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Our View: Next Step For Senior Center

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Last week, William Marsh, owner of Eastward Companies, generously offered to donate the two lots at 1610 Main St. in West Chatham that officials have identified as a possible location for a new senior center. In talks leading up to Saturday's special town meeting, selectmen reportedly appealed to the long-time developer's sense of legacy; in a statement issued the day before the meeting, Marsh said the donation, ...

Letters To The Editor, Jan. 9, 2020

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Voice Concerns To Coast Guard Editor: Calling all mariners, residents, anyone concerned or affected by the Coast Guards intention to remove “C” buoy from Chatham waters: The Coast Guard is accepting comments at email D01-SMB-DPWPublicComments@uscg.mil. The presence of the Coast Guard is very important to the town of Chatham. Don’t let them continue to downgrade our status. Your voice matters! Janice O'Co...

ORLEANS — At the town’s community building on Main Street, things are quieter than when firetrucks raced out the door, but that doesn’t mean the former fire and police station is any less busy. Many programs have activities there, and the potential of the structure has yet to be fully realized, some say. “It’s a small building, but a hub of activity,” JoAnna Keeley, chairperson of the Orleans Cultural Distri...

ORLEANS — There are robots, and then there are ROBOTS. The eerily human-ish automatons of contemporary cinema may provide a chill, but the Snow Library has boldly gone where man has gone before with its warm celebration of the bulky, gleaming toy robots of the last century. The packed display case opposite the entrance doors brings young and old to a standstill as they marvel at the colorful creations of ...

Voters Accept Gift Of Land For Senior Center

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – Special town meeting voters agreed Saturday to accept the gift of land in West Chatham as the possible location for a new senior center. The announcement Friday that owner William Marsh of Eastward Companies would donate the 1.3 acres of land at 1610 Main St., rather than sell it to the town for $750,000, meant that only a majority vote was required for the article to pass. The original article cal...

Marsh Offers To Donate Senior Center Land

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – William Marsh, owner of Eastward Companies, has offered to donate to the town the two parcels of land in West Chatham which have been identified as a site for a new senior center. A special town meeting will be held tomorrow (Saturday, Jan. 4) to vote on acquisition of the land at 1610 Main St. Marsh and the town had agreed on a $750,000 price for the property. But at a meeting with Town Manager Ji...

You Can't Keep Charlie Dodge Away From The Fish

By: Doreen Leggett

On both sides of his family, as far back as he can trace, Charlie Dodge descends from commercial fishermen. Some roots go to Norway and England, and then there is Tristam Dodge, of Newfoundland, hired by the settlers of Block Island in 1616 to teach them how to fish so they wouldn’t starve. Charlie Dodge was born on that small island 350 years later. His parents tried to buck centuries of tradition and insiste...

CHATHAM – The board of selectmen will do everything within its power to convince the Coast Guard not to remove the buoy marking the entrance to Chatham Harbor. Officials have already been in contact with Senator Elizabeth Warren's office to enlist her help and last week voted agreed to write to Coast Guard brass to stress the need to retain the navigational marker. Selectmen also plan to ask neighboring towns ...

CHATHAM – Todd Hearle, the investor with local ties who purchased the Chatham Squire in May, has added another iconic business to his portfolio. Hearle's Captain's House Operating LLC purchased the Captain's House Inn at 369 Old Harbor Rd. Dec. 17 from James and Jill Meyer, who had operated the historic complex centered around an 1839 Hiram Harding House since 2006. The Barnstable County Registry of Deeds list...

Vote On New COA Site Saturday

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – Voters at Saturday's special town meeting will be asked to endorse a site for a new senior center for the second time in less than a year. Last May, town meeting rejected building a $6.6 million center to house council on aging programs on town-owned land off Middle Road. At the Jan. 4 meeting, which takes place at 1 p.m. at Monomoy Middle School on Crowell Road, voters will be asked to set aside $75...

Chatham Fish Pier Market Sold

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – The iconic Chatham Fish Pier Market, founded more than half a century ago by Willard Nickerson, has been sold. Steven Gennodie, who owns a fish processing company on the Boston Fish Pier and two retail fish markets on the South Shore, purchased the fish market and take-out eatery adjacent to the town's fish pier last month from Andy Baler for $1.2 million. Gennodie said most of the market's staff ...

A Year Of Contrasts In Chatham

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – Negativity and hope competed for attention in town during 2019. Voters turned down a new senior center, but hope remained that a new location would be approved; an ugly fight developed over a new master plan for the airport, with accusations about conflicts and insensitivity flying faster than a falling skydiver; extreme weather struck but the response was immediate and competent; failure to complete...

Funds Help Young Working Families CHATHAM — When it comes to meeting the high cost of living on Cape Cod, the expense of preschool and after-school child care is a big challenge for young working families. For several years, Chatham’s human services committee has funded a childcare voucher program, and in light of increased demand, town officials are expected to expand the program slightly in the next town bud...

Volunteers Craft Benches For Ryder’s Cove Park

By: Alan Pollock

SOUTH HARWICH — When the public park at Ryder’s Cove is finally built, there will be two comfortable places for visitors to stop and reflect, thanks to the volunteer woodworkers of the Chatham-Harwich Newcomers Club. The men are putting the finishing touches on two custom-made mahogany benches to be installed once the park is ready. Earlier this year, town meeting appropriated $79,000 to clear invasive species...