Harwich News

Powers Named Temporary Town Administrator

By: William F. Galvin

Supporters Back Cakounes For Job HARWICH — Selectmen on Monday night appointed assistant town administrator Joseph Powers to serve as temporary town administrator for a period not to exceed 90 days. Powers will replace Town Administrator Christopher Clark, who is on a long-term leave of absence and will not seek reappointment when his contract expires on June 30. Under the Harwich Home Rule Charter, selectm...

How And Why A Rare Tornado Occurred On Cape Cod

By: Ellen Chahey

'Weather Nerd' Phil Burt Explains HARWICH – Tornado!? That single word, complete with the astonished punctuation, was the first image in a PowerPoint talk on Nov. 14 at Brooks Free Library about the unusual event that pounded Harwich, Chatham, and some of the Upper and Mid Cape on July 23. The speaker was Phil Burt, a self-proclaimed “weather nerd” who has a master’s degree in meteorology. “I’ve been add...

Harwich FD Quint Purchase Could Save Taxpayers $900K

By: Alan Pollock

HARWICH — In the next few years, voters will be asked to fund a number of big-ticket capital projects, but the funding requests from the fire department will be a bit lower than originally expected. Facing the need for a new ladder truck and a new pumper, the department will instead seek to buy a "quint," which can perform both functions at a fire scene. The move could save taxpayers around $900,000 over the cost...

Educating Residents On Wastewater Options

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The town has begun what will be a series of informational sessions between now and the spring town meeting to educate residents about changes being made to the comprehensive wastewater management plan. There is the potential for major changes to the plan. Gov. Charlie Baker signed special legislation for the DHY Clean Waters Partnership, allowing Dennis, Harwich and Yarmouth to work together and poss...

New Osprey Nesting Platform Provides Waterfront Accommodations

By: Staff Reports and Contributors

SOUTH HARWICH — Some high-profile seasonal visitors to town will enjoy new waterfront accommodations next spring, thanks to the Harwich Conservation Trust and AmeriCorps Cape Cod. Last Thursday, volunteers erected a new osprey nesting platform on conservation land in the salt marsh behind Red River Beach. Funded by a donor to the Trust, the platform was assembled in the beach parking lot, carried across the ma...

Commission OK's West Harwich DCPC

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The Cape Cod Commission gave its unanimous approval to the selectmen’s request to establish the West Harwich District of Critical Planning Concern. The request will now be sent to the Barnstable County Assembly of Delegates for enactment as a county ordinance. If approved by the assembly, the town will have one year to adopt and incorporate implementing regulations in its official bylaws, regulations...

Veterans Serve And Protect Freedom And Values

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The message from Lt Col. Charles D. Carroll, USAF, Retired, was clear: The freedoms we enjoy in this country do not come from the efforts of religious leaders and politicians, but from the veterans who put their lives on the line. The Monomoy Regional High School Ladies A Capella Group sang patriotic songs at the Veterans Day ceremony.  ...

HARWICH — Twenty years ago this month, in a bid to stop a rush of residential development and the groundwater pollution it would bring, Harwich officials took a gamble on a new regulatory tool. In creating the Six Ponds District of Critical Planning Concern, or DCPC, and the zoning rules that followed, they rolled the political dice and hoped voters wouldn’t see the move as a government land grab. Two decades ...

Acosta: Plan For Tomorrow's Workforce

By: Alan Pollock

EAST HARWICH — With the rapidly aging demographic on Cape Cod, and the shortage of skilled workers who can afford to live here, it’s time for local businesses and citizens to find creative ways to support the local workforce. That was the message from Rosalin Acosta, the state's secretary of labor and workforce development, who spoke at a meeting of the Cape Cod Young Professionals Friday morning. Unemploym...

Clark: Time To Take Care Of Family

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — There has certainly been acrimony between some members of the board of selectmen and Town Administrator Christopher Clark over his nearly six-year tenure, and it has intensified over the past several months. Clark announced last week he will not seek reappointment as town administrator when his term expires at the end of June. He reached an agreement with selectmen and will be leaving his position wi...

Volunteers Pitch In For Veteran In Need

By: Alan Pollock

NORTH HARWICH — When severe thunderstorms brought high winds and a tornado to the Lower Cape back in July, tree branches fell on a modest home in North Harwich, putting three holes in the roof. The owner, an 83-year-old Air Force veteran, didn't have the means to make repairs. Thanks to an army of volunteers and generous local companies, the roof got some TLC and the yard had a proper fall clean-up on Friday. ...

EAST HARWICH — After about 10 months as executive director of Pleasant Bay Community Boating, P.J. Richardson is taking a different tack. PBCB board President Ted Baylis made the announcement in an email to the group’s supporters last week. “On Monday, Oct. 28, P.J. Richardson and the PBCB board jointly concluded that a change in leadership was in both his and the organization’s best interests,” Baylis wrote. ...