Harwich News

Hearings On Zoning Amendments Scheduled For Tuesday

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH —Public hearings on two zoning amendments that will be acted on at the Sept. 26 annual town meeting will be held by the planning board next week. The zoning amendments seek to establish a West Harwich Special District, designed to preserve the historic character of a section of West Harwich, and an amendment aimed at increasing multifamily dwelling units in the community. The planning board will hold t...

Selectmen, FinCom Withhold Recommendations On School Budget

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Revenues are tight, and selectmen will be using the town’s stabilization fund to balance the FY2021 budget. Board members have made it clear that they are not pleased with the Monomoy Regional School District's decision not to tap its own rainy day fund to help with the balancing act. The board voted 5-0 to place the school budget on the annual town meeting warrant but did give a recommendation on th...

Community Center Slowly Reopens With Revised Programs

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Residents are once again trickling into the community center as the doors closed by the COVID-19 pandemic in March are beginning to open for limited group activities. Community Center Director Carolyn Carey said small groups of no more than 10 people are being allowed to use the activity rooms, and groups of up to 25 are using the multi-purpose room. The center's hours are limited to 8 a.m. to 5 p.m....

If Labor Day weekend was any indicator, the late summer on Cape Cod will have some of the best weather of the year. Regional tourism officials are hoping that an extended visitor season will buoy the local economy in advance of what’s expected to be a long, hard financial winter. Working with the Cape Cod Reopening Task force, the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce has launched a “Second Summer” campaign to keep tou...

Officials Hope For Quick Town Meeting

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Voters will gather in two weeks at the Monomoy High School turf field for the FY2021 annual town meeting. The session is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 26 at 10 a.m., with a rain date of Sunday, Sept. 27 at 1 p.m. Attendees will face a warrant containing 46 articles, reduced from the 56 articles slated to be addressed last May, when the meeting was postponed due to the pandemic. Given the pandemic ...

Monomoy Schools Poised For Safe Reopening

By: Kat Szmit

Monomoy Regional High School’s new principal Jen Police and her staff are ready for the school hallways to once again be filled with the sounds of students engaged in learning come Sept. 14, though this year it won’t be quite as many, nor learning in quite the same way as they did in the days before the COVID-19 pandemic arrived on Cape Cod. Only about half to two-thirds of the school’s 687 students will be in...

Harwich Fire Department Gets Major Firefighter Assistance Grant

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The fire department has received notice through FEMA that it will be awarded an Assistance to Firefighters Program grant for $409,296 to replace self-contained breathing apparatus, compressors used to refill the apparatus and rapid intervention packs. Without the grant, the town would have to fund the equipment through the capital budget, said Fire Chief David LeBlanc. The department has to replace 4...

Markey, Lyons, Forest Win Locally In State Primary

By: Staff Reports

Local results from Tuesday's state primary reflected final tallies from across the state and region, with Senator Edward Markey, Republican Senate candidate Kevin O'Connor and Barnstable County Commission Candidates Sheila Lyons and Mark Forest winning the backing of voters in the only contested races. Markey won a decisive state-wide victory over Joseph Kennedy III. Locally, Markey bested Kennedy in Chatham 1...

Questions Raised About Historical Accuracy Of Harwich Town Seal

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The Harwich town seal was designed in 1896 by renowned artist Charles D. Cahoon. The bottom half of the seal shows Pine Grove Seminary, today's Brooks Academy Museum, surrounded by trees. The top half depicts a Native American standing next to a teepee. Native Wampanoags, however, never lived in teepees. With efforts being made to correct inaccurate historical symbols across the country — monument...

Harwich Lowers Town Meeting Quorum To 100 Voters

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — It will take only 100 registered voters to reach a quorum for the annual town meeting scheduled to be held at the Monomoy Regional High School stadium field on Saturday, Sept. 26. The town has traditionally set the town meeting quorum at 150 registered voters, but given the pandemic and provisions in state statutes extending to municipalities the right to make adjustments to quorums, selectmen Monday...

Solar Array Wins Unanimous Approval Of Appeals Board

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The 12-acre photovoltaic array proposed for East Harwich received unanimous support from the appeals board this past week. There was no public comment offered on the proposal for a variance for the solar panels. The project is being proposed by DFN, Inc., Steven Clark president, owner of a 17-acre site between Depot Road and the Chatham town line, just north of the Harwich Town Forest. Access to the ...

Demolition And Reconstruction To Start At Wychmere Beach Club

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — In the past two weeks, the conservation commission and board of appeals have approved modifications to the Wychmere Beach Club redevelopment project. With one more approval needed — from the planning board — groundwork at the complex is scheduled to get underway this week. Wychmere Harbor Real Estate will go before the planning board on Thursday, Sept. 10 seeking an amended site plan review special p...