Chatham News

Town Officials Push Markey On Coast Guard

By: Ryan Bray

CHATHAM - Despite the heat and humidity, there was no shortage of visitors to the Chatham Fish Pier Wednesday afternoon. But looking out from the pier’s observation deck, town officials saw past the impeccable views into more pressing issues, among them the uncertainty surrounding future operations of the Chatham Coast Guard Station. The issue was one of several that were brought directly to U.S. Senator Edwar...

CHATHAM – A definitive subdivision plan for the former Monomoy Theatre property will go before the planning board later this month. Owner Chatham Productions, Inc. filed a five-lot plan recently showing the 2.7-acre property at 776 Main St. and 70 Depot Rd. subdivided into four residential lots and one commercial lot. It is similar to a preliminary subdivision plan approved by the board in March. The former...

Town Identifies To-do List For West Chatham Project

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — The long-debated West Chatham Route 28 reconstruction project is all but complete, leaving behind only a short to-do list and a slightly bruised relationship between the town and state highway officials. Chatham DPW Director Tom Temple shared his punch list with the select board last week for the work done between Barn Hill Road and George Ryder Road. The list includes several landscaping requests, l...

School Officials: Masks An Incentive To Get Vaccinated

By: Alan Pollock

A mask requirement for students returning to the Monomoy schools isn’t just a means of controlling the person-to-person spread of COVID-19. School officials say it’s an incentive for students, faculty and staff to get vaccinated as soon as they’re eligible. The Monomoy school committee approved the mask mandate last week as part of its school reopening plan. While the requirement for face coverings drew vocal ...

CHATHAM - Despite the heat and humidity, there was no shortage of visitors to the Chatham Fish Pier Wednesday afternoon. But looking out from the pier’s observation deck, town officials saw past the impeccable views into more pressing issues, among them the uncertainty surrounding future operations of the Chatham Coast Guard Station. The issue was one of several that were brought directly to U.S. Senator Edwar...

CHATHAM – Organizer had hoped that the auction of whales in this year's Art in the Park exhibit would top last year's record bidding. But they never expected it to be by so much. When bidding closed Friday at noon, the 59 whales and one “Welcome to Chatham” whale-themed sign had raised a total of $124,345. The bids ranged from more than $6,000 to $569. All but seven went for $1,000 or more, with 12 going for $...

Chemical Linked To Firefighting Foam Found In Water Samples CHATHAM — The class of “forever chemicals” known as PFAS is a new cause for concern in Chatham; less than three months ago, it was found to be present in a public water supply well in levels over the state standard. But for other communities around New England and around the nation, per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances are nothing new. Speaking at...

Popular Family Beach Closed To Swimming For A Week CHATHAM – Officials are scratching their heads over the source of high bacteria counts that kept one of the town's most popular beaches closed to swimming for a week. Swimming was prohibited at Oyster Pond beach, a free beach that is popular with families, from Aug. 12 to 19. High bacteria counts began appearing in weekly samples earlier in the month, and b...

Henri Spares Lower Cape

By: Tim Wood

Despite earlier predictions that it would come ashore on Cape Cod, Hurricane Henri made landfall further to the west on Sunday, sparing the Lower Cape from virtually all its effects. The minimal hurricane came ashore at Block Island, R.I., bringing wind gusts of around 70 mph. As it moved northwest and inland, Henri dumped heavy rains that caused localized flooding in Connecticut, New York and western Massachu...

CHATHAM – The historical commission has placed a demolition delay on a Bridge Street house that may be as much as 250 years old, even though the owner said it is uninhabitable in its current condition. The house at 322 Bridge St. suffered extensive water damage to its foundation and first floor and the previous owner did nothing to address the problem, William Riley, attorney for current owner Steven F. Veninc...

Efforts To Save Town's Oldest Home Stumble

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – The fate of what many believe is the oldest house in town hangs in the balance after the zoning board of appeals failed to approve a plan for the redevelopment of the property on which the building has sat since about 1700. Joe Giacalone, who owns the nearly three-acre property at 68 Shell Dr., asked to continue the Aug. 12 special permit hearing when it became clear that there weren't enough votes t...

CHATHAM – The planning board is struggling to figure out how Chatham Municipal Airport fits in with its effort to rezone the West Chatham neighborhood center. Last week, the board declined to take on the task of developing a zoning overlay district for the airport's runway protection zone (RPZ), which overlaps the West Chatham neighborhood center. Board members said it was premature to take any action at this ...