Chatham News

CHATHAM – A third historic home on Stage Harbor Road appears headed for the wrecking ball. Despite pleas from Historical Commission Chairman Frank Messina, the zoning board of appeals last week approved a special permit allowing the demolition of a nearly 160-year-old house at 356 Stage Harbor Rd. so that a new dwelling can be built. “We're down two strikes on Stage Harbor Road,” Messina told zoning board m...

CHATHAM – The home of the most famous surfboat crew in the history of the Coast Guard is no longer a surf station. As of Dec. 10, Coast Guard Station Chatham's designation was changed from a surf station to a heavy weather station. That means crews can only respond if surf on the bar is under eight feet, said Senior Chief Petty Officer Carlos Hessler, the officer in charge of the station. “That's the only c...

Chatham Upgrades Sidewalks Through Old Village

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – In recent weeks, crews have repaved sidewalks along Main Street in the Old Village and in a few other locations in town, replacing uneven, sometimes narrow walkways with facilities that comply with federal and state access laws. “This is part of the whole comprehensive sidewalk plan,” said Department of Public Works Director Tom Temple. Crews began work just past the Chatham Lighthouse and worked ...

Legislation extending the state room occupancy tax to include short-term rentals was signed into law by Gov. Charlie Baker Friday. Along with applying the tax to summer home rentals and AirBnBs, the legislation adds an additional 2.75 percent to the tax to create a fund to clean up the Cape's coastal waterways. The legislation was a compromise between a House and Senate conference committee agreement and am...

Chatham Builds Fleet Of Green Vehicles

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — When it comes to reducing its carbon footprint, Chatham town government is getting plugged in. On the advice of the town’s energy committee, staff have begun replacing certain town vehicles with plug-in hybrid models. The vehicles are being leased for three years, after which time the town has the option to purchase them. Over the summer, the town took delivery of a Mitsubishi Outlander plug-in ...

First Night Chatham: A Rootin' Tootin' Good Time

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Cancelation of the midnight fireworks due to high wind and rain didn't dampen the celebratory atmosphere of Chatham's First Night Monday. Buttons sold out by mid-day and a huge crowd filled Veterans Field for the evening fireworks. This year's country and western theme permeated the event, from pony rides to performers decked out in cowboy gear.   ...

CHATHAM – The home of the most famous surfboat crew in the history of the Coast Guard is no longer a surf station. As of Dec. 10, Coast Guard Station Chatham's designation was changed from a surf station to a heavy weather station. That means crews can only respond if surf on the bar is under eight feet, said Senior Chief Petty Officer Carlos Hessler, the officer in charge of the station. “That's the only c...

CHATHAM – The historical commission may consider calling on the Cape Cod Commission to protect a 300 year old house if the owner decides to go ahead with a demolition proposal. The original section of the house at 68 Shell Dr. was built in 1700, reportedly by the son of Chatham founder William Nickerson. Enlarged considerably over the years, it sits on more than three acres of land on Pleasant Bay and is being...

CHATHAM – Beginning Jan. 1, residents will be asked to recycle newspapers separately. Newspapers were previously included with mixed paper, all thrown in together into two large containers at the recycling area at the town's transfer station off Sam Ryder Road. The decision to ask people to separate newspapers from other paper stems from recent changes in the recycling industry, said Department of Public Works...

CHATHAM – The year began with a roar and maintained a sustained level of activity and news over the course of the next 12 months. There was joy and tragedy, music and fun, no balloons at band concerts and a new configuration of the town's shoreline. This year saw substantive discussions about the demographic makeup and future of the community, as well as concern that high profile shark attacks and growing seal po...

Midnight Fireworks Canceled

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

FIRST NIGHT UPDATE Dec. 31, 2:30 p.m. CHATHAM — Due to anticipated rain and wind, tonight's midnight fireworks have been canceled.  The fireworks at Veterans Field after the 6 p.m. Noise Parade will go off as planned.  Main First Night story: With button sales just starting to pick up momentum, people are gearing up for the town’s famous First Night celebration on New Year’s Eve. The pieces are in ...

Even before it's finalized, the fiscal 2020 Monomoy Regional School District budget is projected to run a deficit of nearly $1 million. Superintendent of Schools Scott Carpenter told the school committee last week that the preliminary budget is up 5.25 percent over this year's $39 million spending plan, but because of several factors, the assessments to Chatham and Harwich will increase by 6.09 percent. The in...