Chatham News

Selectmen: Chatham Needs Its Elementary School

By: Alan Pollock

Enrollment Drop Shows Need For Sustainability Initiatives CHATHAM — Selectmen acknowledged Tuesday that something must be done to address plummeting enrollment at Chatham Elementary, but shied away from any plan that calls for the closure of the school. Any long-term fix must be considered in the context of efforts to attract and retain young families in town, they said. As he previously did before the sc...

Storm Washes Over North Beach Island

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – Last week's coastal storm may have spared the area the heavy snow that fell elsewhere in the state, but the churning ocean took a toll on North Beach Island. The storm knocked down several substantial dunes and washed over a narrow section of the barrier island approximately opposite Chatham Bars Inn. “We've been watching that narrow section, fully expecting exactly what happened,” said Coastal Re...

Marconi Talk Details Efforts To Protect Atlantic Battlefields

By: Elizabeth Van Wye

CHATHAM – If you want to explore the closest World War II battlefield to the continental U.S., where would you go? If you said Pearl Harbor or Omaha Beach, you would have missed that war's closest battlefield by thousands of miles. More than 80 people turned out Thursday night for a Zoom lecture sponsored by the Chatham Marconi Maritime Center (CMMC) to hear Joseph Hoyt of the National Ocean and Atmospheric Ag...

Storm Washes Over North Beach Island

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – Last week's coastal storm may have spared the area the heavy snow that fell elsewhere in the state, but the churning ocean took a toll on North Beach Island. The storm knocked down several substantial dunes and washed over a narrow section of the barrier island approximately opposite Chatham Bars Inn. “We've been watching that narrow section, fully expecting exactly what happened,” said Coastal Re...

A survey of parents of Chatham and Harwich elementary school students as well as elementary school staff shows that a majority prefers housing all Monomoy Regional School District elementary students in one building. A breakdown of the responses, however, shows that Chatham parents overwhelmingly want to retain the town's elementary school, either in its current configuration or through redistricting. In a sim...

CHATHAM — Though the issue is clearly polarizing for some, the time is right for Chatham and Harwich to face facts when it comes to the future of their elementary schools. That’s the message from Monomoy Superintendent of Schools Scott Carpenter, who said the district will soon complete a survey of current and future elementary school parents to gauge their feelings on the situation. Plummeting enrollment i...

As Erosion Continues To Encroach On Monomoy Refuge Headquarters CHATHAM – Under an unseasonably warm sun last Sunday, the observation deck overlooking the beach at the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge Morris Island headquarters was crowded with youngsters who squealed as each wave struck the rocks below and sent up a mist of salt spray. Just to the east of the deck, unobserved by the group, the high coastal...

CHATHAM — Facing renewed calls to establish a citizens’ advisory committee to monitor the update of the airport master plan, the airport commission is offering a few options for the way it receives public input on the plan. And it’s seeking public input on those options. Though many parts of the controversial airport master plan update are already in the hands of federal regulators, and it’s not sure what ...

Selectmen Mull Senior Center Options

By: Tim Wood

Elementary School's Fate A Factor CHATHAM – When selectmen meet Dec. 29 to prioritize upcoming capital projects, two major issues will color the discussion: how to proceed with a proposed new senior center and the future of the town's elementary school. When selectmen postponed and then pared back the agenda for the annual town meeting in the spring, they deferred a vote to choose one of two proposed senior...

CHATHAM – When he was hired in 2015 as assistant director of the Chatham Historical Society, Kevin Wright didn't have much experience in the museum field. But his expertise as a designer, working mostly in newspapers, ended up serving him well. “I quickly fit in because of my graphic background,” he said. While he concentrated on designing museum exhibits, he learned a lot on the job, including applying for gr...

Selectmen Seek Dialogue And Data On Nips

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Treading lightly over what they admit is a complicated issue, selectmen Tuesday opened a dialogue about the proliferation of single-serve “nip” bottles of alcohol. The 15-milliliter bottles litter area roadways, and the problem has led other towns – including Harwich – to consider banning their sale. Nip bans are already in place on the Upper Cape, Selectman Jeffrey Dykens noted. When he walks Route ...

COVID-19 Brings More Disruption, Tragedy

By: Alan Pollock

Chatham Records Another Death CHATHAM — The pandemic’s toll on Chatham is growing. In the span of a week, new cases caused three restaurant closures and prompted a new round of testing at Liberty Commons. And public health officials confirm that the town has now recorded its third fatality from COVID-19. “There was a death of a Chatham resident over the weekend who had tested positive for COVID-19,” Health ...