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CHATHAM – Should the town be responsible for placing flags on the graves of veterans? Currently, the cemetery regulations expressly state that the town and the cemetery commission is not responsible for the placement of flags in the cemeteries. But with the department of public works taking over maintenance of the cemeteries, it may be time to change the regulations, according to cemetery commission members. ...

Liberty Commons Gives Thanks For Togetherness

By: Staff Reports

NORTH CHATHAM — Though it took some ingenuity, residents at Liberty Commons nursing home had an opportunity to spend some quality time with loved ones on Thanksgiving, face-to-face. It was the kind of gathering that wasn't possible last Thanksgiving because of the pandemic. The nursing home provided a large, heated tent that was erected in the parking lot, providing a safe, well-ventilated space for 100 reside...

Town Eyes Parcel For Fishing Gear Storage

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — The select board is seeking a site where commercial fishermen can store their gear, where it won't interfere with airport operations – or rankle nearby neighbors. They may have found one on a sliver of land between the wastewater plant and transfer station. For decades, the town has allowed fishermen to lease space on the airport property to store gear that's not being used, but the airport commissio...

Chatham To Join PFAS Litigation

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — The discovery of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in public wells in levels above state standards has already prompted some hefty spending by the town to ensure continued clean drinking water. To help defray those and expected future costs, the select board voted last week to seek to join a national lawsuit targeting companies that produced those "forever chemical" contaminants. The select ...

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...