Harwich News

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...

HARWICH — Donations of “gently used” Halloween costumes are being sought to give to local children in the community center's annual “Boo-tique.” Now in its third year, the program has been a big success, according to Community Center Director Carolyn Carey. “We got four costumes yesterday,” she said last Thursday. The costumes will be displayed in the Boo-tique and children will be allowed to come in and se...

Saquatucket Landside Project To Be Bid Again

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — After lengthy discussion concerning whether changes to the Saquatucket Harbor landside project are within the scope of what voters approved in the May town meeting, selectmen Monday night, by consensus, agreed to instruct Town Administrator Christopher Clark to seek a second round of bids. The project has been fraught with cost overruns, with the initial design done by the architectural firm of Brown...

Williams Named Executive Director Of Harwich Chamber

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Having served for more than six months as interim director, Cyndi Williams has been appointed as the new executive director of the chamber of commerce. “We are excited and happy to announce that Cyndi Williams is the new Harwich Chamber of Commerce executive director,” chamber board chairman Michael Ulrich stated in an email sent to members Sunday. “Cyndi has devoted herself to the town of Harwich...

Five-Year Financial Plan Projects $10 Million Increase

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The town's annual budget is projected to increase by about $10 million over the next five years, based on the numbers in the town's five-year financial plan presented to selectmen on Monday night. While Town Administrator Christopher Clark admitted it is harder to project the later years of the plan, the document shows the town could be running at a deficit of $896,404 by fiscal year 2021, and it cou...