Harwich News

Person At Harwich Special Town Meeting Tests Positive For COVID

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

The town is offering free COVID tests to anyone who attended Monday's special town meeting after one attendee tested positive for the virus. In an email and emergency phone blast Friday afternoon, Town Administrator Joseph Powers said that all close contacts of the person who tested positive have been identified. Those who attended town meeting and have not been contacted are not considered a close contact. ...

Voters OK Room Tax Increase

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – Voters approved an increase in the local room tax from 4 to 6 percent at Monday night’s special town meeting, at the same time unanimously supporting using a portion of the revenue for wastewater and affordable housing. The proposal drew a mix of support and opposition. Non-resident Tony Guthrie, who said he has worked in town for 25 years, said he spent a number of years managing the Wequassett Reso...

Town Meeting Voters Approve Wastewater Funds

By: William F. Galvin

But Not Without Dissent HARWICH – Special town meeting voters Monday approved funds to revise the town’s comprehensive wastewater management plan but also registered protests against proposals to expand the sewer system in East Harwich. It took two hours for voters to act on the 14-article warrant in which they approved an increase in the short-term rental tax from 4 to 6 percent and approved wa...

Handler Buildings Removed For Public Safety

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – The conservation department issued an emergency order allowing the demolition of the former Handler Auto Parts buildings located along Route 28 in Harwich Port after safety issues were raised about the conditions of the buildings and activities on the property. Conservation Administrator Amy Usowski said the police and fire departments sent letters of support for the removal of the structures. The bu...

Special Town Meeting To Debate Wastewater Monday

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – Wastewater and taxes will be the weighty issues facing voters in Monday’s special town meeting. Several articles seek funds for wastewater design and engineering projects and to make changes to the town’s comprehensive wastewater management plan. Another article seeks to increase the short-term rental tax from 4 to 6 percent. Two additional articles would direct 25 percent of the short- term rental t...

Officials Tour Land Purchased For Housing

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH - A dozen town officials and affordable housing-related committee members took a tour last Thursday of the 13.3-acre former James Marceline cowyard property off Pleasant lake Avenue, now under the jurisdiction of the town’s affordable housing trust. The tour served to introduce committee members to the property as town officials head into a special town meeting next week seeking to take by eminent doma...

The Exchange Building: A Town Historic Treasure Lost

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH - The Exchange Building in Harwich Center was the tallest and most elegant building on Cape Cod for nearly 80 years. It would still be today, according to historian Nancy Viall Shoemaker, if it hadn’t been demolished in 1964. The building, which was located at the corner of Main Street and Pleasant Lake Avenue from 1885 to 1964, was 58 by 100 feet, and rose 104 feet above the village center, Shoemaker ...

HARWICH – Longtime Cape Cod educator Terry Russell was awarded the Massachusetts Association of School Committee’s Division VII All-State Committee honor, the Monomoy school district announced Oct. 8. Russell, a Harwich resident, worked in the Barnstable school system for 40 years, the last 22 of which came as principal at Barnstable Middle School. He joined the Monomoy Regional School Committee in 2011 and ha...

A Day Of Celebration As Cape Tech Dedicates New Building

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – “In these halls lies so many opportunities academically and vocationally,” student and Cape Cod Tech SkillsUSA President Etzer Lindor told a crowd of more than 150 people gathered for the ribbon-cutting for the new Cape Cod Regional Technical High School last Friday. The ribbon-cutting was held a year after the school opened, postponed due to the pandemic. Enthusiasm was not damped by the delay, howe...

Volunteers Turn Out To Support Cranberry Festival’s Return

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH - The  Harwich Cranberry Arts and Music Festival may yet be saved. A lack of volunteers in the festival over the past several years caused the festival committee a couple of weeks ago to declare that September’s Harwich Cranberry Arts and Music Festival may have been the last. But after a call for volunteers, 28 people showed up last Tuesday at the chamber of commerce office expressing an interest in v...

Battle Continues Over Chloe’s Path Housing Development

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – Neighborhood opposition to the proposed Chloe’s Path development off Sisson Road remained strong as proponents of the 96-unit proposed affordable/mixed unit housing project made another attempt Monday to gain the support of selectmen. Opponents said the project will violate an environmental deed restriction on the property and disrupt the neighborhood. The owner's representative countered that ...

Harwich Shop Owner Helped Revolutionize Skateboarding

By: William F. Galvin

Former Z-Boy Wentlze Ruml Wants To Increase Opportunities On The Cape HARWICH – The Zephyr skateboarding team revolutionized skateboarding in the 1970s. Now team member Wentlze Ruml IV, owner of Cape Cod Skate Shop in West Harwich, is looking to rejuvenate the sport locally. The Z-Boys, as they were called back then, were a mix of surfers and skateboarders from the Venice and Ocean Park areas of Southern Ca...