Looking into the crystal ball that I recently got from my neighbors’ store in Pocasset, I see another economically strong year for Bourne. The shortage of workers will still plague local businesses, as will the actual plague of COVID-19 in all its variants. We will all be less fearful and more hopeful, however, as the pandemic eases and daily life becomes more normal.

With the opening (finally!) of the Calamar Apartments across Main Street from the community center, Buzzards Bay will have about 150 new residents walking the neighborhood, eating at the newly opened restaurants and shopping downtown. New business development along Main Street has taken off; now we are beginning to see new residential development catch up.

The contractors building the sidewalks to nowhere around Belmont Circle have successfully stalled that project into winter, after a fall of digging up newly laid paving to fix whatever they messed up earlier. Now that the asphalt plants have closed until spring, we can foresee this boondoggle continuing long enough to aggravate travelers passing through Bourne for another season.

And speaking of Massachusetts Department of Transportation projects, we can confidently predict that their engineers and others representing the Army Corps of Engineers will hold yet another public information session in which they will be unable to answer a single question about the proposed canal bridge replacement project because, in their words, “we are not that far along with the project.”

While we are less confident about this next prediction, we do foresee the colorful little bags of dog poop piled up along the canal service roads becoming effective barriers to keep bikes and skaters from falling onto the rocks. It is not likely that they will ever get high enough to block the view, though.

It looks like Cumberland Farms has finally realized that the town has a solid case for closing that ultra-dangerous curb cut into the Bourne Bridge rotary and has given up their legal battle to keep it. Now they want a development that looks more like a turnpike rest area than a gas station, with parking for 175 cars and recreational vehicles. Watch for them to buy the adjacent motel so that they can gain access to the rotary via Trowbridge Road. They already bought the lighthouse, which means one more iconic Bourne roadside attraction will soon disappear.

Finally, the movement of Boston executives, consultants and office workers into working from home during the pandemic has proven so successful for both employees and employers that it will become the new normal. Companies are saving a lot of money on office rent, while workers are saving hours of commuting time, expense and aggravation. This trend has already had a big impact on Bourne’s economy, as many seasonal residents have stayed in their second homes far more than they ever could before, and they are spending more money in local businesses.

Yes, 2022 will be a good year for Bourne. Of course, compared to the last two years, the bar to success has been lowered nearly to ground level. Here’s to you, ’22!

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