Harwich News

HARWICH — After the community preservation committee voted Friday not to support $360,000 toward protection of 31 acres in the Hinckleys Pond watershed, town meeting voters on Saturday had no choice but to postpone action on the purchase. Annual town meeting voters supported several other community preservation funding requests, including $1,150,000 for a new Brooks Academy foundation and the addition of a bas...

HARWICH — Voters will gather on Saturday morning at the stadium field at Monomoy Regional High School to take action on the 49-article annual town meeting warrant. Along with budgets, the warrant contains a couple of Community Preservation Act funding requests that are expected to draw debate. Selectmen Chairman Larry Ballantine said that given the COVID-19 pandemic and the need to once again move the town mee...

Businesses Protest Harwich Center Changes

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Business owners and residents are protesting the proposal to make changes in Harwich Center under a Winter Shared Streets and Shapes grant designed to improve safety and temporarily accommodate businesses during the pandemic. A dozen business owners, church officials, and residents met Friday afternoon with Town Administrator Joseph Powers at Exchange Park to discuss the temporary plans to alter park...

Tournament Access An Issue At Cranberry Valley

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Cranberry Valley Golf Course is a self-sustaining recreational facility that also hosts charity golf tournaments. But decisions that froze out two local benefit tournaments are raising questions of fair play. When the golf committee issued its charity tournament schedule for 2021, the date the Monomoy Athletic Boosters’ Club charity event received was different than requested and the Harwich Chamber ...

The Port Restaurant Denied Outdoor Dining

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Of the 10 restaurants that applied to the selectmen for outdoor dining under the state’s emergency provisions for restaurants, only one – The Port Restaurant and Bar – was denied. Selectmen made the decision based on general disturbances to the neighborhood. Last Tuesday the board OK'd outdoor table service licenses for nine restaurants that received approval as part of the commonwealth’s state of...

HARWICH – Clear some space on your coffee table and pull up some chairs, there’s a new board game that’s going to be the talk of Harwich for years to come. The Harwich Chamber of Commerce is creating Harwichopoly – a spinoff of the famous Monopoly board game – in an effort to continue to promote Harwich and the chamber’s members. “I go down a lot of rabbit holes with some crazy ideas, but I never thought I’...

Ember Licenses Get Approval

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — After a three-and-a-half hour hearing filled with legal wrangling and objections, selectmen Monday night granted Ember Pizza’s seasonal liquor license and a modified annual entertainment license. The board was also scheduled on Monday to take action on the seasonal liquor and entertainment licenses for The Port Restaurant and Bar, as well as conduct a public hearing on alleged violations of the Commo...

Raymond Thacher Was The 'Heart Of The Cape Cod Cranberry'

By: William F. Galvin

Beloved Farmer, Community Volunteer, Dies At 86 HARWICH — Another cog in the wheel that keeps the community rolling along was lost last week with the passing of Raymond “Link” Thacher. Mr. Thacher, 86, was a central figure in countless areas of Harwich town life. He passed away on Wednesday, April 21, at the Rosewood Manor in Harwich Center. Many people will remember Mr. Thacher as the man who spent much...

HARWICH — The past year has been an emotional one, with feelings of uncertainty and isolation tempered by opportunities for creativity, productivity and reflection. In a new public art project, the community center is encouraging people to get creative in expressing the town’s collective emotions from the past year. “We wanted to do something where we could still be interacting with the members of our commun...

HARWICH — When it comes to activities with a huge carbon footprint, commercial air travel has to be near the top of the list. But thanks to the vision of Harwich’s Dan Wolf and his brother Jim, green air travel could soon be coming to the region. Their company, Cape Air, is making aviation history by purchasing a nine-passenger all-electric plane. The Wolf brothers spoke at a virtual forum held recently by t...

Selectmen To Investigate Hall's Path Clearing

By: William F. Galvin

EAST HARWICH — A subcommittee of the board of selectmen will investigate the work of a contractor who cut a 51-foot swath of trees along a section of Hall Path. Questions about ownership of the land have been raised and there is concern that a portion of the disturbed land belongs to the Cape Cod Lighthouse Charter School. The town issued two cease and desist orders to halt the activity. Selectman Michael MacA...

HARWICH – Tucked down a back hallway in the Harwich Cultural Center is a space where some of Cape Cod’s best and brightest congregate to share ideas. It’s a room where concepts become a reality, where likeminded individuals join forces to see their dreams take flight. The room, which was formerly used to teach home economics classes at the old Harwich Middle School before it was transformed into the cultural c...