Chatham News

NORTH CHATHAM — White sharks are just offshore virtually all summer long, but when are they actively hunting and when are they just cruising? More than a matter of scientific curiosity, the answer is key to improving beach safety, officials say. The first research done on white sharks off Cape Cod began to show how many individuals might be in the area, and revealed that they’re here in greatest numbers in Aug...

An Era Ends With The Closing Of Drew's Sports Shop

By: Debra Lawless

CHATHAM – One day Sheryl Proctor, owner of Drew’s Sports Shop, was sitting in the bait shop with the windows open when she overheard three or four college-age men talking in the parking lot. “Oh, God, there’s a woman in there,” she recalls one saying. “We’ll never find out where we’ll go fishing.” But Proctor was ready for them. “They think that, oh God, a woman, I don’t know much. And I’d think, I’m gonna ...

Chatham To Host Short But Lively Parade

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – With first responders, health care workers and teachers leading this year's parade, we're not likely to forget the reason this is the first live Independence Day celebration since 2019. Although it won't be quite as long as recent parades, the July 3 event will feature six bands, dozens of old cars and many returning favorites, including the Phillips Farm Family, local yacht clubs and boatyards, Firs...

CHATHAM — Saying the owner hasn’t made good on pledges to do so, town officials are preparing to clean up what they say is an unlicensed salvage yard at 32 Mill Hill Rd., placing a lien on the property until owner John McGrath foots the bill. In a rambling statement to the board of health on June 21, McGrath blamed the mess on illegal dumping by others, but defended his right to do as he pleases with his lan...

By all projections, and based on the crowds seen already this week, it’s going to be a very busy summer at local beaches. While not all Cape towns have fared as well, local beach managers say they’re glad to have filled out their roster of lifeguards for the coming season. “We have a full crew. Unfortunately, there’s a few who just aren’t here yet,” Chatham Parks and Recreation Director Dan Tobin said Tuesday....

CHATHAM – While growing up in Maine, Rick Nye never made it as far south as Cape Cod; the Maine coast was a much closer vacation spot. “Any farther south was just too crowded,” he said. He got his first introduction to the region a few weeks ago, when he began working as the new manager at the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge. Nye comes to Monomoy by way of the Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge, a 965-...

Town To Coast Guard: Where Were You?

By: Alan Pollock

Congressional Hearing Sought CHATHAM — After it took the Coast Guard 14 hours to respond to a grounded sailboat on Monomoy Point, the select board is seeking some answers, even if it takes an act of Congress to get them. Which it might. On Tuesday, the board voted to ask Ninth District Congressman Bill Keating to intervene in the case. In a letter authorized by the whole board, Chair Peter Cocolis asked Kea...

Of the top 29 fishing communities in the Northeast facing gentrification stress, Chatham is ranked third. Research undertaken by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) collated a host of indices including retiree migration and housing disruption into a story map, also highlighting voices of fishermen.  “A story map puts it into context and can help raise awareness of issues that have bee...

For the year so far, the median sale price of a single-family home in Chatham is $1,283,750, a nearly 75 percent jump from last year, when the median price was $735,500. In Orleans and Harwich, the figures are not as eye-popping, yet they still tell the story of a real estate market that's on fire. The median sale price of a house in Orleans for the year year is $977,000, a nearly 29 percent increase; in Harwi...

Back 2 Summer Sound Fest To Benefit MCS

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – It's been a long 18 months for many nonprofit organizations that have worked extra hard to meet the needs of the community and yet haven't been able to hold their traditional fundraisers due to COVID-19 restrictions. Monomoy Community Services hopes to start climbing back out of the fundraising hole with a new event, the Back 2 Summer Sound Festival, scheduled for Thursday, July 1 at the VFW on George R...

CHATHAM – Voters returned incumbent Select Board members Cory Metters and Dean Nicastro to office for another three years in Thursday's annual town election. Chatham native Metters topped the vote tally with 832 votes, followed by Nicastro with 685 and challenger Tom Wilson with 406. This is the third term for both Metters and Nicastro. The contest for the two three-year terms on the board was the only race on...

CHATHAM – Who’s the mystery person on the cover of the brand new book “I Am of Chatham: People and Their Stories”? You’ll have to wait until the release party on Friday, June 25 at Gallery Antonia to learn who writer John Whelan and photographer Kim Roderiques chose to grace their book’s cover. “This book will be fun for the people of Chatham because they’re going to know a number of the people in the book,...