Harwich News

HARWICH — Wastewater funding will be the big issue when voters gather at the community center on Monday as voters face 54 warrant articles in the annual town meeting. Voters will be asked to approve an annual budget for FY18 of $61,050,421, which contains a request for $24,787,671 to fund the town's share of the Monomoy Regional School District budget, including debt services on school buildings, and another $...

HARWICH — The conservation commission continues to work through issues relating to the agricultural use of land associated with Eldredge Farm. The farm is located in Brewster with a segment operated over the Harwich town line. There remain outstanding questions regarding the ownership of the Harwich land. The town's assessing department does not recognized the ownership claim made by Jeff and Laura Eldredge, w...

Town Meeting To Address Weighty Wastewater Issues

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Voters will be asked to approve more than $11 million to fund the beginning of phase two of the town's comprehensive wastewater management plan in Monday's opening session of the annual town meeting. The major focus of the funding is to design infrastructure and provide wastewater treatment for East Harwich. Town officials last Thursday pitched the plan to about 35 members of the East Harwich Communi...

Animal Advocates Honor Firefighters For Saving Dog

By: Alan Pollock

HARWICH — Recognizing local firefighters' dogged determination to save lives, a national animal rights group has decided to throw them a bone. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA, has awarded Compassionate Fire Department Awards to the Harwich and Brewster fire departments for their rescue of a dog from a house fire on April 15. The two-alarm blaze on Standish Circle caused around $100,00...

HARWICH — The planning board endorsed the proposed temporary moratorium on the sale and distribution of recreational marijuana in a public hearing this past week after receiving testimony from Police Chief David Guillemette and Sgt. Robert Brackett. At the onset of the hearing, Planning Board member Joseph McParland sought confirmation the town voted negatively last November on the state ballot question that a...

Firefighters Snuff Prescribed Burn

By: Staff Reports

HARWICH — A prescribed burn at Thompson's Field Tuesday had to be extinguished by firefighters after it threatened to spread uncontrollably. Crews were called to the area shortly after 9 a.m. at the request of the conservation department, which was overseeing the controlled burn of brush piles in a former meadow on the town-owned conservation land. The fire was between two dirt paths and did not threaten any s...

Cash-strapped Theater Sees Surge Of Support

By: Alan Pollock

WEST HARWICH — Facing a budget crisis, the nonprofit Cape Cod Theatre Company – Home of the Harwich Jr. Theatre is hoping that a surge in donations will stem the shortfall before it becomes a showstopper. Theater officials haven't specified the size of the deficit, which prompted them to lay off the organization's education director early this year, and forced them to pare back outreach programs. But two rec...

HARWICH — While the town is facing a larger than normal number of ballot questions seeking funding outside the limits of Proposition 2½, town officials continue to paint a good picture of the financial state of the community. The town's voter information committee brought several town officials and representatives of the two school districts together last week to gather insight into the financial state of the ...

Mobile Shellfish Nursery Planned For Allen Harbor

By: Bill Galvin

HARWICH — Aquaculture is certainly a growth industry on the Cape and producing seed shellfish is essential to marine farming. There are ongoing efforts in the Herring River to develop a shellfish nursery and the conservation commission has now approved a mobile nursery along the edge of Allen Harbor. Fran Zarette, the owner of the former fish house on the Herring River, has been doing battle with a neighbor ...

HARWICH — The town and the board of health have been named in a suit claiming the denial of acceptance of an application for variances constitutes a regulatory taking under Article 10 of the Massachusetts Constitution and the plaintiffs are seeking damages. At issue is a long standing battle between the estate of Lois A. Jones, which owns a 21,927-square-foot lot, located at 5 Sea Street Extension, fronting on...

Firefighters Save Dog From House Fire

By: Staff Reports

EAST HARWICH — There were no serious injuries in a two-alarm house fire on Standish Circle Saturday afternoon, and firefighters are credited with saving the family's pet dog from the blaze. As of Saturday, officials were still searching for the cause of the fire that scorched a single-family house at 16 Standish Circle. Heavy fire was showing from the house when the first firefighter arrived. The blaze had s...

Toast Of Harwich Will Be Bursting With Flavor

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — “Harwich is bursting with flavor” is the theme of this year's Toast of Harwich, sponsored by the chamber of commerce. The event will roll once again through the streets of the town on Friday, May 5 with participants being transported to four hubs by trolleys. The trolley transportation aspect of the event was introduced last year as a way of taking people out into the community to experience differen...