Harwich News

HARWICH — Selectmen were pleased to learn that the Monomoy Regional School District reduced its proposed fiscal 2022 spending plan by approximately $300,000, but board members are still not happy with the town’s share of the regional school district budget. Selectmen recently made it clear that they planned to vote against the school budget without some form of mitigation related to the growing disparity in th...

With COVID-19 case numbers continuing to decline, the new single-dose vaccine helping to improve availability, and new CDC guidelines allowing vaccinated people more freedom to meet with friends in person, one would think all the pandemic-related headlines were all positive this week. But the state’s beleaguered online registration system continues to frustrate those seeking to sign up for a vaccine appo...

The Family Pantry Gets Creative With Food Distribution

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The Family Pantry of Cape Cod is always looking for new ways to reach out to Cape residents, especially now, with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic still being felt. The latest initiative will launch Sunday, March 21, when the pantry holds a drive-through “Food Grab and Go” event at Monomoy Regional High School on Oak Street between 10 a.m. and noon. The Family Pantry truck will be stationed at...

A Decade Long Battle To Develop Sea Street Lot Continues

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — For a decade, the conservation commission has been doing battle over a proposed construction project at 5 Sea Street Extension along Nantucket Sound. Project proponents are back once again with a proposal to build a house on the 22,000-square-foot lot. The long, narrow lot reaching out toward the beach is constrained by a coastal dune, and where that dune begins and ends is a contentious issue. After...

MacAskill Challenges Lengthy Warrant

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — With town meeting being held outdoors because of the continuing pandemic, should measures likely to draw considerable debate be included on the warrant? Selectman Michael MacAskill doesn't think so. MacAskill has been a strong supporter of limiting the articles presented in an outdoor town meeting setting, saying the sessions draw fewer town meeting participants. “I see no urgency to add to the wa...

HCT Volunteer Woodworker Lends A Hand To Wood Ducks

By: Harwich Conservation Trust

HARWICH – Harwich native Jeremy Wiley recently assisted local wood ducks and the Harwich Conservation Trust (HCT) by installing two waterfront nest boxes at Cornelius Pond Woodlands, a 15-acre HCT preserve and walking trail destination. His volunteer work to attract wood ducks helps support the ecological health and biodiversity of Cornelius Pond. Wood ducks are a colorful, uncommon, cavity-nesting duck specie...

Officials Ready Regional Vaccine Site

By: Alan Pollock

While Carefully Watching For Possible COVID-19 Resurgence Punctuated by warnings that new virus variants may set back the fight against COVID-19, public health officials are pushing to accelerate the vaccination process. On Cape Cod, a large regional vaccine clinic is expected to open perhaps as early as this week. The vaccine site is being established at Cape Cod Community College in West Barnstabl...

Conversion Of Royal To Apartments Approved By Plan Board

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The 26-unit Royal Apartments project was approved last week by the planning board over the objection of residents in the neighborhood who were concerned with density, traffic and parking issues that will be generated by the conversion of the assisted living facility to apartments. The proposed apartments would be located in the former Royal of Harwich assisted living facility at the corner of Bank an...

HARWICH — Wastewater infrastructure projects may be put on hold while the town makes adjustments to its comprehensive wastewater management plan. “I’m not willing to advance building any hard assets anywhere unless we go through this endeavor first,” Selectman Donald Howell said. “We’re not even sure what should be built, where and how big it should be built. I wouldn’t support anything going to town meting.” ...

Planning Board Approves Route 28 Boat Repair Shop

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The planning board has given its unanimous approval to a 4,000-square-foot boat maintenance and repair shop along Route 28 in West Harwich, despite issues raised about the aesthetics of the planned metal structure. Allen Harbor Marine Service proposed construction of a 60-by-78-foot building with a maximum height of 25 feet at 282 Route 28, to the east of Villa Roma Restaurant. The project required s...

HARWICH — Property owners made it clear to selectmen Monday night that the time is not right to place additional taxes on rental units. Selectmen were weighing a couple of draft warrant articles for the annual town meeting warrant that could have increased rental taxes by 2 to 5 percent, but decided to table the proposal for now and take it up again at a later time. Room rental and home rental taxes here are c...

The Monomoy Regional School District launched a pooled COVID-19 testing program this week, designed to identify spread of the disease among students and teachers who show no symptoms. But as of Tuesday, only about half of the school population had agreed to be tested. Superintendent of Schools Scott Carpenter said more permission slips are being received each day, and he hopes by the end of the four-week poole...