Chatham News

APCC Chief Talks About The Politics Of Water Quality

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — In addition to being a former state environmental official and the current executive director for the Association to Preserve Cape Cod, Andrew Gottleib is a four-term Mashpee selectman. And he knows that if constituents don't speak out about an issue, it won't be a priority for his board. That's why in some towns, wastewater planning hasn't really moved the political needle, he said. “In many resp...

CHATHAM — Thanks to several well-timed rainstorms, the town's water system is keeping up with demand this summer. But officials say that, with another four weeks of summer left, it wouldn't take much more than another heat wave to stress the system beyond capacity. There are also predictions for a warmer-than-usual autumn ahead, Public Works Director Tom Temple told selectmen last week. Water and Sewer A...

CHATHAM – The sandwich board sign announcing the town's farmers market was a familiar and welcome sight to many of the fans of the weekly market. Distinctively hand-lettered by artist Greta Ribb, it conveyed the intensely local and down-to-earth nature of the market. So it's understandable that many, especially the market organizers, were heartbroken when the sign was stolen. And then, unexpectedly, they we...

Second Stage Harbor Rd. Demo Halted

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – The proposed demolition of a home along Stage Harbor Road was halted by the historical commission last week, the second time in recent months the group has put a hold on plans to raze a historic structure in the neighborhood. The action comes as the commission prepares for a meeting Saturday of Stage Harbor Road property owners to discuss the creation of a National Historic Register District in the n...

CHATHAM ─ If it looked like there was a party happening at the Marconi Maritime Center in Chatham on Monday, well, there was. But instead of celebrating all things maritime, this time the museum was looking to the skies as they hosted a festive gathering in honor of the historic partial eclipse. Attendees not only were given special opaque viewing glasses with which to view the moon as it passed in front of ...

CHATHAM – Human remains discovered last Thursday at an Uncle Albert's Drive property during excavation for a swimming pool are thought to be Native American in origin, according to police. Initial examination by a state forensic anthropologist from the Chief Medical Examiner's Office indicated there were two to three sets of remains, which were buried about four feet deep. It appears to have been a family buri...

Sharks In The Park Nets $62K In Online Auction

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – Despite a rough year for Chatham's Sharks in the Park – there were at least four attempted thefts, one of which was successful – the annual art exhibit finished the season with a frenzy. A bidding frenzy, that is. The online auction for the shark-shaped art ended last Friday at noon, and when the numbers were tallied, the total topped all previous auctions. According to Janice Rogers of the Chatha...

Chatham Joins 'Commonwealth Community Compact'

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Agreeing to codify certain state-identified “best practices” in financial management, public accessibility and human resources, Chatham has become the latest Massachusetts municipality to join the Commonwealth Community Compact. The town becomes the 297 th in the state – including every other town on Cape Cod – to join the program. Compact member communities get priority for certain state grant pr...

Cuba Expert Speaks At Eldredge Library

By: Kira Barrett

CHATHAM – On Wednesday, Aug. 23 at 10:30 a.m. Dr. Ted Henken will give a talk at the Eldredge Public Library about the long-fraught relationship between the U.S. and Cuba. “The main areas that I focus on are economic reforms and the emerging micro enterprises in the private sector,” Henken said. Specifically, Henken will explain how an increased access to the internet has affected Cuba’s economy. “Cuba is t...

Human Remains Found At Construction Site

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM -- Human remains were uncovered Thursday at an Uncle Albert's Drive home during excavation for a swimming pool, according to police. In a press release issued Friday morning, police said there appeared to be two to three sets of remains that are "very old," possibly part of a larger burial site. A state anthropologist was scheduled to arrive at the site to work with police to determine the possible ...

CHATHAM — Selectmen Tuesday were given three concepts for rebuilding the busy intersection of Main Street, Crowell Road and Queen Anne Road. But because the first choice made no major changes, and a roundabout was ruled out by engineers, the board chose option three: a wider intersection with new traffic lights and turning lanes on Route 28. That concept will now begin a lengthy public comment and design proce...

Selectmen OK Purchase Of Eldredge Garage Property

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — In a closed-door session Tuesday, selectmen voted to proceed with the purchase of the former Eldredge Garage property at 365 Main St. The terms of the proposed sale were not immediately available, but in January, special town meeting voters appropriated $2.5 million to buy the land for possible use for parking, open space preservation, rest rooms or other public purposes. Selectmen will have the ul...