Harwich News

HARWICH — Though the town is seeking a corresponding drop in the tax rate, property tax valuations in Harwich have increased by nearly 7 percent. That means the valuation of the average single-family home has jumped from $506,403 to about $542,000. “You’ve seen it in the market,” Board of Assessors Chairman Richard Waystack told selectmen last week. To keep the tax levy steady, the town is proposing a tax ra...

HARWICH – After a friend gave Bob Doyle a copy of the pocket edition of the Constitution of the United States, he decided to order 100 copies. The inside of the back cover of the compact pamphlet announces the goal of distributing 100 million copies by encouraging people to order and share 100 copies. “My wife said what will you do with 100 of them?” said Doyle. “I said wait and see. All of a sudden, I'm order...

Despite Setbacks, Round Cove Dredging Still Planned

By: Alan Pollock

EAST HARWICH — Tormented by persistent bad weather and equipment problems, the long-delayed Pleasant Bay dredging projects might seem to be cursed. But officials say they’re confident the streak of bad luck is coming to an end and the dredging of Round Cove will take place this fall as planned. The dredging adjacent to Fox Hill in North Chatham, near the entrance to Ryder’s Cove, along with the Round Cove dr...

Jetty Plan Would Stem Erosion At Red River Beach

By: Alan Pollock

SOUTH HARWICH — At the eastern tip of Red River Beach, it's hard to miss the thousands of yards of sand that have built up against the jetty, creating a wide swath for beachgoers to enjoy. But on the back side of the barrier beach, the river itself is eating away at the dunes, threatening the paved vehicle turn-around. A new plan to stem that erosion would use Community Preservation Act funds to extend the j...

HARWICH — In its bid to improve compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Harwich is doing more than just checking off the boxes on some form; it's making enhancements that help real people. That's the word from a consultant who reviewed a limited number of town buildings and facilities for accessibility. Valerie Fletcher of the Boston-based Institute for Human Centered Design was retained t...

Brax Hosts Annual Thanksgiving Dinner

By: Russ Allen

HARWICH PORT – As it has for a quarter of a century, Brax Landing Restaurant, which overlooks Saquatucket Harbor, will give back to the community by hosting its annual free Thanksgiving dinner for seniors, veterans, group home residents, the disabled and those alone or in need. Started by former owner Rod Leidner, the tradition has been continued by current owners of the restaurant, Tad Peavey and Jeff Gomes, ...

WEST HARWICH — On Sunday, Americans come together to honor veterans, on what will be the 100 th anniversary of the signing of the armistice that ended World War I. With all its witnesses now gone, the bloody battles of the Great War seem impossibly long ago and intangible. An artist, most likely a soldier in the trenches near Verdun, painstakingl...

Voters turned out in high numbers for Tuesday's state election, deciding several local races and ballot questions as well as contests for governor, federal and state legislators. In the only contested local race, Harwich voters sent Elizabeth Harder to the Barnstable County Assembly of Delegates for a two-year term. She won over incumbent Peter Hughes 3,390 to 2,752. Both had applied for the seat when Ed McMan...

HARWICH — The need for affordable year-round housing is nothing new. But town officials are hoping that a new approach – the creation of accessory dwelling units – could provide some relief. Town Planner Charleen Greenhalgh updated selectmen Monday on efforts to draft an ADU bylaw in time for voters to consider at the next annual town meeting. If enacted, the bylaw would allow accessory apartments within the...

Stone Horse Motel Redevelopment Into Workforce Housing OK'd

By: William F. Galvin

SOUTH HARWICH — The board of appeals approved a use variance last Wednesday that puts in motion a plan to replace several structures at the former Stone Horse Motel and build two new dormitory buildings to provide housing for as many as 180 seasonal workers. The project must also go before the planning board and board of health for final approvals. Outer Cape Health Services, Inc. (OCHS) is the current owne...

HARWICH — The energy level was high as stakeholders gathered last week to push for a cultural district designation for Harwich Center. The district is seen as one of the cogs in the wheels that could get the vitality of the village rolling once again. During the session led by Town Planner Charleen Greenhalgh and Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Cyndi Williams at the Harwich Cultural Center last Tuesday,...