Harwich News

East Harwich Man Pleads Guilty To Fentanyl Conspiracy

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Staff

EAST HARWICH — Dean Viprino, 45, pleaded guilty last Wednesday in federal court in Boston to fentanyl conspiracy. In U.S. District Court Wednesdy, Viprino pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess, with intent to distribute, 40 grams or more of fentanyl. U.S. District Court Judge Douglas P. Woodlock scheduled sentencing for March 20, 2018. Viprino was a customer of Alex Fraga, one of four peopl...

2017 Was A Good Year For Administration In Harwich

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — While 2016 was a contentious year for Town Administrator Christopher Clark, which caused him to seek jobs in several towns across the state, 2017 was a turn-about year for the town administrator, who heard a lot of praise from selectmen and received a 2.5 percent salary adjustment and a two-year extension on his contract. Clark Settles Back In At the tail end of 2016, Clark was a finalist for to...

Town Gets Site Plan Waiver For Golf Cart Barn

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The planning board has approved a site plan review waiver for the Cranberry Valley Golf Course cart barn project, which town officials argued is necessary to get work underway so it does not interfere with course operations in the spring. Town Administrator Christopher Clark told the board last week the town needs to have a building permit before it can order the metal barn structure, which will take...

Health Board Drops Order, Court Appeal, On Viprino Farm

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The board of health voted unanimously this past week to vacate the cease and desist order issued to Resilient Family Farm last April and to drop the court appeal it had filed seeking adherence to suitable manure management practices. The board of health no longer has jurisdiction over the manure management at the farm because there are no longer horses kept there, Health Director Meggan Eldredge told...

Outer Cape Health Files Plans For Harwich Port Health Center

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Outer Cape Health Services, Inc. has filed plans with the planning board for major renovations to the former Thompson's Farm Market building across from Saquatucket Harbor for its Harwich Port Health Center. OCHS CEO Patricia Nadle was before selectmen Monday night with details of the planned expansion, with a ribbon cutting expected next November. Former selectman Ed McManus, a member of the board o...

Eagle Scout Candidate Builds Benches For HCT

By: Alan Pollock

EAST HARWICH — In about a year, if you find yourself strolling the trails of Harwich Conservation Trust’s new Muddy Creek Headwaters Conservation Area, sit on a bench and think of Carl Furner. Furner is a 17-year-old Harwich resident who recently coordinated the construction and installation of three benches at the conservation land off Church Street. The community service project was part of Furner’s bid to...

Firefighters and police camping out during the rain, sleet and gusty winds this weekend weren’t left out in the cold by the community, which donated heaps of food, clothing, toys and cash to benefit local charities. Started in 2002 by a Bourne firefighter, the “Homeless for the Holidays” campaign now includes first responders from many Cape towns, including Harwich and Orleans. It is supported by a large group...

Family Pantry Helps Year-rounders Stay On Cape

By: Alan Pollock

Faced with low wages and high housing costs, many local families spend a huge portion of their paychecks on rent or a mortgage, leaving little for medical expenses, auto repair bills or other household emergencies. The Family Pantry of Cape Cod helps many year-round working families by helping defray their food costs, freeing up money for other necessities. And that, ultimately, helps everybody. Most Family Pa...

Commission Seeks Lease For Bell's Neck Cranberry Bogs

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The town-owned Bells Neck cranberry bogs have not been worked for a couple of years, and town officials have been weighing whether to issue another lease or seek other options to cranberry growing. The conservation commission held a public hearing last week on the future management of the bogs within the Bell's Neck Conservation Area. Farmer Mark Coleman, who is chairman of the town's agricultural co...

HARWICH — The town has received a favorable financial assessment from Standard and Poor's on its ability to borrow general obligation and bond anticipation notes, but the strong financial standing was not enough to push the town's rating to AAA. The S&P Global Rating concluded that the town's long-term rating will remain at AA-plus, due primarily to pension liabilities. Selectmen on Monday night voted t...

Capital Plan Gets High Marks In FinCom/Selectmen Presentation

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — During a presentation to selectmen and the finance committee Monday night, the capital outlay committee and Town Administrator Christopher Clark received praise for the planning process conducted this year. But the pricetag facing taxpayers is certainly an eye-opener. Clark had told selectmen in an earlier presentation he is focusing only on the first year of the seven-year plan, defining the project...

Despite Moratorium, Town Could Be Open To Pot Sales

By: William F. Galvin

Special Town Meeting Suggested To Vote Ban   <Text> by William F. Galvin HARWICH — Selectmen should consider calling a special town meeting before April 1 to put in place zoning regulations on the sale and distribution of recreational marijuana, the town's attorney is recommending. If the town waits until the annual town meeting to act on a ban, there could be a gap between its approval by vote...