Chatham News

CHATHAM – Life has been “a battle” for Jennie Porter ever since being diagnosed with ulcerative colitis when she was in her 20s, according to her partner Andrew Davol. Earlier this year, however, complications from a particularly bad flare up of the gastrointestinal condition led to a blood clot in her brain and a massive stroke. “It was a one-in-million chance that a clot formed in her brain,” said Davol. ...

CHATHAM – Since it launched two weeks ago, the Chatham Coronavirus Impact Fund has received 16 applications for assistance, and all have been approved, according to founder Stephen Daniel. The applications represent 29 adults, 18 children and 15 seniors who received a total of $11,784 in assistance, with the average award $737. The money has helped residents pay electric and gas bills, rent, vehicle payments a...

As Fresh As It Gets: Scallops Sold Right Off The Boat

By: Doreen Leggett

Joseph Galatie texted his mom and said she had to get down to the dock quick. Galatie, 21, is a fisherman and worked at the Chatham Fish Pier for Red’s Best over the summer. He knows how irresistible fresh-caught fish can be, and when he heard a local captain was bringing in scallops, it was an opportunity not to be missed. When his mom, Sarah, grabbed her youngest son, Nicholas, 11, and got to Saquatucket ...

Hopeful Signs In COVID Fight, But Danger Remains

By: Alan Pollock

Stay-at-home Advisory, Business Closure Extended To May 18 The human toll of COVID-19 continues to grow, but key public health indicators hint that the virus emergency could be starting to level off on Cape Cod. “We’re starting to see that plateau start to happen,” Barnstable County Health and Environment Director Sean O’Brien said Tuesday. But at the town, county, state and federal level, public health off...

CHATHAM — More than ever, fire departments need to make sure that ambulances are fully sanitized between each response, and that can be a labor-intensive process. But Chatham firefighters are trying a new way to sanitize ambulances, police cars and other vehicle interiors using an improvised aerosol system. Fire Chief Peter Connick said credit properly goes to the Tulsa, Okla., fire department, which posted a ...

CHATHAM – Just over a week after it was established, the Chatham Coronavirus Impact Fund is nearly two-thirds of the way toward its fundraising goal, and has already dispersed money to local residents in need. “It's working,” said Stephen Daniel, who co-founded the fund with his wife Mary Beth. As of Monday the Chatham Coronavirus Impact Fund (CCIF) had raised about $220,000, Daniel said, with more donation...

CHATHAM – Unable to hold an in-person event due to the coronavirus emergency, a local group is taking its Earth Day celebration online. Chatham Acts On Climate, formed recently to promote local action on climate change, will host a “stay home event” Saturday, May 2, to mark the 50 th anniversary of Earth Day, which fell on April 22. Nine speakers will talk about actionable ideas, projects and opportunities th...

Uncertainty Clouds Summer Season

By: Tim Wood

Ask local business owners about the upcoming summer season, and you'll hear a mixture of trepidation and optimism. Many feel that once the coronavirus emergency eases, Cape Cod will be well positioned as a summer driving destination for millions of vacationers who are likely to avoid air travel in the near future. Uncertainty over exactly when that easing will occur, and how continued provisions for social dis...

Tavano Named Next Deputy Fire Chief

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — At the end of next month, when Fire Chief Peter Connick retires after more than four decades of service in town, Deputy Chief Dave DePasquale will take over leadership of the department. Taking DePasquale’s desk as deputy will be Lieutenant Justin Tavano, a 16-year veteran firefighter. Town Manager Jill Goldsmith recently announced Tavano as her choice for the department’s number two position. Connic...

CHATHAM – A 300 th anniversary only happens once. The First Congregational Church of Chatham has the bad luck to have its tricentennial coincide with a once-in-a-century pandemic. Like most events scheduled for the next few months, upcoming celebrations around the downtown church's anniversary have either been postponed or canceled. Work on a multi-million dollar renovation of the historic structure is also o...

Councils On Aging Are There For Area Seniors

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – Seniors are among the most vulnerable to the COVID-19 virus, and they can also be the most susceptible to loneliness and isolation even during normal times. In these extraordinary times, local councils on aging are working hard to maintain connections with seniors, maintaining many of their usual services and even launching new ones to try to meet changing needs. “Outreach is particularly busy at thi...

At Stage Harbor, Town Pays A Premium For Dredging

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — A private dredging company is now clearing the Stage Harbor entrance channel, continuing the work started by the Army Corps of Engineers' dredge Currituck in January. In light of severe shoaling, the work was essential to keep the channel open for this summer's boating traffic, but the job is costing significantly more than it would have if the Barnstable County dredge had been available. Texas-bas...