Chatham News

CHATHAM – Incumbent Select Board members Cory Metters and Dean Nicastro were returned to office in Thursday's annual town election. Metters topped the vote tally with 832 votes, followed by Nicastro with 685 and challenger Tom Wilson with 406. The two three-year terms on the board were the only contested races on the ballot. A total of 1,115 voters turned out for the election at the community center, 18 per...

Plastic Bottle Ban, Boathouse Funding Approved CHATHAM – Housing dominated both the Saturday and Sunday sessions of the town's annual town meeting, with many warning that without taking significant steps to make housing more affordable, the town will lose the opportunity to become an inclusive and diverse community and risk becoming an enclave for the wealthy. “Affordable and attainable housing is a keyston...

CHATHAM – The prospect of The Squire selling cold beer in its Main Street shop did not sit well with members of the select board. Concerned that customers might drink the Squire-branded beer in public, the board voted unanimously last week not to grant a beer and wine package store license to the shop, which is across the street from the popular tavern and restaurant. Squire owner Todd Hearle said he wanted...

Bon Voyage; Rower Departs For France

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Under squally skies Tuesday afternoon, with a tropical storm churning offshore, French adventurer Guirec Soudée pulled the first of thousands of oar-strokes that he hopes will deliver him back home. Soudée grinned and waved to well-wishers as the launch from First Light Boatworks towed his ocean rowboat down the Mitchell River, through Stage Harbor and out the South Cut to a starting location about...

Town Seeks Clarity On Water Contamination

By: Alan Pollock

PFAS Numbers Raise Questions CHATHAM — Town officials are seeking more data to determine the degree of PFAS contamination in certain public wells, even as they’re struggling to understand some of the test results they’ve already received. Town officials shut down a well off Training Field Road after PFAS levels were recorded at 40.7 parts per trillion, over the 20 ppt threshold set by state regulators for...

Senior Center Goes Down To Defeat

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – It's back to the drawing board for the council on aging. The proposed $8.3 million senior center at 1610 Main St. in West Chatham failed to muster the two-thirds vote necessary to pass at Saturday's annual town meeting at Veterans Field. The vote, 358 in favor and 326 opposed, fell 98 votes short of the 456 required for approval. The select board was scheduled to review the results of town meeting...

CHATHAM – The proposal to build an $8.3 million senior center at 1610 Main St. failed to muster the two-thirds vote necessary to pass at Saturday's annual town meeting. Discussions about affordable housing dominated most of Saturday's session. Voters approved several measures designed to help boost both affordable and attainable housing in town, including a so-called “mansion” tax on home sales of more than $2...

This is the fifth and final story in a series on the ongoing housing crisis. CHATHAM – Libby Nickerson would love to be able to live in the town where she grew up and where she works. But last fall, the house where she was living, just down the road from her parents, was sold, and she had to leave. Eventually, through word of mouth, she was fortunate to find a place to live in Orleans with a sympathetic land...

CHATHAM – The smudged sight of red, white and blue could be seen filling the stands at Veterans Park from the parking lot way off in the distance. For the first time since 2019, the home colors were on full display at the home of the Chatham Anglers. The Chatham and Cape Cod baseball communities met at the park Saturday afternoon to say goodbye to Paul Galop, a longtime Chatham Anglers volunteer and team offic...

CHATHAM – For the second year in a row, the annual town meeting will be held outdoors at Veterans Field. The session begins at noon on Saturday. Unlike last year, when the warrant was kept short to reduce the length of the session, this year's meeting weighs in at a healthy 64 articles, although nearly half may be folded into a consent calendar and addressed in a single vote. Along with the usual budgets an...

CHATHAM – Jennifer Kelly, currently principal of J.W. Martin Jr. Elementary School in North Attleboro, has been appointed as Chatham Elementary School's new principal. She will take over for Robin Millen, who has taken the position of director of curriculum assessment and student learning for the Nauset Regional School District. Kelly holds a masters degree in education and a doctorate in curriculum, teaching,...

CHATHAM — Having sailed all over the world, adventurer Guirec Soudeé recently rowed the southern passage across the Atlantic, 3,100 miles from the Canary Islands to the Caribbean, arriving on Feb. 26. But somehow, the adventure won’t seem complete if he doesn’t row back to Europe, Soudeé said with a chuckle. Winds permitting, the 29-year-old Frenchman hopes to row east from Chatham as early as this week, pulli...