Chatham News

No Injuries After Boats Collide Off Monomoy

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Remarkably, there were no injuries when a charter boat collided with a commercial fishing boat in thick fog off Monomoy Point Saturday morning, sending the charter boat to the bottom. At around 6:20 a.m., the charter boat Artemis II from Allen Harbor struck the starboard side of the Chatham-based commercial fishing boat Great Pumpkin. The Artemis, a 38-foot Pursuit, ended up on top of the Great Pumpk...

It was a typical day on the water for Dr. Greg Skomal and his shark research team. Spotter pilot Wayne Davis was guiding boat captain John King through murky water near the Eastham-Wellfleet line, following one of several great white sharks spotted that day. Skomal stood at the end of the pulpit 11 feet from the bow of the 24-foot Aleutian Dream, ready to photograph the shark with his pole-mounted GoPro. And t...

In the words of boat captain John King, “Holy crap!”   In a video shot on King's boat and posted online Monday by the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy, a great white shark jumps out of the water underneath the boat's pulpit, where state shark biologist Dr. Greg Skomal stands. Shark breaching has been observed in Cape waters before, but usually in conjunction with feeding. In this case, Skomal was tryin...

CHATHAM – What do smoked carrots, cheese fondue, flavored shaved ice, and chocolate cupcakes all have in common? Each was part of the varied menu at the Taste of Chatham on July 30, an event that served up excellent fare for an even better cause: supporting Monomoy Community Services. Commemorative Taste of Chatham wine glasses await patrons of the ...

CHATHAM – A $10,000 state grant will help improve trails at the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge. Improving accessibility, removing ruts and roots, updating informational displays and upgrading connections with adjacent trails are some of the uses for the grant, which was awarded to the Friends of the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation. The Friend...

Summer Residents Get Their Say Tuesday

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Staff

CHATHAM — As they’ve done for more than 70 years, non-resident taxpayers will have the chance to quiz town officials on major initiatives and share their opinions during the annual summer town meeting next Tuesday. The session will happen Aug. 7 at 7 p.m. at the town hall annex on George Ryder Road, and will be led by Town Moderator William Litchfield. Summer residents’ advisory committee Chairman Colette Tr...

Lisa Jason Finds Hope And Connection In New York

By: Debra Lawless

CHATHAM - Singer, composer and dancer Lisa Sullivan Jason has refashioned her life in middle age by moving from Chatham to New York City to pursue her dreams as a performer on a larger stage than Chatham Bars Inn and the Wequassett Resort and Golf Club provided. “It was cool to go back to New York as an older person,” Jason said during a telephone interview last week. “I look back on life at the Cape – I have ...

Little Beach Residents Seek Protective Dune

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — The owners of the Little Beach condominium that was inundated in several storms last winter are seeking to build a dune to protect them from additional flooding. Engineer Don Munroe of Coastal Engineering said his clients would prefer to use sand dredged from the waters off Outermost Harbor to build a 10-foot-high dune between the condominiums and the water. But he told the conservation commission ...

Dredging Debate Deepens

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Despite threats of litigation by shorefront property owners, the town is seeking to move ahead with an emergency dredging plan designed to keep Chatham Harbor open to fishing boats and other vessels. “This is the most severe hazard to navigation that I’ve seen, not only in my time here, but anywhere that I’ve been in my career,” Deputy Harbormaster Jason Holm told the conservation commission last w...

CHATHAM — The summer residents' advisory committee is looking for some answers about the proposed new senior center. But having not yet chosen a site, town officials can’t judge the size of the facility or its potential staffing needs. That means some of those answers will have to wait. Meeting on July 20, the summer residents’ committee quizzed Council on Aging Director Mandi Speakman and Principal Planner ...

CHATHAM – A Barnstable Superior Court judge has ruled that the town's 2014 taking of an easement over property owned by the Chatham Bars Inn adjacent to the fish pier was valid, rejecting the inn's claims that the taking lacked a public purpose and was done in bad faith. In granting the town's motion for summary judgment in a June 24 decision, Justice Gregg J. Pasquale left only one issue in the case to move a...

CHATHAM – After 31 years at New England Pizza, Philip Malitas is branching out. Malitas and his sister, Sophia Malita, who own the popular West Chatham pizzeria, have an agreement to purchase the Longshore Restaurant at 1077 Main St., just a block to the east and across the road. “We don't work enough hours!” Malitas quipped last week when discussing taking on a second restaurant. New England Pizza will rem...