Harwich News

Plan Board Examining New Port Village Zoning District

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The planning board is in the process of putting more teeth into the Commercial Village Overlay District in Harwich Port, converting what are currently voluntary guidelines into mandatory zoning requirements. Town officials had been of the opinion the overlay district in Harwich Port was a zoning provision with the same legal force as other zoning bylaws, but that understanding was challenged when Cum...

Harwich Capital Plan Nears $39 Million

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Capital plan requests for next year run nearly $39 millions, driven by implementation of wastewater infrastructure, addressing the need for the East Harwich Fire Station improvements and the resurfacing of Lower County Road. Town Administrator Christopher Clark presented the plan to selectmen Monday night, emphasizing this is the “first crack at what's been submitted.” He said the numbers in the plan...

Newcomers' Group Building Kiosks For Conservation Trust

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The Harwich Conservation Trust relies on volunteer services to assist in conservation efforts. They have a new partner in the Chatham-Harwich Newcomers' woodworking group, which is building trail-head kiosks at conservation properties. “It's fantastic working with the woodworking group,” Harwich Conservation Trust Executive Director Michael Lach said. “They're enthusiastic and dedicated to creating q...

ARC Gets Approval To Use Fishhouse As Shellfish Nursery

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The conservation commission has approved the proposal by Aquacultural Research Corporation of Dennis to use the former fishhouse along Harbor Way on the Herring River as a shellfish nursery. The commission determined that the aquacultural use is exempt under the state Wetlands Protection Act. ARC President Rob Doane was before the conservation last week seeking a request for determination of applicab...

Cape Tech Wins Big

By: Alan Pollock

HARWICH PORT — By a more than three-to-one margin, voters Tuesday gave Cape Cod Tech the green light for a $128 million new high school building. Based on unofficial tallies from town clerks in the 12 towns from Mashpee to Provincetown, the building project passed by a vote of 12,207 to 3,927, earning solid wins in each town in the district. “Most of all, this vote endorses our students,” Superintendent o...

When it comes to building active global citizens, it's not enough for a school to require foreign language and world history classes. As part of its new global studies program, Monomoy High School is getting ready to send a small team of students on an eight-day service project in the Dominican Republic. The students will make the trip in February, working with the Dominican Republic Education and Mentoring pr...

Cape Tech Wins Big

By: Alan Pollock

HARWICH PORT — By a more than three-to-one margin, voters Tuesday gave Cape Cod Tech the green light for a $128 million new high school building. Based on unofficial tallies from town clerks in the 12 towns from Mashpee to Provincetown, the building project passed by a vote of 12,207 to 3,927, earning solid wins in each town in the district. “Most of all, this vote endorses our students,” Superintendent o...

HARWICH — Selectmen have endorsed the state Department of Housing and Community Development regulatory agreement that will move the West Harwich Habitat for Humanity of Cape Cod development forward. Habitat for Humanity of Cape Cod Executive Director Victoria Goldsmith said the purchase of the land should close in November as long as all the affordable housing trust fund money is available. Goldsmith told s...

Harwich Selectmen Withhold Naming Pet Burial Grounds

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Selectmen on Monday night postponed action on a request by the cemetery commission to name the town's new pet burial grounds on Queen Anne Road after Christine Wood, a longtime cemetery commissioner and committed community volunteer. Cemetery Administrator Robbin Kelley said Wood was well-known and appreciated for being an active volunteer in the town. Kelly pointed out Wood was the 2010 recipient of...

Audit Highlights Muddy Creek Bridge Overpayment

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The auditing firm which conducted a review of the town's financial statements ending in June 2016 discovered an overpayment of $325,000 to the general contractor working on the Muddy Creek Bridge project. Lynch, Malloy, Marini, LLP of Norwell, the town's auditor, made recommendations for improvements to internal controls, policies, procedures and risk assessments for the town.“It is important to reco...

Committee Endorses New East Harwich Fire Station

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The committee working with the architects on improvements to Station 2 in East Harwich voted on Tuesday to move forward with a new building to replace the 41-year-old station, based on options put forward by consultants Kaestle Boos Associates. Building a new station would cost about the same as upgrading the existing structure to meet current needs and safety codes, according to the consultants. ...

Brooks Park Improvements Becoming Gaining Visibility

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The recreation department has been implementing a five-phase plan for improvements to Brook Park over the past few years, but the most noticeable change is the new picnic pavilion and fencing leading into the expanded parking area. “Brooks Park always has been busy, but we saw the potential for even more use and we're fulfilling what we thought it will do,” Recreation Director Eric Beebe said of the ...