Harwich News

HARWICH — The past year has been an emotional one, with feelings of uncertainty and isolation tempered by opportunities for creativity, productivity and reflection. In a new public art project, the community center is encouraging people to get creative in expressing the town’s collective emotions from the past year. “We wanted to do something where we could still be interacting with the members of our commun...

HARWICH — When it comes to activities with a huge carbon footprint, commercial air travel has to be near the top of the list. But thanks to the vision of Harwich’s Dan Wolf and his brother Jim, green air travel could soon be coming to the region. Their company, Cape Air, is making aviation history by purchasing a nine-passenger all-electric plane. The Wolf brothers spoke at a virtual forum held recently by t...

Selectmen To Investigate Hall's Path Clearing

By: William F. Galvin

EAST HARWICH — A subcommittee of the board of selectmen will investigate the work of a contractor who cut a 51-foot swath of trees along a section of Hall Path. Questions about ownership of the land have been raised and there is concern that a portion of the disturbed land belongs to the Cape Cod Lighthouse Charter School. The town issued two cease and desist orders to halt the activity. Selectman Michael MacA...

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...