Affordable housing opportunity in Chatham; Barnstable COA van drivers wanted; Orleans semi-annual flushing; No Amnesty Day in Wellfleet; Orleans Gift House to open on April 9th; Open Space and Recreation Plan meeting in Harwich

Gift House at Orleans Transfer Station to open April 9th

The salvage operation on the grounds of the Orleans town transfer station will open again on Friday, April 9, 2010. During the spring, the Gift House will be open for browsing and donations on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The days of operation will expand after Memorial Day to include Mondays and Tuesdays through-out the summer season.

Individuals must have a dump sticker to visit the Gift House. Please follow the rules and do not leave things dropped off in front when the Gift House is closed. If you have questions about what is acceptable for drop-off, the Orleans town website has a complete list of rules.

Are you interested in volunteering at the Gift House? The duties include receiving items as they are dropped off, as well as helping with cleaning and organizing. Volunteers work only two hour shifts with another worker.  Anybody wanting to sign up, please call director of volunteers, Joan Reed at 508-255-5363 or email [email protected].

Courtesy of the Orleans Chamber of Commerce.


Open Space and Recreation Plan meeting scheduled for April 14th

Harwich will hold a presentation and public comment on the draft final of the Open Space and Recreation Plan 2010 on Wednesday, April 14th at 7 p.m. The meeting will be held in the Griffin Hearing Room of the Town Hall on Main Street.

Copies of the draft final are available at the Conservation Department or online here.

Courtesy of the Town of Harwich.


No Amnesty Day in Wellfleet this year

The town of Wellfleet has announced that there will be no Amnesty Day at the transfer station this year.

Also, beginning April 20, 2010, the transfer station will be open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The last recyclables of the day will be accepted at 3:30 p.m.

Courtesy of the Town of Wellfleet.


Water main flushing in Orleans begins on April 21st

The semi-annual flushing of the water mains in Orleans will begin on Wednesday, April 21, 2010 and will continue for approximately 3 weeks. All flushing will be done during the day from 8am to 4pm, Monday through Friday.

The flushing schedule can be found here. In addition to road signs and daily radio station announcements on 99.9 WQRC AND OCEAN 104.7, channels 17 & 18 will also be running flushing notices during the program.

People in the immediate area of scheduled flushing should try not to use water. If water is called for during flushing, rust infiltration could be experienced; possibly harming water heaters and plumbing. Along with holding off using water, it is a good idea to shut off the water supply to ice makers during these particular hours.

If homeowners experience discolored water, they should let cold water run until the water runs clear – to help conserve, homeowners could use the extra water for their plants and gardens.

Courtesy of the Town of Orleans.


Affordable housing opportunity in Chatham

The Town of Chatham is pleased to announce that it is now accepting applications for a Ready to Rent List for Affordable Accessory Apartments.  This Ready to Rent List will be used in conjunction with the Town of Chatham’s Affordable Accessory Dwelling Unit Program.

Applications are available NOW at the following locations: Chatham Housing Authority, 240 Crowell Road; Chatham Town Hall; Chatham Community Center and Eldredge Public Library; during normal business hours for each location: or by visiting the following websites at or or give us a call at 508-945-0478 and we will send you the application.

In order to qualify your household income must not exceed:

  • 1 Person - $43,450
  • 2 Person - $49,700
  • 3 Person - $55,900
  • 4 Person - $62,100
  • 5 Person - $67,050
  • 6 Person - $72,050

There will be two Information Sessions regarding this program to be held at the Chatham Community Center on Wednesday, March 24, 2010 at 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Wednesday, April 7, 2010 at 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Application deadline is May 18, 2010 at 3:00 p.m.

Children welcomed.

Please R.S.V.P. so that we may have space available, by 3:00 p.m. by March 22 for the March information session and April 5 for the April information session.

The following information will be covered at both meetings:  Landlord/Tenant Rights and Responsibilities; Ready to Rent List requirement of the prospective Tenants and use by the prospective Landlords; Deed Restrictions; Income Limits; and Eligibility Guidelines for prospective Tenants and Landlords.

Courtesy of the Town of Chatham.


Volunteer van drivers needed for the Barnstable Senior Center

The Barnstable Senior Center has a handicapped accessible, 9 passenger, service van providing transportation to Barnstable seniors for medical appointments and shopping. We have a need for Monday and Thursday mornings 8am-12pm and 2pm-4pm Monday through Friday.

The Adult Supportive Day Program has expanded number-wise and also geographically, so we need two vans to transport daily.

CDL license is not required.

Requirements are a good driving record, a basic knowledge of major roads in Barnstable, a CORI check and you are required to attend trainings.

A four-hour, one day a week, 8am to noon or noon to 4pm commitment is desirable. Call Judy Redd at 508-862-4752 for more information and a volunteer application.

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