CHATHAM – In a wide ranging discussion, officials launched into preparations for the fiscal 2018 budget last week, touching on topics ranging from staffing levels to ways to fund the town's post-employment benefits obligation. If the current fiscal year is anything to go by, Chatham is doing well financially. Overall growth in property values of 3.8 percent plus higher than anticipated revenue kept the tax rat...
Pumpkin People have returned to Kate Gould Park, in anticipation of this Saturday's annual Oktoberfest celebration. Sponsored by the Chatham Merchants Association, Pumpkin People in the Park is the annual display centered around – what else – pumpkins. Business, non-profit organizations and individuals sponsor a Pumpkin Person, creating a scenario that, in the past, have ranged from simple to complex. Sometime...
By: Alan Pollock
CHATHAM — It might prove unfeasible, but selectmen are asking staff to explore the reuse of the former water department building as a new senior center. The property at 127 Old Harbor Rd., given to the town by the estate of Marion Nickerson Ellis, once served as school district offices and later became the water department's headquarters. It is now mostly vacant, with the adjacent barn used for storage an...
CHATHAM – For the first time in many years, Chatham Elementary School students won't be parading downtown in their Halloween costumes during school hours. Instead, the Halloween parade tradition is being shifted outside of school hours and will be part of an afternoon-long “Halloween Happenings” event including the parade, Monster Mash Bingo and a family cookout held on Friday, Oct. 28. The parade was held ...
By: Tim Wood
Researchers Tag 100 th Great White Shark Since 2009 On Oct. 3, researchers tagged the 100 th great white shark since they began their work among the North Atlantic white shark population in 2009. According to Cynthia Wigren of the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy, which is funding the state division of marine fisheries' five-year shark population study, the shark was named “Casey' after pioneering shark re...
CHATHAM – Selectmen have given the Women's Club of Chatham the go-ahead to install a “Tree of Life” sculpture on an exterior wall at the Eldredge Public Library. The sculpture is a gift to the town from the organization in honor of its 100 th anniversary. “The tree of life seemed to be an appropriate sculpture to go in that area,” Ann Hosmer, chair of the club's centennial gift committee, said at last week...
A toxic plankton bloom prompted state officials to close all of Nantucket Sound to shellfishing Monday. The closure includes all of the waters, flats, bays and embayments along the south coast of Cape Cod. That includes Stage Harbor, Mill Pond, Mitchell River, Forest Beach, Cockle Cove Beach and Ridgevale Beach. In Chatham, waters to the east of Morris Island, including the Southway, Chatham Harbor and the ...
By: Tim Wood
Officials Worry Shoaling May Be Closing Inlet CHATHAM – Following a number of recent incidents, town officials are once again warning that the Chatham Bar is a dangerous place to be this time of year, for both experienced and casual boaters. The deterioration of the channel leading into Chatham Harbor is also raising concerns that it may be filling in. Last Thursday, two Orleans men were thrown from ...
By: Tim Wood
CHATHAM – The Eldredge Public Library is going to the dogs. This weekend through the middle of November are “Dog Days at the EPL.” The library will sponsor a number of canine-related programs, ranging authors of dog-themes books and stories to an appearance by the Yarmouth Police K-9 unit. “Everybody likes dogs,” said Library Director Irene Gillies. There are all sorts of benefits to having a canine compani...
By: Cape Cod Chronicle
CHATHAM – The Chatham Fire Department is hosting an open house at the new fire station at 135 Depot Rd. on Saturday, Oct. 15 from 2 to 4 pm. in support of Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 9 to 15. The event will include fun activities, demonstrations and take-home information for all ages. This year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign is “Don’t Wait: Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years.” The National Fir...
A toxic plankton bloom discovered last week in Buzzard's Bay prompted state officials to close all of Nantucket Sound to shellfishing Monday. The closure includes all of the waters, flats, bays and embayments along the south coast of Cape Cod. That includes Stage Harbor, Mill Pond, Mitchell River, Forest Beach, Cockle Cove Beach and Ridgevale Beach. In Chatham, waters to the east of Morris Island, including...
CHATHAM – Efforts are underway to save the iconic Chatham Harbor-front windmill which was placed under demolition delay by the historical commission last month. Commission Chairman Frank Messina said he's been in touch with representatives of the owners of the 66 Briggs Way property, who want to remove the 86-year-old windmill and build a new house. They're eager to find a new home for the windmill so they can...