Gun Comment Was No Joke
I was surprised to hear a member of the Chatham Conservation Commission state at a recent meeting that the commissioners needed guns (“glocks,” he said, which are semi-automatic weapons) in order to fulfill their role in dealing with property owners. When an associate questioned his comment, he stated, “It was a joke.” At the school where I teach – and I think this is true of most schools – no gun threat is taken as a joke or disregarded. It is believed that it is important to promote a safe environment, and even the fear for one's safety is something we want to avoid, whether the threat is real or pretend. We begin educating students starting in kindergarten that there are no guns in school, that guns hurt people, and we don’t do that here. Consequences for an infraction of these rules are mandatory, yet based on individual circumstances.
Who would have thought that education and rules and regulations are needed for Chatham’s board, committee, and commission members? No threats and no jokes – not about guns. We don’t do that here.
Jennifer J. Buck
A Challenge For The Holidays
As we settle into the spirit of the season, we are reminded of the many times we hustle and bustle by our fellow man and sometimes, oftentimes forget in our sweep across our errand list to stop, reach out and lend an ear to listen to woes, or offer a smile to melt a hardened heart, or a hand to touch and warm those that remain cold and withdrawn from what this world can offer. This is not only a time to reflect on our own passage of time but also to recognize the world around us and take note on where we can make a difference, consciously being mindful of those around us and their situation.
With that, the silver bells of the season ring out beckoning us to a higher state of consciousness to reach out and do good for those that need a boost, gentle hug or words of encouragement. Time to spread the color of love not only on our community but globally.
Hence, I set forth this “B KIND Challenge” to encourage our community to bestow a random act of kindness this holiday season and share their stories of impact with The Chronicle so that we can all learn and be inspired. Let’s start that mind set shift today and build a unique story exchange that rebuilds souls, awakens hearts and ultimately illuminates our purpose. For we are a community of people, connected by spirit and passion to make a difference in the lives around us.
We are souls first, and what a gift it is to align our doing with our being, and align our being with our purpose. We are what Dr. Seuss says “…we stand heart to heart and hand in hand.”
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CPC-funded Housing Program Update
Through the articles and assistance provided by the Chatham Affordable Housing Committee, the Chatham Housing Authority and the Chatham Preservation Committee, four programs were initiated this year and are in progress. Additionally, Chatham has four completed affordable condominiums available for purchase and hour Habitat for Humanity affordable homes are being built for completion in 2017.
Chatham Affordable Housing Trust Fund: May 2016 town meeting approved $200,000 bringing the total to $617,000 approved for purchase of property of land. A purchase of land on George Ryder South Road was completed this year.
Main Street West Chatham Community Housing: Habitat for Humanity article $23,919 approved at may 2016 town meeting to modify septic holding tank design and location at each of the hour homes, Modification is complete. Four Habitat homes are under construction for 2017 completion.
Chatham Rental Assistance Program: May 2016 town meeting article approved for $150,000. Funding is being provided to right families with rental vouchers of $200 to $350 per month for three years. More families are waiting for available apartments.
HECH- Harwich Ecumenical Council for Housing: Article for $112,000 approved at May 2016 town meeting. This program managed by HECH assists Chatham home owners with emergency funds to rectify their home repair and maintenance needs up to $15,000 for a 15 year, no interest, forgivable loan.
Status: presently five families have requested assistance (furnace, roof repair). These requests are in progress with the town of Chatham.
Chatham Community Preservation Committee
Gracias, Monomoy School District
Monomoy Regional High School recently hosted their first ever school-to-school exchange with Colegio Miralba, a high school in Vigo, Spain. Thirteen Spanish students and two teachers spent Nov. 20 through Dec. 2 with Monomoy families. In April, 15 Monomoy students and two teachers will visit Spain for two weeks. We would like to thank the following individuals/organizations/groups for their overall support and generous donations toward funding educational field trips and providing lunch for our guests during their stay:
The Monomoy Regional School Committee members; Scott Carpenter, superintendent of Monomoy Regional School District; Bill Burkhead, principal of Monomoy Regional High School; Otis Russell and the Art of Charity; Brad Boyd, Glenn Ritt, and the Rotary Club of Harwich-Dennis; Glenn Ritt and the Cape Cod Museum Trail; Barbara-Anne Foley of the Harwich Council on Aging and Holy Trinity Parish; Dana DeCosta of the Harwich Council on Aging; Mary Taylor and Chris Galazzi of the Cape Cod Maritime Museum; John Alan and Jennifer Papalardo of the John F. Kennedy Museum of Hyannis; Leo and Andrea Cakounes; Usama El Sehrawey of Wendy’s Restaurants; Patti Sowpel and Mary Bantick, volunteer field trip chaperones; Kathleen Davock and Joanne Clingan, host parents and dessert reception organizers; all of the Monomoy High School students and families who participated in the exchange; and the entire Monomoy School District community for treating the Spanish guests like family.
Liz Hoff and Leslie Chizek
Monomoy Regional High School