Chatham News

No Summer Holiday for Childhood Hunger

By: Tim Wood

Program Keeps Thousands Of Kids Fed Over School Vacation CHATHAM – Summer on Cape Cod is often synonymous with endless beach days, Americana band concerts, and lobster roll picnics. But, for many children, summer also brings uncertainty and hunger.  “The students who depend upon free and reduced school meals for more than half their daily calories during the school year are at risk for hunger during the s...

CHATHAM – Coming back from a devastating fire was not, shall we say, a smoothie for Emack and Bolio's, but it wasn't exactly a rocky road either. After the building that houses the ice cream shop at 2 Kent Place, just behind the Children's Shop, was destroyed in a blaze last Halloween, a team of builders, tradesmen and contractors kicked into gear to get the structure completely rebuilt and the shop open for b...

Some Say They Feel 'Unsafe' CHATHAM – Several members of the charter review committee say they will resign unless selectmen take action following an incident in which committee clerk Seth Taylor shouted at and allegedly physically confronted a member of the public. The confrontation occurred after the committee's June 18 meeting had been adjourned and the meeting room video recorder had been turned off. Pro...

CHATHAM — At age 93, Ivan Bassett looks back on many happy Independence Day celebrations, and never misses the parade in Chatham. This year, as grand marshal, he’ll be watching from the back seat of a vintage Ford Phaeton convertible, part of the parade’s salute to veterans and members of the military. It’ll be a memorable experience, but perhaps not as memorable as a Fourth of July he spent 75 years ago, off I...

CHATHAM – A confirmed sighting of a great white shark eating a seal off the southern end of Monomoy Monday leaves no doubt that what are now the region's most unwelcome summer visitors have arrived. With shark sightings comes renewed concerns over safety at area beaches. Last week new signs went up at most town beaches and town landings warning of the presence of great white sharks. The bright red and blue sig...

CHATHAM – Five years ago, a golden retriever named Lazy Daze Sir Charles Barkley (known better as Chatham Charlie) became the “unofficial ambassador” of the town of Chatham. That status continued after his unexpected death last August from hemangiosarcoma cancer. “One day he was swimming at Cow Yard, and the next morning he passed away,” said Paul Litwin, one of Charlie’s owners. Charlie’s life will be cele...

West Chatham Roadwork To End Friday

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – There's good news for folks who frequently drive along Route 28 through the West Chatham business district. The West Chatham Roadway Project is about to end for the summer. Work on revamping Route 28 (Main Street) between Barn Hill Road and George Ryder Road road is scheduled to end Friday, June 28, according to Public Works Director Tom Temple. “They're actually ahead of schedule at this point,” ...

CHATHAM – There will be lots of familiar faces as well as some newcomers marching down Main Street during next week's Independence Day parade. As of early this week, there were 90 entries in the parade, along with the 10 traditional groups that lead the parade, making for an even 100 groups participating in the annual event. Thousands are expected to line the route of the parade, which begins at 9:30 a.m. o...

CHATHAM – Rebuilding of the Eldredge trap dock in Stage Harbor is expected to begin in the fall and be completed by May. Last week the zoning board of appeals approved a variance and special permit for the $3 million-plus project. Final approval is pending from the Army Corps of Engineers, according to Coastal Resources Director Ted Keon; all other state and local permits have been approved. “It's badly in ...

Outraged Fishermen Demand Action On Fish Pier

By: Alan Pollock

Because Of Delays, New Observation Deck May Wait Until Fall CHATHAM — With angry fishermen struggling to offload their catch, and with crowds of sightseers looking in vain for a place to watch, town officials are voicing frustration with the contractor hired to replace the observation deck at the fish pier. While some of the delays are linked to this spring’s unusually wet weather, many are blaming genera...

CHATHAM — A Minister’s Point property owner whose land is threatened by erosion is keeping up the legal fight against dredging in Chatham Harbor. Essentially denying an earlier appeal by property owner Gerald Milden, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection issued a superseding order of conditions late last month that would have allowed dredging to go forward in an area inside the North Inlet...

Selectmen Seek Senior Center Site Suggestions

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Pledging to bring a new senior center proposal to voters this fall, Selectmen Monday outlined a plan to find a better site for the building, even if it’s smaller than the Middle Road parcel rejected by town meeting last month. The town will issue a renewed request for proposals (RFP) from private property owners who would like to sell or potentially even lease land to the town on a long-term basis....