Chatham News

Arrival Of First Of Two Surf Boat Replacements Surprises Officials CHATHAM – The select board hopes to enlist residents and officials here and throughout the Cape to help convince the Coast Guard to reverse its decision to strip Station Chatham of its surf boats. Town officials were surprised when a 45-foot response boat medium arrived at the Chatham Fish Pier last Tuesday, taking the place of one of the st...

CHATHAM – A proposal to ban the commercial sale of single-use plastic bottles will go before voters at the June 12 annual town meeting with the support of the select board. Last Tuesday, the board voted 3-1 to support the petition article, which was postponed from last year's annual session. The board also took positions on five other petition articles, all held over from last year, as well as two dozen reques...

CHATHAM – A significant amount of the cost of the town's sewer construction costs will be reimbursed through the Cape Cod and Islands Water Protect Fund. The first round of subsidies and grants awarded by the fund, established in 2018 as part of the expansion of the lodging and short-term rental tax, were announced last week. Twenty-five percent of the nearly $35 million Chatham has borrowed over the past deca...

CHATHAM – Is it worth an additional $60 a year in property taxes to retain the town's elementary school? The majority of the more than 50 people attending a virtual forum on the future of Chatham Elementary School last Thursday said they'd be willing to pay a bit more in property taxes to ensure the existence of a local elementary school. “Good education is expensive,” said resident Michael Westgate. “I thi...

West Chatham Land Eyed For Housing

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – Two new initiatives in the ongoing effort to boost affordable and attainable housing may go before voters in June. The purchase of 2.44 acres in South Chatham is already included on the June 12 town meeting warrant, as is the designation of town-owned land on Middle Road for affordable and/or attainable housing. The select board has also endorsed an article for special legislation to allow the town t...

While all people over the age of 16 are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, and while case numbers are trending down again, officials are warning that even fully vaccinated people are still able to contract the disease. On Monday afternoon, Broad Reach Healthcare President and CEO Bill Bogdanovich notified residents and family members that a staff member at the Victorian assisted living center had test...

What will the world look like in 2033 when today’s kindergarten class graduates from high school? And what is the best way to prepare those students for the world of tomorrow? For the past two years or so, teachers and administrators at Chatham Elementary School (CES) have been studying and implementing a program called “deeper learning.” To further educate the community on deeper learning, on April 28 auth...

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...