Chatham News

NORTH CHATHAM — At a time when gun violence seems to be in the headlines almost every day, local schools have been hosting active shooter training and lockdown drills. But a new partnership considers an equally horrifying possibility: a violent intruder at a nursing home. On June 21, Broad Reach Healthcare hosted public safety officials for a “tabletop exercise” exploring how officials would respond to a hypot...

NORTH CHATHAM — When it comes to finding ways to protect swimmers, surfers and boaters from shark encounters, a real-time white shark detection system is the holy grail for public safety officials. While such a system remains elusive, researchers are gaining useful insights that bring them closer to someday achieving that goal. “This is the basic question we’re trying to answer: the when, where and how do whit...

Friends Reeling From Death Of Richard Hunter

By: Alan Pollock

Led Firefighters, Guided Airport, Welcomed Visitors CHATHAM — The sudden death of Richard “Dick” Hunter Sunday morning has left a wide circle of friends reeling, and the Chatham Fire Department in mourning. Mr. Hunter was a career firefighter who rose to the rank of deputy chief, and was the longtime chairman of the Chatham Airport Commission. He was actively involved in civic life up to the time of his dea...

WEST CHATHAM — For many people, finding an affordable place to live and raise their children on Cape Cod can seem like an impossible dream. But for the two families who will be purchasing new Habitat for Humanity homes in West Chatham, those dreams are becoming reality. Those prospective homeowners, screened by Habitat and chosen by lottery, helped raise the first walls of their new houses in an emotional cere...

CHATHAM – Last year, the town managed to pull off an almost-normal Independence Day parade, despite COVID still being present in the community. With levels of infection even lower this year, officials anticipate record-breaking crowds for the July 4 tradition. And the number of parade participants has almost reached its pre-pandemic level, according to Independence Day Parade committee chair Justin Bohannon. A...

CHATHAM — Thanks to a newly installed temporary treatment system removing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), one of the two Training Field Road public water wells is back online. While that provides some relief to the town’s over-stressed water system, abnormally dry conditions mean that mandatory water conservation measures are still important, town officials say. The select board last week issued re...

Consultant To Take Broad Look At Parking Problem

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — In a perennial game of whack-a-mole, town officials ban parking in unsafe areas, only to see parking congestion appear in new neighborhoods. To try and break that cycle, the town will recruit an expert to take a broad look at the parking shortage around Chatham, with an eye toward finding fixes in time for the summer of 2023. Assembled at the direction of the select board in February, the working gro...

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 ...