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Nauset High Clinic Draws Anti-Vax Protesters

By: Ryan Bray

EASTHAM – A vaccine clinic at Nauset Regional High School Jan. 13 drew protestors to school property in the morning and afternoon. Nauset High Principal Chris Ellsasser said that eight people protested the clinic with signs outside the main entrance before the start of school. A group of about 15 people returned in the afternoon to continue the protest, he said. About 190 people participated in the clinic. ...

Renald (Ray) Aimé Paradis

By: Contributed

PARADIS, Renald (Ray) Aimé of Palm Bay Fla. and Chatham passed away quietly at home on December 27 with family at his side. Survived by his son Marc and his wife Geri of Simsbury Conn., daughter Anne and her wife Maryjane Canavan of Sunderland, daughter Claire and her husband David Wurmfeld of Palm Bay, Fla., daughter Lise and her husband Dale Gosnell of Juneau, Alaska and daughter Julie of Westhampton; grandchil...

Shirley Ann Gingras

By: Contributed

October 21, 1936-January 4, 2022 HARWICH - Our loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt and friend passed away at Cape Cod Hospital on January 4, 2022. She was surrounded by loved ones at the time of her passing. She was 85 years old. She was born in Burlington, Vermont to Laura (Boucher) and Ulder McCarthy on October 21, 1936. She was predeceased by her parents and brothers Frank and Raymond M...

Split Board Favors Housing For 127 Old Harbor Rd.

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — On a 3-2 vote Tuesday night, the select board backed a plan to set aside the former water department office at 127 Old Harbor Rd. for affordable or attainable housing. Their decision was clouded by complex legal issues surrounding the property, as well as some philosophical divisions among board members. Town meeting voters, who overwhelmingly endorsed a nonbinding proposal in June to use the prope...

Mask Up – Again

By: Alan Pollock

COVID Case Surge Breaks Records Meeting in emergency session last Thursday, the Chatham Board of Health ordered the mandatory use of masks in businesses, clubs and other places of assembly, including stores, restaurants, bars, churches, libraries and municipal buildings. The mask mandate replaces a previous recommendation that face coverings be worn in indoor public places. In its own emergenc...

CHATHAM – Since June, the cemetery department has been without an administrator. The department's day -to-day tasks have been left to Dan Tobin to handle in addition to his regular duties as director of the parks and recreation department. Tobin, however, is retiring at the end of the month, and members of the cemetery commission worry that without a dedicated administrator, there will be no one to meet with g...

Future Phase Would Connect To West Chatham CHATHAM — The bikeways committee is peddling a plan to improve safety by separating vehicles from bike trail users along George Ryder Road. The committee endorsed a plan to build a separate path alongside the road to carry pedestrians and cyclists through the Old Colony Rail Trail without requiring them to mix with vehicle traffic. Currently, the bike path follows ...

CHATHAM – Years ago, when folks wanted to move a building, the most efficient way was to take it apart piece by piece – a process known as flaking – and reassemble it at another location. Because it is so labor intensive, that's not done often these days, when it's easier to use modern machinery to simply pick up and move a building in one piece. However, the historic barn at 68 Shell Dr. is too fragile to mov...

CHATHAM – After months of displaying the incorrect time, the town clock in the steeple of the First United Methodist Church isn't telling the time at all right now. As part of a restoration and repair project, the hands and numbers on the clock were removed several weeks ago and are being worked on by an Orleans contractor. The $18,000 project is being funded through the Community Preservation Act. Voters a...

Should The Town Buy The Monomoy Theatre?

By: Tim Wood

Petition Article Asks Voters To Decide CHATHAM – Voters at the annual town meeting will decide if the town should purchase the former Monomoy Theatre property. A petition article filed with the town clerk's office Monday would, if approved, authorize the select board to acquire by purchase, gift or eminent domain the land at 776 Main St. and 70 Depot Rd. Town Clerk Julie Smith said she certified that the pe...

Winter Dip At Bank Street Beach Helps Combat Addiction 

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – More than a dozen people took to the cold waters at Bank Street Beach last Thursday to honor a woman lost to the opioid drug epidemic over a decade ago and to raise funds for Recoverybuild, a new alternative peer group counseling center for teens. The Winter Dip is a fundraising event held across the Cape for Recoverybuild, which has mentoring centers in Falmouth and Harwich in partnership with the D...

COVID Surge Straining Town Resources

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH - Over the previous 10 days, more than 150 COVID-19 cases were reported in town, Health Director Dr. Katie O’Neill told selectmen Monday night. Some 18 percent of the town’s workforce is unable to operate in person due to COVID, colds and the flu; even Town Administrator Joseph Powers reported that he has COVID. The strain of the pandemic is weighing heavily on the health department, O’Neill wrote in a...

Pickleball Expanded At The Harwich Cultural Center Gym 

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – Selectmen have approved the expanded use of the cultural center gymnasium for pickleball this winter, but the board also wants a cost analysis for the uses in the building completed by March 1. Recreation Director Eric Beebe was before the board a couple of weeks ago seeking to expand the pickleball program from three to five days a week. The program was being run on Mondays, Wednesdays and Friday fr...

HARWICH – As the town and the Harwich Conservation Trust begin planning for the ecological restoration of 44 acres in the Robert F. Smith Cold Brook Reserve next to the former fire station on Bank Street, the trust is looking for a staging area for felled trees that will be used for wildlife habitat as part of project. HCT Executive Director Michael Lach was before selectmen on Jan. 4 seeking permission to use...

Selectmen Support Amendments To MRSD Agreement

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – Language changes to the Monomoy Regional School District agreement that would reduce budget inequity by having each town pay for its own elementary school gained the support of selectmen last week. Under the present agreement the town of Harwich is subsidizing the per student cost for the operation of the Chatham Elementary School. In the agreement, school budget contributions of both towns are based...