Chatham News

Surfers Push For Better Shark Safety

By: Alan Pollock

WELLFLEET — Surfers, swimmers and other beach users are demanding better safeguards against shark attacks. And they’re acknowledging that it might require some innovative technology, some taxpayer dollars, and a dose of grassroots political activism to get there. In an event organized by a loose coalition of surfers and other “watermen” who came together after last year’s fatal shark attack, more than 100 pe...

Students Encouraged To Carry On Kindness

By: Debra Lawless

CHATHAM – Elementary school students received a lesson in kindness, patriotism, sacrifice and what it means to be a hero last Wednesday afternoon when a Yarmouth police deputy chief and officer, a Chatham author and a drug-sniffing police dog addressed an all-school assembly. “Do you know what a hero is?” author and photographer Kim Roderiques of Chatham asked the Chatham Elementary School students. “When ever...

Chatham Parade Theme Honors Service Members

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

CHATHAM – The theme for this year's Independence Day parade will be “Chatham Honors You! Service Members Past, Present, Future.” Independence Day Parade committee chairman Justin Bohannon announced the theme at Monday’s selectmen meeting. The theme was submitted by Sam Foley, 9, in honor of his grandfathers who both live in Chatham and served in Korea and Vietnam. (Sam lives in England but spends his summ...

Chatham Fincom Opines On Budget, COA, School Funding

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Speaking to selectmen and the town manager Monday, finance committee Chairman Stephen Daniel praised town staff for producing a “good budget” for fiscal 2020. But he said his group has cautionary words on the proposed new council on aging and on school spending. Daniel observed that the operating budget, as first proposed, grew only 1.77 percent, a laudable proposal at a time when many costs are in...

CHATHAM – With the exception of hikes in New Hampshire's White Mountains, Curtis Collias has spent most of his life at sea level. But when the piney peaks of New England's north country weren't quite enough of a challenge, Collias set his sights eastward. Far east, all the way to Africa and the stunning Mount Kilimanjaro for a journey he won't soon forget. The idea to climb Africa's highest point and the world...

CHATHAM – The Monomoy Theatre is under agreement to be sold, the firm listing the Main Street property confirmed Wednesday. The identity of the buyer remains a mystery, however. Slater Anderson of LandVest, a Boston real estate firm, said in an email that he could not disclose confidential terms of the agreement. The buyer is apparently not affiliated with the theater. Mary Ann Harwood, chairwoman of Monomo...

Ben Nickerson 'Always Left You With A Smile'

By: Tim Wood

Volunteer With 'Deep Knowledge' Of Chatham History Remembered CHATHAM – The two things you could always count on from Ben Nickerson were a smile and a kind word. “Ben always left you with a smile on your face,” said Jean Williams, who runs the FISH medical transportation service, for which Mr. Nickerson volunteered. “He was a people person, with all the best qualities, upbeat and had fun stories to tell and...

CHATHAM — The town is formulating an increase in the water rates, the first since 2005, as a means of paying for some long-awaited improvements to the water system. But the way the increase is structured has a second goal: to encourage better water conservation among the town’s biggest users. On Monday, selectmen heard a report from Doug Gardner of Pioneer Consulting Group, who presented a new rate structure...

Fish Pier Deck Upgrade Gets Final Approval

By: Tim Wood

$1.6 Million Project To Be Completed By Summer CHATHAM – Town officials were scheduled to meet earlier this week with engineers and the contractor hired to build a new observation deck at the fish pier, following final approval of the project by the zoning board of appeals last week. The board unanimously approved the $1.6 million project, which will result in a more larger, more stable deck that meets acce...

CHATHAM — It might be the end of the trail for the Chatham-Nauset Lions, but they’ve got plenty of reason for pride. Now facing dwindling membership, the chapter will hold its final meeting in June, almost 50 years after it was created. But during that time, Lower Cape Lions raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for scholarships and service projects, touching hundreds of local families. “We have been...

Accessory Dwelling Unit Bylaw To Get Hearing

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Depending on one’s perspective, accessory dwelling units – or ADUs – are either a good first step toward addressing the housing shortage or a radical zoning change that won’t achieve the desired results. Either way, the draft bylaw amendment is now on its way to the planning board for a public hearing. An outgrowth of a 2015 survey showing that local seniors are worried about housing options to all...

Styrofoam, Plastic Bottle Bans Proposed

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – When a ban on single-service styrofoam packaging enacted by New York City Jan. 1 came up during a discussion with a group of friends, William Bystrom decided to research the issue. He ended up coming up with a petition to put a similar ban before voters at the May 13 annual town meeting. “We're dealing basically with food service articles,” such as take-out containers, cups and bowls as well as packi...