Topics: Economic development

HARWICH — The state, several local agencies and Cape Tech are working together to provide more technical training and employment opportunities for adults through a new school program aimed at providing training for under-employed and unemployed adults. On Friday a dozen adult Cape residents graduated from the newly established program after completing a seven-week HVAC training program run in conjunction with ...

Municipal Participation Sought To Revitalize Harwich Center

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — There will be another effort by a Harwich Center Initiative Committee, working more closely with town agencies, to develop a road map for revitalizing Harwich Center. Selectmen last week heard a report from the committee, which was put in place a year ago and charged with shaping a plan but which took a hiatus last March. Committee members said they needed additional assistance, including traffic, pa...

New Nonprofit Puts Spotlight On Local Arts Economy

By: Debra Lawless

“Only connect…” the novelist E.M. Forster famously wrote in 1910. ArtsLight, a new nonprofit endeavor spawned by the nonprofit Lower Cape TV dedicated to giving a voice to the local creative economy, aims to do just that. “In a world where information seems evermore scattered and suspect, we need to trust in ourselves and in connections that go deeper and create lasting bonds that transcend surface noise,” ...

Acosta: Plan For Tomorrow's Workforce

By: Alan Pollock

EAST HARWICH — With the rapidly aging demographic on Cape Cod, and the shortage of skilled workers who can afford to live here, it’s time for local businesses and citizens to find creative ways to support the local workforce. That was the message from Rosalin Acosta, the state's secretary of labor and workforce development, who spoke at a meeting of the Cape Cod Young Professionals Friday morning. Unemploym...

CHATHAM — Early on, one of the key hurdles identified by local working families has been the lack of affordable early childhood education programs. The Monomoy Regional School District is exploring ways to bridge the gap by introducing a plan for universal pre-kindergarten (pre-K) for Chatham youngsters. Last week, the Chatham 365 Task Force made its recommendations about ways the town can provide better suppo...

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 — Over centuries, rising sea levels threaten to simply wipe parts of Chatham off the map. But long before that happens, town officials are hoping that some of the world’s great scientific minds will put the town on the map as a global center for climate change research. For the past six months, a working group has been quietly meeting to discuss a broad strategy to attract the interest of an academic i...

Affordable Housing Trust Sets Eyes On Oak Street Property

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The affordable housing trust set a few housing development priorities last week and plans to work with the Massachusetts Housing Partnership to evaluate potential housing locations and the number of units that can be placed on certain lots. After considering several available lots, the trust settled on investigating the housing potential of land on Oak Street. The partnership is a quasi-state agen...

CPA Funds Suggested For Housing And Preservation

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Affordable housing and historic preservation projects were identified as priorities as the community preservation committee conducted a public information hearing on needs, possibilities and resources as it looks to allocating Community Preservation Act funds next year. The committee is required by law to hold an informational hearing as it begins seeking applications for funding requests each year. ...

Toy Library Finally Finds A Home—In West Barnstable

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The effort to establish a Cape Cod Toy Library, a facility that fosters healthy child development through free play, remains alive, but in West Barnstable, not Harwich. It’s been a couple of years since Chatham resident Deb Willsea floated the idea of the Cape Cod Toy Library, based on a similar project she founded and which has been successful in Rochester, N.Y. Willsea sought to purchase the former...

Harwich Center Development Gets High Marks

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The latest plans for a proposed mixed-use development at the former Getty gas station lot in Harwich Center were well received by the planning board last week, although issues were raised regarding the buffer zone at the rear of the lot and how the new building will fit into the character of the historic village. This is the second time around for project proponent Saumil Patel, who withdrew an earli...

CHATHAM – The second Chatham 365 task force forum last Wednesday drew fewer people than the first session on April 6, but participants were no less vocal about the challenges they face in living here year round and offering an extensive menu of ideas to help ease the burden on both families and seniors. Housing, jobs, tax breaks and support services for young families were among the many topics discussed by th...

How To Save Chatham

By: Tim Wood

Forum Participants Suggest Ways To Keep Town Vital CHATHAM – Prior to Saturday's Chatham 365 task force forum, Courtney Alex Wittenstein said she wrote a break-up letter to Chatham. “I'm living proof of what's happening here,” said Wittenstein, who grew up in town but lives in Harwich. “I couldn't move here, I couldn't raise my family here, I couldn't start a business here.” During the two-and-a-half-h...

Commission Approves Harwich Center Mixed Use Design

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The historic district and historical commission and residents of Harwich Center had nothing but positive comments last week on the newly presented development plans for the former gas station site in the village. It took the commission less than 30 minutes to unanimously approve a certificate of appropriateness for the mixed use development proposed for the Harwich Center Historic District. Saumil Pa...

Building Activity, Values Ramp Up In 2018

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – The number of new homes as well as additions and renovations to existing houses increased in 2018, but last year also saw a decrease in the number of demolition permits issued by the town. The estimated value of both new homes and additions and renovations also increased substantially last year. According to the community development department, 1,060 building permits were issued in 2018, a 16.6 p...

Harwich Center Initiative Group Goes On Hiatus

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The Harwich Center initiative committee will be taking a hiatus until next fall. The decision was made at a session at the end of February in which some committee members expressed both frustration with the process and a sense that other town committees are conducting parallel examinations of the same issues. Harwich Center resident Peter Antonellis asked if the committee was working in cooperatio...