Chatham News

After 20 Years, Terror Attacks Still Painful

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Like the pale blue skies Saturday, the pain and sorrow of 9/11 might have been slightly duller than they were 20 years ago, but the memories of the terror attacks remained powerful. Gathered under a giant American flag outside the fire station, dozens of people took time Saturday morning to reflect on the Sept. 11 attacks, the innocents who lost their lives and the heroes who answered the call in t...

CHATHAM — In the first three years that the towns of Orleans, Chatham, Harwich and Brewster have operated under a regional watershed permit, they’ve achieved around 75 percent of their five-year goal for controlling nutrient pollution entering Pleasant Bay. That’s the news from the Pleasant Bay Alliance, which issued its annual report to the member towns recently. “The good news is that things are pretty much ...

COVID Numbers On The Rise

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — While COVID-19 case numbers in the Northeast are very low compared to other parts of the country, they are unmistakably climbing. The two-week case average on Cape Cod has climbed 138 percent compared to 27 percent statewide. Orleans has a 14-day average daily incidence rate of 6.4 per 100,000 residents, lower than it has been in a month, and the lowest rate in Barnstable County. In the same time per...

Drought Worsens, Despite Ida

By: Alan Pollock

In what seems to be a case of climatological bad luck, one corner of Cape Cod is still experiencing a drought, despite the recent rains from the remnants of Hurricane Ida. Chatham and Harwich are still way behind in seasonal rainfall, while other parts of the state – and even the Cape – have recently experienced heavy rains and flooding. Following a dry spring and summer that prompted towns to impose restricti...

CHATHAM – Today, Cow Yard Lane is an unpaved town landing that leads to Chatham Harbor, just north of Aunt Lydia's Cove. Beachgoers crowd the narrow landing in the summer, and some folks still use it for launching and hauling boats. Once, however, this unusually named roadway bordered exactly what its name implies – a pasture. It's also right in the middle of an area that played a key role in the town's histor...

CHATHAM — Despite persistent winds pushing him away from the coast of France, transatlantic rower Guirec Soudée is in good spirits – and not just because he’s nearing completion of his months-long odyssey. Last week, Soudée made contact with a passing tanker, whose captain rigged a phone patch allowing the 29-year-old adventurer to speak briefly with his family. It was the first conversation he’s had with an...

9/11: The Day That Everything Changed

By: Tim Wood

Every holiday season, a reminder of David and Lynn Angell's affection for Chatham stands at the downtown rotary. It may be just an inflatable snowman festooned with multi-colored lights, but it represents something far larger: a local connection to one of the most significant events in recent history. The Angells were on American Airlines Flight 11 on Sept. 11, 2001, returning to their home in Hollywood from a...

Chatham, Harwich Agree To Change Wastewater Pact

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — The town of Chatham is seeking to give Harwich an easier payment plan for its use of the shared wastewater treatment plant and has opted against charging its neighbor a penalty for that accommodation. The intermunicipal agreement that governs the two towns’ sewer connection is being amended, in part to change the schedule of payments from Harwich to Chatham for the use of the latter's wastewater trea...

COVID-19 had a profound impact on local real estate, fueling a buying spree that boosted prices to unheard of levels. There are signs, however, that the market may be cooling and returning to pre-pandemic levels. Sales in July slowed over the same month a year ago, according to the Cape Cod and Islands Association of Realtors, and more closely resembled sales in July 2019. Pending sales were down slightly from...

Town Officials Push Markey On Coast Guard

By: Ryan Bray

CHATHAM - Despite the heat and humidity, there was no shortage of visitors to the Chatham Fish Pier Wednesday afternoon. But looking out from the pier’s observation deck, town officials saw past the impeccable views into more pressing issues, among them the uncertainty surrounding future operations of the Chatham Coast Guard Station. The issue was one of several that were brought directly to U.S. Senator Edwar...

CHATHAM – A definitive subdivision plan for the former Monomoy Theatre property will go before the planning board later this month. Owner Chatham Productions, Inc. filed a five-lot plan recently showing the 2.7-acre property at 776 Main St. and 70 Depot Rd. subdivided into four residential lots and one commercial lot. It is similar to a preliminary subdivision plan approved by the board in March. The former...

Town Identifies To-do List For West Chatham Project

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — The long-debated West Chatham Route 28 reconstruction project is all but complete, leaving behind only a short to-do list and a slightly bruised relationship between the town and state highway officials. Chatham DPW Director Tom Temple shared his punch list with the select board last week for the work done between Barn Hill Road and George Ryder Road. The list includes several landscaping requests, l...