Harwich News

Voters To Decide Cape Tech Building Project Tuesday

By: Alan Pollock

PLEASANT LAKE — Following years of planning, studying and lobbying state officials, Cape Tech will see its bid for a $128 million new school building put before voters Tuesday. It's the first such vote in the history of the regional school district, which teaches vocational skills to students in the 12 towns between Mashpee and Provincetown. School officials are seeking to completely replace the existing 42-...

Harvesting At Thacher's Bog

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The cranberry harvest at Thacher's bogs off Great Western Road provided some of Cape Cod's best fall colors last week. Cranberry growers in town are saying the harvest will be a little thin this year. Predictions are that harvests throughout Southeastern Massachusetts will be down by about 4 percent.  CLICK HERE FOR PHOTO GALLERY

AmeriCorps Provides Land Steward For Harwich And Chatham

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — For the next 10 months, AmeriCorps Cape Cod volunteer Emma Forbes will provide assistance to land stewards in Chatham and Harwich. Forbes will be working with the Harwich Conservation Trust and Chatham Conservation Foundation as well as with the local conservation department. Harwich Conservation Trust Executive Director Michael Lach has praised the working relationship between AmeriCorps Cape Cod an...

HARWICH ─ Do you have a special talent? Do you long for the spotlight? Do you want to support Monomoy Regional High School's Class of 2019 in their efforts to raise money for prom? Then you could be the first Mr. Monomoy! Mr. Monomoy is a revamped fundraiser that will focus on the future while taking a page from the past. According to Junior Class officer Izzy O'Donnell, the event has its origins n the histo...

Perks Gets One-Day Entertainment License Suspension

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH PORT — The selectmen have issued a disciplinary action against Perks Coffee Shop and Beer Garden in Harwich Port for violating its entertainment license. Selectmen supported a recommendation made by Town Administrator Christopher Clark to suspend the weekday license for one day next June. The suspension is related to two violations on Aug. 19 at the establishment along Route 28 in the center of the vil...

HARWICH — The Harwich Conservation Trust received some good news from the Cape Cod Conservation District: a $1.5 million grant for its ecological restoration project in Cold Brook. The federal grant to the district will assist in the removal of degraded water control structures in Cold Brook, restoring tidal flow and improving fish passage into spawning areas. Cape Cod Conservation District Chairman Mark Fores...

Saquatucket Waterside Project To Begin This Week

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The reconstruction of waterside infrastructure at Saquatucket Harbor is expected to get underway this week, Harbormaster John Rendon said. Contractor BTT Marine Construction is seeking to get an early start on the project. Rendon said the contract award identifies a start date of Oct. 16, but the company plans to mobilizing its equipment this week. His department will be trying to move boats to one s...

Town Will No Longer Maintain Harwich Center Cemetery

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The town has put First Congregational Church of Harwich on notice that it will cease maintaining the Harwich Center Cemetery as of the end of this month. The town had been taking care of the cemetery for many years under the assumption the it was municipally owned. But a recent Land Court decision concluded the historic cemetery, adjacent to the church, belongs to the First Congregational Church dati...

Where The Heck Are The Swains?

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Over the next few months we'll be running periodic updates on the status of the Swain family of Harwich, who are sailing down the east coast with Bahamas as their ultimate destination. Along the way, children Jesse, Lucy and Stanley will be sampling seawater for ocean plastics as well as providing their insights on the sailing life through their blog. In a Sept. 28 blog post, Lucy Swain recounted the family'...

HARWICH — Golfers at Cranberry Valley Golf Course seem to be very pleased with the services provided at the municipal course, judging from results of an annual survey. Director of Golf Roman Greer started the annual survey when he came to the course three years ago to find out from the members “what we do correctly and what we need to correct.” He said the survey is designed to gauge find members' needs and is...

When kids receive a high school diploma after 12 years of public school education, they're academically proficient. But a new program aims to help the Monomoy district generate young adults who are also aware of their own emotions and those of the people around them. Together with eight other districts in Massachusetts, Monomoy has been selected to take part in a planning network addressing social-emotional le...

Selectmen's Budget Message: Slow Down Spending

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — “We need to slow down and stop spending money,” Board of Selectmen Chairman Michael MacAskill said when presenting the board of selectmen's budget message Monday night. Referring to the five-year financial analysis presented last week by Town Administrator Christopher Clark and Finance Director Carol Coppola, the message stated clearly the need of selectmen, administration, finance committee and depa...