Harwich News

DEP Raises Chapter 91 Issues With Fish House

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The state Department of Environmental Protection has issued a notice of noncompliance under the existing Chapter 91 license issued for the fish house on the Herring River. The notification cites excessive work conducted under the Wetland Protection Act Emergency Certification to shore up the building. After receiving a complaint of potential violations to the emergency certification issued by the con...

Health Board To Conduct Public Hearing On Piggeries

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — There has been a lot of discussion about farms in residential areas and their impacts on neighborhoods over the past year. The operation of a piggery in such a location now has the board of health weighing if such an facility is a “noisome trade” and whether there should be restrictions or even prohibitions on piggeries in town. The board has scheduled a public hearing Tuesday evening to solicit comm...

Looking To The Future Of Harwich Port

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH PORT – By many accounts it was a great summer in the village. With several investment interests focusing on real estate, there's optimism about the future of the business community. The owner of eight key commercial properties between Bank and Sea streets said he sees a bright future for Harwich Port, one he'll continue to invest in. “I’m just trying to improve those couple of blocks and do what’s r...

Court Rules Congregational Church Owns Historic Cemetery

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The state Land Court has ruled that the First Congregational Church of Harwich is the owner of the historic Harwich Center Cemetery, holding title dating back to 1743. The decision means the church also owns the memorial garden, a subject of controversy with the town's cemetery commission. The ruling makes clear that the cemetery commission has no authority to order the church to disinter cremains in...

Death Cafe: An Informal Discussion About Facing Mortality

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — People have a hard time talking about death and dying and discussing plans for the inevitable. So the Council On Aging has taken steps to encourage such discussion, not in the form of grief support or counseling, but in a more informal fashion. Kevin Grunwald, MSW, social service coordinator at the COA, facilitates the Death Cafe, a group-directed discussion of death with no specific agenda. Using...

PLEASANT LAKE — Two men face a variety of charges stemming from an alleged shooting that police say followed a drug deal gone wrong Monday. Police say a 21-year-old man from Harwich had arranged to purchase an unknown quantity of marijuana from two other men at the commuter parking lot on Route 124 just before 6:30 p.m. Monday. “The drug deal went wrong and turned violent, which resulted in the suspect sh...

Dancing With The Produce At Harwich Farmers' Market

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The Harwich Farmers' Market was in full swing last week, led by the Cape Cod Chamber Ensemble. There will be plenty of other opportunities to dance alongside fresh produce into early October; the market will be open every Thursday. The town's agricultural committee, in cooperation with the Harwich Historical Society, sponsors the Farmers' market on the grounds of Brooks Academy. Local farmers provide...

Appeals Board Approves Habitat West Harwich Project

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — After five months of deliberation, the appeals board last week approved the 40B comprehensive permit for Habitat for Humanity of Cape Cod's project off Route 28 in West Harwich on a 3-2 vote. The approval paves the way for the creation of an eight-lot subdivision on 2.46 acres, of which six lots will provide affordable homeownership dwellings. The two lots along Route 28 will eventually be held in se...

Brooks Library Preservation Requires More Money

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The message was clear Monday night: the town will need more money to do the preservation work at Brooks Free Library. Two recent bid submissions have come in well over the $490,000 the town has dedicated to the project. “We're going to need more money to do this project and we don't have that money floating around,” Town Administrator Christopher Clark told selectmen. That position was supported b...

Conservation Commission Issues Fines For Fish House Work

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The conservation commission has issued fines to Francis Zarette, owner of the fish house along the Herring River, for work done outside the emergency order the commission approved in January to shore up the structure. The commission also issued its approval of the after-the-fact filing for the emergency structural work and site improvements, though there was opposition to that approval and an effort ...

Prognosis Is Good For Community Health Services

By: Ed Maroney

HARWICH — Everyone had something to celebrate at the National Health Center Week legislative breakfast Aug. 16. The Community Health Center of Cape Cod held a grand reopening of its expanded Bourne office just the night before. The Duffy Health Center of Hyannis reported on its new program to cure Hepatitis C. And the event's host, Outer Cape Health Services, showed off its new space, much of it still under ...

Eldredge Named Harwich's New Health Director

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Senior health inspector Meggan Eldredge has been named to replace Paula Champagne as the town's new health director. Selectmen on Monday night confirmed the appointment made by Town Administrator Christopher Clark. Eldredge has served in the Harwich Health Department for nearly five years. Clark told selectmen she has more than18 years of experience. “It's nice to see an internal promotion as well...