Chatham News

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...

Heart Association Honors Chatham Fire For Cardiac Care

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — There’s no good place to suffer a sudden cardiac emergency. But if it happens in Chatham, take heart: you’re likely to get the best possible emergency cardiac care. The American Heart Association has awarded the Chatham Fire/Rescue Department its Life Line Silver Plus Achievement Award for taking certain specific steps to improve care for victims of severe heart attacks. The annual designation was...

Results from the 2020 federal census show population increases in Chatham and Orleans that will require each town to add a second voting precinct. Harwich also saw its population increase, but not enough to require a fifth voting precinct. The decennial census put Chatham's population at 6,594, a 7.6 percent increase over the 2010 figure of 6,125. Orleans population went from 5,890 in 2010 to 6,307 in 2020,...

CHATHAM – The irony is thick enough to cut with a fillet knife: a local fisherman is being evicted from his rental so the town can build affordable housing on the property. The details are a bit more complicated, but for Randy Saul, it comes down to the possibility that he may have to vacate the cottage he rents at the Buckley property at 1533 Main St. a few months sooner than he expected. Saul, a fisherman...

Area Real Estate Sales Continue To Level Off

By: Tim Wood

Real estate sales in August continued to level off, indicating that that the market is returning to more normal levels after a super-charged pandemic year. In Chatham, single-family home sales dipped last month compared to July and were significantly lower than last August. Sales also dropped Cape-wide, but Harwich and Orleans were outliers, however, with both showing slight increases in closed sales in August...

The Big Wedding

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

The talk of the town last week was the Chatham Bars Inn wedding where Troy Brown and Kristin Ryan tied the knot in a ceremony on a specially built structure behind the inn's beach house and held a reception in a 20,000-square-foot “tent” near Claflin Landing (in the background). The groom's family are longtime Chatham homeowners, and since his father, Greg Brown, is CEO of Motorola, there was a lot of speculat...

Masks Required For Meetings In Town Buildings

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — If you’re headed to an indoor town meeting, or maybe for a workout at the community center, be prepared to mask up. The board of health Monday unanimously issued an emergency order requiring even vaccinated people to wear face coverings while attending any indoor town meeting or any gathering of two or more people in a town meeting room, including the community center gymnasium and fitness room. T...

SOUTH CHATHAM – For years, residents of South Chatham have been advocating for a crosswalk on Route 28 where sidewalks switch from the north to the south side of the street. Now it looks as if state highway officials may be ready to follow through on the request. According to Public Works Direct Tom Temple, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation is putting together designs for pedestrian improvements a...

FAA: No Significant Impacts From Airport Plan CHATHAM — The town’s attorney repeated his assertion last week that managing the Chatham Municipal Airport is the job of the airport commission, not the select board. But last week’s lengthy meeting did nothing to lessen the longstanding rift between airport critics and supporters. In separate news, the Federal Aviation Administration last week found that the re...

Town Hopeful About Dialogue With Coast Guard

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Subtle as they are, t here are hopeful signs that town officials and the U.S. Coast Guard may be ready to work together to ensure a strong future for Station Chatham. In a session brokered by U.S. Senator Edward Markey, a delegation of town officials recently met with Rear Admiral Thomas Allan, Jr., the commander of the First Coast Guard District, select board member Shareen Davis reported to the bo...