Harwich News

Muddy Creek has a new bridge, better water quality, and a new group of devotees who are visiting by canoe and kayak. Chatham resident George Olmsted thinks it's time for the waterway to get a new name, as well. Olmsted says he'd someday like to drive across that bridge and see a little “Monomoy River” sign where the Muddy Creek sign used to be. “Muddy Creek is not an attractive name. And furthermore, at thi...

HCT Launches Challenge To Buy Muddy Creek Land

By: William F. Galvin

EAST HARWICH — The Harwich Conservation Trust has signed a purchase and sales agreement with the Marini family to acquire 17 acres of land with 1,400 feet of frontage along Muddy Creek. The acquisition is seen as important in protecting the headwaters of the creek that feeds into Pleasant Bay. “This gives us a window to raise the funds to purchase the property,” Harwich Conservation Trust Executive Director Mi...

Harwich Port Plaza Would Restore Historic Village Pattern

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Parking and inclusion of a restaurant are among the issues that need to be worked out before the Harwich Port Plaza proposal makes its way before the planning board for Village Commercial Overlay District site plan approval. Attorney Michael D. Ford detailed changes proposed for the 28,008-square-foot parcel in the center of Harwich Port during a pre-conference meeting last week. The focus was not o...

With Excavations, Bank Street Bogs Will Control Nitrogen

By: William F. Galvin Location: Bank Street Bogs

HARWICH — Town officials have begun examining the draft final report on the nitrogen attenuation potential in Cold Brook in the Bank Street Bogs. The evaluation assesses the waterway's ability to naturally absorb nitrogen as a way to improve water quality and reduce the need for costly sewer construction. The study was prepared by the Coastal Systems Group from the School for Marine Science and Technology at U...

HARWICH — Phase three of the Brooks Park recreation department expansion will be heading to the planning board this week for site plan special permit approval. The plan is to add tennis and basketball courts, more parking, a picnic pavilion and new restrooms while providing better connections to the bike trail. The project was funded in the annual town meeting in May with $188,000 in Community Preservation Act...

Bank Launches Campaign To Benefit Family Pantry

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH PORT— TD Bank is working with The Family Pantry of Cape Cod to “Bring Change” to the way services are provided to food pantry clients. The campaign will help The Family Pantry provide mobile service to clients who are lacking transportation. “TD is partnering with communities across our footprint to support people and organizations that are making a real, local difference,” said Paula Warhol, field m...

Hospital ICU Named After Harwich Benefactress

By: Alan Pollock

HARWICH — Recognizing her $3.6 million bequest, Cape Cod Hospital has named its intensive care unit in honor of the late Elizabeth Munroe Arnold Stevens of Harwich. “Libby was such an inspiration, and we are honored that she remembered Cape Cod Healthcare in this way,” President and CEO Michael Lauf said in a news release. Her sister, Judith Palmer of Harwich Port, said Stevens was treated at the hospital o...

Route 6 Acceleration Lane Extensions Sought

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — With Massachusetts Department of Transportation's plan to have Route 6 through town paved this fall, town officials are seeking improvements at the Exit 10 interchange that would reduce back-ups and accident levels. Deficiencies in acceleration lane length have been cited as cause for traffic delays and excessive accident rates there. “All summer long there are traffic tie ups there,” Lincoln Hooper,...

Residents Want New Focus On West Harwich Chemical Plume

By: William F. Galvin

WEST HARWICH — Close to 20 years ago, town officials received a complaint from a woman living in the Pinewood Village Condominiums that she and her daughter were experiencing skin rashes when washing with the development's private well water. The state Department of Environmental Protection was called in to take samples, which showed high levels of five compounds related to dry cleaning and metal de-greasing t...

HARWICH — Life has its twists and turns, but the beat goes on. That's a lesson that Michael Dunford knows well. He joined the Harwich Town Band at the age of about 12 in 1975, and went on to a successful career as a banker, professional drummer and record exec. On Tuesday, he'll be back in the bandstand, where it all started. Following the lead of his mother, who had played in an all-girl drum and bugle cor...

Blotter: Police Nab Alleged Burglars

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Staff

  HARWICH — Two men pleaded not guilty this week to charges connected with two separate burglary cases in West Harwich and Harwich Port. On Friday, police were called to the Bell's Neck Conservation Area to meet with a woman who said the back window of her truck had been broken and tools had been stolen. While there, officers received a second similar call from the conservation area, but this alleged vict...

Community Center Committee Approves New Room Rental Fees

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The cost for using rooms at the community center may be going up an average of 15.3 percent based on a vote of the community center facilities committee. This is the first fee increase since 2011 and will require approval from selectmen. While the room use fees have remained unchanged since 2011, the cost of operating the building continues to rise, members of the committee emphasized in a public hea...