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Alexander David Shaw III

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Alexander David Shaw III, known affectionately to friends and family as “Sandy,” passed away on May 2, 2021. Born in Paterson, New Jersey, on October 9, 1930 to Alexander David Shaw II and Kathleen Braitmayer Shaw. Known for his intelligence and wit, Sandy was an accomplished chemist and maintained a lifelong interest in technology, music, books and travel. He was a beloved storyteller whose keen wit was punctuat...

Shirley K. Harding

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Shirley K. Harding, 86 West Harwich – On Tuesday August 3, 2021, Shirley K. Harding passed away after a long battle with dementia. She was predeceased by her parents William and Ethel Fleming, her loving husband John (Jack) B. Harding and her two sons, Jackie and Tommy.  She is survived by her daughter Debra DeCosta and her husband Dana of Harwich, two grandchildren, Billman DeCosta and his wife Rosalie of Plymo...

While Officials Mull Facility's Future CHATHAM – As member of the council on aging board mull over the future of the town's senior center, a group of local residents has volunteered to brainstorm new approaches that might garner more support from voters. “I think we need new, innovative ideas,” board member David Speciale said during the COA's meeting Monday. He said he was approached by several individuals...

Public Excluded From West Chatham Roadway Inspection

By: Alan Pollock

WEST CHATHAM — Saying the town mistakenly posted the meeting as public, state transportation officials threatened to cancel a final on-site inspection of the West Chatham roadway project Tuesday if the select board and public insisted on attending. In the end, MassDOT representatives consented to allow one member of the select board to attend the walk-through with representatives of general contractor Lawren...

Health Board Won’t Wade Into Airport Debate

By: Alan Pollock

But Supports EPA’s Requests CHATHAM — In a somewhat perfunctory vote last week, the board of health supported a request by the EPA to get additional documentation as part of an assessment of the airport master plan. But absent any immediate public health concerns, a majority of members declined to get more deeply involved in the debate over the plan and the future use of the airport. Health and Natural Re...

PFAS Expert To Speak At Upcoming Meeting

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — It’s a topic on the minds of many residents, and one that recently jumped to the top of the priority list for the town’s select board. It’s PFAS, and it’ll be the subject of discussion at an upcoming virtual meeting. At its annual meeting on Aug. 18, the Friends of Chatham Waterways will host Laurel Schaider, Ph.D., of the Silent Spring Institute. Schaider will speak about per- and polyfluoroalkyl ...

COVID Scare Closes Chatham Rec Program

By: Alan Pollock

Breakthrough Case At Liberty Commons CHATHAM — Despite the fact that the highly contagious Delta variant now accounts for most instances of COVID-19, case numbers remain steady or have edged up only minimally in recent weeks.  But new infections continue to emerge, including two at Liberty Commons Nursing Home and one at the Chatham Community Center that prompted town officials to cancel the remainder of t...

Kate Gould Park To Get Facelift

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – Kate Gould Park, often called a jewel of downtown Chatham, is due for a bit of a polish. The park and recreation commission last week endorsed a plan put forth by the Chatham Chamber of Commerce and Merchants Association to add new plantings and a brick walkway to the popular park, best known as the site of summer Chatham Band concerts. The cost of the walkway will be covered by the purchase of in...

Chase Library Raising Money To Replace Leaky Roof

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – A leaky roof is an enemy of books, as officials at the Chase Library in West Harwich are learning. The roof of the historic building is failing, and the library trustees are scurrying to put funding in place to install a new one. “Water damage is the worst thing that can happen to a library,” Patricia Tworek, president of the board of trustees of the library said on Monday. The trustees have kicked o...

A Scavenger Hunt To Discover Harwich

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HARWICH – Marna Bate has created an interesting way for residents, visitors and kids to discover Harwich. Her new book of photographs is also designed to serve as a scavenger hunt. “Scene In Harwich, A Scavenger Hunt Of Sorts” takes readers along back roads, side streets and the main thoroughfares of the community to identify the photographs contained within its pages. The scavenger hunt includes recreation fa...

Selectmen Hit With Another Open Meeting Law Complaint

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – The owners of the Port Restaurant and Bar has filed another Open Meeting Law complaint with the state Attorney General’s Office against the board of selectmen. The complaint alleges that Selectmen Chairman Michael MacAskill falsely stated the actions taken by the board in its executive session on July 26. Among the topics discussed in that session was “litigation strategy” related to emergency injunc...

HARWICH – Selectmen said Monday they want more local control over affordable housing projects. The board discussed affordable housing in general and the 96-unit Chloe’s Path project off Sisson Road in particular, and concluded that scattered affordable projects throughout the town are the best way to address the town's housing needs. “You drive around Harwich and you would be hard put to say that’s where th...

Hinckleys Pond Group Donates To Jenkins Bog Purchase

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – With the help of the Hinckleys Pond Association, the Harwich Conservation Trust is making headway in raising funds to purchase the 31-acre Jenkins bogs property adjacent to the pond. The association has contributed more than $40,000 toward the trust’s goal in donations small and large. “You don’t get to do things that mean something very often. But this is one of them,” association president Deb S...

HARWICH –There was one out in the ninth inning and the bases were loaded when the call was made. It was Game 2 of the Cape League’s East Division championship series, and Harwich closer Owen Coady was in the midst of battling Brewster’s No. 3 hitter, Zachary Neto, who fouled off the fourth and fifth pitches of his at-bat after the Mariners’ reliever from the University of Pennsylvania threw him a ball, followe...

HARWICH – The speculative whispers seemed to follow the Harwich Mariners wherever they played during the last week of the season. The folks hanging around the Cape League ballparks began wondering who might be named the league’s Most Valuable Player, and Harwich third baseman Brock Wilken’s name was among the few that seemed to enter every conversation. In the end, Wilken took home the prestigious hardware ...