Chatham News

CHATHAM – An email sent Monday by Selectman Amanda Love to her fellow board members appears to have violated the state Open Meeting Law and at least the spirit of the town charter. Noting the upcoming retirement of Fire Chief Michael Ambriscoe, the email asks that the board discuss promoting Deputy Fire Chief Peter Connick to the chief's position. Under the town's charter, the town manager is responsible fo...

Officials Debate Value Of Eldredge Garage Property

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — In the summertime, a parking space in downtown Chatham can be priceless. But breaking down the potential cost of the Eldredge Garage property, depending on how the land is used, the price of a parking space there can be pegged at somewhere between $20,000 and $50,000. Speaking for a coalition of business owners and residents seeking to have the town acquire the land at the upcoming Jan. 23 special ...

CHATHAM – Justin Post, the town's building commissioner for the past four years, has resigned to take the top building department job in Wellfleet. Post's last day on the job was Friday. He starts his new position of building inspector in Wellfleet Jan. 23. “I am honored to have served the people, businesses, and contractors of the town of Chatham and also as honored to have learned from and to have worked ...

CHATHAM – This past summer, the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge attracted more plovers and terns than previous years, although productivity was mixed. According to a report by refuge wildlife biologist Kate Iaquinto, more piping plovers and terns nested on Monomoy this summer, and while tern productivity was up, fewer plover chicks fledged than last year. The refuge saw 52 pairs of federally-threatened plo...

CHATHAM — Though the headline article is the acquisition of the former Eldredge Garage property, the Jan. 23 special town meeting has a few other items to pique voter interest. The board of selectmen voted last week to close the warrant, which contains 11 articles. Selectmen voted 4-1 to recommend approval of Article 4, the acquisition of the Eldredge Garage land at 365 Main St., for possible use as open ...

The Big Dig: Shoveling Out From The First Big Snow Of 2017

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

When dawn broke Sunday, Lower Cape residents were greeted by about a foot of snow.  Official measurements were still being made, and the region was still expecting an additional inch of two of snow from ocean-effect squalls throughout the day.  Those who ventured out to shovel were greeted by bitterly cold temperatures. Read more, and see updated information and cancellations on our Storm Center page . ...

CHATHAM – The Avis Chase cottages in the Old Village, vacant for the past two seasons, may once again host visitors from Philadelphia this summer. In a decision handed down last month, the Massachusetts Appeals Court reversed a Barnstable Superior Court decision awarding the three properties to the Young Women's Christian Association of Boston. The Boston organization had sued the Young Women's Christian Assoc...

Iconic Shorefront Windmill To Be Moved

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – An iconic windmill that's been a landmark along the town's eastern shoreline for nearly 90 years will be preserved, although in a new location. The process is underway to move the windmill at 66 Briggs Way, constructed as a summer cottage in about 1930, onto neighboring property owned by the grand niece of Herbert Briggs, the man who built the windmill cottage and two other homes in the area. The ...

CHATHAM – On Jan. 2, 1987, Cape Cod was engulfed in a fierce northeaster. Winds gusted to 68 miles per hour, driving an eight- to 12-foot storm surge, adding to tides already unusually high due to a full moon and a rare celestial alignment called syzygy. When the afternoon high tides sent waves crashing over a narrow section of North Beach opposite Chatham Light, few anticipated that the impact of the “breakth...

CHATHAM – A proposal to require that all letters sent to boards, committees and commissions be read out loud at public hearings was rejected by the board of selectmen last week. The board declined to include a general bylaw amendment regarding the reading of correspondence at public hearings on the warrant of the Jan. 23 special town meeting. A majority of board members felt the bylaw impinged on the rights of...