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Letters to the Editor, Oct. 18

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Roar Out To Supporters Editor: On behalf of the Chatham-Nauset Lions, I extend a hearty roar of thanks to the following places of business that supported our seventh annual Pancake Breakfast: Chatham Village Market, Friends’ Marketplace in Orleans, Stop & Shop in Orleans, Star Markets in Harwich, Harwich Port and Orleans. Their generosity enabled us to substantially increase our club’s scholarship fund....

Cashing Out

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Cash figures in two stories in this week's paper. First, the town of Chatham has backed away from a plan to accept only credit and debit cards and checks for payments at the transfer station. There was an undercurrent of unhappiness about the idea that cash wouldn't be accepted to pay for disposal of items like mattresses and electronics. We understand the town's position – the transfer station handles more th...

CHATHAM – After more than 30 years in town, the Organic Market will close its store here on Nov. 3 in order to concentrate on its other markets in Dennis Port and at Mashpee Commons. “We're really sad to not be in that location anymore, but really excited about what the future holds for us,” said Rory Eames, president and owner of the company. Prepared foods have become a major part of the Organic Market's ...

ORLEANS — Town hall went back to its roots as a schoolhouse Tuesday, introducing 40-plus Orleans Elementary School fifth graders to their local government's people and services. At the end of the morning, the students strolled around town-owned Sea Call Farm. Selectman Kevin Galligan, the first to greet the classes, asked what they thought selectmen did. “Make decisions,” a girl said. To get something done, ...

ORLEANS — It's not the imposing black monolith from “2001: A Space Odyssey,” but the proposed six-foot-tall enclosed sewer pump station control panel at the entrance to Snow Library's parking lot was a bit of a shock to some. “I think we're kind of gobsmacked here,” library trustees chair Mary Beth Fincke told town officials and consultants who presented the proposal to her board Oct. 9. Later, she said, “Ri...

Free 'Stop The Bleed' Training Offered

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

CHATHAM – Training local residents to respond to shark bite emergencies is the goal of a “Stop the Bleed” workshop that will be held at the Chatham Shark Center next Thursday, Oct. 18. The training is free and open to the public. Additional Stop the Bleed training sessions will be held on Nov. and Nov. 8, also at the Shark Center. Each session will run from 7 to 8 p.m. and will be led by Orleans Fire and Rescu...

CHATHAM – Only a handful of affordable housing units have been built in town since the town last housing production plan, and a draft update of the plan acknowledges reaching the target affordable housing goal is a “formidable challenge.” Currently 5.03 percent of the town's year-round housing stock is considered affordable, half of the 10 percent level established by the state and endorsed in the town's compr...

CHATHAM – With GPS mapping included with almost every smartphone and in most new cars, is there really a need anymore to post street address numbers on buildings? The answer, say public safety officials, is an emphatic yes. “GPS certainly gets us close,” said Fire Chief Peter Connick, but it can also leave fire and rescue personnel searching for the right address. And when the situation is an emergency, esp...

CHATHAM – It began innocently enough – a $1 charge appeared on a bank account on the Saturday of Martin Luther King, Jr., weekend and disappeared two days later. Then, a month later on the Saturday of Presidents Day weekend, $660 was charged by eBay to the same account. A quick series of phone calls revealed that someone had used stolen credit card information to purchase a camera from a Canadian citizen who clai...

Main Street Condo Plan Under Fire

By: Tim Wood

Affordable Housing Issue 'Irrelevant,' Says Zoning Board CHATHAM – The loss of workforce housing to upscale residences, one of the main concerns of those worried about the inability of young families to afford to live in town, has become a focus of a proposal to replace run-down apartments on Main Street with high-end condominiums. Opponents say the plan will force working people out of what are now four mo...

Remembering The Friends Of Forest Beach

By: Alan Pollock

And How The Town Purchased The MCI Properties SOUTH CHATHAM — Twenty years ago this month, an impromptu group of neighbors crowded into a cottage in South Chatham to consider a pie-in-the-sky proposal. A little more than a year later, they’d be credited with pulling off what is arguably the town’s most significant land purchase of the last century. Changes in the Telecom Industry By the late 1990s...

Town Provides 'Interactive' Session On Sewer Connections

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Approximately 40 people attended the informational community meeting last week put on by town officials and CDM Smith, Inc, the town's consulting engineers, to update residents on the steps necessary to connect to sewers in East Harwich. Town Administrator Christopher Clark called the session an “interactive” one in which town officials would explain the necessary steps that must be taken and provide...

Trusts, Town Get New AmeriCorps Land Steward

By: Alan Pollock

HARWICH — A member of AmeriCorps of Cape Cod will be assisting the town and local conservation trusts with land stewardship projects again this year. Conservation Administrator Amy Usowski said her department, the Harwich Conservation Trust and the Chatham Conservation Foundation has been utilizing AmeriCorps staff services for the past 20 years and will continue the collaboration this year. Ben Cockrell of...

Town Pushing For Hinckley's Pond Alum Treatment Permits

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The town plans to move forward this fall with an alum treatment in Hinckley's Pond. The 176-acre water body, the largest pond inside the limits of the town, has suffered several algae blooms and fish kills in recent years caused by excessive fertilization of those waters. Natural Resources Department Director Heinz Proft was before the conservation commission last week with the proposal for an alumin...

Legislation Filed For DHY Wastewater District

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The DHY Clean Water Community Partnership legislation approved by the boards of selectmen in Dennis, Harwich and Yarmouth, has been filed in the State House Clerk's Office, and the expectation is it will be promulgated in this legislative session. The legislation, HD 5160, will establish the entity through which a regional wastewater district in the three town's will function as a corporate and polit...