Beach Break 20 Years Later; Mooring Practices Unfair; '08 Budgets

The sun begins to set over South Beach in Chatham. Photo by John Fitts.

CC-ChronicleCHATHAM & HARWICH News, January 4, 2007

20 Years Later, Effects Of North Beach Break Still Being Felt
CHATHAM --- Twenty years after the event that led to several of his neighbors' homes tumbling into the sea, and his waterfront home nearly following, John Whelan looks around and sees a shoreline that is radically changed.  He recalls a painting he has by local artist Sam Vokey that shows the Holway Street area, just south of his Chatham Harbor-front property, the way it looked before 1987.   FULL STORY

After Undercover Investigation
State: Boatyards' Mooring Practices Are Unfair
CHATHAM - An undercover investigation by the state has found that the town and private boatyards have abused the public trust by allowing boatyards to assign moorings under their control, without regard to the town's mooring waiting list.   FULL STORY 

Selectmen Call Emergency Meeting To Accept Dredge Funds
Round Cove Channel Project Wrapping Up
HARWICH --- Timing is everything. The board of selectmen called an emergency meeting on Friday morning to accept a gift from the Wequassett Inn to provide additional dredging in the Round Cove channel.
     The Barnstable County dredge "Codfish" started clearing the Round Cove channel a week ago Tuesday and dredge superintendent Wayne Jaedtke said on Thursday he anticipated it would take until Tuesday or Wednesday of this week.   FULL STORY

Community Center Expansion Must Show Revenue Benefits
HARWICH --- Financial officials are looking for a business plan that shows the cost of operations can be sustained by additional revenues before weighing expansion of services in the basement of the community center.   FULL STORY

CPC Could Hear Grant Requests Approaching $1.7M
by Alan Pollock
CHATHAM - Like the rich uncle who's never alone during the holidays, the town's community preservation committee (CPC) could receive requests this year for around $1.7 million worth of projects.   FULL STORY

Hinchey Proposes $30.19M Budget For FY '08
by Alan Pollock
CHATHAM - Selectmen Tuesday heard yet another good news budget proposal from Town Manager William Hinchey, who submitted $30,194,168 spending plan for fiscal 2008.  The budget includes initiatives designed to meet several of the board's annual goals-and includes four new full-time hires-but keeps budget growth under the requisite 2½ percent.  

‘Helping Neighbors' Drive Beats Fundraising Goal For Family Pantry
by Alan Pollock
HARWICH  -  Thanks to the generosity of readers of The Cape Cod Chronicle, the annual "Helping Neighbors" appeal has raised nearly $25,000 for The Family Pantry, besting the fundraising goal by nearly $5,000.   FULL STORY

Chatham's Riley Finds Rewards In Teaches Wounded Vets To Ski
by Tim Wood
Chatham Attorney William F. Riley is known for his appearances before town boards and commissions, where he often represents developers and wealthy property owners.  He's been called assertive, blunt and sarcastic. And that's from his friends and allies.   FULL STORY

McManus Will Seek a Second Term As Selectman
by William F. Galvin
HARWICH --- At least one of two selectmen whose terms expire with the May election have made their reelection intentions known. Selectman Ed McManus said this week he will be a candidate for a second term.   FULL STORY

Summerwoods Escape Environmental Impact Report
by William F. Galvin
HARWICH ---There will be no extensive environmental review of the Summerwood project through the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act, declared Robert W. Golledge, Jr.,  Secretary of Executive Office of Environmental Affairs.   FULL STORY

Unified Team Captures First-Ever Kostas Christmas Tournament
ORLEANS - The Cape Tech/Chatham hockey team can finally call themselves Kostas champions, and they couldn't be happier.   FULL STORY

Island Schools Spoil Blue Devils' Hoops Holiday
BOURNE  - It's back to the drawing board for the Blue Devils.
That much can be said for the Chatham boys basketball team (2-4), who begin the 2007 calendar year in a bit of a quandary following setback losses to Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket in the 10-team Cape & Islands Christmas Classic Tournament at Upper Cape Tech High School last week.   FULL STORY

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