Harwich News

HARWICH — If a high school education aims to prepare young adults for life’s uncertainties, the 2021 class of Monomoy Regional High School was well schooled indeed. Armed with strength forged in a pandemic, 115 new graduates turned their tassels Sunday and marched toward adulthood. Under bright sunshine on the school’s turf field, graduates and guests sat in chairs arranged to provide social distancing and wat...

HARWICH — Following high-profile noise complaints from indoor and outdoor music and gatherings during the several years, selectmen are sending a clear message that the town’s noise bylaw will be strictly enforced this summer. Outdoor entertainment at establishments in the commercial district in Harwich Port has caused conflicts in the compact residential neighborhoods surrounding the village. Noise complaints ...

HARWICH —The Dennis-Harwich-Yarmouth Clean Waters Partnership continues to be a top priority, say selectmen, but building a tri-town wastewater treatment plant in Dennis needs a lot more discussion. Town Administrator Joseph Powers told the board last week that he received notice from Yarmouth Selectman Chairman Mark Forest about the three towns getting back together to continue discussions on the partnership....

HARWICH — The selectmen have voted to hold hearings on alleged liquor license violations at the Seal Pub and Cafe and the Wychmere Harbor Club. Town Administrator Joseph Powers will serve as the hearing officer. One alleged violation at the Seal Pub relates to people sitting around the bar at 1:32 a.m. on May 21, after the town's 1:15 closing provision. Officer John Larivee and Sgt. Amy Walinski contacted on-d...

HARWICH — Fire Chief David LeBlanc has been sworn in as the director of the Barnstable County District Fire Chiefs Association of Massachusetts. He was also re-elected to the executive board of the Barnstable County Fire Chiefs Association. “This is a recognition not only for Dave, but for the fire department in total,” Selectmen Chairman Larry Ballantine said. “It shows how well respected the department is on...

Harwich To Return To Separate Recycling June 15

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — For the past 14 months, residents have been engaged in single-stream recycling at the town’s transfer station, but that is about to change. DPW Director Lincoln Hooper announced that as of June 15 the town will once again require that recyclables be sorted separately. Hooper said that with the COVID-19 pandemic, towns were directed to transition to the single-stream collection of recyclables to reduc...

Harwich Organizations Planning Return Of Festive Events

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — There is a sense of normalcy returning to the community as pandemic threats diminish and local organizations begin planning to bring back traditional events, including the Harwich Cranberry Festival crafts fairs and concerts this summer and arts and music festival and hometown parade in September. The Harwich Cranberry Festival committee has met and is planning “a full range of activities” this summe...

The Summer House Cafe Will Replace The Irish Pub

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — There are changes coming to the former Irish Pub property adjacent to the Herring River in West Harwich. The pub is gone, and selectmen have approved a seasonal liquor license for a new restaurant and inn, the Summer House Cafe. The owners of the new business are planning to establish an inn and full restaurant in the 220-year-old Captain Caleb Chase house, and say they are committed to working with ...

Starting Saturday, the state is no longer requiring fully vaccinated people to wear masks indoors. Gone will be restaurant capacity limits, caps on the size of indoor and outdoor gatherings, and most other regulations related to the pandemic. “It’s nearly time to exhale,” said State Sen. Julian Cyr, D–Truro, speaking last week on behalf of the Cape Cod COVID-19 Task Force. “Just in time for the Memorial D...

HARWICH — Richard Houston enjoys marathons. This year will mark his 26 th in a row Boston Marathon, his 33 rd overall. And he’s about to cross the finish line on his longest run as the Monomoy Regional High School history teacher retires at the end of the school year after 43 years in education. Over those years his accomplishments have been well recognized. Houston was named the Gilder Lehman Massach...

James G. Marceline Arboretum Has Grand Opening

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The warm temperatures and sunshine made a perfect day for the grand opening of the James G. Marceline Arboretum in Island Pond Cemetery last Friday. The 25-acre site is the first on Cape Cod to be accredited by the ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program. The arboretum honors the late James G. Marceline, a highly respected citizen of the community, veteran known for being kind, generous and always the...

New Habitat Homes Honor Housing Advocate Bob Murray

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The walls that will support roofs over the heads of six families are scheduled to rise in the next month at Habitat for Humanity of Cape Cod's Murray Lane development in West Harwich. On Monday Habitat introduced the six families who, with sweat equity, will be living in the homes. The gratitude for Habitat's efforts was palpable during the project kick-off meeting. “It’s a dream for us, is this r...