Chatham News

CHATHAM – Asserting that the former bowling alley building at 45 Chatham Bars Ave. has been used consistently over the years and has never been abandoned, Chatham Bars Inn has appealed a town order to stop all use of the structure. It was only after the town decided it wanted the property for public parking that officials decided the structure was abandoned, the appeal states. The appeal calls the town's claim...

Watchword For Summer Boating Season: Caution

By: Elizabeth Van Wye

Whether on the water for business or fun, boaters in and around Chatham know one thing for sure – nothing about these beautiful salty waterways stays the same for long. Hoping to learn more about the current condition of local waters and harbors as the boating season begins, more than 150 people turned out for Saturday’s Harbor Updates at the Chatham Community Center. The event, sponsored by the Monomoy Yacht ...

CHATHAM – If you're used to getting your gas or snacks at Cumberland Farms in the wee hours of the morning, you're out of luck this summer. Even though the former Cumberland Farms store at 849 Main St. was open 24 hours a day during the summer months, the new store at the downtown rotary won't have around-the-clock hours. Citing the new store's proximity to a residential neighborhood, the planning board rej...

CHATHAM – The opening of the Mitchell River Bridge has been pushed back a week to Monday, June 20. Officials from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation told selectmen last month that the opening of the new drawbridge to traffic was anticipated on June 14, but warned that the date was tentative. Coastal Resources Director Ted Keon said Tuesday that the agency requested that the opening be moved back a ...

Citizens Craft Landscaping Plan For West Chatham

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — With the contentious West Chatham traffic plan now all but decided, a group of citizens is thinking about landscaping, lighting and other features of the new streetscape. The $3.47 million roadway redesign, which includes the elimination of the center turning lane and the construction of roundabouts at the Route 28 intersections of George Ryder and Barn Hill roads, includes a limited amount of landsc...

Town Won't Pursue Eldredge Garage Purchase

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – Selectmen have decided not to pursue purchase of the Eldredge Garage property as a potential municipal parking lot, according to a statement released late Tuesday by Town Manager Jill Goldsmith. A number of factors went into the decision, reached during an executive session May 31, according to Chairman Jeffrey Dykens. Environmental issues were a major concern. The town commissioned a phase one en...

CHATHAM – At this year's “Books In Bloom” event at the Eldredge Public Library, attendees will not only be able to view floral arrangements inspired by their designers' favorite books, but will also be treated to interpretation of classic books by students from Chatham Elementary School. The kids' artwork will be displayed on the front lawn of the library – not unlike the Sharks in the Park exhibit just down t...

CHATHAM — In an effort to avoid a water supply shortage this summer, selectmen have declared a state of water supply conservation, effective June 15. Starting then, and continuing through Sept.15, there will be voluntary restrictions on lawn watering and other non-essential water consumption. If the voluntary steps don't adequately control water use in town, selectmen will consider more stringent measures, pos...

CHATHAM – Bob Gale has fond memories of vacationing in Chatham, so when Jeff Ippoliti, owner of the Chatham Inn at 359 Main, asked if he'd be willing to participate in a “Back to the Future” fundraiser here, there was really no question about his response. Especially when his wife found out about it. “She's usually leery about going to these events,” said Gale, co-creator and co-writer of the series of classic...

Facelift Almost Complete For St. Christopher's

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Completed in part with public funds, the exterior renovation of St. Christopher's Episcopal Church should be nearly finished by the end of this week. “We feel very grateful and honored to be here and to do our part to keep Main Street Chatham looking so quaint and historic and beautiful,” said the Rev. Brian McGurk, the church's rector. About $147,000 in historic preservation funds from the Communi...

CHATHAM ─ Though commercial fishing has changed a great deal since the days of Chatham's forefathers, it's still a profession fraught with unpredictability. Safety precautions help ensure the well-being of a boat and all on board, and every blessing helps, which is why a supportive crowd eagerly ventured to the fish pier Saturday for the annual Women of Fishing Families' Blessing of the Fleet. The Women were...

Honoring The Memory Of Those Who Served

By: Tim Wood

With rain threatening, Chatham held its annual Memorial Day ceremony inside the community center Monday. Dozens of residents joined color guards from the Chatham VFW and Chatham Coast Guard Station, Coast Guard Auxiliary, scouts and local officials in remembrance of those who lost their lives in the nation's conflicts and wars. Master of Ceremonies Ted Miller of the Chatham VFW Post thanked those who attended for...