Chatham News

Health Board To Meet In Emergency Session CHATHAM — The emergence of a cluster of four COVID-19 cases at the North Chatham Post Office has some people concerned not only about the spread of the disease but about how the cases apparently almost passed under the radar of public health officials. In a news release issued Saturday and an automated phone call to residents Tuesday, town officials urged anyone w...

CHATHAM — There’s no silver bullet to solve the housing shortage in town, but selectmen this week advanced several initiatives that might prove important, including a potential half-percent real estate transfer tax for properties over $2 million. The concept was floated by Selectman Jeffrey Dykens, who said it would provide a sustainable revenue stream for affordable and attainable housing projects. Had the ma...

CHATHAM – Last Friday, the historic Stage Harbor Coast Guard boathouse was moved off the shore in Hull, where it was scheduled for demolition, and is now safely ensconced at a Quincy shipyard. At least for the time being. Even though selectmen last week declined to commit to accepting the boathouse as a gift to the town, resident David Doherty went ahead and, working with contractor Jay Cashman, had the struct...

Houses Proposed For Monomoy Theatre Property

By: Tim Wood

No Guarantee Theater Will Return CHATHAM – A proposal to build six single-family homes on the former Monomoy Theatre property will likely clear the way for demolition of five of the seven buildings now on the land. But while owner Greg Clark of Chatham Productions, LLC, plans to restore the theater building and a historic home on the property, because of the uncertainty tied to the pandemic he could not to ...

CHATHAM – Expect a larger than usual number of community preservation grant articles on this year's annual town meeting warrant, as requests postponed last year will be joined by new funding applications. A dozen requests for Community Preservation Act funds were not acted on last year after selectmen slimmed down the annual town meeting warrant. Those measures will be presented to voters at this year's annual...

CHATHAM - Officials are investigating a cluster of COVID-19 cases among staff at the North Chatham Post Office and are urging anyone who has visited that location since Dec. 28 to watch for symptoms, speak with their doctor, and consider getting tested. On Saturday, town health officials were contacted by the Occupational Health Nurse Administrator for the New England Region of the Postal Service and learned t...

Coast Guard Boathouse Moved To Quincy

By: Tim Wood

The historic Stage Harbor Coast Guard boathouse was moved early Friday from Hull to Quincy, where it will be stored until a new location can found for it in Chatham. David Doherty, who has been spearheading the move to return the boathouse to town, obtained final approval from Hull officials on Thursday to remove the structure from the shorefront Acushnet Marina, where it has been sitting for approximately 18 ...

CHATHAM – The town's business community is weathering the COVID-19 crisis despite significant losses, with some sectors down nearly 50 percent. Hardest hit are accommodations, down 40 to 50 percent, and restaurants, which are off about 30 percent, said Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Mary Cavanaugh. Retail businesses are down 25 to 30 percent, she said, due primarily to the three-month closure last spri...

Squire, Goose And Other Restaurants Close For Winter

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

CHATHAM – Two of the town's largest restaurants will be closing for the winter due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Chatham Squire and Wild Goose Tavern will close at least through mid March. Knott's Landing will also close later this month. Usually, restaurants with year-round liquor licenses are required to seek permission from the board of selectmen to close for more than a few days. In the past, selectmen ...

CHATHAM — Some unusual activity at Harding’s Beach this week is a precursor to a large dredging operation expected to take place later this month or in early February. Starting Tuesday, the easternmost parking lot at the beach was closed to vehicles to provide working space for crews assembling dredge pipes. The finished pipes will be used by the Barnstable County dredge to pump sand from the Stage Harbor en...

Selectmen Balk At Accepting Historic Boathouse

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – Selectmen Tuesday balked at accepting the donation of the historic Stage Harbor Coast Guard boathouse, expressing concerns about renovation and maintenance costs as well as its future use. Resident David Doherty has arranged for the 83-year-old building to be moved from Hull to Quincy, where it will be stored for up to six months, all with private funding. But what happens after that is too uncertain...

Ken Baughman has fished since he was a kid and loves being on the water. The Falmouth resident, smart and determined, bought a second-hand motor, built his own boat and launched his career as a commercial fisherman this summer. It has been tough going. “It’s virtually impossible. You really have to come in as an apprentice,” he said. That may soon be a possibility with the recent passage by Congress of the ...