Chatham News

CHATHAM – For the first time in as long as anyone can remember, the traditional summer town meeting — held to update seasonal residents on local issues and solicit their input — will not happen. Instead, the 13-member summer residents advisory committee, which has sponsored the event for a number of years, is putting together a pre-recorded video presentation which will cover many of the same topics, although ...

CHATHAM – The death Monday of a woman in Maine from an apparent shark attack is a stark reminder that even though sightings are down this year, the apex predator is still present in area waters. Between June 1 and July 19, there were 54 percent fewer sightings in Cape waters compared to last year, according to the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy. But that doesn't mean sharks are not present off the coast, in ...

Selectmen Nix September Special Town Meeting

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Although there’s plenty of business left unfinished from this year’s stripped-down annual town meeting, none of it warrants convening a special town meeting in September, selectmen decided Tuesday. With COVID-19 still spreading at an alarming rate nationwide, and some concern about a potential resurgence of the illness locally in the weeks ahead, the board resolved last week only to hold the specia...

Town Limits Parking Near Schoolhouse Pond

By: Alan Pollock

In Bid To Limit Overcrowding CHATHAM — Selectmen this week rejected a second request by the board of health to ban parking on Sam Ryder Road in a bid to reduce overcrowding at Schoolhouse Pond Beach, opting instead to limit on-street parking to residents only. “We’re still having the issue of overcrowding on the beach,” Parks and Recreation Director Dan Tobin said. Health and Environment Director Robe...

Nursing homes have been Petri dishes for COVID-19. Across the country, 133,351 cases and 37,213 deaths from the virus happened in nursing homes, among both staff and residents. In Massachusetts, there have been 23,760 probable or confirmed cases in long-term care facilities, with 5,312 deaths as of July 16. There was at least one case of COVID-19 reported in 386 of the state's 413 nursing homes, according to the ...

All Eyes Watch For COVID-19 Uptick

By: Alan Pollock

As we pass the two-week mark after the Independence Day holiday weekend, public health officials are watching for any sign of an increase in COVID-19 cases on Cape Cod. And some evidence may be emerging. Key pandemic indicators in Barnstable County remain low, with just 13 new cases reported Monday. But the trend is beginning to rise. The rolling one-week average of new cases Monday stood at eight, up ...

Parking lots and baseball fields have become places of worship as local churches move services outdoors, providing at least some measure of personal connections to congregations that have been meeting virtually for months. Last Sunday, members of St. Christopher's Episcopal Church met in-person for the first time since the pandemic shutdown. About 110 members of the church participated in a socially distant ou...

Pop-up Testing Clinics Planned In Chatham And Harwich; Several Local Restaurants Close This story was updated at 4:20 p.m. July 24. CHATHAM –State officials have updated the number of positive cases of COVID-19 stemming from a July 12 party in Chatham to 13. A pop-up testing clinic will held Monday in Chatham to test anyone who was at the party or has been in close contact with someone who was there. H...

CHATHAM – The time frame under which town government operates, the fiscal year, runs from July 1 to June 30. The fiscal year that ended a few weeks ago was one of the most tumultuous in the town's history, beginning and ending with unprecedented natural disasters that will have local implications for years to come. A year ago today, 90-mile-per-hour winds blew through town after a tornado touched down in neigh...

Chatham Selectmen Lean Toward Postponing COA Vote

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Selectmen Tuesday said they prefer voting on a new council on aging project at next spring’s annual town meeting rather than at a special town meeting in September. The board took no official vote on the matter, but individual members said they would prefer to have voters act on the big-ticket project at the town’s main legislative session in May. In fact, the board is considering whether any of th...

With health departments in several states and in New York City reporting a higher-than-expected prevalence of COVID-19 among Black people, and news that people of color are dying at a younger age than others afflicted with the illness, there is troubling news about race and the pandemic on Cape Cod. Using information made public after the New York Times sued the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, Barnstable...

The first two rounds of loans from the federal Paycheck Protection Program brought tens of millions of dollars to Lower Cape businesses, helping retain at least 7,000 jobs since early A pril. But a third round of funding is needed to extend that lifeline to restaurants and other seasonal businesses, officials say. Figures from the U.S. Small Business Administration show that the loans benefited...