Harwich News

HARWICH – The average temperature since January has hovered somewhere around the freezing mark for much of Cape Cod, but that hasn't stopped two intrepid area yoga instructors from plunging into the waters off local beaches each day. But they're not just diving in for the fun of it. Each dip is done in support of Yogis Unite for Recovery Build, coming this June to Monomoy Regional High School. Yoga instructor ...

Town Seeks Sidewalk Grant For Harwich Center

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The town is continuing to push for grant funding for a major sidewalk and crosswalk improvement project extending from the community center on Oak Street to the cultural center on Sisson Road. The town this week submitted a request for a $800,000 Community Development Block Grant from the state Department of Housing and Community Development. The town had sought an ADA Public Municipality Transition ...

Harwich Center Initiative Group Goes On Hiatus

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The Harwich Center initiative committee will be taking a hiatus until next fall. The decision was made at a session at the end of February in which some committee members expressed both frustration with the process and a sense that other town committees are conducting parallel examinations of the same issues. Harwich Center resident Peter Antonellis asked if the committee was working in cooperatio...

New Harwich Center Convenience Store Plan Filed

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — A new proposal for a convenience store at the former gas station in Harwich Center has been filed with the historic district and historical commission. The proponent for the mixed-use development, Saumil Patel, withdrew plans in December after six months of debate relating to compliance with historic character in the village. At that time, Patel's attorney Howard C. Cahoon said they would be back wit...

Commission To Examine Naturalizing Bell's Neck Bogs

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The conservation commission wrestled with the town's farming heritage last week when considering whether to issue a new lease for the 11-acre Bell's Neck cranberry bogs. The commission ultimately decided to not issue a lease and instead develop a management plan for the property, located adjacent to the Herring River and Bell's Neck Reservoir, which would also consider allowing the bogs to naturalize. ...

Selectmen Nix Room Occupation Tax Increase Article

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The board of selectmen voted Monday night to remove an article seeking an increase in the local room occupancy tax from 4 to 6 percent from the May annual town meeting warrant. Town Administrator Christopher Clark told selectmen Monday night he was presenting a balanced budget to the finance committee, unless selectmen decided to make additional adjustments that evening. The budget presented by Clark...

HARWICH – In spite of a parent survey in which a majority of families said they were in favor of keeping the Spanish language program at Harwich and Chatham Elementary Schools, the Monomoy Regional School Committee voted last Thursday night in favor of doing away with the language instruction and bringing in a science/STEM initiative that committee members hope will better prepare students for the state MCAS test...

HARWICH – While some students spent February vacation catching up on homework and sleep, a group of 17 students from Monomoy Regional High School's Global Studies program ventured across the Atlantic Ocean for a life-changing service learning trip to Tanzania, where they went on safari, visited museums, and made lifelong connections with students from the SEGA Girls Secondary School. The first-of-its-kind sojo...

Residents Speak Out Against West Harwich Retail Proposal

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — While the planning board received a presentation this past week on the proposed development of a 7,489-square-foot retail structure along Route 28 in West Harwich, it is still not clear what business will occupy the location. Residents of the area raised questions about the type of retail business and the future of the historic Captain George Winchell Baker house, which is located on one of the two l...

Kavanagh Not Running, Ford Seeking Seat As Selectman

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — With three weeks remaining before the close of nomination papers, there are now two candidates who have expressed their intention to run for the two seats on the board of selectmen, and one incumbent who said she does not think she will run again. Board of Selectmen Chair Julie Kavanagh said on Tuesday she does not think she will be running for re-election. Kavanagh said it has been a rough winter fo...

Saquatucket Snack Shack Draws Just One Proposal

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The town has received only one response to its request for proposals for the lease of the Saquatucket Harbor snack shack this summer. Town Administrator Christopher Clark said he would be putting together a rating team to evaluate the proposal. “I thought we'd have a few more responses based upon the comments we had,” Clark said. “But it's nice to have an established business put one in. Remember, we...

HARWICH — Selectmen heard this week that it would be possible, through a multi-step process, for the board to reclaim control over - or even sell - the proposed pet burial ground land on Queen Anne Road. But that can't happen without the consent of the cemetery commission, which strongly backs the proposal, commission Chairman Cynthia Eldredge said. “The cemetery commission will not ever consider this surplu...