Reassuring cops; Kids & drugs; Arguing golfers; 1830s house to go; Stolen church property

          Heading out past Morris Island.  Photo by John Fitts.

CC-ChronicleChatham & Harwich NEWS, December 13, 2006 

Hefty School Budget Hike Due To Accounting Shift
CHATHAM --- At first glance, the increase in next year's school department budget seems like a whopper: a summary released last week shows the bottom line climbing a hefty 23.2 percent.

Reassurance lunchPolice Officers Reach Out To Chatham's Elders
CHATHAM - On Monday, a group of high-spirited seniors crowded the dining room at Chatham Bars Inn to share a festive luncheon with some close friends: members of the Chatham Police Department.  It's an event that many people on the department's "reassurance list" look forward too all year long.   FULL STORY

Rapid Growth Expected In East Harwich Commercial Zone
HARWICH --- Approximately 50 people got a glimpse of the future for East Harwich Thursday night as consultants and planners unveiled a more refined plan for the East Harwich Village Center.   FULL STORY

Golfers Argue For Status Quo On Fees At Cranberry Valley
HARWICH - Golf was a hot topic on a cool December night when the golf committee took input Monday evening on recommendations to selectmen for fees for the upcoming season at Cranberry Valley Golf Course.   FULL STORY

Sou'Wester Review Put On Hold Pending Redesign
by Tim Wood
CHATHAM --- A special permit request for redevelopment of the former Sou'Wester property was withdrawn from the zoning board of appeals last week, even though the move could have financial implications for the developer of a proposed condominium project on the land.

Unitarians Replace Rainbow Flag, Despite Past Thefts
by Tim Wood
CHATHAM --- Officials at the town's Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse aren't sure if the repeated theft of their rainbow flag is the work of pranksters or someone who doesn't like the fact that the flag represents the congregation's openness to those with alternative lifestyles. 

Smith Pushes Ahead On Mooring Management Plan
by Alan Pollock
CHATHAM - Saying the town has made great strides in managing its moorings in the last 10 years, Harbormaster Stuart Smith told selectmen Tuesday it's time to move ahead with a mooring management plan.  But that doesn't mean lots of sudden changes between now and the next boating season, he added.   FULL STORY

Progress Reported On Chatham's Wastewater Plan
by Tim Wood
CHATHAM --- Networking by town officials at a recent wastewater seminar appears to have helped create movement on elements of the comprehensive wastewater management plan that were stuck in neutral.   FULL STORY

Experts: Kids Using Drugs Less, But Users Take Greater Risks
by Alan Pollock
HARWICH - Statistics show that drug use among local teens is steady or even declining, but experts see a new and disturbing trend that puts users at greater risk than ever before.

Merriam Wades Into FY08 Budget First Week On The Job
by William F. Galvin
HARWICH --- "Let the honeymoon begin," Town Administrator James Merriam said, while plowing through e FY08 budget requests on Monday.   FULL STORY

A Christmas Offering: 1830s Cape House, To Go
by William F. Galvin
HARWICH  -- There is a great Christmas offering sitting under the pine bough of the Harwich Conservation Trust for an industrious preservationist looking to restore an 1830s style Cape half house.    FULL STORY

Toy Distribution Another Way Family Pantry Helps Local Families
The weather is cooling off, the holidays are heating up, and at the Family Pantry in Harwich business is brisk. "The weather's turning cold, and we're busy," stated Executive Director Mary Anderson.  Her explanation isn't wordy. That's because Anderson and her volunteers are too busy to spend much time reflecting on the amount of work they do this time of year; they just do it.    FULL STORY

Harwich/Ptown Could Return To States
ORLEANS - Teams that return their top three point scorers from a year ago don't usually have cause for concern. But with more freshmen than seniors, a limited number of skaters, lack of depth, and inexperience on anything other than the first line, John Danby is fearful his Harwich/Provincetown team is one false step away from falling apart.   FULL STORY

Tech/Chatham Hits The Right Notes
ORLEANS - For a team that struggled so mightily, Cape Tech/Chatham hit all the right notes at the end of last season.  Down the stretch they upset traditional power Wareham, tied playoff-bound Pembroke, and topped it off with a one-goal win over heated rival Harwich/Provincetown in the season finale - their first win over the Penguins in seven years.

Chatham Girls Hoopsters Aim To Keep The Bar Raised High
CHATHAM - The Chatham girls basketball team took a step in the right direction in making the state tournament last season, but returning to the post season won't as easy.

Caring About The Future Of East Harwich
The future of the East Harwich commercial district impacts not just residents of that neighborhood, or even of the town of Harwich.  Folks in Chatham should be concerned as well.  The main road in and out of town, and access to the Mid-Cape Highway, is down Route 137, which cuts through the heart of that growing hub.   FULL STORY

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