Harwich News

Greenhalgh Leaving Administration For Town Planner Position

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — In a surprise announcement, Town Administrator Christopher Clark appointed Assistant Town Administrator Charleen Greenhalgh as the new town planner, leaving her former position vacant. The announcement comes at a time when Clark is reallocating administration and staffing budgets that would alter segments of the community development department. Greenhalgh applied for the town planner's position afte...

Commission Hears Proposal For Kelp Farm Off Herring River

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The conservation commission responded positively to a preliminary pitch to locate two pilot kelp growing arrays in Nantucket Sound off Herring River. The pitch was made by West Harwich resident Mark Kelleher, who is seeking to use two locations off Herring River to string two 250-foot lines, one in an area about a half mile outside the mouth of Herring River and another just north of Kill Pond Buoy, ...

Support Sought For Harwich-based Cape Toy Library

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Play is an essential component of child development, fostering education and mental well-being. But in today's society, with children having two working parents, there may not be an opportunity for children to get together, and play can be challenging. There is an initiative underway seeking to create a safe, enriching play-literacy learning environment for families and children, providing toys, book...

HARWICH — The appeals board wants more information on the storage of materials associated with the National Grid gas pipeline project now underway. The board was asked to issue a temporary change of use permit for land off Route 39 to allow the storage of materials but is seeking additional feedback from the health board and conservation commission after a neighbor raised the possibility that asphalt storage c...

Land Swap May Provide Development Access At Saquatucket

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Several steps have been taken in recent months that may resolve a lawsuit against the conservation commission and pave the way for development of a home on the west bank of Saquatucket Harbor. Efforts have been underway for more than 45 years to gain access to a 2.56-acre parcel consisting of wetlands and hillside running down to the harbor. A subdivision plan was granted in 1971 to Winslow C. Grulle...

Brown Will Not seek Re-election In May

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Town Clerk Anita Doucette has released the 2018 town election calendar with the dates for obtaining and filing nomination papers for the May 15 annual town election. There is only one selectman position on the ballot this year, and the incumbent says she is not running. Selectman Jannell Brown's three-year term expires on election day. She said she will not seek a second term, mostly for financial re...

Now that the new year is here and winter has settled in with a vengeance, the Family Pantry of Cape Cod is likely to see an uptick in business, as local residents spend more on heat and electricity and have less to spend on food. “This weather is not helping,” said Christine Menard, the Pantry's executive director. As utility bills rise with lower temperatures, “they'll need us even more.” With the help of ...

Public-Private Partnership Explored For Harbor Restaurant

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The town is considering drafting a request for proposals for a long-term lease to establish a restaurant on the knoll overlooking Saquatucket Harbor. The town has received one inquiry interested in a public/private partnership to build an eatery at the town-owned marina. As part of the initial landside development plan now underway, a small restaurant or snack shack had been considered, but funding f...

Hesitant At First, Seniors Now Welcome Help From Pantry

By: Elizabeth Van Wye

Harwich residents John and Jane Doe (names and some identifying information has been changed at their request) never thought they would need the services of the Family Pantry of Cape Cod. Natives of Rhode Island, Jane and her husband moved to the Cape when they retired four years ago. “I’ve loved this part of New England all of my life,” she said. Jane learned about the services of the Family Pantry from th...

AG's Office Finds No Open Meeting Law Violation

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The board of selectmen did not violate the state Open Meeting Law when it failed to conspicuously record the date and time of a revision to the notice for its Sept. 18 meeting, the Attorney General's Office has ruled. The decision issued by the Division of Open Government pointed out the board conceded it did not record the information cited in a complaint filed by Barnstable County Commissioner Rona...

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...