Chatham News

Police Called to Airport Com Meeting

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – Police were called to Monday night's airport commission meeting after the chairman determined the audience had become too disruptive. Chairman Peter Donovan said he asked Airport Manager Tim Howard to summon the police after an audience member took the podium against his direction and refused to sit down. The commission had just voted to approve a financial interest disclosure from Howard when the...

Middle Schoolers Lauded For Carbon Initiative

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Besting kids from other top schools in Massachusetts, a group of Monomoy Middle School students has earned top honors in an energy conservation initiative. They did it by helping their classmates kick the bottle. Seventh graders in Nancy Gifford's class tallied how many single-use water bottles were used in the school – more than 1,000 in about two weeks – and then conducted serious research about th...

Beach Managers Prepare For 2016 Shark Season

By: Alan Pollock

ORLEANS — Researchers, first responders and beach managers gathered last week for their last white shark working group session before the start of the 2016 beach season. They talked about a new internal communication network that will allow officials to instantly share reports of shark sightings, and also discussed the progress on launching the new “Sharktivity” app that will allow citizens to receive and report ...

CHATHAM – It's being billed as “A walk back to the future – Chatham’s newest oldest wooden drawbridge.” On Monday, June 20 at 4:30 p.m., a ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at the new Mitchell River Drawbridge. Underway for the past two years, the $14 million project was done under the direction of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) with funding through the Federal Accelerated Bridge P...

CHATHAM – It is possible that we may soon know precisely where the 17 th century homestead of Chatham’s first European settlers William and Anne Busby Nickerson is hidden. An archaeological survey of the Nickerson Family Association (NFA) grounds on Chatham History Weekend, June 18, may help solve the longstanding mystery. Archaeologist Craig S. Chartier will explore the NFA grounds using a metal detector and...

CHATHAM – The town has a new conservation agent, its third in six months. Molly Edson began work last Wednesday, taking over the post vacated earlier this year by Paul Wightman, who moved over to part-time assistant conservation agent. Wightman became conservation agent last December following the resignation earlier in the year of Kristin Andres. Originally from Newburyport, Edson comes to the job from Flo...

CHATHAM – The town's museums will throw open their doors Friday, Saturday and Sunday to celebrate Chatham History Weekend. Sponsored by Historic Chatham, a cooperative group of the town's museums and history organizations, Chatham History Weekend aims to acquaint locals and visitors alike with the rich historical assets Chatham has to offer. The event includes a mix of new exhibits, demonstrations, book sig...

Police Called to Airport Com Meeting

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – Police were called to Monday night's airport commission meeting after the chairman determined the audience had become too disruptive. Chairman Peter Donovan said he asked Airport Manager Tim Howard to summon the police after an audience member took the podium against his direction and refused to sit down. The commission had just voted to approve a financial interest disclosure from Howard when the...

CHATHAM – You aren't likely to see it going 88 miles per hour down Main Street, but a 1982 DeLorean is taking many people in town back in time this week. The car, a reproduction of the time machine in the 1985 film “Back to the Future,” is in town as part of in a series of fundraisers centered on the popular movie trilogy benefiting the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. A near-exact copy o...

'Taste Of Chatham' Taking The Summer Off

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — The summer of 2017 will be tasteless. For the first time in nearly 30 years, the Taste of Chatham is taking a one-year hiatus. Organizers at Monomoy Community Services (MCS) are getting the word out that a new and improved version of the signature summer event will return in 2017. Theresa Malone, executive director of MCS, said the event has been going strong for 28 years and needs a bit of a “fac...

CHATHAM – Although there's no evidence of great white sharks having arrived in local waters yet, beachgoers and boaters are on the lookout. Late Sunday afternoon, passengers aboard the Rip Ryder charter boat spotted a six-foot-long shark on the west side of North Monomoy Island. The shark was swimming in the area of seals and then beached itself, arching its back and wriggling back into the water before swimmi...