Harwich News

Selectmen Reject Participation In Opioid Lawsuit

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — On a 3-2 vote, selectmen on Monday night decided not to participate in a lawsuit that alleges pharmaceutical companies are responsible for the opioid epidemic and caused additional expenses to municipalities across the nation. Town Counsel John Giorgio made a presentation to selectmen two weeks ago explaining a consortium of lawyers are spearheading the national litigation seeking remuneration for co...

Town Meeting To Decide On Pet Burial Ground Crematory

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The proposed creation of a crematory at the new pet burial grounds on Queen Anne Road has the support of the selectmen and finance committee heading into town meeting, but one resident said he didn't think it made any sense. If he was an investor on the television program “Shark Tank,” resident Richard Gundersen told selectmen Monday night, he'd say, “I'm out, it doesn't make it.” Cemetery Adminis...

HARWICH – You have to look really hard to find much difference in policy positions among the three candidates running for the Democratic nomination for governor. In a debate at Monomoy Regional High School Monday, the candidates outlined similar positions on issues such as affordable housing, education, immigration and transportation. Each attacked Gov. Charles Baker as ineffective and said as governor they wo...

Town Officials Seek To Clarify Marijuana Zoning Amendments

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Town officials admitted Monday night the four annual town meeting articles related to the retail sale of recreational marijuana can be a bit confusing. They were clear, however, on their united support for banning pot sales in town. Both Police Chief David Guillemette and Town Planner Charleen Greenhalgh pointed out it is legal for residents over 21 years of age to smoke marijuana at home and to grow...

Town Meeting To Decide Snack Shack Funding

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Town meeting will be asked to authorize spending of the $1 million Seaport Economic Council grant awarded to the town for the landside construction project at Saquatucket Harbor, in addition to the $3 million originally approved, allowing inclusion of a snack shack in the project. If the grant funds are approved by town meeting voters, Town Administrator Christopher Clark said that will “give the gre...

Sennott Bog Purchase Tied To Cold Brook Restoration

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The Compact of Cape Cod Conservation Trusts, working with the Harwich Conservation Trust, has purchased the 7.9-acre cranberry bog along Bank Street formerly owned by John and Paula Sennott. The purchase is instrumental to the Harwich Conservation Trust's ecological restoration plan for the Robert F. Smith Cold Brook Preserve, which the bog property abuts, giving the trust control of the water flow f...

State Senate Recognizes Jimmy Marceline's Contributions

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The Massachusetts Senate has recognized the community contributions of Jimmy Marceline, adjourning its March 12 session in his memory. Mr. Marceline died on Jan., 28 at the age of 92. Mr. Marceline, a decorated veteran of World War II, dedicated his life to country and community. After returning home from war, where he suffered as a prisoner of war, Mr. Marceline spent the remainder of his life impro...

Trust And Town Seek Agreement On Cold Brook Restoration

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — While funding and technical details relating to the design alterations of the Harwich Conservation Trust's Robert F. Smith Cold Brook Preserve are still being discussed, town officials, consultants, state and trust representatives are confident they are getting close to a final plan. “We're actually getting close and I can't think of a more exciting project to address the nitrogen issue,” said David ...

Selectmen Express Concern About Spending Increases

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Increasing costs and the town's ability to fund spending requests was a major focus Monday night as selectmen put the finishing touches on article recommendations and the FY19 operating budget. Board of Selectmen Chairman Michael MacAskill pointed out that over the past nine years the budget has increased from $44 million to $65 million. The board's budget message issued last fall called for no more ...

Scannell Is Third Candidate For Selectman In Harwich

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — There will be three candidates vying for the single open seat on the board of selectmen in the May 15 annual election, the only race on the ballot. The third candidate, Steven J.F. Scannell, took out nomination papers last Thursday and they were returned and certified by the board of registrars on Monday. Selectman Jannell Brown, whose term expires in May, has decided not to seek re-election. Scan...

Hundreds Turn Out To Meet Their Local Farmers

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The annual Meet Your Local Farmers event held last weekend at the community center was a big success with an estimated 700 people attending. “We were thrilled at the variety of the exhibitors and the excitement they generated,” said Michael Lach, executive director of Harwich Conservation Trust, an event sponsor. “It's a great way to introduce people to the farmers around the Cape.” It is an oppor...

Film Tackles Topic Of Teen Anxiety

By: Alan Pollock

HARWICH — In a bid to teach teens and their families about anxiety disorders and the problems they can lead to, like substance abuse, Monomoy High School will soon be hosting a screening of the new documentary “Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety.” “Anxiety disorders have been on the rise in the U.S. in youth populations probably in the last 10 years,” Harwich Youth Counselor Sheila House said. Nationall...