Harwich News

Plastic Bag Ban Goes Into Effect

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The town's plastic bag ban is now in effect. Businesses selling goods, articles, food or personal services to the public will no longer be allowed to use single-use plastic bags with a thickness of 2.5 mils. Voters in town meeting in 2015 promulgated the bylaw and it took effect on June 15. “In simple terms, this bylaw prohibits an establishment from distributing or selling any single-use plastic...

Selectmen Give Nod To Saquatucket Landside Plan

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The Saquatucket Harbor landside development concept plan received unanimous support from selectmen Monday night. The plan seeks to improve pedestrian access, improve efficiency of harbor operations and enhance the character and beauty of the harbor for boaters and non-boaters alike. The development concept plan has been in the works for more than a year, with the Saquatucket Harbor development commit...

Little Consensus Among Selectmen On Middle School Use

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — After more than an hour of discussion on interim and future uses of the Harwich Middle School Monday night, it is clear there is no consensus among the board of selectmen on how to move forward with a long-term plan for the facility. The board did, however, vote to ask Town Administrator Christopher Clark to put together a two-year interim use plan for the structure. The non-binding ballot question s...

HARWICH PORT — More than 150 people came together Monday evening to comfort one another, to reflect, and to pray for peace in the wake of the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando early Sunday. The pews were full at Pilgrim Congregational Church for the nondenominational service, which was organized by members of the Harwich Clergy Association. It was a time of healing and an opportunity to openly ...

EAST HARWICH — Town officials joined with regional transportation planners this week to begin shaping a road safety audit for the intersection of Route 39 and Pleasant Bay Road. The audit will not provide recommendations, but it will examine all options for safety improvements at the busy intersection. More than a year ago town officials began examining a roundabout at the intersection, considered one of the m...

Harwich Garden Club Dressing Up Town's Streetscape

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The Garden Club of Harwich has taken on a major beautification project in Harwich Center and Harwich Port. The club is providing floral artistry in 43 black polyethylene planters that have been placed along major roadways. Garden Club President Diane DiGennaro made a presentation to selectmen this past winter relating to the club beautification efforts in town and said the most ambitious project this...

EAST HARWICH — The entrance to the expanded section of Evergreen Cemetery along Route 39 got a facelift over the past couple of weeks with floral and tree plantings designed and implemented by students from Cape Cod Regional Technical High School's horticulture program. “As a school we like to help out the town of Harwich because they help us out with different projects,” horticulture teacher Bob DelVecchio sa...

HARWICH ─ As Monomoy Valedictorian Catie Barr struggled to write her graduation speech, she grappled with the concept of telling a story. Then she realized her challenge was in trying to tell one story for the 105 members of the Class of 2016. “I realized there isn't just one or two stories to tell,” said Barr to her fellow graduates, as well as their families and friends. “In just a few years of being toget...

Cape Tech Grads Set to 'Get The Job Done'

By: Kat Szmit

HARWICH ─ The hour before commencement at Cape Cod Regional Technical High School was nothing short of controlled chaos. As members of the Class of 2016 milled about, snapping selfies and group photos, others stood in line to collect the traditional yellow roses, while others still sought assistance in tying ties or straightening caps, tassels, and sashes. Before long, however, it was time to line up for one la...

Late Start For Nesting Piping Plovers This Season

By: William F. Galvin

It has been a bit of a late start for nesting piping plovers this year. “What we're seeing, especially in Chatham and Harwich, are birds coming in later this year,” Katharine Parsons, director of the Coastal Waterbird Program for Mass Audubon, said this week. “They've been late this year, late in arriving and slightly late in nesting,” concurred Ted Keon, Chatham Coastal Resource Director. “It was a slow st...

HARWICH PORT — Supporting the Family Pantry of Cape Cod is more than important. It can be downright elegant. More than 350 people turned out for the organization's annual gala at the Wychmere Harbor Club Sunday. The fundraiser was hosted by Tom and Shelly O'Neill, David and Nicky Metzler, Kip and Stephanie O'Neill and Paul and Mary Jo Barrett. “I thought it was wonderful,” Executive Director Christine Mena...