Harwich News

West Harwich DCPC Goes Back To Full Commission

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Residents spoke in numbers more so than volume on Tuesday evening as the Cape Cod Commission staff held a public hearing at town hall to gather information on the designation of a West Harwich District of Critical Planning Concern. About 40 residents were in attendance but only a few spoke in the hearing that lasted approximately a half hour. The majority of that time was spent with commission staff ...

House Approves $3.2 Million For Tornado Disaster Relief

By: William F. Galvin

Latest Storm Travels Path Similar To Hurricane HARWICH — The state House of Representatives has approved a $400 million supplemental budget that includes $3.2 million in disaster relief funding for five Cape towns impacted by the July 23 tornadoes. Town Administrator Christopher Clark said Harwich filed a $1.3 million financial impact in a damage report with the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency bas...

Selectmen Wrestle With Issuing A Second Sewer Contract

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — There seems to be a lot of second guessing and uncertainty on how to move forward with the East Harwich sewer project. After receiving bids for the second contract two months ago, there is still no decision on whether to move forward with the project. The project is facing cost overruns and a need to return to town meeting for funds to complete sewer mains for 600 homes in the second phase of the tow...

PTO Proposed New Playground For Elementary School

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The Harwich Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization has filed an application for Community Preservation Act funds to replace the 25-year-old Castle in the Clouds playground adjacent to the elementary school. Monomoy Regional School District contributed $2,100 in 2018 to conduct a playground safety audit of the aging facilities. According to the PTO, health and safety issues and the lack of Amer...

Wequassett Settles Conservation Law Foundation Suit

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — A settlement has been reached in a lawsuit filed more than a year ago against the Wequassett Resort and Golf Club by the Conservation Law Foundation which alleged the resort was illegally discharging pollutants impairing the health of marine waters. “CLF brought this case and others because nitrogen pollution is choking Cape Cod’s waters,” said CLF President Brad Campbell. “But in my 30 years of hold...

HARWICH – Students approaching the Game of Reality were initially excited to spin the wheel and see what life had in store, until, that is, they realized that more often than not the wheel landed them in a financial hole. This was just one of many lessons passed along to Monomoy Regional High School seniors during the 2019 Credit For Life event, held Oct. 10 at the high school. The event, sponsored by the Cape...

Jawsome Java Has Monomoy Abuzz

By: Kat Szmit

HARWICH – Mornings just aren't the same without a comforting cup of java, tea, or hot cocoa, especially now that the weather is growing cooler. That's probably why the folks at Monomoy Regional High School are all abuzz about the SHORE Program's latest venture: the Jawsome Java SHORE Caf e . Special Education teacher Shana Grogan, who helms the SHORE (Students Having Opportunities for Recreation and Employment...

AmeriCorps Member To Oversee Town Conservation Lands

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Hannah Schmidt grew up among the trees at the base of Mount Hood in Oregon and did not spend a lot of time along the edge of the Pacific Ocean. She never experienced wind like that churning the Atlantic Ocean and whipping trees last Thursday during a three-day nor’easter. But Schmidt has come east to work on land stewardship projects, help develop an arboretum and work on environmental education and ...

Historic Cold Brook Herring Run Could Be Restored

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Following the restoration of an American eel run through Cold Brook to Grassy Pond over the past several years, the state Division of Marine Fisheries and the Harwich Conservation Trust are now looking at restoring the area's native herring run. In a memo issued last month, DMF senior biologist Brad Chase pointed out there was a native river herring run known to occur in the watershed in the 1950s an...

A Student Proposal To Restore Brooks Park Hollow

By: William F. Galvin

Project Would Replace Habitat Lost In Tornado HARWICH — The power of the July tornado was measured by the number of fallen trees in Brooks Park Hollow, but the town may experience the strength of youth and dedication to community in Lily Daniels-Diehl, a Global Studies Program student at Monomoy Regional High School who has crafted plans to revegetate the hollow and restore its wildlife habitat. Daniels-Die...

Pleasant Lake Is Losing Its Local Flavor

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Like the trains that once rumbled by outside, Local Flavor, the modified general store, pastry, breakfast and sandwich shop at the Pleasant Lake General Store, will soon be no more. The business has been operating out of the old general store for nearly five years, but the lease they have with owners Robert and Jeannette Payne is about to expire and no agreement could be reached on a new lease. Lo...

Restaurant Unlikely At East Harwich Fire Substation

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Town staff has recommended against locating a restaurant in the former East Harwich fire substation, a proposal raised recently by a local restaurateur who sought to lease the building next to the new fire station. Town Administrator Christopher Clark said he has been approached by the owner of the 400 East restaurant about leasing the soon-to-be-demolished East Harwich fire substation. Clark said th...