Chatham News

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...

At least on a trial basis, you're now able to use your computer or smartphone to let town officials know about potholes, clogged storm drains, balky streetlights and other such annoyances. The board of selectmen has authorized a one-year trial of a system called “See Click Fix,” and is waiting to see if the public uses the new technology, or possibly over-uses it. Town Information Technology Director Craig Row...

Wind And Waves Vex Aspiring Ocean Rowers

By: Alan Pollock

The elements seem to be conspiring against two would-be adventurers who are planning to row across the Atlantic this summer. James Caple and Cindy Way remain ashore, waiting for a break in the easterly winds, ocean storms and high seas. “We were really expecting to be able to leave Monday morning first thing,” they wrote Sunday in an email to supporters. They consulted with their weather service Sunday morni...

Water Street Stairs Almost There

By: Tim Wood

The upper portion of the new stairway to the beach at the end of Water Street is in place, with the lower level soon to follow. Funded by a combination of community preservation money and donations from the Old Village Association, the stairs will restore traditional access to the beach at the Chatham Harbor end of the town landing. According to Coastal Resources Director Ted Keon, the bottom section is currently...

“Good things happen to those who wait.” Those were the words of Chairman of Selectmen Jeffrey Dykens at Sunday's dedication of the town's new $11 million fire station. Nobody knows that better than Deputy Fire Chief Peter Connick. When he was hired by the department in 1979 and was shown around the then-27-year-old building, he was told they'd be getting a new station. “They were right,” he said, standing i...

CHATHAM – Chatham Bars Inn has been ordered to stop using the former Chatham Bowling Alley building on Chatham Bars Avenue that it purchased last year. The conservation commission also issued a stop work order to halt paving work on the south side of the building that was within 100 feet of a wetland and had not been permitted. The inn has reportedly been using the former bowling alley building at 45 Chatha...

CHATHAM — Imagine this logistical nightmare: 18 tons of building supplies need to be delivered to a remote island. Boats are impractical, and federal law keeps you from using forklifts or other heavy equipment on the beach. What do you do? You call in military air support. On Friday and Monday, a Jayhawk rescue helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod made nine trips from a staging area at Har...

CHATHAM – For the families of commercial fishermen, there's always that little trepidation in the back of the mind whenever someone is out on the water. Fishing can be a dangerous occupation, and nature is not always cooperative. Although its practicality can be debated, there's no doubt that participating in a blessing of the fleet helps ease those concerns. “It helps all of us, the families, to know that ...