After 6 tries, Chatham-Harwich vote for a school region

The urge to merge seduces Chatham by 61 votes
Harwich approves regionalization by 600

It took a half dozen tries over a half a century, but the two once disparate towns of Chatham and Harwich tied the knot last night to become the state's newest school district and the first on Cape Cod since Cape Cod Regional Tech was approved in 1970.

At two simultaneous Town Meetings held last evening the vote was so close in Chatham that supporters of regionalization thought at first that they might have lost.

But after the final tally Chatham approved the plan  592 to 531. (A commenter below has already suggested the region be named "Charwich".)

Meanwhile, five miles away in Harwich, the voters approved the merger plan by more than 600 votes.

Record turn-out in Chatham, Harwich OKs plan 36 to 1

An estimated 1,400 voters turned up in Chatham last night where it took an hour and a half to resolve the issue.

In Harwich, where the outcome was never in doubt, 850 showed up but many began to leave at the start of last night's Patriots vs. Jets game which ended with another victory for the home team.

The final vote in Harwich was 766 to 21.

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