Harwich News

Selectmen Support Pleasant Bay Regional Changes

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Selectmen will be putting two articles on the warrant this spring related to the Pleasant Bay Resource Management Plan, including the establishment of an intermunicipal agreement for a regional watershed permit with the towns of Chatham, Orleans and Brewster. Pleasant Bay Alliance coordinator Carole Ridley has been before selectmen a couple of times in the past few weeks defining the steps the town m...

HARWICH — In a 3-2 vote, selectmen approved a change in the Monomoy Regional School District agreement designed to streamline the decision-making process on grade configuration of the two elementary schools. Opposition to the proposal centered on concerns that the voice of residents was being removed from the process. “This language is negating the process of public involvement and putting it in the hands o...

HARWICH — Whether it’s a quick sandwich or a sit-down meal, the renovated Saquatucket Harbor waterfront will likely offer visitors some kind of dining option. In a prolonged discussion at Monday’s board of selectmen’s meeting, the debate continued about whether a snack shack should be included in the plans, or a 60-to-100-seat restaurant, or whether voters should be given the chance to opt out of either choi...

Schools Tout Gains In Seeking 4.7 Percent Budget Hike

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The Monomoy Regional School District's proposed FY19 budget of $39,908,354, a 4.7 percent increase, is money well spent, Superintendent Scott Carpenter told members of the board of selectmen and finance committee Monday night. He based the statement on student growth percentiles from MCAS testing between 2011 and 2017, with only one area in the 2017 tests where the score was below the state average. ...

Selectmen's Projects Win CPC Endorsements

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Selectmen sent a message to the community preservation committee last week that they are looking for the committee to be part of a team seeking to address the important needs of the community that cannot be funded through the town budget. CPA funds are raised through a 3 percent surcharge on property taxes and a match from the commonwealth to assist with housing, historic preservation, open space and...

Lawton Takes Over As Interim Town Administrator

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Former interim town administrator Robert Lawton was on the job once again on Monday, this time serving as an interim assistant town administrator. Lawton will serve in that capacity through the annual town meeting. Town Administrator Christopher Clark said bringing Lawton in to serve as his assistant will allow Assistant Town Administrator Charleen Greenhalgh to focus on her new position as town plan...

Harwich Remembers Iconic 'Town Father' James Marceline

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — If ever there was an icon who deserved the recognition of “Town Father,” James Marceline is that person. He served his country; had great respect for Democratic institutions; always put community first, especially the education of children; and assisted families in need of housing long before government adopted the term “affordable housing.” Word of his passing early on Sunday morning spread fast, wi...

Recreational Marijuana Zoning Will Go To Annual Meeting

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The planning board is recommending two marijuana-related zoning amendments be placed before town meeting this spring, one extending the moratorium on the sale of recreational marijuana and the other permanently banning the retail sale of pot. The board's recommendations came in a public hearing last week in which Police Chief David Guillemette emphasized the town's public safety community is very con...

Harwich Port Land Ho! To Be Sold

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Staff

HARWICH PORT — A popular eatery in Harwich Port, the Land Ho! Restaurant, is set to change hands next month. The sale is expected to take place on Feb. 26, and the restaurant will remain open through Feb. 18. When it reopens under new ownership, it will be known as the Lanyard. The announcement was made Monday by Harwich Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Cyndi Williams as part of an event held by the St...

HARWICH – “Imagine yourself...growing up in a country with a specific language. Now, you're 10 years old and all of a sudden you're torn away from that environment, torn away from your parents, and sent to school where everybody's a stranger, speaks a different language...It's kind of tough.” For Martin Owens, leaving home at the age of 10 was tough but necessary since it likely saved his life by helping him...

Harwich Selectmen Approve Cultural Center Fee Increases

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The success of the Harwich Cultural Center was evident Monday night when selectmen voted to increase fees for the rental of space and the only one to complain was a selectman, who thought the charge for classroom participants was too high. Community Center Director Carolyn Carey was asked to look at the fees for the first year of the cultural center program at the former middle school on Sisson Road....

Residents Question Costs Of East Harwich Sewers

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — East Harwich property owners last week received a detailed description of the implementation process for wastewater infrastructure, if voters approve $22.5 million the project in the May annual town meeting. With the design work well underway and an intermunicipal agreement in place with the town of Chatham to use its wastewater treatment facility to process up to 300,000 gallons of sewage per day, t...