Chatham's KI plan; CBI rebuild Octogon House for inn's owner & Paula Zahn; Orleans Seeks To Keep Its Own Nauset Beach Revenue; Possible Crowell Pit purchase

   The last bathers at Brooks Street Beach in Harwich Port.

chronicleCHATHAM & HARWICH News, December  20, 2006

CMMC, Hook Fishermen, Housing Authority Clear First MCI Hurdle
mcicampus300CHATHAM - In an admittedly convoluted leasing process, selectmen Tuesday gave preliminary approval for the three groups seeking to lease four buildings on the MCI-Marconi campus in Chathamport on right. The votes clear the way for the Chatham Marconi Maritime Center (CMMC), the Cape Cod Commercial Hook Fishermen’s Association (CCCHFA) and the Chatham Housing Authority to begin raising money to start rehabilitating the buildings they seek to eventually use.  On 4-1 votes, with Chairman David Whitcomb dissenting, selectmen agreed to tentatively designate the CMMC and CCCHFA as lessees of the operations building and the hotel building, respectively...   FULL STORY

CBI Owner To Rebuild Octagonal House  
cbizahncohen2CHATHAM --- The distinctive octagonal house on Aunt Lydia's Cove, which was nearly destroyed in the 1991 Halloween northeaster, is going to receive a makeover and serve as a private residence for the new owner of Chatham Bars Inn. The home, which Chatham Bars Inn purchased in 1998 for $850,000, has been unoccupied for several years and used for storage by the inn.  Last week, the zoning board of appeals approved a plan to demolish the existing, eight-sided house and rebuild it on the same footprint.  According to testimony at the hearing, the house will be used as a private residence by Richard Cohen, who purchased the inn for $166 million earlier this year.  Cohen is married to CNN anchor Paula Zahn...   FULL STORY

Orleans Seeks To Keep Its Own Nauset Beach Revenue
CHATHAM - In a move that threatened to derail a planned Dec. 20 meeting between Orleans and Chatham selectmen, the Orleans board last week proposed ending the towns' longstanding deal to share revenue from North (Nauset) Beach sticker fees.   FULL STORY

Volunteers Sought For High School Building Needs Committee
HARWICH --- "We recognize the one option not acceptable is to do nothing," Superintendent of Schools Dr. Carolyn Cragin told selectmen this week in a meeting with the school committee and board of selectmen over future high school facility needs.   FULL STORY

Harwich Entertaining Offer To Purchase Crowell's Pit
HARWICH --- While still immersed in a legal battle with the town over the mining of sand in East Harwich, Edward Crowell, owner of a sand pit there, has offered the property to Harwich for $2.5 million.   FULL STORY

Monomoy-South Beach Connection Raises Access, Jurisdictional Issues
by Tim Wood
CHATHAM --- Federal, state and local officials are working together to develop plans to address the consequences of the recent melding of South Beach and Monomoy Island.  

Chatham To Formulate KI Distribution Plan After Holidays
by Tim Wood
CHATHAM --- The town has received 70,000 doses of potassium iodide from the state, and officials plan to develop a distribution plan early next year.   FULL STORY

Planning Is Medicine For Success At Harwich Flu Clinic
by William F. Galvin
HARWICH --- People and planning made all the difference with this year's town- operated flu clinic. The town provided 445 residents with the vaccine in a very systematic way, Health Department Director Paula Champagne said of last Wednesday's clinic.   FULL STORY

Housing Committee Denied Study Funds For Smith House
by William F. Galvin
HARWICH ---A town proposal to establish an affordable housing unit at 185 Main St. in North Harwich, on land owned by the Harwich Conservation Trust, was shot down Monday night by selectmen.   FULL STORY

Golf Committee Wants Proof Of Selectmen's Power To Set Fees
by William F. Galvin
HARWICH --- The issue before selectmen Monday night was not the setting of municipal golf course fees for 2007, but the authority of the board to do so. Members of the golf committee continue to challenge selectmen on their decision to strip the committee of that power.

EH Community Association Takes Aim At Summerwoods
by William F. Galvin
HARWICH ---The Massachusetts Environmental Protection Act unit is expected to issue its recommendations this week on whether an environmental impact report will be necessary before development proceeds at the 32-unit affordable housing project at Summerwoods in East Harwich.   FULL STORY

12 Years Of Volunteering Provides Unique Perspective On Family Pantry
Rosemary Schreiner knows how to find the joy in life.  This grandmother gets to and from her Saturday morning shift at the Family Pantry in Harwich via her brand new black convertible Mustang.  "My grandson really enjoys going for rides when he visits," she chuckled.

Harwich Soldiers On Without Soares
HARWICH - Can Harwich win without Ryan Soares? It's a question that begs asking. After all, trying to fill the shoes of Soares, a four-year starter and three-year South Shore League All-Star, who averaged 20.5 points and nine-and-a-half rebounds per game as a senior last season, will certainly be a tall task.   FULL STORY

Chatham And Harwich Boys Basketball Teams Go Forward After Graduating Respective Stars
CHATHAM - Can Chatham win without Christian Messersmith? That's the burning question facing the Blue Devils, who, for the first time in three years, will be without their perennial playmaker.   FULL STORY

Our Band Aid
Earlier this year, I bought the 20th anniversary DVD collection of Live Aid, the 1985 concert, organized by Bob Geldof, in reaction to widespread starvation in Africa.  I initially bought it for the music and to actually see the concert --- I was living in Eastham at the time and, without cable television, saw only a static-filled snippet of the live broadcast.  But it was the supplemental material on the four-disc set, including the original 1984 BBC news report on the Ethiopian famine that prompted Geldof and others to form Band Aid and record the fund-raising single "Do They Know It's Christmas?" that lodged in my heart.   FULL STORY

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