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Chatham Sewer Work Continues

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

CHATHAM – Several crews will continue sewer work around town the next two weeks. From Feb. 12 to 16, a crew will be working installing a gravity main on Inlet Road, while a second crew works on Absegami Run. During the week of Feb. 19 to 23, work on Inlet Road and Absegami Run is expected to continue. A third crew will install drainage on Oyster Pond Furlong. The schedule is subject to change due to weat...

CHATHAM — The president of the United States doesn’t like sharks. As it turns out, that’s working out nicely for the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy. The nonprofit group has received a surprise surge in donations from Trump critics who are apparently seeking to make a political statement while also supporting white shark conservation and education. In 2013, Trump received a Twitter message challenging hi...

When filmmaker Craig Dudnick met Alice Tregay, he had no idea that she had played a pivotal role in the civil rights movement. At the time, he was working on a documentary about the struggles of the African American community in Evanston, Ill.; Tregay's brother was the community's first black firefighter, and she provided some photographs for the film. “She liked the film I made and said she had other things I...

CHATHAM – A waterfront home on Stage Island played a role in the recent U.S. Justice Department tax fraud case against a Connecticut man. Hyung Kwon Kim, a South Korean citizen but a legal U.S. resident since 1998, pleaded guilty to failing to report more than $28 million kept in Swiss bank accounts. He was sentenced Jan. 25 to six months in prison and paid more than $300,000 in restitution to the Internal Rev...

Board Mulls Bylaws For Balloons, Busking

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Some activities that have become part of the downtown Chatham summer streetscape may soon be regulated, like balloon sales at town band concerts, street performers, merchants displaying their wares outdoors, and mobile vendors. Selectmen have asked staff to draft a bylaw revision covering these topics and to try to have it ready for the annual town meeting in May.  A public hearing on the draft byl...

CHATHAM – For the town's conservation department, a couple of days of work by14 AmeriCorps Cape Cod members can clear six months worth of projects from the calendar. “They're terrific workers,” said Assistant Conservation Agent Paul Wightman. “In one day they can go in and clear a trail, create a scenic overlook and put signs and a fence up.” The town has more than 22 conservation properties, and last month...

Dissenting View Says Court Should Decide Issue CHATHAM – The House Committee on Natural Resources has issued its report on legislation setting the boundary of the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge at the low tide mark, paving the way for the full House to vote on the bill. The report, dated Feb. 2, also includes a dissenting view by three members of the committee who say that a final decision on the boundary...

Town, Citizens Group Commit To Working Together To Address Crisis CHATHAM – Most weekday mornings, traffic traveling east on Route 6 comes to a standstill in Dennis, where the highway narrows into a single lane. Many of the vehicles are heading here, where the occupants work but can't afford to live. “We're becoming a bedroom town,” said Selectman Shareen Davis. The lack of affordable housing here is not...

The Hunt Is On For Fairy Doors

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — There is a fairy name Finley who hangs out in the community center, and she has 11 additional friends who will be coming to town and taking up residence in other town buildings across the community. With school vacation approaching, the folks at the community center are hoping people in town, especially kids, will help seek out the fairies to mark the center's 18 th birthday, director Carolyn Carey ...

Selectmen Support Pleasant Bay Regional Changes

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Selectmen will be putting two articles on the warrant this spring related to the Pleasant Bay Resource Management Plan, including the establishment of an intermunicipal agreement for a regional watershed permit with the towns of Chatham, Orleans and Brewster. Pleasant Bay Alliance coordinator Carole Ridley has been before selectmen a couple of times in the past few weeks defining the steps the town m...

HARWICH — In a 3-2 vote, selectmen approved a change in the Monomoy Regional School District agreement designed to streamline the decision-making process on grade configuration of the two elementary schools. Opposition to the proposal centered on concerns that the voice of residents was being removed from the process. “This language is negating the process of public involvement and putting it in the hands o...

HARWICH — Whether it’s a quick sandwich or a sit-down meal, the renovated Saquatucket Harbor waterfront will likely offer visitors some kind of dining option. In a prolonged discussion at Monday’s board of selectmen’s meeting, the debate continued about whether a snack shack should be included in the plans, or a 60-to-100-seat restaurant, or whether voters should be given the chance to opt out of either choi...

Pinning Down A Monomoy Wrestling Program

By: Kat Szmit

HARWICH ─ Marcus De La Vega comes from a town with a rich history of wrestling. Indeed, Port Jervis, N.Y. was the home of Olympic gold medalists Lou and Ed Banach. Now, De La Vega is bringing the sport to Monomoy Regional High School, currently through a club that he hopes will evolve into a full-fledged varsity program. “It's something I've always been involved in,” said De La Vega, a physical education tea...

DENNIS ─ It's been a season of struggle for the Cape Cod Furies, and their Jan. 31 game against the D-Y Dolphins was no different, with the Cape Tech/Nauset/Monomoy team coming away with a 4-0 loss. “I feel really disappointed,” said head coach Addie Weeks. “We had a strong game plan going in, and I think, to be totally honest, there was a lack of trust in it.” The home team Dolphins put the first goal pa...

Kat's Pause: I Am What I Am

By: Kat Szmit

I didn't watch the Super Bowl. Neither did I watch the World Series last summer. In fact, I don't actually watch a lot of professional sports, and it's not just because I don't have cable. It's mainly because I simply don't care. I know. Cue the shocked faces. A sportswriter who doesn't watch sports? Is that possible? Acceptable? Although I owe no one an explanation, I'm offering it nonetheless since I know I'm n...

Wilderness Sarchild Takes A Poetic Approach To Aging

By: Debra Lawless

Wilderness Sarchild, who will turn 70 in a few days, has found her own way of coping with aging: Embarking on a new career as a poet and a playwright. Her book “Old Women Talking” (Passager Books, 2017) begins with the words of an anonymous poet who writes that she doesn’t want people to think of her as “a sweet old lady.” Rather, she wants them to think “What’s she up to now?” The same can be said for Sarchil...