Harwich News

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...

Beaty Dissatisfied With Fincom’s Response To Complaint

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – Expressing his dissatisfaction with the finance committee’s response to his Open Meeting Law complaint, West Barnstable resident Ron Beaty has officially filed his complaint with the Division of Open Government in the state Attorney General’s Office.  Beaty’s complaint is related to the finance committee’s continued discussion of the town’s fiscal 2023 budget after the adjournment of its March 3 meet...

HARWICH – It looked like Fourth of July at Red River Beach on Saturday with an overflow of vehicles and a mad rush to dive into Nantucket Sound. The first Polar Plunge sponsored by the Harwich Police Department to raise funds for the Special Olympics drew an estimated 200 to 250 people, with 100 of them braving the chilly waters for a good cause. “It was a great day,” said Deputy Police Chief Kevin Considine. ...

HARWICH – For years, Annalise Langelier has been drawn to behavioral science. Her curiosity about the way the mind works blossomed as a youngster, when her father Brian, a detective for the Marlborough Police Department, would present her with police cases or unusual scenarios designed to make her ponder how her father and his colleagues might respond in order to crack a case. “We kind of got in this ro...

Harwich Selectmen Push For MRSD Budget Reductions

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – During its budget review Monday, the board of selectmen sent a strong message to Monomoy Regional School District officials: cut your budget request. “The school committee felt this was the appropriate budget for the best education possible,” Monomoy Regional School District Superintendent Scott Carpenter said of the $42,801,403 fiscal 2023 request. “We’re in a very competitive landscape on Cape...

Harwich-Dennis Rotary Club Sponsors Ukraine Fundraiser

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – The Harwich-Dennis Rotary Club is sponsoring a fundraiser to help Ukrainian refugees. The local club has been communicating with the Rotary Club of Warsaw Wilanow International to aid in distributing humanitarian aid in Ukraine and Poland. The fundraiser is seeking donations online through Saturday, March 26. Money raised will be sent to the Rotary Club Warsaw Wilanow International in Poland for imme...

Family Pantry Implements Menstrual Product Program

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – The Family Pantry of Cape Cod is launching a new feminine hygiene product program to help clients address the inequitable cost of menstrual products. “One in four low income individuals miss school or work because they do not have access to menstrual products to manage their monthly cycle,” Family Pantry Executive Director Christine Menard said. “The Family Pantry is committed to make sure these indi...

HARWICH – The chairman of the finance committee took full responsibility for a “mistake” that led to a complaint that the group violated the state Open Meeting Law. “It was wrong what we did, and we will rectify it, taking all corrective and remedial actions,” Chairman Jon Chorey said at the committee's March 15 meeting. Chorey said he has been communicating with attorney John Giorgio of KP Law, the town's ...

HARWICH – Police departments around the globe are a main source of funding for Special Olympics competitions, and members of the Harwich department will be taking a cold-water plunge to show their support. Deputy Police Chief Kevin Considine is the Barnstable County representative to Special Olympics Mass., working with representatives from every police department on the Cape to assist the nonprofit organizati...