Chatham News

Iconic Downtown Tree Removed

By: Tim Wood

Poor Condition Made It A Safety Hazard CHATHAM – The iconic silver maple tree at 483 Main St. escaped the chainsaw back in 2015 after the owners sought permission to remove it; a huge branch had fallen down, and as it extended over the sidewalk as well as much of the courtyard in front of the commercial building, the tree's poor condition raised safety concerns. At the time, Tree Warden Dan Tobin denied the...

Despite the wider availability of vaccines, COVID-19 cases on Cape Cod are surging ahead of the state average. That has public health officials at all levels of government pleading with the public to continue wearing masks, avoiding crowds and taking other necessary precautions. Led by a “significant COVID-19 outbreak” in Barnstable and Yarmouth, the Cape registered a 5.59 percent two-week positivity rate as o...

SOUTH CHATHAM – Two local men have launched a community supported aquaculture (CSA) program to bring fresh, locally grown oysters to residents of the Cape and greater Boston. Shellfish Broker, based in South Chatham, will deliver three dozen fresh oysters to subscribers once a month. Right now the service is open to residents of Boston, Cambridge, Somerville and Brookline. Local residents can also subscribe an...

CHATHAM – Photos of the trusses in the salt shed at the rear of the DPW yard on Crowell Road tell the story. The bottom edge of many are broken off, others are cracked, the result of machinery intersecting with the low height of the wooden crossbeams. The town is proposing to replace the shed with a new salt storage structure with a gambrel roof that will be 40 feet high, 10 feet more than the current structure. ...

CHATHAM — Calling it a great opportunity for the town, the select board threw its unanimous support behind a plan to purchase four parcels of land in South Chatham to build affordable and attainable housing. The proposal will be addressed by town meeting voters in June. The property at 2337 Main St. is in the area of the town-owned Bassett House visitor center, and owner Dennis Jordan has offered the land to t...

Officials Wonder If Mid-Cape Surge Linked To P.1 Variant There was a time when “flattening the curve” was a good thing. But in a time when COVID-19 cases had been trending down, plateauing numbers have public health officials worried. As of Tuesday afternoon, the Barnstable County case count had increased by 94 cases over Monday’s figure, Chatham Health and Natural Resources Director Robert Duncanson told t...

CHATHAM – Local fishermen congregated at the back of a white van parked at the Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen’s Alliance building and peered inside. Their view offered a glimpse of the new gear they will be mandated to use as a part of a suite of measures implemented by the Massachusetts Marine Fisheries Commission to comply with a judge’s order to reduce entanglements of endangered right whales. Dozens of l...

CHATHAM – Almost exactly a year after he was diagnosed with brain cancer, artist Steve Lyons lost his battle on Sunday. Mr. Lyons passed away at his Chatham home, three weeks after returning from California, where he underwent experimental treatment for glioblastoma, said his brother Jeff. While in California, Mr. Lyons lost his long-time partner Peter Demers when both contracted COVID-19. “It's just so ...

CHATHAM — Some of the services the town provides its older residents are there for all to see: senior luncheons, social events, classes and programs. But town officials have also been working behind the scenes to help the most vulnerable older adults, using a unique partnership that involves the COA, police, firefighters and public health workers. Speaking to the select board last week, Council on Aging Direct...

CHATHAM – Stage Harbor is usually a pretty quiet place during the winter. This winter, however, a major construction project has been underway that will change the appearance and functionality of a very busy corner of the harbor. The replacement of the Stage Harbor Yacht Club's wharf will complete the remaking of a small but important section of the harbor. A few years back the town did extensive renovations t...

CHATHAM – Erosion continues to eat away at the east and southeast facing bluff at Morris Island. Last week, the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge removed a boardwalk, stairs and observation deck previously used to access the beach from its headquarters. The walkway and stairs were only about a half dozen feet away from the edge of the bluff, creating a safety concern, officials said. Last November, the flight o...

Select Board: Time Is Now For New Senior Center

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Some have argued that a pandemic is the wrong time for the town to take on a big-ticket capital project like building a new senior center. On Tuesday, the town's project team and the select board argued that, in fact, the timing couldn’t be better. The board voted unanimously to bring a request for $8,395,555 to build a new council on aging on a parcel of donated land at 1610 Main St., West C...