Chatham News

CHATHAM – Even if the Stage Harbor Road area is never officially designated a National Historic Register District, demolitions of historically significant homes along the roadway can still be referred to the Cape Cod Commission for regulatory review. Jon Idman, chief regulatory officer of the commission, said in an email to Community Development Director Kathleen Donovan that because the Massachusetts Historic...

Mayo House Tree Will Return To Benefit Foundation

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – The Bradford pear tree removed from the front lawn of the Mayo House will return, in a different form, to benefit the Chatham Conservation Foundation. The Foundation, which owns the historic Main Street three-quarter Cape, removed the tree two weeks ago after being told by an arborist that its heavy canopy and shallow root system made it a potential hazard. After it was cut down, rather than chipping...

Intersection Improvements To Be Scaled Back

By: Tim Wood

Selectmen Request 'Minimalist' Upgrade To Rt. 28-Crowell Rd. Corner CHATHAM – The board of selectmen voted Tuesday to ask its consultants to develop a scaled-back version of improvements at the Crowell Road-Route 28 intersection, minimizing lane width and extras like bike lanes as much as possible without compromising vehicle or pedestrian safety. Board members and many residents felt the initial proposal...

Development, Deluge Lead To Crowell Rd. Disaster

By: Tim Wood

Runoff Overwhelms Old Stormwater System CHATHAM – It wasn't until 2004 that Dr. Neill S. Cowles noticed flooding in the parking lot of the Crowell Road optometry office he'd built in 1971. Runoff from Crowell Road began to flood the property's parking lot during heavy rains, sometimes three or four inches deep, but would usually drain quickly. It was clear the runoff was coming from the roadway, and he as...

CHATHAM – Stakes showing the extent of the state-owned right-of-way along a portion of the Route 28-Crowell Road intersection have some worried that improvements there will be “massive.” “I guarantee people are going to be horrified by the amount of pavement that's going to go in,” said resident Elaine Gibbs. Only a portion of the right-of-way – on the east side of the intersection – was staked out by a hir...

Merchants Brainstorm Ways To Bring More People Into Shops

By: Elizabeth Van Wye

CHATHAM – The first in a series of forums designed to open and improve communication lines in the town’s business community was held last Wednesday evening at the community center. Sponsored by the Chatham Merchants Association, the forum focused on three key areas of discussion, including what worked well for businesses during the past summer season, the challenges that exist and ways to address those concerns. ...

ZBA Yanks Permit For State Antenna Tower

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – The town and state will have to make changes to GPS antenna tower at the department of public works yard on Crowell Road. Last Thursday, the zoning board of appeals ruled that the town had erred in issuing a building permit for construction of the antenna in a drainage swale, which was partially filled to accommodate the structure and its base. Elizabeth and Robert Crowell, who own property immediate...

CHATHAM – Taxpayers won't pay a dime for two studies being conducted for the town by the Edward J. Collins Center for Public Management at UMass Boston. The cost of a classification and compensation study and a five-year capital improvement plan will be covered by Commonwealth Community Compact Best Practices grants. The town previously expected less funding for the projects. The capital improvement plan, w...

CHATHAM – Spread out at tables in the Monomoy Regional Middle School library, groups of three or four students engage in a lively discussion about how they're going to spend their money. Well, not exactly their money, but money earned through their business, Shark Tank Enterprises. “We are in the beginning stages of our business,” says Cherian Armstrong, the school's librarian and advisor to this club of 22...

CHATHAM – A World War I-era grenade discovered last Thursday at the Chatham Historical Society's Atwood House and Museum was found to contain no explosives and deemed safe for display. The grenade was found while museum officials were updating a recent exhibit on “Chatham in the Military.” It had apparently been stored in the museum's basement archives for decades. “The first thing we wanted to know was if ...

CHATHAM — According to the insurance industry, Chatham is more fire-resistant than ever before. And that could translate to savings on home and commercial insurance premiums, though modest ones. The Insurance Service Office rates communities on a scale of one to 10, based on a host of factors that judge fire preparedness and suppression ability. Like most municipalities in the country, Chatham had been rated...

CHATHAM – A World War I-era grenade discovered Thursday at the Chatham Historical Society's Atwood House and Museum was found to contain no explosives and deemed safe for display. The grenade was found while museum officials were updating a recent exhibit on “Chatham in the Military.” It had apparently been stored in the museum's basement archives for decades. “The first thing we wanted to know was if it is...