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You have probably seen the stunning Cape Cod statistics detailing how few houses are on the market for under $1 million — just 149 in March, down from 1,000 two years ago. The median price for a single-family home on the Cape is $650,000 — up $214,000 in just two years. In other words, it’s a sellers’ market, and problems with tight and expensive housing have been exacerbated by the pandemic. “We’ve sort...

Cape Cod Healthcare (CCHC) wants to know what you think about healthcare and related issues on Cape Cod. To that end, the group has issued a Community Health Needs Assessment. It must be completed by May 13. “It really gives you a lot of great data, specifically for Cape Cod,” Jennifer Cummings, CCHC’s associate director of development and community benefits, said in a telephone interview last week. “It rea...

When Luke Chapman, CEO and founder of Del Mar Vacations, was a teen, he had a summer job cleaning rental houses between renters. Chapman’s parents, Wes and Susan, were teachers who bought several small cottages in the 1990s to rent out in the summer. Susan Chapman also ran a B&B with three suites in Wellfleet, and Chapman, helping with those guests, observed up-close what it means to be gracious in the hos...

Senior Page: Upcoming Activities At Local Senior Centers

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Chatham The following council on aging programs and events are scheduled in the coming weeks. Most require registration. For more information, to register for a program, to get help with Zoom or Teams or find out about transportation, contact the senior center at 508-945-5190. On Thursday, April 14 from noon to 1 p.m. celebrate spring’s arrival with a free Hello Spring drive-through luncheon at the Stony ...

A humorous staple of old TV shows is a character who, after he indicates he has a pain in his neck, is grabbed by a chiropractor who then cracks his neck and immediately relieves the pain. A more modern version of this are YouTube video compilations of “greatest cracks.” Chatham chiropractor Troy Niezgoda, who will celebrate the one-year anniversary of opening his practice at 60F Munson Meeting Way on May 1...

Fishing: Man Overboard

By: Bill Amaru

Going to sea for 50 years you get to experience some remarkable events. Of equal importance are the stories you hear of others. I was just starting commercial fishing in 1972 and listened a great deal to what was said around the dock. There were many middle aged and older fishermen who had come up in the 1940s and '50s. Some of the best were from Nova Scotia, Canada, and had come to the Cape for a better life fro...

Imagine this: You’re running a small business or non-profit and someone posts a devastating review online. What do you do? Your instinct might be to defend your business in front of the world, thus providing entertainment for anyone who reads that platform. Or do you keep quiet? Or is there a third way? As well as dealing with online complaints, you may find that branding your group and keeping up with toda...

Upcoming Activities At Local Councils On Aging

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Chatham Council On Aging The following council on aging programs and events are scheduled during March. Most require registration. For more information, to register for a program, get help with Zoom or find out about transportation, contact the senior center at 508-945-5190. AARP tax aide income tax preparation assistance is scheduling appointments through mid April. Free federal and state income tax pr...

Cape Cod Tileworks Shifting Gears After 27 Years

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – The doors to the Cape Cod Tileworks shop are closed, but the tile and design work the company has performed from Main Street in Harwich Center for the past 27 years will continue. “ We bought this place with a handshake from Don Bates,” Lane Meehan said of the 1994 purchase of one of the Three Sisters historic Greek Revival structures in the village. Lane and Tom Meehan also purchased a...

Free Tax Preparation Available For Local Seniors

By: Debra Lawless

It’s that time of year again—tax season. Need help filing your taxes? The Chatham, Harwich and Orleans Councils on Aging (COA) can help. For those who are ages 50 and over and of low and moderate income, appointments are available with the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide services. The services are free. “This is very popular,” says Debbie Mayhew, Chatham COA department assistant. To be sure you are able to schedul...

We have all heard slogans such as “shop local” on Small Business Saturday, designated as the Saturday after Thanksgiving since 2010. Local businesses often hold sales on Small Business Saturday, or invite Santa in to greet shoppers. In 2021 shopping locally held an additional attraction: You could bring your purchases home with you, and not risk them not arriving by Christmas due to shipping backups. Many p...

Despite the ongoing pandemic and the cold of winter, seniors can still step forward to help people of all ages in our local communities by volunteering through the AmeriCorps Seniors RSVP of Cape and the Islands. The group is always looking for volunteers who must be over 55, says Stefanie Paventy, the local director of AmeriCorps Seniors RSVP, based in South Dennis. Currently, RSVP is collecting items that...