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Our View: Form Follows Dysfunction

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

And then there were two. Houses, that is. Just this week, a small house on Crowell Road in Chatham was torn down and a foundation poured for a new dwelling. Immediately in front of it, hard by the street, is another new house well along in the construction process. Where once there was one modest home on a single lot, there are now two lots and, eventually, there will be two oversized houses. That's not ...

Donna Tavano: Abiding The Ides

By: Donna Tavano

In our sandy corner of the world, March is the most boring month. Constrained by bone chilling cold and emptied pockets, thanks to taxes and utility expenses, we are also held hostage by political blah, blah, blahs and the prospect of the influenza virus sneaking into our bodies via our unsuspecting nostrils. One of the few months with no long weekends, its only saving grace is St. Patrick’s Day, which momentar...

The question of where the town’s new senior center should be built has been dragging on for so long that some seniors question if they will even be alive when the building is completed in two, three or more years. “Will I live that long?” asks Barbara Segall, who will turn 84 this summer. Segall chairs the town’s seven-member council on aging board. “We’ve been waiting 10 years for a facility.” Right now, t...

It will cost you more to park at a Cape Cod National Seashore beach this summer, and less—in fact, nothing—to participate in ranger-led programs. “The fee increase (from $20 to $25 for vehicles) has been in the work for three years,” Superintendent Brian Carlstrom said Tuesday in a phone interview. “This is the year we’re implementing it. It’s being rolled out across the National Park Service.” He said the ...

ORLEANS — F. W. Webb is working on adding some touches to its proposed 38,000-square-foot, 30-feet-high sales and storage facility at 17 Nells Way after hearing from members of the Old King’s Highway Regional Historic District Committee. “This to me is a perfect building for an industrial park,” the OKH’s Stefan Galazzi said March 5 of the structure planned for the former site of the Underground Mall on Route ...

CHATHAM — Ahead of the latest round of airport master plan discussion meetings, selectmen are encouraging the airport commission to really listen to citizens’ concerns to rebuild a sense of public trust. It’s also not too late to form a citizens’ advisory committee to improve public participation in the process, selectmen said. On a split vote in January, the airport commission rejected that suggestion and opt...

CHATHAM — By a solid margin, voters at Saturday’s special town meeting approved spending $75,000 for a feasibility study for a new council on aging building on Stepping Stones Road. But because the land is under the control of the Monomoy Regional School Committee, which has voted against releasing it back to the town, it remains unclear where – or if – a new senior center might be built. The vote count was...

CHATHAM – What will the town's demographics look like in 25 years? That's one of the key questions posed in a recent report on housing issued by the finance committee's community housing working group. READ THE FULL REPORT HERE “Will we be a vibrant, thriving and hard-working community comprising a range of age, race, family size, income, occupational prospects and other demographics? Or shall we conti...

CHATHAM – Town officials are defending their proposal to add new positions to next year's budget, saying increasing workloads, along with new federal workplace requirements, are making it difficult to meet the level of services expected by residents. “We're hitting a point where we're stressing the workload capacity of our employees,” Town Manager Jill Goldsmith told selectmen last week. While staff members ar...

HARWICH — Sara Chase lives on the south side of Route 28 in South Harwich, on the opposite side of Route 28 from the utility lines that run from pole to pole along the edge of the state highway. Chase assumed she would not have to worry about the beautiful English elm tree on the lawn in front of her home. Chase owns the Captain James M. Ellis House, built circa 1865, and she has cherished the English elm that...

NORTH HARWICH — Nearly a month after the brutal attack that almost took its life, Scottie, the seven-year-old Welsh pony, is on the mend. While the close-knit community of equestrians on Cape Cod is still trying to come to grips with the cruelty of the crime, things are beginning to get back to normal, stable owner Claire Bangert said this week. “Scottie is recovering,” she said. The horse is now at a veter...

HARWICH — Representatives of Ember Pizza in Harwich Port were before Interim Town Administrator Joseph Powers last Thursday for a show cause hearing on three noise/entertainment license violations from last summer and fall. This is not the first time the establishment at the corner of Route 28 and Bank Street has faced noise complaints that have been verified by the police department. Ember was before a hearin...

HARWICH — When they start the new school year this fall, Monomoy Regional High School students will be greeted by a dog who’s looking for love, attention, and the scent of marijuana or nicotine. Harwich Police Officer Tom Clarke, the Monomoy High school resource officer, proposed the idea as a means of supporting the school’s ongoing fight against vaping. The dog will be trained to detect marijuana and its a...

Town Meeting To Act On DHY Regional Wastewater Agreement

By: William F. Galvin

YARMOUTH — The cooperation and willingness to move forward with the Dennis, Harwich, Yarmouth Clean Water Community Partnership among selectmen from three towns was evident in a forum last Thursday, as officials put the finishing touches on the operating agreement for upcoming annual town meeting votes. The plan is to put the finishing touches on the three-town agreement this month and for each of the towns to...

HARWICH – Tournament play brought out the best in the Monomoy boys varsity basketball team this week. The Sharks won their first round game against Old Rochester on Feb. 26 before their season came to a heartbreaking end to Jeremiah Burke on Feb. 28. After a stout defensive performance against Old Rochester last Wednesday, the Sharks entered the Div. 3 South Quarterfinals hot. But while Rochester was a tou...