Chatham News

Defining Cape Codders

By: Debra Lawless

New Book Profiles 139 Local Residents What makes a Cape Codder? A new book, “I Am of Cape Cod: People and Their Stories,” sets out to answer that question. From Native American Wampanoags to 12 th generation descendants of colonists to recent washashores, 139 people across the Cape tell their stories using what author Anne LeClaire of South Chatham calls, in her introduction, “a collage of voices.” The ...

CHATHAM – For years, downtown merchants worked to lure pedestrians to the east end of the Main Street business district, lobbying the town for crosswalks and an extension of the sidewalk on the north side of the road and holding special promotions to highlight shops in the area. Slowly the improvements came, with the January approval of the town's purchase of the Eldredge Garage property for parking at the eas...

CHATHAM – It's been 13 years since Lynne Fletcher O'Brien started Pantry Partners. With the help of local summer real estate rental companies, the program continues to collect leftover food from summer visitors to help stock the shelves at the Chatham Food Pantry. The idea behind Pantry Partners is deceptively simple. When people leave their short-term summer rentals, ask them to drop off unopened food or pape...

CHATHAM — Gov. Charlie Baker last week received some tangible evidence that many local residents and visitors oppose the federal taking of more than 3,000 acres of state-owned tidal flats and submerged lands west of the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge. Baker's office received a petition with 1,013 signatures urging him to actively support H.R. 1157, a bill introduced by Congressman William Keating, D–9 th ...

Charges Filed In Latest Shark Theft

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – Hoping to send a message to would-be thieves and pranksters, officials this week filed charges against a 21-year-old man who allegedly stole one of the sharks from the Sharks in the Park art exhibit. On Monday, police charged Kevin J. Martin of Bellingham with wanton destruction of property, a misdemeanor, after an incident in the early morning hours of July 4 that saw the allegedly stolen shark reco...

Official: Stage Harbor Minke Whale Was Sick

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Officials say a minke whale that spent last Thursday in Stage Harbor before dying in the Oyster River apparently had an underlying health condition that caused it to become stranded. The 18-foot long whale was first spotted in the area of the Eldredge trap dock before 6 a.m. Thursday, and onlookers watched in amazement as it swam under the floats at Old Mill Boat Yard. When it emerged from under th...

More than a postcard backdrop, the Cape's working waterfront is an economic engine. And it deserves continued financial support from the state, said Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, who is also the chairman of the state's Seaport Economic Council, which is making sizable investments in the shorefront infrastructure in Chatham and Harwich. Polito visited Old Mill Boat Yard in Chatham and Saquatucket Harbor in Harwich Por...

CHATHAM – Like anything new, it's taking a little time for boaters to get used to the fact that they need to pay a fee to access the town's waterways. A waterways user permit is now in effect, required for any vessel launched from a public ramp. The permit costs $150 for nonresidents and $50 for residents, and covers all vessels except canoes, kayaks and any unregistered boat. While officials are empowered ...

CHATHAM — Like a sticky cupboard on a humid day, the new Mitchell River drawbridge sometimes jams when it closes. Open for just over a year, the bridge cost taxpayers about $14 million, and town officials sometimes have to park a truck on top of the span to force it to lower fully. “Clearly that's not something we want to have to do every time,” Natural Resources Director Robert Duncanson said. Though the...

CHATHAM – Stage Harbor Road appears to meet the criteria as a National Historic Register District, but a determination on South Chatham's eligibility will have to await a site visit by a Massachusetts Historical Commission official. Betsy Friedberg, National Register Director for the commission, will be in town July 19 to tour both areas. In April the town's historical commission requested an opinion of the...

Shark Season Continues With More Taggings

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

It's been a big week for sharks. At least nine shark sightings were reported, including two eight- to 10-foot sharks seen a half mile off Campground Beach in Eastham on July 9 and one just south of Race Point Beach in Provincetown on July 10. Several shark alerts were posted on the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy's Sharktivity smartphone app for sharks sighted off Truro and Orleans. Dr. Greg Skomal and his...

Officials: Stage Harbor Minke Whale Has Died

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

CHATHAM -- Officials confirm that the minke whale seen feeding in Stage Harbor Thursday has died.  Its remains were located Friday morning in the Oyster River. It is not immediately clear what caused the animal's death, though it did sustain injuries apparently while diving under a pier at Old Mill Boat Yard. 18-foot minke whale that apparently didn't want to leave Stage Harbor Thursday. The adult whale was...