Chatham News

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...

CHATHAM – In less than a month, Juliet Bernstein will turn 108. She's the oldest resident in town, the holder of the Boston Post Cane, and remains as sharp as a tack. And she is adamant that she does not want to leave the home she's lived in since 1971. In order to stay at home, however, she needs around the clock care. And she's at a point where her money is running out. To try to bridge the gap between...

CHATHAM — Like adults, teens who are fighting addiction have access to rehabilitation programs, but when they emerge, they often fall back in with the same peers who introduced them to drugs. The nonprofit group RecoveryBuild is helping with its new “alternative peer group,” connecting teens in recovery with others who have been down the same road. Harwich Youth Counselor Sheila House recently gave a presentat...

CHATHAM – Of the nearly two dozen annual town meeting articles seeking Community Preservation Act funding, the most high profile is the proposal to save the former Stage Harbor Coast Guard boathouse. The historic structure now sits at a Quincy shipyard, and the $243,250 in CPA funds will cover the cost of placing the building on a barge and transporting it to its new home at 90 Bridge St. That won't happen unt...

CHATHAM — With public water supplies already taxed by the drought, town officials recently had to disconnect one of the town’s wells after higher-than-acceptable levels were detected of dangerous contaminants known collectively as PFAS. Officials are now scrambling to bring other wells online and to take other steps to meet this summer’s expected water demand while devising a long-term plan to address the con...

CHATHAM – Paul Galop wasn’t an apathetic person. When he got involved with something, he gave it his all. “He just jumped right into everything,” said Laurie Galop, Mr. Galop's wife and best friend of 43-and-a-half years. “If we went to the store, we didn’t go for a couple things, we’d come home with several bags of groceries. It wasn’t like you would buy one paper towel roll — you’d buy a half dozen. He did e...