Harwich News

Port Summer Nights Kicks Off Wednesday Evening

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH PORT— The music will be wafting through the village next Wednesday, July 5, when the first of eight “Port Summer Nights” events provides music lovers with the opportunity to enjoy several bands, great restaurants, shops and art venues. “In keeping with the tradition everyone has come to love and enjoy, once again every Wednesday night in July and August there will be music,” Chamber of Commerce Interim...

HARWICH — The conservation commission has been at odds with Lothrop Avenue property owners for almost a year over an addition and porch built without the proper permits. In an after-the-fact filing, the commission last week denied the project under the town's wetland protection bylaw, while approving it under the state Wetlands Protection Act. The property at 30/24 Lothrop Avenue is owned by Jeffrey A. King an...

Summer Is A Key Time For 'Helping Neighbors'

By: Alan Pollock

The signs of summer are there to see in every supermarket aisle: specials on hot dogs and hamburgers, soft drinks and the ingredients for s'mores. Like it or not, the July 4 holiday seems to be about food as much as our nation's independence. But one doesn't need to look very far to find hunger on Cape Cod, according to Family Pantry Executive Director Christine Menard. “The face of hunger on the Cape is your ...

EAST HARWICH — The Cape Cod Chronicle and non-profit Pleasant Bay Community Boating have teamed up to provide the public with live, hyper-local weather information, available anytime. As part of the partnership, The Chronicle purchased and installed a weather station at PBCB’s campus in East Harwich and South Orleans.  The sailing and boating program now has access to accurate wind readings and other weather d...

Retiring Harwich COA Director Foley Takes On A New Career

By: William F. Galvin

WEST HARWICH — There will be new faces greeting people at the Commodore Inn, but they will not be unfamiliar to many people in the community. Longtime Council on Aging Director Barbara-Anne Foley and her husband John are starting new careers as managers and innkeepers of the 27-room resort. “It's a big step, literally a dream come true,” Barbara-Anne Foley said of the decision to leave her council on aging pos...

Training Helps J-1 Foreign Workers Cycle Safely

By: Alan Pollock

EAST HARWICH — On Monday afternoon, a small crowd of young men and women gathered outside the Wequassett Inn, where they work under the J-1 student visa program, to talk about bicycle safety. They learned about the rules of the road, bike maintenance and nighttime riding, but organizers hope they also learned something else. “We just want you guys to be safe,” Harwich Police Lt. Kevin Considine said. The tr...

HARWICH PORT — Changes are being proposed to the plan to redevelop the former Dino's restaurant location in the center of the village, and the possibility those changes could include a restaurant has some neighbors concerned. Last week the board of health heard a request for a septic permit for the property more than double the required capacity of the original proposal, leading some to believe a restaurant co...

HARWICH — At 31, Jeff Locantore is the youngest resident of Pine Oaks Village, an affordable housing development here. He lives independently despite having cerebral palsy and a seizure disorder, and don't get him wrong. He's glad to have his apartment, having spent seven years on the waiting list to obtain it. But it's not really the experience Locantore had hoped for. He'd feel more comfortable being among p...

As eighth graders from the Cape Cod Lighthouse Charter School in East Harwich were walking along the Vietnam Memorial during a visit to Washington, D.C. last week, student Kayo Torres spotted several veterans standing near the far end of the reflective wall. He walked up to them, stuck out his hand and thanked them for their service. His fellow students fell in line behind him, and soon a line snaked along the...

HARWICH — After several months of review, discussions with retail distributors and consideration of broader restrictions on the sale of tobacco products, the board of health will be proposing new regulations in a public hearing next month containing just one major change: an increase from 18 to 21 in the legal age to purchase tobacco products. Health Director Paula Champagne said there were a number of additio...

HARWICH — The battle over Resilient Family Farms and town regulatory control continues as the board of health seeks to address an alleged unlicensed piggery and manure management issues at the Chatham Road farm. Farm owner Barry Viprino was before the board of health a week ago addressing charges in a cease and desist order issued in April relating to the piggery, the absence of a wholesale food license and ma...

Salt Box Truck Relocates To Center Of Harwich Port

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The Salt Block Food Truck moved into Harwich Center this week from its former station in the parking lot across from Saquatucket Harbor. The planning board approved the change of location for the special use permit previously granted to Jennifer and Douglas Ramler of Cape Sea Grille, owners of the food truck. The Ramlers were before the planning board last Tuesday seeking the transfer of location to ...