Harwich News

Carpenter: Monomoy Is Ready For Students

By: Alan Pollock

78 Percent Will Attend In Person Teachers are returning to the Monomoy Schools today, and students will follow in about two-and-a-half weeks. When they do, the school district will be ready, Superintendent Scott Carpenter said. “We’re essentially running two different Monomoys,” he told the Chatham selectmen last week. Parents were given a choice whether to have their children attend classes remotely or in ...

HARWICH — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is predicting record cranberry crops in Massachusetts and across the country. Local growers, however, are being more conservative in their crop estimates based on recent heat and drought conditions, and are wary of larger harvests that drive down prices. “It’s basic supply and demand,” Harwich cranberry farmer Wayne Coulson said. “The greater the supply the more the...

Large-scale Solar Array Proposed For East Harwich

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The appeals board will consider a variance request next week to convert a 17-acre sand and gravel pit into a solar/photovoltaic facility in East Harwich. The application was filed by DFN, Inc., Steven Clark, president. The property is identified as 0 Depot Rd. and is located in the Residential Rural District and a Water Resource Protection District. The parcel presently is a pre-existing, non-conform...

Annual Meeting Rescheduled; Will Be Held Outdoors Sept. 26

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Selectmen on Monday night changed the date and location for the annual town meeting based on the persistence of COVID-19 and the need to conduct the session outdoors. The board voted to hold the annual meeting on Saturday, Sept. 26 at 10 a.m. at the Monomoy Regional High School stadium field at 75 Oak St. Sunday, Sept. 27 at 1 p.m. was set as the rain date. The town charter calls for the annual me...

At ‘Second Glance,’ Safety Comes First

By: Alan Pollock

Thrift Shop Supports The Family Pantry WEST HARWICH — You wouldn’t call it “business as usual,” but the Second Glance thrift store is up and running, generating important revenue for the Family Pantry of Cape Cod. The priority now is safety, not sales. “We have had a number of returning customers who have been so grateful that we are open,” store Manager Carol Chaves said. “Our custom...

Proclamation Includes Locally Focused Addition HARWICH – The death of George Floyd sent shockwaves around the country, inspiring protests and demands for change. In Massachusetts, the Mass Association of School Committees (MASC) created a document it has encouraged school districts throughout the state to sign and adopt, though many, including the Monomoy Regional School District, had reservations. After le...

Two Harwich Port Restaurants Battle Over Alcohol Allegations

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The attorney for two Harwich Port restaurants sparred with town officials and state investigators over alleged violations of COVID-19 emergency regulations during liquor license hearings last week. The hearings held by Interim Town Administrator Joseph Powers on alleged liquor license violations at Ember Pizza and The Port restaurants reached no conclusions after problems with remote participation ca...

Company Proposes Growing Bay Scallops In Herring River

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The Nantucket Sound Bay Scallop Company is proposing to grow bay scallops in a small section of the Herring River. The company is seeking a class III marine aquaculture permit from the state Division of Marine Fisheries to cultivate scallops in the waterway. Daniel Ward and Jeffrey Lang are partners in the company. Lang owns the property adjacent to the river where scallops are proposed to be grown. ...

Harwich Town Band Concerts Canceled

By: Staff Reports and Contributors

HARWICH – Gov. Charlie Baker's new mandate on the size of public gatherings has forced the Harwich Town Band to cancel its planned summer concerts. Conductor Tom Jahnke said with 35 band members and four monitors, social distancing requirements would only allow 11 audience members at Brooks Park. “We think it best to cancel now instead of having to turn away people,” he said in an email. “I am extremely dis...

HARWICH PORT – A lobster clambake, with a side of community spirit, would go a long way in filling the void the coronavirus pandemic is creating in our dining and social habits this summer. Outer Cape Health Services plans to help satiate these desires with its “Lobster Without the Fest” fundraiser. In the past OCHS has held an annual Lobster Fest gala and auction event. Because of the pandemic, however, co...

Residents Work To Shape West Harwich DCPC

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Members of the public provided input last week on a zoning provision designed to meet the goals of the West Harwich District of Critical Planning Concern approved by the county last December. Town Planner Charleen Greenhalgh said the call for the DCPC was driven by a proposal to build a 7,400-square-foot retail store along Route 28 and to demolish an old sea captain’s home on the site. This raised a ...

Harwich Working On Logistics For Outdoor Town Meeting

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Selectmen clearly plan to relocate next month's annual town meeting to the football field at Monomoy Regional High School and change the meeting date to a Saturday, but the board has yet to vote on the change. A group of town officials met at the field this past week with MRHS custodial staff to work through the details for its use and came away with the position that “it’s workable,” Board of Select...