Harwich News

Stay Issued On Herring River Fish House

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH –The state Department of Environmental Protection has placed a stay order on the fish house project on the Herring River, which was before the conservation commission last week for an after-the-fact notice of intent filing for work conducted there this spring. The commission issued an emergency certification allowing the stabilization of the structure, which sits in the river, based on a structural eng...

Polito: Waterfront Investments Boost Economy

By: Alan Pollock

More than a postcard backdrop, the Cape's working waterfront is an economic engine. And it deserves continued financial support from the state, said Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, who is also the chairman of the state's Seaport Economic Council, which is making sizable investments in the shorefront infrastructure in Chatham and Harwich. Polito visited Old Mill Boat Yard in Chatham and Saquatucket Harbor in Harwich Por...

Cape Cod's housing shortage is a big problem. Some say help could come in the form of tiny houses. Very, very small houses – think about the square footage of a big garden shed or a garage – increasingly have appeal to people who want to live with a modest footprint. It's called the “tiny house” movement, and while they aren't for everyone, these diminutive domiciles have distinct advantages. They also have a ...

SOUTH HARWICH — Tom and Trish Kennedy are back in town. The IT entrepreneurs who shaped BackOffice into an internationally successful data solutions company, then sold it to a Goldman Sachs-backed investment group, are developing an innovative technology center and AppFactory at the offices of their former business that will bring dozens of new jobs to town. Last Wednesday they celebrated the opening of their ...

Bob Murray Housing With Love Walk Turns 25

By: Alan Pollock

In 1993, it was clear that the best approach to tackling the growing problem of homelessness on Cape Cod was to prevent it from happening in the first place. With grants and services that help working families cope with life's ordinary financial emergencies, it could be possible to keep them from losing their homes. Under the leadership of the late Bob Murray, the Housing with Love Walk was born. Twenty-five y...

Open House Planned For Cultural Center At Middle School

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Interest continues to grow in the use of the former Harwich Middle School as a cultural center. Nearly all of the rooms on the first and second floor have been rented as artist studios, and town officials think its time to invite residents in to observe the activity. “It's a chance for residents to come in and see the operation there and the success of the cultural center concept,” Community Center D...

A member of AmeriCorps Cape Cod has been assigned to work with the Harwich Conservation Trust (HCT), the Harwich Conservation Department, and the Chatham Conservation Foundation (CCF) in 2017 and 2018, according to the organization. This AmeriCorps member, who has yet to be named, is typically a college student and will serve in Harwich for two days a week and in Chatham for one day per week. The AmeriCorps pr...

PLEASANT LAKE — Sixty-three years ago, regional and national newspaper reporters descended on sleepy Harwich for a big news story. A 16-year-old girl from Quincy, Mass., saved her family from being asphyxiated when their summer camp on Seymour Pond became filled with gas from a malfunctioning refrigerator. Sixty-three years later, the memories of that day are as fresh as ever for Patricia Evans, the heroine of...

Harwich Transfer Station Is Back Online

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The town's transfer station is fully back in operation after four days of requiring commercial trash haulers to dump in Yarmouth. The transfer station compactor and push-pit components were compromised by what appears to be electrical voltage issues. Department of Public Works Director Lincoln Hooper said the transfer station operated at limited capacity for four days while issues were examined. With...

Port Summer Nights Kicks Off Wednesday Evening

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH PORT— The music will be wafting through the village next Wednesday, July 5, when the first of eight “Port Summer Nights” events provides music lovers with the opportunity to enjoy several bands, great restaurants, shops and art venues. “In keeping with the tradition everyone has come to love and enjoy, once again every Wednesday night in July and August there will be music,” Chamber of Commerce Interim...

Computer Glitch Hampers Transfer Station Services

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The town's Department of Public Works suffered a serious setback when a drop in electrical voltage adversely impacted the operation of the town's transfer station. The town is not taking trash from commercial companies, and is instead sending them to Yarmouth. Residential trash is still being accepted, however. DPW Director Lincoln Hooper, who was called back from vacation because of the situation, s...

HARWICH — The conservation commission has been at odds with Lothrop Avenue property owners for almost a year over an addition and porch built without the proper permits. In an after-the-fact filing, the commission last week denied the project under the town's wetland protection bylaw, while approving it under the state Wetlands Protection Act. The property at 30/24 Lothrop Avenue is owned by Jeffrey A. King an...