Chatham News

PFAS Expert To Speak At Upcoming Meeting

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — It’s a topic on the minds of many residents, and one that recently jumped to the top of the priority list for the town’s select board. It’s PFAS, and it’ll be the subject of discussion at an upcoming virtual meeting. At its annual meeting on Aug. 18, the Friends of Chatham Waterways will host Laurel Schaider, Ph.D., of the Silent Spring Institute. Schaider will speak about per- and polyfluoroalkyl ...

COVID Scare Closes Chatham Rec Program

By: Alan Pollock

Breakthrough Case At Liberty Commons CHATHAM — Despite the fact that the highly contagious Delta variant now accounts for most instances of COVID-19, case numbers remain steady or have edged up only minimally in recent weeks.  But new infections continue to emerge, including two at Liberty Commons Nursing Home and one at the Chatham Community Center that prompted town officials to cancel the remainder of t...

Kate Gould Park To Get Facelift

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – Kate Gould Park, often called a jewel of downtown Chatham, is due for a bit of a polish. The park and recreation commission last week endorsed a plan put forth by the Chatham Chamber of Commerce and Merchants Association to add new plantings and a brick walkway to the popular park, best known as the site of summer Chatham Band concerts. The cost of the walkway will be covered by the purchase of in...

CHATHAM — Renewing a tradition that stretches 75 years, the town’s summer residents had the chance to speak out about issues important to them in the annual summer town meeting Tuesday. And for about two hours, they covered topics ranging from town finances to groundwater contamination. As nonresident taxpayers, seasonal homeowners contribute the majority of the town’s property tax revenue, without the benefit...

CHATHAM – This summer's less-than-perfect weather has even impacted shark tagging efforts. Dr. Greg Skomal of the state division of marine fisheries and his shark tagging team have only been able to get out on the water a few days. Rain, wind and low-ceiling clouds – which prevented the team's spotter pilot from taking off – have all been factors, according to Marianne Walsh, education director of the Atlantic...

It Can Take Two Years To Catch Up CHATHAM – These days, trying to match real estate sales with the town's property assessments is a bit like comparing apples to oranges. They don't even come close to matching up. Because assessments lag a year or more behind sales figures, there's always a disparity between the two. But in today's red-hot real estate market, that difference has grown wide enough to drive a ...

Walter Meier, Business And Civic Leader, 96

By: Staff Reports

CHATHAM — Walter Meier, a longstanding business and civic leader and philanthropist, died Sunday at the age of 96. Mr. Meier, who grew up in Zurich, came to New York City in 1948 to represent a Swiss import/export company that sold watches. He met Pota Lewis, whose family had a home in Orleans, and the two were married in 1950 and settled in Chatham. Together, they started Chatham Jewelers, building in the emp...

CHATHAM — On its surface, the surge in COVID-19 cases that gained national headlines for Provincetown might just as easily have happened in Chatham. Both places saw huge crowds around the Fourth of July, with influxes of people from around the country. What was different? It might be the fact that Chatham has a much more subdued nightlife. Providing a pandemic update to the health board Monday night, Health...

Rower Passes Halfway Mark

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Though he remains largely incommunicado, transatlantic rower Guirec Soudée has passed the halfway mark in his bid to reach the coast of Brittany under his own power. On Friday, Soudée was about 1,700 statute miles east of Chatham, and about 1,500 miles west-southwest of Brittany. Following a storm that damaged electronic equipment, Soudée’s ocean rowboat has only reported its position intermittent...

Chatham Fire Celebrates Promotions

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Last Wednesday was a red letter day for five of Chatham’s bravest. The fire department introduced two new firefighters and promoted a new lieutenant and two new captains. Ryan Clarke, son of retired Harwich Fire Chief Norman Clarke, was promoted to Captain. A 14-year veteran of the department, Clarke has a degree in fire science and holds certifications in training, leadership and fire investigation,...

Draft Bylaw Incentivizes Historic Preservation

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Having had limited luck with the stick, town officials are hoping to use a new carrot to keep developers from tearing down historic homes. The historical commission has drafted a historic preservation incentive bylaw that would allow property owners renovating certain historic buildings to construct larger additions closer to the property line, in exchange for a pledge to preserve the structure forev...

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to designate a portion of Pleasant Bay and most of the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge as critical habitat for the threatened rufa red knot. The areas are among 120 being considered for the designation, covering some 646,000 acres in 13 states. The red knot migrates between the arctic, where it nests, and southern locations -- as far as Argentina -- wh...