Chatham News

Emily Yerby works for The Greater Boston Food Bank and came home from an “insanely” hard day at work too exhausted to cook dinner. So she threw some haddock chowder on the stove, the same chowder that has been offered at pantries across the state. “It was perfect,” she said. “This for me has been a silver lining during all this chaos.” The Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen’s Alliance's new haddock chowder first...

CHATHAM – A half century ago, while working for Bell Labs, Michael Tompsett invented an image sensor chip that became the world's first digital camera. The first-ever digital photo was a picture of his wife, Margaret, which ended up on the cover of the January 1973 edition of Electronics Magazine. Last week Tompsett was honored for his achievements, which included work to reduce the size of bulky television ca...

CHATHAM – As the Chatham Children's Fund prepares for the holiday season, a local business has stepped up to help meet what is anticipated to be a higher than usual demand for assistance to local families. Broad Reach Healthcare has offered to match up to $500 in gift card donations to the organization. Due to the pandemic, rather than shopping for clothing and holiday gifts for local families, the Children's ...

Main Street Sidewalk Replacement Begins Monday

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – The replacement of sidewalks in the west end of the downtown business district begins Monday, Oct. 26, and the concurrent repaving of Cross Street will limit pedestrian and vehicular traffic in the area through mid-December. Sidewalks will be replaced from the rotary to Library Lane on the north side and Cross Street on the south side. The work began at Library Lane; crews will work west to the rotar...

Historic CG Boathouse May Return To Town

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – A piece of Chatham history that was thought to be lost may be returning to town. The Coast Guard boathouse that stood on the shores of Stage Harbor from 1936 until 2009, when it was taken by barge to Quincy and later moved to Hull, was slated to be auctioned Thursday. But a local resident who had previously headed an effort to keep the structure in town was able to convince the current owner to pull ...

CHATHAM – Selectmen last week rejected an allegation that the signing of a federal airport grant contract by the town manager violated the Open Meeting Law, but agreed that greater transparency was appropriate for some ad hoc committees that had previously not complied with the law's requirements. The Open Meeting Law complaint was filed by James Fulton, who alleged that the law was violated when Town Manager ...

CHATHAM – For Dan Meservey and other West Chatham business owners, it's deja vu all over again. A decade ago, businesses struggled through several seasons as sewers were installed along Route 28, limiting and sometimes shutting down access completely. Last week, major construction began on the West Chatham Roadway Project, and although the road is ostensibly open to traffic, long delays and the torn-up surface...

Restaurants Must Publicly Post COVID-19 Cases

By: Alan Pollock

Chatham First In Mass. With This Requirement CHATHAM — Though it’s not required by state law, Chatham restaurants reporting positive cases of COVID-19 among staff, patrons or vendors must now notify the public by placing announcements near entrances and by posting the information on their websites or social media accounts. The emergency order passed by the board of health took effect last Thursday, and ap...

Early In-person Voting Begins Saturday

By: Staff Reports

In-person early voting for the Nov. 3 presidential election begins this Saturday, Oct. 17 and continues daily through Oct. 30, and residents planning to vote absentee or through early mail-in should have their ballots in-hand any day now. Chatham residents' mail-in and absentee ballots arrived at the town clerk's office Oct. 8 and are now being sent out. The ballots can be returned via mail or left in the drop...

CHATHAM – Like everything else during the pandemic, Halloween is not likely to be the same this year and may, for some people, be a bit more spooky due to the coronavirus. While conceding that popular Halloween neighborhoods will probably go ahead and hold celebrations, officials are considering a town-sponsored event as an alternative to traditional trick-or-treating. “I'm thinking about the Elkanah neighborh...

West Chatham, Downtown Road Projects Underway

By: Staff Reports

CHATHAM – Work on the West Chatham Roadway project is well underway, with much of Route 28 between Barn Hill Road and George Ryder Road ground up and ready for resurfacing. Crews have also begun to clear the area where a new roundabout will be built at the George Ryder Road intersection. Another roundabout will be installed at the Barn Hill Road intersection. The work is expected to continue through the fall a...

In Financial Crisis? CECH May Be Able To Help

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — The fundamental idea behind the Chatham Ecumenical Council Helping Prevent Homelessness (CECH) is simple: The best way to fight homelessness is to prevent it from happening. Now in its 28 th year, the grassroots nonprofit focuses on helping families get through short-term financial crises so they can stay in their homes. “Our concern this year is that we have not seen an uptick in applications for ...