Harwich News

Wanted: Thanksgiving Turkeys And Trimmings

By: Alan Pollock

Supermarkets will soon be featuring turkeys and the other essentials for Thanksgiving feasts, and local food pantries are asking you to remember them when you’re making your shopping list. The Family Pantry of Cape Cod will be distributing 400 complete turkey dinners for clients to cook at home, with each frozen turkey accompanied by stuffing, potatoes, cranberry sauce and more. Donations of medium-sized froze...

HARWICH – A handful of Monomoy Regional School District parents got a crash course in vaping on Oct. 16, when Kim Slade, a substance abuse prevention manager and vaping expert with the Barnstable County Department of Human Services, offered information on teen vaping that sent any defense of vaporizer use up in smoke. “From 2017 to 2019 we've seen a 135 percent increase in students vaping,” Slade told parents ...

HARWICH – The Tree of Life conference, focused this year on raising awareness about and creating solidarity with Palestinian children, returned to St. Peter's Lutheran Church on Sunday, Oct. 27. The conference took its title this year from a poem by Emily Dickinson, “Will there really be a morning?” which references the practice of the Israeli military waking Palestinian children in the middle of the night and ho...

HARWICH — The proposal by Monomoy Regional High School Junior Lily Daniels-Diehl to revegetate and restore the wildlife habitat in Brooks Park Hollow, damaged by a tornado in July, was greeted with unanimous support by the Recreation and Youth Commission. Daniels-Diehl has developed a comprehensive proposal through her Global Studies Program to revitalize the hollow, which lost dozens of trees when the July 23...

50-Unit Affordable Housing Development Proposed

By: Alan Pollock

HARWICH — A national affordable housing developer is seeking to work with the town on an affordable housing development of up to 50 units on an approximately nine-acre site along Chloe’s Path off Sisson Road. Peter Donovan of HFH Development LLC, owner of the property, and Charlie Adams, regional vice president of Pennrose Brick and Mortar Heart and Soul, were before the town's affordable housing trust last Th...

Town Razes ‘Castle In The Clouds’

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Several days after the Monomoy Regional School Committee voted to close the Castle in the Clouds because of safety concerns, the board of selectmen this week voted to have the playground torn down. The decision came after an onsite inspection of the aging facilities by town and school officials, teachers and members of the Parent Teachers Organization.  The demolition began Wednesday. Among the many ...

West Harwich DCPC Goes Back To Full Commission

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Residents spoke in numbers more so than volume on Tuesday evening as the Cape Cod Commission staff held a public hearing at town hall to gather information on the designation of a West Harwich District of Critical Planning Concern. About 40 residents were in attendance but only a few spoke in the hearing that lasted approximately a half hour. The majority of that time was spent with commission staff ...

House Approves $3.2 Million For Tornado Disaster Relief

By: William F. Galvin

Latest Storm Travels Path Similar To Hurricane HARWICH — The state House of Representatives has approved a $400 million supplemental budget that includes $3.2 million in disaster relief funding for five Cape towns impacted by the July 23 tornadoes. Town Administrator Christopher Clark said Harwich filed a $1.3 million financial impact in a damage report with the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency bas...

Selectmen Wrestle With Issuing A Second Sewer Contract

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — There seems to be a lot of second guessing and uncertainty on how to move forward with the East Harwich sewer project. After receiving bids for the second contract two months ago, there is still no decision on whether to move forward with the project. The project is facing cost overruns and a need to return to town meeting for funds to complete sewer mains for 600 homes in the second phase of the tow...

PTO Proposes New Playground For Elementary School

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The Harwich Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization has filed an application for Community Preservation Act funds to replace the 25-year-old Castle in the Clouds playground adjacent to the elementary school. Monomoy Regional School District contributed $2,100 in 2018 to conduct a playground safety audit of the aging facilities. According to the PTO, health and safety issues and the lack of Amer...

Wequassett Settles Conservation Law Foundation Suit

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — A settlement has been reached in a lawsuit filed more than a year ago against the Wequassett Resort and Golf Club by the Conservation Law Foundation which alleged the resort was illegally discharging pollutants impairing the health of marine waters. “CLF brought this case and others because nitrogen pollution is choking Cape Cod’s waters,” said CLF President Brad Campbell. “But in my 30 years of hold...

HARWICH – Students approaching the Game of Reality were initially excited to spin the wheel and see what life had in store, until, that is, they realized that more often than not the wheel landed them in a financial hole. This was just one of many lessons passed along to Monomoy Regional High School seniors during the 2019 Credit For Life event, held Oct. 10 at the high school. The event, sponsored by the Cape...