Chatham News

CHATHAM – At two public forums last week, residents encouraged the planning board to move forward with a zoning amendment allowing accessory dwelling units in single-family homes, but recommended that limits be placed on the number of units allowed annually and suggested that the language of the bylaw be tightened to prevent abuse. Support was not unanimous, however, with several residents warning that the byl...

Despite Chain Store Closures, Toy Drives Doing Well

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — With the closure of Toys “R” Us in Hyannis and Benny’s in Dennisport, among other retail chains, organizers of local toy drives worried that some needy local children wouldn’t find as much under the Christmas tree this year. Now, there appears to be reason for some cautious holiday optimism. “We surpassed our donation amount last year by quite a bit. I’d say, more than doubled it,” Deputy Chatham P...

HARWICH – When the Monomoy Regional School District put out a request for bids for a busing contract in January and again in November, they anticipated sifting through a host of proposals. Instead, they received none. With a need to get plans firmly in place for the next school year, the Monomoy school committee approved Superintendent Scott Carpenter's recommendation that the district begin working with the C...

CHATHAM – Folks will be celebrating Christmas By The Sea this weekend as the Chatham Merchants Association sponsors its annual holiday stroll. Events kick off Friday with a light parade and lighting of the town tree and continue all weekend long with activities, including a newly improved scavenger hunt, and open houses in many local shops. Christmas By The Sea has been a mainstay of the town's holiday season,...

New Partnership Could Boost Affordable Housing Stock

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Like other towns in the region, Chatham has a lack of affordable housing. But it also has a scarcity of available housing for families capable of paying a mortgage, since properties under $500,000 often sell immediately after going on the market. A group of citizens and stakeholders hope to start addressing that problem using a novel approach: a private entity that quickly buys up a property that’s...

Chatham's Children Benefit From New Holiday Fundraiser

By: Debra Lawless

CHATHAM – Your holiday season will be a little busier this year with the addition of a wonderful new gala to support Chatham’s children. “The Spirit of Giving: A Special Evening of Fashion, Friendship and Community to Benefit the Chatham Children” will be held on Dec. 4 in the Monomoy Room at Chatham Bars Inn. What is planned as a first annual event will benefit social services agency Monomoy Community Service...

CHATHAM — As a concrete step toward helping young families afford to live in town year-round, selectmen are examining the possibility of offering child care vouchers to subsidize the cost of preschool care. The recommendation is one made by the town’s economic development committee in 2016 and brought to the fore by the new Chatham 365 Task Force. Though several different models are under consideration, u...

CHATHAM – A court has ordered the town to consider revised plans for use of the warehouse building at 45 Chatham Bars Ave. owned by Chatham Bars Inn. The dispute between the town, inn and neighbors over use of the 9,500-square-foot building, once a bowling alley but used as a warehouse since the 1970s, has dragged on for nearly three years. Two previous appeals were filed with the zoning board of appeals. The ...

CHATHAM – If the frigid temperatures aren't enough to remind you that the holiday season is here, then Santa's arrival on Sunday should do the trick. The Jolly Old Elf will cruise into the fish pier at 1:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon in style, aboard the historic CG36500 Coast Guard lifeboat, accompanied by a contingent of active Coast Guard personnel. The event, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Central Cape Cod, i...

Selectmen Choose Middle Road For COA Site

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Maybe having a new council on aging at the community center site or near Volunteer Park would have allowed more interaction between seniors and young people. But in the end, selectmen heard arguments from young and old alike that a town-owned parcel off Middle Road would be the best home for a new senior center. The board voted unanimously to pursue plans for a new senior center on a wooded parcel ...

Selectmen Choose Middle Road For COA Site

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Maybe having a new council on aging at the community center site or near Volunteer Park would have allowed more interaction between seniors and young people. But in the end, selectmen heard arguments from young and old alike that a town-owned parcel off Middle Road would be the best home for a new senior center. The board voted unanimously to pursue plans for a new senior center on a wooded parcel ...