Chatham News

CHATHAM — Saying the owner hasn’t made good on pledges to do so, town officials are preparing to clean up what they say is an unlicensed salvage yard at 32 Mill Hill Rd., placing a lien on the property until owner John McGrath foots the bill. In a rambling statement to the board of health on June 21, McGrath blamed the mess on illegal dumping by others, but defended his right to do as he pleases with his lan...

By all projections, and based on the crowds seen already this week, it’s going to be a very busy summer at local beaches. While not all Cape towns have fared as well, local beach managers say they’re glad to have filled out their roster of lifeguards for the coming season. “We have a full crew. Unfortunately, there’s a few who just aren’t here yet,” Chatham Parks and Recreation Director Dan Tobin said Tuesday....

CHATHAM – While growing up in Maine, Rick Nye never made it as far south as Cape Cod; the Maine coast was a much closer vacation spot. “Any farther south was just too crowded,” he said. He got his first introduction to the region a few weeks ago, when he began working as the new manager at the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge. Nye comes to Monomoy by way of the Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge, a 965-...

Town To Coast Guard: Where Were You?

By: Alan Pollock

Congressional Hearing Sought CHATHAM — After it took the Coast Guard 14 hours to respond to a grounded sailboat on Monomoy Point, the select board is seeking some answers, even if it takes an act of Congress to get them. Which it might. On Tuesday, the board voted to ask Ninth District Congressman Bill Keating to intervene in the case. In a letter authorized by the whole board, Chair Peter Cocolis asked Kea...

Of the top 29 fishing communities in the Northeast facing gentrification stress, Chatham is ranked third. Research undertaken by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) collated a host of indices including retiree migration and housing disruption into a story map, also highlighting voices of fishermen.  “A story map puts it into context and can help raise awareness of issues that have bee...

For the year so far, the median sale price of a single-family home in Chatham is $1,283,750, a nearly 75 percent jump from last year, when the median price was $735,500. In Orleans and Harwich, the figures are not as eye-popping, yet they still tell the story of a real estate market that's on fire. The median sale price of a house in Orleans for the year year is $977,000, a nearly 29 percent increase; in Harwi...

Back 2 Summer Sound Fest To Benefit MCS

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – It's been a long 18 months for many nonprofit organizations that have worked extra hard to meet the needs of the community and yet haven't been able to hold their traditional fundraisers due to COVID-19 restrictions. Monomoy Community Services hopes to start climbing back out of the fundraising hole with a new event, the Back 2 Summer Sound Festival, scheduled for Thursday, July 1 at the VFW on George R...

CHATHAM – Voters returned incumbent Select Board members Cory Metters and Dean Nicastro to office for another three years in Thursday's annual town election. Chatham native Metters topped the vote tally with 832 votes, followed by Nicastro with 685 and challenger Tom Wilson with 406. This is the third term for both Metters and Nicastro. The contest for the two three-year terms on the board was the only race on...

CHATHAM – Who’s the mystery person on the cover of the brand new book “I Am of Chatham: People and Their Stories”? You’ll have to wait until the release party on Friday, June 25 at Gallery Antonia to learn who writer John Whelan and photographer Kim Roderiques chose to grace their book’s cover. “This book will be fun for the people of Chatham because they’re going to know a number of the people in the book,...

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...