Opinion

Our View: Report Should Instill Confidence

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

It's hard to square the dismal ratings two members of the Harwich Board of Selectmen, Michael MacAskill and Donald Howell, gave to Town Administrator Christopher Clark in his recent annual review with the picture of the town's administration painted by the analysis of the town's credit rating released this week by bond rating agency S&P Global. MacAskill gave Clark a rating of 42.5, and Howell had an even ...

Our View: Curbing Spending

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Residents clearly want town officials to scale back spending. The signs were not-so-subtly telegraphed at recent town meetings, and officials would do well to heed those warnings. Harwich began the trend by rejecting $4.5 million for reconstruction of Lower County Road, defeating funds for the controversial pet cemetery and coming within 34 votes of turning down the $39.6 million operating budget—unprecedented...

Letters to the Editor, May 30, 2019

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

The Once And Future Volunteer Editor: Chatham has always been blessed with a wealth of people who are willing to step into a vacuum of need and offer assistance.  The recent honors bestowed on Juliet Bernstein are well-deserved and bespeak a life, not just long-lived, but well-lived also.  The passing last week of Pat Cass extinguishes a charitable light that helped illuminate Chatham’s tradition of giving ...

Letters to the Editor, May 23

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Impact Of Road Rejection Editor: What are the voters of Harwich thinking? Whose road is next to be voted down? When you don’t repair your infrastructure your values go down. Harwich has a quality reputation. Where is it going to go? Bob and Sue Kraus Harwich Wrong To Ignore Voters Editor: I would like to add my opinion to Joan McCarty's letter in the April 25 edition of The Chronicle, "Take Back The...

The CPA Has Been Good For Chatham

By: John Whelan

“I’m as restless as a willow in a windstorm I’m as jumpy as a puppet on a string I haven’t seen a crocus or a rosebud But it might as well be spring.” Rodgers and Hammerstein May snuck up on us this year. Perhaps it was the cold rainy weather or maybe that so much has happened in Chatham that we just did not pay attention to the calendar. But June and the summer are just ahead, and it is time now to pay att...

Our View: Ford And MacAskill, Mathison And Newcomb

By: Caoe Cod Chronicle

In Harwich: Ford And MacAskill When voters go to the polls on Tuesday they will be asked to fill two seats on the board of selectmen. One of those seats is presently held by incumbent Michael MacAskill, who has served for four years. The other two candidates are Thomas Sherry and Stephen Ford. Sherry is familiar to many of the voters in town, having run for the board a year ago and lost by 21 votes to Selectma...

Letters to the Editor, May 16

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

A Vote For The Schools Editor: Harwich voters: Please take the time to cast your vote for school committee candidate Merideth Holden Henderson on Tuesday, May 21. This is a critical time for our town and our Monomoy School District. Our public school systems face so many challenges: balancing state mandates, the individual needs of all students, providing fair and attractive contracts to faculty and staff, ...

The Busy Season

By: Andrew Buckley

It’s the last of the wood fire season. The wood stove season. The months—middle of October, November, December, January, February, March to the middle of April—when we warm our downstairs with the wood stove. Except it is the middle of May. By the time this sees print, to tempt fate, temperatures could zoom in to the 70s. But such is not the case. I sit and write and have, yet again, used paper bags and paper ...

Letters to the Editor, May 9

By: Tim Wood

ADUs Will Change Chatham  Editor: A Chatham Town Meeting warrant article that requires a serious look is the planning board’s proposal to allow accessory dwelling units (ADUs) on all residential and business properties. The purpose appears to fit into the 365 committee’s laudable concerns about our demographics, with too few young people able to find jobs or housing. Sadly, this amendment to our zoning byla...

Donna Tavano: The Real Superheroes

By: Donna Tavano

Which holiday generates 11 percent more telephone traffic, is responsible for one quarter of all plant and flower sales and results in the sale of 152 million card sales? Hint: It’s right around the corner. The second Sunday in May is always Mother’s Day, so decreed by President Woodrow Wilson in 1914. Variations of holidays celebrating moms have been going on for, well, forever. Early Egypt feted the goddess ...

Our View: Chatham Town Meeting

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Next Monday's town meeting in Chatham promises to be one of the lengthier sessions in recent years, with a 71-article annual warrant and a single-article special town meeting scheduled for Tuesday, May 14. Quite a few of the measures promise to spark discussion, ranging from funding for a new senior center to land acquisition, proposals to ban plastic bottles and Styrofoam containers, and withdrawal of the town f...

Russ Allen: Harwich’s Hidden History 4.0

By: Russ Allen

A couple of weeks ago I posed a question to folks on my social media network: “What are the 20 most historically significant buildings and locations in the town of Harwich?” Harwich has an historical society, an historic district and historical commission, a handful of addresses listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and at least two facilities specifically dedicated to its history. It has over 70...