The Brewster Housing Partnership welcomes participation in a housing needs survey to inform the town’s Housing Production Plan update. The plan, last updated five years ago, is expected to be ready by June. It will guide policy decisions over the next five years by identifying housing needs and issues in Brewster and recommending ways to address them, according to information from the town.
The survey is available online through March 31 at: www.tinyurl.com/BrewsterHPP.
Paper copies are available at Town Hall, the Council on Aging or the Brewster Ladies Library. For questions about the Housing Production Plan, contact either Jill Scalise, housing director, at 508-896-3701, ext. 1169 or Donna Kalinick, assistant town administrator, at 508-896-3701, ext. 1130.
Name the beach
Brewster seeks suggestions for a name for the new town beach that will open at the recently acquired Cape Cod Sea Camp property. Submissions may be made starting April 1, and the Select Board will make a decision in May. Details on how to submit a name will be announced later.
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The number of COVID-19 cases in Brewster on a weekly basis has dropped below 10. All told, 1,267 residents have contracted the virus.
Due to lower numbers, there will be changes in town policies. Town offices opened March 22 and will be open Mondays through Thursdays. The Brewster Ladies Library will reopen its meeting rooms in April. The town will permit committees to meet virtually, in person or in a hybrid format beginning in April. It is expected that most meetings will be held in person by June.
The Brewster Housing Trust has issued requests for proposals to develop 90 bedrooms of affordable housing on 16.5 acres of town land off Millstone Road adjacent to Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club. Members received one acceptable proposal back from Preservation of Affordable Housing (POAH) and the Housing Assistance Corporation (HAC). The Trust is due to come before the Select Board later this month to seek approval.
The town also hopes to have the housing needs report, which is being prepared by Housing Director Jill Scalise, to update the situation in town for the next five years, completed by June.
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Brewster has reached an agreement on a new three-year contract with Fire Chief Robert Moran. He’ll get a 2% wage increase along with a 2.75% cost of living adjustment.
“I’ve been very lucky the last 12 (years),” Moran said after receiving accolades from the Select Board.
The Select Board has reviewed rules for the Brewster Dog Park being constructed behind the police station. There were questions about whether children age 6 or younger will be allowed inside the park with unleashed dogs. After a week to review the issue, the Select Board voted 4-1 (with Ned Chatelain opposed) on March 21 to adopt rules prohibiting children in that age range from the park. The tentative opening date for the park is May 21.
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Volunteers are being sought for the annual Beautify Brewster & Earth Day event. The litter cleanup event around the town’s roads and beaches takes place April 23, with an April 24 rain date. Last year’s cleanup involved 116 volunteers covering 27 miles.
For sign-up or information: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
The Brewster Sportsman Club and Civic Center’s Annual Game Dinner will start at 5:30 pm March 28, with hors d’oeuvers to include clam chowder, smoked venison sausage, calamari, smoked turkey, smelt, smoked fish dip and clam fritters.
The dinner at 7 pm will include venison kabobs and meatloaf, clam pie, rice pilaf, green beans and apple crisp.
There will be multiple raffles, including for a Remington 700 .308 Bolt Action with a composite stock gun.
The dinner will be held at the Brewster Sportsman Club, 280 Tubman Road. For tickets (a $30 donation): contact Lisa at 774-353-0262.
Brewster Book Store anniversary
The Brewster Book Store will mark 40 years of “matching readers with books” in April, and will hold a community celebration on April 2.
At 10 am, there will be a children’s party until noon to signify the store’s origin as a children’s bookstore. There will be a magician, author-led make-and-take crafts, story time and more
Happy hour (with drinks, appetizers and more) will be held from 3 to 5 pm with Cape authors Sally Gunning and Robert Finch, and poet Chuck Madansky, there to sign their work.
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From 6 to 8 pm March 31, the bookstore is also starting a monthly author series, “Books and Buzz,” co-hosted with and held at Snowy Owl Coffee Roasters, 2624 Main St. On the last Thursday of each month, they will feature an author(s) who will give a talk/reading and sign their book.
Up first: award-winning author and journalist Nancy Rubin Stuart, who will discuss and sign her newest book, “Poor Richard’s Women.”
Tickets, $25, include admission, a drink and an appetizer platter. Reservations: www.socoffee.com. To reserve a book: www.brewsterbookstore.com.
The Community Preservation Committee is looking to alter its allocation formula, which guides how it distributes funds. Under the current formula, 50% of the funds are used for open space, 10% for historic preservation, 10% for housing, 25% is discretionary and 5% for administration.
After a recent survey, the committee would like to change that to 30% for housing, 30% for open space, 10% historic preservation, 10% outdoor recreation and 15% discretionary, with 5% for administration.
The committee is funded by a tax on real estate sales and at present has allocated $2.8 million in funding for open space, $1.4 million for housing, $1.4 for recreation and $1.9 million for historic preservation through 2027.
Town Meeting will be asked to approve the proposed changes in May.