Chatham News

Chatham July 4 Pancake Festival Returns

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – The all-you-can-eat July 4 Pancake Festival, run for 50 years by the Kiwanis Club of Central Cape Cod, ended in 2014. With its membership dwindling, the club no longer had the numbers to pull off the event; it had to bring in folks from other Kiwanis Clubs to help in that final griddle marathon. But next Wednesday, the holiday Pancake Festival will be back again, this time sponsored by the Rotary Clu...

As many of us start the grocery shopping lists for Fourth of July cookouts, lots of other local families are left wondering where they’ll find their next meal. It’s a harsh reality that a large number of people on the Lower Cape – even in affluent neighborhoods in Chatham, Orleans and Harwich – suffer from “food insecurity,” or not knowing where their next meal will come from. But in the summertime, when secon...

CHATHAM – More than 100 floats, bands and groups of marchers are expected to fill Main Street during the town's Independence Day parade next Wednesday. The parade begins at 9:30 a.m. on July 4 at the corner of Main Street and Shore Road and concludes at Tip Cart Drive. Thousands of spectators are expected to line the parade route to cheer on entries based on this year's parade theme, “Hooked On Chatham.” “W...

CHATHAM — Residents who use town water to keep their lawns green will soon be giving up more green to do so. Selectmen, acting as water and sewer commissioners, voted Monday to adopt new controls on irrigation systems connected to the town water system, outlawing new connections in 2021 and requiring already-connected systems to be placed on separate water meters. Town officials say the demand that irriga...

CHATHAM — The obvious take-away from a consultant’s report last week is that Chatham could face more than $37 million in capital projects in the next five years. But the more subtle message is that the town should think about big-ticket purchases as a yearly expense, rather than items on a finite to-do list. Selectmen last Monday received an interim report from Monica Lamboy of the Edward J. Collins Center f...

Here Come The Sharks...To The Library

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

The Chatham Merchants Association's Sharks in the Park exhibit debuted on the front lawn of the Eldredge Public Library last Friday for what organizers say will be its final year. The 60 painted, sculpted and creatively decorated sharks, sponsored by local organizations, will remain on display through Aug. 17. Increased security is one reason the display is spending all summer at the library. Previously it beg...

Little Beach Seeks Flood Fix

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Little Beach property owners are working with town officials on a plan designed to lessen the impacts of future floods – or even prevent them. An association of property owners from Little Beach, Morris Island and Stage Island is working with town departments to seek grants and plan infrastructure improvements in the wake of severe flooding last winter that inundated some areas and isolated others ...

CHATHAM — Like the summer visitors strolling Main Streets on the weekends, a few white sharks have returned to local waters for the season. But like their human counterparts, shark visitors won’t be back in large numbers until the weather warms up a bit more. The fifth and final season of the white shark population study is underway, and acoustic receiver buoys recorded the presence of three tagged sharks of...

CHATHAM — There’s more than just sand slipping away at Cockle Cove Beach. There’s revenue. On the advice of Parks and Recreation Director Dan Tobin, selectmen Monday voted to waive the parking fees at the beach in recognition of the severe erosion that has made it nearly impossible to even walk the shoreline at high tide. But town officials say there’s hope that the beach could be nourished by the county dre...

When Is a Dorm Not A Dorm?

By: Tim Wood

Neighbors Protest Use Of Former CBI Chauffer's Quarters CHATHAM – Whether a building housing a group of unrelated people should be classified as a dormitory or a single-family home lies at the core of a complaint filed by neighbors of 20 Chatham Bars Ave. Last week, however, members of the zoning board of appeals turned aside the complaint, even though some had the very same concerns expressed by the neighb...

CHATHAM — Dozens of fishermen and other citizens spoke out at a public hearing Tuesday night to share a single message with regulators: large herring trawlers need to keep their distance from the Cape, to give key fish stocks – and the people who harvest them – a shot at survival. The large meeting room at the community center was filled to capacity for the hearing, held by the New England Fishery Management...

Bestselling author Anne D. LeClaire has just published her first book for children, “Kaylee Finds a Friend” (Golden Paws Publishing, 2018), illustrated with photographs by fellow Chatham resident Kim Roderiques. The genesis of this charming book that celebrates friendship was an unusual one. LeClaire, Roderiques and Paul Litwin, who owns Charlie, the golden retriever who served as the book’s canine model, sat ...