Chatham News

Rescuers Free Entangled Whale Calf Off Chatham

By: Alan Pollock

Young Humpback Fouled In Fishing Gear CHATHAM — Thanks to a cooperative effort from two marine conservation groups, a young humpback whale has a chance at growing old. Shark spotters with the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy are credited with reporting the whale calf in trouble off Chatham last Tuesday. The calf had a black rope caught in its mouth and a large tangle of rope around its tail when rescuers fr...

Chatham Invites Food Trucks To Town

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — After lengthy study, the select board adopted regulations last week allowing mobile food vendors to operate in certain locations around town, including parts of downtown. Out of deference to concerned neighbors, one location – the former Eldredge Garage property – was removed from the list of potential food truck sites. The select board had previously favored allowing mobile food vendors at six locat...

CHATHAM – The closure of the National Weather Service Upper Air Station on Morris Island left a hole in the agency's weather balloon launching network, one that both weather service and town officials are eager to plug. The airport commission and finance committee have proposed relocating the station to the section of the airport property previously used as a storage area by commercial fishermen. Officials met...

Gallery, Shop Sales To Benefit Monomoy Community Services CHATHAM – Every day, dozens, sometimes hundreds of people walk “the loop,” the popular route along Main Street, Shore Road, Bridge Street and Stage Harbor Road. Along the way, they pass what is probably the most distinctive edifice in the Old Village, the 175-year-old John Hallett House, also known as “the green building.” For years, owners Tina and ...

Hake Touted As Substitute For Elusive Cod

By: Doreen Leggett

Chef Lisa Whelan of Dancing Spoons Catering stood before a crowd of about 70 people, bottles of honey, ginger, and apple cider vinegar arrayed before her and a thick piece of cornmeal-encrusted fish browning on the burner. “This is a good substitute for cod – flaky, white,” said Whelan as she readied a fillet of white hake for its bed of broccoli slaw atop a cookie-sized fajita. Melissa Sanderson, chief ope...

CHATHAM — On a remote sandbar east of Morris Island, a life-and-death drama played itself out this weekend, with rescuers struggling to rescue five pilot whales that came ashore in a mass stranding. Ultimately, two of the animals were saved. “So we do consider that a success,” said Brian Sharp, who leads the International Fund for Animal Welfare’s Marine Mammal Rescue and Research Team. The three other pilo...

CHATHAM – A lot of history will be on display in Chatham this weekend. History Weekend, sponsored by Historic Chatham, highlights the town's past by focusing on its museums and other institutions that promote history. Nine local organizations will be participating in events that begin on Thursday. The weekend happens to coincide with the 125 th anniversary of the Nickerson Family Association, which will sp...

Chatham Well Closed By PFAS Is Back Online

By: Tim Wood

Outdoor Watering Restrictions Remain In Place For Now   by Tim Wood CHATHAM – One of the two drinking water wells shut down last year due to PFAS contamination is up and running again, pumping water filtered through a treatment system into the municipal water system. With the additional water supply coming online, the select board opted to wait to review the town's mandatory outdoor watering ban, de...

CHATHAM – Friends, family and donors of the Ukrainian Relief Mission gathered in Pate’s Restaurant on June 10 to hear about founder Tom Johnson’s latest trip to Poland. Johnson, who started the fund on March 29, has already traveled to Poland four times since, providing aid for Ukrainian refugees. On June 10 he discussed his most recent trip and mission’s vision, which he said splits into three parts: advocacy...

Anderson Named Chatham Police Chief

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – Deputy Police Chief Michael Anderson, a 26-year veteran of the department, was named Tuesday to replace retiring Chief Mark Pawlina as of July 1. Anderson has held every rank in the department and is well qualified to take on the department's leadership role, said Town Manager Jill Goldsmith. “He is well known in the community and has exceeded my expectations in his performance as deputy police ch...

CHATHAM – The likelihood of paid parking being instituted at the municipal fish pier this summer seems remote, although the select board is scheduled to discuss the fate of the proposal at its June 21 meeting. Members of the town's parking solutions working group last week heard from the purveyors of a system that could be used to allow payment for parking through smartphones. Although the system could be up a...

East Inlets 'OK, In Chatham Terms'

By: Tim Wood

Shoaling, Obstructions Means Local Knowledge Critical For Boaters CHATHAM – Just a few years ago, Harbormaster Stuart Smith called all three of the inlets mariners used to access the Atlantic from Chatham Harbor “lousy.” Conditions have improved; Smith says the inlets are now “OK, in Chatham terms.” Which means that although the inlets are less dangerous than in past years, they are still tricky to navigate...