Harwich News

Selectmen's Budget Message: Slow Down Spending

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — “We need to slow down and stop spending money,” Board of Selectmen Chairman Michael MacAskill said when presenting the board of selectmen's budget message Monday night. Referring to the five-year financial analysis presented last week by Town Administrator Christopher Clark and Finance Director Carol Coppola, the message stated clearly the need of selectmen, administration, finance committee and depa...

HARWICH — Donations of “gently used” Halloween costumes are being sought to give to local children in the community center's annual “Boo-tique.” Now in its third year, the program has been a big success, according to Community Center Director Carolyn Carey. “We got four costumes yesterday,” she said last Thursday. The costumes will be displayed in the Boo-tique and children will be allowed to come in and se...

Saquatucket Landside Project To Be Bid Again

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — After lengthy discussion concerning whether changes to the Saquatucket Harbor landside project are within the scope of what voters approved in the May town meeting, selectmen Monday night, by consensus, agreed to instruct Town Administrator Christopher Clark to seek a second round of bids. The project has been fraught with cost overruns, with the initial design done by the architectural firm of Brown...

Williams Named Executive Director Of Harwich Chamber

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Having served for more than six months as interim director, Cyndi Williams has been appointed as the new executive director of the chamber of commerce. “We are excited and happy to announce that Cyndi Williams is the new Harwich Chamber of Commerce executive director,” chamber board chairman Michael Ulrich stated in an email sent to members Sunday. “Cyndi has devoted herself to the town of Harwich...

Five-Year Financial Plan Projects $10 Million Increase

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The town's annual budget is projected to increase by about $10 million over the next five years, based on the numbers in the town's five-year financial plan presented to selectmen on Monday night. While Town Administrator Christopher Clark admitted it is harder to project the later years of the plan, the document shows the town could be running at a deficit of $896,404 by fiscal year 2021, and it cou...

HARWICH — A lot of paperwork and determination means that local organizations will be benefiting from unclaimed monies held by the state. After securing more than $37,000 that was once considered abandoned property, members of the now-disbanded Harwich Junior Woman's Club are distributing the money to more than half a dozen Harwich nonprofits. In 2015, former club president Antigone London and clerk Debra DeCo...

Neighbors Not Satisfied With Farm Compliance Efforts

By: Alan Pollock

HARWICH — Resilient Family Farm continues to have two outstanding issues to address after a cease and desist order was issued by the board of health last April. Those issues relate to the operation of an unlicensed piggery and manure management noncompliance. Last week the health board declared commercial piggeries a noisome trade and will licensing them on a site-by-site basis (see story, page 1). The farm ow...

Health Board To Regulate Piggeries

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The board of health has declared piggeries to be a “noisome trade” and will require site assignments for such commercial enterprises. The board defined a commercial piggery as three or more animals, allowing up to two pigs on residential properties. The health board conducted a public hearing on the piggery issue last week with Board of Health Chair Pamela Howell stating the board wanted input on whe...

Brooks Library, Pond Restoration, Open Space Pitch For CPA Funds

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The town will once again seek Community Preservation Act funding to restore the health of Hinckley's Pond. Town Administrator Christopher Clark was before the community preservation committee last week and made it clear the project is important, citing another fish kill at the pond this year. The CPC public hearing last Thursday was a requirement under state statute that the group conduct a public in...

New Location Revitalizes Harwich Cranberry Festival

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The weather, for the most part, cooperated for the annual Harwich Cranberry and Arts Festival last weekend. The new location behind the community center provided plenty of space and the surrounding fields added room for parking, making access to the festival easier. The parking, an expanded number of crafts fair vendors, food trucks, the CranJam Music Festival, business expo and the return of firewor...

Local Teen Alexis Comeau Starts Cross-country Adventure

By: Alan Pollock

HARWICH — Driving across the Great Plains, 18-year-old Alexis Comeau of Harwich can look all around her and see wheat fields all the way to the horizon. On Sept. 9, she loaded up a customized van and embarked on a cross-country odyssey that's already broadened her perspective in other ways, too. Comeau has been planning the trip since she was 14 and dreaming of this kind of travel adventure for much longer. Ha...

Last year, Harwich residents Sarah and Steve Swain considered climbing aboard the 47-foot ketch Steve had restored and, along with their three children, accompanying friends on a months-long cruise along the Atlantic coast. They didn't end up going. “We just weren't ready,” recalled Sarah, a musician and founder and CEO of the Cape Wellness Collaborative. That turned out to be the right decision. Over the w...