Harwich News

HARWICH – A peaceful procession in Harwich planned for Saturday afternoon has seen a change of hands after the event received negative attention on social media. The gathering will happen Saturday at 2 p.m. at Brooks Park. A pair of eighth graders from Monomoy Regional High School, concerned about heightened racial tensions nationally in the wake of the murder of George Floyd at the hands of police officers...

HARWICH – School budget planning is typically a challenging yearly task, but the planning of the FY21 budget for the Monomoy Regional School District has been further complicated by COVID closures and reschedules, forcing the district to opt for a one-twelfth budget as administrators await funding approval from town meetings. With Chatham’s town meeting not scheduled until June 22 and Harwich having postponed ...

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A Harwich High School graduate was among the protesters arrested in Washington, D.C. Monday to clear the streets so President Trump could walk to a nearby church for a photo op. Tyler Nickerson, a graduate student at American University's School of Public Affairs, said he was one of 350 to 400 protesters who were peacefully marching up 14th Street when police pushed them into a nearby reside...

Selectmen Give Nod To 2020 Beach Opening Plan

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Recreation Department Director Eric Beeb presented the board of selectmen with a 2020 beach season opening plan that limits some beach parking and reduces the sale of one-day beach passes to two beaches. The board approved the plan by consensus last week. Interim Town Administrator Joseph Powers said the plan takes in the town’s obligation under Gov. Charlie Baker’s first phase of reopening Massachus...

HARWICH — The Conservation Law Foundation and the Wychmere Beach Club have agreed to a proposed settlement in a lawsuit filed by CLF alleging that the resort was illegally discharging pollution into marine waters. The settlement would result in reduced pollution, new efforts to address nitrogen sources and protect the Wychmere Harbor Watershed, according to a press release from CLF. It follows a U.S. Supreme C...

HARWICH PORT — The Port and Ember restaurants will be investigated by the town for alleged violations of a state Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission prohibition against selling alcohol for on-premises consumption during the COVID-19 state of emergency. On May 18, when Gov. Charlie Baker issued his Reopening Massachusetts plan and announced the first phase, the ABCC reaffirmed an advisory which stated “all on...

A Projected Shortfall Of $4.1 Million In FY21 HARWICH — Selectmen warned department heads to expect revenue shortfalls going into FY21 and urged town departments to come together in creative ways to continue to provide services to the community. Board of Selectmen Chairman Larry Ballantine said while this year has been difficult, next year will be even more difficult. Selectmen made it clear, however, that ...

HARWICH — The Conservation Law Foundation and the Wychmere Beach Club have agreed to a proposed settlement of a lawsuit filed by CLF alleging that the resort was illegally discharging pollution into marine waters. The settlement would result in reduced pollution, new efforts to address nitrogen sources and protect the Wychmere Harbor Watershed, according to a press release from CLF. It follows a U.S. Supreme C...

Harwich Chamber Cancels Popular Port Summer Nights

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH PORT— Wednesday nights will be a little quieter and less crowded in the village this summer following the decision by the chamber of commerce board of directors to the cancel Port Summer Nights music festival. For the past 20 years there has been a street fair of music on every other Wednesday night in July and August. Initially Music In The Port was organized by Ron Remendino and Jennifer Chase, Chamb...

HARWICH — With a 17 percent decline in memberships, the golf committee is expressing concerns about the constraints placed on Cranberry Valley Golf Course as it reopens to the public. Last week committee members discussed expected revenue reductions given the closure of the course over the past few months. There were also concerns expressed about the state mandate to keep clubhouses closed, expand tee starting...

Jennifer Police is in for a busy summer and that’s just fine with her. On Tuesday the current assistant principal at Monomoy Regional High School was chosen to replace departing principal William Burkhead. She is set to step into her new job on July 1. Police was chosen from a pool of 12 applicants that was ultimately winnowed down to two finalists, who were then interviewed remotely, in keeping with COVID-19 ...

Harwich Moves Annual Town Meeting To September

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Selectmen voted Tuesday night to postpone the June 22 annual town meeting to Monday, Sept. 28. Under the town’s home rule charter, the annual town meeting is supposed to take place on the first Monday in May. After a state of emergency was declared by Gov. Charlie Baker in March — including a restriction limiting gatherings to no more than 10 people — selectmen voted to move the annual town meeting t...