Topics: Chatham

Liberty Commons Gives Thanks For Togetherness

By: Staff Reports

NORTH CHATHAM — Though it took some ingenuity, residents at Liberty Commons nursing home had an opportunity to spend some quality time with loved ones on Thanksgiving, face-to-face. It was the kind of gathering that wasn't possible last Thanksgiving because of the pandemic. The nursing home provided a large, heated tent that was erected in the parking lot, providing a safe, well-ventilated space for 100 reside...

Town Eyes Parcel For Fishing Gear Storage

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — The select board is seeking a site where commercial fishermen can store their gear, where it won't interfere with airport operations – or rankle nearby neighbors. They may have found one on a sliver of land between the wastewater plant and transfer station. For decades, the town has allowed fishermen to lease space on the airport property to store gear that's not being used, but the airport commissio...

Chatham To Join PFAS Litigation

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — The discovery of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in public wells in levels above state standards has already prompted some hefty spending by the town to ensure continued clean drinking water. To help defray those and expected future costs, the select board voted last week to seek to join a national lawsuit targeting companies that produced those "forever chemical" contaminants. The select ...

WELLFLEET — After a three-year hiatus, the Cape Cod National Seashore Advisory Commission could be on track to begin meeting again. The commission, which provides input from Lower Cape towns on policies and programs in the National Seashore, has been dormant since its authorization expired in September 2018. Legislation is working its way through the U.S. Senate to reauthorize the commission, but whether or no...

CHATHAM – For a second consecutive year, the Chatham Turkey Trot will be held in a virtual format out of precaution due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Runners and walkers interested in participating in the Thanksgiving tradition will have the opportunity to chart their own courses as race organizers have opted to hold the annual event in a virtual format for the second time in as many years. Mary Parsons an...

Plane Wreckage Found, But Pilot Yet To Be Located

By: Ryan Bray

Wreckage of a plane that was reported missing early last week has been located, but there is still little information about the man who was piloting the aircraft. State police divers, accompanied by Chatham and Harwich harbormaster personnel, located wreckage from the 1979 Piper Dakota aircraft early in the afternoon Nov. 4 about two miles east of Nauset Beach, Chatham Harbormaster Stuart Smith said. Four days...

Wreckage Of Missing Plane Located

By: Ryan Bray

Wreckage of a plane missing since Sunday has been located, according to Chatham Harbormaster Stuart Smith. State police divers, accompanied by Chatham and Harwich harbormaster personnel, spent the morning and part of the afternoon searching an area about a mile and a half off Nauset. They returned to the Chatham Fish Pier about 2:45 p.m. The wreckage was found about two miles east of Nauset Beach, Smith sai...

Officials in Chatham, Harwich and Orleans spent almost two days assisting the Coast Guard in its search for a small plane that was reported missing late Sunday night. But what happened to the vessel and its pilot was still unknown as of late Tuesday. The Coast Guard suspended its search Tuesday for 67-year-old Roger Mills, who was reported missing by a friend after the plane he was operating failed to land as ...

A quote sits alone atop the Pals For Life Foundation’s website, palsforlife.com. “We are all keepers of our brothers and sisters,” it reads. That quote captures the spirit of the Pals For Life Foundation (PFL), which, for the past 26 years, has given back to locals in the hospitality industry when they have needed assistance the most. PFL is set to host its 25 th annual golf outing on Oct. 6 at the Captains...

CHATHAM – The smudged sight of red, white and blue could be seen filling the stands at Veterans Park from the parking lot way off in the distance. For the first time since 2019, the home colors were on full display at the home of the Chatham Anglers. The Chatham and Cape Cod baseball communities met at the park Saturday afternoon to say goodbye to Paul Galop, a longtime Chatham Anglers volunteer and team offic...

CHATHAM – Paul Galop wasn’t an apathetic person. When he got involved with something, he gave it his all. “He just jumped right into everything,” said Laurie Galop, Mr. Galop's wife and best friend of 43-and-a-half years. “If we went to the store, we didn’t go for a couple things, we’d come home with several bags of groceries. It wasn’t like you would buy one paper towel roll — you’d buy a half dozen. He did e...

Imagine watching your children or grandchildren play a game of catch with a future big-league pitcher in your backyard, or serving a hamburger to baseball’s next great slugger during your family’s summer barbecue. Those are a few examples of the experiences host families have when they welcome Cape Cod Baseball League players into their homes during the summer months. America’s top collegiate summer basebal...

Local children from Chatham, Harwich and Orleans will be able to experience somewhat-normal activities this summer when all three towns resume their summer recreation programs after canceling the 2020 lineups due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “We’re so excited to move forward and give the kids some semblance of normalcy,” said Chatham Youth Service Coordinator Sharon Stark. Although COVID-19 remains a very real...

CHATHAM – Local fishermen congregated at the back of a white van parked at the Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen’s Alliance building and peered inside. Their view offered a glimpse of the new gear they will be mandated to use as a part of a suite of measures implemented by the Massachusetts Marine Fisheries Commission to comply with a judge’s order to reduce entanglements of endangered right whales. Dozens of l...

93 Polar Plunges Net $27K For Teen Recovery

By: Brad Joyal

Bob Wirtshafter was leaving his yoga class at Power Yoga of Cape Cod in Harwich when he noticed his instructor, Stephanie Briody, was wearing a bathing suit as she left the studio and headed out into the December cold. “I saw that she had her bathing suit on after yoga and I said, ‘Where are you going?’” recalls Wirtshafter, a Chatham resident. “She said, ‘Oh, I’m going to do an ocean dip’ and I said, ‘Oh, I’l...

Beginning with the closures of the Chatham and Harwich High Schools and the opening of Monomoy Regional High School, the Lower Cape has experienced many changes over the years. However, the more some things change, the more others stay the same. Among the organizations that have survived the test of time is Monomoy’s Dollars for Scholars program, which is celebrating its 55th anniversary this year. Like mos...