Chatham News

CHATHAM — Doug Kingsley, a 29-year-old police officer serving in Sherborn, Mass., thinks it’s important that people know that first responders and members of the military face a high risk of suicide. So in an effort that’s part publicity stunt and part grassroots activism, he’s laced up his sneakers and is walking west to east across the length of Massachusetts. He’s due to arrive in Chatham next week. As a me...

Summer Rental Bylaw Gains Momentum

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Acknowledging that it’s a daunting task fraught with complexities, the select board this week vowed to move ahead quickly to refine a new bylaw regulating short-term rental properties. On Tuesday, health board Chair Noble Hansen presented the select board with a draft adapted from a bylaw that’s under development in Orleans. The health board’s direct interest is in making sure that property owners do...

CHATHAM – Three Morris Island property owners say existing revetments that protect their multi-million-dollar homes need to be rebuilt and enlarged to combat accelerated erosion. A bulkhead is proposed between one of the properties and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge Morris Island headquarters, where erosion has carved away dozens of feet from the bluff over the last few y...

Chatham's John Linnell: Built For Longraking

By: Doreen Leggett

CHATHAM – Longraking is hard work, hours in a skiff scouring for quahogs with a 25-foot pole attached to a 30-pound basket, often in miserable weather. Harvesters might get grumpy, exhausted, then dissolve into laughter when John Linnell takes a break for pushups. “Or sit ups,” said Mike Anderson, who has longraked beside Linnell for decades. “You could see his boots in the air. And he used to run home in t...

Holy Cow! No, It's Jack The Cape Cod Bull

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – Haley Rae and Nick Bober get plenty of questions when walking their pet along the bike trail. “Everyone does a double take,” said Rae. “It definitely brings a lot of smiles. People want to stop and pet him. Jack loves the attention.” What's unusual about Jack is that he's a 300-pound, three-foot-tall Jersey bull calf. The couple often walk Jack along the bike trail along with their horse, Cassie. ...

Chatham Works Holds Benefit For Cape Wellness Collaborative

By: Jennifer Sexton-Riley

          To Mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Chatham Works will hold the third annual Tabata, Tatas and Treats event on Saturday, Oct. 15 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Proceeds from the event will benefit Cape Wellness Collaborative. Event participants will join Chatham Works owner Lindsay Bierwirth, a survivor of both breast cancer and stomach cancer, and Chatham Works’ instructors Taryn Ritchie and Amy Drew fo...

Even Without The Water, Witches Fundraiser Successful

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

The combined powers of the Witches on the Water couldn't change the weather Saturday, with the wind and rain forcing the non-profit group's annual benefit to move to the Monomoy Regional Middle School gym. Although they weren't able to get on their paddleboards and cruise Oyster Pond, a few dozen witches, decked out in their finest regalia, held a lively fundraiser with raffles, food trucks and music by the Mike ...

CHATHAM — A handful of volunteers came together at the senior center last month for a final thank-you party for Chatham Fish, a grassroots organization that has provided people with rides to their medical appointments for a half century or more. Only about 15 people attended, which reflects the organization’s aging volunteer base. “And part of it, too, is their attitude. ‘You don’t need to thank me; I don’t...

CHATHAM — Quick. What’s the atomic mass of nitrogen? What year was Shays’ Rebellion? What’s the quadratic equation? Somehow, when we learned these things in school, we knew at the time that they wouldn’t prepare us for life as adults. Paul Simon was right: it’s a wonder we can think at all. As part of its long-term planning process, the Monomoy Regional School District is taking a new look at the skills gradua...

Cape Cod Commission Program Studies Low-lying Roads CHATHAM — Chatham, Harwich and three other Cape towns will share a $205,479 state grant to assess low-lying roads threatened by sea level rise. The program, coordinated by the Cape Cod Commission, is part of a longstanding effort to respond to the effects of climate change. “We’ve known for years there are certain areas around town that have a recurrent fl...

First Night Buttons Available This Weekend

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

CHATHAM — First Night Chatham is preparing the town’s family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration to welcome in 2023 and is inviting everyone to join the party and “make some noise all around town.” That’s the theme of this year’s event, and beginning this weekend, First Night buttons will be on sale at various local merchants. While many of First Night’s activities and performances take place outdoors and are ...

Town Advances Five Corners Intersection Project

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Though doing so might draw public ire, might worsen bike congestion downtown – and ultimately might not yield a workable plan – the select board Tuesday voted to continue the redesign of the tricky intersection of Route 28 and Crowell, Queen Anne and Depot roads. If they don’t, the board reasoned, safety problems will remain at the crossroads, and the town risks losing more than $3 million in state and ...