Most meetings are being held in person, but some are still remote or virtual. Go to eastham-ma.gov/calendar-by-event-type/16 and click on the meeting you are interested in to learn about meeting locations and any remote options that may be offered.
Thursday, April 7
- Board of Assessors, 11 a.m., Town Hall
- Cape Cod Commission, Eastham District of Critical Planning Concern, 3 p.m., virtual
- Zoning Board of Appeals, 5 p.m., Town Hall
- Cultural Council, 6 p.m., Town Hall
Monday, April 11
- Climate Action Committee, 5 p.m., Town Hall
- Select Board, 5:30 p.m., Town Hall
Tuesday, April 11
- Taxation Aid Committee, 11 a.m., Town Hall
- Cape Cod Commission, 5:30 p.m., virtual
- Conservation Commission, 6 p.m., virtual
Thursday, April 14
- Affordable Housing Trust, 9 a.m., Town Hall
- Nauset Regional School Committee, 6 p.m., virtual
Town Election Preview
With the ballot for next month’s town election set, an open seat on the Eastham Housing Authority is going begging. In fact, there may be just one member remaining after the May 17 election.
Already the board has an open seat on what is supposed to be a five-member body. If Mary Beth O’Shea’s expiring five-year term goes unfilled, only Jerry Cerasale and Edward Brookshire will remain. If Cerasale wins his uncontested bid for select board, he will have to give up that seat.
Town Administrator Jacqui Beebe stated by email that there is simply a lack of interest in the board.
The housing authority currently manages 13 affordable rental units in town, Cerasale told the Independent. He wants to revitalize the group by appointing members via the select board, which can be done after the town election. One of those members would ideally be a tenant, he said, which is required by the state but has not happened.
For those who like to follow contested races, this election will be lacking. The only race with more candidates than positions is a two-year term on the Eastham Elementary School Committee, which must be filled because Benten Niggel resigned last year. EESC veteran Mary Lou Sette, who was named an interim member after Niggel’s resignation, will pass the torch to either Erin C.S. Ellis or Debra Raymond.
Ann Crozier seeks another three-year term on the Eastham Elementary School Committee. Newcomer Eric Shannon is running unopposed for the other school committee seat. Moira Noonan-Kerry is the sole Eastham candidate running for one seat on the Nauset Regional School Committee. Ian Kerig Hamilton and Joanna W. Stevens are running for two three-year terms on the Eastham Library Board of Trustees.
Along with Cerasale, Suzanne Bryan is running unopposed for select board.
Money for Ukraine
The Friends of the Eastham Council on Aging Thrift Store is donating all of its profits from the past two weekends, $2,281, to aid World Central Kitchen’s efforts to feed Ukrainians affected by the Russian invasion.
“The seniors don’t have a tremendous amount of money. Giving through coming in to buy something at our shop, it’s a win-win,” said Pat Lariviere, council on aging president and shop volunteer. “On the other side, we’re getting people who are donating really good things that people can reuse, something that’s been valuable to them that they don’t want to see thrown out.”
The FECOA Thrift Store is at 580 Massasoit Road. The shop accepts donations on Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is open to shoppers Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. —Cam Blair