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Caroline Signe Gerda Wolf Ritz

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itz, Caroline Signe Gerda Wolf, age 80, of Harwich, passed away on March 19, 2021. Caroline was born in the Bronx, N.Y., on July 6, 1940 and graduated from Evander Childs High School. She married childhood sweetheart Henry A. (Hank) Ritz on June 11, 1960 at St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Bronx. Caroline worked for AT&T for several years until she became a...

Anne Kingsbury Briggs

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Anne Kingsbury Briggs, of Arlington and Harwich Port, passed away at home in Arlington on February 9th. She was 75. Anne was a dynamic, loving, talented woman who excelled at her many careers and was beloved by her numerous friends and family members. Anne grew up in Attleboro and Harwich Port, Massachusetts, and graduated from Attleboro High School in 1963. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire with...

Coast Guard Plans To Yank Chatham Surf Boats

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – Coast Guard Station Chatham's three 42-foot surf boats will be replaced by two 45-foot patrol boats, which will strip the station of its ability to carry out surf and heavy weather rescues. Town officials met last Friday with Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England commander Captain Christian J. Glander who confirmed the swap. Chatham officials initiated the meeting after getting wind of the chan...

CHATHAM — Having learned that it would cost the same – or a bit less – than building a new structure, the select board voted unanimously Tuesday to endorse the use of the historic Coast Guard Stage Harbor boathouse to house a new upweller at 90 Bridge St. The town’s engineers estimated that it would cost about $4,740,500 to build a new building for the town’s shellfish propagation program, putting it on a new ...

Nature Evicts Chatham Weather Station

By: Tim Wood

After Final Balloon Launch, Facility Shuts Down To Await Demolition CHATHAM – The National Weather Service's Upper Air Station on Morris Island was scheduled to end more than half a century of weather balloon launches on Wednesday. Closing the station is bittersweet, said Andy Nash, meteorologist in Chatham at the National Weather Service Norton office. “But mother nature is evicting us.” The station is ...

Iconic Downtown Tree Removed

By: Tim Wood

Poor Condition Made It A Safety Hazard CHATHAM – The iconic silver maple tree at 483 Main St. escaped the chainsaw back in 2015 after the owners sought permission to remove it; a huge branch had fallen down, and as it extended over the sidewalk as well as much of the courtyard in front of the commercial building, the tree's poor condition raised safety concerns. At the time, Tree Warden Dan Tobin denied the...

Despite the wider availability of vaccines, COVID-19 cases on Cape Cod are surging ahead of the state average. That has public health officials at all levels of government pleading with the public to continue wearing masks, avoiding crowds and taking other necessary precautions. Led by a “significant COVID-19 outbreak” in Barnstable and Yarmouth, the Cape registered a 5.59 percent two-week positivity rate as o...

SOUTH CHATHAM – Two local men have launched a community supported aquaculture (CSA) program to bring fresh, locally grown oysters to residents of the Cape and greater Boston. Shellfish Broker, based in South Chatham, will deliver three dozen fresh oysters to subscribers once a month. Right now the service is open to residents of Boston, Cambridge, Somerville and Brookline. Local residents can also subscribe an...

CHATHAM – Photos of the trusses in the salt shed at the rear of the DPW yard on Crowell Road tell the story. The bottom edge of many are broken off, others are cracked, the result of machinery intersecting with the low height of the wooden crossbeams. The town is proposing to replace the shed with a new salt storage structure with a gambrel roof that will be 40 feet high, 10 feet more than the current structure. ...

Anderson And Gallante To Face Off For Selectman Seat

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Jesse Gallante filed his nomination papers on Tuesday and will face off against Mary Anderson for the one three-year term on the board of selectmen on the ballot of the annual town elect. The seat is being vacated by Selectman Ed McManus, who decided not to seek re-election as a selectman. Instead, he decided to run for a seat on the newly formed water/wastewater commission. McManus will face a chall...

Selectmen Extend Lease On Town-owned Bogs

By: William F. Galvin

While Board Debates Bog Policy With ConCom HARWICH — Selectmen have approved a one-year extension on the lease of the town-owned Main Street cranberry bogs to provide the current lease holder time to wind down operations. The leasing of town-owned cranberry bogs has become somewhat of a contentious issue, with selectmen and the conservation commission at odds over how the bogs should be used. Selectmen were...

Selectmen Want To Keep Annual Session Short HARWICH — Selectmen have withdrawn the regional DHY Clean Water Partnership, as well as a number of other articles, from the May annual town meeting warrant to try to keep the meeting as short as possible. With the May 8 session scheduled to be held at the sports field at Monomoy Regional High School, selectmen have made it clear they want a concise and non-contro...

Selectmen Back Regional School Budget

By: William F. Galvin

Discussions Continue On Elementary School Costs HARWICH — After selectmen threatened several times to reject the Monomoy Regional School District FY22 budget, the board voted 4-0 last week to support the $41,561,134 package. The school budget is up $300,000 over the present year, a 0.73 percent increase. However, Harwich’s share is $27,361,049, a $541,002 increase, or 2.02 percent. Chatham's contribution of...

ORLEANS – The Cape Cod Tech-Cape Cod Academy co-op boys hockey team nearly went extinct. After not fielding a team during the 2019-20 season due to a lack of players, the two schools, bonded by their shared mascot, the Crusaders, have returned to the ice during the Fall II season. “I just feel lucky we’re able to have a season this year and lucky to get it in during the March-April window,” said Cape Tech-C...

Nauset Football Drops Season Opener At Falmouth

By: Brad Joyal

FALMOUTH – The chips were stacked against the Nauset football team. The Warriors entered their season opener against Cape and Islands League Atlantic Division rival Falmouth on the heels of a short week of practice after a return to COVID-19 protocols that forced the team to cancel its scheduled Week 1 game against Barnstable, which was also in protocol. Although the team ultimately suffered a 20-7 defeat t...

The late Tom Petty said it best when he sang “The waiting is the hardest part.” For high school spring sports players and coaches throughout Massachusetts, that lyric rings especially true after the 2020 spring sports season was canceled due to COVID-19. “I think I speak for all of the coaches — not only at Monomoy but everywhere — when I say that we’re thankful to have a season, especially after last year,...