Harwich News

HARWICH — The Harwich Historical Society is looking for people to become a part of the town’s history by sharing first-hand experiences about living through the coronavirus pandemic. The society is collecting these experiences to help future generations understand what it was like living through this time. “Your observations now can be the primary sources for future historians,” Harwich Historical Society Dire...

HARWICH — Time may not be on the side of the planning board and Town Planner Charleen Greenhalgh as they work to shape a West Harwich district of critical planning concern article for the annual town meeting planned for late September. Greenhalgh and board members have been talking about putting together a document to meet the minimum DCPC guidelines for the September meeting and returning for additional provi...

HARWICH — Selectmen could not come to a conclusion Monday night on the hiring of a permanent town administrator. After two motions failed, the board agreed to retain Interim Town Administrator Joseph Powers for one year. “No comment,” Powers responded Tuesday morning to an email asking if he had made a decision on continuing in the interim town administrator job. Discussions on the choosing of a new town ad...

Harwich Conservation Trust Tracks The Secretive Box Turtle

By: Susanna Graham-Pye

Tracking turtles isn’t as easy as one might think, but Michael Musnick, a passionate amateur herpetologist, is doing his best.  Holding an antenna and receiver, Musnick sets off down one of the grassy trails leading from the parking lot of Harwich Conservation Trust’s (HCT) Robert F. Smith Cold Brook Preserve.  On the preserve’s 66 acres, somewhere, hides a female Eastern box turtle (Terrapene carolina). Wa...

Harwich To Host COVID Testing Clinic Tuesday

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

HARWICH – A COVID-19 testing clinic will be held at the community center next Tuesday, Aug. 4, for local restaurant workers after a recent increase in positive cases of the virus. The clinic will be open only to food service workers from Harwich, Chatham, Orleans, Dennis, Brewster, Eastham and Wellfleet. Those wishing to attend must pre-register by noon Friday by calling their local health department. The c...

HARWICH — Selectmen spent four hours Monday night interviewing the four finalists for the town administrator position and, based on what they heard, came to the conclusion the town’s search committee did a good job filtering the 46 applications. Selectmen agreed to register their assessment on an evaluation from Board of Selectmen Chairman Larry Ballantine will put together this week and weigh the candidates o...

Harwich Town Band Resumes Weekly Concerts Aug. 4

By: Staff Reports and Contributors

HARWICH – There may be no band time in Chatham this summer, but there will be in Harwich. Health Director Meggan Eldredge has given the green light to the Harwich Town Band to start its concert season, interim director Tom Jahnke said. The band will be offering limited, socially distanced concerts in Brooks Park in Harwich Center beginning Tuesday, Aug. 4 at 7 p.m. "We have been working with Meggan in the h...

Harwich Chamber Cancels Fall Events

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — This year's Fall for Harwich and the town's traditional Christmas events are not likely to resemble the celebrations of the past, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On Tuesday, the chamber of commerce board of directors decided to cancel September's fireworks and Hometown parade, centerpieces of Fall for Harwich, and indicated that the annual Christmas stroll will be substantially changed and downsized. ...

Legal Issues Shadow Monomoy High School Solar Project

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Legal issues could delay construction of a photovoltaic array on the roof of Monomoy Regional High School. The project is one of four approved for Harwich under round four of the Cape and Vineyard Electric Cooperative’s agreement with the town to expand solar power generation. Liz Argo, Executive Director of CVEC, told selectmen a couple of weeks ago the project was approved about a year and a half a...

HARWICH — The Bob Murray Housing with Love Walk will be a virtual marathon this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, which is also driving a more than 200 percent increase in requests for emergency help for families across the Cape. For 28 years the Housing with Love Walk has been raising funds for a number of housing assistance organizations on the Cape and focusing on relocating families from motel units i...

HARWICH – Three Harwich residents who tested positive for COVID-19 have been linked to the July 12 party in Chatham that produced a cluster of 10 positive cases. In her weekly update Friday, Health Director Meggan Eldredge said a testing clinic for those who attended the party will be held next week. Specifics of time and place are not yet available. Chatham is holding a pop-up testing clinic Monday at the ...

Masks Mandated In Harwich Port

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH PORT— In an emergency order issued Tuesday, the board of health mandated that masks be worn in the heart of the village. The emergency order is based on an uptick in COVID-19 cases reported since Friday. Masks are required along Route 28 from Bank Street west to Lower County Road. The area is a small but busy section of the village with a lot of pedestrians, said Health Department Director Meggan Eldre...