Chatham News

Online Mooring System Cut Loose

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – The town's problematic online mooring permit renewal system is being scrapped. Instituted more than three years ago, the system had low use by mooring permit holders as well as technical issues that did not produce the functionality or savings in staff time that were anticipated, said Director of Natural Resources Robert Duncanson. “We just didn't see the efficiency we thought we would,” he said. ...

CHATHAM — Though there seems to be plenty of common ground when it comes to the landscaping and lighting needs for the new West Chatham Route 28 corridor, deep divisions remain about the underlying traffic plan. The board of selectmen heard a report from the planning board and historic business district commission last Tuesday about proposed landscaping and lighting options for the roadway, which is slated for...

Skull Found On Atwood House Museum Grounds

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM -- A human skull thought to be more than 100 years old was found by landscapers on the grounds of the Atwood House Museum Friday morning. Workers from Luciano's Landscaping were preparing the back lawn of the Stage Harbor Road museum, owned by the Chatham Historical Society, for the winter when they came across the partially buried skull, according to museum Executive Director Danielle Jeanloz. The ...

CHATHAM – In 1959, Morton Dean was a young reporter working for a radio station in Mount Kisco, N.Y. That summer, he decided to go someplace interesting on his vacation, someplace where news was happening so he could also file a report for his station. He flew to Miami and then got on a small plane for the short flight to Havana, Cuba. “You could still do that then,” said Dean, an Emmy Award-winning newsman wh...

30-year Evolution Of Chatham From Space

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Time-lapse images taken over a 30-year period by Landsat satellites, compiled by Google and released by Time Magazine, include a 10-second glimpse of three decades of evolution of Chatham's barrier beaches.  Chatham is among dozens of locations across the globe highlighted in the video, which was initially put together by NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey and then cleaned up and assembled into one video monta...

SOUTH CHATHAM — For adolescents and teens who are addicted to alcohol or other drugs, functioning in a regular high school can be an insurmountable challenge. Though most people aren't aware of them, Massachusetts has five “recovery high schools” that help meet the special needs of youngsters struggling to break addiction. Local advocates are now asking whether it's time for the Cape to have its own recove...

CHATHAM – The town Christmas tree at Sears Park will light up Friday evening to kick off the 38 th annual Christmas by the Sea celebration. This marks the 38 th annual holiday celebration sponsored by the Chatham Merchants Association. “It's older than I am!” said merchants president Rebecca Voelkel. There are two new elements added to the festivities this year. The first commemorative “Chatham Christm...

CHATHAM — Unbeknownst to most residents, several people have taken their own lives in the last two to three months in Chatham. In response, the Samaritans are starting a new support group at the Eldredge Library for loved ones left behind by suicide. “It's a community that's really in need right now,” said Stephanie Kelly, Executive Director of the Samaritans on Cape Cod and the Islands . The Samaritans, be...

Give A Toy, Cast A Vote!

By: Alan Pollock

Toys for older kids and teens are particularly needed, along with gift cards and monetary gifts. The toys will be distributed to local children in time for the holidays. Organizers say donations are lagging this year and contributions are needed right away. Vote early, vote often!

CHATHAM – Three and a half years years of work by Cynthia Wigren, executive director and co-founder of The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy, paid off this fall when the Massachusetts Department of Transportation announced that the great white shark license plate sponsored by the non-profit group had reached the state's pre-order minimum. The new plates, with a design featuring a great white shark, two strip...

CHATHAM – Nearly two years after it dipped below 6,000, the town's official population figure has once again risen above that milestone, thanks to last month's presidential election. It's not unusual for voter registration to spike during a presidential election year, said Town Clerk Julie Smith. That in turn leads to an increase in the official count of the total number of residents in town, which is based bo...