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CHATHAM – The planning board approved the town's latest housing production plan last week. The document will now to go the board of selectmen for its endorsement before being submitted to the state for certification. An update of the town's 2013 housing production plan, the document provides strategies for reaching the goal of having 10 percent of the town's year-round housing stock classified as affordable. C...

CHATHAM — Last weekend’s coastal storm, the first of the fall and winter season, caused only minor splash-over flooding in typically vulnerable neighborhoods. But it might have been the first volley in a messy skirmish with Mother Nature. The storm was the remnants of Hurricane Willa, a Category 5 hurricane that made landfall on the Pacific coast of Mexico before reentering the Gulf of Mexico and streaming u...

CHATHAM — Searching for that Goldilocks spot that has adequate parking and a convenient location, selectmen Monday reviewed four potential sites for a new senior center. The spots – off Middle Road, near Volunteer Park, behind the community center and on the Stony Hill Road site of the current center – each have pluses and minuses. Ahead of a planned decision on Nov. 26, selectmen heard analysis by architect...

DHY Gets Pitch From Tri-Town Wastewater District Operators

By: William F. Galvin

DENNIS — Representatives from Harwich, Dennis and Yarmouth negotiating the DHY Clean Water Community Partnership got some insight about the shaping and function of a similar tri-town wastewater district off Cape. Selectmen, finance committee members and members of wastewater support committees were in Dennis last Thursday night to hear from representatives of the Mansfield-Foxborough-Norton Regional Wastewater...

Harwich Goes With New Homegrown COA Director

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The new council on aging director will be a familiar face to many seniors and to those who frequent the community center. Selectmen on Monday night confirmed the appointment made by Town Administrator Christopher Clark of Emily Mitchell as the new director. Mitchell worked the front desk at the community center for more than three years before entering Cornell Law School in August 2017. After a year ...

Harder Challenges Hughes For Harwich County Assembly Seat

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — There is one local election on the Nov. 6 state election ballot. Voters will be asked to chose Elizabeth Harder or Peter Hughes to serve as the town's representative to the Barnstable County Assembly of Delegates. Hughes presently holds the seat, having been appointed by the board of selectmen last June to fill the unexpired term created when Selectman Ed McManus decided to give up the post to run fo...

They're both held town elective office, they've both served on the county assembly, and they both want the available seat on the board of county commissioners. But that's where the similarities end between incumbent commissioner Leo Cakounes of Harwich and challenger Ron Bergstrom of Chatham. “I believe there's a huge separation on how we conduct ourselves as elected officials,” Cakounes said. “It's a clash...

Residents Push For Denial Of Harwich Center Construction Plan

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Residents of Harwich Center on Friday urged the historic district and historical commission to deny the certificate of appropriateness application for the demolition of the gas station building in the village and construction of a 4,000-square-foot mixed use commercial and residential structure in its place. “My suggestion is to reject the plan outright and help the applicant to do it right,” Paul Do...

HARWICH – Their last home game didn't quite end as the Monomoy girls varsity field hockey team might have wanted, but they didn't let a tough 3-0 loss to Barnstable stop them from claiming the 2018 Cape and Islands League crown with a commanding 6-0 victory against Nantucket on Sunday. Monomoy put up a fierce battle against their Barnstable visitors in Monomoy's senior night showdown, but the Div. 2 Sharks cou...

HARWICH – The Monomoy girls varsity soccer team knew going into its Oct. 26 game against Nauset that the Warriors would be tough opponents. But they gave it their all, in spite of a 4-1 loss, before closing out their regular season with a 2-0 shutout of the St. John Paul II Lions on Monday. The Sharks took an early 1-0 lead against the Warriors last Friday in a game moved up a day because of the season's first...

HARWICH – Thursday nights are not your typical football night, at least on the high school stage, but it worked out just fine for the Monomoy Sharks, who held on for a 14-12 victory in non-playoff post-season action. “It was an overall team effort,” said Monomoy head coach Larry Souza. “Everybody firing on all cylinders, doing their jobs, and getting it done.” Souza said the game went down to the final seco...

Their name is pronounced DIE-squith, and for sure a whole lot of D’Ysquiths die during the Academy of Performing Arts in Orleans' regional premiere of Tony Award winner “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder,” by Robert L. Freedman and Steven Lutvak. This funny show that comes complete with slamming doors, clever music and one actor who plays nine D’Ysquiths, male and female, many of whom meet their ends by vari...

Letters to the Editor, Nov. 1

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Clarifies Marconi CPA Grants Editor: In Michael Tompsett’s response (“Many Benefits of CPA,” Oct. 11) to my letter (“Ideas To Encourage More Families,” Oct. 4), he appears to have missed my point and has further misrepresented a critical fact.  While his recitation of recent CPA funds expended for affordable housing is no doubt accurate, they represent sunk costs which have not significantly furthered the o...

Our View: Tuesday, Nov. 6

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

We don't know if election endorsements from newspapers, ours or any others, do any good, especially given the way most people regard the press today. There's not a lot to say about local races anyway, as there are few that are contested on the Tuesday, Nov. 6 ballot. All of the contests are for state or county office. The latter is growing more and more anachronistic. That's why we think Harwich resident Leo Cako...

Addressing Affordable And Adequate Housing Needs

By: Russ Allen

Larry Marsland, executive director of the Lower Cape Outreach Council, speaking recently at the Federated Church of Orleans, made two comments that caught my attention. Many Council clients work in jobs that pay $8 to $12 an hour, inadequate to meet the cost of living on Cape Cod. Furthermore, even after they attain greater earning power thanks to programs the LCOC offers, they may not find housing that is afford...

NORTH CHATHAM – When seniors find themselves needing additional health care support, assisted living or even nursing care, it’s an emotionally challenging time of life. But it’s even more stressful for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender elders who also worry about discrimination or harassment. Broad Reach Healthcare, which operates Liberty Commons and the Victorian assisted living residence, is establishin...