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The usual scramble ahead of the summer season will be a bit more frantic this year. On Monday, Gov. Charlie Baker announced that, as of May 29 – the Saturday of the Memorial Day weekend – all pandemic-related restrictions on businesses and public gatherings will be lifted. The news, while joyful, provides less than two weeks for restaurant owners, retailers, town officials and civic groups to adjust their plan...

Movie Screenings Start May 29 CHATHAM – The Chatham Orpheum Theater is one of the few businesses in town that stayed closed throughout the pandemic. Its reopening, scheduled for Memorial Day weekend, will be a welcome sign that things are returning to normal. The Main Street theater will open Friday, May 28 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. for the sale of concessions only, including its much-loved organic popcorn, an...

CHATHAM – When Ken Cirillo took over the Barnstable County dredge program as its director in August 2020, he was tasked with one major assignment: stabilize the program. It was a lofty task given the challenges the program had faced in recent years, most notably dealing with equipment issues that continuously plagued the county’s two dredges. “The goal this year was to stabilize and rebuild confidence,” Cir...

This is the second in a series of stories on the ongoing housing crisis. Like most towns, Chatham's shellfish regulations require that commercial permit holders reside in town. So what happens when someone who depends on that permit for their livelihood loses their home and can't find another place to live in town? A lot of couch surfing, said Shellfish Constable Renee Gagne. Or people simply move out of ...

CHATHAM – Wondering what the inside of the First Congregational Church of Chatham looks like now that the scaffolding is down and construction is done? The Chronicle got an early inside peek last week and can report the project has resulted in a beautifully refurbished and welcoming 190-year-old building that is now fully accessible to anyone who enters its doors. Founded in 1720, the Church marked its 300t...

CHATHAM – Whether the town moves forward with building a new dock in Stage Harbor for the Coast Guard depends largely on how the federal agency responds to concerns about a shift in the type of vessels stationed here. The select board deferred a decision last week on adding docking space for the Coast Guard at town-owned Old Mill Boatyard, referring the plan to the town's waterways committees for input. But...

CHATHAM – One of several annual town meeting articles aimed at boosting affordable and attainable housing won't go forward, after the owner of land in South Chatham the town hoped to purchase agreed to sell the property to a neighbor instead. Select Board Chair Shareen Davis said article 17, which proposed the purchase of 2.44 acres at 2337 Main St. for affordable and attainable housing will not be acted on at...

CHATHAM – For more than half a century, Richard Costello was the public face of The Chatham Squire, the iconic tavern in downtown Chatham. On most days, he could be found greeting customers and friends, making sure everyone was having a good time and the operation was running smoothly. For most of those years he was also deeply involved in the community, sponsoring numerous events, including the popular Costum...

CHATHAM – Robert Harned was the family physician to more than two generations of Chatham residents, treating all kinds of ailments and delivering an untold number of babies. He was also a musician who helped found the Cape Cod Symphony and the Chatham Chorale, and a dedicated community member who helped combat drug abuse in the late 1960s and early 1970s and founded Monomoy Community Services. “He was sometime...

Split Board Votes To Pursue Design CHATHAM — On a 3-2 vote of the select board, the town will move ahead with a scaled-down redesign of the intersection at Crowell Road, Route 28 and Queen Anne Road. Despite earlier concern voiced about the cost of the project, a majority of the board felt that the intersection poses safety and accessibility problems that can’t be ignored. The town has been wrestling wi...

This is the first in a series of stories on the ongoing housing crisis. After graduating from Chatham High School in 2010, Christina Caron knew she wanted to stay on Cape. She'd loved her high school years and made lifelong friends, but as the realities of life began to settle in for Caron and her future husband Charles, also a CHS grad, she watched a familiar scenario play out. “All of our friends moved ...

July 4 Parade Cancelled

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – For the second year in a row, the town's premier summer event, the Independence Day parade, has been cancelled. Instead, the town's Independence Day parade committee will focus on assembling a virtual parade, just as it did last summer. Both the committee and the board of health recommended that the parade be called off, and on Tuesday the select board concurred, voting unanimously to cancel the l...