Harwich News

Harwich Recreation Department Summer Programs On Hold

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH —The town's summer recreation programs are being put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Recreation Department Director Eric Beebe said the summer playground program and the swimming and tennis programs were being canceled, at least for the beginning of the season. He'll be keeping a close eye on what will be allowed in the third phases of Gov. Charlie Baker’s reopening of Massachusetts. “There ar...

HCT Gets Major Donations For Herring River Land Purchase

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Fundraising to preserve open space always takes a winding trail of commitments from the community. Perhaps no group has walked that trail more than the Harwich Conservation Trust, which is looking for more of those commitments to purchase a 6.65-acre parcel that will complete a 70-acre conservation puzzle along the Herring River corridor. HCT Executive Director Michael Lach said the path to the purch...

HARWICH – On May 25, for eight minutes and 46 seconds, George Floyd cried out for help, calling for his mother, a Minneapolis police officer kneeling on his neck until Floyd’s life ended on the street of the Minnesota city. On June 6, an estimated 1,000 peaceful protesters kneeled in silence in Brooks Park for eight minutes and 46 seconds in Floyd’s honor, the only sounds the chirping of birds in nearby trees ...

WELLFLEET – Members of the Cape Tech Class of 2020 might have been the last class to graduate from the soon-to-be demolished school building on Pleasant Lake Avenue, but they were the first to hold their graduation at the Wellfleet Drive-In, and while the venue was born of necessity due to the COVID pandemic, the event was one to remember. Graduates and their families rolled into the theater lot on June 4 with...

Data from some surprising sources, including town water departments, indicates that seasonal homeowners came to Cape Cod earlier than normal this spring — but there’s no evidence showing that they brought the coronavirus with them, State Senator Julian Cyr said last week. Speaking for the Cape Cod Reopening Task Force, Cyr said the group was seeking to learn how many people had come to Cape Cod in the earlier ...

Outside Dining Approved For Harwich Restaurants

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Interim Town Administrator Joseph Powers has been directed to lead the town’s efforts to approve individual restaurant requests to expand outdoor dining and liquor service under phase two of the state's re-opening plan. Early actions by town staff, selectmen and Powers led to quick results on Monday with selectmen reaffirming approvals for nine restaurants that the interim town administrator determin...

Harwich Cranberry Festival Events Canceled For The Year

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Given the persistence of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Harwich Cranberry Festival Committee announced the cancellation of this year's crafts fairs, music and beach day events. “Over the past months the Harwich Cranberry Festival Committee has been simultaneously planning and putting into motion all the things necessary to hold our season’s events while watching the progress and impact of the COVID-19 pa...

HARWICH – When The Children’s Center closed in mid-March due to the state of emergency declared by Gov. Charlie Baker, Director Abby Newberry-West told parents the shutdown should only last a couple of weeks. But more than two and a half months later, requirements in newly released Reopen Massachusetts regulations for preschools and childcare centers will make it impossible to reopen this summer. “It’s a huge,...

Harwich Cranberry Festival Events Cancelled

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

HARWICH – The Harwich Cranberry Festival Committee is cancelling all of this year's events, including the fall Cranberry Arts and Music Festival, due to the coronavirus pandemic. The summer Courtyard Music Concert series, crafts fairs and the September Beach Day are also cancelled, the committee announced Saturday. In an email, HCF President Ed McManus said that social distancing requirements make it imposs...

HARWICH – A peaceful procession in Harwich planned for Saturday afternoon has seen a change of hands after the event received negative attention on social media. The gathering will happen Saturday at 2 p.m. at Brooks Park. A pair of eighth graders from Monomoy Regional High School, concerned about heightened racial tensions nationally in the wake of the murder of George Floyd at the hands of police officers...

HARWICH – School budget planning is typically a challenging yearly task, but the planning of the FY21 budget for the Monomoy Regional School District has been further complicated by COVID closures and reschedules, forcing the district to opt for a one-twelfth budget as administrators await funding approval from town meetings. With Chatham’s town meeting not scheduled until June 22 and Harwich having postponed ...

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A Harwich High School graduate was among the protesters arrested in Washington, D.C. Monday to clear the streets so President Trump could walk to a nearby church for a photo op. Tyler Nickerson, a graduate student at American University's School of Public Affairs, said he was one of 350 to 400 protesters who were peacefully marching up 14th Street when police pushed them into a nearby reside...