Harwich News

Two-Hour Harwich Port Parking Limit Recommended

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The ad hoc Harwich Port parking committee is recommending a two-hour parking limit in the public Schoolhouse Road parking lot in the center of the village. The group is also considering asking employees of village businesses to park at the former fire station on Bank Street and take a shuttle to Harwich Port. The group is planning to make its recommendations to the board of selectmen on Tuesday night...

HARWICH — A resident of Hawksnest Road in the Six Ponds District of East Harwich is seeking to have the town make improvements to that road and Round Cove Road, which lead into the Hawksnest Pond and Hawksnest State Park.  Area residents, however, objected to the request, saying the proposal would increase traffic and open up more land for development. Robert D. Fratus, Jr. has made some improvements to Haw...

Selectmen Approve Expansion of Experimental Kelp Farm

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Kelpeher Farms will be allowed to expand its experimental kelp farming operation outside the Herring River to a 2.5 acre site, selectmen voted Monday night. Mark Kelleher was before selectmen seeking approval to expand the experimental kelp project he has been operating this winter in Nantucket Sound. He also asked the board to put in place aquaculture regulations that would assist in making the perm...

Sign Of Spring: Piping Plovers Return To Area Beaches

By: Tim Wood , William F. Galvin

The plovers are back. The small shorebirds have begun returning to the area pretty much on time, according to local officials. The birds have been sighted on Nantucket Sound and Atlantic beaches, and efforts have begun to erect protective measures to help ensure a successful nesting season. Plovers have been spotted on Red River Beach, Bank Street Beach and Merkel Beach in Harwich and at the east end of Har...

Selectmen Approve Operating And School Budgets

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Selectmen on Monday night revisited votes on the annual town and school district budgets, generating debate on the spending habits of the community and whether the board should take a stronger position on reducing taxes. Selectman Michael MacAskill has made his position clear, repeatedly saying the growth in the annual operating budget is unsustainable and the town needs to take a break on funding ca...

'Sip, Sample and Sparkle' At The Toast of Harwich

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — “Sip, Sample and Sparkle,” the theme for the 18 th Toast of Harwich, is a good characterization of the annual spring kickoff event sponsored by the chamber of commerce at the Wequassett Resort and Golf Club on Pleasant Bay.  “It's an event where people like to dress up and come out and enjoy their local restaurants, sample some wines, and see what's new,” said Chamber Executive Director Cyndi William...

HARWICH — The 2.25-mile reconstruction of Lower County Road received the endorsement of selectmen on a 3-2 vote Monday night. The project has been estimated to cost $5.5 million, but Department of Public Works Director Lincoln Hooper told the board he is anticipating bids to be much lower. Hooper told selectmen his department sees this project as the priority road improvement for the community. The project was...

Gagnon Reflects On 33 Years With Harwich Police

By: Alan Pollock

HARWICH — When Tom Gagnon started work with the Harwich Police Department in 1986, the job was a bit different. Law enforcement involved less paperwork, the number of calls was much lower, and what's now known as community policing was just, well, policing. This week, Gagnon will retire as deputy chief after a 33-year career in Harwich. It’s actually been a public safety career of around 40 years for Gagnon,...

HARWICH — Selectmen have made it clear in the FY20 budget process that the cost of capital projects, debt exclusion votes, and increases in the Monomoy Regional School District budget are not sustainable and steps need to be taken to curb spending. When Town Administrator Christopher Clark put forward his balanced budget earlier this month, he was proposing an increase in the room occupancy tax from 4 to 6 per...

Stonehorse Housing Proposal Heading To Planning Board

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Plans have been filed for the redevelopment of the Stonehorse Motel facilities along Route 28 in South Harwich. The planning board will hear the proposal to use new dormitory structures for seasonal workforce housing next month. The petitioner is Main Street Stone Horse, LLC, which purchased the 2.6-acre site earlier this month from Outer Cape Health Services, Inc. for $750,000. The Secretary of Stat...

MacAskill Will Seek Another Three-Year Term As Selectman

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Selectman Michael MacAskill said this week he will be seeking another three-year term on the board of selectmen. He will join Stephen Ford and Thomas Sherry as candidates vying for two seats on the election ballot in May. “People my age are leaving because they can't afford to live here any more,” MacAskill said. “Fees and taxes are driving them out of town. I'm trying to draw attention to a fiscal c...

Harwich Selectmen Balk At Plastic Bottle Ban

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Residents will be asked in town meeting in May to ban the procurement or distribution of water or any other beverage in plastic bottles on town owned property. While selectmen seemed supportive of the concept, the board had a number of questions about implementing such a bylaw and postponed a vote pending some wording changes. “We don't need to question the toxicity of plastic. There is no question i...