Harwich News

New Cape Tech High School Construction Gets Underway

By: William F. Galvin

PLEASANT LAKE — The heavy work was being done by the bulldozers in the background, but state officials, members of the Cape legislative delegation and the Cape Cod Regional Technical High School family provided a symbolic groundbreaking for the new high school on Friday. The morning ceremony was filled with recognition of those who saw the need and embraced the dream of a updating the tech school nine years ag...

Cape Tech Breaks Ground On New School

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

HARWICH -- State officials, members of the Cape Cod legislative delegation, and representatives of the Cape Cod Regional Technical High School family dug in on Friday morning during a groundbreaking ceremony for the new high school that will be constructed in the Pleasant Lake section of Harwich. Brait Builders will construct the $91,376,000 school, which replace the existing Cape Tech building constructed in ...

Opinions Sought On Harwich Center Revitalization

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Stakeholders and residents throughout the community are being urged to attend a Harwich Center initiative committee public forum and provide input on restoring the economic, aesthetic and historic vibrancy of the village. The committee, formed by the board of selectmen at the urging of residents of the village, has established a mission to develop and advocate specific, well thought-out recommendatio...

Games Named To Interim School Committee Post

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — After more than an hour of discussion among the four candidates vying for a vacant seat on the Monomoy Regional School Committee on Monday night, selectmen and the Harwich members of the regional panel chose Tina Games to fill the position. The school committee seat became available after member Steve Craffey resigned Nov. 27, saying he had taken a new job in which he will be doing a lot of traveling...

Harwich Assistant Town Administrator Is Let Go

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Assistant Town Administrator Evan N. Melillo has not survived his extended probationary period. Town Administrator Christopher Clark said this week he made the decision to terminate the assistant town administrator's employment. Melillo finished his last day on the job on Friday. On Monday former longtime Yarmouth town administrator Bob Lawton was back in town hall working as interim assistant town a...

COA Honors Volunteers, Presents Laurel Awards

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — With 52 percent of Harwich residents over 60 years of age, the work of the council on aging would be daunting without the commitment of approximately 100 volunteers who help provide services to seniors. Last Thursday the COA held a luncheon at Jake Rooney's restaurant to honor the volunteers. The COA also recognized three of the participants as Volunteers of the Year, presenting the Laurel Award to S...

In this country we have often-strange priorities when it comes to food and feeding the hungry. In 2010, $161 billion worth of food was wasted and ended up in landfills, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. This represents 30 to 40 percent of all the food produced. And in 2017, people spent over $66 billion on dieting and weight loss products. At the same time, many of us can’t conceive of what i...

EverSource Infrastructure Issues Impacting Cranberry Valley

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Without a resolution with EverSource on costs associated with providing additional electric infrastructure to Cranberry Valley Golf Course, the town may have to delay implementing plans for a solar array at the new golf cart barn and the switch from gas to electric golf carts. “Everything is dictated by EverSource,” Golf Director Roman Greer told members of the golf committee in a session two weeks a...

Harwich Designated Green Community, Gets State Grant

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The town's Green Communities designation is paying off. The Baker-Polito Administration on Thursday announced that Harwich was among 30 municipalities across the state designated as Green Communities. The town received a $152,910 grant, part of $4,866,648 in grants awarded by the administration to recognized communities' commitment to reduce energy consumption and contribute to a healthier environmen...

Elementary School Seeks Major Sidewalk Improvements

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Sidewalk conditions have become a major issue here, with initiatives underway to add sidewalks and improve others in several areas in town, including in and around Harwich Center, Harwich Port to Saquatucket Harbor and along Bank Street to connect the town center with Harwich Port. Now a new initiative is underway to improve sidewalks around the elementary school. Principal Mary Oldach is seeking a S...

Wastewater Management Was A Major Focus In Harwich In 2018

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Because dollars talk, it is safe to say wastewater management expenses were the main topic bantered about in town in 2018. Voters in the annual town meeting approved $24,775,000 for the construction of sewers in East Harwich, and the town is working closely with Dennis and Yarmouth to develop a tri-town sewage treatment plant. There have been a number of battles and accomplishments in the communit...

HARWICH — The sound of music will come under scrutiny from the board of selectmen as they consider adjustments to the town's noise bylaw, including removing commercial districts, or liquor establishments, from the measure. Noise from music coming from liquor establishments in Harwich Port and filtering into residential neighborhoods has become a growing concern, especially with the increase in outdoors venues,...