Chatham News

Matching Grant Boosts Family Pantry

By: Alan Pollock

NORTH HARWICH — Maybe it was the disruption caused by the tornado, or perhaps people are starting to focus on back-to-school activities. Or maybe people are understandably focused on enjoying their Cape Cod summer vacations. But whatever the reason, donations had slowed to a trickle in our annual Helping Neighbors campaign to benefit the Family Pantry of Cape Cod. ...

Chatham has always been the “center of the universe” for Andy King, who grew up here and graduated from Chatham High School in 1979. But his appearance in an Emmy-nominated documentary now has King in the center of the social media universe. In “Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened,” King's story about how he would “do whatever it takes” to help save the doomed music festival became one of the most tal...

CHATHAM – A lawsuit filed by a group of residents hoping to prevent skydiving from returning to Chatham Municipal Airport was dismissed by a Barnstable Superior Court judge last week. In a six-page decision issued July 29, Justice Beverly J. Cannone said federal law governing airports overrides nuisance claims under the state's Tort Claims Act. Citizens for a Safe Chatham Airport, Inc. (CSCA), filed the sui...

The tornado and 90-mile-per-hour winds that ravaged the area July 23 changed the streetscape in many locations in Chatham and Harwich. A glance at the nearly-empty hollow behind the Brooks Park bandstand, once thick with trees, confirms the storm's lasting impact. When some 3,000 trees are lost, as happened in Harwich, it can't help but change the appearance of the community. While many lost trees were on priv...

Three Locations Eyed In Senior Center Site Search

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — In their search for a location for a new senior center, selectmen have narrowed the list to three sites: the existing site on Stony Hill Road, the rear of the Marconi property in Chathamport, and a private parcel at 1610 Main St., West Chatham. With all board members saying they firmly support construction of a new council on aging building, selectmen are under pressure to find a location that vote...

'Walkinators' Sponsor Fundraiser For MDA Aug. 24

By: Rowan Wood

CHATHAM – How did the children’s television series “Phineas and Ferb” contribute to the formation of a local team for a benefit Muscular Dystrophy Association Muscle Walk? “Well, I was eight and I loved the show,” said Sage Barnes, a Chatham resident who will be a senior at Monomoy Regional High School in September. Dr. Doofenshmirtz, a character on the show, always created devices with the suffix “-inator,” “...

Ron Braun Finds His Niche In Conch Fishing

By: Doreen Leggett

When Ronnie Braun was a young fisherman captaining the Peggy B, he used to cruise by buoys strung in a line, and they weren’t marking lobster traps. He always wondered what they were, but since he was catching thousands of pounds of cod a day, he didn’t think much of it. “I thought those days would never end,” Braun said. But they did. Braun, whose only career has been fishing, began involving himself ...

CHATHAM – The historical commission imposed an 18-month demolition delay on the iconic Champlain Road home known as Starboard Light, but agreed on a shorter delay—six months—for several ancillary buildings and additions. The commission asked owner Robert Mahoney to advertise the availability of the additions, which date from the early 1900s, so that they could be moved and preserved or salvaged. But because sa...

CHATHAM – Chatham Bars Inn and the town have reached a settlement in a lawsuit the inn filed over the town's 2014 taking of inn property adjacent to the municipal fish pier. In an agreement finalized in Barnstable Superior Court last week, the town will pay the inn $400,000 for a permanent easement over 10,566 square feet of land used for parking by commercial fishermen as well as access to the pier's south jo...

CHATHAM – Chase Park neighbors are concerned about what they see as its escalating use, including regular events held at the labyrinth at the rear of the property. In a sometimes contentious meeting July 16, park and recreation commission members countered that the park, located off Cross Street, is not heavily used and is open to all members of the public. “It is a park and it is for the entire community,”...

Each year, more and more people take advantage of the free nutritious food provided by the Family Pantry of Cape Cod. That's partly because the need is growing, and partly because the Pantry has found effective ways to reach out to new clients, people who might otherwise never have considered asking for help. In 2016, a study identified significant pockets of residents on the Lower Cape who suffer from “food i...

HARWICH/CHATHAM – The Old Colony Rail Trail, the stretch of the Cape Cod bicycle path that runs from Harwich to Chatham, is a popular and busy corridor during the summer months and didn't go unscathed during last week's damaging storms. But the good news is that the majority of downed trees, limbs, leaves, and pine needles have been removed from the pavement or swept away. In Harwich, which saw the lion's shar...