Chatham News

Town, Citizens Group Commit To Working Together To Address Crisis CHATHAM – Most weekday mornings, traffic traveling east on Route 6 comes to a standstill in Dennis, where the highway narrows into a single lane. Many of the vehicles are heading here, where the occupants work but can't afford to live. “We're becoming a bedroom town,” said Selectman Shareen Davis. The lack of affordable housing here is not...

CHATHAM – Construction activity continued at a brisk pace last year. While the number of building permits increased by only 3 percent, the total construction value of the permits jumped 15 percent. While most building numbers were up over last year, building activity hasn't yet caught up with 2015, which saw the town's highest-recorded permit values as well as a number of new homes. That year 49 new houses wer...

Chatham Fund Awards $30K To Local Charities

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAMPORT — Thanks to the generosity of local philanthropists, 10 Lower Cape organizations are sharing $30,000 in grants to enhance the quality of life in Chatham. The grants were announced at a reception last week held by the Cape Cod Foundation, which manages the Chatham Fund endowment. Recipients gathered at the Chatham Marconi Maritime Center to share their stories. Theresa Malone of Monomoy Communi...

CHATHAM — When it comes to encouraging young working families to stay in Chatham, the town’s economic development committee has voiced some creative ideas. Last week, selectmen said they’re listening. The committee has raised the need for more affordable child care, and the need to control water rates, as two ways to ease the financial burden on working families. Selectmen last week agreed to schedule discus...

Selectmen To Set Rules For Naming Town Facilities

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — With two worthy candidates nominated to have parts of the community center named after them, selectmen have decided that the town needs a policy on the naming of town facilities. At their Dec. 5 meeting, the parks and recreation commission voted unanimously to support naming the community center gymnasium after the late Gary Anderson; they also unanimously favored naming the lobby in honor of the l...

CHATHAM — Depending on your point of view, a proposed change to the town’s zoning bylaw would either create new housing opportunities for working families or open the town to an untamed avalanche of residential development. The zoning amendment would allow property owners to build “accessory dwelling units” on their properties by right. It aims to replace a bylaw provision designed to encourage the developme...

When the weather cleared on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 1978, local residents emerged from their homes to find that the area's shoreline had been significantly rearranged – in some cases more or less permanently. While the Blizzard of '78 paralyzed many areas of Southern New England with several feet of snow, trapping people in vehicles and ultimately accounting for 54 deaths in Massachusetts alone, the snow wasn't the n...

Downtown Stairs Are Gone For Good

By: Tim Wood

Parking Lot Steps Were A Safety Hazard by Tim Wood CHATHAM – Each fall, Yankee Ingenuity becomes the de facto downtown information booth after the small building that usually serves that purposes closes for the season. “We're the nearest store,” said owner Jon Vaughan. This past fall, the most commonly asked question was when the stairs leading from the town offices parking lot to the Main Street sid...

CHATHAM — Saying they need more money to promote the town as a destination, the chamber of commerce is seeking a $15,000 hike to its town budget appropriation next year, representing a 20 percent increase over the current year’s payment. On Monday, selectmen said they appreciate the chamber’s work to promote the town and could support some kind of budget increase, but they stopped short of approving the appr...

If and when it comes, the decision to change the grade alignment at elementary schools in Chatham and Harwich will be made by the Monomoy Regional School Committee and both town's boards of selectmen. Town meetings, however, will not have the option of weighing in on whether students from one town can be sent to the elementary school in the neighboring community, according to a change in the language of the Mo...

CHATHAM – New bleachers at Veterans Field, replacement of the fish pier observation deck, restoration of a downtown memorial and preservation of town records are among more than a dozen projects seeking Community Preservation Act funds this year. This year's CPA requests total $1,845,075, with the largest amounts for recreation projects. Six requests in that category from town departments and other agencies se...

Shellfish Upwelling System Planned For Mill Pond

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – For 30 years, the Dennis-based Aquaculture Research Corporation maintained a satellite shellfish upweller on the shores of Stage Harbor. The facility allowed the company, which annually sells millions of seed shellfish to Chatham and other Cape communities, to take advantage of the warmer Nantucket Sound waters to grow out shellfish earlier in the season than it could at its Cape Cod Bay-side facility. ...