Chatham News

CHATHAM – A proposal to allow direct instrument approaches to Chatham Airport during poor weather was attacked Monday as a significant change that will lead to greater use of the facility by larger and louder aircraft. The proposal, included in a draft of the airport master plan update, will not make the airport safer, as the airport commission claims, but will change it “from being a good weather airport to b...

Based on MCAS scores, progress for English language learners and attendance rates, the Monomoy Regional School District earned high marks from the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, receiving the highest accountability rating of any pre-K through 12th grade school district on Cape Cod. Meanwhile, state education officials ranked Monomoy Middle School as having the highest “accountability r...

CHATHAM – A flurry of controversy over elements of the latest draft of the Chatham Municipal Airport Master Plan has officials expecting a larger crowd than usual at the airport commission's next meeting. The Sept. 30 meeting will take place in the large meeting room at the community center rather than the small meeting room at the annex, where the commission usually meets. The session starts at 5 p.m. Acco...

CHATHAM – The process of nominating South Chatham to the National Register of Historic Places, in the pipeline for the past two years, will move forward next month with an informational meeting for all property owners in the proposed historic district. The session will be held at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 3, at the annex on George Ryder Road. Sponsored by the historical commission and the South Chatham Villa...

CHATHAM — Over centuries, rising sea levels threaten to simply wipe parts of Chatham off the map. But long before that happens, town officials are hoping that some of the world’s great scientific minds will put the town on the map as a global center for climate change research. For the past six months, a working group has been quietly meeting to discuss a broad strategy to attract the interest of an academic i...

Nickerson Excavation Yields More Surprises

By: Tim Wood

Archaeological Dig Fleshes Out The Story Of Chatham's Founding Family CHATHAM – When he was first asked to investigate what was believed to be the original homestead of the town's first European settlers, William and Anne Nickerson, archaeologist Craig Chartier didn't expect to find much. He figured he'd dig a few holes “just to make the Nickersons happy.” And indeed, the first few holes yielded nothing. Bu...

CHATHAM – The Massachusetts Shellfish Initiative (MSI) Task Force held a public meeting to solicit preliminary stakeholder and public feedback on its strategic plan. It was one of four public meetings being held in the Commonwealth as part of an overall process of studying, analyzing, and strategizing for the future development and regulation of shellfishing in Massachusetts. The task force, rather than shellf...

Monomoy Refuge Drops Coyote Hunting Plan

By: Tim Wood

Waterfowl Hunting Will Be Allowed CHATHAM – A plan to allow recreational coyote hunting on the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge has been scrapped. Waterfowl hunting will be allowed on the waters west of South Monomoy, but overwhelming opposition to coyote hunting, as well as the inability to complete the necessary coordination with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration regarding concern about ...

Selectmen: Chase Park Is Not Too Noisy Or Busy

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Though they said they would investigate the possibility of planting shrubs to screen the view of the Chase Park labyrinth from a neighboring house, selectmen this week rejected the idea that activities at the park are disruptive to the neighborhood. Selectmen this week heard from Ernest “Tripp” Walen, who owns the house next to the labyrinth and who complained to the parks and recreation commission i...

CHATHAM — The owners of Outermost Harbor Marine are hoping that a special long-reach excavator owned by Plymouth County might be the best tool for dredging the entrance to Outermost Harbor. The excavator, used last year to clear portions of Allen Harbor and Wychmere Harbor in Harwich, is expected to be needed for around seven days’ work, the marina’s attorney William Riley told selectmen this week. Plymouth Co...

New Group Focuses On Saving Historic Buildings

By: Tim Wood

Benefit Screening Of 'One Big Home' Saturday CHATHAM – The process Ellen Briggs went through to save a 1930s-era windmill-shaped summer home built by her uncle along the shore of Chatham Harbor was long and complicated, involving permissions from multiple boards and negotiations with neighbors and contractors. But it worked, and today the restored building sits behind her home, just a few hundred yards from it...

New Starboard Light Proposed Filed

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

CHATHAM – A new proposal has been filed for the historic home at 154 Champlain Rd. that would save the antique building but would relocate it on the property to make room for a new house. Known as Starboard Light, the circa 1860 Cape—portions of which may date to 1800—is currently under an 18-month demolition delay order from the historical commission. Prospective buyer Robert Moss filed the application las...