Chatham News

Two Parcels Offer Different Housing Possibilities

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — By virtue of their topography, the funds used to buy them and the neighborhoods around them, two land parcels purchased by the town will likely host different mixes of housing. That was one of the themes discussed at last week’s meeting about housing options for land on Meetinghouse Road in South Chatham and at 1533 Main St. in West Chatham. Held by the Barrett Planning Group, the town’s housing cons...

First Responders Pitch In For The Holidays

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM – Citizens know they can rely on the town’s first responders when there’s an emergency. But Chatham firefighters and police are also pitching in to help the community with food, toys and other essentials this holiday season. Holiday Groceries This week, Chatham firefighters will be assembling bags of groceries for a handful of local families, in partnership with an unnamed benefactor and Chatham Vill...

Energy Costs Are About To Spike

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – “Spike” and “electricity” are not two words anyone wants to hear together. In this case the spike isn't going to destroy your electronics, but it could take a significant toll on your finances. Electricity rates in the region are scheduled to increase significantly next month, with the cost per kilowatt hour for Eversource customers rising from 17.8 cents to 25.64 cents as of Jan. 1. Consumers who bu...

Council On Aging Eyes Marconi Site, Again

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Having virtually exhausted other alternatives, the select board this week voted to take a fresh look at a site on the Marconi campus in Chathamport as a potential new home for the council on aging.  In a process that started in 2016, the Marconi location was considered twice before, and it was discarded both times in favor of spots that seemed more favorable, but which ultimately didn’t win favor wit...

Other Solutions Explored For South Side Erosion CHATHAM — In the short term, the town could install sheet pile “vanes” to keep sand from the Fool’s Cut from filling in the Stage Harbor entrance channel. It’s a problem that’s expected to solve itself In the long term — say 15 or 20 years — when experts predict shifting sands will close off the cut naturally. Last Thursday, engineer John Ramsey of Falmouth-ba...

Researchers Tag 31 White Sharks This Season

By: Alan Pollock

Conservancy Marks Decade Of Collaboration With State NORTH CHATHAM — Working in partnership with state shark biologist Greg Skomal, the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy is marking the end of another successful season tagging white sharks off the beaches of Cape Cod. Over 18 research trips conducted between July and early last month, researchers tagged 31 individual sharks, shedding a bit more light on the q...

Delay Placed On Demolition Of 117-year-old House

By: Tim Wood

Time Will Allow Inspection By Historic Preservationist CHATHAM – How deep should the historical commission delve to determine if an old building is historically significant? That was one of the questions facing the commission last week when it considered a request to demolish a 117-year-old Stage Harbor Road house. While representatives of owners Susan Probst and Anthony Grimm asserted that there was nex...

A New Fire Chief For Chatham

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — In a time-honored tradition, there was a change of command at the Chatham Fire Department last Wednesday when retiring Chief David DePasquale stepped down to make way for his successor, Justin Tavano. With a large crowd of supporters on hand, the department also promoted a new deputy, a new captain and a new lieutenant, filling the ranks vacated by Tavano’s advancement. DePasquale said he was move...

Chatham's Christmas By The Sea Starts Friday

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – Santa's been making the rounds lately and will stop downtown this weekend for the annual Christmas by the Sea celebration. Sponsored by the Chatham Chamber of Commerce and Merchants Association, the holiday celebration includes open houses and special events at local businesses, caroling, street performers and of course a big showing from the Jolly Old Elf himself. Friday kicks off the weekend wit...

CBI Dorm Request Stymied By Split Zoning Board

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – The lack of affordable workforce housing is one of the biggest challenges facing local businesses. Some have tried to tackle the problem head on by buying or building housing for their workers. It hasn't always been successful. A proposal by Chatham Bars Inn, the largest private employer in town with a staff of more than 500 during the summer season, is a case in point. The inn wanted to convert a...

Housing On Again For Old Harbor Property

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – Voters will have another chance to decide if the town-owned property at 127 Old Harbor Rd. should be used for housing. The select board voted 3-2 Tuesday to ask voters to authorize repurposing the property for attainable, affordable or workforce housing. Bequeathed to the town in 1971 by Marion Nickerson Ellis, the land includes a barn, shed and circa 1860 building that formerly housed the water depa...

CHATHAM – This year’s Chatham Angel Fund ornament is a little different from previous ornaments — it features a stylized Monomoyick Wampanoag angel drawn by a local artist and vetted by a local member of the Wampanoag Tribe. “For years, we had schoolchildren in Chatham design our ornaments,” says Ginny Nickerson, who founded the Chatham Angel Fund back in 1990. “When we merged with Harwich that changed, since ...