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‘Mansion Tax’ Proposal Clears First Hurdle

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — A proposal to levy a fee of one-half of 1 percent on transfers of real estate over $2 million, using the proceeds to support affordable and attainable housing, is one step closer to going before voters for consideration. Colloquially dubbed a “mansion tax” by sponsor Select Board member Jeffrey Dykens, the measure requires final approval by selectmen and the endorsement of town meeting before it co...

Chatham Fund Awards $30K To MCS, LCOC

By: Tim Wood

The Chatham Fund has awarded $15,000 each to Monomoy Community Services and the Lower Cape Outreach Council. The two nonprofits will use the money to support ongoing programs and services as well as case work related to the Chatham Coronavirus Impact Fund (CCIF). Last year, at the onset of the pandemic, the fund distributed $25,000 to Monomoy Community Services (MCS) to meet the immediate needs of Chatham r...

After the anthrax scares that followed 9/11, local towns developed plans to open emergency dispensing sites to quickly vaccinate their citizens; those plans have now been in place for years, and have been routinely reviewed and certified. Towns practice them by staging routine flu vaccine clinics.  But during the pandemic, those plans have been shelved by state officials who favor using large mass vaccination ...

Whales Return To This Year's Art In The Park

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

CHATHAM – Whales will return to Kate Gould Park for this summer's Chatham Merchants Association and the Chatham Chamber of Commerce-sponsored Art in the Park display. Last year's popular Oars in the Stores scavenger hunt will also return. Whale cut-outs from Stello Construction will be ready for distribution on March 10. Oars for the Oars in the Stores scavenger hunt will be ready for delivery on March 10 as w...

So Far, So Good: Dredging Underway At Stage Harbor

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — The Barnstable County dredge Sand Shifter is living up to its name as it works to clear the Stage Harbor entrance channel, nourishing eroded south-side beaches at the same time. The dredge began operation on Feb. 3, but adjustments had to be made to the newly rebuilt booster pump, which is stationed on Harding's Beach. The booster relays the sand-and-water slurry churned up by the dredge to another...

Monomoy Regional High School’s science, technology and engineering department is set to undergo changes that will allow students to take a deeper dive into the school’s engineering curriculum. Project Lead The Way recently awarded the school a $44,000 grant for the engineering program. The national nonprofit organization creates engaging classroom environments while paving new pathways for students interested ...

James Marceline Arboretum Gets Major Accreditation

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The James G. Marceline Arboretum, located on 25 acres in Island Pond Cemetery, received a level one accreditation on Monday from the ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program and the Morton Arboretum. It is the first arboretum to be accredited on the Cape and the fifth municipally owned one in the commonwealth. The arboretum initiative started with the cemetery commission in 2017 and came together thank...

HARWICH — As the town begins its hunt for a new town planner, Town Administrator Joseph Powers has provided an additional charge to the position, giving it the new title of director of planning and community development and assigning it the task of coordinating and overseeing the health, conservation, building and planning departments. The new director will coordinate community development department activitie...

Harwich Weighs Revisions To Wastewater Management Plan

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The town’s comprehensive wastewater management plan will be five years old in a couple of weeks, and during that time the road map for addressing nitrogen pollution in surrounding marine waters has taken a few detours. Among them was the higher-than-expected cost of sewering sections of East Harwich. The opportunity to move away from building a town treatment plant at the former landfill site and joi...

Harwich Selectmen Prepared To Turn Down School Budget

By: William F. Galvin

If Chatham Doesn't Take On Elementary Costs HARWICH — As financial chasm between Chatham and Harwich in the Monomoy Regional School District budget increases, selectmen on Monday night agreed to send a strong message to their counterparts in Chatham that action is needed this year to address the “subsidy” Harwich is paying under the regional agreement. Otherwise, selectmen made it clear they are prepared to...

Monomoy Girls Open Tournament With Statement Win

By: Brad Joyal

HARWICH – Monomoy Regional High School first-year girls basketball coach Bill O’Connell recognizes his team has been presented with many challenges this year, and he understands some of those challenges are unavoidable given the reality of the COVID-19 pandemic. The coach has come to learn that Monday isn’t always his players’ best day of the week as they return to the floor following an off-day on Sunday. The...

Nauset Boys Bounce Back In Postseason Opener

By: Brad Joyal

NORTH EASTHAM—The Nauset Regional High School boys basketball team couldn’t have felt any more dejected leaving the gymnasium Friday night. Nothing went right for the Warriors, who ended the regular season with a 64-42 loss against a Sandwich squad that may prove to be the best team Cape Cod has to offer this year. “Tonight was a just a night where nothing was falling and we were just scrambling and running...

Nature Connection: Thinking About Adaptations

By: Mary Richmond

A year ago, back when the idea of global isolation due to a pandemic was still just the stuff of sci-fi, or so we thought, most of us weren’t too concerned with having to constantly adapt to new situations. And then, March 2020 came along and changed everything. Most of us have had to adapt to all sorts of things we couldn’t have imagined. As time goes on, some of those adaptations have become our norm. Watchi...

Lecturer Details Fate Of Tankers Involved In Famous 1952 Rescue

By: Elizabeth Van Wye

Sixty-nine years later, to the day, more than 80 people tuned in online to hear the story of the Feb. 18, 1952 loss of the tankers Pendleton and Fort Mercer off the coast of Chatham. The session was sponsored by the Chatham historic preservation group Protect our Past (POP). Joseph Smith, an author and professor of humanities at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, was on hand to recount what happened on that stormy...

Venues Plan To Continue Virtual Offerings Post Pandemic

By: Jennifer Sexton-Riley

As we approach the anniversary of COVID-19's arrival on Cape Cod and the beginning of its devastating effect on local businesses and gathering places, the inventive ways that arts venues adapted to health and safety protocols remain impressive. Do any of them intend to keep a remote component even when in-person gathering gets the green light? Determined to continue offering access to films, performances, exhibi...

John Whelan: Here Comes The Sun

By: John Whelan

“Little darling, I feel the ice is finally melting Little darling, it seems like years since it’s been clear Here comes the sun Here comes the sun, and I say It’s all right”  During the 10-plus years I hosted an oldies rock and roll radio program on WOMR-FM, I never played a Beatles song. My friends know that somehow the great music of John Lennon and Paul McCartney never excited me. It sounds incongruous that...