Chatham News

CHATHAM – Gail Tilton has followed the senior center saga in town and knows firsthand the issues with the current facility. She's taught an “Artful Aging” class through the council on aging and has been on a waiting list for an exercise program for four years, the class size restricted due to the small space available at the current Stony Hill Road senior center. So when she learned that the Chatham Health and...

CHATHAM — In what they hope will be a compromise with open space advocates, the community housing partnership is once again seeking to have the town reserve a portion of a town-owned tract on Middle Road for affordable and attainable housing. The partnership, formerly known as the affordable housing committee, met on Feb. 17 to stake its position on the land. Last June, voters declined to declare the 19-acre...

CHATHAM – The National Register of Historic Places was established by National Historic Preservation Act in 1966 as a way to “identify, evaluate, and protect America's historic and archaeological resources,” according to the National Park Service, which administers the register. More than 96,000 properties across the nation are listed, representing 1.8 million contributing resources, including buildings, sites, d...

CHATHAM — A wide circle of friends is mourning the death of Dan Meservey, Sr., a no-nonsense civic leader, a skilled businessman, a loving family patriarch – and an auto racing legend. Mr. Meservey died in Florida on Feb. 17 after a brief illness. Born in Chatham in 1942, Mr. Meservey graduated from the Chatham schools before attending Burdett Business College. But much of his education came from working at ...

CHATHAM — While the four members of the Gold Medal Lifeboat Crew died years ago, the story of their daring rescue of 32 men from the stricken tanker Pendleton remains very much alive 70 years later. Commemorations of that anniversary took place in Chatham on Friday, involving citizens young and old. In a small ceremony at the Chatham Fish Pier, citizens braced against the cold wind and marveled once again at...

Data Will Help Researchers Refine Shark Movements

By: Tim Wood

The pandemic may have drawn some attention away from the region's great white sharks over the last two years, but that doesn't mean that the apex predators, and the scientists studying them, were any less active. Last summer, shark researchers led by Dr. Greg Skomal of the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries tagged 39 great white sharks along the Cape's east coast. Skomal and his team, supported by the ...

Monomoy Schools To Lift Mask Mandate Monday

By: Alan Pollock

Nauset Schools To Make Town-by-town Decisions When they return to classes Monday after winter break, students in the Monomoy Regional School District could opt to leave their face masks at home. While they’re still required on school buses, in nurse’s offices and for students returning from COVID-19 quarantine, masks will be optional in Monomoy classrooms starting Feb. 28. In the Nauset district, which span...

COA Board Backs New Senior Center Studies

By: Alan Pollock

Community Center Central To Both Options CHATHAM — By unanimous vote, the board of the council on aging has recommended moving ahead with two feasibility studies for a new senior center. Either scenario would spell a closer partnership between the council on aging and the community center. One would examine the viability of a facility attached to the community center on Main Street, an option considered yea...

A display table near the Eldredge Public Library's front desk is surrounded by yellow “crime scene” tape. Chains encircle a block of “banned books.” Front and center is “Maus,” recently expurgated from a Tennessee school system, draped in chains and mousetraps. “Get Caught Reading” announces the poster above the table, which also includes a “Library Bill of Rights” and a list of the top 16 most challenged book...

Select Board: PR Firm Would Be Waste Of Airport Funds

By: Alan Pollock

Airport Commission To Decide CHATHAM – Though the decision belongs to the airport commission, the select board has opined that hiring a public relations firm to boost the airport’s image would be a waste of money. Meeting last week, the select board supported the airport commission’s request for additional funds this year to buy additional security cameras and to hire special legal counsel familiar with avi...

Josephine Ives Was Library Trustee, Supporter CHATHAM – Josephine Ives was more than a supporter of the Eldredge Public Library. She served on its board of trustees for 11 years and ran for – and was elected to – the board of selectmen in order to ensure the completion of a major expansion of the library in 1992. She even authored a book about the library's history. So it's no surprise that when she passed ...

CHATHAM – Instead of armoring the eroding Ryder's Cove shoreline to protect a historic antenna tower, officials plan to investigate relocating the 100-foot-tall steel lattice structure inland. Moving the tower would be far less costly than installing some sort of coastal protection in front of it, according to a structural engineer, and could help open the shoreline as part of a planned park on the town-owned ...