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CHATHAM – The planning board is struggling to figure out how Chatham Municipal Airport fits in with its effort to rezone the West Chatham neighborhood center. Last week, the board declined to take on the task of developing a zoning overlay district for the airport's runway protection zone (RPZ), which overlaps the West Chatham neighborhood center. Board members said it was premature to take any action at this ...

CHATHAM – Jack Garver had a German shell to thank for his art career. Wounded during the Battle of the Bulge, he was sent to a hospital to recuperate. Because he'd received a concussion, protocol required that he see a psychiatrist. That doctor noticed drawings and doodles Mr. Garver was doing and asked if he could do a few drawings for his office. A mural for the hospital followed, after which Mr. Garver was ...

CHATHAM — The beach on the Chatham side of Jackknife Harbor is popular with beachgoers and paddlers, but vehicles, pedestrians and the current flowing under the new Muddy Creek bridge are threatening to erode the narrow dirt road that provides public access. Working with the Pleasant Bay Alliance and the town of Chatham, environmental consultants are proposing a means of stemming the erosion using natural marin...

CHATHAM – The town could be looking at paying $500,000 to $1 million a year for decades to maintain access to Stage Harbor. But dredging may not be the only solution to the continuing shoaling problem. A pending coastal resiliency study includes a proposal for a system of structures that would deflect currents away from areas where there has been extensive shoaling in recent years. Vertical metal sheets, simil...

EAST HARWICH – The United Methodist Church Cemetery along Church Street is about 225 years old, and its gravestones are in pretty rough shape. Although town meeting turned down an article seeking $112,200 for repairs in May, selectmen have agreed to support another request for the funding. The cemetery commission and the community preservation committee supported the request to use Community Preservation Act f...

School Board Endorses Change To Budget Formula

By: Alan Pollock

HARWICH — The Monomoy Regional School Committee unanimously voted last week to support a new funding formula that would see Chatham and Harwich voters paying separately for their towns’ respective elementary schools. The school committee’s action aims to provide more fiscal equity between the district’s two member towns. While Harwich pays roughly three-quarters of the regional school budget, dwindling enrol...

Cape Tech Prepares To Welcome The Community To New School

By: William F. Galvin

Part one of a two-part series on the new Cape Cod Tech school building. HARWICH – When the new 220,800-square-foot Cape Cod Regional Technical High School opened its doors last September in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, the students came, but the community kept its distance. The community is an integral partner with the educational activities that take place at Cape Tech, and welcoming the public b...

Masks Recommended For All Monomoy Students, Staff

By: Alan Pollock

HARWICH — Monomoy Superintendent of Schools Scott Carpenter has unveiled a plan to allow students to return to classes safely next month, with more opportunities for in-person learning and a resumption of many activities that were suspended during the pandemic. But a provision of the plan that would require all students and staff to wear masks while indoors while the risk of community spread of COVID-19 remains...

Recapping The Cape League's Return To Play

By: Brad Joyal

They came. They got vaccinated. They played. This summer the Cape Cod Baseball League faced a challenge it hadn’t seen since World War II: It had to come back and play a season following a summer without baseball. The Cape’s year-round residents and summer tourists packed the ballparks and the CCBL set new attendance records all summer long, beginning in June when the league’s five opening day crowds drew 1...

Lara Rouillard was visiting Brazil in early December 2020 when she discovered that longtime New England Patriots cheerleading coach Tracy Sormanti had died after a three-year battle with multiple myeloma. The news was a blow for Rouillard, who first connected with Sormanti in 2019 when she reached out to the coach to learn more about the team’s tryouts. Rouillard tried out to be a Patriots cheerleader in 2019 ...

A trio of baseball players from Nauset Regional High School and another who spends his summers in Chatham helped the Team Cape Cod Senior Babe Ruth baseball team win the New England championship and advance to the Senior Babe Ruth 16-18U World Series tournament in Mobile, Ala. Recent Nauset graduates Kurt Thomas and Ethan Keeney, as well as rising senior Noah Clarke, were among the players to play for Team Cap...

New Monomoy Youth Soccer Program Announced

By: Brad Joyal

Monomoy’s soccer program just got a little more serious. On Monday night, the South Coast Soccer League voted to accept the newly-formed Monomoy Youth Soccer program as a member of its league. Monomoy Youth Soccer was spearheaded by president Jason Laramee and vice president Jenn Peterson, who serves as the girls varsity coach at Monomoy Regional High School. “Although the rec departments offer some opportu...

It was 30 years ago today when Hurricane Bob blew through Cape Cod, battering the peninsula with sustained winds averaging 96 to 100 miles per hour and gusts reaching as high as 125 mph. Monday, Aug. 19, 1991 was a day hard to forget; the hurricane hit in the middle of the Cape's tourist season. Bob was a short duration event that left long-lasting impacts. Power was lost throughout the Cape, and in some areas...

WHAT's 'Nat Turner' Grapples With Our Racist Past

By: Elizabeth Van Wye

"Nat Turner in Jerusalem," currently running at Wellfleet Harbor Actor's Theater, showcases the kind of superb talent and commitment to craft we have come to expect from WHAT, demonstrating the powerful impact that one person's unwavering convictions may have on others. This timely, intense and moving production is marked by two strong performances that anchor the show and challenge our understanding of our ow...

Nature Connection: The Joys And Perils Of Adolescence

By: Mary Richmond

Before I sat down to write, I went out to the vegetable garden. The morning was quiet but muggy and heat was already rising. The sun gold tomatoes, those little tomatoes that taste as sweet as summer, were ripening and spreading everywhere, and early morning is the best time for picking. It was cool, the birds were hopping about, and a few bees were already busy at their pollinating jobs. There were purple beans ...

Our View: Masks And Schools Go Together, For Now

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Some states, rather notoriously at this point, are prohibiting school districts from mandating that students and staff wear masks in classrooms and school buildings. Some are even threatening to withhold funding from districts that insist on requiring masks inside buildings. Aside from being contrary to the U.S. tradition of local control of schools, it is contrary to science and misguided because it puts at risk...