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School News, May 25

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Harwich Elementary School Harwich Elementary School announced the results from its first year audit of the " Fin"tastic initiative. Here are some highlights: 100 percent of the staff surveyed could list behavior expectations, reported that these expectations were taught and had given out acknowledgments; 77 percent of the students surveyed could list the expectations, 92 percent had received acknowledgmen...

CHATHAM – A mural covering an entire wall inside the new Chatham Filling Station captures the atmosphere that owners Ric and Caren Morse hope to foster in their new diner. The colorful painting by Helen Kelsey, from the point of view of a customer sitting at the counter as a waitress pours a steaming cup of coffee, shows a busy eatery with quirky waitstaff, happy customers and a lot of Chatham-related imagery, fr...

HYANNIS — New help is available for people with certain types of heart problems, thanks to a new treatment for atrial fibrillation and a new clinic for people diagnosed with heart failure, both offered by Cape Cod Healthcare. Last month, Cape Cod Healthcare announced that a new surgical implant is now available locally for people with a certain type of heart problem, non-valvular atrial fibrillation. The newly...

Bike Business Booming In Chatham This Season

By: Annemarie Della Morte

CHATHAM — Growing up on Cape Cod means different things to different people. For some people, these memories are learning to fish, digging for scallops, helping a parent run their store or sail their boat. For others, growing up on Cape Cod meant endless summers of riding bikes. Cape Cod is famous for beautiful beaches, but much of this peninsula’s beauty can be seen upon the equally exquisite bike paths. “...

Senior Times: Ralph Smith, From Magistrate To Volunteer

By: Jennifer Sexton-Riley

Some volunteers possess a quality beyond mere free time and a willingness to do some good free of compensation. The ones who really stand out are those who, when working with those in need, manage to minimize any feelings of discomfort associated with needing help, replacing them with warmth and camaraderie. Such a person is retired federal judge Ralph Smith of Harwich, age 80, who volunteers at both the Harwich ...

CHATHAM — Send a tick to college? It's a catchy slogan for a vital public health program. With a grant from Cape Cod Healthcare, the Laboratory of Medical Zoology at UMass Amherst is once again offering low-cost testing of ticks for a host of potentially serious diseases, including Lyme disease, babesiosis, anaplasmosis, Powassan and relapsing fever. Public health officials say the best approach is to avo...

Under normal circumstances, local businesses struggle to find enough employees to stay fully staffed through a busy summer season. And with foreign workers serving as a political lightning rod in Washington, this summer promises to be anything but normal. Problems with the H-2B and J-1 visa programs could trim around 1,000 foreign workers from the Cape's summer workforce, officials say. “It's grim,” Cape Co...

A Time Of Growth For Outer Cape Health Services

By: Alan Pollock

HARWICH PORT — Outer Cape Health Services, the region's nonprofit community health center, is on the edge of something big. The health care provider is launching a major expansion in Harwich Port, based at the former Thompson's Farm Market property at 710 Route 28. Two weeks ago, Outer Cape moved its telephone call center to the building's spacious upstairs offices, where a team of workers handled 1,100 requ...

Senior Times: Gail Harding: Girl Power Mentor Extraordinaire

By: Jennifer Sexton-Riley

Retired teacher Gail Harding of Harwich is far from finished with an aspect of her working life which she still holds dear: working with young girls and helping to strengthen and empower them mentally, emotionally and physically. Through her role as a mentor in the after-school program Girl Power, held weekly for six weeks at the Harwich Community Center, Harding enjoys working with third and fourth grade girl...

Mary Ann Harwood of Chatham, a physician in the emergency room at Cape Cod Hospital, began taking dance lessons about a year ago – but she never dreamed that she would soon be vying for first place in a dance competition in front of a sellout crowd. This Saturday, March 4, Harwood will be one of nine Cape Cod doctors, each paired with a professional dancer, who will compete in a fundraising event for the Cape ...

School News, Feb. 23

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Chatham Elementary School Grade three and four students are following Mass Maritime cadets on the T.S. Kennedy as the ship heads back to Florida. They enjoyed the live map showing boats in the Atlantic Ocean, read some blogs and looked at pictures. They even found the picture of a cadet wearing the Monomoy Shark T-shirt that I mailed to Mass Maritime Academy before the T.S. Kennedy departed. G...

CHATHAM – It's no secret that housing costs on the Cape – and in Chatham in particular – are a barrier to young people moving and/or staying here. With the average value of a Chatham home running $872,615, the salary it takes to afford a house is beyond those offered by most area employers. When members of the town's economic development committee (EDC) began looking at how to encourage greater age diversity i...