Harwich News

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 ...

HARWICH — The future use of the old Harwich Middle School will be deliberated by voters at the annual town meeting in May. A petitioned article has been filed seeking $75,000 to study the best possible re-use of the former school, including recommendations for making it financially self-sufficient. The former school building presently serves as the Harwich Cultural Center, providing studio space in 40 former c...

Communication Lacking Over Housing Funds

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — A lack of detailed communication about how affordable housing funds will be used is generating conflict between the affordable housing trust and the community preservation committee (CPC). While the CPC has recommended that the next town meeting approve $500,000 for the trust to increase affordable housing stock and $50,000 for a part-time housing coordinator, there has been much debate over the lack...

Regulations Restrict Non-Resident Access To Round Cove

By: William F. Galvin

EAST HARWICH — Harwich residents and taxpayers will have exclusive use of a popular boat landing on Pleasant Bay this summer. The town has taken measures to prohibit the use of Round Cove landing along Pleasant Bay by non-residents from Memorial Day to Columbus Day. The new regulation is reflected in a change in the town’s Harbor Management Plan recommended by Harbormaster John Rendon, and approved by selectme...

‘Monomoy Youth Voices’ Speaks To Student Issues

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Shortly after digital arts teacher Amanda Schuermann was hired at Monomoy Regional High School, she realized there were no art project platforms that gave voice to the inner feelings of students and staff. Schuermann had previously taught at Dorchester Academy and was familiar with a project in Boston area schools where students created posters, providing a platform for them to speak about topics and...

Hunting Ban Proposed For Bell's Neck Area

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – Voters will be asked at the annual town meeting this spring to prohibit hunting in the Bell's Neck Conservation Area. Selectmen have received a petitioned article seeking to ban hunting in the 272-acre, town-owned marsh and woodlands. At present hunting is allowed in all town-owned conservation areas except for Thompson’s Field in order to protect walkers, dog owners and their pets, according to a co...

Kavanagh, Handler Announce Runs For Selectman

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – Incumbent Selectman Julie Kavanagh and the candidate she defeated by 30 votes in the September special election, Jeffrey Handler, have both taken out nomination papers to run for the two three-year terms on the May annual election ballot. Kavanagh was elected in the special election in September to fill the unexpired term of Selectman Stephen Ford, who passed away in April. Her abbreviated term expir...

Carpenter Is Optimistic Assessment Changes Will Be Approved

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – Representatives of the Monomoy Regional School District presented a $42,802,403 fiscal 2023 school budget to selectmen Monday night, an increase of 2.98 percent. The methodology for assessing the town's contribution to the budget, however, could change, to the benefit of Harwich. Under the existing regional agreement, Harwich would contribute $28,040,998, a 2.5 percent increase, and Chatham $8,774,04...

Pleasant Bay Boating Garners National Recognition

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – The waters of Pleasant Bay are an ideal setting for sailing instruction and a nursery for the dissemination of marine science knowledge. Pleasant Bay Community Boating, the nonprofit sailing and marine education center, makes full use of these assets. The Community Sailing Committee of US Sailing recognizes PBCB's commitment and presented the organization with its Creative Innovations In Progra...