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Cape Cod's housing market is a victim of its own success. “We're known around the country as a safe investment,” said Alisa Magnotta Galazzi, CEO of the Housing Assistance Corporation. That's led to a steady increase in seasonal homes – 5,000 in the last six years – and a loss of some 3,000 year-round units in the same period, she said. That trend is a major contributor to the shortage of year-round housing...

CHATHAM – After the loss of a couple of historic homes on Stage Harbor Road, and with slim prospects of saving at least two others currently under demolition delays, the news that the owners of two other old homes on the street are working to preserve their structures came as a welcome relief to members of the historical commission. Both homes are within the area that the Massachusetts Historical Commission ha...

EAST HARWICH — Sheila Smith, the longtime advertising sales manager at The Cape Cod Chronicle, is being remembered for her caring nature, her skill as a businesswoman, her fondness for animals, and above all her devotion to family. Mrs. Smith died Monday at the age of 83, less than two months after the passing of her husband, Preston. Born Sheila Whiddon, Mrs. Smith moved to Orleans at a young age and att...

CHATHAM – Randi Potash has been brushing up on county government in preparation for running for the town's seat on the Barnstable County Assembly of Delegates. She's read the county charter, sat in on and watched many assembly meetings, and met with Barnstable County Administrator Jack Yunits and current county commission chairman Leo Cakounes. “I'm always willing to learn,” she said. Potash said she was...

CHATHAM – From the ground, it looked like a bunch of blue dots on the otherwise green outfield of Veterans Field. But from 220 feet up in the air, it came into clear focus. A giant great white shark, more than 170 feet long, almost spanning the entire outfield, was created last Wednesday as recognition of Chatham Elementary School students' positive behavior. In depicting a huge version of the school's mascot,...

Sustainability Task Force Gains Momentum

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Finding ways to attract and retain year-round residents is more than an exercise in strategic planning; it’s an urgent task that deserves immediate attention, selectmen said Monday. The board is hoping to convene a new task force shortly that will examine ways to encourage a sustainable year-round population that includes all age groups, not just young families. “This is really the number one prior...

CHATHAM — Twenty years ago, the town faced some daunting challenges. The fire station was overcrowded, the police station was falling apart, and key town officials’ offices were warrens in a run-down annex cluttered with filing cabinets and desks. Many public meetings took place in an old portable classroom, and rec programs happened in a small community building that was largely unchanged since it was built ju...

Selectmen Battle Over Issuance Of Cold Brook Contract

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — As the town moves into another funding phase for the Cold Brook nitrogen attenuation project, selectmen are raising a number of questions about design, consultant funding and defining the goals of the public/private relationship with Harwich Conservation Trust. On a split vote, selectmen Monday night approved a $119,800 agreement with consultants CDM Smith, Inc. to continue technical team participati...

In a campaign that’s been more rancorous than usual among local races, Republican John Flores is challenging Democrat Julian Cyr for his seat on the Massachusetts State Senate. Cyr is touting his record of successes, while Flores paints himself as a no-nonsense fiscal conservative.   Julian Cyr Elected to his first term two years ago, Cyr is a Truro native who entered politics as a junior at Nauset Reg...

Selectmen Vote To Support Stone Horse Motel Conversion

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The proposed Stone Horse Motel conversion to seasonal workforce housing, which goes before the appeals board next week, received support from the board of selectmen on Monday night. The project will require a use variance to demolish and construct two dormitories on the 2.61-acre site along Route 28 in South Harwich. Selectmen received an email from Town Planner Charleen Greenhalgh asking the board i...

Stakeholder Meetings Underway For Cultural Districts

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The first stakeholder meeting for the formation of two cultural districts in town was held last week, with a focus on Harwich Port. A second event is scheduled next Tuesday night, Oct. 30, at the cultural center and will focus on a Harwich Center district. The Harwich Port district session was moderated by Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Cyndi Williams and Town Planner Charleen Greenhalgh, who...

HARWICH — Sailors at the Allen Harbor Yacht Club got an insightful depiction of what it is like to circumnavigate the globe solo on Friday night from Jerome Rand, who completed the 271-day voyage at the end of June. “It was nine months without touching land,” Rand said of a trip that challenged the spirit and the limits of the human body. Circumnavigations of the globe are not common experiences. Rand said ...

SHMH Auction Celebrates A Historic Treasure This Weekend

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Anyone looking for a wedding venue might want to attend the annual Auction Gala at the South Harwich Meetinghouse. One auction item provides the opportunity to be the first couple to be wed in the newly restored historic former Methodist Church. There are certainly other reasons to attend the auction. The event, scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 28 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., will provide the public with an oppo...

HARWICH – The Cape Tech Crusaders played 80 solid minutes of soccer on Oct. 22 but were no match for the dominating Monomoy Sharks, with Monomoy coming away with a 3-0 victory in Cape and Islands League play on a chilly Monday afternoon. The Sharks netted all three of their goals in the first half, with their first score coming from AJ Williams on a nice assist from Sam Chase at the 24-minute mark, with Chase ...

HARWICH – They came, they dribbled, they dunked, and they danced, and when all was said and done the Harlem Wizards held one slamtastic fundraising event at Monomoy Regional High School on Oct. 17, all to benefit the Class of 2022.  A Mario-costumed Loonatik (Lloyd Clinton) gets fans into the fun during the Harlem Wizards fundraiser Oct. 17 at Monom...