Harwich News

CPA Funds Eyed For Hinckley's Pond Alum Treatment

By: Alan Pollock

HARWICH — Town officials are seeking $550,000 for alum treatments designed to prevent algae blooms in Hinckley's Pond, and they're hoping the community preservation committee will provide the funds. Town Administrator Christopher Clark said he's hopeful that the committee will endorse the request. Two years ago, citing concerns that the pond has no real public access, the committee voted 5-2 not to support a s...

Town Planner Aly Sabatino: Communication Is Key

By: Alan Pollock

HARWICH — Zoning bylaws are dry and confusing. They set out a vision for the way land can be developed, but it can take decades before any real change happens. And getting public consensus on a common vision can be maddeningly difficult. New Harwich Town Planner Aly Sabatino said the key strategy for crafting good zoning and regulating land use is two-way communication. Town officials need to help ordinary c...

New Tech School Could Top $150M

By: Alan Pollock

HARWICH — Though the numbers are very preliminary, it could cost between $130 million and $160 million to replace the aging Cape Cod Regional Technical High School with a brand new facility. Superintendent Bob Sanborn delivered the news to the Harwich board of selectmen Monday, and to Chatham selectmen Tuesday. Officials have been warning for years that the project would be a costly one. “I expected it to b...

Animal Control Officers' Dog Wins National Prize

By: Alan Pollock

HARWICH — The husband-and-wife team of Jack Burns and Lynda Brogden-Burns, best known as the animal control officers in Harwich and Brewster, spend their working hours caring for the towns' furry and feathered residents. In their free time, they're focused on their own rambunctious four-and-a-half-year-old. Aiden is a German shepherd who recently won the coveted Performance Award of Merit from the German Sheph...

WEST HARWICH — On a clear blue morning Tuesday, thunder crashed over the trees in West Harwich. Or rather, the thunderous sound of steel plates colliding as high-flying workmen began disassembling the Lothrop Avenue water tower. It was the beginning of the end for the 30-year-old structure, which survived hurricanes and blizzards and served as a landmark for mariners offshore. It is being dismantled this wee...

Planning Board Issues Harwich Port Plaza Special Permits

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The planning board unanimously approved four special permits last week paving the way for construction of the Harwich Port Plaza project in Harwich Port. The board acted after receiving and reviewing a development agreement with abutters to the east and west of the project site. Attorney Michael D. Ford told the planning board last Tuesday that his clients, Paul and Diane Manning, were able to forge ...

HARWICH — The abutters to the fish house on the Herring River, which the owners are seeking to reconstruct and lease as a shellfish nursery, have appealed the recent superseding order of conditions issued by the state Department of Environmental Protection, claiming that the state and town's review process was faulty. Francis and Debra Zarette, trustees of Farm View Realty Trust, purchased the former Lucas fis...

Monomoy High Graduation Rate Explained

By: Kat Szmit

HARWICH ─ When the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education released its 2015 graduation rates recently, eyebrows shot up at the Monomoy Regional High School percentage of 76.9. But Principal Bill Burkhead cautions that there is more to that statistic than just a stark number. “I think the low graduation rate certainly was alarming and not something we aspire to, but there's more to that one nu...

HARWICH — Town Clerk Anita Doucette is anticipating a 90 percent voter turnout for the Nov. 8 presidential election, which means more than 9,000 voters will be casting ballots. Early voting is helping to relieve some of the anticipated crowding on election day, but town officials have developed a plan to help mitigate conditions at the polls. It starts with parking at the community center, where voting will ta...

Harwich Port Cumberland Farms Closing Doors On Sunday

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH PORT — The Cumberland Farms store here will close on Sunday, and demolition will follow shortly there after. The goal is to have a new store built and ready to open by the beginning of February, Rick Boyle, regional manager for the company, said this week. The plan is to construct a 3,585 square-foot store, slightly larger than the existing one. The plans show 1,864 square feet of retail space. It will...

Mariners Association Will Build Whitehouse Field Rest Rooms

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Whitehouse Field will be getting permanent restroom facilities thanks to the Harwich Mariners Athletic Association. Selectmen have issued a license to the association to construct the new restrooms behind the bleachers at the field, and the town will take ownership when the project is completed. The restroom facility is expected to be completed by next spring. “Over the past four years, the Marine...

Selectmen Look To Revamp Harwich Port Entertainment Licenses

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — A recent disciplinary hearing on complaints about noise emanating from Perks in Harwich Port has selectmen agreeing they should look at more consistent practices when issuing entertainment licenses for restaurants. The recommendation comes from Town Administrator Christopher Clark, who told selectmen the attorney representing Perks cited the need for more consistency with regulations, including unifo...