Letters to the Editor, March 14

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Chatham Needs The Monomoy Theatre


We were all waiting to see who the buyer of the Monomoy Theatre was. Now we know!

I hope you will do some investigative reporting on Alexandra Properties. When I Googled them, this is what I got: alexandraconstruction.com. 

Not exactly Chatham!  Where are the historic projects Gregory Clark referred to at the selectmen's meeting? 

He mentioned allowing the theater to function for one season.  No mention of the long term which is what we are all looking for.

Can you challenge Gregory to work with the theater group for the long term?  If not, challenge the theater group to buy him out.

We know the price is high. But so was the price for the Orpheum, which is a great success. 

There is enough money in Chatham to swing the purchase price if other relationships can be worked out.

Chatham needs the Monomoy Theatre.

Michael Westgate


Current Chatham COA Not So Bad 

How sad the new Chatham Council on Aging building is being pushed by the “powers that be.” After watching the March 2 meeting at the annex I continue to be appalled at the “heads in the sand.” 
The present COA building is certainly sufficient. I couldn’t believe what I was reading in Tim Wood’s Feb. 28 article quoting David Speciale. He said the present basement can only accommodate about 15 people. No way. Just one room alone has 20 to 30 people watching a movie. The rest of the basement is empty, but could have the same number of people at the same time. This is just one example of the fabrication the C.O.A. board and others have made up in order to get their way. 
Yes, there is definitely wasted space on all three floors. I go to the COA frequently at all times of the day and have yet to see a crowd of people anywhere near to capacity in any room.
The house is homey with a relaxing atmosphere. For much less than the $5 to $6.5 million (you can bet more) the existing building can be renovated. The elevator works well, but could be replaced if it makes the board happy. The proposed new building is spread out on one floor. Can you imagine a senior citizen navigating a walker of wheelchair from one end to the other? A two or three story building as now exists with the elevator is way less strenuous. The location for this new institution is terrible. Where the COA.is now is central to the majority of people.
I understand why the “summer/weekend” people are consulted, but it’s the year-round residents who count. Why is it the “powers that be” dictate spending our money? Simply put, it’s not their money. 
Just as the typical above-mentioned meeting this letter will be viewed as venting my opinion and won’t make any difference. “They” will do what they want to do anyway. 

B. Storer
South Chatham 


ADU Bylaw Won't Help Housing


Your Weekend Update (March 2) and a longer article (March 7) referenced the accessory dwelling unit protective zoning bylaw amendment as proposed by the Chatham Planning Board. Your quotations from Chatham citizens made it clear that, despite there being a housing crisis in Chatham, this proposal does nothing for affordable housing, moderate-income housing, or so-called attainable housing. There are no provisions or restrictions for age, maximum amount of rent, maximum assets of those renting, or for individuals with ties to Chatham. It creates only market rate apartments that will go to the highest bidder, not to young families; not to young adult citizens; and not to senior citizens who wish to “age in place,” unless they can afford market rates.  It is an attempt to solve Chatham’s housing problems without suitable requirements or enforcement. As written it is largely unenforceable from a practical standpoint.

I watched the planning board meeting of Feb. 26 on Channel 18, and those whom you have labeled “opponents” are really the people who are on the side of a zoning bylaw amendment that will create meaningful housing for those who need it. They were encouraging the planning board to hold off on bringing this flawed proposal to town meeting until it is enforceable and provides what it promises.

What is needed is a plan from the board of selectmen that will create sufficient housing for those people who need it, of rentals which are not market rate, and which are directed at Chatham people who live and work here.

Jennifer Buck

North Chatham


A Children's Beach By Any Name


I worked for the Chatham Chamber of Commerce in various part-time capacities from 2002 to 2014. In one capacity I worked as a greeter at the chamber’s downtown information booth. Though much water has flowed under the proverbial bridge, I can honestly say that I cannot remember a day when a visitor did not inquire for the whereabouts of a good beach for children in Chatham. Then, and for that matter now, the obvious answer is Chatham’s Children’s Beach. That’s what I and my colleagues in the chamber called it. With its free parking, rest rooms, gentle and warm waters, life guard, grills and a great location with beautiful views, it truly is a gem of a beach for kids, whatever you call it.

John Borg

The Villages, Fla.

Many Helped Create Monomoy Theatre Experience


As many of you have no doubt heard, the owners of the Monomoy Theatre have decided to sell the property that includes the theater, the houses and the shops that make up the campus of the Monomoy Theatre. The Baker and Steindler families have made the theater available to college students from all over the country or over 60 years. It has become an important educational and artistic institution not only in Chatham but also on the entire Cape and it has developed a national reputation for excellence in the world of student-driven summer theater. It has opened its doors to thousands of theater students and theater professionals. It has also shared the work of these artists with thousands of visitors as well as the residents of Chatham and the Cape.

A company with considerable experience and success in renovating and preserving historic buildings, including other theaters, has purchased the Monomoy Theatre. It is their goal, as I understand it, to do the same in Chatham.

This, of course will take some time. We will therefore not be able to have a season of plays this summer but we can look forward to what I believe will be an exciting future for this theater we all love.

In the meantime I want to thank everyone who has been a part of the Monomoy Theatre in any way for their dedication and support. The Monomoy Theatre is much more than property; it is, has been and will continue to be a place of laughter, drama, excitement and inspiration.


Alan Rust, artistic director

Monomoy Theatre