Harwich News

Pet Cemetery Put To Rest

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The pet cemetery project was put to rest Tuesday after town meeting voters approved a petitioned article that took the 2.25 acre parcel out from under the jurisdiction of the cemetery commission and returned it to the board of selectmen for general municipal purposes. The cemetery commission had a hard night, with voters also rejecting an article that would establish a revolving fund that would have ...

Candidates For Selectmen Square Off In Harwich

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Approximately 75 people attended Saturday's candidates forum sponsored by the Democratic and Republic town committees at the newly restored South Harwich Meetinghouse. The three candidates vying for the two seats on the board of selectmen are incumbent Michael MacAskill; Thomas Sherry, who lost by a narrow margin to Selectman Ed McManus last year; and Stephen Ford, a retired banker and congressional ...

New Artisan Shacks Dedicated At Saquatucket

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The ribbon-cutting for the new Seaside Marketplace at Saquatucket Harbor drew a crowd last Friday morning, with a number of speakers indicating that the six new artisan shacks show that Harwich is emerging as one of the more exciting arts and cultural communities in the commonwealth. The dedication at the newly renovated marina was one of many local events celebrating ArtWeek, a statewide effort to f...

HARWICH — It seems almost everybody on the Lower Cape has a story to share about a friend or family member with Alzheimer's disease or dementia, and there's a growing need for support, counseling and programs. This weekend, a special fundraiser will take place to support the grassroots Alzheimer’s Family Support Center of Cape Cod , which offers a range of services, all free of charge, covering the full range ...

Town Meeting Voters Fed Up With Spending

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Voters sent a strong message on the first night of town meeting that they want less spending and a better control of their tax dollars. In Monday's session voters rejected the $4.5 million reconstruction of Lower Country Road and came within 34 votes of defeating the $39.6 million operating budget. Voters also made an early statement on the use of town funds for continued construction of the controve...

Town Meeting Express Dissatisfaction With Spending

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Voters made it clear in the first night of the annual town meeting that they are dissatisfied with town spending and its impact on the tax rate. After a lengthy discussion on the budget, during which no amendments were proposed, voters approved a $39.6 million budget by only 34 votes, 267-233. They also turned aside the one major debt exclusion warrant article seeking $4.5 million for the reconstruct...

HARWICH — The selectmen did battle Monday night over the issuance of a seasonal wine and malt beverage license for the Dockside Seafood Shack, which has a 10-year lease to operate out of the new snack shack at Saquatucket Harbor. The leaseholder, Joseph W. Griffiths, was applying for the license and to serve as manager of the operation. Griffith's was the only response to a request for proposals to lease the n...

Pet Cemetery Will Be Hot Topic At Town Meeting

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The pet cemetery debate is expected to be the hot topic in town meeting, with three articles addressing the burial grounds on Queen Anne Road. Town meeting will begin Monday at 7 p.m. at the community center on Oak Street with voters facing 69 articles. The major financial issue facing voters is a debt exclusion request estimated at $4.6 million for the reconstruction of 2.25 miles of Lower County Ro...

ORLEANS — Jeremy Gingras, the former executive director of the Harwich Chamber of Commerce, has been accused of embezzling funds from the chamber and its charitable foundation for years before he was fired in 2017. According to a conservative estimate from a forensic accountant, Gingras allegedly received at least $37,712.73 from the scheme. On Tuesday, Gingras was in Orleans District Court to answer two cou...

EAST HARWICH — At age 100, Isabelle Monteleone still enjoys pretty good health, still has a wry sense of humor, and still remembers spending time with the young paratroopers who fought and died in places like Normandy and Bastogne. It seems like a lifetime ago that she was a Red Cross worker embedded with a regiment of the famed 101 st Airborne Division, running makeshift clubs where they could write letters h...

Powers Confirmed As Next Assistant Town Administrator

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The choppy waters surrounding the appointment of a new assistant town administrator have settled, with selectmen Monday night confirming Joseph Powers, currently town clerk/assistant town administrator in Wellfleet. He will begin his new job May 20. Powers confirmed his interest in serving as the assistant here in an email to Town Administrator Christopher Clark on April 17. “I look forward to workin...

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...