Chatham News

Chatham Reinstates Independence Day Parade

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Though it might not be as grand as usual, the town will have a real, in-person parade to mark Independence Day this summer. On a 4-1 vote Tuesday, the select board followed the advice of the parade committee and gave the event its go-ahead. The board also voted to allow a fireworks display on Veterans Field on Thursday, July 1. The parade will happen on July 3, since July 4 falls on ...

CHATHAM — It might seem like climate change is an unstoppable juggernaut that can only be slowed by international treaties and sweeping reforms . But actions we take in our own houses, businesses, town halls and back yards can make a worthwhile change as well. That was the message from a panel of local experts in a forum on climate resilience Saturday. Janet Williams of the Chatham Climate Action Network ...

CHATHAM — As they do most years, in March, town officials asked residents to conserve water ahead of the busy summer season. Last week, their polite request became a mandate. Effective immediately, the select board has implemented a set of mandatory water restrictions that require outdoor watering to take place on odd or even calendar days, based on a property’s street number, with watering limited to an inc...

The usual scramble ahead of the summer season will be a bit more frantic this year. On Monday, Gov. Charlie Baker announced that, as of May 29 – the Saturday of the Memorial Day weekend – all pandemic-related restrictions on businesses and public gatherings will be lifted. The news, while joyful, provides less than two weeks for restaurant owners, retailers, town officials and civic groups to adjust their plan...

Movie Screenings Start May 29 CHATHAM – The Chatham Orpheum Theater is one of the few businesses in town that stayed closed throughout the pandemic. Its reopening, scheduled for Memorial Day weekend, will be a welcome sign that things are returning to normal. The Main Street theater will open Friday, May 28 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. for the sale of concessions only, including its much-loved organic popcorn, an...

CHATHAM – When Ken Cirillo took over the Barnstable County dredge program as its director in August 2020, he was tasked with one major assignment: stabilize the program. It was a lofty task given the challenges the program had faced in recent years, most notably dealing with equipment issues that continuously plagued the county’s two dredges. “The goal this year was to stabilize and rebuild confidence,” Cir...

This is the second in a series of stories on the ongoing housing crisis. Like most towns, Chatham's shellfish regulations require that commercial permit holders reside in town. So what happens when someone who depends on that permit for their livelihood loses their home and can't find another place to live in town? A lot of couch surfing, said Shellfish Constable Renee Gagne. Or people simply move out of ...

CHATHAM – Wondering what the inside of the First Congregational Church of Chatham looks like now that the scaffolding is down and construction is done? The Chronicle got an early inside peek last week and can report the project has resulted in a beautifully refurbished and welcoming 190-year-old building that is now fully accessible to anyone who enters its doors. Founded in 1720, the Church marked its 300t...

CHATHAM – Whether the town moves forward with building a new dock in Stage Harbor for the Coast Guard depends largely on how the federal agency responds to concerns about a shift in the type of vessels stationed here. The select board deferred a decision last week on adding docking space for the Coast Guard at town-owned Old Mill Boatyard, referring the plan to the town's waterways committees for input. But...

CHATHAM – One of several annual town meeting articles aimed at boosting affordable and attainable housing won't go forward, after the owner of land in South Chatham the town hoped to purchase agreed to sell the property to a neighbor instead. Select Board Chair Shareen Davis said article 17, which proposed the purchase of 2.44 acres at 2337 Main St. for affordable and attainable housing will not be acted on at...

CHATHAM – For more than half a century, Richard Costello was the public face of The Chatham Squire, the iconic tavern in downtown Chatham. On most days, he could be found greeting customers and friends, making sure everyone was having a good time and the operation was running smoothly. For most of those years he was also deeply involved in the community, sponsoring numerous events, including the popular Costum...

CHATHAM – Robert Harned was the family physician to more than two generations of Chatham residents, treating all kinds of ailments and delivering an untold number of babies. He was also a musician who helped found the Cape Cod Symphony and the Chatham Chorale, and a dedicated community member who helped combat drug abuse in the late 1960s and early 1970s and founded Monomoy Community Services. “He was sometime...