Chatham News

Shifting Sands Drop Bulldozer Into The Drink

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – Shifting sands make for unstable ground, as the operator of a bulldozer working on the Outermost Harbor dredging project found out Saturday. The bulldozer was moving sand at a dewatering pond set up just outside and south of the harbor, the entrance to which is being dredged by Outermost Harbor Marine. “The sand just gave way underneath the bulldozer,” said Harbormaster Stuart Smith, and the machi...

Davis To Seek Second Term On Board Of Selectmen

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – Shareen Davis announced this week that she will seek a second three-year term on the board of selectmen. Davis said she'd like to continue working on several initiatives that are important to her, including Chatham 365 and a new senior center. She also said she'd like to work to try to attract academic institutes to the town as a way to help focus on climate change. “We're really set here in town ...

Voters To Address Alternative COA Site March 7

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – Selectmen set Saturday, March 7 as the date for a special town meeting to address a petition to consider property off Stepping Stones Road as a possible location for a new senior center. The board has yet to take a position on the proposal, submitted by a group of residents who say the site at 1610 Main St. in West Chatham currently being studied as a senior center location will be too expensive to d...

CHATHAM – A special town meeting will be held to consider an alternative site for a new senior center. A group of residents filed a petition last Thursday to investigate land off Stepping Stones Road that is part of the Monomoy Regional Middle School campus. The wooded 1.599 acres sits between the road and the Old Colony Rail Trail and is not currently being used by the school. Town Clerk Julie Smith certified...

CHATHAM – Juliet Bernstein remembers riding with her family in a horse-drawn surrey so that her mother could vote for the first time, following the passage of the 19th Amendment in 1920. “I was 7 but it truly impressed me,” she said in a recent email. Bernstein, who holds the Boston Post Cane as the town's oldest resident, suggested that the 100th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote would be an a...

Traveling Old Queen Anne Road and Route 137 over the next few months will take a bit of planning as sewer work moves into one of the area's busiest intersections. Sewer installation has pretty much closed down both the Chatham and Harwich sides of Route 137 for the past several weeks—or longer—but the advancement of the work into the intersection promises even more complications, detours and the need to plan y...

CHATHAM — At least on a trial basis, there are likely to be food trucks in a few locations in Chatham this summer. Working on a model regulation from Needham, selectmen are drafting a policy to allow mobile food vendors to operate with minimal impact on traditional restaurants, likely as part of a one-year pilot program. Chatham lacks a mechanism for specifically regulating mobile food vendors, and selectmen a...

Brace Yourself: Fish Pier Deck Project Misses Deadline

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Construction of the new observation deck at the fish pier has missed its latest deadline for completion. The general contractor for the $1.6 million project, Sciaba Construction Corp., expected to have the job “substantially complete” by the end of January, Chief Financial Officer Michael Sheehan told The Chronicle last month. At their regular progress inspection Monday, railings had yet to be ins...

CHATHAM — The Chatham 365 Task Force and the town’s economic development committee have already identified steps the town can take to make itself a friendlier community for young families and other year-round residents. Now they’re seeking assurances that there’s a plan for implementing those ideas. On Monday, selectmen reviewed a list of recommendations it received from the task force in September and an anal...

New Exec Signals Growth For Marconi Center

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAMPORT — In the past 18 years, volunteers have built the Chatham Marconi Maritime Center into a sought-after museum and a leader in STEM education in local schools. Now the nonprofit is hiring its first full-time executive director to help it achieve new growth. Kristen Clothier of Chatham, who starts in her new post on Monday, has an infectious enthusiasm for science education and history. Seated in her ...

CHATHAM – The airport committee has rejected establishing a citizens advisory committee for its ongoing master planning process. Instead, the commission voted 4-1 last Tuesday to continue its chapter-by-chapter review of the master plan and take public comments and questions at its regular meetings. “It behooves us to go through this process as expeditiously as possible,” said commission member Huntley Harr...

CHATHAM – A group of residents unhappy about the choice of land in West Chatham as the location for a new senior center have filed a petition to call a special town meeting to instead investigate an alternative site on Stepping Stones Road. Town Clerk Julie Smith certified the necessary 200 signatures to call a special town meeting. Under state law, the board of selectmen must call a meeting within 45 days of ...