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It’s Closing Time For Ragg Time

By: Ryan Bray

ORLEANS – After 38 years in Orleans, Ragg Time Ltd. on Main Street ended 2022 with its best year ever. For owner Jeanie Bessette, that's as good a note as any to go out on. On Saturday, Bessette will close up the women's apparel shop that she's run since 1984, opting to scale back and focus on her seasonal store in Wellfleet. "I've met some wonderful people," said Bessette, a Wellfleet resident. "They're re...

Residents Given More Time To Replace Fuel Tanks

By: Ryan Bray

ORLEANS – Those property owners who still need to replace their above-ground fuel storage tanks now have until March 1 to do so, otherwise they will face daily fines. The daily fines of $250 were due to kick in this month. But the board of health on Dec. 15 voted to push back the date in which the health department will begin issuing fines until March 1 in an effort to give both staff in the fire and health de...

BREWSTER – More residents are requesting municipal aid to pay rising housing and childcare costs. Housing assistance requests were up during the second quarter of 2022, with 77 requests for assistance in October, Housing Coordinator Jill Scalise said at the affordable housing trust’s December meeting. “There were a lot of questions about the [Oct. 27] housing forum, which is a good thing, and a lot of quest...

Drummer Boy Park Design Work Is Halted

By: Bronwen Walsh

Hoffman Urges ‘Changing Tone’ of Wing Island Boardwalk Discussions BREWSTER – Horsley-Witten, the engineering group hired to explore building a raised boardwalk from Drummer Boy Park to Wing Island, has been told to stop design work and remain in a holding pattern. Residents resoundingly voted down the Drummer Boy Park Master Plan at the Nov. 14 special town meeting. Boardwalk opponents formed a group calle...

First Night Fireworks Postponed To Sunday

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

CHATHAM -- Saturday's First Night fireworks display has been postponed to Sunday, Jan. 1 at 6:30 p.m. due to forecast inclement weather. First Night Chatham announced the postponement on its website this morning. The Carnival Caper Costume Road Race was the only event that was cancelled. The 6 p.m. noise parade was to be held at the scheduled time. All other First Night activities will be held, rain or shine, ...

Storm Causes Flooding, Erosion Along South Coast

By: Tim Wood

Southwest winds gusting more than 60 miles per hour and higher-than-usual tides contributed to significant flooding and erosion along the south coast last Friday and Saturday. A 41-foot fishing boat dragged its mooring in Stage Harbor and several people had to be rescued from vehicles stranded in flood waters during the prolonged storm. The east end of Red River Beach in Harwich experienced significant eros...

Housing Dominated Chatham News In 2022

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – In 2022, Chatham, along with the rest of the region, continued to climb out of the pandemic and move toward a semblance of normalcy. The Independence Day parade was back to its usual crowds, fans flocked to Cape League baseball games, and this weekend's First Night returns to form with both indoor and outdoor entertainment. Yet the impact of the pandemic lingered. Town meeting continued to be held ou...

CHATHAM – In its first year, the Dr. Florence Seldin Family Support Program contributed to the preschool tuition of 23 students, lifting a huge financial burden off 23 local families. “It's almost like one of those too good to be true things,” said Doug Lapuc, whose four-and-a-half-year-old son Felix attends the Rocking Unicorn Nursery School. “The cost of living on the Cape and Islands is much greater than mo...

CHATHAM – As many as eight single-family homes could be built on the two-acre parcel along Stepping Stones Road that the select board has targeted for affordable and workforce housing. A preliminary “test fit” by a consultant examined several scenarios for the property, including single-family homes and duplexes. Between eight and 10 units with 20 and 36 bedrooms could be accommodated on the property, accordin...

First Night: All The Fun, Without The Midnight Oil

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — First Night Chatham is ready to welcome in 2023 with music, arts, fireworks, food and frivolity. And if you’re among those who love to party but start yawning well before midnight, this year’s celebration is made to order. The town’s family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration has a schedule packed with concerts, performances and activities, all of which conclude by 9 p.m. While past celebrations incl...

Regulation, Not Bylaw, Might Control Short-term Rentals

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — It might not take an act of town meeting to regulate short-term rental properties in town. A working group considering the matter favors using a board of health regulation to control summer rentals, saying it would provide more flexibility than a town bylaw. It could also be more politically expedient. A short-term rental registration bylaw went before the special town meeting in Orleans in October a...

2022 Was A Year Of Change For Harwich

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – It was a year of the changing of the guard for the town of Harwich, with several department heads leaving or retiring and not being replaced for long stretches of time. Wastewater mitigation, affordable housing needs and public water supply consumption were also major issues facing the community.   Changing Personnel The year kicked off with an announcement by Town Clerk Anita Do...

Polar Plunge Events Offer Icy Welcome To The New Year

By: Alan Pollock

HARWICH PORT — If you’re looking for a perfectly sensible way to welcome 2023, get ready to go outside in the cold, strip down to a bathing suit and do something good for the community. Two polar plunge swims are scheduled for early January, with both events benefiting worthy causes. The first happens on New Year’s Day at Red River Beach, with brave swimmers taking a dunk at 10 a.m. The event promises a way to...

Harwich Backs Down From Fertilizer Regulation

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – S electmen will not ask the state for regulatory control o ver fertilizer use , which is currently under the jurisdiction of the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources. As towns across the Cape and Islands seek ways of reducing the amount of nitrogen leaching into marine estuaries and public water supplies, some towns, including Orleans and Nantucket, are seeking the abili...

Alex Lumb was sitting on the couch with his fiancée, Brooke Sneeuwjagt, when his phone lit up with an incoming call from Cape Cod Baseball League President Chuck Sturtevant. “When the phone rings and it says Chuck, you’re thinking, ‘Oh my, what went bad?’” said Lumb, “but then he told me congratulations.” Sturtevant was calling Lumb with celebratory news, informing him that he had been named the Cape League...

2022 Packed With Sports Thrills, Highlights

By: Brad Joyal

For many, the sight of the calendar turning to a new year often brings a sense of excitement and energy. As much as we were looking forward, the first few weeks of 2022 felt like a continuation of the two years that preceded it, as COVID-19 outbreaks forced area schools to pause their respective sports seasons, raising the question of whether this year would finally bring the “new normal” that had been promised t...