Chatham News

Will Fatal Attack Curb Shark Fever?

By: Tim Wood

From Sharks in the Park to numerous shark-based businesses, Chatham and other communities embraced the arrival of the apex predators in Cape waters. But for years, people have wondered: What will happen when a fatal shark attack occurs? That happened last Saturday, when a 26-year-old Revere man was killed while boogie boarding off Newcomb Hollow Beach in Wellfleet. Shark merchandise, however, wasn't immediatel...

CHATHAM – Louis Guarracina loved fishing. If he wasn't with his family or working, it was likely he was on the waters off Chatham catching stripers or tuna. “He just loved fish,” said Peter Harris, CEO of HighRes Biosolutions, the company Mr. Guarracina co-founded in 2004. The conference rooms at the company's Beverly headquarters are all named for different species of fish, he said. Last Wednesday, Mr. Gua...

CHATHAM — A stroll around Chatham reveals lots of war memorials, including ones for World War II, Vietnam and Korea. But nowhere are the town’s Revolutionary War veterans honored. “We did have a Chatham presence before and during the revolution,” said selectmen Chairman Dean Nicastro, who asked the board to consider supporting the creation of a new memorial. Chatham never hosted a large battle and didn’t sen...

CHATHAMPORT — In helping shape the fledgling Monomoy Regional School District, former Superintendent Carolyn Cragin focused on improving education, building partnerships and enhancing the district’s long-term sustainability. As the new board president of the Chatham Marconi Maritime Center, her to-do list isn’t that different. Even though she retired as a public school administrator in 2013, Cragin hasn’t le...

Officials Claim Success With Downtown Paid Parking Trial

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Despite a few setbacks, the paid parking operation at the former Eldredge Garage site did well this summer, providing some relief for motorists and a little revenue for the town. That was the message that Chatham Valet co-owner Miladin Terziyski told town officials late last month. While a committee is still mulling the best long-term uses for the property, this summer’s experiment showed that, par...

CHATHAM — Conflicts between people and seals are nothing new on the Lower Cape, where fishermen have long faulted them for depleting fish stocks and fouling the water. But with two recent cases of people being bitten by seals in Chatham – and naturally with last weekend’s fatal shark attack in Wellfleet – there are renewed calls to examine the issue. Chatham resident Elaine Gibbs asked the board of selectmen...

Eastward Co. Buys Bank Of America Property

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM –Eastward Companies has purchased the former Bank of America property at 168 Old Harbor Rd. The Chatham-based development company is proposing to create two residential home lots on the site. The 42,356-square-foot parcel is located in a residential zone with a minimum lot size of 20,000 square feet. Eastward MBT LLC, the official entity that purchased the property, filed a two-lot definitive subdiv...

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 ...