Harwich News

HARWICH – Friends and family from near and far packed Cape Cod Technical High School’s football field Saturday afternoon as the school celebrated the graduation of its 119 seniors. It was an afternoon of reflection, celebration and looking ahead. The students and faculty who addressed the graduates delivered messages that showcased how far the group has come while also highlighting that there is more to accomp...

HARWICH — While therapy dogs have been used for years to help individuals with disabilities, there’s no question that all sorts of people can benefit from the calming effect of dogs. The nonprofit group Hearts and Paws Comfort Dogs brings trained teams of volunteers and dogs into nursing homes, schools and other venues where people might need some reassurance or just a little bit of puppy love. One of the grou...

HARWICH – There was little discussion in the annual town meeting when voters approved the use of $35,000 in golf improvement funds for a design and feasibility study to add a practice course and putting complex to Cranberry Valley Golf Course. Golf course officials hope the facility will serve to draw more young people to the sport. The idea behind the concept is to develop a space for junior golfers to learn ...

HARWICH – The Barnstable County Commissioners voted unanimously on June 1 to approve an ordinance seeking a supplemental information technology appropriation of $120,437 to hire additional staff. Later that day Harwich representative Elizabeth Harder presented a similar ordinance before the county Assembly of Delegates. While the assembly didn't vote on Harder's ordinance, it's clear that the county executive bra...

HARWICH – The state Attorney General’s Office has ruled that the town’s finance committee violated the Open Meeting Law when it continued a discussion after the adjournment of its March 3 meeting. A decision on the complaint filed by Ronald Beaty of West Barnstable was issued by the AG’s Office on May 31. While the decision found that the committee violated the law, Assistant Attorney General in the Division o...

HARWICH – Friends and family from near and far packed Cape Cod Technical High School’s football field Saturday afternoon as the school celebrated the graduation of its 119 seniors. It was an afternoon of reflection, celebration and looking ahead. The students and faculty who addressed the graduates delivered messages that showcased how far the group has come while also highlighting that there is more to accomp...

HARWICH — More than just something to be endured, life’s challenges steel us for future adversity, inspire creative problem solving and push us to our greatest potential. That was a central theme of the Monomoy Regional High School commencement ceremony Saturday, when 126 Sharks turned their tassels and embraced the next challenges in their lives. “You should never be completely comfortable with everything tha...

After Uvalde, School Bomb Threat Hits Raw Nerve

By: Alan Pollock

HARWICH — Coming three days after the tragic school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, an anonymous bomb threat against Monomoy High School Friday morning left the school community rattled and public safety officials on edge. At around 9 a.m., 911 operators with the Massachusetts State Police received a computer-generated call naming Monomoy High in a bomb threat. The hoax call was one of several logged by the state p...

Selectmen Want Equal Standing In Cold Brook Project

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – As the town and the Harwich Conservation Trust work through the details of a partnership in the Cold Brook Eco-Restoration Project, there are questions and concerns as to whether the goals set by both parties can be met. “I’d like to have an MOA (memorandum of agreement) that allows us to judge if we’re reducing nitrogen,” Selectman Larry Ballantine said in a joint meeting last week of the partners i...

A Memorial Day Ceremony Rich With Hometown Commitment

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – There was a real sense of hometown commitment tied to the Memorial Day ceremony in Brooks Park on Monday as two former Rough Riders shaped the narrative of the day. Captain Joe Thacher of the Massachusetts National Guard, a Harwich resident and Harwich High School 2006 graduate, was the guest speaker, and SFC Massachusetts National Guard Jeremy Armstrong, Harwich High Class of 2003, provided op...

Police Raid Yields Major Drug Bust In Harwich

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – Multiple law enforcement agencies descended on a home in the Headwaters section of town on May 19 armed with federal search warrants. Officers seized two large capacity firearms, ammunition, a bullet proof vest, and 679 grams of cocaine with a street value of $50,000. Five occupants of 133 Azalea Drive, four adults and a juvenile, were arrested. Arraigned in Orleans District Court on the follow...

Solar Farm, Electric Carts Power Cranberry Valley

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – The new golf cart barn at Cranberry Valley Golf Course has been open for a year, but many of the amenities that are making the facilities an electric place to play golf are only now being plugged in. The new barn took nearly a decade to build, but the delays had a bright side. The golf committee started looking at electric carts and considered placing solar panels on the roof of a new barn. As time p...