Harwich News

Recreational Marijuana Zoning Will Go To Annual Meeting

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The planning board is recommending two marijuana-related zoning amendments be placed before town meeting this spring, one extending the moratorium on the sale of recreational marijuana and the other permanently banning the retail sale of pot. The board's recommendations came in a public hearing last week in which Police Chief David Guillemette emphasized the town's public safety community is very con...

Harwich Port Land Ho! To Be Sold

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Staff

HARWICH PORT — A popular eatery in Harwich Port, the Land Ho! Restaurant, is set to change hands next month. The sale is expected to take place on Feb. 26, and the restaurant will remain open through Feb. 18. When it reopens under new ownership, it will be known as the Lanyard. The announcement was made Monday by Harwich Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Cyndi Williams as part of an event held by the St...

HARWICH – “Imagine yourself...growing up in a country with a specific language. Now, you're 10 years old and all of a sudden you're torn away from that environment, torn away from your parents, and sent to school where everybody's a stranger, speaks a different language...It's kind of tough.” For Martin Owens, leaving home at the age of 10 was tough but necessary since it likely saved his life by helping him...

Harwich Selectmen Approve Cultural Center Fee Increases

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The success of the Harwich Cultural Center was evident Monday night when selectmen voted to increase fees for the rental of space and the only one to complain was a selectman, who thought the charge for classroom participants was too high. Community Center Director Carolyn Carey was asked to look at the fees for the first year of the cultural center program at the former middle school on Sisson Road....

Residents Question Costs Of East Harwich Sewers

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — East Harwich property owners last week received a detailed description of the implementation process for wastewater infrastructure, if voters approve $22.5 million the project in the May annual town meeting. With the design work well underway and an intermunicipal agreement in place with the town of Chatham to use its wastewater treatment facility to process up to 300,000 gallons of sewage per day, t...

Towns Get Grant To Study Regional Sewer Plant

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The Baker-Polito Administration has awarded Dennis, Harwich, Yarmouth and Barnstable a $150,000 grant to study a regional wastewater treatment facility. The communities have been studying a regional facility for more than a year. The Community Compact Cabinet grant was among $2 million awarded to 92 communities across the state. There are two components to the grant, Town Administrator Christopher...

HARWICH — Town officials learned Monday that the landside Saquatucket Harbor project will receive a $1 million state Seaport Economic Council grant. But what exactly this means for the project, which was altered and reduced in scope due to insufficient town funding, remains unclear. Questions yet to be answered include whether the state funds will be used to restore the original project approved by town meetin...

Senate Task Force Gets Retail Pitch From Local Businesses

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — A lot needs to be done on the Cape to improve the retail climate for local businesses. That message was conveyed to the Senate Task Force on Strengthening Local Retail during a visit to town on Monday. The task force came to see what steps government can take to improve the economic climate for small businesses, many of which face a small window during the summer months to show a profit. Those that d...

HARWICH — The finance committee has approved recommendations by its subcommittee studying stipends for elected town officials, include increasing the stipend for selectmen from $1,500 to $2,400 annually. The final decision will rest with voters in the annual town meeting this spring, finance committee member Dana DeCosta, chairman of the subcommittee, said this week. It would be the first increase in the stipe...

Permitting Process For OCHS Clinic Under Town Microscope

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Outer Cape Health Services, Inc. has applied for necessary town permits to move forward with its proposal to establish a medical clinic on the first floor of the Kennedy Building across Route 28 from Saquatucket Harbor. OCHS was scheduled to go before the conservation commission last night for a request for determination of applicability for the project, which is located in the FEMA flood hazard zone...

Legislators Will Focus On Small Businesses In Harwich Forums

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — “Small business is our bread and butter on Cape Cod,” Cape and Islands Senator Julian Cyr, D-Truro, said this week as he plans to address the needs of local businesses in forums this week and next. Cyr and State Representative Sarah Peake, D-Provincetown, will conduct a town meeting-style forum for members of the local chamber of commerce on Friday (tomorrow) between 2:30 and 4 p.m. at the Pilgrim Co...

HARWICH – When a quartet of thresher sharks died on Cape Cod Bay beaches in December, it was a sad day for shark enthusiasts, but the deaths presented a unique opportunity for the STEMinist Club at Monomoy Regional High School. After all, it’s not every day budding scientists get a firsthand view of a shark dissection. On Jan. 11, club members watched in awe as Marianne Long, education director for the Atlanti...