Harwich News

Neighborhood Association Calls For Hinckley's Pond Treatment

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — As the community preservation committee begins deliberations on requests for funding, Hinckley's Pond has become a major focal point. Water quality issues in the Herring River headwaters pond have residents there concerned. “Hinckley's Pond is the upward expression of the Monomoy lens,” Stanley Selkow, co-president of the Hinckley's Pond Association, said this week. He was referring to the groundwate...

Harwich Finance Director Gould Stepping Down

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Finance Director Andrew Gould has informed selectmen he will be leaving at the end of the month. Gould, who was hired to replace retiring finance director David Ryan, has been in the position for less than two years. “When I took this job I thought I wanted to live on the Cape. I do not like living on the Cape and as a result I have accepted another position on the North Shore and will be moving to M...

Harwich Gets $400K State Grant For Muddy Creek Land

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The state will be awarding the town of Harwich a $400,000 Local Acquisitions for Natural Diversity (LAND) Grant to assist with the purchase of the 17.43-acre Marini property along Muddy Creek in East Harwich. The Baker Administration announced $3.9 million in LAND grants designed to address climate change and protect biodiversity within the borders of the commonwealth. The Marini property, located of...

HARWICH ─ About eight years ago, when Monomoy Spanish teacher Elizabeth Hoff sought a way for her students to use the language beyond the classroom, she turned to the old school communication method of letter writing between her then-Harwich High students and students from Colegio Miralba in Vigo, Spain. Eight years, many letters, emails, Skype conversations, and day-in-the-life videos later, a group of 15 M...

Court May Rule On Harwich Beach Access

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Who would have thought a six-foot wide path gifted to the town nearly 100 years ago to provide access to a Nantucket Sound beach from Davis Lane for local residents would become such a chafing issue. In recent years the town has done battle with Davis Lane property owners over ownership of the beachfront at the end of the path, and with that issue settled, litigation now continues neighbor against ne...

Education Program Eyes Middle School

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Classes will once again be in session at the Harwich Middle School, with a room rental program by the town eliciting interest from a summer environmental education program and others. Since a sign was placed in front of the school announcing the availability of rooms Community Center Director Carolyn Carey has been busy serving as the town's real estate agent. “I show it on a regular basis,” Carey...

HARWICH — Crews responding to a fire in an attached garage in the sleepy Great Sand Lakes neighborhood last Tuesday didn't expect to find anything other than a run-of-the-mill blaze. But literally before the smoke had cleared, they knew they had uncovered a major marijuana growing operation. Police have issued an arrest warrant for one man and are also investigating a second man believed to be connected to t...

Selectmen Approve Winter Boat Storage Policy

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — With limited interest by boat yards in leasing sections of landside area at Saquatucket Harbor for winter boat storage, Harbormaster John Rendon has put forward a plan for the town to take on the rental of the space. Selectmen on Monday night held a public hearing on an amendment to the harbor management plan allowing the town to conduct winter boat storage at the site. Rendon told selectmen he di...

Size Of Brooks Library Generator, Not Need, At Issue

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Town officials continue to wrestle with the cost and need for a full-service generator for Brooks Free Library. The library trustees voted a few weeks ago to submit an article for the annual town meeting in May for a “full-building size generator.” The article has a $110,000 placeholder price tag, but it was clear Monday night when the proposal was discussed with selectmen that with an estimate yet t...

Historic Cannon Finds A Home At Brooks Academy

By: Alan Pollock

HARWICH — The circa 1815 cannon installed Monday on the grounds of the Brooks Academy Museum has a colorful history. Most of it red. Thanks to voters who approved Community Preservation Act funds, the cannon will now have a peaceful retirement guarding one end of Harwich Center. Two other cannons guard the east end of the village at Brooks Park. Harwich center's cannons have shuffled around somewhat. A fe...

EAST HARWICH — In May, town meeting voters will be asked to appropriate $310,000 for an architect to draft up plans to expand and renovate the 40-year-old East Harwich fire substation. And if they approve the measure, construction funds would be sought next year for what fire officials say is a badly needed capital project. The expansion of the fire station is still in its early conceptual phase, and officia...

Police: Marijuana Grow Operation Sparks Garage Fire

By: Alan Pollock , Kat Szmit

HARWICH — Police say a garage fire in the Great Sand Lakes neighborhood Tuesday was sparked by a large marijuana growing operation. No one was hurt in the fire at 20 Freshwater Rd., which was discovered by neighbors shortly before 4 p.m. When firefighters arrived, flames were coming from the rear of the attached garage. Crews extinguishing the flames allegedly discovered a large number of marijuana plants. A...