Former selectman Ed McManus will be reseated on the select board following Tuesday’s election, with a tally of 901 votes. Contenders Thomas Sherry garnered 880 and Steven Scannell 69.

McManus had served as selectmen from 2004 to 2015, and has a long list of accomplishments including as a member of the Monomoy high school building committee, the finance committee and as the town’s representative on the county Assembly of Delegates. Just one position on the board was open this year.

Voters approved all proposed Prop 2 ½ debt exclusions, including $24.8 million to design and build the East Harwich sewer system, and $6.75 million to rebuild the fire station in East Harwich.

Big Fix deadline

The deadline to submit an application to be considered a recipient for this year’s Harwich Big Fix is coming up soon. Organized by Housing Assistance Corp. (HAC), the Big Fix assists income-eligible veterans, seniors, and disabled homeowners in one town on Cape Cod with small home repairs during one day each fall.

This year, the Big Fix fundraiser is coming to Harwich on Saturday, Sept. 22. The deadline for homeowners to submit a recipient application is Friday, June 1.

“If you know someone who is a veteran, senior or disabled and you think they might be able to benefit from the Big Fix, encourage them to apply,” said David Quinn, HAC’s assistant director of housing development. “This is our final push for applications. June 1 is the deadline.”

Online applications are available at HAC’s website, Hard copies of the Big Fix application can be found at the Brooks Free Library at 793 Main Street; the Harwich Community Center at 100 Oak Street; the Harwich Chamber of Commerce at 1 School House Road; Hands of Hope Outreach at 49 Route 28; the Family Pantry of Cape Cod at 133 Queen Anne Road, and HAC’s office at 460 West Main Street, Hyannis.

Harwich residents with questions about the Big Fix application should contact HAC Project Coordinator Romy Maimon at or at 508-771-5400, ext. 103.

 Stay healthy

May is Older Americans Month, Harwich Council on Aging Director Judi Wilson reported to the selectmen Monday, and in recognition, the council is offering a new fitness program for all levels through May.

A grant provided for fitness equipment for the new program called, Healthy for Life, Wilson said. The classes will be free in May and $2 thereafter. Sign up at the community center.

Ferry news

The selectmen on Monday approved the transfer of the Freedom Cruise Line slip and permit at Saquatucket Harbor from Alan McMullen to new owner Jack Sheeran of Chatham. The ferry offers service to Nantucket.

Sheeran described his plans for operating the ferry that is in its 25th year at the harbor. He said the staff and schedules would remain the same. He also has purchased the company property on Route 28, which is used for the ticket booth and parking.

He said he is looking forward to the upcoming changes at the harbor that will include moving the ticket booth to the harbor side.

Harbormaster John Rendon recommended the approvals and there were no objections at the public hearing. The waterways committee had approved the slip changes on April 18.

Tavern to open

The Cape Cod Claddagh Inn and Irish Pub on Route 28 in West Harwich was approved Monday for a liquor license transfer to new manager, James Tsoukalas, from John F. Connell.

The name will be changed to the Harwich Inn and Tavern and will be a full-service bed and breakfast as well as a restaurant and tavern with 57 seats, according to the business plan submitted.

An outdoor tiki bar with 40 seats will serve food also.

When asked about previous complaints about noise at the outdoor bar, Tsoukalas said he is aware and more interested in the inn and restaurant operation than entertainment.

So long

The Harwich Board of Selectmen thanked outgoing Selectwoman Jannell Brown for her service at her last board meeting Monday night.

She had opted not to seek a second term.

The selectmen also thanked her individually and Town Administrator Chris Clark cited Brown’s “passion and stewardship” for the transformation of the former middle school to a cultural center.

Brown owns Sol Spa in Chatham and says she will start a paralegal program in the fall at Cape Cod Community College.

Library lecture

In collaboration with Brooks Free Library, the Harwich Historical Society will host a talk by Meadow Dibble Hilley entitled “The Diseased Ship” on Saturday, May 19, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Harwich Cultural Center, 204 Sisson Road.

The event is free and open to the public.

The talk is tied to the film “The Diseased Ship: Uncovering Cape Cod’s Connections to the Slave Trade.”



Monday, May 21

Board of selectmen, 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, May 22

Planning board, 6:30 p.m.