Chatham News

In the wake of the death of a 26-year-old Revere man Saturday after he was bitten by a shark in the waters off Newcomb Hollow Beach in Wellfleet, local officials are planning to meet to brainstorm safety strategies for area beaches. In a tweet Sunday, Rep. William Keating said he plans to convene a meeting with National Park Service, state and local officials to address the issue. Local officials also said the...

CHATHAM – The 44-year-old Newburyport man who drowned in Chatham Harbor Wednesday was the founder and chief technology officer of a technology company based in Beverly. Louis Guarracina was a visionary engineer who reinvented the way automation and robotics work in laboratory settings, said HighRes Biosolutions Chief Executive Officer Peter Harris. "He really had such a giant impact" on the pharmaceutical a...

CHATHAM – Ten years ago, a proposal to make significant changes to the building known as the John Hallett Store at 193 Main St. was turned down by the town and the Cape Cod Commission. Now the owner is asking to carry out what was a minor part of that plan: removing a shed at the rear of the lot and replacing it with a two-car garage. No changes are proposed for the main structure, the lime green and yellow ed...

ALC Chair: Town Should Purchase Yacht Club Pier

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – Given the evolving conditions in Chatham Harbor, having an alternate location for commercial fishing boats to offload their catch, once a long-term strategy, is looking more like a necessity. Officials had that use in mind when the town purchased of the Eldredge Trap Dock on Stage Harbor in 2016, and plans are in process to modernize the pier to accommodate at least some commercial fishing boats. In ...

Coastsweep Beach Cleanups Start Saturday

By: Alan Pollock

After a long summer of beaching and boating, the coastline is in need of a good tidying. Volunteers are being recruited for several beach clean-up efforts taking place under the state’s Coastsweep program. Chatham’s mainland beaches will be scoured by Coastsweep volunteers this Saturday, Sept. 15 from 9 a.m. to noon, under the coordination of the Friends of Chatham Waterways. Would-be helpers are asked to emai...

Hessler Glad To Take Helm At Coast Guard Station Chatham

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — The new man in charge at the Coast Guard station, Senior Chief Petty Officer Carlos Hessler, said he’s impressed by the sense of pride at Station Chatham as well as its role in the community – and its place in history. Hessler has been the station’s commanding officer for a few weeks now and is still getting to know its people, its unique equipment and its role in the local network of first responder...

Crosswalk Sought At Key Intersection

By: Tim Wood

Rt. 28-137 Juncture Called 'Pedestrian Nightmare' CHATHAM – When she works at the garden in front of the Chatham Chamber of Commerce headquarters at the intersection of Routes 28 and 137, Nancy Alger often sees pedestrians and bicyclists trying to cross the road, and it “scares the heck out of me,” she said. “You have no idea how fast cars go by,” she told members of the South Chatham Village Association du...

Entanglement Probably Drowned Right Whale Found Off Monomoy

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

CHATHAM – The North Atlantic right whale found dead on Monomoy Island last week most likely drowned after being entangled in fishing gear, according to the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration. Scientists from the Yarmouth-based International Fund for Animal Welfare performed a necropsy on the whale Aug. 30 and documented 11 lesions, including several linear depressions and bruises that are co...

CHATHAM – Students returning to Chatham Elementary School this week might not have noticed anything different about the cafeteria, but for some students, a little-used but well-stocked closet will help ensure that they don't go hungry evenings and weekends. The closet will be filled with non-perishable, nutritious food as well as other essentials, which will be given out to students identified by schoo...

What Are The Odds Of A Hurricane Hitting The Cape?

By: Alan Pollock

Thanks to cooler waters in parts of the Atlantic and a weaker-than-expected “El Nino” equatorial wind pattern, it’s been a quiet Atlantic hurricane season. Each year, it’s like a turn of the roulette wheel – only when the Cape’s number comes up, it won’t be cause for celebration. While the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issues a seasonal outlook each May for the upcoming hurricane season, its ...

Chatham, Harwich Awarded State Dredging Grants

By: Tim Wood , William F. Galvin

Chatham and Harwich will receive grants from the state's new Navigational Dredging Pilot Program, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito announced in Hyannis last week. They are two of 11 coastal communities that will share $3.6 million for dredging projects projected to remove a total of nearly 188,000 cubic yards of sand. Chatham will receive $350,000 to dredge the entrance channel to Stage Harbor, as well as the nearby Morr...