Harwich News

Town Counsel Recommends New Vote On CPC Funding

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The community preservation committee will be revisiting the 14 votes it took two weeks ago on Community Preservation Act project recommendations. The posting of the Jan. 12 meeting was called into question over improper notification to public issue, and town counsel recommended a new posting and vote occur. The committee has scheduled the new session for Thursday (tonight) at 6 p.m. in town hall. ...

Harwich Haunted Forest Gets Commission Approval

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — There will be some scary scenes in the wetlands behind Grand Slam Entertainment next fall. The conservation commission last week approved a request for a determination of applicability for a temporary haunted forest to be created in the weeks leading up to Halloween. Grand Slam Entertainment owner Phillip “Skip” Fennell was before the commission a few weeks ago making a preliminary presentation on...

HARWICH — Robert Widegren, who served on the board of selectmen and the planning board, along with many civic organizations, has died at the age of 87. The board of selectmen held a moment of silence in Mr. Widegren's honor Monday. Mr. Widegren came to Cape Cod in 1972, continuing his career with New England Telephone, later known as NYNEX. But he's best known for his contributions to town government and ...

Selectmen Approve Middle School Rental Use Policy

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Town officials are ready to move forward with the rental of space at the Harwich Middle School after the finishing touches were placed on a use policy that would provide for recreational, educational, cultural and social use of the town building. Town Administrator Christopher Clark praised the effort of Community Center Director Carolyn Carey for putting together the use policy that in most ways ref...

Irregularities Cited In CPC's Vote

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Recreation is the big winner when it comes to accessing Community Preservation Act funds in town meeting this spring. The community preservation committee last week recommended only four articles for the warrant and three are for recreation purposes. The committee met last Thursday night in a session that is questionably compliant with the Open Meeting Law. New Business on the posting of the meeting ...

New Harwich Housing Plan Cites Need For Rental Housing

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The town's population has decreased by 1.5 percent over the past 15 years, but Harwich remains an expensive place to live and more subsidized rental housing is necessary to make the community more affordable, the latest version of the town's housing production plan concludes. The plan will be the subject of a public hearing on Jan. 30 by selectmen and the planning board. The latest version of the pla...

HARWICH — The Cape and Vineyard Electric Cooperative, which oversees the solar farm at the former town landfill site, is facing financial issues and has asked selectmen for assistance with funding administrative operations. Selectmen last week agreed to pay an administrative fee to the organization for its oversight of the solar array at the town's landfill, money CVEC officials say they need to stay financial...

AmeriCorps Works Through Snow Drifts In Thompson's Field

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Neither snow nor cold weather could keep AmeriCorps of Cape Cod staff members away from the heathlands of Thompson's Field Monday, where they worked with the town on a management program for the conservation area. Conservation Administrator Amy Usowski said AmeriCorps' fire corps was on loan from the Cape Cod National Seashore for four days this week to continue the Thompson's Field conservation mana...

Passed Over Again, Clark Hunkers Down In Harwich

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Town Administrator Christopher Clark said on Tuesday he plans to remain in town and direct his attention to getting ready for the upcoming town meeting in May. Clark made the statement after learning late Monday night he was not selected for the town administrator's position in Millis, where he was one of three finalists. The Millis board of selectmen voted unanimously to offer the job to Michael Guz...

Selectmen Hughes And Lamantia Calling It Quits

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — It could be an interesting election season with two long-serving members of the board of selectmen stating they will not be candidates for re-election. Their decisions come at a time when the remaining three members of the board will have had a total of five years' experience. Selectman Peter Hughes has served for 15 years as a member of the board. He served three terms in the late 1990s and early 20...

New School Building Proposed For Cape Cod Tech

By: Kat Szmit

PLEASANT LAKE ─ The Cape Cod Tech school building committee has voted, and their decision has Superintendent Bob Sanborn cautiously excited. On Nov. 30, after debating a number of possibilities regarding the aging Pleasant Lake facility, the committee voted unanimously to pursue a new building, with a current cost estimate of $143 million. The decision came when it was learned that the difference in cost ...

For HPD's Donna Tavano, Retirement Is A New Chapter

By: Alan Pollock

HARWICH — Having served 23 years with the Harwich Police Department, Donna Idman Tavano has an admission to make. As much as she loved her job, her coworkers and the citizens she served, work was getting in the way of her other interests. So with as little fanfare as possible, she retired from the department late last month. Over the years, Tavano served as a special officer, a dispatcher, a records clerk an...