Chatham News

No Special Election To Fill Vacant Selectman's Seat

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Saying the costs simply don’t justify the benefits, selectmen Monday voted to wait until the May annual town election to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of board member Amanda Love, rather than calling a special election. “There’s a potential cost of at least $6,000 to hold a special election,” board Chairman Cory Metters said. And according to the town clerk, the earliest a special ele...

CHATHAM – About a dozen years ago, author Bernard Cornwell was asked by Monomoy Theatre Artistic Director Alan Rust to give a talk to the company on the background of Shakespeare's “Henry V.” Cornwell hadn't yet written his historical novel “Azincourt,” but knew enough about the 1415 campaign to give an authoritative presentation. Rust was impressed. “It was really quite stunning,” he said of that talk. Not lo...

Storm Surge Sweeps Little Beach

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — When Penny Haughwout sat down at her computer table to do some work Thursday morning, she noticed nothing out of the ordinary outside her condo on Starfish Lane. Her low-lying neighborhood, Little Beach, routinely gets puddles during heavy rains, and the field opposite her window becomes an impromptu duck pond. When she happened to glance up at around 11:30 a.m., she saw trouble. “When I looked up,...

Bank Of America To Close Chatham Office

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – For the second time this year, a nation-wide bank is closing a local office. The Bank of America financial center at 168 Old Harbor Rd. will close March 27. The bank's ATM kiosk at 908 Main St. will remain open. Employees at the branch will be transferred to the bank's Orleans office. A handout given to bank customers directs them to locations in South Dennis and Orleans. “We constantly adapt o...

Chatham Remembers 'Chowdahman' Carl Olson

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – There are very few local residents who didn't benefit from Carl Olson's passion for chowder. The town's self-proclaimed “Chowdahman” stopped counting the number of servings of his creamy concoction he gave away at more than 7,000. A Chatham High School graduate, long-time teacher and real estate broker, Mr. Olson passed away Dec. 31. Friends and colleagues remembered Mr. Olson for his sense of hum...

CHATHAM – The Shoe Salon, an iconic business that has been a familiar presence on Main Street for over a half century, will close its doors this Friday after a sale offering discounts of 80 percent and more on merchandise and on all store fixtures including chairs, clothing racks and lights. “It’s a sad time for everybody,” says manager Patty Garber of Eastham, who has worked at the store at 521 Main St. for 1...

CHATHAM – Town meeting voters will address two measures aimed at prohibiting the retail sale of recreational marijuana in town. Selectmen voted last Tuesday to endorse general and zoning bylaws banning retail pot sales and to place them on the warrant for the May meeting. The vote was not unanimous, however. Selectman Shareen Davis voted to oppose the general bylaw because she thought it was too broadly worded...

CHATHAM – Saying she was not able to give the job the time it deserves, Amanda Love resigned from the board of selectmen Tuesday. In a Jan. 2 letter to Chairman of Selectmen Cory Metters, Love said to be an effective board member, “one needs to devote many, many more hours than I am able to give as one who works full time and who is also enrolled in continuing education.” She said she was resigning “with regre...

Love Resigns From Board Of Selectmen

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – Saying she was not able to give the job the time it deserves, Amanda Love resigned from the board of selectmen Tuesday. In a Jan. 2 letter to Chairman of Selectmen Cory Metters, Love said to be an effective board member, “one needs to devote many, many more hours than I am able to give as one who works full time and who is also enrolled in continuing education.” She said she was resigning “with regre...

Frigid But Happy New Year At Chatham's First Night

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

CHATHAM -- The weather was below freezing but spirits were warm for the town's annual First Night celebration. Organizers were pleased with the turnout, even though buttons, which usually sell out, were still available as of 6 p.m. First Night Committee Chairman Ron Clark said the noontime annual town photo was more crowded than anticipated, although there were fewer people around downtown in the afternoon ...

Chatham Selectmen Back Retail Pot Ban

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – Selectmen voted Tuesday to endorse bylaws prohibiting the retail sale of recreational marijuana in town. The vote was not unanimous, however. Selectman Shareen voted to oppose a general bylaw banning retail pot sales because she thought it was too broadly worded. Along with retail marijuana sales, the bylaw bans marijuana cultivators, testing laboratories and product manufacturers. Those activitie...