Chatham News

CHATHAM — The shifting sands off Chatham will cause North Beach Island to fold in toward the mainland by the year 2045, experts predict. That will mean more sand to protect parts of the shoreline from waves and storm surges, but more trouble for boats trying to navigate in and out of Aunt Lydia's Cove. In a recent public forum, John Ramsey of Applied Coastal Research and Engineering presented the predictions...

Chatham Independence Day Parade Celebrates Service

By: Kat Szmit , Tim Wood

CHATHAM – It was another fine and festive Fourth of July as the annual Chatham Parade rolled through town, this year honoring men and women of the United States Military. The Phillips Farm family had one of the first floats in the parade, a powerful piece featuring a copper-painted revolving globe supported by military men and women surrounded by poppies, with veterans waving American flags at the back. Fan...

At The Fish Pier, A Crisis Of Confidence

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — While the general contractor has promised to complete the installation of a new observation deck at the fish pier by July 19, as of Tuesday, no construction was visible except for a few laborers methodically working on a small concrete ramp. What was visible was a chaotic scene exacerbated by the construction zone. While an 18-wheeler backed in to unload fish and several refrigerated trucks jockeye...

Chamber Nixes Downtown Food Truck—For Now

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

CHATHAM – Don't look for a food truck downtown during this summer's Mondays on Main music events. In a split vote, the chamber of commerce board of directors voted recently to not submit paperwork the board of selectmen needed to act on a request to allow the Mom and Pops Burgers food truck downtown during the weekly music strolls. The issue will be tabled until after the summer. Chamber President Stephen W...

CHATHAM — Saying it cannot ignore “dysfunction” on the charter review committee or the complaint lodged against one of its members, selectmen will be putting that group under the magnifying glass. Board members Monday resolved to take up discussion on both the complaint lodged against charter committee member Seth Taylor and on the ability of the committee as a whole to carry out its charge. The concerns ...

CHATHAM – When Susan Carroll and Jamie Neithold-Nash set out on a special sojourn in Spain this spring, little did they know a painted rock seen along their trek would sum up their trip perfectly: A Traveler is a human being on a spiritual journey. A Pilgrim is a spiritual being on a human journey. While the pair's shared journey along the Camino Walk had its share of human moments, both Nash and Carroll agree ...

CHATHAM – It's taken nearly three years, but Lindsay and Fred Bierwirth's vision of creating a combined fitness center and co-working space has finally come to fruition. “There were certainly many, many times when we thought this day would never come,” Fred Bierwirth said Monday during a ribbon cutting for the new facility at 323 Orleans Rd. in North Chatham. But even then, with the building's occupancy permit...

Parades, Fireworks On Tap For Independence Day Holiday

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

It's the official start of summer, and there's no shortage of activities over the coming week, starting off with Fourth of July parades on Thursday. Chatham's parade steps off at 9:30 a.m. at the corner of Main Street and Shore Road, and proceeds down Main Street to Crowell Road, ending at Tip Cart Road. More than 90 floats, groups and vehicles both antique and modern are scheduled to participate, with more mu...

No Summer Holiday for Childhood Hunger

By: Tim Wood

Program Keeps Thousands Of Kids Fed Over School Vacation CHATHAM – Summer on Cape Cod is often synonymous with endless beach days, Americana band concerts, and lobster roll picnics. But, for many children, summer also brings uncertainty and hunger.  “The students who depend upon free and reduced school meals for more than half their daily calories during the school year are at risk for hunger during the s...

CHATHAM – Coming back from a devastating fire was not, shall we say, a smoothie for Emack and Bolio's, but it wasn't exactly a rocky road either. After the building that houses the ice cream shop at 2 Kent Place, just behind the Children's Shop, was destroyed in a blaze last Halloween, a team of builders, tradesmen and contractors kicked into gear to get the structure completely rebuilt and the shop open for b...

Some Say They Feel 'Unsafe' CHATHAM – Several members of the charter review committee say they will resign unless selectmen take action following an incident in which committee clerk Seth Taylor shouted at and allegedly physically confronted a member of the public. The confrontation occurred after the committee's June 18 meeting had been adjourned and the meeting room video recorder had been turned off. Pro...

CHATHAM — At age 93, Ivan Bassett looks back on many happy Independence Day celebrations, and never misses the parade in Chatham. This year, as grand marshal, he’ll be watching from the back seat of a vintage Ford Phaeton convertible, part of the parade’s salute to veterans and members of the military. It’ll be a memorable experience, but perhaps not as memorable as a Fourth of July he spent 75 years ago, off I...