Chatham News

Eldredge Library Sponsors Month-long 'Dog Days'

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – The Eldredge Public Library is going to the dogs. This weekend through the middle of November are “Dog Days at the EPL.” The library will sponsor a number of canine-related programs, ranging authors of dog-themes books and stories to an appearance by the Yarmouth Police K-9 unit. “Everybody likes dogs,” said Library Director Irene Gillies. There are all sorts of benefits to having a canine compani...

Chatham FD Hosts Open House

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

CHATHAM – The Chatham Fire Department is hosting an open house at the new fire station at 135 Depot Rd. on Saturday, Oct. 15 from 2 to 4 pm. in support of Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 9 to 15. The event will include fun activities, demonstrations and take-home information for all ages. This year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign is “Don’t Wait: Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years.” The National Fir...

A toxic plankton bloom discovered last week in Buzzard's Bay prompted state officials to close all of Nantucket Sound to shellfishing Monday. The closure includes all of the waters, flats, bays and embayments along the south coast of Cape Cod. That includes Stage Harbor, Mill Pond, Mitchell River, Forest Beach, Cockle Cove Beach and Ridgevale Beach. In Chatham, waters to the east of Morris Island, including...

CHATHAM – Efforts are underway to save the iconic Chatham Harbor-front windmill which was placed under demolition delay by the historical commission last month. Commission Chairman Frank Messina said he's been in touch with representatives of the owners of the 66 Briggs Way property, who want to remove the 86-year-old windmill and build a new house. They're eager to find a new home for the windmill so they can...

CHATHAM – Beth Fouhy didn't intentionally follow her father, noted journalist Ed Fouhy, into the news business. Growing up, she took for granted the informed, lively family conversations about politics and current events. “I think I had to leave home and go to college, go to friends homes for dinner and find out they had less interesting dinner conversations,” she said. Fouhy, senior political editor for NB...

Pumpkin People Are Coming Back

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

CHATHAM – With autumn temperatures sweeping in over the past week, the Pumpkin People aren't be far behind. Sponsored by the Chatham Merchants Association, Pumpkin People in the Park is the annual display set up in Kate Gould Park centered around – what else – pumpkins. Business, non-profit organizations and individuals sponsor a Pumpkin Person, creating a scenario that, in the past, have ranged from simple to...

Selectmen Vote To Fight Skydive Claim

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — In an assertion of the town's legal “sovereign immunity” to legal nuisance claims, the board of selectmen has voted to appeal a recent Barnstable Superior Court ruling to the Massachusetts Appeals Court, over the issue of skydiving. Following Judge Robert Rufo's Sept. 13 ruling that skydiving opponents can proceed with their legal effort to block skydiving at the Chatham airport, Town Counsel Patrick...

CHATHAM — Volunteering with a nonprofit group, Chatham contractor John Marsh recently traveled to Haiti to build a simple home for a needy family and to share modern construction tips with local builders. But by the end of the adventure, he knew that he was the one who'd received the education. “I'm not a world traveler,” said 34-year-old Marsh. A manager with Eastward Homes, the family business, he admitted...

AG To Sue Feds Over Monomoy Refuge Claim

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – The battle for jurisdiction over the waters west of the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge may be headed to court. Attorney General Maura Healey announced Tuesday that she has notified the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service of her office's intention to file a lawsuit against the federal government to confirm state ownership of more than 4,000 acres of water and submerged land in Nantucket Sound west of the...

Mass AG To Fight Feds Over Monomoy Refuge Claim

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced Tuesday that she intends to file suit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to confirm the state's ownership of thousands of acres of submerged lands bordering the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge. “Communities in Massachusetts have led the country in protecting marine ecosystems while supporting a modern and robust fishing and shellfishing industry,” ...

Selectmen Vote To Fight Skydive Claim

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — In an assertion of the town's “sovereign immunity” to legal nuisance claims, the board of selectmen has voted to appeal a recent Barnstable Superior Court ruling to the Massachusetts Appeals Court, over the issue of skydiving. Following Judge Robert Rufo's Sept. 13 ruling that skydiving opponents can proceed with their legal effort to block skydiving at the Chatham airport, Town Counsel Patrick Coste...

Residents Critique West Chatham Landscaping Plan

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Few local issues in recent memory have been more divisive than the debate over the West Chatham roadway redesign. But there was plenty of common ground in last week's meeting on how the corridor should be landscaped. The state's plan to install trees, shrubs and grasses along the renovated stretch Route 28 between George Ryder Road and Barn Hill Road is good, but more landscaping would further enha...