Chatham News

Wind And Waves Vex Aspiring Ocean Rowers

By: Alan Pollock

The elements seem to be conspiring against two would-be adventurers who are planning to row across the Atlantic this summer. James Caple and Cindy Way remain ashore, waiting for a break in the easterly winds, ocean storms and high seas. “We were really expecting to be able to leave Monday morning first thing,” they wrote Sunday in an email to supporters. They consulted with their weather service Sunday morni...

Water Street Stairs Almost There

By: Tim Wood

The upper portion of the new stairway to the beach at the end of Water Street is in place, with the lower level soon to follow. Funded by a combination of community preservation money and donations from the Old Village Association, the stairs will restore traditional access to the beach at the Chatham Harbor end of the town landing. According to Coastal Resources Director Ted Keon, the bottom section is currently...

“Good things happen to those who wait.” Those were the words of Chairman of Selectmen Jeffrey Dykens at Sunday's dedication of the town's new $11 million fire station. Nobody knows that better than Deputy Fire Chief Peter Connick. When he was hired by the department in 1979 and was shown around the then-27-year-old building, he was told they'd be getting a new station. “They were right,” he said, standing i...

CHATHAM – Chatham Bars Inn has been ordered to stop using the former Chatham Bowling Alley building on Chatham Bars Avenue that it purchased last year. The conservation commission also issued a stop work order to halt paving work on the south side of the building that was within 100 feet of a wetland and had not been permitted. The inn has reportedly been using the former bowling alley building at 45 Chatha...

CHATHAM — Imagine this logistical nightmare: 18 tons of building supplies need to be delivered to a remote island. Boats are impractical, and federal law keeps you from using forklifts or other heavy equipment on the beach. What do you do? You call in military air support. On Friday and Monday, a Jayhawk rescue helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod made nine trips from a staging area at Har...

CHATHAM – For the families of commercial fishermen, there's always that little trepidation in the back of the mind whenever someone is out on the water. Fishing can be a dangerous occupation, and nature is not always cooperative. Although its practicality can be debated, there's no doubt that participating in a blessing of the fleet helps ease those concerns. “It helps all of us, the families, to know that ...

CHATHAM – Preservation advocates are upset about the demolition of an historic West Chatham home over the weekend. Although under the jurisdiction of the historic business district commission, the 150-year-old home at 1610 Main St. was torn down without any historic review after Building Commissioner Justin Post determined it was unsafe and dangerous. A demolition permit was filed on May 10 by owner Eastwar...

CHATHAM – The controversial West Chatham Roadway Design project along Route 28 is likely to be delayed by at least one year. The project to improve a 1,700-foot stretch of the highway between Barn Hill Road and George Ryder Road was originally included with state highway projects slated for construction for this year. Due to the time it will take to secure rights-of-way, however, the project is being moved to ...

CHATHAM — Two years ago, when 95-year-old retired U.S. Army Col. John Wessmiller of Chatham returned to Normandy to mark the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings, it seemed unlikely that he'd ever again endure the rigors of airline travel. Confined largely to a wheelchair and unable to move great distances without help, Chatham's storied World War II hero nonetheless had one more errand to run. Earlier this ...