Harwich News

McManus Wins Selectman's Seat By 21 Votes

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Ed McManus squeaked past a serious challenge from political newcomer Thomas Sherry in Tuesday's annual election, winning a seat on the board of selectmen by just 21 votes. Sherry, asked Tuesday night if he was considering a recount, said he was not sure and would have to mull it over. “Right now I just want to thank the people who worked so hard for me,” he said. McManus received 901 votes with...

What if some of our local sea captains were actually running slave ships in the triangle trade? Meadow Dibble Hilley of Brewster has uncovered an intriguing story that she believes points to a Brewster sea captain dealing in slaves. In a May 19 talk in Harwich called “The Diseased Ship, the Sea Serpent and the Destroying Angel: Cape Cod Sea Captains and the Slave Trade” she will explore this tale. A few yea...

Progress Made On Cold Brook Conceptual Design

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Progress has been made on the conceptual design for the Cold Brook Ecological Project being worked out between the town and the Harwich Conservation Trust. But there remain a number of questions over financing and the actual amount of nitrogen that will be removed through the town's proposed attenuation project. “We're now in transition from conceptual design to trying to put meat on the bones,” Dr. ...

HARWICH — Some clear differences emerged between the three candidates running for the one seat on the board of selectmen in the voter information committee's candidates forum last week. Voters will go to the polls on Tuesday to choose whether Ed McManus, Steven Scannell or Thomas Sherry will win the three-year term. Approximately 50 people attended the forum moderated by Florence Seldin of the League of Women ...

Harwich Voters Ban Marijuana Retail Sales

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Voters Tuesday night took several steps to ensure recreational marijuana will not be sold within Harwich's borders by approving a zoning provision that bans all types of non-medical marijuana establishments in all zoning districts in the community. The ban includes marijuana cultivators, independent testing laboratories, product manufacturers, retailers and other types of licensed marijuana-related b...

Town Meeting Approves Sewer, Saquatucket Grant

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — An overflow of voters filled the community center gymnasium and a satellite room on the opening night of town meeting Monday, voicing support for phase two of the comprehensive wastewater management plan, a new fire station in East Harwich and additional funding for the Saquatucket Harbor landside construction project. The first night of the annual legislative session began as a slow roller with the ...

Selectmen: Carpenter Letter May Violate Campaign Law

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Selectmen are upset with a couple of additions to the May 7 annual town meeting warrant which were inserted into the document without their knowledge after they had signed what they thought was the final version. The additions, inserted by Town Administrator Christopher Clark shortly before the warrant went to the printer, include a letter from Monomoy Regional School District Superintendent Scott C...

Toast Of Harwich Draws A Crowd At Wequassett Resort

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — “It was a great success,” Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Cyndi Williams said of the 17 th annual Toast of Harwich, held at the Wequassett Resort and Golf Club on Friday evening. The event, despite the rain, drew its largest crowd ever. “To draw 350 people on a Friday night in April is incredible,” Williams said. “People love the event and the venue. This event proves that this is the format ...

HARWICH — Sharon Hughes, a special education teacher at Orleans Elementary, has been tapped as the next assistant principal at Harwich Elementary School. The announcement was made last week by Harwich Elementary’s current assistant principal, Mary Oldach, who will be assuming the principal’s job on July 1. “The interview committee reviewed the applications of 21 highly qualified candidates, and, of these,...

Crematorium, Sewer Top Town Meeting Warrant

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The 69-article annual town meeting warrant is expected to ignite some fireworks on Monday night with such controversial topics as funding for a pet crematorium and sewer infrastructure in East Harwich. There are other topics that certainly will draw debate, including using a $1 million grant to offset the cost of the Saquatucket Harbor landside project; a $6.7 million East Harwich fire station replac...

East Harwich Fire Station Cost Jumps $700K

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The low bid for the reconstruction of the East Harwich fire station came in $700,000 more than the estimate projected by the project architects Kaestle Boos Associates, Inc. Selectmen on Monday night voted to support the $6,750,000 project to be placed before voters in the annual town meeting. Fire Chief Norman Clarke apologized for the early estimate provided the East Harwich station #2 rehabilitati...