Chatham News

CHATHAM – Chatham has an airport. It's an upscale community in a blue state. There's no reason to think that what happened on Martha's Vineyard last week couldn't happen here. Two planes chartered by the state of Florida arrived on Martha's Vineyard unannounced Sept. 14 carrying 48 Venezuelan asylum seekers who had been recruited in Texas. The group spent two days on Martha's Vineyard before being moved to Joi...

CHATHAM – For a number of years now, the spiny dogfish has been a mainstay of the town's commercial fishing fleet. Along with skate, it is by far the largest species by volume landed at the fish pier. Most of that fish, however, is shipped to Europe, where it is used for fish and chips, among other things. Not only does that create a fairly large carbon footprint, but local fishermen don't get a lot per pound ...

Curious Seniors Learn All About Cannabis

By: Elizabeth Van Wye

CHATHAM – After decades of battles, cannabis is legal in Massachusetts, for both medical and recreational uses, but finding out whether it is right for you and navigating the buying process can be daunting.  Dave Wheeler, founder and president of Brockton-based Therapy Gardens, was in town last week for a presentation called "All you wanted to know about marijuana...but were afraid to ask." Two dozen or so int...

CHATHAM — Following the lead of Orleans officials, the Chatham health board has agreed on a preliminary draft of a new bylaw regulating short-term rental properties and is sending it on to the select board for consideration. As currently drafted, the bylaw would place limits on the number of people who can occupy a rental and the number of cars they can park on a property. The health board is asking the select...

CHATHAM — With the old fishing gear storage lot at the airport now padlocked, and with plans still being finalized for a replacement site near the capped landfill, the select board last week endorsed a stopgap plan for three fishermen whose equipment needs temporary quarters. The three, two of whom are lobstermen, have immediate permission to move their equipment to parcels identified at the wastewater treatme...

The Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management's Coastal Resilience Grant Program has awarded local towns more than $1 million in grants to combat the impact of climate change. On Tuesday the Baker-Polito Administration announced that Chatham, Brewster and Orleans will receive funding to address erosion, salt marsh restoration and shoreside infrastructure improvements. The grants were among $12.6 million ...

Senior Center Now ‘Chatham Center For Active Living’

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — What’s in a name? Political momentum for construction of a new “Chatham Center for Active Living” to replace the current senior center, proponents hope. On the advice of the council on aging board, the select board voted unanimously Tuesday to adopt that new name for the senior center as part of a larger effort to build voter support for a new facility. Council on Aging board Chair Pat Burke said ...

Holy Redeemer Plans $3 Million Upgrade

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – A $3 million addition and renovation project at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church will improve access to the building, enlarge the sanctuary and include a prominent stained glass window facing Old Harbor Road. The last time the Highland Avenue church was renovated was 1980, according to pastor Father John Sullivan. Accessibility has become a serious challenge; a chair lift at the back of the church is th...

CHATHAM – If you tried to find somewhere to park near Veterans Field during the last few weeks of the Chatham Anglers' season, you may have noticed vehicles parked along the Hitching Post Road entrance to Seaside Cemetery. You may have even parked there yourself. If so, you were parking illegally. A narrow section of the cemetery off Hitching Post Road was improved several years ago with the addition of a p...

CHATHAM — As part of a multi-decade plan to make improvements to the town’s waterfront infrastructure, the select board last week authorized the use of $3.97 million to rebuild the bulkhead at the south jog of the fish pier. The project also includes a new walkway designed to improve pedestrian safety at the popular facility. “This project was identified in the 2016 study that looked at the entire fish pier fa...

9/11 Ceremony Honors Service Of First Responders

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – A reporter from the local daily newspaper called Fire Chief David DePasquale to ask if the town was holding a 9/11 ceremony. The reporter asked, “Why do you still do that?” “I was just taken aback,” DePasquale said during Sunday's 9/11 commemoration at the Depot Road fire station. “I couldn't believe he said that to me. I said we do it to honor the almost 3,000 people who got killed that day, but esp...

Tax Break For Year-rounders Possible, But Not Yet

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Acknowledging that it’s too late to implement it for the current fiscal year, the select board plans to continue talks about a residential property tax exemption starting in fiscal year 2024. That’s a significant shift for the board, which has for many years summarily dismissed the idea of offering tax breaks for year-round residents. Each year, state law allows communities to adopt an exemption that...