Harwich News

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...

HARWICH — Selectmen are awaiting legislation making its way through Beacon Hill that includes provisions on how municipalities in Massachusetts can address town meetings and funding a budget moving into FY21. Interim Town Administrator Joseph Powers said legislation has been approved in the Senate that will allow town meeting actions just on financial issues. But there has been no clear definition on what “fin...

HARWICH — The number of deaths in town related to COVID-19 has risen to 11, Health Director Meggan Eldredge told selectmen Monday night. The Wingate of Harwich nursing home accounts for seven of those deaths, she reported, although a nursing home spokesperson said nine of the facility's residents have died of the virus. There have been a total of 101 cases in Harwich, with 38 among residents and 63 at Wingate....

New Life Is Growing In Harwich's Brooks Park Hollow

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — There is bright new life growing in Brooks Park Hollow. The hollow was devastated by the tornado that spun through Harwich Center last July. But Lily Daniels-Diehl, a Monomoy Regional High School student, is helping to restore life after nature's harsh swipe. The tornado uprooted an estimated 1,300 trees along public property in town. Particularly hard hit was a stand of shade-casting trees that f...

Selectmen Say Harwich Beaches Will Be Open This Summer

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – Selectmen made it clear Monday night that Harwich beaches will be open this summer. Recreation Director Eric Beebe said he has reached out to other communities on the Cape and most are planning to open beaches. He said in some cases towns will be limiting parking to control the amount of people on beaches and ensure social distancing. There were questions about having a full opening with lifeguard...

For The Family Pantry, The Surge Is Here

By: Alan Pollock

NORTH HARWICH — Thankfully, Cape Cod has yet to experience a surge of COVID-19 patients in area hospitals. But from the perspective of the Family Pantry of Cape Cod, the surge in clients is already here. The nonprofit recently reported a 97 percent increase in new client visits this April compared to the previous April. The numbers show what’s already clear from the line of vehicles outside the Pantry: more pe...