Harwich News

SOUTH HARWICH — The preservation and restoration of the South Harwich Methodist Church has been a labor of love for the South Harwich Meetinghouse, Inc. group that has been working since 2005 to restore the historic structure. The fruits of their labor were pleasantly revealing on Monday when selectmen were invited to see the accomplishments of the past year. The church, built in 1836, now belongs to the town ...

HARWICH — A petitioned article that would have asked town meeting to have selectmen authorize town officials to refrain from using town funds and other resources to enforce federal immigration laws has been withdrawn from the warrant. Town Administrator Christopher Clark said he received the request from the petitioner, resident Elaine Dickinson, last week. But the process was not as easy as just removing the ...

Selectmen Give Green Light To Landside Saquatucket Project

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — A revised Saquatucket Harbor landside development plan got the green light from selectmen Monday night. The board was considering pushing the project off for another year following the absence of a presentation on revised plans heading into town meeting. Selectmen heard details of the revised plan Monday, however, and threw their support behind the project. While selectmen received a presentation ...

Habitat Requests Continuance To Address ZBA Concerns

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The Habitat for Humanity of Cape Cod six-home development project proposed along Route 28 in West Harwich hit a snag last week when members of the board of appeals challenged the completeness of the organization's application. After a nearly three-hour session a week ago Tuesday, Habitat representatives requested a two-week continuance to research issues raised by the appeals board. The appeals board...

Howell Enters Race For A Selectman's Seat

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — There will be a race for the two seats on the board of selectmen. Former selectman Donald Howell took out nomination papers this past week, joining former selectman Larry Ballantine and conservation commission member Rob Mador on the May annual election ballot. Ballantine and Mador have filed their nomination papers. The deadline for taking out nominations papers for positions on the annual election ...

HARWICH — The message was clear Monday night from selectmen: annual election ballot questions seeking funding outside of Proposition 2½ may be too much for taxpayers to shoulder. Selectmen were presented with a sample ballot Monday night with nine ballot questions seeking funding through an override, debt and capital exclusions. The board has until Monday to shape that ballot and make final votes on which ques...

EAST HARWICH — How do you choose a ripe melon? When is the best time to buy green beans? What's the easiest way to cut a pineapple? When it comes to questions about produce, Al has the answers. That's one reason Al Garnett, the produce manager at the East Harwich Stop & Shop supermarket, will be traveling to Chicago in June to receive the 2017 Retail Produce Manager Award from the United Fresh Produce As...

HARWICH — The District One Hazardous Material Response Team was called to the fire department headquarters on last Friday afternoon after a local resident received a white powdery substance in the mail. Fire Department Captain Joseph Mayo said the letter was sent from Las Vegas to the local resident, who Mayo said he could not identify because of potential application of the Health Insurance Portability and Ac...

Town Counsel Declares No Open Meeting Law Violation

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The town's legal counsel has declared the community preservation committee did not violate the state's Open Meeting Law as asserted by resident Donald Howell in a complaint filed with the committee in early February. Howell questioned the legality of the actions taken by the committee in its Jan. 26 meeting in which it made several recommendations to include articles in the annual town meeting warran...

HARWICH ─ Upperclassmen at Monomoy Regional High School will find a new set of graduation requirements and a slightly changed curriculum after the school committee voted 5-3 to approve changes that will begin in the next school year. The new graduation requirements lower the amount of credits necessary to graduate from 100 to 94, and bring about a slightly different curriculum that makes government class an ...

HARWICH — Almost every week, Youth Counselor Sheila House has a conversation with a parent who's concerned that their teenager is spending too much time on their phones or computers. A panel of experts will take up the topic following a screening of the film “Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age,” next week. The event happens on Wednesday, March 22 at 6 p.m. in the auditorium at Monomoy High School. ...

Farm Owner Appeals ConCom Ruling

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The owner of the Resilient Family Farm off Chatham Road has filed a request with the state department of environmental protection for a superseding order after the conservation commission determined a previous owner's horse paddock was not exempt from the Wetland Protection Act and requires commission review. Farm owner Barry Viprino is contending the use of the paddock for horses establishes agricul...