Harwich News

Harwich Selectmen Endorse Revised Monomoy School Budget

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — After rejecting the Monomoy Regional School District budget two weeks ago, selectmen approved an adjusted budget presented Monday night by Superintendent Scott Carpenter. The adjusted budget of $41,261,134, with Harwich’s contribution of $26,820,046 reduced by $140,000, still has to be approved by the Monomoy Regional School Committee, which is scheduled to meet on Thursday evening. The finance commi...

Selectmen Back County Training Facility At Fire Headquarters

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The public safety facilities on Sisson Road may be the new location for the Barnstable County live burn training facility. Selectmen on Monday night endorsed Fire Chief David LeBlanc collaborating with the county in establishing the training center at the rear of the fire department headquarters. In a memorandum to selectmen, LeBlanc said the county’s center for public safety training is in a stat...

Brooks Library 'Grab and Go' Will Provide A Sense Of Normalcy

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The public will have greater access to Brooks Free Library beginning next week. Changes underway include the ability for patrons to browse inside the historic library as well as several physical changes. Alcoves have been turned into more secure offices for staff and Plexiglas shields installed to separate workers from the public in compliance with COVID-19 protective measures. The COVID-19 pandem...

Cedar Spring Herb Farm Sold To Breast Feeding Center

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The nearly seven-acre Cedar Spring Herb Farm off Long Pond Drive has been sold to a nonprofit organization that provides breast feeding education. For the past 23 years the farm has served as an herbal sanctuary dedicated to connecting people and plants with wellness. Donna Wood Eaton has been the sanctuary steward and overseen the operation of the farm she owns with her husband, Brad, consisting of ...

Annual Town Meeting Starts At 10 a.m. At Monomoy High Field HARWICH — Three petitioned articles focusing on the environment are likely to generate debate when voters gather on Saturday morning to act on the annual town meeting warrant. The annual town meeting was rescheduled from last spring to Sept. 26 at 10 a.m. and moved outside to the stadium field at Monomoy Regional High School because of the COVID-19...

Historic West Harwich Baptist Church Is For Sale

By: William F. Galvin

WEST HARWICH — The historic West Harwich Baptist Church is for sale. The church is considered a centerpiece of the West Harwich village. Next week, voters will be asked to put in place a zoning amendment to preserve the historic character of the stretch of Route 28 called Captain’s Row as part of a Barnstable County-designated District Of Critical Planning Concern. Pastor Jonathan Allen Cobb confirmed that ...

Mini Golf Course Decision Hinges On Wordsmithing

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — A final decision on the proposal for a miniature golf course at Route 28 and Sisson Road was postponed by the planning board last week to allow time to develop specific language and conditions to apply to the project. “I think there needs to be more work done by the staff to get a final decision put together,” planning board member Joseph McParland said, adding that the board was likely to approve th...

Housing Com Supports 100-Unit Development

By: William F. Galvin

Quarter Of Rental Units Will Be Affordable EAST HARWICH — Developer Chris Wise received the preliminary endorsement of the town’s housing committee Monday for a housing project containing 100-units, a quarter of which will be affordable. Earlier this year, Wise received planning board approval for a 10-lot subdivision for the 12.27-acre parcel along Route 137 between Hall’s Path and Sherwood Road. His inten...

PLEASANT LAKE — When students return to Cape Cod Tech this week, it’ll be anything but normal. They’re in a new building, but some of the classrooms aren’t completely finished. Parking is limited because the old school building has yet to be demolished. And, of course, there’s a pandemic that will limit the school to 50 percent capacity for the time being. This week will be an orientation period, with students...

HARWICH — Two years ago, Christine Menard was on top of the world, literally. Always fit and energetic, she defied the limitations of asthma and climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro. Two years later, having suffered the ravages of COVID-19, she’s celebrating another achievement. “I’m at Day 115, and it’s only now that I can get through a day without a nap,” she said. “That is a huge improvement, a monumental improvement...

Hearings On Zoning Amendments Scheduled For Tuesday

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH —Public hearings on two zoning amendments that will be acted on at the Sept. 26 annual town meeting will be held by the planning board next week. The zoning amendments seek to establish a West Harwich Special District, designed to preserve the historic character of a section of West Harwich, and an amendment aimed at increasing multifamily dwelling units in the community. The planning board will hold t...

Selectmen, FinCom Withhold Recommendations On School Budget

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Revenues are tight, and selectmen will be using the town’s stabilization fund to balance the FY2021 budget. Board members have made it clear that they are not pleased with the Monomoy Regional School District's decision not to tap its own rainy day fund to help with the balancing act. The board voted 5-0 to place the school budget on the annual town meeting warrant but did give a recommendation on th...