Chatham News

CHATHAM – After months of displaying the incorrect time, the town clock in the steeple of the First United Methodist Church isn't telling the time at all right now. As part of a restoration and repair project, the hands and numbers on the clock were removed several weeks ago and are being worked on by an Orleans contractor. The $18,000 project is being funded through the Community Preservation Act. Voters a...

Should The Town Buy The Monomoy Theatre?

By: Tim Wood

Petition Article Asks Voters To Decide CHATHAM – Voters at the annual town meeting will decide if the town should purchase the former Monomoy Theatre property. A petition article filed with the town clerk's office Monday would, if approved, authorize the select board to acquire by purchase, gift or eminent domain the land at 776 Main St. and 70 Depot Rd. Town Clerk Julie Smith said she certified that the pe...

CHATHAM — In a move designed to support the select board’s priorities of human services and community sustainability, Town Manager Jill Goldsmith wants to reorganize certain departments and create an assistant town manager position. In a presentation to the select board Tuesday, Goldsmith showed a new organizational chart that features the position of assistant town manager – community services/development dep...

CHATHAM — Known for his quick wit, easy charm and willingness to go the extra mile for kids in need, Otis Russell died Friday at the age of 73 after a brief bout with cancer. Mr. Russell is remembered by many as the longtime night manager of the Chatham Squire and as half of the duo that hosted the annual Art of Charity art auction for more than a decade, raising more than a quarter million dollars for local...

Use Of Undersized Lots For Affordable Units Also Suggested CHATHAM – Keeping the focus on the critical need for affordable housing, town officials are continuing to pursue a number of strategies initiated last year as well as adopting several new approaches. The town's affordable housing trust committee has agreed to tap funds to analyze options for affordable housing at 127 Old Harbor Rd. The committee als...

CHATHAM – A conflict is brewing over the future use of town-owned property off Middle Road pitting the critical need for affordable housing against retaining limited open space and forest land. In June, town meeting voters declined to declare 19 acres on Middle Road surplus so that it a portion of it could be used for affordable or attainable housing. The select board had included the land in a multi-pronged s...

CHATHAM – After last October's nor'easter, resident Elaine Gibbs requested that the town keep the community center open overnight for residents who lost power, some for as long as four days. However, the building could only stay open until 9:30 p.m., when the last staff shift ended. Officials should make plans to keep the community center – which is fully accessible and has an emergency generator – open overni...

CHATHAM – Life began to return to normal, or some semblance thereof, during 2021, with the return of community activities like the Independence Day parade, Mondays on Main, Chatham Band concerts, Oktoberfest and Christmas by the Sea. Still, the pandemic cast a pall over much of the year, and the Omicron surge seems poised to ensure that its influence will continue into the new year. News other than the pandemi...

CHATHAM – The effects of climate change could cost the town $3 billion by 2100 if nothing is done to mitigate sea level rise and a host of other potential impacts. Those findings were extrapolated by the town's energy and climate action committee from a recent Cape Cod Commission climate change report, which put the total impact to the region at $50 billion. The figure for Chatham was reached by applying a ...

Five years ago, John Pappalardo and Nick Muto were sitting at the Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen’s Alliance office in West Chatham chatting about the 25th anniversary of the nonprofit when they were asked to look 25 years into the future. What were their hopes for the fishing industry?  Pappalardo, the CEO of the Fishermen’s Alliance, emphasized that the Cape needed more hard numbers that showed the fishing eco...

CHATHAM — Organizers of First Night Chatham are putting the finishing touches on this year’s family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration. It’s designed to be pandemic-safe with all the fun of a traditional street festival. Because the entire event is being held outdoors this year, there will not be the traditional lineup of concerts and other indoor performances that traditionally fill venues in the hours lea...

On a week when holiday gatherings will begin to peak, public health officials on the Lower Cape and across the nation are reporting a continued spike in COVID-19 cases and a shortage of testing capacity. While the current case surge is likely related to the Delta variant, the extremely contagious Omicron variant is becoming dominant, they say. “We’d all be naive if we were to think that Omicron is not yet on t...