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Harwich Bans Plastic Bottles, OK West Harwich District

By: Staff Reports

HARWICH - At Saturday's annual town meeting, voters joined other Cape towns in approving a ban on the sale of single-use plastic bottles under one gallon. The assembly also approved a zoning amendment that puts in place regulations for the West Harwich District of Critical Planning Concern. The article drew limited debate, but another zoning amendment expanding and relaxing some provisions for multifamily dwel...

CHATHAM – Two Chatham firefighters tested positive for COVID-19 following department-wide testing Monday. All members of the department were tested, along with employees of the harbormaster department and Monomoy Regional School district, after the daughter and mother-in-law of a firefighter tested positive ( see separate story ). It did not appear that the two firefighters who tested positive were not conn...

Two Chatham Firefighters Test Positive For COVID-19

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – Two Chatham firefighters tested positive for COVID-19 following department-wide testing Monday. All members of the department were tested, along with employees of the harbormaster department and Monomoy Regional School district, after the daughter and mother-in-law of a firefighter tested positive. It did not appear that the two firefighters who tested positive were not connected to the cases that...

Monomoy High Student Tests Positive For COVID-19

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — A student at Monomoy Regional High School tested positive for COVID-19 last week, forcing an unknown number of students and staff to be placed in quarantine for two weeks and prompting a new round of coronavirus testing. Superintendent of Schools Scott Carpenter said school officials were notified of the positive test Friday night. The student does not appear to have contracted the virus at school, h...

BOH Mulls Restaurant Disclosure Order

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — The health board is considering an emergency order requiring the town to publicize the names of restaurants where people have tested positive for COVID-19. Without violating the privacy of individuals who have been diagnosed with the illness, the board is seeking to inform the dining public when restaurants in town report COVID-19 cases. Restaurants are already required to notify the health departm...

Davis: Census Shortfall Could Cost Chatham $144M

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — If you haven’t completed the U.S. Census yet, Selectmen Chairman Shareen Davis has 144 million reasons for you to do so. “It is important to fill out the census not for today but for the future,” she said. The town stands to lose $2,400 per resident who does not answer the census. In all, 6,000 year-round residents bring the town $14.4 million in federal funding annually, amounting to $144 million ...

CHATHAM – Seals have been a common sight in Aunt Lydia's Cove for years, popping their heads above the water and swimming about as they wait for a snack to tumble over the side of a fishing boat. But this summer it was different. Beginning in July, gray seals, sometimes numbering in the low hundreds, began hauling out on sand flats on the inside of Tern Island, opposite the fish pier. And instead of a few s...

CHATHAM – Form-based code, a method of zoning that, as the name suggestions, emphasizes form over use, may have gained some adherents Monday during a planning board forum on the West Chatham neighborhood center. Following the recommendations of the Cape Cod Commission, the planning board has been dabbling in form-based code as it considers zoning changes to the neighborhood center, the second of four along Rou...

A new wave of COVID-19 cases coinciding with the flu season is a nightmare scenario that officials are hoping to avoid by encouraging all residents to get flu vaccinations as soon as possible. “A dual outbreak of flu and COVID-19 will put a serious strain on our healthcare capacity,” State Senator Julian Cyr said. Gov. Charlie Baker called the need for people to get flu vaccinations “more important than eve...

Selectmen Back County Training Facility At Fire Headquarters

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The public safety facilities on Sisson Road may be the new location for the Barnstable County live burn training facility. Selectmen on Monday night endorsed Fire Chief David LeBlanc collaborating with the county in establishing the training center at the rear of the fire department headquarters. In a memorandum to selectmen, LeBlanc said the county’s center for public safety training is in a stat...

Brooks Library 'Grab and Go' Will Provide A Sense Of Normalcy

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The public will have greater access to Brooks Free Library beginning next week. Changes underway include the ability for patrons to browse inside the historic library as well as several physical changes. Alcoves have been turned into more secure offices for staff and Plexiglas shields installed to separate workers from the public in compliance with COVID-19 protective measures. The COVID-19 pandem...

Cedar Spring Herb Farm Sold To Breast Feeding Center

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The nearly seven-acre Cedar Spring Herb Farm off Long Pond Drive has been sold to a nonprofit organization that provides breast feeding education. For the past 23 years the farm has served as an herbal sanctuary dedicated to connecting people and plants with wellness. Donna Wood Eaton has been the sanctuary steward and overseen the operation of the farm she owns with her husband, Brad, consisting of ...

Harwich Selectmen Endorse Revised Monomoy School Budget

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — After rejecting the Monomoy Regional School District budget two weeks ago, selectmen approved an adjusted budget presented Monday night by Superintendent Scott Carpenter. The adjusted budget of $41,261,134, with Harwich’s contribution of $26,820,046 reduced by $140,000, still has to be approved by the Monomoy Regional School Committee, which is scheduled to meet on Thursday evening. The finance commi...

Annual Town Meeting Starts At 10 a.m. At Monomoy High Field HARWICH — Three petitioned articles focusing on the environment are likely to generate debate when voters gather on Saturday morning to act on the annual town meeting warrant. The annual town meeting was rescheduled from last spring to Sept. 26 at 10 a.m. and moved outside to the stadium field at Monomoy Regional High School because of the COVID-19...

HARWICH – In the years before COVID-19, We Can Team of The Gasp, a long-distance fundraising cycling event, looked forward to a day of camaraderie and celebration. Though the pandemic might have changed the face of the annual ride, it couldn’t dim the dedication of those taking part, including Team We Can. Located in Harwich, We Can is a non-profit organization aimed at empowering women through an array of uni...