Harwich News

Cody Doyle wanted to be a police officer, but working as an intern in the Harwich Fire Department changed his plans. “I got into this and I liked it a lot more,” said the Monomoy Regional High School senior, who will attend Southern Maine Community College in the fall to study fire science. That's just one example of the impact of Monomoy's School to Careers community internship program, which marked the co...

Harwich Port Eyes Expanded Parking

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — As the summer season approaches, business owners in Harwich Port are becoming concerned about the availability of parking. Although parking has always been an issue in the village, some people see conditions being further exacerbated by recent development. Efforts are underway to identify additional parking. Relining of one parking area created more than a dozen new spots, and vacant land behind the ...

Capeside Kitchen To Open At Former Bonatt's Location

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH PORT — It's been eight months since Bonatt's Bakery and Restaurant closed its doors, and it has been difficult to find a hearty breakfast in the village ever since. But that will be changing when Capeside Kitchen opens its doors in the location on Thursday. “We've been coming to Bonatt's our entire lives and we're excited to continue the traditions of providing breakfasts and lunches with new additions...

HARWICH PORT – Construction is changing the face of Harwich Port. The Harwich Port Commons in the center of the village, the Saquatucket Harbor project down the road and the development of an 18-room health care center for Outer Cape Health Services, Inc. across Route 28 are contributing to changes in the streetscape. In the center of the village, construction is well underway for Harwich Port Commons, a 12...

Town Officials Seeking Big Fix Home Repair Applicants

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — With the deadline approaching for the Housing Assistance Corporation's Big Fix program planned for September, town officials are looking for eligible clients to take advantage of volunteer assistance with small home repair, landscaping and yard clean up projects. The HAC program will provide one day of volunteer services to assist veterans, seniors and disabled homeowners with needed projects. HAC ha...

A mass shooting on the Lower Cape is a possibility that is almost too painful to ponder, but one that’s impossible to ignore. To that end, local paramedics are teaching school nurses battlefield techniques for controlling severe bleeding, and they’re also sharing those skills with the public. Last Wednesday, Harwich and Chatham paramedics trained a group of nurses from the Monomoy Regional School District, as ...

HARWICH — Memorial Day weekend signals the start of the summer boating season. With work continuing on the new docks and buildings at Saquatucket Harbor, however, there may be some delays and inconvenience to boaters. Harbormaster John Rendon said this week the dock construction project is going well, but he added BTT Marine Construction Inc., the waterside project contractor, is continuing to work on the east...

Selectmen Approve Transfer Of Freedom Ferry Permits

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Selectmen on Monday night paved the way for the sale of the Freedom Ferry when they voted to allow the transfer of the ferry slip at Saquatucket Harbor to the proposed new owner, Jack Sheeran of Chatham. Sheeran also received the approval to transfer the vessel's Class F permit. An opinion from town counsel Matthew G. Feher of KP Law stated the Harwich Harbor Management Plan makes “clear that any tra...

McManus Wins Selectman's Seat By 21 Votes

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Ed McManus squeaked past a serious challenge from political newcomer Thomas Sherry in Tuesday's annual election, winning a seat on the board of selectmen by just 21 votes. Sherry, asked Tuesday night if he was considering a recount, said he was not sure and would have to mull it over. “Right now I just want to thank the people who worked so hard for me,” he said. McManus received 901 votes with...

HARWICH — The town and the First Congregational Church of Harwich are working through a memorandum of agreement regarding activities in the Harwich Center Cemetery related to litigation over the cemetery ownership. The dispute centered around a Memorial Garden established in the cemetery for the cremated remains of parishioners. The cemetery commission said there were historical unmarked graves in the same loc...

HARWICH – When a principal's phone rings in the early hours of the morning, it always gives a moment of pause. Fortunately for Monomoy Principal Bill Burkhead, a recent 7 a.m. call meant good news, even if it was something he had to keep mum about for a bit. Now the secret is out and being celebrated: Burkhead was named the Massachusetts Principal of the Year by the Secondary School Administrators' Association. ...

HARWICH PORT — In a unique partnership with the fledgling Cape Cod Toy Library, Lighthouse Charter School students have had a practical lesson in the power of play. As part of the library’s “Partners for Play” outreach program, the middle school students borrowed toys from the toy library and then visited the youngest students at the Partnership School in Orleans on two successive Fridays earlier this month....