Harwich News

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...

The Monomoy Regional School Committee has rejected an Open Meeting Law complaint filed by a former member alleging that committee members discussed business that was not listed on the agenda of its March 12 meeting. Karen Ryder, who served on the committee from 2015 to 2017, said she plans to file an appeal of the committee's decision with the state Attorney General's Division of Open Government. Ryder alle...

'Harwich Helping Harwich' Is Goal Of New Fund

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Dubbed “Harwich Helping Harwich,” the new Harwich Fund was recently established to help nonprofit organizations address the needs of the community, particularly the impacts of the COVID-19 emergency. “The Harwich Fund anticipates that there will be tremendous needs arising in the Harwich community as our town emerges from the grips of COVID-19 in areas such as health and human services, educational a...

HARWICH/EASTHAM – When it came to holding graduations during the COVID-19 pandemic, area seniors were clear — they’d rather wait or hold a graduates-only event than celebrate virtually. The good news for the Class of 2020 is that each of the area high schools has a graduation plan, and none are virtual. Cape Cod Tech will hold its graduation June 4 at the Wellfleet Drive-In, Monomoy Regional High School will h...

Selectmen Appoint LeBlanc Harwich's New Fire Chief

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Deputy Fire Chief David LeBlanc was appointed Monday night to replace Fire Chief Norman Clarke, Jr. as the new chief. The appointment is contingent upon successful negotiations of a contract with LeBlanc. “This will check the last box for me,” said Clarke, who will retire in July. “I can assure you with this appointment the Harwich Fire Department and the town of Harwich is in great hands. You’ve got...

Cold Brook Plan Could Remove Half Of Watershed Nitrogen

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The town has a schedule for moving forward with the Cold Brook Eco-restoration project in the former cranberry bogs now owned by the Harwich Conservation Trust. The project is part of the nitrogen attenuation effort in phase two of the town’s comprehensive wastewater management plan. Town Engineer Griffin Ryder made a presentation to selectmen Monday night on the status of the project on the 64-ac...