Chatham News

Chatham, Harwich Agree To Change Wastewater Pact

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — The town of Chatham is seeking to give Harwich an easier payment plan for its use of the shared wastewater treatment plant and has opted against charging its neighbor a penalty for that accommodation. The intermunicipal agreement that governs the two towns’ sewer connection is being amended, in part to change the schedule of payments from Harwich to Chatham for the use of the latter's wastewater trea...

COVID-19 had a profound impact on local real estate, fueling a buying spree that boosted prices to unheard of levels. There are signs, however, that the market may be cooling and returning to pre-pandemic levels. Sales in July slowed over the same month a year ago, according to the Cape Cod and Islands Association of Realtors, and more closely resembled sales in July 2019. Pending sales were down slightly from...

Town Officials Push Markey On Coast Guard

By: Ryan Bray

CHATHAM - Despite the heat and humidity, there was no shortage of visitors to the Chatham Fish Pier Wednesday afternoon. But looking out from the pier’s observation deck, town officials saw past the impeccable views into more pressing issues, among them the uncertainty surrounding future operations of the Chatham Coast Guard Station. The issue was one of several that were brought directly to U.S. Senator Edwar...

CHATHAM – A definitive subdivision plan for the former Monomoy Theatre property will go before the planning board later this month. Owner Chatham Productions, Inc. filed a five-lot plan recently showing the 2.7-acre property at 776 Main St. and 70 Depot Rd. subdivided into four residential lots and one commercial lot. It is similar to a preliminary subdivision plan approved by the board in March. The former...

Town Identifies To-do List For West Chatham Project

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — The long-debated West Chatham Route 28 reconstruction project is all but complete, leaving behind only a short to-do list and a slightly bruised relationship between the town and state highway officials. Chatham DPW Director Tom Temple shared his punch list with the select board last week for the work done between Barn Hill Road and George Ryder Road. The list includes several landscaping requests, l...

School Officials: Masks An Incentive To Get Vaccinated

By: Alan Pollock

A mask requirement for students returning to the Monomoy schools isn’t just a means of controlling the person-to-person spread of COVID-19. School officials say it’s an incentive for students, faculty and staff to get vaccinated as soon as they’re eligible. The Monomoy school committee approved the mask mandate last week as part of its school reopening plan. While the requirement for face coverings drew vocal ...

CHATHAM - Despite the heat and humidity, there was no shortage of visitors to the Chatham Fish Pier Wednesday afternoon. But looking out from the pier’s observation deck, town officials saw past the impeccable views into more pressing issues, among them the uncertainty surrounding future operations of the Chatham Coast Guard Station. The issue was one of several that were brought directly to U.S. Senator Edwar...

CHATHAM – Organizer had hoped that the auction of whales in this year's Art in the Park exhibit would top last year's record bidding. But they never expected it to be by so much. When bidding closed Friday at noon, the 59 whales and one “Welcome to Chatham” whale-themed sign had raised a total of $124,345. The bids ranged from more than $6,000 to $569. All but seven went for $1,000 or more, with 12 going for $...

Chemical Linked To Firefighting Foam Found In Water Samples CHATHAM — The class of “forever chemicals” known as PFAS is a new cause for concern in Chatham; less than three months ago, it was found to be present in a public water supply well in levels over the state standard. But for other communities around New England and around the nation, per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances are nothing new. Speaking at...

Popular Family Beach Closed To Swimming For A Week CHATHAM – Officials are scratching their heads over the source of high bacteria counts that kept one of the town's most popular beaches closed to swimming for a week. Swimming was prohibited at Oyster Pond beach, a free beach that is popular with families, from Aug. 12 to 19. High bacteria counts began appearing in weekly samples earlier in the month, and b...

Henri Spares Lower Cape

By: Tim Wood

Despite earlier predictions that it would come ashore on Cape Cod, Hurricane Henri made landfall further to the west on Sunday, sparing the Lower Cape from virtually all its effects. The minimal hurricane came ashore at Block Island, R.I., bringing wind gusts of around 70 mph. As it moved northwest and inland, Henri dumped heavy rains that caused localized flooding in Connecticut, New York and western Massachu...

CHATHAM – The historical commission has placed a demolition delay on a Bridge Street house that may be as much as 250 years old, even though the owner said it is uninhabitable in its current condition. The house at 322 Bridge St. suffered extensive water damage to its foundation and first floor and the previous owner did nothing to address the problem, William Riley, attorney for current owner Steven F. Veninc...