme...

Community Center Provides Take-Home Easter Egg Hunt Kits

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The traditional Easter egg hunt at the community center will be a little different again this year, with the community center staff packaging take-home kits for families to hold their own hunt. Community Center Director Carolyn Carey said people will have to pre-register at the center to get a count of the number of kids who will be participating in the family hunt. The take-home kits will come in va...

HARWICH — Selectmen were pleased to learn that the Monomoy Regional School District reduced its proposed fiscal 2022 spending plan by approximately $300,000, but board members are still not happy with the town’s share of the regional school district budget. Selectmen recently made it clear that they planned to vote against the school budget without some form of mitigation related to the growing disparity in th...

The start of the high school football season will have to wait. Well, for two Lower Cape teams, anyway. Both Monomoy and Nauset paused their preparation for the Fall II season after contact tracing determined members of each team has been in close contact with the COVID-19 virus. The pauses will have differing impacts for the two teams, however, as Monomoy doesn’t expect to miss any games while Nauset will mis...

HARWICH – A few years ago, Sean Deveau never could have imagined he would solidify his college plans while wearing a facemask and remaining six feet apart from his family, friends, teachers and coaches. While the COVID-19 pandemic altered his senior year experience in many ways, Deveau, a Harwich resident and three-sport athlete at Monomoy Regional High School, still feels grateful about all he’s experienced t...

Nature Connection: Doing Nothing

By: Mary Richmond

A red-tailed hawk lives in my neighborhood. Many of you probably also have one for a neighbor, whether you know it or not. Red-tails are large hawks and prey primarily on small mammals such as mice, chipmunks, rabbits and squirrels. I’ve seen a few grab a bird in the lean winter months, but usually they stick to furrier meals. On a recent sunny but cold morning my hawk, as I fondly refer to it, was sitting ato...

Are you ready for an escape down the rabbit hole? Grab your top hat and a cup of tea, as Monomoy Regional High School presents an innovative virtual theatrical performance of “Alice in Wonderland” via Zoom. The production will be livestreamed March 18, 19, and 20 at 7 p.m., and the public is encouraged to attend virtually. The experience of auditioning, planning and performing a high school play is somethin...

After A Challenging Year, Local Theaters Look Ahead

By: Jennifer Sexton-Riley

A year ago, local theaters had to face the same challenges the rest of us did, as COVID-19 arrived and ran roughshod over plans for summer seasons, auditions, events and opening nights. At that time, tough choices had to be made. Auditions were postponed, then canceled. Seasons were suddenly filled with question marks instead of dates. Some venues decided to experiment with virtual versions of their planned offe...

Our View: Beyond The Monomoy Agreement

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

It's important to remember that the Memorandum of Understanding between Chatham and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service does not solve the core dispute between the two: the western boundary of the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge. It also does not provide the town and state with authority over shell and fin fish resources in the area beyond the 2031 expiration date of the refuge's comprehensive conservation plan. ...

Letters To The Editor: March 18, 2021

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Don't Punish Homebuyers With Surtax Editor: Concerning the proposed surtax on properties assessed at $2 million plus: Why do five persons out of a population of approximately 6,000 assume they have the right to punish persons for being successful? Is this what we have come to in Chatham? Money, lots of money, is the override factor in our behavior and practices? How sad! Success – at any level – is ...