Chatham News

FAA: No Significant Impacts From Airport Plan CHATHAM — The town’s attorney repeated his assertion last week that managing the Chatham Municipal Airport is the job of the airport commission, not the select board. But last week’s lengthy meeting did nothing to lessen the longstanding rift between airport critics and supporters. In separate news, the Federal Aviation Administration last week found that the re...

Town Hopeful About Dialogue With Coast Guard

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Subtle as they are, t here are hopeful signs that town officials and the U.S. Coast Guard may be ready to work together to ensure a strong future for Station Chatham. In a session brokered by U.S. Senator Edward Markey, a delegation of town officials recently met with Rear Admiral Thomas Allan, Jr., the commander of the First Coast Guard District, select board member Shareen Davis reported to the bo...

Chatham Methodist Church Offers Free Food

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – Food and housing insecurity have been significant problems for many people during the pandemic. More than 10 percent of households, some 13.8 million people, experienced food insecurity during 2020, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Even as local food banks report drastic increases in demand, there's always concern that not everyone facing these problem is finding help. Recognizing ...

CHATHAM — A special round of water tests revealed that a second public water supply well in Chatham now has levels of PFAS above state standards and has been shut down. In an urgent effort to conserve water, the select board Tuesday ordered an immediate ban on all outdoor watering. Well 8 is adjacent to Well 5, off Training Field Road, which was shut down in April when levels of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substa...

CHATHAM – Since erosion forced the closure of beach access at the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge headquarters on Morris Island earlier this year, visitors have been using a nearby path along Tisquantum Road to get to the refuge's trails and beach. While the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has a right-of-way over the path, which is on private land, the increased use has resulted in conflicts with neighbors. In...

Oct. 23 Special Town Meeting To Focus On Water

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — If the weather gods cooperate, voters will gather for an outdoor special town meeting on Oct. 23 to decide $5.25 million in critical water system upgrades. The Saturday session will start at 9:30 a.m. at Veterans Field, and is expected to have a warrant with just three articles. Town Manager Jill Goldsmith said town officials decided to hold the session outdoors, despite the lateness of the season....

After 20 Years, Terror Attacks Still Painful

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Like the pale blue skies Saturday, the pain and sorrow of 9/11 might have been slightly duller than they were 20 years ago, but the memories of the terror attacks remained powerful. Gathered under a giant American flag outside the fire station, dozens of people took time Saturday morning to reflect on the Sept. 11 attacks, the innocents who lost their lives and the heroes who answered the call in t...

CHATHAM — In the first three years that the towns of Orleans, Chatham, Harwich and Brewster have operated under a regional watershed permit, they’ve achieved around 75 percent of their five-year goal for controlling nutrient pollution entering Pleasant Bay. That’s the news from the Pleasant Bay Alliance, which issued its annual report to the member towns recently. “The good news is that things are pretty much ...

COVID Numbers On The Rise

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — While COVID-19 case numbers in the Northeast are very low compared to other parts of the country, they are unmistakably climbing. The two-week case average on Cape Cod has climbed 138 percent compared to 27 percent statewide. Orleans has a 14-day average daily incidence rate of 6.4 per 100,000 residents, lower than it has been in a month, and the lowest rate in Barnstable County. In the same time per...

Drought Worsens, Despite Ida

By: Alan Pollock

In what seems to be a case of climatological bad luck, one corner of Cape Cod is still experiencing a drought, despite the recent rains from the remnants of Hurricane Ida. Chatham and Harwich are still way behind in seasonal rainfall, while other parts of the state – and even the Cape – have recently experienced heavy rains and flooding. Following a dry spring and summer that prompted towns to impose restricti...

CHATHAM – Today, Cow Yard Lane is an unpaved town landing that leads to Chatham Harbor, just north of Aunt Lydia's Cove. Beachgoers crowd the narrow landing in the summer, and some folks still use it for launching and hauling boats. Once, however, this unusually named roadway bordered exactly what its name implies – a pasture. It's also right in the middle of an area that played a key role in the town's histor...

CHATHAM — Despite persistent winds pushing him away from the coast of France, transatlantic rower Guirec Soudée is in good spirits – and not just because he’s nearing completion of his months-long odyssey. Last week, Soudée made contact with a passing tanker, whose captain rigged a phone patch allowing the 29-year-old adventurer to speak briefly with his family. It was the first conversation he’s had with an...