Chatham News

Millen Moves To Nauset District

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – Chatham Elementary School Principal Robin Millen will be leaving her post at the end of the school year to become the director of curriculum assessment and student learning for the Nauset Regional School District. “It's my passion, truly,” Millen said of curriculum development. She was not actively looking for a new position but when the Nauset job came up, “I couldn't pass it up,” she said. She star...

Health Board Recommends Against July 4 Parade

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — While there’s clear evidence that progress is being made in the fight against COVID-19, there is still no feasible way to hold the town’s Independence Day parade while ensuring that crowd capacity limits are maintained. That’s the view of both the board of health and the Independence Day parade committee, which issued their opinions in the last week. The health board also voted to reaffirm that, de...

The benefits of reading to toddlers and pre-schoolers are well documented. It helps with language development, better prepares them for school, and can actually improve intelligence. But not everyone has access to books to read aloud to their kids or help them begin to learn how to read. Putting a new, age appropriate book into the hands of every family in the Monomoy school district is the goal of the “My Fav...

CHATHAM – Completion of the West Chatham Roadway Project may be less than two months away. Officials anticipate final paving of the 1,700-foot Route 28 corridor between Barn Hill Road and George Ryder Road will begin the week of May 17, if the weather cooperates, and final traffic markings, landscaping and cleanup could be done by the middle of June. Construction on the $4 million project, in the planning s...

Honey Dew Donuts Could Be Coming To Chatham

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – A battle of the donuts could be looming, with a proposal for a Honey Dew Donuts outlet just one mile down the road from Dunkin Donuts. Traci and Tony Gionfriddo, who own and operate Honey Dew stores in Hyannis and Dennis Port, are proposing to open a third store in the former New England Pizza building at 1200 Main St. The proposal is scheduled to have its first regulatory review by the historic b...

CHATHAM – Danielle Tolley isn't worried that Chatham Elementary School will close. She's more interested in the way the conversation around the school's future developed, how it snowballed from concern over low enrollment to demands that the town increase its share of the Monomoy Regional School District budget. “It feels like something is on fire, when it clearly isn't,” she said. It's important to get to ...

CHATHAM – Since fourth grade, Nicole Smith wanted to be a marine biologist. Living in the Midwest, splitting her youth between St. Louis and Kansas City, posed a bit of a problem as far as access to the ocean was concerned. When she went to Kansas State University, Smith studied fisheries and wildlife biology, concentrating on conservation and biodiversity, areas where she's ended up spending her career. Smith...

Arrival Of First Of Two Surf Boat Replacements Surprises Officials CHATHAM – The select board hopes to enlist residents and officials here and throughout the Cape to help convince the Coast Guard to reverse its decision to strip Station Chatham of its surf boats. Town officials were surprised when a 45-foot response boat medium arrived at the Chatham Fish Pier last Tuesday, taking the place of one of the st...

CHATHAM – A proposal to ban the commercial sale of single-use plastic bottles will go before voters at the June 12 annual town meeting with the support of the select board. Last Tuesday, the board voted 3-1 to support the petition article, which was postponed from last year's annual session. The board also took positions on five other petition articles, all held over from last year, as well as two dozen reques...

CHATHAM – A significant amount of the cost of the town's sewer construction costs will be reimbursed through the Cape Cod and Islands Water Protect Fund. The first round of subsidies and grants awarded by the fund, established in 2018 as part of the expansion of the lodging and short-term rental tax, were announced last week. Twenty-five percent of the nearly $35 million Chatham has borrowed over the past deca...

CHATHAM – Is it worth an additional $60 a year in property taxes to retain the town's elementary school? The majority of the more than 50 people attending a virtual forum on the future of Chatham Elementary School last Thursday said they'd be willing to pay a bit more in property taxes to ensure the existence of a local elementary school. “Good education is expensive,” said resident Michael Westgate. “I thi...

West Chatham Land Eyed For Housing

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – Two new initiatives in the ongoing effort to boost affordable and attainable housing may go before voters in June. The purchase of 2.44 acres in South Chatham is already included on the June 12 town meeting warrant, as is the designation of town-owned land on Middle Road for affordable and/or attainable housing. The select board has also endorsed an article for special legislation to allow the town t...