Harwich News

Harwich Employees' Association Makes Donation To Charities

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The Harwich Employees Association is showing its generosity heading into the holiday season by making donations to four local charities. “Every year we allocate a certain amount of funds to charities,” said Wellesley Marsh, the association's president. “This year we chose four charities.” She said the local union has chosen to give $300 each to the Mitten Giving Tree; The Family Pantry of Cape Cod...

Monomoy To Fight Teen Sexual Abuse With Peer Power

By: Alan Pollock

HARWICH — Many cases of child sexual abuse go unreported. But when a child or teen does summon the courage to disclose the abuse, they're as likely to turn to a peer as they are to talk to a trusted adult. For that reason, Monomoy Regional High School is partnering with Children's Cove to create a new teen task force to address the problem. “Child sexual abuse affects one in four girls and one in six bo...

Real Estate Committee Says No To Judah Eldredge Purchase

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The Judah Eldredge property, located in the Six Ponds District in East Harwich, did not receive a recommendation for purchase as open space by the real estate and open space committee again this year. The committee, however, did support the use of $200,000 in Community Preservation Act funds to obtain a conservation restriction on the 15-acre Cornelius Pond property, off Queen Anne Road, which the Ha...

Plan Board Examining New Port Village Zoning District

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The planning board is in the process of putting more teeth into the Commercial Village Overlay District in Harwich Port, converting what are currently voluntary guidelines into mandatory zoning requirements. Town officials had been of the opinion the overlay district in Harwich Port was a zoning provision with the same legal force as other zoning bylaws, but that understanding was challenged when Cum...

Harwich Capital Plan Nears $39 Million

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Capital plan requests for next year run nearly $39 millions, driven by implementation of wastewater infrastructure, addressing the need for the East Harwich Fire Station improvements and the resurfacing of Lower County Road. Town Administrator Christopher Clark presented the plan to selectmen Monday night, emphasizing this is the “first crack at what's been submitted.” He said the numbers in the plan...

Newcomers' Group Building Kiosks For Conservation Trust

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The Harwich Conservation Trust relies on volunteer services to assist in conservation efforts. They have a new partner in the Chatham-Harwich Newcomers' woodworking group, which is building trail-head kiosks at conservation properties. “It's fantastic working with the woodworking group,” Harwich Conservation Trust Executive Director Michael Lach said. “They're enthusiastic and dedicated to creating q...

ARC Gets Approval To Use Fishhouse As Shellfish Nursery

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The conservation commission has approved the proposal by Aquacultural Research Corporation of Dennis to use the former fishhouse along Harbor Way on the Herring River as a shellfish nursery. The commission determined that the aquacultural use is exempt under the state Wetlands Protection Act. ARC President Rob Doane was before the conservation last week seeking a request for determination of applicab...

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...

When it comes to building active global citizens, it's not enough for a school to require foreign language and world history classes. As part of its new global studies program, Monomoy High School is getting ready to send a small team of students on an eight-day service project in the Dominican Republic. The students will make the trip in February, working with the Dominican Republic Education and Mentoring pr...

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...