Harwich News

Residents Speak Out Against West Harwich Development

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Harwich Retail made two presentations on Tuesday on its plans for property on Route 28 in West Harwich, one to residents of the community and the other to the planning board, but in both sessions residents made it clear they do not want the 7,489-square-foot retail store the company is proposing located in their village. The project proponents held a 4 p.m. meeting in town hall with 20 people in atte...

Tech Graduates Urged To 'Take A Leap Of Faith'

By: Russ Allen

HARWICH – The next to the last commencement at the current Cape Cod Regional Technical High School building, which will be replaced by a newer structure in 2021, was held Saturday afternoon. In the presence of a standing-room-only audience of family, fellow students and friends, 109 seniors from Cape towns from Mashpee to North Truro received their high school diplomas and/or technical certificates during a ce...

The Port Sues Planning Board Over Perk’s Decision

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The dispute between The Port Restaurant and Bar and the abutting Perks Coffee Shop and Beer Garden became a little more fractious this past week, with 541 Main Street LLC, The Port, filing suit in state Land Court challenging the planning board’s issuance of a site plan special permit for Perks. This is the second challenge The Port, managed by Justin and Jared Brackett, has filed in the past few wee...

Brooks Museum To Celebrate Building's 175th Anniversary

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Brooks Academy Museum will celebrate the 175 th birthday of the historic Brooks Academy building with its seasonal opening Sunday. Native son Sidney Brooks supervised the construction of the building, completed in 1844, which initially served as the Pine Grove Seminary. Today the building belongs to the town of Harwich and is operated as a museum by the Harwich Historical Society. Sunday's opening w...

Selectmen Create Noise Containment Committee

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Selectmen agreed Monday night to establish an ad hoc noise containment committee to develop a policy designed to prevent noise from outdoor entertainment venues in commercial districts from disturbing people living in adjacent residential neighborhoods. Residents who live in and around Harwich Port are especially concerned about the increased volume of music emanating beyond the business district. Ov...

Commission Votes To Give Up Pet Cemetery Grounds

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The cemetery commission this past week voted to return the 2.25 acre parcel that had been approved for a pet cemetery on Queen Anne Road to the board of selectmen. That action puts to rest the year-long battle among factions in town over whether a municipal government should be involved in such an enterprise. There has been considerable debate about whether the town did due diligence in developing a ...

Selectmen Hold Off On Treasure Chest Sticker Fee

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — While selectmen have approved an increase in a couple of disposal area fees, the board balked at placing a $10 fee on stickers for the Treasure Chest, the town's swap shop. The board also agreed to hold the line on the price of residential disposal area permits for this year. The proposed $10 fee for the Treasure Chest sticker drew debate last week, but questions were raised about the nature of the f...

HARWICH — There was more of a congenial atmosphere last week than previously in the planning board session with the proposed developers of a retail store proposed on Route 28 in West Harwich, even as the board contemplated sending the project to the Cape Cod Commission as a limited discretionary referral. Harwich Retail LLC is proposing to build a 7,489-square-foot store on property at 48 and 52 Route 28; the ...

HARWICH — The town and Monomoy Regional School District received good news this week from bond rating firm S&P Global, which upgraded the town's credit rating to AAA. That could mean substantial costs savings on borrowing. The change is particularly welcome with the town embarking on a multi-million dollar sewer project in the coming years. “Having the AAA rating ensures that the town will enjoy low int...

Alcohol Sales OK'd For Harbor Eatery

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — A proposal to change the harbor management plan to allow the sale of beer and wine at the Dockside Seafood Shack at Saquatucket Harbor drew a storm of protest in the public hearing before selectmen last week. On a split vote, selectmen agreed to make the change to accommodate the beer and wine license at the snack shack. Harbormaster John Rendon said the amendment was being made to address the pro...

Hinckley’s Pond Alum Treatment Planned For September

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Hinckley’s Pond is expected to receive an alum treatment in September to remove excessive phosphorus which has lead to numerous algae blooms and fish kills in the pond in recent years. Town officials were successful, after a couple of proposals, in getting the community preservation committee to provide funds from the recreational category of the Community Preservation Act for the treatment. The comm...

PLEASANT LAKE — Compared to the heavy political, financial and legislative lifting needed for the Cape Cod Tech school building project, hoisting a several-thousand-pound steel beam in place for the traditional topping-off ceremony Thursday was clearly the easy part of the job. State Sen. Julian Cyr spoke about special legislation he pursued with ...