Chatham News

CHATHAM – Year-end statistics gathered from town departments bear out some of the anecdotes about the way the pandemic impacted the community during 2020. More people stayed in town longer in the fall, water department usage figures indicate. There's also been an uptick in the number of residents and registered voters. However, other figures showed slowdowns that may be indicative of less activity due to th...

Town Accepts Donation Of Coast Guard Boathouse

By: Alan Pollock

Plans For Reuse Are Still Developing CHATHAM — Twice before, the town of Chatham declined opportunities to take ownership of the historic Coast Guard Boathouse that once watched over Stage Harbor. Members of the select board weren’t about to turn down a third opportunity, vot ing Tuesday to accept the donation of the building and effectively saving the structure from demolition. It appears feasible tha...

CHATHAM – The historic business district commission last week cleared the way for the demolition of five buildings on the former Monomoy Theatre property, but the owner said that none of the structures will be razed until town boards issue final approval for six single-family homes on the 2.7-acre parcel. Chatham Productions plans to divide the land into two separate properties. The 776 Main St. parcel will in...

It’s simple math: the county is typically receiving just under 1,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine each week. There are an estimated 10,000 Cape residents aged 75 and older, and each will need two doses of the vaccine. Unless the supply of vaccine increases markedly, it won’t be until June that all 20,000 doses are administered and the vaccine can begin going to seniors 65 and older. “It’s a system that pits e...

CHATHAM – Recognizing that more resources need to be put into securing affordable housing, the community preservation committee endorsed a $1 million contribution to the town's affordable housing trust fund, $200,000 more than town officials requested. The committee recommended voters approve seven other requests for community preservation funds. Those requests, as well as a dozen other community preservation ...

Advocates Push Select Board On Housing

By: Alan Pollock

Focus On Middle Road And Private Land CHATHAM — When it comes to housing, it’s all about location, location, location. Or is it? In its drive to create affordable and attainable housing in town, the select board once again finds itself pulled between the need to act quickly and the desire to find the best possible locale. The board heard presentations last week on a half dozen town-owned parcels where ...

CHATHAM – Cory Metters has taken out nomination papers for a third term on the select board. “I still very much enjoy being involved,” Metters said about serving on the board. With several major projects pending and recovery from the pandemic likely to be a major concern in the coming year, “I don't think this is the time for me to step away,” he said. The three-year terms of Metters and Dean Nicastro are u...

Storms Widen North Beach Island Washover

By: Tim Wood

Morris Island Bluff Also Takes A Beating CHATHAM – The Feb. 2 Groundhog Day storm significantly widened a major washover on North Beach Island and continued to eat away at the bluff at the Morris Island headquarters of the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge. Pavement around the National Weather Service building on Morris Island was removed just prior to the storm to prevent it from tumbling down the bluff. Th...

CHATHAM – Sometimes, you just know when the timing is right. That was the case when Suzy Nickerson decided to close her iconic Main Street shop Pentimento. “It was just timing,” she said. “Everything kind of came together at the right time.” Named for the Italian term used to describe the reappearance in a painting or other work of art of elements that the artist had previously covered, Pentimento opened...

The Monomoy Regional School Committee and the select boards in Chatham and Harwich will hold a joint meeting next week to discuss funding inequities in the district's elementary schools. The joint meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 10, at 6:30 p.m. In a unanimous vote last week, the school committee recognized the differential in the per pupil cost between the Chatham and Harwich elementary schools, a...

CHATHAM — Benjamin Goodspeed was a devoted family man, a town father, a skillful businessman and a classic Cape Codder. But most people will remember him as a trumpeter in the Chatham Band who shared his love for music for more than 80 remarkable years. Mr. Goodspeed died last Tuesday at the age of 96. A member of the Greatest Generation, he graduated from Chatham High School in 1941, working in an aircra...

The faltering roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccine to residents 75 and older this week has left many senior citizens aching from a dose of frustration, but state officials hope a new telephone hotline will help. As of early this week, state officials were urging people to visit www.mass.gov/CovidVaccine to check their eligibility to receive the vaccine, to choose a convenient clinic, and to sign up for an ap...