Harwich News

Trust Seeks CPA Funds For Joint Housing/Open Space Acquisition

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — There is a joint initiative underway between the affordable housing trust and real estate and open space committee to acquire 6.65 acres of property along Deacon’s Folly Road with an eye toward developing affordable housing and preserving open space. The affordable housing trust voted two weeks ago to file an application, together with the real estate and open space committee, with the community pres...

Board Declines To Endorse Plan For Controversial W. Harwich Land

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The planning board took no action on a request for an endorsement on an approval-not-required two-lot subdivision plan on the site where a retail outlet, possibly a Dollar General store, had previously been proposed along Route 28 in West Harwich. The ANR was put forward by Bohler Engineering on behalf of Sunrise Nominee Trust, which owns the two lots at 48 and 52 Route 28. The lots include the circa...

Harwich Firefighters Dedicate New 9/11 Memorial

By: Alan Pollock

HARWICH — Even as speakers urged citizens hold in their hearts the acts of bravery and sacrifice that happened on Sept. 11, 18 years ago, Harwich now holds a piece of the World Trade Center. During their annual commemoration last Wednesday, the Harwich Fire Department dedicated a new memorial of the Sept. 11 attack. Installed in front of the fire station, the twin columns of black granite recall the Twin Tower...

HARWICH — The board of selectmen voted unanimously Monday night to nominate a section of Route 28 in West Harwich from the Dennis town line to the west side of the Herring River to the Cape Cod Commission for a District of Critical Planning Concern designation. The selectmen’s nomination came after the planning board last week also voted to pursue a nomination of the district based on a draft nomination applic...

Boat Storage And Food Truck Approved For Route 28 Site

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The planning board has approved a site plan special permit and a use special permit for storage of boats and a mobile food truck at 809 Route 28 in South Harwich. The proposal was put forward by Brain Langelier, trustee of the property. Langelier purchased 809 and 815 Route 28 this past year. The 815 Route 28 property was once the home of a dive training center containing a large indoor pool. The bui...

Harwich Hometown Parade Drew Socks And Smiles

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Sunday provided welcoming weather for the Harwich Hometown Parade as people lined the streets and held cookouts through Harwich Port and along the route that extended to the Harwich Elementary School on South street. The third annual parade sponsored by the chamber of commerce had better fortune than the Beach Day sponsored by the Harwich Cranberry Festival, which was planned for Saturday but was can...

Cranberry Festival Weekend Offers Crafts, Music And Fireworks

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — If you like music, crafts, art, food truck cuisine and plenty of socialization, then the Harwich Cranberry Arts and Music Festival is where you want to be this coming weekend. If that’s not enough, there will also be the chamber of commerce’s fireworks display on Saturday night. The festival has been a late summer tradition in the community for more than 40 years and offers a weekend of activities, i...

EAST HARWICH – While many middle schoolers across the Cape tackled their traditional back to school routines, eighth graders at the Cape Cod Lighthouse Charter School boarded buses and vans and hit the road for a first day field trip. This excursion marks the 25 time educators at the school have launched students’ final year at CCLCS with a trip into the community with visits to the Cape Cinema and the Cape Mu...

HARWICH — The Royal of Harwich Village property in Harwich Center has been sold to a Brookline-based company, The Royal Apartments, LLC, for $1.5 million. The company also purchased the adjacent property, a 20,038-square-foot lot containing an 1850 Greek Revival house for $500,000. Matthew Newman is trustee of The Royal Apartments, LLC and a part-time resident of Harwich. He said Monday the goal for the proper...

HARWICH – It is quiet this afternoon in Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Harwich Port. At the edge of the cemetery, wind stirs the oak trees and the pines. Birds call out; a car passes nearby on Forest Street. A Rose of Sharon drops petals on the ground next to the polished granite bench that stands as a memorial to Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill Jr., 47th Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1977 to 1987. O’N...

Climbing The Ladder In The Harwich Fire Department

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — There are a number of fire department members climbing the career ladder and a few making the first step. Many were recognized in a swearing-in ceremony last Friday. With the retirement of long-time veteran department members Fire Inspector Brian Coughlan and EMS Officer Ron Sanders, department members and friends came to celebrate the appointment of Bruce J. Young as the new fire inspector and Paul ...

State Denies Variance For Stone Horse Dorm Elevators

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The state Architectural Access Board has denied a variance for elevators at the new dormitories being built at the former Stone Horse Motel in South Harwich. The issue was raised during the site plan review and special permit hearing for the redevelopment. Main Street Stone Horse, LLC is constructing a pair of two-story dormitories, each with 42 rooms to accommodate up to 180 seasonal workers, includ...