Harwich News

HARWICH – The Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries is planning to expand the artificial reef it constructed in partnership with the town in 2016. The reef is located in Nantucket Sound, a little more than two miles south of Saquatucket Harbor. By many accounts the addition of the one-acre reef, made up of concrete from the foundation of the former Harwich High School and miscast catch basins, created a f...

Chilaka Named Mercy Otis Warren Award Winner

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – Angelina Chilaka has been recognized for her commitments to the community throughout her life, and now she is being honored on a regional level. The Barnstable County Commissioners endorsed Chilaka as the 2022 Mercy Otis Warren Woman of the Year recipient. The award will be presented in a ceremony on Flag Day, June 14, at 7 p.m. at the 1717 Meetinghouse, 2049 Meetinghouse Way in West Barnstable. T...

Harwich Caught In The Middle Of County Budget Battle

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – A battle between the Barnstable County Commissioners and the Assembly of Delegates over the fiscal 2023 budget could have a major impact on Harwich's information technology services. The town has an intermunicipal agreement with the regional government for information technology (IT) services. Barnstable County Commissioners put forward a $22.2 million budget for fiscal 2023, but the assembly, the...

HARWICH – It is now over half a century, nearly 54 years, since Army Lt. Richard L. Rogers died in Vietnam. Yet the memory of Rogers, a member of Harwich High School’s class of 1964, has not been forgotten by members of that tight-knit class of fewer than 40. Rogers was only 22 when he died in action in Long Binh province in December 1968. During his short life he made an indelible impression on his friends...

Mitchell Sworn In As Harwich Town Clerk

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – Newly elected Town Clerk Emily Mitchell was sworn in at noon on Tuesday by Moderator Michael D. Ford. Mitchell was elected in the annual town election last Tuesday; under state law a newly elected town clerk cannot be sworn-in until seven days after the election. Mitchell, who has served as the director of the council on aging for the past four years, officially resigned from that position on Monday....

EAST HARWICH — When a New York-based investment firm purchased the Wequassett Resort and Golf Club for nearly $105 million last week, it made history in Harwich, and not just for taking ownership of a flagship resort that’s nearly a century old. It’s the most expensive private real estate sale in the town’s history. EOS Investors purchased the main resort property for $101,990,000, as well as an adjacent parce...

Mitchell Wins Big In Town Clerk’s Race

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – Council on Aging Director Emily Mitchell will be the next town clerk after she out-distanced her two competitors by more than 1,000 votes in Tuesday’s election. Voters also approved three ballot questions. Mitchell garnered 1,321 votes to challengers Shelagh Delaney’s 318 votes and Jannell Brown’s 315 votes. Mitchell will be stepping down as director of the council on aging this week and is expected ...

HARWICH —In celebration of Bay State Bike Month, the Cape Cod Commission’s transportation experts were at the bike trail in Harwich Center last week to hear from local cyclists about what they need in terms of access and safety improvements. With gas prices at head-spinning highs, it’s a timely topic. Commission Senior Transportation Planner David Nolan said there’s been good feedback from the cycling public o...

Recreation Commission Proposes Cutting Beach Hours

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – Late night partying, bonfires and vandalism – especially along the stretch of beach east of Bank Street – has town officials looking at ways of appeasing frustrated neighbors and addressing inconsistencies in beach access regulations. Selectmen were presented with a recommendation from the recreation and youth commission Monday night to close public beach access from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. There are curre...

HARWICH – Council on Aging Director Emily Mitchell will be the next town clerk after she out-distanced her two competitors by more than 1,000 votes in Tuesday’s election. Voters also approved three ballot questions. Mitchell garnered 1,321 votes to challengers Shelagh Delaney’s 318 votes and Jannell Brown’s 315 votes. Mitchell will be stepping down as director of the council on aging this week and is expected ...

HARWICH — Diane Turco, an activist who’s been raising alarms about the Pilgrim Nuclear Power plant since the 1980s, never shrinks from a fight. So on Monday, when a judge threw out a trespassing charge against her stemming from a 2018 visit to the power plant with news reporters, she was disappointed. “We wanted to go to court to highlight the fact of the insignificant security around a nuclear plant,” the Har...

Wequassett Inn Sold To N.Y. Investment Firm

By: Alan Pollock

EAST HARWICH – After about 45 years under the ownership of the McClennen Family, the Wequassett Resort and Golf Club sold Tuesday to a New York-based real estate investment firm for nearly $102 million. The 27-acre, 120-room resort has been a fixture on the shore of Pleasant Bay since it opened as the Wequassett House in the summer of 1925. "We are excited to continue one of New England’s most special hospi...