Chatham News

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...

CHATHAM – While the chief of Coast Guard Station Chatham defended the replacement of the station's surf boats with the agency's standard patrol boat, the chairman of the Aunt Lydia's Cove Committee said the change would be disastrous for the town's commercial fishing fleet. “We're being left high and dry” by the move, said fisherman Doug Feeney. Chatham Harbor has one of the most dangerous bars on the east coa...

Cape Battles Third Wave Of COVID-19

By: Alan Pollock

While more and more people are getting COVID-19 vaccinations each day, Barnstable County is still struggling with a surge of cases linked to the Mid Cape. The county’s 14-day incidence rate, expressed as cases per 100,000 people, stands at 40.2, pushed high by the town of Barnstable’s rate of 78.5 cases. On the Lower Cape, the rate stands at 27 cases per 100,000 in Chatham, 31.8 cases in Harwich and 22.9 cases...

Coast Guard Plans To Yank Chatham Surf Boats

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – Coast Guard Station Chatham's three 42-foot surf boats will be replaced by two 45-foot patrol boats, which will strip the station of its ability to carry out surf and heavy weather rescues. Town officials met last Friday with Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England commander Captain Christian J. Glander who confirmed the swap. Chatham officials initiated the meeting after getting wind of the chan...

CHATHAM — Having learned that it would cost the same – or a bit less – than building a new structure, the select board voted unanimously Tuesday to endorse the use of the historic Coast Guard Stage Harbor boathouse to house a new upweller at 90 Bridge St. The town’s engineers estimated that it would cost about $4,740,500 to build a new building for the town’s shellfish propagation program, putting it on a new ...

Nature Evicts Chatham Weather Station

By: Tim Wood

After Final Balloon Launch, Facility Shuts Down To Await Demolition CHATHAM – The National Weather Service's Upper Air Station on Morris Island was scheduled to end more than half a century of weather balloon launches on Wednesday. Closing the station is bittersweet, said Andy Nash, meteorologist in Chatham at the National Weather Service Norton office. “But mother nature is evicting us.” The station is ...