Archive

County Commissioners Approve West Harwich Planning District

By: William F. Galvin

On 2-1 Vote HARWICH — On a two-to-one vote, the Barnstable County Commissioners approved the ordinance establishing the West Harwich District of Critical Planning Concern (DCPC) last week. County commissioner Ron Beaty cast the dissenting vote. The ordinance allows the town to put in place a one-year moratorium on development to provide time to address zoning deficiencies along a stretch of Route 28 from th...

Under-65 Tax Credit Exemption Gets Selectmen's Support

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The town has generous tax exemption programs for residents over 65 years of age, veterans, and people who are sight-impaired, but there is little in the way of programs to help younger families and residents who are facing financial hardship. Board of Assessors Chairman Richard Waystack raised the issue of establishing a hardship exemption tax credit for people under 65 years of age during a presenta...

Municipal Solid Waste Disposal Fees Escalate

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The lack of landfill space and other means of disposing of municipal solid waste in Massachusetts is having a major financial impact on communities. That was made perfectly clear Monday night when selectmen approved two one-year contracts with per-ton rate increases of nearly $20. “Recycling markets have degenerated and we have more trash than we have outlets,” DPW Director Lincoln Hooper told select...

ORLEANS— Jeremy Gingras, the former Harwich Chamber of Commerce executive director who was fired for stealing thousands of dollars from the chamber and its charitable foundation, will avoid a trial on embezzlement charges as part of a plea deal accepted Friday in Orleans District Court. Through his attorney, Gingras pleaded guilty to two reduced charges of larceny under $250 and agreed to repay the Harwich Cha...

EASTHAM/HARWICH – Two games. Two tough opponents. Two huge finishes for the Monomoy Sharks, who kicked off their 2019-2020 season with big wins against Nauset and Sandwich. Monomoy traveled to Eastham on Friday night for their season opener against the Warriors, the tension around which had been brewing since the stale bread flew during a fall football game. With a host of Sharks fans staging a whiteout in the...

ORLEANS – When losing a number of seniors through graduation, a rebuilding year might be expected, but when the Monomoy-Mashpee Monarchs boys ice hockey team faced the Nauset Warriors on Dec. 14, there was little to suggest either team was struggling. Instead, it was a fast-paced contest at the Charles Moore Arena when the first and hopefully annual Lower Cape Showdown commenced. Part fundraiser to benefit the...

HARWICH – You might have seen Sean Gould on the soccer pitch this fall. Don't be fooled. While the Monomoy senior does love the sport, another has captured his heart, which is why Gould recently signed his letter of intention to play ball for Curry College. “I love soccer, but baseball is my first love,” Gould said. “I realized from a young age that this is what I want. I'm going to work at it.” Gould said ...

CHATHAM – A guardian angel with a sense of humor was looking out for Kim Roderiques last Thursday evening when it came time for her sell-out fundraising event “Pirouettes, Pliés and Pets” to begin at the Chatham Orpheum Theater. The successful event took in $40,000, but at the last minute it nearly didn’t happen. Roderiques, a photographer, had devoted one year to planning the evening to raise money for three ...

Letters To The Editor: Dec. 19, 2019

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Current Senior Center An Embarrassment Editor: I visited the Chatham Council on Aging yesterday for the first time ever. I’ve never been in the building but have read and listened to the discussions about building a new senior center. I am a full-time homeowner living year round in Chatham. I was appalled at the inadequate conditions the COA is operating under at their Stony Hill location. It’s totally a...

Our View: 'Cape Cod Detour Land'

By: The Cape Cod Chronicle

(Sung to the tune of “Winter Wonderland.”) Backup alarms ring, are you listening? In the lane, pavement's blistering. A frustrating sight, We'll be late tonight, Driving through a Cape Cod detour land. Flagmen freeze, just like stones. Halting traffic, on their iPhones. They're backing up cars, Gazing at stars, Driving through a Cape Cod detour land. On the detour we can see the back lanes. And pret...

Business: New England Pizza To Move To Knots Landing

By: Debra Lawless

CHATHAM – After 33 years, New England Pizza Chatham will be moving from 1200 Main St. to 1077 Main St. to merge with its sister restaurant, Knots Landing Bar & Grill, when its lease expires at the end of this month. “It’s a win-win for everyone,” says Sophia Malitas, 51, who, with her brother Philip Malitas, 55, owns the two restaurants and the property at 1077 Main St. One afternoon last week the pair ...

ORLEANS – Most of those who spoke at the state’s Dec. 11 hearing on a proposed roundabout at routes 28 and 39 and Quanset Road thought it was a bright idea, but they didn’t want it to be too bright. “There are 17 light fixtures in this plan,” Selectman Kevin Galligan told representatives of the state Department of Transportation and consultants from VHB. “This is over-lit. Picture coming from a dark space ...

ORLEANS – It’s a watershed moment. Conservation groups in the four Pleasant Bay watershed towns have pledged a total of $326,000 toward the acquisition of Sipson Island, the only island in the Bay that is still privately owned and has no public access. “This level of commitment – recognizing the importance of the Pleasant Bay watershed regardless of municipal lines – sends a powerful message of collaboratio...

ORLEANS – It’s a watershed moment. Conservation groups in the four Pleasant Bay watershed towns have pledged a total of $326,000 toward the acquisition of Sipson Island, the only island in the Bay that is still privately owned and has no public access. “This level of commitment – recognizing the importance of the Pleasant Bay watershed regardless of municipal lines – sends a powerful message of collaboratio...

ORLEANS— Jeremy Gingras, the former Harwich Chamber of Commerce executive director who was fired for stealing thousands of dollars from the chamber and its charitable foundation, will avoid a trial on embezzlement charges as part of a plea deal accepted Friday in Orleans District Court. Through his attorney, Gingras pleaded guilty to two reduced charges and agreed to repay the Harwich Chamber of Commerce $30,0...