Harwich News

Community Center Committee Approves New Room Rental Fees

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The cost for using rooms at the community center may be going up an average of 15.3 percent based on a vote of the community center facilities committee. This is the first fee increase since 2011 and will require approval from selectmen. While the room use fees have remained unchanged since 2011, the cost of operating the building continues to rise, members of the committee emphasized in a public hea...

Ridley Presents Overview of Pleasant Bay Alliance Efforts

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — It has been almost 20 years since Pleasant Bay received its Area Of Critical Environmental Concern designation, a state action designed to protect the sensitive nature of the embayment. Two decades later the health of the bay can be largely attributed to the efforts of the Pleasant Bay Alliance. Carole Ridley, the Pleasant Bay Alliance coordinator, was before selectmen Monday night providing a histor...

New Plaza Could Alter The Face Of Harwich Port

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH PORT— Change is coming to the center of the village with plans to develop Harwich Port Plaza in the location where Dino's Harwich Port Grille and several other shops previously served the community. The planning board has scheduled a pre-application conference on the new plans for July 12. The plans on file in the planning department show a mix of commercial and residential uses for the new 12,400-sq...

Town Planner Spitz Honored By Fellow Employees

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Approximately 40 people turned out Thursday afternoon at the Cranberry Valley Golf Course clubhouse for a farewell party for Town Planner David Spitz, who will retire on Friday. Spitz has been town planner for more than seven years and is well respected among his peers in the community development department in town hall. “It was a joy to work with him, he is a gentleman and a scholar,” Planning boar...

HARWICH — The other foot has fallen on the effort to rebuild the Lucas fishhouse on the Herring River and use the structure as a shellfish nursery. The abutting property owners have filed suit in Barnstable Superior Court challenging the conservation commission's approval of the project under the town's wetland protection bylaw. The property owners, Gwynne and David Daks of 18 Harbor Way, had previously filed ...

Housing advocate Bob Murray left some big sneakers to fill. He pounded the pavement – literally – for more than a dozen years, walking from Provincetown to Falmouth during a week each summer to raise funds for the Housing With Love Walk. Now, three years after Murray's death, the next generation of activists is lacing up to continue the tradition. As in past years, the nine partner organizations supported b...

Spitz Speaks His Mind On Town Planning

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — “Harwich is a beautiful community, a wonderful place to live and work,” Town Planner David Spitz said this week as he prepares to retire after more than seven years at the helm of the planning department. But he admitted his experience here has been equally frustrating and rewarding. Spitz will retire on July 8 and there will be some changes to the planning department once he is gone. Selectmen wer...

New Artificial Reef Provides A Productive Day Of Fishing

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — It doesn't take long for an artificial fish reef to turn barren ocean bottom into a thriving fish habitat. That was clear when the Cap'n Kid, a 50-foot party boat out of Saquatucket Harbor, began fishing over the reef created this spring 2.8 miles outside the harbor. The reef was created three months ago in partnership with the town of Harwich and the state Division of Marine Fisheries, using $146,00...

'Port Summer Nights' To Sizzle This Summer

By: Alan Pollock

HARWICH PORT — Wednesday nights are going to be hopping in the 'Port this summer. The Harwich Chamber of Commerce has announced the lineups for Port Summer Nights, the weekly celebrations of art, dining, music and shopping, which start next Wednesday, July 6. “It looks great,” chamber Executive Director Jeremy Gingras said. “We've got eight weeks' of bands lined up and other activities.” Each Wednesday n...

ORLEANS — Harwich Selectman Jannell Brown has accepted nine months' pretrial probation in an assault case, admitting no wrongdoing and avoiding a trial by jury. Last November, Brown pleaded not guilty to an assault charge stemming from a domestic dispute with a man who is the father of one of her children. Under the agreement, Brown is ordered to have no contact with the alleged victim other than to arrange ch...

Sykes Properties Scheduled For Friday Auction Block

By: William F. Galvin

SOUTH HARWICH – Postponed once and canceled on another date, the auction of the mixed-use Sykes properties on Route 28 has been rescheduled for Friday. This time it will be an absolute auction, according to information provided by JJ Manning Auctioneers. “Selling individually and in the entirety with 815 Route 28 (adjacent 6,500-plus-square-foot mixed-use building) to the highest bidder, regardless of price,”...

ORLEANS — Harwich Selectman Jannell Brown has accepted nine months' pretrial probation in an assault case, admitting no wrongdoing and avoiding a trial by jury. Last November, Brown pleaded not guilty to an assault charge stemming from a domestic dispute with a man who is the father of one of her children. Under the agreement, Brown is ordered to have no contact with the alleged victim other than to arrange ch...