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ORLEANS — Things look good on paper. There are 28 town landings, 28 opportunities to get your boat or kayak into the water. But “the major impact on every one is adequate parking,” Town Administrator John Kelly told the board of selectmen, meeting as park commissioners, last week. “The number one issue is, we don't have enough parking, regardless of use.” Except for restrictions during striped bass season...

ORLEANS — Cape Symphony Artistic Director Jung-Ho Pak isn't the only Cape Cod musician who's earned the title maestro. Applause, please, for the eight Maestro award winners of Nauset Regional High School, who received that honor recently at the Atlanta Heritage Festival competition. Take a bow, Gordon Clark (trombone), Sean Chung (euphonium), Keb Hutchings-McMahon (guitar), Parker Mumford (piano), Acacia Nel...

No Injuries After Dragger Hauls Up Unexploded Ordnance

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

ORLEANS — A Rock Harbor fisherman got a surprise when he hauled up his dredge late Wednesday morning and discovered two pieces of unexploded ammunition. The fisherman hauled the items aboard and brought them to shore, leaving them on the dock a short distance from the fuel pumps. The man called the harbormaster, who, in turn, notified firefighters and police. The two rusty objects included a small cylindrica...

Orleans, Chatham Reach Beach Management Agreement

By: Alan Pollock

Barring any tricks from Mother Nature, off-road vehicles will have access to North (Nauset) Beach this summer under a joint management agreement between Chatham and Orleans. With Chatham selectmen in attendance Wednesday, Orleans selectmen voted to approve the pact, which requires Chatham to resume patrolling its portion of the barrier beach. The one-year agreement also stipulates that Orleans will retain 75 p...

Expect To Pay More For Water

By: Tim Wood

Revenue Needed To Fund Infrastructure Improvements CHATHAM – A proposed change in the way water use is billed will increase the cost of town water between 10 and 37 percent for most households and businesses. The rate changes eliminate the current allowance of 1,000 cubic feet of water use in the basic residential minimum charge, substituting a lower minimum charge that covers the operating costs of the wat...

Senate, House Pass Short-term Rental Tax

By: Tim Wood

Long-sought Revenue Source Likely To Go Into Effect In 2019 With the backing of both the state Senate and House, it appears as if the extension of the room occupancy excise tax to include short-term room and home rentals is a done deal. Both houses of the legislature have passed bills authorizing the short-term rental tax, which would apply to summer home rentals of less than 90 days, as well as Air BnB-typ...

CHATHAM – In 1968, two and a half years after Lady Bird Johnson initiated her national beautification program, the women of the newly-formed Chatham Garden Club began to beautify Chatham by planting flowers, ornamental grasses and flowering trees. Armed with trowels, gardening gloves and watering cans, the women tended plantings in traffic islands and window boxes. And half a century later, garden club members...

Chatham Wins State Grant For Recycling Education

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — If you take the time to separate out your plastics and tin cans before pitching out the trash, you might think you’re pretty well schooled in recycling. Turns out, most people need a periodic refresher about what and how to recycle. To that end, the town has received a state grant of up to $7,500 to improve the town’s “Recycling IQ.” “We were one of the first communities on the Cape to get this,” D...

CHATHAM — Summer visitors will be able to continue to park at the old Eldredge Garage property this summer, but it’ll cost them. In what will be the town’s first experiment with paid parking in downtown Chatham, selectmen this week endorsed a plan to charge visitors – but not Chatham residents or taxpayers – to park at the town-owned site this summer. The recommendation came from the Eldredge Garage prope...

Harwich Cultural Center Partners With ArtWeek Festival

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The Harwich Cultural Center will play a major role in the ArtWeek festival that will take place across the state toward the end of the month. The festival seeks to spotlight how the creative economy is thriving in Massachusetts. That will also be the goal here with the “Harwich is Creative” initiative that has been shaped by the center's program aide, Erica Strzepek. ArtWeek is a 10-day festival b...

Selectmen Reject Participation In Opioid Lawsuit

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — On a 3-2 vote, selectmen on Monday night decided not to participate in a lawsuit that alleges pharmaceutical companies are responsible for the opioid epidemic and caused additional expenses to municipalities across the nation. Town Counsel John Giorgio made a presentation to selectmen two weeks ago explaining a consortium of lawyers are spearheading the national litigation seeking remuneration for co...

Town Meeting To Decide On Pet Burial Ground Crematory

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The proposed creation of a crematory at the new pet burial grounds on Queen Anne Road has the support of the selectmen and finance committee heading into town meeting, but one resident said he didn't think it made any sense. If he was an investor on the television program “Shark Tank,” resident Richard Gundersen told selectmen Monday night, he'd say, “I'm out, it doesn't make it.” Cemetery Adminis...

HARWICH – You have to look really hard to find much difference in policy positions among the three candidates running for the Democratic nomination for governor. In a debate at Monomoy Regional High School Monday, the candidates outlined similar positions on issues such as affordable housing, education, immigration and transportation. Each attacked Gov. Charles Baker as ineffective and said as governor they wo...

Town Officials Seek To Clarify Marijuana Zoning Amendments

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Town officials admitted Monday night the four annual town meeting articles related to the retail sale of recreational marijuana can be a bit confusing. They were clear, however, on their united support for banning pot sales in town. Both Police Chief David Guillemette and Town Planner Charleen Greenhalgh pointed out it is legal for residents over 21 years of age to smoke marijuana at home and to grow...