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ORLEANS — It’s not easy finding an affordable place to live on Cape Cod, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that increasing the town’s stock of affordable housing is not a simple task. Like homeowners pouncing on every possibility, the affordable housing committee and the affordable housing trust board have pursued a full portfolio of options: purchasing land on which Habitat for Humanity will build homes, paying...

John S. Hardy

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John S. Hardy, 84, crossed over the bar on September 26th, 2019.  Born in Boston, and raised in New England, Jack loved “messing about in boats”; he managed to feed this passion by joining the Navy as a submariner and working in the marine industry for most of his career. He and his wife, Betsy, were never too far from the water and raised their boys, Rob, John, and Steve, first in Cohasset and then in Chatham. J...

Gerald “Jerry” Custodie

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Gerald “Jerry” Custodie, 71, of Harwich, passed away on September 17, 2019 of complications of cancer.           He was born in 1948, originally from Chatham, he was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War from 1968 to 1970. Jerry has joined his father Anthony Custodie, his mother Jenny Naylor Custodie, his brothers Anthony JR and Joe and his daughter Jessica in Heaven. Jerry leaves behind his sons Jason and Joh...

BREWSTER – When it comes to living with white sharks, there are many options: stay out of the water, move inland, or, if you're Greg Skomal, a marine biologist with the state Division of Marine Fisheries, you do all that you can to learn as much as you can about the creatures, and ideally save a life or two in the process. Skomal has been doing just that—studying everything possible about white sharks—for more...

CHATHAM — Saying there’s no single action that will help make Chatham an affordable place for young families and other year-round residents, the Chatham 365 Task Force has recommended a varied package of 30 reforms that cover everything from affordable housing to the minimum wage. One proposal, having the school district offer universal preschool, seems to be gaining traction. The detailed proposal is the c...

CHATHAM – The largest annual fundraiser for the South Chatham Public Library, the summer book and bake sale, didn't happen this year. The process of moving dozens of books from the library across the street to the South Chatham Village Hall proved too difficult and problematic for the mostly older volunteers who usually help out. That left the “little library that could,” as supporters refer to the 145-year-ol...

State Won’t Backpedal On Bike Lane At Intersection

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Though they favor a compromise to save trees at the gateway to downtown Chatham, state officials are still requiring a shared-use bike lane for the intersection of Crowell Road and Main Street. Selectmen still chafe that plans for the new intersection still include shared-use bike lanes, despite the town’s efforts to route bikes away from main roads in downtown Chatham. But not wanting to abandon the...

CHATHAM – A proposal to allow direct instrument approaches to Chatham Airport during poor weather was attacked Monday as a significant change that will lead to greater use of the facility by larger and louder aircraft. The proposal, included in a draft of the airport master plan update, will not make the airport safer, as the airport commission claims, but will change it “from being a good weather airport to b...

Based on MCAS scores, progress for English language learners and attendance rates, the Monomoy Regional School District earned high marks from the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, receiving the highest accountability rating of any pre-K through 12th grade school district on Cape Cod. Meanwhile, state education officials ranked Monomoy Middle School as having the highest “accountability r...

HARWICH – Having epilepsy can mean long stays in the hospital, but comfy socks can help. This is something Cole Strzepek knows all too well. But the last time he was at Children's Hospital in Boston, their sock supply was nearly gone, with Cole getting one of the last pairs. Soon, a plan for procuring more socks was hatched, though neither Cole nor his family had any idea just how successful it would become. ...

Trash Crisis Is Driving Cost Increases, Selectmen Told

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The town will be facing difficult decisions on how to move forward with its disposal of trash, were told selectmen on Monday night. ABC Disposal Services Inc. Vice President Michael A. Camara made clear that the cost of trash disposal will be increasing. He raised issues relating to the ability to find ways to dispose of municipal solid waste (MSW) as landfills close across the state and internationa...

HARWICH — Four of the five members of the town’s bylaw/charter review committee resigned this week, leaving one member, Tina Games, remaining. Reasons for the resignations varied. “It’s time to do other things, it’s time to do other things,” Sandra Hall, the committee chair and chair of the town’s initial charter commission, said on Friday of her resignation. Hall said she told the members of the committ...

A Clearer View After Hinckley’s Pond Alum Treatment

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Hinckley’s Pond is looking a little brighter these days, after the injection of 77,000 gallons of alum and close to 40,000 gallons of sodium aluminate in an effort to reduce excessive phosphorus feeding algae blooms and fish kills. “The pond looks wonderful,” Natural Resources Director Heinz Proft said after the treatment was applied last week. “It’s a dose of medicine that will last a long time.” ...

Preliminary Plan Approved For Route 137 Development

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The planning board has approved a 10-lot preliminary subdivision plan for Route 137 Development LLC, but East Harwich residents were more interested in a possible alternative use of the 12 acres between Chrisjobeth Circle and Sherwood Road. Town Planner Charleen Greenhalgh told those in attendance that there has been a “great deal of misinformation” about the plan. She made it clear it was not a 40B ...

PLEASANT LAKE — There’s never been a shortage of community support for Cape Cod Regional Technical High School, but thanks to its new charitable foundation, there’s a new channel for that support. The foundation will help students by providing scholarships and “toolships,” helping support graduates who are on their way to college or full-time employment. Each year, the school and its supporters award between $...