Chatham News

A New Fire Chief For Chatham

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — In a time-honored tradition, there was a change of command at the Chatham Fire Department last Wednesday when retiring Chief David DePasquale stepped down to make way for his successor, Justin Tavano. With a large crowd of supporters on hand, the department also promoted a new deputy, a new captain and a new lieutenant, filling the ranks vacated by Tavano’s advancement. DePasquale said he was move...

Chatham's Christmas By The Sea Starts Friday

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – Santa's been making the rounds lately and will stop downtown this weekend for the annual Christmas by the Sea celebration. Sponsored by the Chatham Chamber of Commerce and Merchants Association, the holiday celebration includes open houses and special events at local businesses, caroling, street performers and of course a big showing from the Jolly Old Elf himself. Friday kicks off the weekend wit...

CBI Dorm Request Stymied By Split Zoning Board

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – The lack of affordable workforce housing is one of the biggest challenges facing local businesses. Some have tried to tackle the problem head on by buying or building housing for their workers. It hasn't always been successful. A proposal by Chatham Bars Inn, the largest private employer in town with a staff of more than 500 during the summer season, is a case in point. The inn wanted to convert a...

Housing On Again For Old Harbor Property

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – Voters will have another chance to decide if the town-owned property at 127 Old Harbor Rd. should be used for housing. The select board voted 3-2 Tuesday to ask voters to authorize repurposing the property for attainable, affordable or workforce housing. Bequeathed to the town in 1971 by Marion Nickerson Ellis, the land includes a barn, shed and circa 1860 building that formerly housed the water depa...

CHATHAM – This year’s Chatham Angel Fund ornament is a little different from previous ornaments — it features a stylized Monomoyick Wampanoag angel drawn by a local artist and vetted by a local member of the Wampanoag Tribe. “For years, we had schoolchildren in Chatham design our ornaments,” says Ginny Nickerson, who founded the Chatham Angel Fund back in 1990. “When we merged with Harwich that changed, since ...

Chronicle Welcomes New Advertising Sales Rep

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Capping nearly a quarter of a century with The Cape Cod Chronicle, Advertising Sales Manager Debra DeCosta is retiring at the end of the year. This week, the newspaper announced the hiring of Melissa De La Vega to serve as the advertising sales representative for Harwich and Brewster. She will join Amy Tagliaferri, whose territory includes Chatham, and Justin Alex, who covers Orleans and will also se...

CHATHAM – The public will get an in-depth look at the findings from two studies that could shape the future of the town's shoreline at a presentation scheduled for Dec. 8. The two studies — one investigating ongoing erosion along Nantucket Sound and the other searching for a solution to shoaling near the Stage Harbor entrance channel — have been underway for more than two years and the results are ready to go ...

Santa Is Coming To Chatham Sunday

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Arrival Kicks Off Town's Holiday Celebration CHATHAM – It's that time of year again. On Sunday, Dec. 4, Santa Claus will make his first local appearance of the season when he arrives at the fish pier aboard the historic CG36500 motor lifeboat at 1 p.m. He'll be accompanied by members of the Coast Guard and police department, who will serve as honorary “elves” for the event. Santa's arrival kicks off the ...

Chatham Airport Could Go Solar

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM – Engineers will soon study whether rooftop and canopy solar installations could generate enough electricity to fully power the Chatham Municipal Airport. In time, they could also see whether it is feasible for the airport to host the electric aircraft of the not-so-distant future. Meeting last month, the airport commission unanimously approved hiring engineers Weston and Sampson and Rivermoor Energy u...

Plans Advance For West Chatham Connector CHATHAM — On an average summer weekday, more than 600 cyclists and pedestrians from the Old Colony Rail Trail cross Old Queen Anne Road, where hundreds of motorists pass through an intersection of four different roads. A majority of those cars are speeding. So it’s not surprising that the bikeways committee has recommended safety improvements at the crossroads. In...

$5 Million Pier Project Begins

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – The long-awaited replacement of the south bulkhead at the fish pier begins this week. The nearly $5 million project, in the planning stages for several years, will necessitate the closure to the public of the south portion of the lower parking area through the spring. The closure begins Friday. It's been some 40 years since the bulkhead along the south parking has been replaced, and in that time s...

CHATHAM — In the event of a power outage that causes people to lose heat in their homes, the town is prepared to open the community center as a warming center, with limited services available. Should they need a place to stay overnight, bring pets, get a meal or other assistance, they’ll be referred to a regional shelter in Harwich, and some residents are unhappy with that plan. “A personal care site is kind o...