Chatham News

CHATHAM – With docking space at a premium, town officials are considering ending the U.S. Coast Guard's lease at the fish pier's north jog. The Aunt Lydia's Cove committee last week voted to recommend to selectmen that the lease, which ends next fall, not be renewed. Nobody wants the Coast Guard to vacate the premises, however. The Aunt Lydia's Cove and waterways advisory committee are reviewing options for...

Voters To Decide Two Important County Races

By: Alan Pollock

In a year when presidential politics is obscuring other news and the November election ballot is also crowded with a Congressional race, a State Senate contest and four ballot questions, it might be easy to miss two contested races for county office. But voters are deciding a hotly contested two-way race for Barnstable County Sheriff, and a four-way race for two seats on the board of county commissioners. Sher...

Police Searching For Missing Chatham Man

By: Tim Wood

Chatham police were searching Saturday for a missing 24-year-old man who was last seen on foot in the area of the Lighthouse Beach parking area. Matthew J. Amsler, 24, of Chatham, was described in a press release as a white male, five feet ten inches tall with brown hair.  He was last seen wearing a red plaid long-sleeve shirt, tan pants and black shoes. He was reported missing at 10 p.m. Friday by his wife. ...

Consortium Seeks To Purchase Eldredge Garage Land

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — A consortium of business owners and residents has signed a purchase and sale agreement for the Eldredge Garage property at 365 Main St., which the town had eyed for public parking. Board of Selectmen Chairman Jeffrey Dykens said the coalition aims to purchase the two parcels of land with the goal of cleaning up any environmental contamination there so that it may ultimately be suitable for purchase...

CHATHAM – Shellfish Warden Renee Gagne had a problem. AmeriCorps volunteers recently culled oysters grown out in the town's upwelling system to ready them to be distributed in various waterways. Then a potentially toxic algae bloom closed all of Nantucket Sound, including the various inlets and embayments throughout town, to shellfishing. At almost the same time, work began on renovations to Old Mill Boatyard,...

TD Bank To Close Chatham Branch

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – TD Bank will close its branch at 693 Main St. in January. Customers were informed of the closure in a letter dated Oct. 17. Retail Market President Marion Colombo wrote that the branch office will close on Jan. 27. Lisa Sawicki, vice president and corporate communications manager for the bank, said in an email that the Chatham branch will be merged with the TD Bank in Harwich Port. “The decisio...

State Senate Hopefuls Highlight Differences

By: Alan Pollock

State senate hopefuls Anthony Schiavi, a Republican, and Democrat Julian Cyr agree on the central issues of the campaign. Both are pledging to be strong advocates for the Cape and Islands on Beacon Hill, and both are struggling to build name recognition with voters. So it's not surprising that, with the election less than two weeks away, they're attempting to underscore their differences. Cyr, who grew up work...

CHATHAM – With conditions on Chatham Bar the worst they've been in years, officials are being urged to fast track improvements to a Stage Harbor commercial dock purchased by the town earlier this year. The town purchased the Eldredge trap dock at May's annual town meeting for $1.5 million. Adjacent to the town-owned Old Mill Boatyard, where the harbormaster's office is located, the dock was leased back to the ...

CHATHAM – A $103,771 overdraft for police and fire overtime in fiscal 2016 caught the attention of the state department of revenue, which told the town in no uncertain terms that this sort of deficit spending isn't allowed. “I expect that this will not become an annual event,” Marie Jane Handy, director of accounts at the DOR, wrote in a bolded paragraph in a Sept. 22 letter to Town Manager Jill Goldsmith. “I ...

TD Bank To Close Chatham Branch

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – TD Bank will close its branch at 693 Main St. in January. Customers were informed of the closure in a letter dated Oct. 17. Retail Market President Marion Colombo wrote that the branch office will close on Jan. 27. A call to the branch was referred to the company's corporate offices, which had not contacted The Chronicle as of Thursday afternoon. The letter encourages customers to continue to u...

The closure of Nantucket Sound to shellfishing will continue at least through Nov. 1, Chatham's shellfish warden announced late Thursday. In an email, Shellfish Constable Renee Gagne wrote, "The MA Division of Marine Fisheries has issued an update to local authorities indicating that the current shellfish area closures will continue, at minimum, through Nov. 1.  New information indicates the possible release o...