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On 400 th Anniversary Of Arrival CHATHAM – On a warm, sunny November Monday, more than two dozen descendants of Mayflower passengers gathered at the Lighthouse Overlook to mark the day 400 years ago when their ancestors sailed by just offshore. Twice. On Nov. 9, 1620, land was sighted from the deck of the Mayflower for the first time since the ship left Plymouth, England, 10 weeks earlier. The Pilgrims arr...

Skate Park To Get Surveillance Cameras

By: Alan Pollock

WEST CHATHAM — Years ago, when the town needed to relocate the skateboard park from the Main Street School to a new spot on the airport grounds – and when it was moved again to Volunteer Park – some worried that the new, more remote locations would lead to more vandalism and other mischief. Though that hasn’t been a serious problem, security cameras will soon let town officials keep an eye on the park and the peo...

Engineers Examine Old Coast Guard Boathouse

By: Tim Wood

Historic Register Designation To Be Sought CHATHAM – Town officials have asked engineers working on the new shellfish upwelling building at 90 Bridge St. to assess the former Stage Harbor Coast Guard boathouse's condition, as well as the feasibility of the historic structure's use as a shellfish grow-out facility. “We've asked them to do some due diligence, see what condition it's in, would it serve our pur...

Royal Apartments Heading To Planning Board Under New Bylaw

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Under the newly approved multifamily zoning amendment, the owner of the former Royal of Harwich Center nursing home/assisted living property at the corner of Bank and Parallel streets will be going before the planning board next week seeking permits for a 26-unit apartment complex. A similar proposal for re-use of the two buildings drew opposition from residents of the area last spring, and the appli...

Harwich Food Forest Will Add Pollinator Garden Thanks To Grant

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — There will be a new flower garden at the entrance to the Harwich Food Forest Walking Commons at the Bay Road power lines in East Harwich, serving primarily as a pollinator habitat in the public gardens. The Food Forest Initiative of Cape Cod – working with the Harwich Water Department, which owns the land, and Eversource, the utility company that holds the power line easement – established a perennia...

Selectmen Temporarily Halt Work Of Noise Containment Committee

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The conflict between commercial enterprises and quality of life for residents in Harwich Port continues to increase in volume. Last week selectmen put a temporary halt to the ad hoc noise containment committee looking at the issue in order to get better control of the volume control dial. Selectman Michael MacAskill, who serves as the board’s liaison to the ad hoc committee, requested that the the co...

Commission To Allow Bogs To Naturalize

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — For several years, the conservation commission has been deliberating the future of the Herring River cranberry bogs as part of updating the Bell’s Neck Land Management Plan. Last week the commission decided to back limited management which will allow the bogs to naturalize gradually. The property was designated conservation land in 1993 and the bogs had been leased for cranberry production a couple o...

2020 Chatham Turkey Trot Takes On A New Format

By: Kat Szmit

The Chatham Turkey Trot is a Thanksgiving morning tradition and the organizers and originators of the event are looking forward to keeping the 2020 event running, albeit with a new format that turns the run/walk into a DIY event. Costumes are still encouraged, as are donations to the Lower Cape Outreach Council. The event first kicked off in 2005, started by Mary Parsons and Linda Redding, who drew inspiration...

HARWICH – It was a high intensity game from start to finish when the Monomoy boys varsity soccer team hosted Rising Tide in their final regular season match of 2020 on Nov. 5. But it was ultimately the Tide that rolled over the Sharks with a 1-0 victory in Cape and Islands League action. On an afternoon that seemed made for a soccer game given the unseasonably warm weather, the Sharks kicked off their battle a...

Cape Noir Radio Theater: A Sound Night Of Adventure

By: Jennifer Sexton-Riley

With all of the Zoom calls, virtual socializing via Skype or FaceTime and streaming of movies and TV shows at home instead of going out for live theater or trips to the cinema, sometimes it seems like everything we do these days involves staring at a screen. Wouldn't it be nice to get cozy, close your hardworking eyes and enjoy a bit of mystery and adventure on the limitless screen of your imagination? You are...

Therapeutic Center Offers More Than Just A Ride On A Horse

By: Evelyn Jackson

“Geyser is furry and he warms you when you are cold. He makes me feel safe. I know he's not going to hurt me,” says 10-year-old Ava from Harwich about the horse she rides at the Emerald Hollow Therapeutic Riding Center in Brewster. Says Ava's mom Sara, “I adopted Ava when she was 19 months old. She had a long history of inconsistent care — a hard beginning to her life. By the time she was six she had panic att...

“I just want to go on record again saying I think this idea is stupid.” Eli had been saying this for as long as the rest of us had been planning, and at this point it was too late to change his mind. We stood at the metaphorical point of no return at the edge of the parking lot at Race Point in Provincetown. Twenty-seven miles of sandy beach lay ahead of us. It had stopped raining but the wind coming off the w...

Letters To The Editor: Nov. 12, 2020

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Drive-Through Was All Treats Editor: The Harwich Community Center trick-or-treat Halloween drive-through would not be possible without donations from our generous sponsors: Ann and Arthur Steidel, Break Time Vending Co., Brenda Weeks Travel, The Cape Cod Chronicle, Christmas Tree Shop, CVS East Harwich, CVS Harwich Port, Main St. 6 Post Office Square, Dairy Queen, Dr. Gary Campagna, Pleasant Lake Avenue ...

Our View: History Needs A Foundation

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

In Harwich, the Brooks Academy Museum, built by Sidney Brooks in 1844 as Pine Grove Seminary, needs a new foundation. The question before the town is whether to place a basic foundation underneath the historic structure at about $570,000; put in a foundation plus a partial basement at $900,000; or a foundation plus a full basement for about $1.2 million. The building is certainly important historically and aes...

Our View: The Turning Point

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

This week marks the 400th anniversary of what is being called “The Turning Point.” After an arduous 10-week voyage across the Atlantic, the passengers and crew of the Mayflower sighted land – most likely the Nauset highlands somewhere around Orleans or Eastham – and headed south toward the Hudson River Valley, their destination. However, the Pollock Rip shoals east of Monomoy, soon to become infamous for their sh...

Firefighters, COA’s Work To Keep Seniors Safe At Home

By: Alan Pollock

It’s no secret that most seniors want to remain at home as they age, but it’s important to make sure that home continues to be a safe place as the years pass. To that end, local fire departments and councils on aging are collaborating to provide home safety assessments, even during the pandemic. In Chatham, the assessments are part of a community risk reduction program, and residents or concerned family member...