Harwich News

Selectmen Refute Open Meeting Law Violations Claims

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – The board of selectmen is declining to take any action on alleged violations of the state Open Meeting Law filed by The Port Restaurant and Bar. Through town counsel, the board informed the Director of Open Government in the state Attorney General’s Office that no steps would be taken to remediate the complaints. The response said the board did not violate the law and that several of the complaints w...

Stakeholder Engagement Critical In Comprehensive Planning

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – It’s been a little more than a decade since the town updated its local comprehensive plan. Officials said it's about time to do so again, especially since town meeting approved the funds for the plan update in 2019. “I’ve been pressing for the plan for a year-and-a-half to two years,” Selectman Larry Ballantine said at the board’s meeting Aug. 25.  The initial master plan was done in 1969, said Di...

Golf Community Comes Together To Help One Of Its Own

By: Elizabeth Van Wye

HARWICH – It started with a frozen shoulder last summer. When Bill Olivier started seeing doctors about the shoulder, in addition to some recurring back pain, there were MRIs and X-rays taken that stumped the orthopedic specialists.  When he started to develop a foot drop, which he described as feeling "like I was walking in clown shoes," more tests were done and a neurologist recommended he be seen at the Mass G...

State Likely To Require Masks In Schools

By: Alan Pollock

On Heels Of Monomoy Mask Recommendation A few weeks after Monomoy Superintendent of Schools Scott Carpenter announced his recommendation that students wear masks when the return to class this fall, state education officials are following suit. On Tuesday, the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education voted to authorize the education commissioner to require masks for all public K-12 students and teacher...

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...