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Judith Blainey Llewellyn

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Judith Blainey Llewellyn, 75, passed away at her home on September 1, 2021. She was born to the late Emma “Kay” and James Blainey, December 8, 1945, in New York City.  She attended Hathaway Brown School in Cleveland, Ohio, and graduated from Chatham High School.  She received a BA in English from Wellesley College. Upon graduating from Wellesley, she worked at Fidelity Investments where she gained experience in t...

Robin Davis Wilkins

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Robin Davis Wilkins, 80, of Harwich Port, passed away on September 5th at Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis.  With degrees from Parsons College, Columbia University and McCary University, Robin devoted his life to education and service to others. Robin is survived by his wife of 57 years, Joan Anderson Wilkins, two sons, Andy Jones-Wilkins and Luke Wilkins, and five grandsons, Carson Jones-Wilkins, Logan Jones-Wilkins...

David Carleton Grant

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David Carleton Grant born April 10, 1942 in Portland, Maine and raised in Yarmouth, Maine, passed away August 9, 2021.  David is the only child of Ruth and Carleton Grant of Yarmouth, Maine and graduated from Deering High School. An illness within the family required the family to relocate to Cape Cod.  David served briefly on the Harwich Fire Department before taking a position with the Chatham Police Department...

CHATHAM — A special round of water tests revealed that a second public water supply well in Chatham now has levels of PFAS above state standards and has been shut down. In an urgent effort to conserve water, the select board Tuesday ordered an immediate ban on all outdoor watering. Well 8 is adjacent to Well 5, off Training Field Road, which was shut down in April when levels of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substa...

CHATHAM – Since erosion forced the closure of beach access at the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge headquarters on Morris Island earlier this year, visitors have been using a nearby path along Tisquantum Road to get to the refuge's trails and beach. While the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has a right-of-way over the path, which is on private land, the increased use has resulted in conflicts with neighbors. In...

Oct. 23 Special Town Meeting To Focus On Water

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — If the weather gods cooperate, voters will gather for an outdoor special town meeting on Oct. 23 to decide $5.25 million in critical water system upgrades. The Saturday session will start at 9:30 a.m. at Veterans Field, and is expected to have a warrant with just three articles. Town Manager Jill Goldsmith said town officials decided to hold the session outdoors, despite the lateness of the season....

After 20 Years, Terror Attacks Still Painful

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Like the pale blue skies Saturday, the pain and sorrow of 9/11 might have been slightly duller than they were 20 years ago, but the memories of the terror attacks remained powerful. Gathered under a giant American flag outside the fire station, dozens of people took time Saturday morning to reflect on the Sept. 11 attacks, the innocents who lost their lives and the heroes who answered the call in t...

CHATHAM — In the first three years that the towns of Orleans, Chatham, Harwich and Brewster have operated under a regional watershed permit, they’ve achieved around 75 percent of their five-year goal for controlling nutrient pollution entering Pleasant Bay. That’s the news from the Pleasant Bay Alliance, which issued its annual report to the member towns recently. “The good news is that things are pretty much ...

Harwich Cranberry Festival Gets Underway Saturday

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH - The two-day Harwich Cranberry Arts and Music Festival and Chamber of Commerce fireworks display will be held on Saturday and Sunday. “ We’ve got talented crafters, terrific music and great food vendors and there is an opportunity to address a thirst,” Harwich Cranberry Festival President Ed McManus said of the festival’s return after a year off due to the pandemic. “We’re expecting a good time...

Selectmen Hear Protest Over Lodging Tax Increase

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – Voters will be facing a 14-article special town meeting on Oct. 18 that seeks to raise taxes on short-term rentals and fund a number of wastewater initiatives, including changes to the town’s comprehensive wastewater management plan. Selectmen heard protests Sept. 7 over the proposed increase from 4 to 6 percent of the local tax on hotel, motel and short-term rentals. Selectmen want to direct a...

Town Officials Not Satisfied With Historic Schoolhouse Bid

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – Town officials are not happy with the single bid received for the sale of the historic West Harwich Schoolhouse. The bid was submitted by the nonprofit Historic West Harwich Schoolhouse group based in West Harwich and proposes the purchase of the property for $1 for use as a community learning center. Selectmen Chair Michael MacAskill said he hoped the board and Town Administrator Joseph...

Treasure Chest Buildings Could Serve Dual Purposes

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – The former Treasure Chest building at the town transfer station may serve a dual function in the future, with the swap shop open during the summer and the department of public works using the building during the winter. That was the conclusion selectmen reached Sept. 7 after several weeks of debate  related to re-opening of the Treasure Chest, which was closed at the onset of the COVID-19 pande...

HARWICH – Former selectman Robin Wilkins, 80, passed away Sept. 5 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. Mr. Wilkins, a longtime educator, gave more than a decade of his retirement to his adopted community, serving on the planning board, school committee and board of selectmen. He was widely respected for his efforts to foster school regionalization and had a hand in bringing Chatham and Harwich togethe...

Fire Chief LeBlanc Honors Those Who Lost Lives In 9/11 Attacks

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – “Twenty years, it seems like a lifetime ago, and yet it seems like yesterday,” Fire Chief David LeBlanc during a 9-11 remembrance ceremony on Saturday.  “The terrorist attack that took place is unthinkable. We struggle to describe it. No words seem appropriate enough,” he told close to 100 people gathered at the 9-11 Memorial outside the public safety facilities on Sisson Road. Sept. 11 2001 took ...

HARWICH – The feeling was different long before kickoff. Between the standing-room-only crowd and the aura of playing under the lights on a Friday night, the atmosphere at Monomoy Regional High School was suitable for a big-time performance. And that’s exactly what the Sharks football team delivered. Playing in front of a capacity crowd for the first time since 2019, Monomoy made the most of the moment, run...

Nauset Field Hockey Team Improves To 3-0 At Carver

By: Brad Joyal

CARVER – Even after her Warriors earned a 2-0 victory over Carver to improve to 3-0 on the season, Nauset Regional High School field hockey coach Cheryl Poore was hardly satisfied. “We were awfully messy out there,” said Poore. “We weren’t carrying the ball and we weren’t making smart passes.” The coach then smiled. “Sorry,” she said. “I’m a bit of a perfectionist.” It’s that never-content outlook tha...