Chatham News

CHATHAM – There are those who like sharks, and those who really like sharks. And can't keep their hands off them. Once again, the Sharks in the Park have proven just too tempting. Video surveillance cameras recently captured someone attempting to steal one of the sharks from Kate Gould Park. Luckily, the five-foot painted fish, mounted on a long metal rod, was either too big or too unwieldy – or both – for ...

CHATHAM – The fight over the Monomoy Wildlife Refuge's western boundary is headed to Congress. Rep. William Keating told town officials last week that he would file a bill to limit the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's authority to Monomoy's low water line. If approved, the legislation would end a two-year-long dispute over jurisdiction over some 3,000 acres of Nantucket Sound open water and sea bottom west of ...

CHATHAM – Former selectman and long-time service station operator Ben Goodspeed has been named as the marshal of this year's Independence Day parade. Goodspeed will lead off the parade riding in a 1954 Willys Jeep, according to Independence Day Parade Committee Chairman Brad Schiff. “Well over 90” parade entries have been received for the event, which attracts thousands of people to Main Street every year, ...

Author Recounts World War I 'Attack On Orleans'

By: Debra Lawless

During WWI, the only known attack by the Germans on American soil took place on Nauset Beach in Orleans. July 21, 1918 dawned a “hot and hazy day,” author Jake Klim told a standing-room-only audience at the Atwood House Museum last Sunday. Klim now lives in North Bethesda, Md., where he works in television production. Growing up on Cape Cod, references to the events of that day in Orleans intrigued him. In 201...

After a hiatus, the James Baran Memorial Scholarship, sponsored by The Cape Cod Chronicle for Monomoy Dollars for Scholars in memory of longtime Chronicle columnist Jim Baran, is once again helping a student to reach her dreams. The student who has been awarded the $500 scholarship is Monomoy Regional High School graduate Hannah Thacher of Harwich, who will attend Husson University in Maine in the fall. Thac...

CHATHAM ─ On the table in front of James Hereford and Ruth Drake stands the state of Maine's highest peak, Mt. Katahdin. Nearby, on another table, stands the Empire State Building, and not too far from that, Seattle's renowned Space Needle. Glance around and the keen observer might also spot a Hawaiian volcano, a Floridian manatee, and the Colorado state flag. In fact, the entire cafeteria at Chatham Elementary...

Two Injured In Helicopter Crash In Crow's Pond

By: Tim Wood Location: 204 Crow's Pond Rd.

CHATHAM PORT – Two people were seriously injured Friday afternoon when a helicopter crashed into shallow water at the edge of Crow's Pond. The pilot, John Ryan, 48, of Scituate, and a passenger, Tyra Pacheco, 48, of Acushnet, were extricated from the wreckage at the edge of the tidal pond and taken by ambulance to Hyannis.  Ryan was in serious condition at Cape Cod Hospital, while Pacheco was flown to Massachu...

CHATHAM -- There's no doubt now: the sharks are here. A male great white shark named "Scratchy" that was tagged last year was detected Thursday off Monomoy. Shark researchers detected Scratchy Thursday in Shark Cove, off South Monomoy Island. Named for the scratches on its body probably inflicted by seals, Scratchy was tagged by Dr. Greg Skomal and his team last August as part of a five-year population stud...

Keating To File Monomoy Legislation

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM -- Congressman William Keating told town officials Wednesday that he would file legislation to change the western boundary of the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge to mean low water. Selectman Seth Taylor said he and Town Manager Jill Goldsmith met with Keating in his Washington, D.C. office and asked him to file the legislation to roll back what many feel is an overreach by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife S...

Police Called to Airport Com Meeting

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – Police were called to Monday night's airport commission meeting after the chairman determined the audience had become too disruptive. Chairman Peter Donovan said he asked Airport Manager Tim Howard to summon the police after an audience member took the podium against his direction and refused to sit down. The commission had just voted to approve a financial interest disclosure from Howard when the...

Middle Schoolers Lauded For Carbon Initiative

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Besting kids from other top schools in Massachusetts, a group of Monomoy Middle School students has earned top honors in an energy conservation initiative. They did it by helping their classmates kick the bottle. Seventh graders in Nancy Gifford's class tallied how many single-use water bottles were used in the school – more than 1,000 in about two weeks – and then conducted serious research about th...

Beach Managers Prepare For 2016 Shark Season

By: Alan Pollock

ORLEANS — Researchers, first responders and beach managers gathered last week for their last white shark working group session before the start of the 2016 beach season. They talked about a new internal communication network that will allow officials to instantly share reports of shark sightings, and also discussed the progress on launching the new “Sharktivity” app that will allow citizens to receive and report ...