Chatham News

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...

It’s not news that nutrients, mainly from residential septic systems, are responsible for water quality problems on the coastline and in the Cape’s lakes and ponds. What’s new is that the problem appears to be getting worse. This week, t he Association to Preserve Cape Cod (APCC) released its second annual State of the Waters: Cape Cod report, which showed an increase from last year in the percentage of...

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...