Harwich News

Powers Gets Satisfactory Rating From Selectmen

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – As Town Administrator Joseph Powers heads toward completion of his first year in the position, selectmen, in their annual evaluation of the executive, expressed satisfaction with his performance. Board members rated Powers’ performance since Feb. 21, when he was promoted from interim town administrator, as “satisfactory” to “highly satisfactory,” said Selectmen Chairman Michael MacAskill. Havin...

Mixed Use Special Permit Granted In Harwich Center

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – Adequate parking has always been an issue in Harwich Center, but the planning board has agreed to waive site plan review and parking requirements for one of the “Three Sisters” in the village. The three Greek Revival buildings housing The Seal Pub, Cape Cod Tileworks and Ruggies restaurant have long been referred to as the Three Sisters because of their similarity in design. The structures serve a...

Community Center Plans 'Quacky' Anniversary Celebration

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – Yellow rubber ducks have been sighted around town. This is not an invasion of a new avian species but a sign of a coming birthday celebration at the community center. The rubber ducks are an integral part of plans to celebrate the 22nd birthday of the Oak Street community center on Feb. 5, when a “Duck Toss” is planned, said Community Center Director Carolyn Carey. Why ducks? “ I...

Winter Dip At Bank Street Beach Helps Combat Addiction 

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – More than a dozen people took to the cold waters at Bank Street Beach last Thursday to honor a woman lost to the opioid drug epidemic over a decade ago and to raise funds for Recoverybuild, a new alternative peer group counseling center for teens. The Winter Dip is a fundraising event held across the Cape for Recoverybuild, which has mentoring centers in Falmouth and Harwich in partnership with the D...

COVID Surge Straining Town Resources

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH - Over the previous 10 days, more than 150 COVID-19 cases were reported in town, Health Director Dr. Katie O’Neill told selectmen Monday night. Some 18 percent of the town’s workforce is unable to operate in person due to COVID, colds and the flu; even Town Administrator Joseph Powers reported that he has COVID. The strain of the pandemic is weighing heavily on the health department, O’Neill wrote in a...

Pickleball Expanded At The Harwich Cultural Center Gym 

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – Selectmen have approved the expanded use of the cultural center gymnasium for pickleball this winter, but the board also wants a cost analysis for the uses in the building completed by March 1. Recreation Director Eric Beebe was before the board a couple of weeks ago seeking to expand the pickleball program from three to five days a week. The program was being run on Mondays, Wednesdays and Friday fr...

HARWICH – As the town and the Harwich Conservation Trust begin planning for the ecological restoration of 44 acres in the Robert F. Smith Cold Brook Reserve next to the former fire station on Bank Street, the trust is looking for a staging area for felled trees that will be used for wildlife habitat as part of project. HCT Executive Director Michael Lach was before selectmen on Jan. 4 seeking permission to use...

Selectmen Support Amendments To MRSD Agreement

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – Language changes to the Monomoy Regional School District agreement that would reduce budget inequity by having each town pay for its own elementary school gained the support of selectmen last week. Under the present agreement the town of Harwich is subsidizing the per student cost for the operation of the Chatham Elementary School. In the agreement, school budget contributions of both towns are based...

HARWICH – Back in November when the Family Pantry of Cape Cod and The Cape Cod Chronicle learned there was an anonymous donor willing to match up to $50,000 worth of donations, the two organizations set a lofty $100,000 goal for this holiday season’s Helping Neighbors campaign. The Cape Cod community rallied around that goal and came through in a big way. Helping Neighbors surpassed its $100,000 fundraising...

After 30 Years, Town Clerk Doucette Announces Retirement

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – After serving the community for 30 years, Town Clerk Anita Doucette will retire at the end of her term in May. “It’s happening. I am not taking out my nomination papers,” Doucette said. “I love my town, my job, but I need to spend more of my time with my family. I have beautiful grandchildren and want to spend more time with them all.” Her tenure as keeper of the records for the municipality is th...

HARWICH — The Brooks Free Library’s collection of Rogers Group statues, which remain the source of one of the town’s great unsolved crimes, are back in the limelight. And this time it’s for a happy reason. At one time, the library had a collection of 69 of the valuable clay-and-plaster statuettes, which were created by artist John Rogers and mass produced by skilled craftsmen. They were found in the best parlo...

Masks Mandated In Harwich Municipal Buildings

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – The board of health has implemented an emergency order mandating that masks to be worn in all town buildings. The board also issued a public advisory recommending masks be worn in all indoor public spaces. The board met on Dec. 28 and approved the emergency mask order for town buildings effective Thursday, Dec. 30. The advisory recommending masks in indoor public spaces was effective Dec. 29. The ...