Chatham News

CHATHAM – The public will get an in-depth look at the findings from two studies that could shape the future of the town's shoreline at a presentation scheduled for Dec. 8. The two studies — one investigating ongoing erosion along Nantucket Sound and the other searching for a solution to shoaling near the Stage Harbor entrance channel — have been underway for more than two years and the results are ready to go ...

Santa Is Coming To Chatham Sunday

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Arrival Kicks Off Town's Holiday Celebration CHATHAM – It's that time of year again. On Sunday, Dec. 4, Santa Claus will make his first local appearance of the season when he arrives at the fish pier aboard the historic CG36500 motor lifeboat at 1 p.m. He'll be accompanied by members of the Coast Guard and police department, who will serve as honorary “elves” for the event. Santa's arrival kicks off the ...

Chatham Airport Could Go Solar

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM – Engineers will soon study whether rooftop and canopy solar installations could generate enough electricity to fully power the Chatham Municipal Airport. In time, they could also see whether it is feasible for the airport to host the electric aircraft of the not-so-distant future. Meeting last month, the airport commission unanimously approved hiring engineers Weston and Sampson and Rivermoor Energy u...

Plans Advance For West Chatham Connector CHATHAM — On an average summer weekday, more than 600 cyclists and pedestrians from the Old Colony Rail Trail cross Old Queen Anne Road, where hundreds of motorists pass through an intersection of four different roads. A majority of those cars are speeding. So it’s not surprising that the bikeways committee has recommended safety improvements at the crossroads. In...

$5 Million Pier Project Begins

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – The long-awaited replacement of the south bulkhead at the fish pier begins this week. The nearly $5 million project, in the planning stages for several years, will necessitate the closure to the public of the south portion of the lower parking area through the spring. The closure begins Friday. It's been some 40 years since the bulkhead along the south parking has been replaced, and in that time s...

CHATHAM — In the event of a power outage that causes people to lose heat in their homes, the town is prepared to open the community center as a warming center, with limited services available. Should they need a place to stay overnight, bring pets, get a meal or other assistance, they’ll be referred to a regional shelter in Harwich, and some residents are unhappy with that plan. “A personal care site is kind o...

CHATHAM – A temporary, less powerful light has been installed at the Chatham Lighthouse while a new generator is installed at the Coast Guard Station. The installation will require that power to the lighthouse's lamp be cycled on and off, which could damage the sensitive mechanism, according to Senior Chief Ross Comstock. The lower-intensity light is expected to be on at all times while the work is being done,...

CHATHAM — Like other shorefront communities, Chatham is already feeling the effects of climate change. While updating building codes, reducing fossil fuel use and other strategies are necessary, job number one is protecting the town’s salt marshes. That was the word from the chair of the energy and climate action committee, Bob Wirtshafter, who updated the select board last week. In the next seven years, Chath...

Tibetan Students Enjoy A New England Thanksgiving

By: Elizabeth Van Wye

CHATHAM – Sasha Rivers, a senior at Emory University in Atlanta, is excited to have two of her college friends join the Rivers family for Thanksgiving in Chatham. Having company for Thanksgiving is not unusual, but this year Lobzang Gyalsen and Kalsang Lhano, Tibetan Buddhist monastics who are also studying at Emory University, will join the family to experience their first New England Thanksgiving. Kalsang, a...

Chatham Secures Land For Housing; What's Next?

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – With the finalization of the purchase of 2.5 acres of land in West Chatham, the town now has more than eight acres of land available for construction of affordable and attainable housing. Now begins the hard work of determining how to develop the properties. The town has hired Barrett Consulting to help coordinate the process, and the first of what will likely be several community engagement sessi...

No Hunting Warden In Chatham This Season

By: Tim Wood

New Signs Will Warn Hunters, Beach Walkers Of Each Other's Presence CHATHAM – The town won't have a warden for the upcoming waterfowl hunting season, but will put up signs warning both hunters and beach walkers of each other's presence on area beaches. But that doesn't mean that the idea of a seasonal position to oversee hunting activities in the fall and early winter is dead. While there's no money in the ...

CHATHAM – The late senator Paul Tsongas was fond of telling the story about looking for a vacation home on the Cape in the late 1980s. He asked House of Representatives Speaker Thomas P. “Tip” O'Neill, a long-time Harwich homeowner, for advice. O'Neill recommended that Tsongas buy property in Chatham. “Chatham is run by Republicans. It'll never change,” the speaker replied. For decades, that was true; while...