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High school students experiencing mental health issues and substance use disorders often end up suspended from school as part of the school’s disciplinary process. But a different approach calls for targeted intervention for those students, rather than just sending them home. South Chatham-based Behavioral Health Innovators, Inc. (BHI) is the recipient of a $101,000 grant from the New York-based Peter and Eliza...

Academy Playhouse Shines With 'Once'

By: Jennifer Sexton-Riley

hat speaks to an audience in a way that is uniquely suited to the moment. After a long wait due to the pandemic, “Once” at the Academy Playhouse speaks to audiences returning to live theater in just that way. “Once” opened on Nov. 27 to a sold out crowd, and with its combination of knockout musical talent and uplifting themes of friendship, love and resilience, the Academy Playhouse performers had the audience ...

Rev. Wesley Williams: Faith In A Better Future Together

By: Jennifer Sexton-Riley

Rev. Wesley Williams of Orleans, retired minister of the Orleans Methodist Church, doesn't look upon retirement as a time to just relax and watch the world go by. On the contrary, Rev. Williams serves as convener of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Action Team of the Nauset Interfaith Association, and he has recently been named as a new director on the 15-member board of directors of Outer Cape Health Services (OCHS)....

CHATHAM – Should the town be responsible for placing flags on the graves of veterans? Currently, the cemetery regulations expressly state that the town and the cemetery commission is not responsible for the placement of flags in the cemeteries. But with the department of public works taking over maintenance of the cemeteries, it may be time to change the regulations, according to cemetery commission members. ...

Liberty Commons Gives Thanks For Togetherness

By: Staff Reports

NORTH CHATHAM — Though it took some ingenuity, residents at Liberty Commons nursing home had an opportunity to spend some quality time with loved ones on Thanksgiving, face-to-face. It was the kind of gathering that wasn't possible last Thanksgiving because of the pandemic. The nursing home provided a large, heated tent that was erected in the parking lot, providing a safe, well-ventilated space for 100 reside...

Town Eyes Parcel For Fishing Gear Storage

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — The select board is seeking a site where commercial fishermen can store their gear, where it won't interfere with airport operations – or rankle nearby neighbors. They may have found one on a sliver of land between the wastewater plant and transfer station. For decades, the town has allowed fishermen to lease space on the airport property to store gear that's not being used, but the airport commissio...

Chatham To Join PFAS Litigation

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — The discovery of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in public wells in levels above state standards has already prompted some hefty spending by the town to ensure continued clean drinking water. To help defray those and expected future costs, the select board voted last week to seek to join a national lawsuit targeting companies that produced those "forever chemical" contaminants. The select ...

Opportunities Abound At Cape Tech’s Community School

By: William F. Galvin

PLEASANT LAKE — Over the past two years, working through a state grant, approximately 30 Cape residents have had the opportunity to graduate from a Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) training program at Cape Cod Regional Technical High School. Only they’re not high schoolers. The HVAC program is run through The Community School program, which oversees adult education at Cape Tech. The intensive e...

HARWICH — The Family Pantry of Cape Cod prides itself on providing the Cape’s communities with a quick, easy, efficient and anonymous shopping experience. However, the pantry’s process was challenged in 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic forced the organization to rethink the way it handled groceries and interacted with its clients. “It was not curbside,” The Family Pantry of Cape Cod’s Executive Director Christi...

Housing Group Makes Pitch For Land And Funding

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH -There is an effort underway by Adult Shared Living of Harwich, Inc. to access Community Preservation Act (CPA) funding and affordable housing trust land to develop disability and low income workforce housing. Jeffrey Locantore and Jonathan O’Callaghan have been making presentations to town committees in recent weeks. The proponents were before the affordable housing trust on Monday making a pitch to a...

Powers’ Budget Message Is Level Spending

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH - The town's generation of revenues for fiscal 2022 is on track, Town Administrator Joseph Powers told selectmen, but because of several budgetary "headwinds," he is recommending that salaries and wages and departmental operating expenses be held at current levels for the coming year. Powers issued a financial assessment of the town to selectmen on Nov. 22 to help the board establish a general policy s...

Christmas In Harwich Lights Up The Town This Weekend

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH PORT — The village will take on an added glow Friday evening as Christmas in Harwich Weekend gets underway with the tree lighting and caroling, a visit from Santa and a host of other events. The shops will be festively dressed and offering holiday sales and specials, businesses will be conducting open houses and music and good cheer will fill the air. The Friday evening Christmas stroll will run from 5...

Governor Names Josh Ford A Firefighter Of The Year

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH - Firefighter/paramedic Josh Ford was honored as a Firefighter of the Year by Gov. Charlie Baker in the state's 32 annual awards ceremony held in Worcester on Nov. 23. Baker awarded firefighters from 14 fire departments across the state for acts of bravery. Ford was one of six firefighters presented with an Individual Meritorious Conduct Award for his actions a year ago in pulling a man from a burning ...

SANDWICH – The future looks bright for the Monomoy Regional High School football program. That was one of the big takeaways from the Sharks’ 56-26 loss to St. John Paul on Thanksgiving Eve. Despite the end result, Monomoy’s players and coaches left the Sandwich Pop Warner field optimistic about what the future holds after yet another season that was impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Most of that op...

NORTH EASTHAM — One of the more challenging seasons the Nauset football program has had to endure in recent memory ended with a 14-0 loss to visiting Dennis-Yarmouth on Thanksgiving morning at Nauset Regional High School in North Eastham. Like many teams based on the Cape, the Warriors struggled with their numbers this year and only had three seniors on their roster. Although the team finished with an 0-9 reco...

Bust out your ice skates, roll out some basketballs and get ready to make a splash, because winter high school sports are back on the Lower Cape. Local high school teams were allowed to open their winter sports tryouts and practices Monday afternoon, as teams reconvened for the first time since February. There will be one glaring difference between fall and winter sports, however: athletes and coaches will ...