Harwich News

Cape Tech Wins Big

By: Alan Pollock

HARWICH PORT — By a more than three-to-one margin, voters Tuesday gave Cape Cod Tech the green light for a $128 million new high school building. Based on unofficial tallies from town clerks in the 12 towns from Mashpee to Provincetown, the building project passed by a vote of 12,207 to 3,927, earning solid wins in each town in the district. “Most of all, this vote endorses our students,” Superintendent o...

HARWICH — Selectmen have endorsed the state Department of Housing and Community Development regulatory agreement that will move the West Harwich Habitat for Humanity of Cape Cod development forward. Habitat for Humanity of Cape Cod Executive Director Victoria Goldsmith said the purchase of the land should close in November as long as all the affordable housing trust fund money is available. Goldsmith told s...

Harwich Selectmen Withhold Naming Pet Burial Grounds

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Selectmen on Monday night postponed action on a request by the cemetery commission to name the town's new pet burial grounds on Queen Anne Road after Christine Wood, a longtime cemetery commissioner and committed community volunteer. Cemetery Administrator Robbin Kelley said Wood was well-known and appreciated for being an active volunteer in the town. Kelly pointed out Wood was the 2010 recipient of...

Audit Highlights Muddy Creek Bridge Overpayment

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The auditing firm which conducted a review of the town's financial statements ending in June 2016 discovered an overpayment of $325,000 to the general contractor working on the Muddy Creek Bridge project. Lynch, Malloy, Marini, LLP of Norwell, the town's auditor, made recommendations for improvements to internal controls, policies, procedures and risk assessments for the town.“It is important to reco...

Committee Endorses New East Harwich Fire Station

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The committee working with the architects on improvements to Station 2 in East Harwich voted on Tuesday to move forward with a new building to replace the 41-year-old station, based on options put forward by consultants Kaestle Boos Associates. Building a new station would cost about the same as upgrading the existing structure to meet current needs and safety codes, according to the consultants. ...

Brooks Park Improvements Becoming Gaining Visibility

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The recreation department has been implementing a five-phase plan for improvements to Brook Park over the past few years, but the most noticeable change is the new picnic pavilion and fencing leading into the expanded parking area. “Brooks Park always has been busy, but we saw the potential for even more use and we're fulfilling what we thought it will do,” Recreation Director Eric Beebe said of the ...

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...