Chatham News

CHATHAM — Seventy years ago tomorrow, the RCA wireless transmitter in South Chatham first crackled to life, sending messages around the globe. Its bank of 24 transmitters put out around 20,000 watts of power each, occasionally causing the lights in the village to flicker. It was those transmitters, rather than the more visible receiving station in Chathamport, that earned station WCC international renown. Th...

CHATHAM – Members of the community preservation committee have rejected a request for $400,000 toward construction of a new observation deck at the fish pier, saying it didn't qualify as a recreation project. Recreation is one of the four areas for which funds raised under the Community Preservation Act (CPA) can be spent. While the fish pier deck replacement was presented by the natural resources department a...

What's An Upweller?

By: Tim Wood

Constable Gives Primer On Shellfish Grow-out System by Tim Wood CHATHAM – A recent proposal to construct a new shellfish upweller on Stage Harbor raised an important question: Just what is an upweller? “I had folks who came up or called and wanted to know what's an upweller,” said Selectman Jeffrey Dykens. “Some of my mother's friends were saying 'What the heck's an upweller?'” At Dykens' request, ...

CHATHAM – Selectmen agreed Tuesday that a proposed bylaw that bans balloons should go before voters at the spring town meeting, but they sent the measure back to town counsel for some wordsmithing to clarify that the prohibition would not apply to balloons at birthday parties, weddings and other private functions. The board also decided to pull the plug on a bylaw governing street performers and buskers, sayin...

CHATHAM – While terns did well on the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge last summer – the refuge remains the largest common tern colony on the eastern seaboard – the number and nesting success of federally-endangered piping plovers fell below expectations. A total of 48.5 pairs of the small, sand-colored plovers nested on the refuge, a decrease from 52 pairs in 2016. Most (46 pairs) nested on South Monomoy, one...

CHATHAM – A sign at the transfer station warning that single-stream recycling will no longer be accepted as of Jan. 31 has led to confusion among residents about the status of the town's recycling program. The ban only applies to waste haulers who bring in large loads of mixed recycling, and is the result of market trends that reach across the country and around the globe. Officials stress that there's been no...

CHATHAM – Selectmen Tuesday unanimously rejected a change to the regional school agreement that would have allowed a realignment of elementary school grades. After hearing from a number of residents who vehemently opposed the change proposed by the Monomoy Regional School Committee, board members agreed they had to uphold the promise made to residents when schools were regionalized five years ago to maintain a...

CHATHAM – Selectmen Tuesday unanimously rejected a change to the regional school agreement that would have allowed a realignment of elementary school grades. After hearing from a number of residents who vehemently opposed the change proposed by the Monomoy Regional School Committee, board members agreed they had to uphold the promise made to residents when schools were regionalized five years ago to maintain a...

CHATHAM — The president of the United States doesn’t like sharks. As it turns out, that’s working out nicely for the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy. The nonprofit group has received a surprise surge in donations from Trump critics who are apparently seeking to make a political statement while also supporting white shark conservation and education. In 2013, Trump received a Twitter message challenging hi...

When filmmaker Craig Dudnick met Alice Tregay, he had no idea that she had played a pivotal role in the civil rights movement. At the time, he was working on a documentary about the struggles of the African American community in Evanston, Ill.; Tregay's brother was the community's first black firefighter, and she provided some photographs for the film. “She liked the film I made and said she had other things I...

CHATHAM – A waterfront home on Stage Island played a role in the recent U.S. Justice Department tax fraud case against a Connecticut man. Hyung Kwon Kim, a South Korean citizen but a legal U.S. resident since 1998, pleaded guilty to failing to report more than $28 million kept in Swiss bank accounts. He was sentenced Jan. 25 to six months in prison and paid more than $300,000 in restitution to the Internal Rev...

Board Mulls Bylaws For Balloons, Busking

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Some activities that have become part of the downtown Chatham summer streetscape may soon be regulated, like balloon sales at town band concerts, street performers, merchants displaying their wares outdoors, and mobile vendors. Selectmen have asked staff to draft a bylaw revision covering these topics and to try to have it ready for the annual town meeting in May.  A public hearing on the draft byl...