Harwich News

HARWICH – For the first time since Monomoy Regional School District’s inception, a Monomoy High School student has been named the regional winner and a national finalist for the Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizens Award and Scholarship contest. Monomoy senior Yu Shang Zou was recently named the East Coast regional winner after her essay submission was deemed to be the best in Massachusetts and t...

Students Celebrate Autism Appreciation Month At HES

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – It’s a Friday in April and everyone at Harwich Elementary School is wearing blue T-shirts with light blue letters that read “Autism Appreciation Month.” April is Autism Awareness Month, and special education teacher Dyanna Rose has taken on the task of expanding students’ understanding and “appreciation” of the neurological and development disorder. Over the years, she has worked to educate people...

Allen Harbor Jetty Fix Could Cost $2.3 Million

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – Sand is a valuable commodity in the right location, but not when it is shoaling the Allen Harbor Channel. The 600-foot west side jetty at the entrance to Allen Harbor has been leaking sand into the channel for more than a quarter of a century, requiring regular dredging. Since 2014 the channel has been dredged annually. The results of a two-year study of the west jetty along the harbor channel conclu...

HARWICH – The chamber of commerce is sponsoring a weekend of cultural activities at the end of the month centered upon the artisans at the Harwich Cultural Center, along with a number of bands that have played at the chamber’s Port Summer Nights concerts. “I’ve been thinking for a while now how to get people in here to see all that the cultural center offers and the full potential it has,” Chamber Executive Di...

Harwich Voters To Face A 58-Article Town Meeting Warrant

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – Voters will deliberate on a 58-article annual town meeting warrant on Monday, May 2 that contains several weighty issues, including budget increases, a funding adjustment to the Monomoy Regional School District agreement and several petition articles that are expected to draw debate. On the financial side, the town’s total budget request is $78,798,398, which includes the Monomoy District and Cape Co...

Horseshoe Crab Blood Extraction Facility Proposed

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – A company that processes horseshoe crab blood for endotoxin detection testing is seeking to locate a facility in the town’s industrial district along Queen Anne Road. Charles River Laboratories, Inc. will go before the planning board on Tuesday, April 12 seeking a use special permit for scientific research and development in facilities at 195 Queen Anne Rd., adjacent to the town’s transfer station si...

Student Talent On Display At Cape Tech Art Show

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – The creative talent of Cape Cod Regional Technical High School students was on display last Wednesday as participants in the design and visual arts and fine arts programs exhibited their work. The work was also for sale, with funds raised from the event benefiting both the students and the Tom Noonan Scholarship and Toolship Fund. The display of artwork demonstrated how the school's programs tap i...

Harwich Working With State To Lift Herring Moratorium

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – Herring have begun migrating from ocean waters to spawning grounds in the Herring River. The electronic counter at the Johnson’s Flume at the West Reservoir as of March 28 reported 545 of the anadromous fish passing through the ladder. While the migration is just getting underway, the number of fish heading into the  spawning headwaters of Hinckley’s, Seymour and Long ponds have been increasing over ...

Selectmen Award Bid For West Harwich Schoolhouse

By: William F. Galvin

Historic Building Would Become Apartments HARWICH – Despite two town meeting petition articles related to the West Harwich Schoolhouse, selectmen voted Monday night to enter in a purchase and sales agreement for the historic structure. The town received three requests for proposals to purchase the town-owned building on March 25. Selectmen voted 4-1 to enter into the agreement with the high bidder, John Car...

HARWICH – A three-way race has developed for town clerk, while the two incumbent selectmen will be unopposed on the May 17 annual town election ballot. There were strong indications the two seats on the board of selectmen would draw a challenge, but a race failed to materialize. Jeffery Handler, who took out nomination papers in February, chose not to run this year. Finance Committee member Mark Kelleher, who ...

Herring River Pier Moratorium Removed From Warrant

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – A moratorium on the construction of new private docks and piers along the Herring River has been removed from proposed bylaw amendments slated to go before voters in May. The conservation commission worked over the past couple of years on amendments to the town’s water-dependent structures bylaw and the wetlands protection bylaw to better protect tidal wetland and small wetland resources. The morator...

HARWICH – A local resident wants to expand the use of school choice funds to include homeschooling and private schools. Daniel Baker filed a petition article for the May annual town meeting which instructs the selectmen to petition the state Legislature to amend state law to allow school choice funds to be paid to accredited homeschools and accredited private schools. Currently under state law school choice fu...