Chatham News

CHATHAM — With public water supplies already taxed by the drought, town officials recently had to disconnect one of the town’s wells after higher-than-acceptable levels were detected of dangerous contaminants known collectively as PFAS. Officials are now scrambling to bring other wells online and to take other steps to meet this summer’s expected water demand while devising a long-term plan to address the con...

CHATHAM – Paul Galop wasn’t an apathetic person. When he got involved with something, he gave it his all. “He just jumped right into everything,” said Laurie Galop, Mr. Galop's wife and best friend of 43-and-a-half years. “If we went to the store, we didn’t go for a couple things, we’d come home with several bags of groceries. It wasn’t like you would buy one paper towel roll — you’d buy a half dozen. He did e...

Tree Work Recommended For 21 Private Parcels CHATHAM — The town may seek easements to trim or remove trees from 21 private parcels around the airport as part of a bid to improve the safety of runway approaches. The finding was included in a draft of the environmental assessment of the airport’s master plan update, recently released by the town. Available on the town’s website, the draft assessment is open...

This is the fourth in a series of stories on the ongoing housing crisis. A lack of workforce housing is one of the factors contributing to an anticipated shortage of workers in the hospitality and service sectors this summer. Expect a longer-than-usual wait to be seated at restaurants and longer check-out lines in shops, chamber of commerce officials warn. For other year-round businesses that don't necess...

CHATHAM – There's reluctance among town officials to back out of a plan to build a new dock at Old Mill Boatyard for the Coast Guard, despite concern over the agency's decision to scale back its rescue boat capabilities. But there may be other ways to ensure that the Coast Guard maintains vessel coverage of both Chatham Harbor and Stage Harbor, members of the South Coastal Harbor Plan committee said. Limiti...

New Signs: Leave Seals Alone

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Each year, police and wildlife officials are called to area beaches by people concerned for the safety of stranded seals. The trouble is, the seals typically aren’t in trouble at all. The Yarmouth-based International Fund for Animal Welfare is providing informational signs for area beaches to boost public understanding of these marine mammals. “As tourism begins to increase here on Cape Cod and on ...

Mondays On Main Returns In July CHATHAM – Unable to rehearse for the past year, the Chatham Band won't begin its traditional Friday night summer concerts in Kate Gould Park until August. But the popular band will still manage to squeeze in five shows before summer's end, half their usual number. The town's other annual music event, Mondays on Main, will also be going forward this summer, with a planned debu...

CHATHAM — A major stormwater replacement project is expected to cause traffic detours and delays through early summer. But when the job is done, officials say Crowell Road and Lake Street will be decidedly less lake-like after heavy rains. Health and Natural Resources Director Robert Duncanson updated the select board on the project last week. The job is being done “to address some of the flooding issues tha...

This is the third in a series of stories on the ongoing housing crisis. Housing insecurity was, for many, exacerbated during the pandemic. On the Lower and Outer Cape, however, the pandemic highlighted a situation that had been growing worse for years. Think of it as a squeeze. As real estate values rise, working people who don't already own their own home can no longer afford to buy. And the rental mar...

CHATHAM – Town Manager Jill Goldsmith was named one of five finalists for the position of city manager in Clearwater, Fla. Monday. While she said she was flattered to be considered to manage the city of about 120,000 on Florida's Gulf coast, especially given its size in comparison to Chatham, she said she had no intention of moving forward with the process. “I've given a commitment to Chatham and I'm hoping...

CHATHAM — Having collected more than a decade’s worth of data from a host of receiver buoys, researchers can now show in fine detail where tagged sharks spend their time each summer. The new White Shark Logbook from the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy allows users to select a certain buoy location and browse all of the logged shark visits. The Logbook (shiny.atlanticwhiteshark.org/Logbook/) draws on data ...

Chatham Reinstates Independence Day Parade

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Though it might not be as grand as usual, the town will have a real, in-person parade to mark Independence Day this summer. On a 4-1 vote Tuesday, the select board followed the advice of the parade committee and gave the event its go-ahead. The board also voted to allow a fireworks display on Veterans Field on Thursday, July 1. The parade will happen on July 3, since July 4 falls on ...