Opinion

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...

You Guest It: Demystifying ADUs

By: Shirley Smith

There’s a lot of misinformation about Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs), which will create more year-round housing by making it easier for homeowners to build and rent out in-law apartments. Let’s clear up a few things: Myth: This is a drastic change to zoning and our neighborhoods, adding density, and overcrowding homes. Reality: ADUs are already allowed under existing zoning and have been for hundreds of ye...

Our View: Bury The Pet Cemetery

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

At last year's Massachusetts Municipal Association convention, Harwich received the Kenneth E. Pickard Municipal Innovation Award for its pet cemetery project. But what seemed like a good idea has escalated into a fiasco. The cemetery commission improperly used funds from its revolving account for site work at the 2.25-acre town-owned parcel on Queen Anne Road, including construction of a gazebo. That $70,000 was...

Letters To The Editor, May 2, 2019

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Ban Is The Responsible Thing To Do Editor: I am writing in support of the municipal plastic bottle ban proposed by Sustainable Practices that would prevent the town of Chatham from buying plastic bottled beverages. Each year 35 million plastic bottles are thrown away and only 9 percent of plastic bottles are recycled. At school, I see plastic bottles in the trash can instead of the recycling bin. And though...

John Whelan: Once, Chatham Had Lots Of Gas

By: John Whelan

“On the road again Just can’t wait to get on the road again Goin’ places that I’ve never been Seein’ things that I may never see again And I can’t wait to get on the road again.”   Willie Nelson wrote and sang “On the Road Again” which won the Grammy for Best Country Song in 1980. The song has become one his most popular recordings. Willie, even at 85, still does lots of touring and spends lots ...

Letters to the Editor, April 25

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Editor's note: Letters to the editor regarding candidates for the May 21 Harwich town election will be published through our May 9 edition. Letters about the May 16 Chatham town election will be published through the May 2 edition. The deadline for letters to the editor is Monday at noon. End Pet Cemetery Debacle Editor: There is an expression “when in a hole, stop digging.” This expression is quite ap...

Our View: Preserve Sipson Island

By: Ed Maroney

In 1974, the Chatham Conservation Foundation purchased Strong Island in Pleasant Bay for $700,000, saving 46 acres of upland and another 78 acres of marsh from development. A three-acre area was reserved for a house for the previous owner and his heirs, but otherwise the island remains open to the public. It is considered a jewel, and it's hard to imagine today what the bay would be like had the island been devel...

Letters to the Editor, April 18, 2019

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Don't Trash This Tour Editor: The Tour de Trash is the once-yearly town-wide litter campaign intent on preserving the attractiveness of our beautiful little patch of earth. Last year, 1,200 lbs. of trash, 513 lbs. of recyclables and over 1,200 empty NIP bottles were collected and hauled away. Much of it would still be around if it weren’t for the 100-plus volunteers who helped make the 2018 event the be...