Chatham News

CHATHAM — Speaking at last week’s meeting, airport commission Chairman Huntley Harrison blasted critics whom he says are advancing a false narrative aimed at hobbling and ultimately closing the airport. Harrison read a statement, published as a guest editorial on Page 26 of this issue, that decries some critics’ campaign of “exaggeration, misinformation, innuendo,” and statements that border on harassment. ...

CHATHAM – The long tradition of summer residents gathering to hear about and discuss town issues will continue on Aug. 3. In fact, this will be the 75 th year of the annual summer town meeting, which was even held last summer during the pandemic, although it was virtual. “Meeting in person is much better for us,” said Joel Rottner, chair of the summer residents advisory committee, which sponsors the session. ...

Town Considers Strategy For Middle Road Housing

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Housing advocates scored a number of key victories in last month’s annual town meeting. But an article reserving 19 acres of town-owned land off Middle Road for housing failed to get the needed votes, and town officials are pondering how they might try to advance the idea again. “The articles that passed, passed overwhelmingly,” Chatham Housing Partnership Chair Karolyn McClelland told her committe...

CHATHAM – Fred Crimins loved helping people and solving problems. He loved the outdoors, and found a way to combine his passions by volunteering for the Friends of the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge. When the pandemic struck and the refuge's visitors center on Morris Island closed, Mr. Crimins came up with the idea of erecting a tent near the parking lot so that Friends volunteers could still greet visitor. ...

Change Proposed To School Funding Formula

By: Tim Wood

Each Town Would Pay For Its Own Elementary School The Monomoy Regional School District is proposing changes to the regional school agreement that officials hope will address the growing cost disparity between the district's two elementary schools. The change to the agreement's funding formula would require that Harwich and Chatham each pay the entire operating cost of its own elementary school. If approved,...

Launched amid a crisis, the haddock chowder program developed by Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen’s Alliance is now being celebrated at the highest levels of the federal government and used as a national model. “There are all kinds of statistics to show how successful this program has been: Almost 300,000 pounds of haddock chowder distributed to food banks across New England and beyond. More than 200,000 pounds o...

Town To Seek Source Of PFAS Contamination

By: Alan Pollock

Select Board Lays Groundwork For Potential $10M Water Investment CHATHAM — Responding to the shutdown of a public water supply well contaminated by “forever chemicals,” the select board Tuesday threw its support behind an effort to identify the specific source of that pollution. Whether or not the search for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) proves fruitful, the board is also fast-tracking a multi-...

CHATHAM — Monomoy teachers, nurses, specialists and other instructional faculty members will soon be working under a new contract. The three-year pact, which takes effect Sept. 1, was recently ratified by the school committee and the Monomoy Regional Education Association. It provides for salary increases and special stipends for certain instructional assistants who work with youngsters with special needs. ...

CHATHAM — Having lost his satellite communications equipment to a severe storm, transatlantic rower Guirec Soudée is managing to pass along word that he remains well and is continuing to make headway in his bid to row to France. Following a storm earlier this month, Soudée’s satellite equipment went silent, with no voice or text communication and no automatically updating GPS location for his 26-foot ocean row...

Former Cumberland Farms Building Sold

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – The former Cumberland Farms store at 859 Main St., which has been vacant since 2016, has been purchased by a local homeowner who plans to upgrade and lease the property. The site has been considered an eyesore since the building was boarded up after Cumberland Farms moved to new quarters near the downtown rotary. Located at the busy intersection of Main Street and Crowell Road, the property's rundown...

CHATHAM – Mary Phelps' family still lives in the house in Chatham's Old Village where her ancestor Marcellus Eldredge was born. “We're very proud of all this and what he did,” she said, referring to the man that her mother called “Uncle Cel” and to the building that bears his name, the much-beloved Eldredge Public Library. On a sunny Sunday afternoon, as the Chatham Band played, Phelps cut a ribbon strung a...

CHATHAM – The building opened to the public on July 11. But all the pomp and circumstance took place a few days earlier, on July 4. Flags and bunting decorated the brand new brick building, and at 3 p.m. a band played and school children marched in procession down Main Street. All of the girls wore roses, a gift of Marcellus Eldredge, who had spent $30,000 of his own money to build the town's new library. The ...