Harwich News

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...

HARWICH – The hybrid learning system in place at Monomoy Regional High School since school began in September will end on May 3. “We feel confident we can bring everybody back safely, as long as we maintain social distancing and masking,” said Principal Jennifer Police. The Monomoy Regional School District wants to be ahead of the ball when the state announces a return to full-time, in-person learning at hi...

EAST HARWICH — The complex, costly job of replacing the seasonal pier at Pleasant Bay Community Boating wasn’t just about getting rid of a narrow, rickety dock. It was about the organization’s core mission: making boating accessible to the public. By Memorial Day when it’s complete, the new pier will become the only wheelchair-accessible dock on the bay, and will open the world of sailing and paddling to peo...

Peggy Rose Nominated For Mercy Otis Warren Award

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The late Peggy Rose, who served the community for many years in many fashions, is being nominated for the 2021 Mercy Otis Warren Cape Cod Woman of the Year Award. The award is presented to a resident of Cape Cod who has demonstrated leadership in the community and made significant contributions while embracing the ideals of patriotism. The categories of contribution considered are the arts, education...

Royal Apartments Approval Appealed By Neighbors

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Neighbors have appealed the planning board’s approval of the conversion of the former Royal of Harwich assisted living facility into 26 apartments. The re-development of the interior of the structure on the corner of Bank and Parallel streets was met with opposition from neighbors, who expressed concerns with the density of the proposed development on the 1.8 acre lot, as well as parking, traffic and...

Plovers Have Returned To Red River And Bank Street Beaches

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — With the coming of spring each year, piping plovers follow close behind. Sure enough, they have returned to Red River and Bank Street beaches. Piping plovers, considered threatened on both the Massachusetts and the federal endangered species list, have been seen along the Nantucket Sound beaches over the past couple of weeks. Melyssa Millett, assistant conservation agent, said staff observed one p...

Town Hit With Another Lawsuit From The Port And Ember

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Ember Pizza, Inc. and The Port Restaurant and Bar, Inc. filed a lawsuit in Barnstable Superior last week charging that the board of selectmen is deliberately delaying renewing the establishments' liquor and entertainment licenses. The suit follows another filed in federal court in Boston a few weeks ago by restaurants owners Justin Brackett and Jared Brackett challenging the constitutionality of the ...

Changes have been implemented to the Monomoy Regional School District’s Equity Task Force. In the fall, the school district invited all of its parents and caregivers, teachers and staff, students and community members to be a part of a newly-formed Monomoy Equity Task Force, which was created to bring more equity to a school district with a population that becomes more diverse each year. “We initially start...

Idman Expected To Oversee Harwich Community Development

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Town Administrator Joseph Powers has recommended that Cape Cod Commission Chief Regulatory Officer Jonathan Idman be appointed as the town's first director of planning and community development. “The combination of experience, education, knowledge and skills presented by the applicant made him an outstanding choice for this position,” Powers wrote in a memo to selectmen announcing Idman’s appointment...

Harwich Selectman Stephen Ford Was A Voice Of Reason

By: William F. Galvin

Loses Battle With Cancer At 68 HARWICH — Selectman Stephen Ford passed away April 9 after a year-long battle with cancer. Mr. Ford was elected to the board of selectmen two years ago and was known as a voice of reason during his short tenure. Mr. Ford died while surrounded by his family, and with an Irish tune playing as the sunset left his room. He took on life with caring, spirit, commitment, and a side o...

Sister Town Seeks To Honor Program That Saved Thousands During WWII HARWICH — The southern border with Mexico is experiencing a massive surge of children seeking to escape poverty and injustices in their Central American countries. This past week federal officials reported 19,000 children are being held in camps along the border. How this country responds in a humanitarian way to the needs of these children...

“We’re really looking down the barrel of what’s going to be the strongest summer I’ve ever seen.” That’s the evaluation of Mac Hay, owner of Chatham Fish and Lobster and several other restaurants, fish markets and other businesses. Sign after sign point to the same conclusion: The 2021 summer visitor season will be one for the books. Chambers of commerce are reporting a heavy volume of inquiries, rentals are b...