Harwich News

Monomoy High Graduation Rate Explained

By: Kat Szmit

HARWICH ─ When the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education released its 2015 graduation rates recently, eyebrows shot up at the Monomoy Regional High School percentage of 76.9. But Principal Bill Burkhead cautions that there is more to that statistic than just a stark number. “I think the low graduation rate certainly was alarming and not something we aspire to, but there's more to that one nu...

HARWICH — Town Clerk Anita Doucette is anticipating a 90 percent voter turnout for the Nov. 8 presidential election, which means more than 9,000 voters will be casting ballots. Early voting is helping to relieve some of the anticipated crowding on election day, but town officials have developed a plan to help mitigate conditions at the polls. It starts with parking at the community center, where voting will ta...

Harwich Port Cumberland Farms Closing Doors On Sunday

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH PORT — The Cumberland Farms store here will close on Sunday, and demolition will follow shortly there after. The goal is to have a new store built and ready to open by the beginning of February, Rick Boyle, regional manager for the company, said this week. The plan is to construct a 3,585 square-foot store, slightly larger than the existing one. The plans show 1,864 square feet of retail space. It will...

Mariners Association Will Build Whitehouse Field Rest Rooms

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Whitehouse Field will be getting permanent restroom facilities thanks to the Harwich Mariners Athletic Association. Selectmen have issued a license to the association to construct the new restrooms behind the bleachers at the field, and the town will take ownership when the project is completed. The restroom facility is expected to be completed by next spring. “Over the past four years, the Marine...

Selectmen Look To Revamp Harwich Port Entertainment Licenses

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — A recent disciplinary hearing on complaints about noise emanating from Perks in Harwich Port has selectmen agreeing they should look at more consistent practices when issuing entertainment licenses for restaurants. The recommendation comes from Town Administrator Christopher Clark, who told selectmen the attorney representing Perks cited the need for more consistency with regulations, including unifo...

Clark A Finalist For Yarmouth Town Administrator

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Town Administrator Christopher Clark was named a finalist for the town administrator's position in Yarmouth on Tuesday. The final decision is not anticipated until after another round of interviews is conducted, which are scheduled to take place on Nov. 19. The Yarmouth Town Administrator Search Committee presented the names of two finalists to selectmen on Tuesday evening. They had planned to presen...

Killed In A Senseless Crash, Jordan Fisher Is Fondly Remembered

By: Alan Pollock , Kat Szmit

HARWICH — Jordan Fisher was best known for a smile that was infectious and was a welcoming window into his upbeat and endearing personality. Sadly, in news that left the community reeling Monday, the 19-year-old Harwich man was killed in a horrific early morning traffic accident in Middleborough. Fisher was with three friends driving on Route 495 in Middleborough, apparently returning to college after a weeken...

Harwich Man Among Five Killed In Highway Crash

By: Alan Pollock

HARWICH — Jordan J. Fisher of Harwich, 19, was among five people who died in a fiery crash on Route 495 in Middleborough Monday morning, state police report . Fisher was in a vehicle with friends Kraig Diggs of Osterville, Jordan Galvin-Jutras of Hyannis, and Cory Licata of West Babylon, N.Y.  Fisher and Licata were classmates at Becker College in Worcester; Galvin-Jutras and Diggs attended Anna Maria College...

HARWICH — The Luce family has operated a charter boat out of Saquatucket Harbor for nearly as long as the municipal harbor has existed, but that will be coming to an end this year based on a vote of the board of selectmen Monday night to uphold provisions in the harbor management plan. Captain Bob Luce had fished from his slip in the harbor for 30 to 40 years and was a well-respected charter captain with many ...

Parking Agreement Holds Back Harwich Port Plaza Approval

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH PORT — Parking arrangements with the two abutting property owners appear to be the issue standing between Camelot LLC's Harwich Port Plaza project and approval by the planning board. But that could be resolved in the next week. The project calls for the demolition of the four shops in the center of Harwich Port and development of a two-story mixed-use building totaling 12,400 square feet at the former ...

HARWICH — The state Department of Environmental Protection has upheld the conservation commission's decision to allow the reconstruction of the fish house on the Herring River. DEP sided with the commission in an appeal for a superseding order of conditions filed by abutters. Francis and Debra Zarette, trustees of Farm View Realty Trust, purchased the former Lucas fish house about a year ago and have been work...

Rt. 39/Pleasant Bay Road Roundabout On Capital Plan

By: William F. Galvin

EAST HARWICH — Residents could see a roundabout at the intersection of Route 39 and Pleasant Bay Road in a couple of years, Town Administrator Christopher Clark told a group of homeowners who live near the intersection during an informational meeting Tuesday afternoon. The purpose of the meeting was to solicit input from residents who live near the intersection as the town moves toward locating a roundabout th...