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CHATHAM – Fred Crimins loved helping people and solving problems. He loved the outdoors, and found a way to combine his passions by volunteering for the Friends of the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge. When the pandemic struck and the refuge's visitors center on Morris Island closed, Mr. Crimins came up with the idea of erecting a tent near the parking lot so that Friends volunteers could still greet visitor. ...

Change Proposed To School Funding Formula

By: Tim Wood

Each Town Would Pay For Its Own Elementary School The Monomoy Regional School District is proposing changes to the regional school agreement that officials hope will address the growing cost disparity between the district's two elementary schools. The change to the agreement's funding formula would require that Harwich and Chatham each pay the entire operating cost of its own elementary school. If approved,...

Launched amid a crisis, the haddock chowder program developed by Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen’s Alliance is now being celebrated at the highest levels of the federal government and used as a national model. “There are all kinds of statistics to show how successful this program has been: Almost 300,000 pounds of haddock chowder distributed to food banks across New England and beyond. More than 200,000 pounds o...

HARWICH — Jason Barbour and Judy Abbruzzese could be homeless on Friday. The couple has been bouncing around since May 11 when fire and heavy toxic smoke destroyed their home in Dennis. But time and the generosity of others are now running out. Having lost cherished belongings to the fire, along with their cat Bobo, they are facing the reality of the housing crisis on Cape Cod. They have been working with s...

Interest Builds In Preserving West Harwich Schoolhouse

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The town hopes to sell the historic West Harwich Schoolhouse at 5 Bells Neck Rd., which has been vacant for approximately 20 years. In May town meeting voters approved the sale of the building, which could include conditions that require preservation of the 1871 structure. Town Administrator Joseph Powers told selectmen last week that a request for proposals for the sale of the building is ready t...

The Children’s Center Gets Contribution For New Books

By: Staff Reports and Contributors

HARWICH — The Children’s Center has received a contribution from former students at the preschool to purchase new books and puzzles. The $700 contribution came from the profits at a lemonade stand set up during the Chatham Independence Day Parade. Abby Newberry-West, the director of The Children’s Center, said the Meyers family children – Abigail, Kaleb, Paige, Cynthia and Eleanor – raised the money selling co...

Thayer's Flowers Closing After 90 Years

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Thayer’s Flowers Inc. has been dressing up and refreshing homes and spirits for nearly 90 years, but the South Harwich landmark will be closing its doors next month. “Time has caught up with us,” Pat Thayer said of the reason behind the decision to close the shop on Saturday, Aug. 28. “Gordon will be 80 in February.” Gordon Thayer’s father, Sheldon Thayer Sr., started the business in 1932, and ove...

‘Amazing’ Was The Word Describing Bud’s Mini Golf

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Harwich has long been a seafaring town, and the nautical theme in the newly opened Bud’s Mini Golf, next to Bud’s Go Karts near the intersection of Route 28 and Sisson Road, reflects that maritime history. The course has been open since July 1. Owners Steve Gopoyan and Swavi Osev are planning an official opening and ribbon-cutting for Thursday, July 22 (today) at 9:30 a.m. Gopoyan said last week that...

COTUIT – Slowly, John DeGirolamo rubs a fresh baseball in the palms of his mud-stained hands. “This is Lena Blackburne’s rubbing mud,” he says. “It comes from a top-secret location on the shores of the Delaware River.” DeGirolamo points out that this particular mud — commonly used to rub new baseballs — was featured on Discovery Channel’s Dirty Jobs a number of years ago. He remembers the show’s host, Mike ...

CHATHAM – The Cape Cod Baseball League’s motto — “Where the Stars of Tomorrow Shine Tonight” — pays homage to the collegiate summer league’s longstanding track record of developing world-class Major League Baseball prospects. However, the league’s “Stars of Tomorrow” moniker isn’t limited to the players on the field. Each team attracts talented interns from around the nation who are eager to spend a summer on ...

It’s all starting to click for the Harwich Mariners. After playing .500 baseball for almost the entire first half of the season, the Cape Cod Baseball League’s 2019 runner-up is hitting its stride at the right time. The Mariners extended their unbeaten streak to seven consecutive games and took sole possession of second place in the East Division standings following a 2-2 tie against Yarmouth-Dennis on Monday....

CCTC/HJT Hosts Reading From 'Adoption In Black And White'

By: Jennifer Sexton-Riley

On Sunday, July 25 at 4 p.m. Cape Cod Theatre Company/Harwich Junior Theatre (CCTC/HJT) will host a book signing and selected reading on the new outdoor stage with Harwich authors Pamela Chatterton-Purdy and Rev. Dr. David A. Purdy and their new book “Adoption in Black and White.” The Purdys' story starts with a mixed-race family involved in the Civil Rights Movement and continues with their ever-deepening sen...

If you have been wanting to take your children to see live theater, perhaps for the first time or after a long hiatus due to COVID, Cape Rep’s summer-long professional children’s show “The Fantastical House of Maya Mouse” is the perfect opportunity. The 50-minute, truly nonstop comedy centers around Maya, a movie-obsessed mouse with an imagination almost as big as her over-sized ears. After staying up all nigh...

John Whelan: Home On The Range

By: John Whelan

“Home, home on the range Where the deer and the antelope play Where seldom is heard a discouraging word And the skies are not cloudy all day.”   “Home on the Range” is an old and popular cowboy song. The lyrics were written by Dr. Brewster Higley of Smith County, Kansas in about 1872, and have been altered somewhat over the years. A friend of Higley’s, Daniel Kelley, wrote the music and the song be...

Letters to the Editor, July 22

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Not Happy With Sticker Change  Editor: Is anyone else disappointed in the new Chatham beach/transfer sticker? Personally, I miss the traditional lighthouse logo!   Barbara Starkey Chatham Cape Cod People Are The Best! Editor: There is a young man walking around Harwich Port that I would love to put my arms around. He was in Cape Cod 5 on the afternoon of July 12, and he is my unknown hero. T...

Our View: A Rudeness Antidote

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

We've all heard the stories about rude customers in restaurants and shops this summer. Some of the tales have reached far and wide, thanks to an article in the New York Times. The reaction to this treatment from what is certainly a small minority has shown the resilience and fortitude of local owners and workers. Because really, there is no excuse for swearing, yelling, threatening and berating employees to th...