Harwich News

FinCom Accused Of 'Blatant' Violation Of Open Meeting Law

By: William F. Galvin

Vice Chair Resigns Over Incident HARWICH – The finance committee has been accused of violating the state Open Meeting Law by continuing to deliberate after the committee officially adjourned its March 3 meeting. The town’s government TV station, Channel 18, captured 53 seconds of the committee deliberating after the official adjournment. The continued discussion after the close of the meeting involved the t...

Delaney To Run For Town Clerk In Harwich

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – Shelagh Delaney, the executive assistant in the town clerk’s office, has taken out nomination papers to run for the position vacated by Town Clerk Anita Doucette. Delaney will run against former executive assistant Phil Gaudet, who has also declared his intention to seek the position. Delaney replaced Gaudet as executive assistant in the town clerk’s office in February after a longstanding grievance ...

Solidarity With The People Of Ukraine

By: William F. Galvin

Resident Seeks To Wrap Yellow Tape Around Blue Fire Hydrants HARWICH – Hoping to show Harwich’s solidarity and support for the people of Ukraine, resident Peter Hughes is requesting that officials approve wrapping yellow tape around the 1,500 blue fire hydrants in town. “Everywhere you go people are talking about the war and saying I wish I could do something,” Hughes said Monday. “I can send money, but I w...

Major Shuffle In Town Clerk’s Office

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – Major personnel changes have been made in the town clerk’s office in the past couple of weeks. Executive Assistant Phil Gaudet was laid off based on a union arbitration decision, shortly after which Town Clerk Anita Doucette moved up her retirement date and left the post she's occupied for the past 30 years. Gaudet had worked in the town clerk’s office for the past 16 months. He was terminated on Feb...

HARWICH – Selectmen on Monday night awarded the three-year food concession lease for the snack shack at Saquatucket Harbor to a New York City restaurant owner.  “We’re excited to be here and we’ll make it someplace you are proud and excited  about,” Becaf LLC, d/b/a Poco NYC owner Arthur Donowski told selectmen after the award was announced. Donowski and Sara Grizzle have operated restaurants in New York Ci...

Selectmen Wrestle With Planning Board Appointment

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – The planning board is two members short, but tempers are flaring over efforts to fill one of the seats. Selectmen are being asked to consider a reduction in membership, foregoing the need for appointing additional members. At the selectmen’s Feb. 28 meeting, the board’s interview committee nominated Sandy McLardy for the planning board appointment. Selectmen Chairman Michael MacAskill took issue with...

Legal Questions Remain On Bell’s Neck Hunting Ban

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – A town meeting petitioned article seeking to ban hunting in the Bell’s Neck Conservation Area drew a lot of debate before the conservation commission last week. But the petition may face a setback in its goal, based on a legal opinion issued by Town Counsel John Giorgio. “To the extent that this article seeks to mandate that hunting not be allowed on the Bell’s Neck Conservation Area, it is not in pr...

Toast Of Harwich Returns To The Wequassett Inn

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – The Toast of Harwich will return in April. The annual event that showcases local restaurants’ cuisine and sampling of wines and beverages was postponed for two years due to the pandemic. Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Cyndi Williams said the festive event will return to the Wequassett Resort and Golf Club on Friday, April 22, and there will be plenty of local restaurant participants and wine ...

Paul Niles To Retire From Lighthouse Charter School

By: William F. Galvin

EAST HARWICH – Paul Niles has dedicated the past 27 years to shaping a supportive and challenging learning environment for middle school students at the Cape Cod Lighthouse Charter School. At the end of the school year he will retire and make way for his successor. Niles was one of three teachers who founded the charter school in Orleans in 1995. After serving as interim director three or four times, he agreed...

Wastewater Drives 6.65 Percent Harwich Budget Increase

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – Town Administrator Joseph Powers and Finance Director Carol Coppola have presented a $79,075,393 fiscal 2023 budget to selectmen, a 6.65 percent increase over the current year's spending. A request for $2,357,019 in the wastewater enterprise fund is responsible for a major portion of the budget increase. “The 2023 proposed budget is designed to sustain the town’s sound finances while addressing th...

HARWICH – The town received two bids for the snack shack lease at Saquatucket Harbor, but on Monday selectmen held off on making an award for the second week in a row. The bidders were Ashwood Food, the owners of Jake Rooney’s restaurant, and Becaf LLC, doing business as Poco NYC. Assistant Town Administrator Meggan Eldredge told selectmen last week she and Town Administrator Joseph Powers are recommending the...

Locals Seek Solutions To Cape’s Suicide Problem

By: Brad Joyal

HARWICH – About three dozen people packed into a room in the Brooks Free Library basement Thursday evening to attend a suicide awareness expert panel and forum that was open to the public. The forum, titled “Playing a Role in Suicide Awareness,” was organized and hosted by The Cape and Islands Suicide Prevention Coalition and other local suicide prevention organizations in response to recent news of two youth ...