Harwich News

EAST HARWICH — It started simply enough. One day this past summer Jill Abraham walked out of her house and noticed bees hovering over and flying back and forth between plants in her small garden. While busy running her own business, she was also participating in a four-month leadership training program held by Landmark Education of Quincy which, among other activities, required her to undertake a community servic...

DHY Gets Pitch From Tri-Town Wastewater District Operators

By: William F. Galvin

DENNIS — Representatives from Harwich, Dennis and Yarmouth negotiating the DHY Clean Water Community Partnership got some insight about the shaping and function of a similar tri-town wastewater district off Cape. Selectmen, finance committee members and members of wastewater support committees were in Dennis last Thursday night to hear from representatives of the Mansfield-Foxborough-Norton Regional Wastewater...

Harwich Goes With New Homegrown COA Director

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The new council on aging director will be a familiar face to many seniors and to those who frequent the community center. Selectmen on Monday night confirmed the appointment made by Town Administrator Christopher Clark of Emily Mitchell as the new director. Mitchell worked the front desk at the community center for more than three years before entering Cornell Law School in August 2017. After a year ...

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...