Chatham News

CHATHAM — Not surprisingly, selectmen this week officially threw their support behind the plan for a new senior center at 1610 Main St. The board recommended that town meeting pass the $8.28 million article, despite the fiscal uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. “The issues with the council on aging are not going to go away after we get through this period of emergency,” Selectman Peter Cocolis s...

CHATHAM — In the short term, new electrical equipment being installed in downtown Chatham aims to help town officials charge their new electric vehicles. But in the longer term, it’s designed to reduce the number and duration of power outages in the downtown area. John Ventura, Eversource Manager of Distribution System Engineering, spoke to selectmen last week to secure permission to install two new transforme...

CHATHAM — Voters at the next annual town meeting will be asked to reserve the town-owned house at 127 Old Harbor Rd., formerly the water department offices, for affordable housing. But it’s not clear whether any specific plan is on the table for doing so. In 1971, a special town meeting voted to accept the property as a gift from the late Marion Nickerson Ellis, with the provision that the property be designat...

March is usually one of the local economy's slowest times of the year, but business and community activities have nearly ground to a halt due to the coronavirus pandemic. There's even concern that the impact could reach into the summer season. On Monday downtown Chatham was nearly deserted, with only about half a dozen shops open. Restaurants were closed per order of Governor Charlie Baker, although many were ...

Senior Center Cost Put At $8.27M For 1610 Main St.

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Presenting to a nearly empty meeting room, officials unveiled plans Monday for a $8.27 million senior center at 1610 Main St., West Chatham. It was the coronavirus, not any lack of interest, that kept the gallery empty at Monday’s selectmen’s meeting. The session was televised live and citizens could submit questions and comments by email. Featuring spacious activity rooms, a full kitchen and a lo...

CHATHAM – Redevelopment of the Monomoy Theatre property into a year-round performing arts center could depend on the adoption of a Main Street Theater Overlay District, planning board members were told last week. Michael Ford, attorney for Alexandra Properties, which bought the Main Street property last year, said the proposed overlay district is the best way to allow the uses that would be necessary to make t...

In a response that flexes both their emergency response skills and their ability to improvise, Lower Cape officials are doing what they can to prevent the spread of COVID-19 while keeping essential government services going. As of Friday morning, there were five confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in Barnstable County, but with the increased availability of test kits, public health officials expect that n...

CHATHAM — Volunteers and staff of the Chatham Conservation Foundation have seen plenty of nature in their visits to the conservation lands they protect. But when it comes to wildlife, most of the action happens at night or when nobody’s around. The Chatham Conservation Foundation’s (from left) Julie Baca, Dorothy Bassett and Antonia Porcari ex...

CHATHAM — By a solid margin, voters at Saturday’s special town meeting approved spending $75,000 for a feasibility study for a new council on aging building on Stepping Stones Road. But because the land is under the control of the Monomoy Regional School Committee, which has voted against releasing it back to the town, it remains to be seen if a new senior center could be built on the two-acre parcel. The v...

CHATHAM – In order to create a year-round arts and entertainment facility and preserve the historic buildings on the former Monomoy Theatre property, owner Alexandra Properties is proposing a new zoning overlay district covering 776 Main St. and 70 Depot Rd. Both properties were used by the Monomoy Theatre until its sale to Alexandra Properties last year. The proposed Main Street Theater Overlay District would...

Fools To Freeze For Firefighter’s Fiancée

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — This year, the April Fools of Chatham Fire Department will lead their annual fund-raising plunge in frigid Nantucket Sound to benefit one of their own. The swim will take place on April 1 at 4:30 p.m. at Harding’s Beach, and hundreds of people are expected to join in. This year’s event will raise funds for 28-year-old Hayley Varin, who will soon be married to Chatham Firefighter Harry Fietz. Varin wa...

CHATHAM — It’s been a practice for about as long as anyone can remember, but because of a complaint to the state, the town is now regulating the storage of weir poles at the end of Harding’s Beach. Used to suspend offshore fish trap nets, the wooden poles are stored on the end of the beach in the off-season. Answering a complaint from an unnamed citizen, the state attorney general’s office says the practice re...