Harwich News

HARWICH — The Friends of the Council on Aging, Inc. will file a petition in Barnstable County Probate Court to redirect approximately $700,000 it has raised over more than 40 years for constructing a senior center to instead fund programs, counseling, facilities and education to benefit senior citizens in town. The petition is being filed in the form of a complaint with the state Attorney General's Office, whi...

HARWICH — The health department has issued a cease and desist on the wholesale food and piggery operations at Resilient Family Farm. The department is also seeking immediate compliance with best management practices for manure storage. The cease and desist order was issued to owner Barry Dino Viprino the day before the health department issued a report on a complaint about contaminated surface water in the cre...

Voters Endorse $3 Million Saquatucket Development Plan

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The Saquatucket Harbor landside renovation project received the endorsement of town meeting voters on Monday night. In doing so, voters rejected an amendment that sought to reduce the $3 million request and phase in harbor renovations. Monday night's session saw heavy discussion of the harbor project and the phase two articles seeking funding for wastewater (see related story), but there were other b...

The Difficult Decision Of School Choice

By: Kat Szmit

Once, choosing a high school was limited to public or private. Now, with school choice, options for students are seemingly limitless. So how do young people and their families make such a major decision? With much thought and investigation. School choice allows students to attend public schools other than those in the town they live in. On Cape Cod, the majority of public school districts welcome many non-d...

Harwich Supports Major Wastewater Funding

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The cost of treating wastewater to sustain water quality was a weighty issue for some homeowners in town meeting on Monday night. After a lengthy discussion, a two-thirds majority vote passed approving more than $11 million to begin the second phase of the town's comprehensive wastewater management plan. The message was clear that if steps were not taken to address wastewater issues, the town would l...

HARWICH — The cost of treating wastewater to sustain water quality was a weighty issue for some homeowners in town meeting on Monday night. After a lengthy discussion, a two-thirds majority vote passed approving more than $11 million to begin the second phase of the town's comprehensive wastewater management plan. The message was clear that if steps were not taken to address wastewater issues, the town would l...

HARWICH — Two calves that have been on the lam for the past two months, spending much of their time at Cranberry Valley Golf Course, were captured early Friday morning. But they didn't surrender without a little protest. “I didn't know cow wrangler was in my job description,” Cranberry Valley Golf Course Superintendent Shawn Fernandez said a few hours after wrestling a male calf which refused to be led from th...

HARWICH — Wastewater funding will be the big issue when voters gather at the community center on Monday as voters face 54 warrant articles in the annual town meeting. Voters will be asked to approve an annual budget for FY18 of $61,050,421, which contains a request for $24,787,671 to fund the town's share of the Monomoy Regional School District budget, including debt services on school buildings, and another $...

HARWICH — The conservation commission continues to work through issues relating to the agricultural use of land associated with Eldredge Farm. The farm is located in Brewster with a segment operated over the Harwich town line. There remain outstanding questions regarding the ownership of the Harwich land. The town's assessing department does not recognized the ownership claim made by Jeff and Laura Eldredge, w...

Town Meeting To Address Weighty Wastewater Issues

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Voters will be asked to approve more than $11 million to fund the beginning of phase two of the town's comprehensive wastewater management plan in Monday's opening session of the annual town meeting. The major focus of the funding is to design infrastructure and provide wastewater treatment for East Harwich. Town officials last Thursday pitched the plan to about 35 members of the East Harwich Communi...

Animal Advocates Honor Firefighters For Saving Dog

By: Alan Pollock

HARWICH — Recognizing local firefighters' dogged determination to save lives, a national animal rights group has decided to throw them a bone. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA, has awarded Compassionate Fire Department Awards to the Harwich and Brewster fire departments for their rescue of a dog from a house fire on April 15. The two-alarm blaze on Standish Circle caused around $100,00...

HARWICH — The planning board endorsed the proposed temporary moratorium on the sale and distribution of recreational marijuana in a public hearing this past week after receiving testimony from Police Chief David Guillemette and Sgt. Robert Brackett. At the onset of the hearing, Planning Board member Joseph McParland sought confirmation the town voted negatively last November on the state ballot question that a...