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William (Bill) C.Looney Jr.

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William (Bill) C. Looney Jr. of Harwich passed away, after a brief illness, on August 8, 2021 at Pleasant Bay Nursing Center, Brewster. He was born on January 13, 1931 to William C. and Agnes G. (Burns) Looney.  In his later years he took great pleasure in maintaining and driving his big red Ford F150 Super Cab.  It surprised many that he didn’t polish the paint right off of that truck. Bill is survived by his yo...

Grace Weston Hobbs

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Grace Hobbs, 43, passed away Thursday, July 15, 2021 peacefully at her home in Charlotte, N.C. She was born on June 19, 1978 in Indianapolis, Ind. to James W. Hobbs and Laurie C. Schott. After studying music production in college, she became a musician and lived her professional life in Murfreesboro, Tenn., Chatham and then she moved to Charlotte N.C. Throughout her life, she was a creative soul driven by values ...

Joan Marilyn Charette

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Joan Marilyn Charette August 14, 1935 ~ August 4, 2021 Joan Marilyn Charette passed away peacefully with her youngest daughter, Lisa, by her side in the early morning hours on August 4th, 2021.  She was born on August 14th, 1935 in Medford to John Ralph Rayner and Georgina Mae Wilson. “Joanie,” as she was called by her second husband Norman A. Charette, resided in Easthampton with her daughter Lisa E. Harding at ...

CHATHAM – Organizer had hoped that the auction of whales in this year's Art in the Park exhibit would top last year's record bidding. But they never expected it to be by so much. When bidding closed Friday at noon, the 59 whales and one “Welcome to Chatham” whale-themed sign had raised a total of $124,345. The bids ranged from more than $6,000 to $569. All but seven went for $1,000 or more, with 12 going for $...

Chemical Linked To Firefighting Foam Found In Water Samples CHATHAM — The class of “forever chemicals” known as PFAS is a new cause for concern in Chatham; less than three months ago, it was found to be present in a public water supply well in levels over the state standard. But for other communities around New England and around the nation, per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances are nothing new. Speaking at...

Popular Family Beach Closed To Swimming For A Week CHATHAM – Officials are scratching their heads over the source of high bacteria counts that kept one of the town's most popular beaches closed to swimming for a week. Swimming was prohibited at Oyster Pond beach, a free beach that is popular with families, from Aug. 12 to 19. High bacteria counts began appearing in weekly samples earlier in the month, and b...

Henri Spares Lower Cape

By: Tim Wood

Despite earlier predictions that it would come ashore on Cape Cod, Hurricane Henri made landfall further to the west on Sunday, sparing the Lower Cape from virtually all its effects. The minimal hurricane came ashore at Block Island, R.I., bringing wind gusts of around 70 mph. As it moved northwest and inland, Henri dumped heavy rains that caused localized flooding in Connecticut, New York and western Massachu...

CHATHAM – The historical commission has placed a demolition delay on a Bridge Street house that may be as much as 250 years old, even though the owner said it is uninhabitable in its current condition. The house at 322 Bridge St. suffered extensive water damage to its foundation and first floor and the previous owner did nothing to address the problem, William Riley, attorney for current owner Steven F. Veninc...

State Likely To Require Masks In Schools

By: Alan Pollock

On Heels Of Monomoy Mask Recommendation A few weeks after Monomoy Superintendent of Schools Scott Carpenter announced his recommendation that students wear masks when the return to class this fall, state education officials are following suit. On Tuesday, the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education voted to authorize the education commissioner to require masks for all public K-12 students and teacher...

Wastewater Focus Of October Special Town Meeting

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH - Selectmen have scheduled a special town meeting for Oct. 18 that will focus primarily on wastewater funding issues. Plans to address a Monomoy Regional School District  regional agreement amendment relating to a funding disparity between the district's elementary schools will not be acted upon in the special session (see story on page 3). The need to change the regional school agreement was one...

To Address Elementary School Funding Disparity Voters will likely have to wait until the spring to consider a change to the Monomoy Regional School agreement designed to boost financial equity between Chatham and Harwich. But school officials say the fiscal impact of delaying the vote from a fall special town meeting to the May annual town meeting comes as no big surprise. On Monday, the Harwich board of se...

CCT Foundation Lending A Helping Hand At Tech School

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – As Cape Cod Regional Technical High School seeks once again to reach out to the community after a year-and-a-half of restricted contact because of the pandemic, the Cape Cod Tech Foundation, a relatively new organization, is looking to lend a helping hand with students, teachers, and school facilities. South Yarmouth resident Robert Eckel is the executive director of CCT Foundation, a non-profit orga...

Harwich Selectmen Support Room Tax Increase

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH  - Voters will be asked in the special town meeting called for Oct. 18 to support an increase in the lodging tax from 4 to 6 percent. Selectmen unanimously supported the increase in taxes for hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts and short term rentals on Monday night. Board members said they want to steer away from using the tax revenues to offset the town general budget expenses and instead direct...

ORLEANS – The conditions for Arey’s Pond Boat Yard’s annual Cat Gathering are anything but consistent. Some years, the sailors taking part in the just-for-fun regatta are met with hardly any wind at all. Other years, Mother Nature presents them with blinding fog that make it difficult to enjoy the scenery — never mind actually navigate the course. The conditions weren’t a problem Saturday afternoon when 82 of ...