Chatham News

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...

Tree Work Recommended For 21 Private Parcels CHATHAM — The town may seek easements to trim or remove trees from 21 private parcels around the airport as part of a bid to improve the safety of runway approaches. The finding was included in a draft of the environmental assessment of the airport’s master plan update, recently released by the town. Available on the town’s website, the draft assessment is open...

This is the fourth in a series of stories on the ongoing housing crisis. A lack of workforce housing is one of the factors contributing to an anticipated shortage of workers in the hospitality and service sectors this summer. Expect a longer-than-usual wait to be seated at restaurants and longer check-out lines in shops, chamber of commerce officials warn. For other year-round businesses that don't necess...

CHATHAM – There's reluctance among town officials to back out of a plan to build a new dock at Old Mill Boatyard for the Coast Guard, despite concern over the agency's decision to scale back its rescue boat capabilities. But there may be other ways to ensure that the Coast Guard maintains vessel coverage of both Chatham Harbor and Stage Harbor, members of the South Coastal Harbor Plan committee said. Limiti...

New Signs: Leave Seals Alone

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Each year, police and wildlife officials are called to area beaches by people concerned for the safety of stranded seals. The trouble is, the seals typically aren’t in trouble at all. The Yarmouth-based International Fund for Animal Welfare is providing informational signs for area beaches to boost public understanding of these marine mammals. “As tourism begins to increase here on Cape Cod and on ...

Mondays On Main Returns In July CHATHAM – Unable to rehearse for the past year, the Chatham Band won't begin its traditional Friday night summer concerts in Kate Gould Park until August. But the popular band will still manage to squeeze in five shows before summer's end, half their usual number. The town's other annual music event, Mondays on Main, will also be going forward this summer, with a planned debu...

CHATHAM — A major stormwater replacement project is expected to cause traffic detours and delays through early summer. But when the job is done, officials say Crowell Road and Lake Street will be decidedly less lake-like after heavy rains. Health and Natural Resources Director Robert Duncanson updated the select board on the project last week. The job is being done “to address some of the flooding issues tha...