Harwich News

Construction Project Shores Up Harwich Shellfish Lab

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The town's shellfish laboratory on the Wychmere Harbor pier is getting a multi-dimensional rehabilitation. The lab has housed the town's shellfish nursery since 1994, growing out an estimated 34 million oysters, clams and softshell clams. The project is being funded with town and state Seaport Economic Council funds for the reconstruction of Wychmere Harbor pier, Natural Resources Department Director...

HARWICH — The Coast Guard is considering removing two aids-to-navigation in the federal channel leading into Saquatucket Harbor as a cost savings measure. The cost of maintaining the buoys exceeds navigational safety benefits, Coast Guard officials say. But Harbormaster John Rendon said the buoys have great value in protecting boaters as they enter the inside channel at Saquatucket Harbor, marking a shoal and ...

Harwich Examines New Community Development Direction

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — There could be changes coming to the planning department as town officials examine a move toward officially establishing the position of community development director and having the assistant town administrator serve in that capacity. Town Administrator Christopher Clark said the concept is part of due diligence deliberations given that eight-year veteran Town Planner David Spitz is retiring on July...

HARWICH - The closing of the Dino's Harwich Port Grille, a local breakfast mainstay, has left a hole in the center of the village. For close to 50 years, residents were drawn to the breakfast eatery to debate politics and discuss local goings on. But the tradition came to end a couple of weeks ago when Constantine "Dino" Kossifos closed the door after 14 years of serving eggs and home fries seven days a w...

Historical Society Welcomes New Exec

By: Alan Pollock

New Harwich Historical Society Executive Director Janet Cassidy has impressive credentials, but to judge her passion for history, here's what you need to know: when she moved to town about a year and a half ago, she made a bee-line for the local cemetery. “I felt like I was coming home,” she quipped. That's because Cassidy came to Cape Cod from Putnam County, N.Y., where she was president of the Patterson Histo...

MacAskill And Kavanagh Winners In Harwich Election

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Voters returned incumbent Selectman Michael D. MacAskill to a three-year term on the board and elected a new member, Julie E. Kavanagh, to a three-year term in Tuesday's annual election, which saw an extremely thin turnout with only 1,566 voters going to the polls. MacAskill was the big winner with 997 votes. Kavanagh received 789 votes, just 100 more than incumbent Linda Cebula. This will be MacAski...