Chatham News

CHATHAM — An online rental site recently advertised a house in Chatham that could accommodate 16 guests. Trouble is, it has only three permitted bedrooms. “There’s evidence that they had construction work done to add an extra bedroom and bathroom on the second floor and additional bedrooms in the basement,” board of health member Richard Edwards said last week. “They should be forced to deconstruct that...

CHATHAM — The select board is moving closer to a conceptual design for improving the Eldredge Garage property that they hope will win the support of voters and neighbors – and a potential benefactor. Sidelined because of the pandemic and other budget priorities, the project was back before the board last week, with Kurt Raber of Catalyst Architects providing new drawings. Raber proposed remodeling the ex...

Chatham Elementary Librarian Publishes Her 14th Book

By: Debra Lawless

CHATHAM – Chatham Elementary School students can consult a prolific author every single day if they wish, because the school’s new library/media specialist, Jenna Grodzicki, has published 14 books for children, with five more in the pipeline. “For someone who loves teaching and books, this is the perfect job for me,” Grodzicki said in an email interview last week. “I’m thrilled to be a part of the amazing staf...

Pumpkin People Return This Weekend; Oktoberfest Oct. 23

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

CHATHAM – Pumpkin People didn't skip a beat during the pandemic, appearing in Kate Gould Park last October right on schedule even though the annual Oktoberfest had to be canceled. But the Chatham Chamber of Commerce and Merchants Association-sponsored Oktoberfest will be back on Oct. 23 with a day-long festival of food, music. This weekend the Pumpkin People will return for their annual seasonal exhibit, wi...

No Vaccine Mandates Yet For Town Workers

By: Tim Wood

Chatham Health Board Seeks More Info On Rates Local towns have not implemented COVID-19 vaccinations mandates for town employees, but the Chatham Board of Health has asked staff to research the issue and gather more information about vaccination rates among municipal workers. Barnstable County may implement a vaccination mandate for its employees this week. County commissioners were slated to vote on a mand...

CHATHAM – During a public hearing last week, members of the planning board made clear their reluctance to approve a subdivision for the former Monomoy Theatre property without more information about the future of the theater building and the historic home adjacent to it. They may have no choice, however. If the five-lot subdivision plan for 776 Main St. and 70 Depot Rd. meets the requirements set out in the...

CHATHAM — When it comes to keeping hazardous materials out of the Cape’s single-source aquifer, the key to success isn’t heavy-handed enforcement, it’s building relationships. That was the message Barnstable County Hazardous Materials Specialist Amy Alati delivered to the board of health this week. Spurred by the presence of PFAS in two town wells, the health board invited Alati to speak about other potent...

CHATHAM – On Thursday, Oct. 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Chatham Drama Guild will receive some much-deserved love as the seventh annual CARE for the Cape and Islands Day event gives the longtime theater venue a good cleaning, organizing, painting, landscaping and all-around maintenance in preparation for fall. Volunteers are needed for the CARE event, which will take place 10 days before Halloween. As an adde...

Select Board Asks Airport Commission For Delay CHATHAM — For almost 35 years, commercial fishermen have had an agreement with the town allowing them to store their gear on vacant land northeast of the airport runway. Under pressure from the FAA, the airport commission is bringing that arrangement to a close, and the town has asked fishermen to remove their equipment by Nov. 19. “I really ...

CHATHAM — One-hundred seven days after departing Chatham, Guirec Soudée maneuvered his 26-foot ocean rowboat into the harbor at Brest, touching off a festive celebration and an emotional reunion with loved ones. The 29-year-old adventurer looked energetic and healthy – if somewhat thin – and beamed as he waved to dozens of supporters standing elbow-to-elbow on the breakwater, many waving Breton flags like the ...

CHATHAM — A detailed study commissioned by the town is recommending the installation of temporary structures likely made of sheet steel in the waters off Crescent Beach as part of a strategy to reduce the need for expensive annual dredging to keep Stage Harbor open. “Our Stage Harbor entrance channel has sort of been under attack, if you will, from the Atlantic Ocean,” Coastal Resources Director Ted Keon told ...

Select Board Clarifies Outdoor Watering Ban

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — On Sept. 14, responding quickly to news that a second town well had been taken offline because of contamination, select board members ordered a ban on all outdoor watering. Last week, they got a bit more specific. “We’ve had a couple of questions come up,” Town Manager Jill Goldsmith told the board. While the original order was intended to bring an end to the watering of lawns, some questioned whethe...