Chatham News

CHATHAM — A special round of water tests revealed that a second public water supply well in Chatham now has levels of PFAS above state standards and has been shut down. In an urgent effort to conserve water, the select board Tuesday ordered an immediate ban on all outdoor watering. Well 8 is adjacent to Well 5, off Training Field Road, which was shut down in April when levels of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substa...

CHATHAM – Since erosion forced the closure of beach access at the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge headquarters on Morris Island earlier this year, visitors have been using a nearby path along Tisquantum Road to get to the refuge's trails and beach. While the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has a right-of-way over the path, which is on private land, the increased use has resulted in conflicts with neighbors. In...

Oct. 23 Special Town Meeting To Focus On Water

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — If the weather gods cooperate, voters will gather for an outdoor special town meeting on Oct. 23 to decide $5.25 million in critical water system upgrades. The Saturday session will start at 9:30 a.m. at Veterans Field, and is expected to have a warrant with just three articles. Town Manager Jill Goldsmith said town officials decided to hold the session outdoors, despite the lateness of the season....

After 20 Years, Terror Attacks Still Painful

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Like the pale blue skies Saturday, the pain and sorrow of 9/11 might have been slightly duller than they were 20 years ago, but the memories of the terror attacks remained powerful. Gathered under a giant American flag outside the fire station, dozens of people took time Saturday morning to reflect on the Sept. 11 attacks, the innocents who lost their lives and the heroes who answered the call in t...

CHATHAM — In the first three years that the towns of Orleans, Chatham, Harwich and Brewster have operated under a regional watershed permit, they’ve achieved around 75 percent of their five-year goal for controlling nutrient pollution entering Pleasant Bay. That’s the news from the Pleasant Bay Alliance, which issued its annual report to the member towns recently. “The good news is that things are pretty much ...

COVID Numbers On The Rise

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — While COVID-19 case numbers in the Northeast are very low compared to other parts of the country, they are unmistakably climbing. The two-week case average on Cape Cod has climbed 138 percent compared to 27 percent statewide. Orleans has a 14-day average daily incidence rate of 6.4 per 100,000 residents, lower than it has been in a month, and the lowest rate in Barnstable County. In the same time per...

Drought Worsens, Despite Ida

By: Alan Pollock

In what seems to be a case of climatological bad luck, one corner of Cape Cod is still experiencing a drought, despite the recent rains from the remnants of Hurricane Ida. Chatham and Harwich are still way behind in seasonal rainfall, while other parts of the state – and even the Cape – have recently experienced heavy rains and flooding. Following a dry spring and summer that prompted towns to impose restricti...

CHATHAM – Today, Cow Yard Lane is an unpaved town landing that leads to Chatham Harbor, just north of Aunt Lydia's Cove. Beachgoers crowd the narrow landing in the summer, and some folks still use it for launching and hauling boats. Once, however, this unusually named roadway bordered exactly what its name implies – a pasture. It's also right in the middle of an area that played a key role in the town's histor...

CHATHAM — Despite persistent winds pushing him away from the coast of France, transatlantic rower Guirec Soudée is in good spirits – and not just because he’s nearing completion of his months-long odyssey. Last week, Soudée made contact with a passing tanker, whose captain rigged a phone patch allowing the 29-year-old adventurer to speak briefly with his family. It was the first conversation he’s had with an...

9/11: The Day That Everything Changed

By: Tim Wood

Every holiday season, a reminder of David and Lynn Angell's affection for Chatham stands at the downtown rotary. It may be just an inflatable snowman festooned with multi-colored lights, but it represents something far larger: a local connection to one of the most significant events in recent history. The Angells were on American Airlines Flight 11 on Sept. 11, 2001, returning to their home in Hollywood from a...

Chatham, Harwich Agree To Change Wastewater Pact

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — The town of Chatham is seeking to give Harwich an easier payment plan for its use of the shared wastewater treatment plant and has opted against charging its neighbor a penalty for that accommodation. The intermunicipal agreement that governs the two towns’ sewer connection is being amended, in part to change the schedule of payments from Harwich to Chatham for the use of the latter's wastewater trea...

COVID-19 had a profound impact on local real estate, fueling a buying spree that boosted prices to unheard of levels. There are signs, however, that the market may be cooling and returning to pre-pandemic levels. Sales in July slowed over the same month a year ago, according to the Cape Cod and Islands Association of Realtors, and more closely resembled sales in July 2019. Pending sales were down slightly from...