Chatham News

Harwich's share of the Monomoy Regional School District budget has risen steadily over the past several years while Chatham's has dropped, a consequence of plunging enrollment due to a lack of young families, mainly in Chatham. There's no quick and simple fix to that problem, but there is a short-term solution to the financial inequity that has resulted in the district's two elementary schools, and Harwich offici...

CHATHAM – Marcellus Eldredge was born and raised in Chatham. At the age of 14, he moved to Portsmouth, N.H., where his father ran a shipping company. In 1858, at the age of 20, he became a clerk at a small Portsmouth brewery. Within a few years he was general manager, and his 1870, he and his father Heman bought the brewery and renamed it “H. Eldredge and Son.” What eventually became the Eldredge Brewing Company ...

CHATHAM – Year-end statistics gathered from town departments bear out some of the anecdotes about the way the pandemic impacted the community during 2020. More people stayed in town longer in the fall, water department usage figures indicate. There's also been an uptick in the number of residents and registered voters. However, other figures showed slowdowns that may be indicative of less activity due to th...

Town Accepts Donation Of Coast Guard Boathouse

By: Alan Pollock

Plans For Reuse Are Still Developing CHATHAM — Twice before, the town of Chatham declined opportunities to take ownership of the historic Coast Guard Boathouse that once watched over Stage Harbor. Members of the select board weren’t about to turn down a third opportunity, vot ing Tuesday to accept the donation of the building and effectively saving the structure from demolition. It appears feasible tha...

CHATHAM – The historic business district commission last week cleared the way for the demolition of five buildings on the former Monomoy Theatre property, but the owner said that none of the structures will be razed until town boards issue final approval for six single-family homes on the 2.7-acre parcel. Chatham Productions plans to divide the land into two separate properties. The 776 Main St. parcel will in...

It’s simple math: the county is typically receiving just under 1,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine each week. There are an estimated 10,000 Cape residents aged 75 and older, and each will need two doses of the vaccine. Unless the supply of vaccine increases markedly, it won’t be until June that all 20,000 doses are administered and the vaccine can begin going to seniors 65 and older. “It’s a system that pits e...

CHATHAM – Recognizing that more resources need to be put into securing affordable housing, the community preservation committee endorsed a $1 million contribution to the town's affordable housing trust fund, $200,000 more than town officials requested. The committee recommended voters approve seven other requests for community preservation funds. Those requests, as well as a dozen other community preservation ...

Advocates Push Select Board On Housing

By: Alan Pollock

Focus On Middle Road And Private Land CHATHAM — When it comes to housing, it’s all about location, location, location. Or is it? In its drive to create affordable and attainable housing in town, the select board once again finds itself pulled between the need to act quickly and the desire to find the best possible locale. The board heard presentations last week on a half dozen town-owned parcels where ...

CHATHAM – Cory Metters has taken out nomination papers for a third term on the select board. “I still very much enjoy being involved,” Metters said about serving on the board. With several major projects pending and recovery from the pandemic likely to be a major concern in the coming year, “I don't think this is the time for me to step away,” he said. The three-year terms of Metters and Dean Nicastro are u...

Storms Widen North Beach Island Washover

By: Tim Wood

Morris Island Bluff Also Takes A Beating CHATHAM – The Feb. 2 Groundhog Day storm significantly widened a major washover on North Beach Island and continued to eat away at the bluff at the Morris Island headquarters of the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge. Pavement around the National Weather Service building on Morris Island was removed just prior to the storm to prevent it from tumbling down the bluff. Th...

CHATHAM – Sometimes, you just know when the timing is right. That was the case when Suzy Nickerson decided to close her iconic Main Street shop Pentimento. “It was just timing,” she said. “Everything kind of came together at the right time.” Named for the Italian term used to describe the reappearance in a painting or other work of art of elements that the artist had previously covered, Pentimento opened...

The Monomoy Regional School Committee and the select boards in Chatham and Harwich will hold a joint meeting next week to discuss funding inequities in the district's elementary schools. The joint meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 10, at 6:30 p.m. In a unanimous vote last week, the school committee recognized the differential in the per pupil cost between the Chatham and Harwich elementary schools, a...