Chatham News

Richard Waystack's heart goes out to first-time homebuyers and young families looking for a house in the lower Cape area. “A lot of forces are looking to buy property right now,” said the Harwich realtor, who has worked in the local market for more than 30 years. With few homes on the market and demand not letting up, buyers looking for starter homes are competing with those with deep pockets willing to spend ...

CHATHAM — Having just returned from a volunteer trip to Poland to help Ukrainian refugees, Stacey Henderson and Laura Gill hope they’ve changed some lives. Given the things they’ve seen and the people they’ve met, they’ve certainly changed their own.  “Not to sound hyperbolic, [but] Stacey and I are changed forever and are so grateful we could make this trip,” Gill wrote in a Facebook post to supporters of the...

WEST CHATHAM — After a cloudy start, and just before a rainshower moved through Friday afternoon, it was the perfect time for a dip. Renewing a rite of spring, the April Fools of Chatham took their plunge in chilly Nantucket Sound to support a person in need.  With a stiff wind, the 54-degree temperature seemed quite a bit colder for the dozens of swimmers who ran into the surf off Harding’s Beach. Sometimes, ...

CHATHAM – A full service hardware store will be returning to Main Street this summer. Paul and Lynn Fox, who own Harwich Paint and Decorating in East Harwich, will be opening Chatham Paint and Hardware at 624 Main St., the location of Chatham Hardware since 1936. Over the years, there have been a lot of requests to open a store in Chatham, Paul Fox said Monday. “A lot of customers throughout the years ha...

Wayside Inn Sold For $18 Million

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – The Chatham Wayside Inn, a Main Street icon that has served travelers for more than 150 years, has been sold to a Rhode Island-based real estate investment company. Procaccianti Companies purchased the downtown property from longtime owner David Oppenheim on Thursday. The sale price was $18 million, according to the Barnstable County Registry of Deeds. A spokesperson for the Cranston, R.I. company sa...

CHATHAM – Local artists are being asked to donate paintings of sunflowers to be auctioned to benefit Ukrainian refugees. The Creative Arts Center is coordinating the effort, which was suggested by board secretary Barbara Gibson. Some of the top artists and faculty members associated with the center, including Maryalice Eizenberg, Rosalie Nadeau and Paul Schulenburg are contributing paintings, according to Exec...

Chili Cookoff Takes The Chill Off In Chatham

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

The fiery food on offer at the Chatham VFW Saturday nicely offset the somewhat chilly weather outside. At the first annual Chatham Chili Cookoff, a large crowd sampled a dozen different chilis from local restaurants and chefs. Many of the people slurping the concoctions from small sampling bowls said they were happy to get out and see friends and neighbors in a social setting after long months of self-imposed ...

Tax Change Aims To Boost Rental Housing Stock

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — A petition article going before town meeting voters in May proposes an overhaul of Chatham’s property tax structure, with the goal of helping year-round residents and boosting the stock of year-round rental houses. Filed by former selectman Seth Taylor, the petition builds on the state law allowing communities to adopt a residential tax exemption, which shifts some of the tax burden from year-round r...

COVID Numbers Drop, Though Less Quickly

By: Alan Pollock

Officials: BA.2 ‘Stealth’ Subvariant Bears Watching While local COVID-19 case numbers are at their lowest point since the end of last July and are still generally declining, public health officials are warning people to remain vigilant. BA.2, the so-called “stealth variant” of the virus, has spread widely throughout Europe and is now believed to be the dominant strain of the coronavirus in the U.S. The two-...

CHATHAM — It’s not the first time Stacey Henderson and Laura Gill, who are volunteering to help Ukrainian refugees in Poland this week, have traveled far to help in a humanitarian crisis. But it’s the first time they’ve done so near a war zone. Henderson, a Chatham firefighter/paramedic, and Gill, a nurse and seasoned human services worker from Brewster, flew to Poland last weekend on a 10-day trip to voluntee...

CHATHAM – Nearly two million refugees have streamed into Poland from Ukraine since the Russian invasion. Most are having their basic needs taken care of, thanks to a massive response by the Polish government and citizens. It's what happens next that worries Tom Johnson. “While I was there for a week most of the country filled up,” he said. “It's stunning,” he said of the streams of refugees lining up at the bo...

CHATHAM — In eleventh-hour action before closing the warrant for the May annual town meeting, the select board Tuesday staked its position on petition articles related to the purchase of the Chatham Health and Swim Club and the former Monomoy Theatre property, as well as articles deciding how to improve the Eldredge Garage property and how to spend revenues from the expanded room occupancy tax. The board hea...