Chatham News

Chatham's Oldest Resident Dies At 108 CHATHAM – One of Juliet Bernstein's most cherished memories was accompanying her mother in a horse-drawn surrey so that she could vote for the first time following the ratification of the 19th amendment in 1920. "I was 7 but it truly impressed me," Mrs. Bernstein said in a 2020 interview. That experience helped shape a dedication to equality and social justice that foll...

CHATHAM – A half dozen years ago, the finance committee, in a report to the select board, rejected raising the local share of the room occupancy tax from 4 to 6 percent, reasoning that a higher tax here could drive visitors to other Cape towns that have a lower rate. Since then, almost every town on the Cape, including Harwich at last month's special town meeting, has adopted the higher rate. Several members o...

CHATHAM — President Joe Biden will be spending Thanksgiving and this weekend on Nantucket, and as part of the security preparations, the FAA has grounded all drones, even toy ones, until the presidential visit is concluded. Chatham Municipal Airport Manager Tim Howard issued a reminder Monday about the federal temporary flight restriction, which is in effect in a 30-mile ring around the Nantucket Airport. That...

CHATHAM – After getting assurance that newly planted trees and shrubs would be maintained for three years, the select board last week approved a request by Eversource to remove 60 trees along Middle Road. The trees must be removed to clear the way for six new utility poles to connect a new solar array on the former Dubis property to the Eversource grid. They will be replaced by 30 trees and 120 shrubs, none of...

Town's Oldest House To Be Preserved

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – What many consider the oldest house in town and a direct link to founder William Nickerson will be preserved. The antique Cape built by Nickerson's son, William, will be moved to a different spot on the waterfront property where it has stood since about 1700 and serve as a guest house for a new home that will be constructed on the three-acre property. The interior of the First Period house will be re...

Juliet Bernstein Remembered

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – One of Juliet Bernstein's most cherished memories was accompanying her mother in a horse-drawn surrey so that she could cast her first vote after the ratification of the 19th amendment in 1920. "I was 7 but it truly impressed me," Mrs. Bernstein said in a 2020 interview. That experience helped shape a dedication to equality and social justice that followed her through her long life. Mrs. Bernstein...

Fight Brewing Over Airport Governance

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — In a meeting with exhaustive public comment last week, the town’s charter review committee heard the pros and cons of a suggestion that the select board serve, in part, as the town’s airport commission. The charter committee is likely to take up detailed discussion on the proposal shortly. Airport critic David Bixby proposed a charter change that would stipulate that the airport commission be const...

CHATHAM – Sarah Dennis wants to make sure veterans don't feel forgotten. When she heard that flags weren't going to be placed on the graves of local veterans, she marshaled volunteers, collected hundreds of flags and began distributing them to businesses and in public spaces around town. “We want to honor all veterans,” she said. “We wanted to lay out a red, white and blue carpet for them.” The group sta...

Citizens Come Together To Thank Veterans

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Kept apart by the pandemic last year, r esidents came together again for last week’s Veterans Day observances. Retired army Chief Warrant Officer Robert Franz convened the service in front of the town’s World War I memorial at the community center. Gesturing up at the American flag above, Franz read from a 1917 speech by President Woodrow Wilson, who observed that the flag is an emblem of the nation...

CHATHAM – The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act signed into law by President Joe Biden Monday will provide $550 billion for water, sewer, transportation and other projects over the next five years. What's in it for local towns? The bill is expected to provide funding through both direct grants and existing state programs. Chatham, Orleans and Harwich are all engaged in sewer construction programs that are...

A New Milestone: $15 Million Property Sale

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – What may be one of the biggest sales in recent history was just one of several major property sales reported in town in the past month. A 5.2-acre parcel and an adjacent vacant lot on Stage Neck Road sold to a Cambridge buyer Oct. 28 for a combined $15 million. Earlier in the month, two properties along the town's eastern shore sold for $12 million each. Those sales are more evidence of continued ...

Residents: Don’t Give Up On Senior Center

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Though some want a stand-alone facility and others prefer adding on to the community center, nearly everyone who attended Tuesday’s forum on a new senior center want some kind of project to go forward. Resident Frank Messina said there’s no question that the current senior center on Stony Hill Road is inadequate and needed replacement 10 or 20 years ago. “The seniors in Chatham have been waiting thei...