Harwich News

Wastewater Focus Of October Special Town Meeting

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH - Selectmen have scheduled a special town meeting for Oct. 18 that will focus primarily on wastewater funding issues. Plans to address a Monomoy Regional School District  regional agreement amendment relating to a funding disparity between the district's elementary schools will not be acted upon in the special session (see story on page 3). The need to change the regional school agreement was one...

To Address Elementary School Funding Disparity Voters will likely have to wait until the spring to consider a change to the Monomoy Regional School agreement designed to boost financial equity between Chatham and Harwich. But school officials say the fiscal impact of delaying the vote from a fall special town meeting to the May annual town meeting comes as no big surprise. On Monday, the Harwich board of se...

CCT Foundation Lending A Helping Hand At Tech School

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – As Cape Cod Regional Technical High School seeks once again to reach out to the community after a year-and-a-half of restricted contact because of the pandemic, the Cape Cod Tech Foundation, a relatively new organization, is looking to lend a helping hand with students, teachers, and school facilities. South Yarmouth resident Robert Eckel is the executive director of CCT Foundation, a non-profit orga...

Harwich Selectmen Support Room Tax Increase

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH  - Voters will be asked in the special town meeting called for Oct. 18 to support an increase in the lodging tax from 4 to 6 percent. Selectmen unanimously supported the increase in taxes for hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts and short term rentals on Monday night. Board members said they want to steer away from using the tax revenues to offset the town general budget expenses and instead direct...

EAST HARWICH – The United Methodist Church Cemetery along Church Street is about 225 years old, and its gravestones are in pretty rough shape. Although town meeting turned down an article seeking $112,200 for repairs in May, selectmen have agreed to support another request for the funding. The cemetery commission and the community preservation committee supported the request to use Community Preservation Act f...

School Board Endorses Change To Budget Formula

By: Alan Pollock

HARWICH — The Monomoy Regional School Committee unanimously voted last week to support a new funding formula that would see Chatham and Harwich voters paying separately for their towns’ respective elementary schools. The school committee’s action aims to provide more fiscal equity between the district’s two member towns. While Harwich pays roughly three-quarters of the regional school budget, dwindling enrol...

Cape Tech Prepares To Welcome The Community To New School

By: William F. Galvin

Part one of a two-part series on the new Cape Cod Tech school building. HARWICH – When the new 220,800-square-foot Cape Cod Regional Technical High School opened its doors last September in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, the students came, but the community kept its distance. The community is an integral partner with the educational activities that take place at Cape Tech, and welcoming the public b...

Masks Recommended For All Monomoy Students, Staff

By: Alan Pollock

HARWICH — Monomoy Superintendent of Schools Scott Carpenter has unveiled a plan to allow students to return to classes safely next month, with more opportunities for in-person learning and a resumption of many activities that were suspended during the pandemic. But a provision of the plan that would require all students and staff to wear masks while indoors while the risk of community spread of COVID-19 remains...

Chase Library Raising Money To Replace Leaky Roof

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – A leaky roof is an enemy of books, as officials at the Chase Library in West Harwich are learning. The roof of the historic building is failing, and the library trustees are scurrying to put funding in place to install a new one. “Water damage is the worst thing that can happen to a library,” Patricia Tworek, president of the board of trustees of the library said on Monday. The trustees have kicked o...

A Scavenger Hunt To Discover Harwich

By: will

HARWICH – Marna Bate has created an interesting way for residents, visitors and kids to discover Harwich. Her new book of photographs is also designed to serve as a scavenger hunt. “Scene In Harwich, A Scavenger Hunt Of Sorts” takes readers along back roads, side streets and the main thoroughfares of the community to identify the photographs contained within its pages. The scavenger hunt includes recreation fa...

Selectmen Hit With Another Open Meeting Law Complaint

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – The owners of the Port Restaurant and Bar has filed another Open Meeting Law complaint with the state Attorney General’s Office against the board of selectmen. The complaint alleges that Selectmen Chairman Michael MacAskill falsely stated the actions taken by the board in its executive session on July 26. Among the topics discussed in that session was “litigation strategy” related to emergency injunc...

HARWICH – Selectmen said Monday they want more local control over affordable housing projects. The board discussed affordable housing in general and the 96-unit Chloe’s Path project off Sisson Road in particular, and concluded that scattered affordable projects throughout the town are the best way to address the town's housing needs. “You drive around Harwich and you would be hard put to say that’s where th...