Harwich News

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...

LeBlanc Purchases Allen Harbor Marine Service Facilities

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Allen Harbor Marine Service will be celebrating its 90 th year in business this year, and it will do so under new ownership but with a familiar face at the helm. Longtime general manager Craig LeBlanc purchased the real estate connected with the business last week. “I plan to carry on the legacy of the (Nichols) family,” LeBlanc said of the marina's 90 years of service to the community. “There wi...

Freeing The Fry From Harwich Headwaters

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Low water levels and sand deposits at the sluiceways in the headwater ponds of the Herring River made it a challenge for fry to make their way to the ocean this fall. Fisheries officials observed juvenile fish seeking a route to Nantucket Sound as late as early December. In response, a unique solution has been developed to prevent sand from blocking fishways. Natural Resources Department Director ...

HARWICH — Aurore “Rorie” Zuzick sailed her first boat on Long Pond as a kid growing up. As she studied the dynamics of wind against sails, little did she realize how far it take her. Today she is a naval architect providing major technological guidance for ships like the USS Zumwalt, a U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer and the nation's most technically advanced warship. Zuzick specializes in computational flu...

'Helping Neighbors' Campaign Sprints To The Finish

By: Alan Pollock

With the clock running down on The Chronicle's annual “Helping Neighbors” campaign for the Family Pantry of Cape Cod, donations were continuing to arrive, and a generous matching grant is now in effect. Thanks to an anonymous family of Chatham summer residents, donations postmarked now through New Year's Eve will be matched, dollar for dollar, up to $10,000. As of Dec. 22, however, a gap of more than $17,00...

A Haunted Forest Proposed For Halloween In Harwich

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Grand Slam Entertainment has some haunting plans for the commercial site it operates along Route 28 just west of Sisson Road. The entertainment center has operated bumper boats and batting cages there over the past 28 years, and this past year they added a zip line. But this is where it gets scary. Owner Phillip “Skip” Fennell was before the conservation commission last week discussing the creation o...