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Forum: Affordable Housing Is Not An Impossible Dream

By: Ed Maroney

ORLEANS — Talk may be cheap and housing unaffordable, but the Orleans Citizens Forum held a discussion Feb. 22 aimed at disproving those judgments. At “New Directions in Community Housing,” five panelists talked about what they've done and plan to do to increase housing options, including where to find the money to finance their activities. Facing an audience of about 90 at the senior center were Katie Wi...

ORLEANS — It wouldn't be much of a stretch for the town to adopt the state's Stretch Code, selectmen were told last week. That step is one of five required to achieve Green Community status as an energy-efficient community, which in turn could unlock hundreds of thousands of dollars in state grants. “Basically, we're already enforcing this code,” Building Commissioner Thomas Evers told the board at a publ...

Marie Judith McCluskey

By: Contributed

Marie Judith McCluskey                 On February 21, 2018 an angel gained her wings.  Fly high “Little Peanut!”                 Marie Judith McCluskey’s parents Sarah Swenson and Steven McCluskey were by her side when she passed as they have been every day of Marie’s courageous life. Marie was a special child with special needs, and special parents.  She was a sassy, spunky fighter who was loved by many; ...

Giles Leonard Chapin

By: Contributed

Giles Leonard Chapin               Giles Leonard Chapin, 96, passed away peacefully at his home on February 16, 2018.  He was the husband of the late Jirina Halaskova Chapin, and son of Ernest Wilder Chapin and Helen Almy Chapin.               Giles and his twin sister Jane were born in Somerville and graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in Washington D.C. i...

Police: No Credible Threat At Cape Tech

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Staff

Students returning to classes at Cape Cod Regional Technical High School this morning were kept off the grounds while police investigated rumors on one of the buses that there was an "imminent threat" to the school. While police searched the building, students and buses were temporarily held at the commuter parking lot on Pleasant Lake Avenue, creating a short-lived traffic jam.  "After speaking with studen...

Hynes Remembered Not As A Personality, But As A Friend

By: Debra Lawless

CHATHAM — He was toasted as “the dean of Boston TV news,” but to Chatham residents who called the late anchorman Jack Hynes a friend, he was charming and accessible—a man who loved to talk about politics and sports. On Feb. 13, Mr. Hynes, 88, died of heart failure in Hingham. A son of John B. Hynes, Boston’s mayor from 1950 to 1960, Mr. Hynes was a well-known reporter and anchor on Boston channels five and 5...

CHATHAM — The story of Rachel Joy Scott, the first victim of the tragic Columbine school shooting in 1999, would be moving to hear anytime. But delivered to students at Monomoy Middle School just two days after the massacre at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., it was devastatingly poignant. In a school-wide event booked long before the Parkland tragedy, presenter Deedee Cooper shared Rachel’s s...

CHATHAM – Twice since January, flooding from heavy rains and tidal surges have made roads in the Little Beach area impassable. As South Beach rapidly deteriorates, eliminating protection from the open ocean the area has enjoyed for decades, the scenario is likely to be repeated fairly frequently, say officials. “This is probably the new norm,” said Director of Health and Natural Resources Robert Duncanson. ...

CHATHAM – If the town continues to sock away $150,000 a year toward its post-employment benefit (OPEB) liability, it will take more than 110 years to meet its full obligation of more than $16 million. Selectmen are eyeing a somewhat shorter timeline; they want to full fund the OPEB trust in 10 to 15 years, less if possible. To meet that goal, the board last week instructed staff to prepare town meeting arti...

CHATHAM – The staff of the Eldredge Public Library is always looking for ways to promote reading and the library. So when Assistant Director Amy Andreasson and Youth Services Library Tammy DePasquale sat down last fall to plan out social media for the coming months and discovered that December was the birthday month of bingo, the light bulbs lit up. “The more we looked at it the more we thought we could do som...

CHATHAM – Until this past October, a large section of the Chatham Elementary School playground, an area known as the field, was alternatively a dusty or muddy mess, often unusable. But after a cooperative project last summer between the town and the school department that involved fixing drainage, bringing in irrigation, topsoil and seed, the area now has grass, for the first time in years. “It seems like a sm...

HARWICH ─ There are 620 students at Monomoy Regional High School, and since its inception, Principal Bill Burkhead has been looking for ways to let each of them know they matter. Recently the school kicked off its latest initiative with that goal in mind, and this time the hope is that it spreads to the local community and beyond. The 620 initiative has at its heart the number of students that pass through the...

Wastewater Committee Talks Designs, Dollars And Details

By: Alan Pollock

HARWICH — In a sparsely attended meeting last week, officials fielded lots of questions about the $22.5 million East Harwich sewer system plan. But they’re the first to admit that they don’t yet have all the answers. Having been fully constituted for only around a month, the new wastewater support committee held an informational meeting at town hall last Thursday, and provided a progress update. The town’s w...

HARWICH — Having answered the planning board’s concerns about the shortage of parking, Outer Cape Health Services got the green light last week to build a medical center at the former Thompson’s Farm Market in Harwich Port. Construction is expected to begin shortly on the clinic, which will include 16 examination rooms, a lab and a pharmacy. Outer Cape Health holds a long-term lease on the building at 710 Ro...