Harwich News

Harder Challenges Hughes For Harwich County Assembly Seat

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — There is one local election on the Nov. 6 state election ballot. Voters will be asked to chose Elizabeth Harder or Peter Hughes to serve as the town's representative to the Barnstable County Assembly of Delegates. Hughes presently holds the seat, having been appointed by the board of selectmen last June to fill the unexpired term created when Selectman Ed McManus decided to give up the post to run fo...

They're both held town elective office, they've both served on the county assembly, and they both want the available seat on the board of county commissioners. But that's where the similarities end between incumbent commissioner Leo Cakounes of Harwich and challenger Ron Bergstrom of Chatham. “I believe there's a huge separation on how we conduct ourselves as elected officials,” Cakounes said. “It's a clash...

Residents Push For Denial Of Harwich Center Construction Plan

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Residents of Harwich Center on Friday urged the historic district and historical commission to deny the certificate of appropriateness application for the demolition of the gas station building in the village and construction of a 4,000-square-foot mixed use commercial and residential structure in its place. “My suggestion is to reject the plan outright and help the applicant to do it right,” Paul Do...

Selectmen Battle Over Issuance Of Cold Brook Contract

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — As the town moves into another funding phase for the Cold Brook nitrogen attenuation project, selectmen are raising a number of questions about design, consultant funding and defining the goals of the public/private relationship with Harwich Conservation Trust. On a split vote, selectmen Monday night approved a $119,800 agreement with consultants CDM Smith, Inc. to continue technical team participati...

In a campaign that’s been more rancorous than usual among local races, Republican John Flores is challenging Democrat Julian Cyr for his seat on the Massachusetts State Senate. Cyr is touting his record of successes, while Flores paints himself as a no-nonsense fiscal conservative.   Julian Cyr Elected to his first term two years ago, Cyr is a Truro native who entered politics as a junior at Nauset Reg...

Selectmen Vote To Support Stone Horse Motel Conversion

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The proposed Stone Horse Motel conversion to seasonal workforce housing, which goes before the appeals board next week, received support from the board of selectmen on Monday night. The project will require a use variance to demolish and construct two dormitories on the 2.61-acre site along Route 28 in South Harwich. Selectmen received an email from Town Planner Charleen Greenhalgh asking the board i...

Stakeholder Meetings Underway For Cultural Districts

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The first stakeholder meeting for the formation of two cultural districts in town was held last week, with a focus on Harwich Port. A second event is scheduled next Tuesday night, Oct. 30, at the cultural center and will focus on a Harwich Center district. The Harwich Port district session was moderated by Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Cyndi Williams and Town Planner Charleen Greenhalgh, who...

HARWICH — Sailors at the Allen Harbor Yacht Club got an insightful depiction of what it is like to circumnavigate the globe solo on Friday night from Jerome Rand, who completed the 271-day voyage at the end of June. “It was nine months without touching land,” Rand said of a trip that challenged the spirit and the limits of the human body. Circumnavigations of the globe are not common experiences. Rand said ...

SHMH Auction Celebrates A Historic Treasure This Weekend

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Anyone looking for a wedding venue might want to attend the annual Auction Gala at the South Harwich Meetinghouse. One auction item provides the opportunity to be the first couple to be wed in the newly restored historic former Methodist Church. There are certainly other reasons to attend the auction. The event, scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 28 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., will provide the public with an oppo...

Neighbor Demands Cranberry Valley Address Errant Golf Balls

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Errant golf balls from the Cranberry Valley Golf Course, a municipal facility, are causing a disturbance in one adjacent neighborhood. Apparently a hook or a slice that lands a ball on private property can be construed as trespassing. Town Administrator Christopher Clark informed selectmen last week that the town has received a claim for damage on a residential property from golf balls hit from the m...

Selectmen Adopt Green Communities Energy Reduction Plan

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Selectmen on Monday night took a major step toward becoming a Green Community with the adoption of an energy reduction plan. The plan seeks to reduce energy consumption by the municipality by 20 percent in the next five years. With the adoption of the plan, assistant town administrator Evan Melillo told selectmen, all five of the criteria for the Green Communities program have been completed and by n...

Historic West Harwich Schoolhouse Could Have New Life

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The historic West Harwich Schoolhouse may have inhaled another breath of life Monday night as selectmen express support for issuing proposals for the vacant building's use, likely through a licensing agreement. The board also voted to support a Preservation Massachusetts application to place the building on the organization's “most endangered” list. Over the past two weeks selectmen have been disc...