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Letters to the Editor, Dec. 6

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Commissioner Plays Politics As Usual Editor: In his Nov. 27 letter, Barnstable County Commissioner Ron Beaty apparently disagrees with those who seek a measured, well-researched, intelligent solution to Cape Cod’s seal and shark problem. In keeping with the lack of civility which pervades today's political discourse and instead of  presenting a cogent argument, Mr. Beaty chose to insult and bully those envi...

Russ Allen: The Reason For The Season

By: Russ Allen

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” So goes a seasonal song by Johnny Mathis. A true statement – but not for everyone. For some the holidays can be difficult, a fact the rest of us should never forget. A newer part of the holiday season, “Blue” events are designed for those who, due to personal loss, addiction, illness, homelessness, etc., find this a difficult time. But what is the holiday season? Som...

Our View: In Pursuit Of Housing

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

It's an oft-repeated refrain: there isn't a single solution to the region's housing problem. That's not surprising, considering the problem itself is complex and multifaceted. Not only is there a dearth of capital “A” affordable housing – the kind that caps both the price and the income of buyers – the second-home market has increased the price of real estate beyond most workers, and apartments, even “attainable”...

Mindfulness Can Help Defuse Holiday Stress

By: Elizabeth Van Wye

Staying healthy during the holidays is sometimes a challenge, and the stress of the season can often take a physical toll. A recent hour-long workshop at the Brooks Free Library in Harwich led by Deborah Ennis, a local licensed mental health counselor, focused on reducing stress through the use of mindfulness. "There is so much hype with the holiday season," Ennis noted. "We may take on more than we can ...

ORLEANS — It's a numbers game for the Snow Library facilities advisory committee these days. Looking 20 years into the future, members are debating the number of square feet library users will need in meeting and reading rooms, how many study carrels for individuals versus open tables for cooperative work, and how many adult seats for parents and grandparents in the children's room. It's all part of creating a ...

ORLEANS — The Friends of Pleasant Bay says it has identified a private backer/buyer to purchase Sipson Island. By January 2020, the group hopes to buy most of the 24-acre island from that backer for public open space and recreation, tapping $1.25 million to $1.75 million from the town's community preservation funds. It intends to bolster the CPC money with private fund-raising that will include a major contr...

Chatham's Children Benefit From New Holiday Fundraiser

By: Debra Lawless

CHATHAM – Your holiday season will be a little busier this year with the addition of a wonderful new gala to support Chatham’s children. “The Spirit of Giving: A Special Evening of Fashion, Friendship and Community to Benefit the Chatham Children” will be held on Dec. 4 in the Monomoy Room at Chatham Bars Inn. What is planned as a first annual event will benefit social services agency Monomoy Community Service...

CHATHAM — As a concrete step toward helping young families afford to live in town year-round, selectmen are examining the possibility of offering child care vouchers to subsidize the cost of preschool care. The recommendation is one made by the town’s economic development committee in 2016 and brought to the fore by the new Chatham 365 Task Force. Though several different models are under consideration, u...

CHATHAM – A court has ordered the town to consider revised plans for use of the warehouse building at 45 Chatham Bars Ave. owned by Chatham Bars Inn. The dispute between the town, inn and neighbors over use of the 9,500-square-foot building, once a bowling alley but used as a warehouse since the 1970s, has dragged on for nearly three years. Two previous appeals were filed with the zoning board of appeals. The ...

CHATHAM – If the frigid temperatures aren't enough to remind you that the holiday season is here, then Santa's arrival on Sunday should do the trick. The Jolly Old Elf will cruise into the fish pier at 1:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon in style, aboard the historic CG36500 Coast Guard lifeboat, accompanied by a contingent of active Coast Guard personnel. The event, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Central Cape Cod, i...

Selectmen Choose Middle Road For COA Site

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Maybe having a new council on aging at the community center site or near Volunteer Park would have allowed more interaction between seniors and young people. But in the end, selectmen heard arguments from young and old alike that a town-owned parcel off Middle Road would be the best home for a new senior center. The board voted unanimously to pursue plans for a new senior center on a wooded parcel ...

Built The Old Fashioned Way

By: Russ Allen

Timber Frame Home Under Construction In Harwich Uses Techniques, Tools Of The Past HARWICH – “This is how buildings were constructed all over Cape Cod back in the 17th century. Roughhewn freshly-cut timbers. Mortise and tenon joints. Fit together with no nails.” Jesse Lambert stood beside his work-in-progress on Sisson Road as he described his approach to constructing the new workshop and office space which...

EAST HARWICH — When it comes to restoring the pristine water quality in Pleasant Bay, Harwich, Chatham, Orleans and Brewster are in it for the long haul. It takes decades for nutrient pollution from upland residential development to reach the waterway, and it will take decades to bring nitrogen levels back where they belong, officials say. That’s not to say there isn’t ample evidence that the health of the b...

Housing Trust Begins Affordable Housing Development Planning

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The competition with second home owners is driving up the cost of housing in Harwich and making it more difficult for people living and working in the community to purchase a home, said Town Administrator Christopher Clark, the chairman of the town's affordable housing trust. The town has recognized the need to increase its affordable housing inventory to provide places were the working community can...

New Medical Center Opens With Promise Of All-Inclusive Service

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH PORT — Outer Cape Health Services, Inc. held a ribbon cutting at its new community health center Tuesday, making a commitment to providing more all-inclusive health care here and on the Outer Cape. The doors to the new medical center located across from Saquatucket Harbor will be open on Monday morning with a commitment to serving the entire community whether health insurance is available or not. The t...