CHATHAM – Selectmen have begun digging down into the proposed fiscal 2018 budget, last week reviewing general government, debt and capital spending plans for the coming year. At $2.1 million, the capital budget is up $158,000 over the current year's capital spending, but for the first time since 2012, will be funded completely outside the tax rate. Finance Director Alix Heilala said the source of money for the...
By: Rob Conery
Dogs are going to college and it's not a case of affirmative action run amok. The Cape Cod Commercial Fisherman's Alliance is spearheading a new program to get dogfish into university dining halls. A new “from boat to campus” version of a fish-to-table program is putting the fish on the tables of some of America's leading universities including Yale, UMass, and Ohio State. UMass has already ordered thousand...
CHATHAM – Drs. Michael and Margaret Tompsett were getting ready for a vacation in Cuba when they received a call from Lord Browne of Madingley. Michael Tompsett, he informed them, was to share the £1 million Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering for his work in digital imaging. “We basically took a day of shock, then unpacked our suitcase for Cuba and packed for London – unpacked swimsuits and packed rain coat...
By: Debra Lawless
The “heartwarming and inspiring” story of the 1952 rescue of 32 sailors from the Pendleton, the tanker that broke in two off Cape Cod during a vicious northeaster, represents Chatham’s community spirit at its finest, says Danielle Jeanloz, executive director of the Chatham Historical Society (CHS). “Rarely does a community have a chance to rally like that and have such success,” Jeanloz said Monday. The story ...
By: Cape Cod Chronicle
CHATHAM – Learn mindfulness, the philosophical underpinnings of Hinduism, flower arranging, gardening secrets, how to golf and all about the Cape's freshwater ponds in the spring Learning Series at the Eldredge Public Library. The series of more than 20 programs, which begin this month, is held at the Main Street library (with a few exceptions) and cost a mere $15 each, a true deal considering that many of the...
By: Cape Cod Chronicle Staff
The National Weather Service has hoisted a high wind warning for Cape Cod, reflecting the high winds expected from the most recent coastal storm expected to strike the region. The heavy winds were expected to continue through this evening, with intermittent bands of heavy snow sometimes creating white-out conditions. Sunday afternoon, officials dropped the blizzard watch for the area in favor of a hi...
By: Tim Wood
CHATHAM – “Chatham For The Holidays” is the theme for this year's Fourth of July parade. Independence Day Parade committee chairman Brad Schiff announced the theme at Tuesday's board of selectmen meeting, explaining that it represents the idea that Chatham is a “great place to celebrate all holidays throughout the year, no matter when they fall.” The theme was submitted to the group by long-time summer visi...
By: Tim Wood
CHATHAM – A 32-year-old Chatham man was transported to Cape Cod Hospital after his pickup truck crashed through street signs, mailboxes, a stone wall and knocked out a utility pole before flipping over on Shore Road Saturday night . Police received a call reporting the crash at about 9 p.m. When they arrived they found an overturned 2001 Toyota Tundra pickup truck and a long trail of damage along the road, acc...
By: Tim Wood
CHATHAM – Town officials have asked Congressman William Keating to refile legislation to define the western boundary of the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge. In September Keating filed a bill to reverse the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's claim to between 3,000 and 4,000 acres of submerged lands in Nantucket Sound west of the refuge. But the legislation expired when the last Congress adjourned and has to be f...
CHATHAM – The value of commercial shellfish landed in town grew last year, but officials are concerned that the shifting sands along the east coast could make the most productive areas inaccessible. The 7 percent increase in the value of the catch is based on a per-pound price assigned by the state division of marine fisheries, according to Shellfish Constable Renee Gagne. Chatham's numbers are probably a bit ...
CHATHAM – Legend has it that it was the late boatyard owner Skip Hall who gave Paul Lucas the nickname Captain Eelgrass. The fisherman's boat, is seems, was notorious for the amount of sea vegetation that clung to its hull. It was in 1983 that the name gained notoriety after a cooking fire nearly burned down Mr. Lucas' house. Friends took an ad in the newspaper for the “Captain Eelgrass Cooking School” featuri...
By: Alan Pollock
CHATHAM — Driven by personnel costs, and particularly overtime expenses, the town's public safety budget requests are up 5.92 percent over the current year's spending plan. The police and fire department budgets make up the majority of the $6.18 million request, though the figure also includes the animal control officer, emergency management, oil pollution control and a contribution to the Cape and Islands e...