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Use of the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine was halted Tuesday in Barnstable County and across the state after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended a pause in its use nationwide. The move came after potentially dangerous blood clots were reported in six individuals who received the vaccine. In Barnstable County, 1,400 doses of the Johnson and ...

CHATHAM – The Coast Guard deliberately kept the public and town officials in the dark about plans to replace Station Chatham's 42-foot near-shore lifeboats with less capable 45-foot response boats, according to the select board. At a March 26 meeting, Coast Guard Commander Sector Southeast New England Captain Christian J. Glander told select board members that the pending action “was kept from the public and t...

CHATHAM – A town meeting article seeking $8.3 million to build a new senior center on Main Street in West Chatham was endorsed by the finance committee last week, but only just barely. The panel voted 3-2, with three members abstaining, to support the measure. It was clear that a number of members were struggling with the decision. Those who voted against the proposal generally thought the two story, 10,000...

CHATHAM – When the historic Stage Harbor Coast Guard boathouse makes its way from Quincy to Bridge Street, the cost of the journey will be covered by community preservation funds, if voters approve a request at the upcoming annual town meeting. In a unanimous vote, the community preservation committee last week endorsed the request for $243,250 to cover the cost of barging the structure to town. The finance co...

CHATHAM — Pending a successful contract negotiation, Chatham Fire Captain Nelson Wirtz, a member of the department since 1996, will become the next fire chief of Oak Bluffs. The selectmen in that Martha’s Vineyard town chose Wirtz Tuesday from a field of three finalists for the chief’s job, which oversees the town’s combined fire and EMS departments. According to the department’s website, the department incl...

Chatham Seeks Bigger Share Of Nauset Beach Revenues

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Under the current pact between the two towns, Orleans retains 75 percent of the proceeds of nonresident sticker sales for Nauset (North) Beach, with Chatham getting the remaining 25. The split acknowledged that Chatham once had only a tiny portion of the barrier beach within its town lines, and that off-road vehicles must travel through Orleans to reach it. But the Chatham select board says the time i...

Voters To Decide ‘Mansion Fee’ At Town Meeting

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — With some fine-tuning that boosted its support among select board members, a proposal to raise funds for housing projects using a one half of one percent fee on the sale of properties over $2 million will go before voters at town meeting. Board member Jeffrey Dykens, who proposed the so-called mansion fee, said it is not a regressive tax or an assessment on property, but simply a fee on property sa...

Community Pitching In After Fire Displaces Family

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — A single mom with three kids is scrambling to find housing after their apartment was damaged by fire on March 24, and the community is lending a helping hand. “No one was hurt,” Kate McCoy said. But two of the apartments in the building are uninhabitable because of the fire damage, and the whole building will remain uninhabitable until repairs can be made and the building is brought up to building an...

April Fools Swimmers Jump In For Jennie

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — On Saturday, the water off Harding’s Beach was a frigid 40 degrees. But it was still a couple degrees warmer than the air temperature. Neither one deterred the April Fools of Chatham, who made their annual swim for a good cause. The event was postponed from April 1 because of a gusty rainstorm. This year’s plunge was made in honor of 36-year-old Jennie Porter, who is recovering from the effe...

CHATHAM — One of the things Christie Beckley likes best about her hometown is, of course, its beaches. But with the effects of climate change already becoming clear, the Monomoy Regional High School sophomore wants Chatham to take steps to preserve those beaches in the face of sea level rise and erosion. She recently outlined her plan for the parks and recreation commission. “It’s so important that our beaches...

Elementary School Community Forum April 15

By: Staff Reports

CHATHAM – A community forum to gather public input on the operation of the town's elementary school will be held by the select board next Thursday, April 15, at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom. The board is looking for direction as it addresses the concerns of the Monomoy Regional School Committee about decreasing enrollment at Chatham Elementary School (CES), its impact on elementary students' educational experience, the ...

CHATHAM – The finance committee is putting its money where its mouth is. Or, rather, the town's money. Acting on conclusions reached by a committee working group a year ago, the committee is recommending the voters approve four town meeting articles that take significant steps in the drive to increase the availability of attainable and affordable housing in town. The committee backed the acquisition of prop...