Harwich News

The Port Restaurant Denied Outdoor Dining

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Of the 10 restaurants that applied to the selectmen for outdoor dining under the state’s emergency provisions for restaurants, only one – The Port Restaurant and Bar – was denied. Selectmen made the decision based on general disturbances to the neighborhood. Last Tuesday the board OK'd outdoor table service licenses for nine restaurants that received approval as part of the commonwealth’s state of...

HARWICH – Clear some space on your coffee table and pull up some chairs, there’s a new board game that’s going to be the talk of Harwich for years to come. The Harwich Chamber of Commerce is creating Harwichopoly – a spinoff of the famous Monopoly board game – in an effort to continue to promote Harwich and the chamber’s members. “I go down a lot of rabbit holes with some crazy ideas, but I never thought I’...

Ember Licenses Get Approval

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — After a three-and-a-half hour hearing filled with legal wrangling and objections, selectmen Monday night granted Ember Pizza’s seasonal liquor license and a modified annual entertainment license. The board was also scheduled on Monday to take action on the seasonal liquor and entertainment licenses for The Port Restaurant and Bar, as well as conduct a public hearing on alleged violations of the Commo...

Raymond Thacher Was The 'Heart Of The Cape Cod Cranberry'

By: William F. Galvin

Beloved Farmer, Community Volunteer, Dies At 86 HARWICH — Another cog in the wheel that keeps the community rolling along was lost last week with the passing of Raymond “Link” Thacher. Mr. Thacher, 86, was a central figure in countless areas of Harwich town life. He passed away on Wednesday, April 21, at the Rosewood Manor in Harwich Center. Many people will remember Mr. Thacher as the man who spent much...

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...