Harwich News

A Projected Shortfall Of $4.1 Million In FY21 HARWICH — Selectmen warned department heads to expect revenue shortfalls going into FY21 and urged town departments to come together in creative ways to continue to provide services to the community. Board of Selectmen Chairman Larry Ballantine said while this year has been difficult, next year will be even more difficult. Selectmen made it clear, however, that ...

HARWICH — The Conservation Law Foundation and the Wychmere Beach Club have agreed to a proposed settlement of a lawsuit filed by CLF alleging that the resort was illegally discharging pollution into marine waters. The settlement would result in reduced pollution, new efforts to address nitrogen sources and protect the Wychmere Harbor Watershed, according to a press release from CLF. It follows a U.S. Supreme C...

Harwich Chamber Cancels Popular Port Summer Nights

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH PORT— Wednesday nights will be a little quieter and less crowded in the village this summer following the decision by the chamber of commerce board of directors to the cancel Port Summer Nights music festival. For the past 20 years there has been a street fair of music on every other Wednesday night in July and August. Initially Music In The Port was organized by Ron Remendino and Jennifer Chase, Chamb...

HARWICH — With a 17 percent decline in memberships, the golf committee is expressing concerns about the constraints placed on Cranberry Valley Golf Course as it reopens to the public. Last week committee members discussed expected revenue reductions given the closure of the course over the past few months. There were also concerns expressed about the state mandate to keep clubhouses closed, expand tee starting...

Jennifer Police is in for a busy summer and that’s just fine with her. On Tuesday the current assistant principal at Monomoy Regional High School was chosen to replace departing principal William Burkhead. She is set to step into her new job on July 1. Police was chosen from a pool of 12 applicants that was ultimately winnowed down to two finalists, who were then interviewed remotely, in keeping with COVID-19 ...

Harwich Moves Annual Town Meeting To September

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Selectmen voted Tuesday night to postpone the June 22 annual town meeting to Monday, Sept. 28. Under the town’s home rule charter, the annual town meeting is supposed to take place on the first Monday in May. After a state of emergency was declared by Gov. Charlie Baker in March — including a restriction limiting gatherings to no more than 10 people — selectmen voted to move the annual town meeting t...

Seven Acres Donated By The Tuttle Family HARWICH — Seven acres of wetlands, encompassing a major portion of the herring run in the Red River Marsh, has been donated to the Harwich Conservation Trust. The marsh and former cranberry bog known as the Oak Island Bog had been under the Tuttle family’s stewardship for 132 years. “The land is comprised of mostly salt marsh with some bordering upland in the Red Riv...

Housing Trust Moving Forward With Sisson Road RFP

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The affordable housing trust is working with Laura Shufelt, acting director of the Massachusetts Housing Partnership, on a plan to develop the 1.1 acre parcel adjacent to the Harwich Junior Theatre building on the corner of Sisson Road and Parallel Street. “This is the major thing to bring forward as tangible proof we’re doing something,” Affordable Housing Trust Chairman Donald Howell said at the op...

Boating Restrictions Create A New Normal At Saquatucket

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — With Memorial Day, people start to get anxious about the upcoming boating season. Harbormaster John Rendon said the early birds are already arriving at their slips in Saquatucket Harbor. “I’m expecting a good boating season,” Rendon said. “People ask me if I think it’s going to be a terrible boating season, but I think it will be an opportunity for people to get outside, on the water. I think it will...

Court Rejects Suit Requiring Harwich To Upgrade Roads

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — A Barnstable Superior Court ruling has upheld the town’s position that it does not have to maintain, repair or improve portions of Seth Whitefield and Round Cove roads. Resident Robert Fratus Jr. asked selectmen on a couple of occasions last spring to improve the roads. During those discussions, a number of neighbors protested against the request to improve the base along the dirt road section of Whi...