Harwich News

HARWICH — They might seem like a repository of dry information, but annual town reports can shed light on a community’s values, its problems and its strengths. Now, thanks to a program of the Boston Public Library, many of Harwich’s old town reports are now just a click away. Through a portal known as Digital Commonwealth, and at no expense to the town, the reports back to 1866 have been scanned and can be v...

If you think art is something to be appreciated from afar, it’s time to roll up your sleeves, pick up a paint brush, knitting needle, or chisel and start creating. That’s the message from the organizers of ArtWeek, a 10-day, state-wide festival that gets underway tomorrow. While there are ArtWeek demonstrations, classes and lectures around the Cape, the Lower Cape—and Harwich in particular—will be a center of ...

Bank Street Residents Denounce Expanded Parking Lot

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Bank Street residents told selectmen last week that they do not want parking for Harwich Port employees in their residential neighborhood. Responding to a recommendation from the ad hoc parking committee to use the former fire station lot at 203 Bank St. for employee parking, several residents expressed concern for increased traffic, increased speeding, late night disturbances and the lack for pedest...

Stop & Shop Workers Are Back On The Job

By: Alan Pollock

Stop & Shop supermarkets in Orleans, East Harwich and around southern New England are open and the shelves are rapidly being stocked, days after the company and workers reached agreement on a three-year labor deal, ending a 10-day strike. On Easter Sunday, the corporation and the United Food and Commercial Workers Union announced that negotiators had reached tentative agreement, subject to ratification vot...

Owners Appeal Harwich Board's Order To Euthanize Dogs

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH —The owners of two dogs which the board of selectmen ordered to be euthanized have appealed the decision in Second District Court in Orleans. The dogs, both one-year old American Staffordshire terriers owned by Melissa Sullivan and her daughter, Mary Spurrier, of Wendy's Way, were determined to be “dangerous” based on testimony provided to Town Administrator Christopher Clark in a public hearing on Mar...

Chief: Dummy Prank Has Real Costs

By: Alan Pollock

WEST HARWICH — If it was a joke, public safety officials aren’t laughing. On Monday afternoon, police and firefighters were called to the Herring River marsh near the North Road footbridge for a report of a man face-down in the water. Unable to reach him from the opposite bank of the river, firefighters launched a full response by the regional dive team, as well as their own rescue boat. They summoned anothe...

Harwich Gets School Sidewalk Improvement Grant

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Massachusetts Department of Transportation has confirmed that the Harwich Elementary School application for a Safe Routes to School project has been approved and $685,000 has been set aside for the work. The application was filed by Principal Mary Oldach in January. In March the Mass DOT's office of Transportation planning notified the school district the project was advancing to the funding process....

Powers New Nominee For Assistant Town Administrator

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Town Administrator Christopher Clark said this week he is withdrawing the assistant town administrator candidate he put forward last week to selectmen because he did not think he had the votes from the board to confirm the candidate. Clark put forward David D. Flaherty, a Harwich resident and acting town administrator in the town of Raynham, as his choice to fill the position vacated when former assi...

Stop & Shop Workers Strike

By: Alan Pollock

EAST HARWICH — After months of stalled talks, 31,000 union workers at Stop & Shop supermarkets, including the ones in East Harwich and Orleans, walked off the job last Thursday. The employees, represented by Local 328 of the United Food and Commercial Workers union, stood by the roadside and at store entrances and held picket signs. As of late Tuesday, there were no signs that the labor dispute would be ...

Monomoy Students Pitch Ban On Flavored Tobacco Products

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Voters will be asked in the annual town meeting to approve a petitioned article to amend a board of health regulation to restrict the sale of flavored tobacco products. The initiative is the work of Monomoy Regional High School students involved in Project Citizen. Project Citizen is part of the eighth grade civic curriculum in which identify social problems and propose means to address them. A coupl...

HARWICH — Behind the fiery rhetoric and splashy headlines of the current immigration debate, there are human stories and a lot of history. That’s what Monomoy High School students learned Friday at the annual Ambassadorship Day sponsored by the John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum. Among the speakers was Paulo Paraguay, the owner of a successful candy store in downtown Hyannis, who emigrated with his family fro...

SOUTH HARWICH — Ospreys have returned to the Cape for the spring, following their migration from South America, and are busy settling into nests that have been used year after year. But one pair, unable to return to its nest on a South Harwich utility pole, has been offered alternate housing arrangements. Osprey pairs have been nesting on the pole near 915 Route 28, near Handren Bros. Builders, for several y...