Chatham News

CHATHAMPORT — In helping shape the fledgling Monomoy Regional School District, former Superintendent Carolyn Cragin focused on improving education, building partnerships and enhancing the district’s long-term sustainability. As the new board president of the Chatham Marconi Maritime Center, her to-do list isn’t that different. Even though she retired as a public school administrator in 2013, Cragin hasn’t le...

Officials Claim Success With Downtown Paid Parking Trial

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Despite a few setbacks, the paid parking operation at the former Eldredge Garage site did well this summer, providing some relief for motorists and a little revenue for the town. That was the message that Chatham Valet co-owner Miladin Terziyski told town officials late last month. While a committee is still mulling the best long-term uses for the property, this summer’s experiment showed that, par...

CHATHAM — Conflicts between people and seals are nothing new on the Lower Cape, where fishermen have long faulted them for depleting fish stocks and fouling the water. But with two recent cases of people being bitten by seals in Chatham – and naturally with last weekend’s fatal shark attack in Wellfleet – there are renewed calls to examine the issue. Chatham resident Elaine Gibbs asked the board of selectmen...

Eastward Co. Buys Bank Of America Property

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM –Eastward Companies has purchased the former Bank of America property at 168 Old Harbor Rd. The Chatham-based development company is proposing to create two residential home lots on the site. The 42,356-square-foot parcel is located in a residential zone with a minimum lot size of 20,000 square feet. Eastward MBT LLC, the official entity that purchased the property, filed a two-lot definitive subdiv...

In the wake of the death of a 26-year-old Revere man Saturday after he was bitten by a shark in the waters off Newcomb Hollow Beach in Wellfleet, local officials are planning to meet to brainstorm safety strategies for area beaches. In a tweet Sunday, Rep. William Keating said he plans to convene a meeting with National Park Service, state and local officials to address the issue. Local officials also said the...

CHATHAM – The 44-year-old Newburyport man who drowned in Chatham Harbor Wednesday was the founder and chief technology officer of a technology company based in Beverly. Louis Guarracina was a visionary engineer who reinvented the way automation and robotics work in laboratory settings, said HighRes Biosolutions Chief Executive Officer Peter Harris. "He really had such a giant impact" on the pharmaceutical a...

CHATHAM – Ten years ago, a proposal to make significant changes to the building known as the John Hallett Store at 193 Main St. was turned down by the town and the Cape Cod Commission. Now the owner is asking to carry out what was a minor part of that plan: removing a shed at the rear of the lot and replacing it with a two-car garage. No changes are proposed for the main structure, the lime green and yellow ed...

ALC Chair: Town Should Purchase Yacht Club Pier

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – Given the evolving conditions in Chatham Harbor, having an alternate location for commercial fishing boats to offload their catch, once a long-term strategy, is looking more like a necessity. Officials had that use in mind when the town purchased of the Eldredge Trap Dock on Stage Harbor in 2016, and plans are in process to modernize the pier to accommodate at least some commercial fishing boats. In ...

Coastsweep Beach Cleanups Start Saturday

By: Alan Pollock

After a long summer of beaching and boating, the coastline is in need of a good tidying. Volunteers are being recruited for several beach clean-up efforts taking place under the state’s Coastsweep program. Chatham’s mainland beaches will be scoured by Coastsweep volunteers this Saturday, Sept. 15 from 9 a.m. to noon, under the coordination of the Friends of Chatham Waterways. Would-be helpers are asked to emai...

Hessler Glad To Take Helm At Coast Guard Station Chatham

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — The new man in charge at the Coast Guard station, Senior Chief Petty Officer Carlos Hessler, said he’s impressed by the sense of pride at Station Chatham as well as its role in the community – and its place in history. Hessler has been the station’s commanding officer for a few weeks now and is still getting to know its people, its unique equipment and its role in the local network of first responder...

Crosswalk Sought At Key Intersection

By: Tim Wood

Rt. 28-137 Juncture Called 'Pedestrian Nightmare' CHATHAM – When she works at the garden in front of the Chatham Chamber of Commerce headquarters at the intersection of Routes 28 and 137, Nancy Alger often sees pedestrians and bicyclists trying to cross the road, and it “scares the heck out of me,” she said. “You have no idea how fast cars go by,” she told members of the South Chatham Village Association du...