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HARWICH — The hotel/motel and short- term rental tax may be heading for an increase from 4 to 6 percent. The selectmen have instructed Town Administrator Joseph Powers to draft an article reflecting the increase for the next town meeting. Last week, the board discussed the local option tax as it applied to short-term rentals. Powers informed selectmen that an increase would also apply to hotels and motels as w...

HARWICH PORT – The crunch of your tires rolling down a broken-seashell driveway is the first indicator that you are on the right path. If you are met with a tunnel of miniature American flags resting in the shadows of a never-ending row of hydrangea flowers, keep driving ahead, because that is another sign you are close. When you spot a half-dozen-or-so cars and a couple stray bicycles parked in front of the h...

ORLEANS – The surprise was put to the test early in the morning when Orleans Firebirds manager Kelly Nicholson sent his longtime friend and former player-turned-assistant coach Chris Beck a text message asking him if he was awake and available to chat. “I was like, ‘Yeah, yeah, I have kids, I’m awake,’” Beck recalled of the text exchange, which came right around 10 a.m. on June 28. “He thought it was 7 o’clock...

SOUTH YARMOUTH – It goes without saying that many Cape Cod Baseball League players are tremendous athletes. Even so, some are more athletic than others. Over the years, the Cape League has attracted some of the nation’s top collegiate ballplayers. Their talent isn’t limited to the diamond, though—former Oklahoma University star Kylar Murray played for the Harwich Mariners in 2017 and now plays quarterback for ...

Movie Review: ‘Jungle Cruise’ A Fun Ride

By: Rowan Wood

I must admit, I was pleasantly surprised when “Jungle Cruise,” the latest Disney period film to be based on a theme park ride (but almost certainly not the last), opened with an orchestral arrangement of a Metallica song — performed by Metallica themselves! It’s a bit of an odd choice, but the music, courtesy of James Newton Howard, continues to be wonderful throughout the entire film — thank goodness for its str...

Longtime Cape Rep YoCo Member Rocks The Bard

By: Jennifer Sexton-Riley

For many lovers of theater, a performance of Shakespeare's “A Midsummer Night's Dream” outdoors, on a beautiful Cape Cod August evening under the stars, is about as good as it gets. What could possibly be better? Enter Cape Rep's “Rock the Bard: Midsummer,” a romantic, sexy, silly interactive rock adaptation of the lovers' stories in the Bard's comedy of fairies and romantic intrigue. “Rock the Bard” features s...

Letters To The Editor: Aug. 5, 2021

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Wastewater Funding Decisions Editor: The Harwich wastewater sewer construction project could cost close to a billion dollars over the 40-year life of the project, when inflation and spiraling construction costs are taken into account.  After years of discussion, isn't now the time to decide on a governing document and whether to join with Dennis and Yarmouth, or go it alone to build Harwich’s own treatme...

Our View: Too Popular?

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Popularity can ruin a place, especially one that's environmentally sensitive. We've seen that happen at some national parks. Is Cape Cod in danger of it happening here? Some residents who live near conservation areas, trails and town landings in Orleans suspect that they are the “canaries in a coal mine” when it comes to overcrowding. One resident counted an astonishing 12,000 people crossing private property ...

Mobile Unit Offers Cape Residents COVID-19 Treatment

By: Debra Lawless

It seems that most of the news we hear about the coronavirus pandemic lately is bad news. But while there is no outright cure for COVID-19, a helpful treatment has come to Cape Cod Hospital in the form of a mobile unit offering monoclonal antibody therapy (mAb). The mobile unit is a first of its kind on Cape Cod and only one of two such units in Massachusetts. Patients receiving the outpatient treatment are th...

ORLEANS – Steven Schenfeld doesn't need to look at a clock to know when it's 5 p.m. Four days a week, the Beach Road resident says he can hear, and feel, the noise coming from outdoor music played at the nearby Barley Neck Inn. "This is an invasion of my use of my private property," said Schenfeld, who told the Orleans Select Board last week that he could feel the bass from the music through the walls of hi...

ORLEANS – A plan is in the works to convert the former Masonic Lodge on Main Street into affordable housing, but it would come at a cost to the town. The Housing Assistance Corporation has submitted a plan to the town's affordable trust fund board to build 20 bedrooms across 14 rental units at the site of the lodge at 107 Main St. The town is donating the land to the Hyannis nonprofit, which is also asking it ...

'Poise' Defines Irish Stepdancer Violet Roche

By: Jenna Sammartino

ORLEANS – Poise (noun): Easy self-possessed assurance of manner; gracious tact in coping or handling (Merriam-Webster). See also: Violet Roche, Orleans resident. For someone who just recently celebrated her 13th birthday, Violet Roche has a remarkable amount of poise, in every sense of the word. She spent her birthday on stage, dancing at the US Nationals Irish Dance Championships, and while she did very wel...

Kenneth William (Bill) MacLean

By: Contributed

Kenneth William (Bill) MacLean of Chatham, formerly of Lexington, died at home unexpectedly on the first day of spring, March 21, 2020.  Born on February 8,1945 to William J. and Isabel (MacRae) MacLean, Bill grew up in Yonkers, N.Y. where he was an Eagle Scout, delivered daily newspapers to 65 customers, played on community sports teams, sang in the church choir, played trombone in the school band, was high scho...

Deirdre Flannery Gollop

By: Contributed

CHATHAM and WESTON — Deirdre Flannery Gollop, described by friends as “a glowing light in this world”, passed away on Tuesday, July 20th. She was surrounded by her adoring husband, Frank, and her daughters, Kirstin, Kelsey and Caitlin. She was 74 years young. Deirdre’s greatest pride and joy was her seven grandchildren. She lives on in each of them: Sadie has her determination, Cooper her sweet sensitivity, Grace...

George Walter Fontaine, M.D.

By: Contributed

George Walter Fontaine, M.D. (June 4, 1930 – April 4, 2020)  On April 4, 2020, Dr. George Walter Fontaine passed after a long battle with congestive heart failure.  He was 89.  He leaves behind his loving spouse, Carol (nee Peterson) of Chatham, his daughter Lorraine Fontaine of Truth-Or-Consequences, N.M., his son Jeffrey Fontaine of Athens, Pa., his son David Fontaine, M.D. of Bedford, N.H. (Laurie), his dau...

CHATHAM — The Aunt Lydia’s Cove Committee is recommending that the town renew the Coast Guard’s lease of dock space at the fish pier's north jog, but only if the service commits to restoring surf-capable search and rescue service to Station Chatham. The group made its unanimous vote Monday, expressing deep concerns about the Coast Guard’s decision to remove Station Chatham’s surf rescue capability. Committee...