Chatham News

Skate Park To Get Surveillance Cameras

By: Alan Pollock

WEST CHATHAM — Years ago, when the town needed to relocate the skateboard park from the Main Street School to a new spot on the airport grounds – and when it was moved again to Volunteer Park – some worried that the new, more remote locations would lead to more vandalism and other mischief. Though that hasn’t been a serious problem, security cameras will soon let town officials keep an eye on the park and the peo...

Engineers Examine Old Coast Guard Boathouse

By: Tim Wood

Historic Register Designation To Be Sought CHATHAM – Town officials have asked engineers working on the new shellfish upwelling building at 90 Bridge St. to assess the former Stage Harbor Coast Guard boathouse's condition, as well as the feasibility of the historic structure's use as a shellfish grow-out facility. “We've asked them to do some due diligence, see what condition it's in, would it serve our pur...

Plus One Case At Monomoy High, Four At Squire NORTH CHATHAM — Two residents of Liberty Commons nursing home have tested positive for the novel coronavirus following a visit by a state public health inspection team, which was checking – among other things – the nursing home’s compliance with COVID-19 protocols. The cases were announced just as positive COVID-19 rates were ramping up nationwide. Locally, four...

Local Towns Hold Virtual Veterans Day Ceremonies

By: Staff Reports

With pandemic restrictions prohibiting large gatherings, local towns are planning to commemorate Veterans Day with virtual events held online and cable TV. Chatham will host a virtual Veterans Day parade on Channel 18 on Nov. 11 beginning at 11 a.m. Local residents are invited to participate by sending a high-resolution digital photo of a Chatham veteran (or veterans) to Shanna Nealy at snealy@chatham-ma.gov a...

Free Meals To Vets Courtesy Of Chatham COA

By: Staff Reports and Contributors

CHATHAM – On Veterans Day, Tuesday, Nov. 10, from noon until 1:30 p.m., the council on aging will honor Chatham veterans and military spouses who are Chatham residents aged 60 or older with a free meal, distributed via a drive-through pick up at the Stony Hill Road senior center. This fresh meal will be prepared and packaged by COA Event Luncheon Chef Heather Bailey of The Optimal Kitchen and will be packaged ...

CHATHAM — Thanks to property tax revenues that remain strong and some early cost containment measures, town finances remain reasonably strong. But as town officials begin crafting the fiscal 2022 budget, they’re saying there’s still every reason to take a cautious approach to spending, given COVID-19. “Cases are increasing, so we have to be very conservative in our planning, and have an idea what the worst-c...

Environmental Study, Advisory Committee Draw Controversy CHATHAM – It's been seven months since the airport commission last met, and the controversy surrounding its proposed master plan update hasn't diminished one bit. At a sometimes contentious three-hour meeting last week, the commission fielded criticism from the public, and within its own ranks, on various elements of the plan, which has yet to be fina...

Turnout Heavy As Local Towns Ride Blue Wave

By: Tim Wood

Democrats Forest, Lyons Win County Commission Seats Voters lined up outside local polls early Tuesday to cast ballots in what is being called the most important elections in generations. Outside the Chatham Community Center shortly before the 7 a.m. poll opening, a line of about 50 socially distanced voters stretched down the sidewalk. Nicole Lewis brought a splash of color to the overcast morning with her ...

'A Failure To Communicate'

By: Tim Wood

Town To Draft Protocols To Better Inform Citizens, Businesses CHATHAM – It's clear that town officials dropped the ball in the way downtown merchants were informed of sidewalk replacement work that will impact holiday shopping. And it's not the first time there's been a failure to communicate over a town project. “I want to stress how important it is that we have better communications,” said Selectman Cory ...

CHATHAM — Forget Halloween. For regional tourism officials, the most frightening part of 2020 happened in the spring, when it seemed that the high season for visitors might not happen at all. But the summer season turned out to be not as bad as feared, thanks in part to cooperation between businesses and all levels of government. That was one message Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Wendy Nort...

CHATHAM – The best part of working for the housing authority, said retiring executive director John Stewart, is getting to know the residents. “We've had some very colorful characters,” he said. “I don't mean that in a bad way. People have very interesting histories. It was nice to know people that way.” Tomorrow will be Stewart's last day as director of both the Chatham and Harwich housing authorities, a t...

Early in-person voting for the Nov. 3 presidential election ends tomorrow (Friday, Oct. 30) after a two-week period that brought a large percentage of voters to the polls. Election officials expect a busy but manageable election day thanks to the high number of pre-election ballots being cast. As of Monday, 1,268 people had voted early in Chatham, 20 percent of the town's 6,153 registered voters. The number is...