Chatham News

Chatham, Orleans Selectmen Avert Beach ORV Closure

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Though some practical questions remain, selectmen in Orleans and Chatham have taken steps to prevent a possible closure of a popular stretch of Nauset (North) Beach to off-road vehicles this season. In a joint meeting in Chatham Monday evening, the boards voted unanimously to extend the current intermunicipal agreement for an additional year. Earlier this year, Orleans selectmen sent the Chatham bo...

CHATHAM – At any one time, one to two dozen Monomoy Regional School District students are homeless. This school year, 26 students were technically homeless, defined under the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act as children “who lack fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence.” Currently, 17 students, 1.4 percent of the district's total enrollment, meet that definition. “It does speak to some...

Committee: Stimulate Economy With Child Care

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — The town's economic engine is running smoothly, but a few initiatives – like a new focus on providing affordable child care – could provide some high-octane help for local employees and the companies they work for. That was the word from economic development committee Chairman Luther Bates, who told selectmen last week that his group also favors the creation of new events and festivals to boost the v...

Davis, Taylor Offer Differing Visions, Philosophies

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Selectman Seth Taylor and challenger Shareen Davis underscored their different visions and leadership philosophies during a League of Women Voters debate last Thursday. The two are vying for a single seat on the board of selectmen in the May 11 annual town election. Taylor stressed his experience on the board and his public sector work for the state Department of Youth Services and in the Peace Cor...

For Now, West Chatham Route 28 Plan Moves Ahead

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — At least for the time being, it's all green lights for the controversial West Chatham Route 28 roadway project. On Monday, regional transportation planners opted to keep the project as part of the current Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), triggering a 21-day public comment period before the Cape Cod Metropolitan Planning Organization takes a final vote. Opponents of the roadway plan soug...

CHATHAM – Balancing the student population between Chatham and Harwich elementary schools will likely require changes in the Monomoy School District's regional agreement. Despite efforts to attract more Harwich students to the Chatham school in order to bolster its numbers, there will be one fewer kindergarten class in Chatham next fall, and one more class in Harwich. The adjustment will maintain equitable ...

CHATHAM – For the first time in nearly a decade, the Aunt Lydia's Cove mooring basin is being dredged to ensure commercial fishing boats have enough depth to operate at all tides. Early this week the Barnstable County dredge Codfish was pumping sand from the bottom of the Cove some 5,000 feet to the north onto a private beach off Linnell Lane. The approximately $169,000 project is being funded by four private ...

Stalemate On Route 28 Plan

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — A deadlocked board of selectmen Tuesday failed to endorse the continuation of the West Chatham Route 28 reconstruction project. The vote sends a fresh signal to state officials that the board is divided on the plan, but by itself, it does nothing to stop the project from going forward. Chairman Jeffrey Dykens said board member Seth Taylor called on him to recuse himself from the vote because his wi...

HARWICH – Complaints against two Monomoy Regional School Committee members remain unresolved after both declined to acknowledge that they'd violated the group's conduct policy. Karen Ryder and Sharon Stout were accused by fellow committee member Nancy Scott and eight Monomoy Regional High School department heads of violating sections of the committee's norms and protocols at a March 23 meeting. During a curric...

Supporting The Next Generation Of Fishermen

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — For many years, fighting for a sustainable commercial fishery meant ensuring that there were enough fish in the sea to support the industry. A new sustainability initiative seeks to ensure that, years from now, there are enough fishermen. Though fishing is often a family business, there's never been a coordinated, nationwide effort to train, educate and support the next generation of commercial fis...

CHATHAM — Though they weren't ready to sign a check, selectmen last week gladly signed a letter once again opposing the use of pesticides to control vegetation along Eversource power line rights-of-way. The campaign is being organized by the group Protect Our Cape Cod Aquifer (POCCA), which is also asking Cape towns to contribute to a legal fund. Laura Kelley, president of POCCA, is visiting towns around the C...

Southern Sharks Showing Up On Sharktivity App

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy's Sharktivity smartphone app is usually pretty quiet during the winter and early spring months. The white sharks that visit Cape waters during the summer are usually long gone by the new year, and the first sightings of the season usually don't happen until June. It may have come as a surprise, then, when notifications of shark detections began showing up on the a...