Harwich News

Residents Push For Ramp, Shoulder Improvements On Route 6

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — There was strong support for roadway improvements along Route 6 from approximately 20 people who attended a Cape Cod Commission hearing last week focusing on ramp and shoulder improvements along the state highway. The hearing sought public input on ramp and shoulder needs from the canal to the Orleans Rotary. Steven Tupper transportation program manager for the commission explained a planning study i...

Lower County Road Reconstruction Estimated At $5.6 Million

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The major capital project facing the town in the coming year is a projected $5,560,471 Lower County Road reconstruction to be funded solely by the town. The project could be eligible for the state/federal Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), to qualify the road layout would have to be widened, which officials say will compromise community character. Department of Public Works Director Lincoln...

Harwich Center Committee Sets Stakeholders Meeting

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — There was consensus among the Harwich Center initiative committee last week that input is needed from stakeholders – property owners – in shaping a direction for improving the vitality of the village. Acting committee chairman Paul Doane told the committee his mother years ago offered a program, including a slide show of the village in the 1950s, '60s and '80s . At the time, he said, the center was u...

New Harwich Building Permit Fees Effective Feb. 1

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — A number of building permit fees will be increased as of the beginning of February. The increased building fees had drawn a lot of debate among selectmen when they were first considered in August. Building Commissioner Raymond Chesley returned to the board last week and documented the need for a 57 percent increase. “There is a misnomer the revenue the town receives covers the cost of the building de...

FY20 Capital Plan Seeks Nearly $11 Million In Spending

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Selectmen and the finance committee have received a preview of the proposed seven-year capital plan from Town Administrator Christopher Clark with a focus on the FY 2020 spending package. The total spending Clark is recommending is $10,903,235, while the capital outlay committee's number is $10,402,915. The difference, he said, is that he incorporates items under the $50,000 threshold in his plan and...

HARWICH — The water department staff had to deal with another water main break along Route 28 last week near the intersection of Brooks Road. Water Department Superintendent Dan Pelletier said there have been four major breaks along that stretch of roadway in the past five years. Pelletier said the break that occurred after 4 p.m. last Thursday released about 150,000 gallons of water. The 10-inch pipe was inst...

Buddy Hall Was Committed To Community

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Having served the town in many capacities for nearly 50 years and earned his place as a community icon, Emulous E. “Buddy” Hall passed away on Saturday at the age of 95. Besides his dedication to community, he is also fondly remembered for his 58 years of providing enjoyment to locals and tourists, running Bud's Go-Karts on the corner of Route 28 and Sisson Road. A lifelong resident, Mr. Hall died pe...

Cultural Districts Create A Community Story Line

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Cultural districts should serve to develop the character and a story line for their communities, Luis Cotto, of the Massachusetts Cultural Council told stakeholders in Harwich recently. Cotto, the council’s program manager, came to help local officials plan for two cultural districts in town. In two meetings on Thursday, proponents off the districts in Harwich Center and Harwich Port met with Cotto a...

Town Waiting On State Response To Alum Treatment

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The hope was the town would be treating Hinckley's Pond with alum before the end of the year, but the conservation commission has not acted on the request, absent a response to the proposal from the state's Natural Heritage and Endangered Species (NHES) program. Natural Resources Director Heinz Proft was before the commission in early October seeking the commission's approval for the proposed alum tr...

Seasonal Lobster Pot Storage A Concern In Harwich

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The storage of lobster pots in the off-season on Cape Cod has become more of a challenge as land becomes developed and locations for such storage are more difficult to find. Ken Weeks has been a lifelong lobster fisherman and he is facing that problem. Weeks was before the conservation commission last week having filed a notice of intent seeking a variance to store up to 800 lobster pots on his prope...

Harwich Center Mixed-Use Development Withdrawn

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The proponent of a new mixed-use complex on the site of the former gas station in Harwich Center has withdrawn the application from historic district and historical commission review. The proposal for the 4,000-square-foot structure has been before the commission for nearly the past six months. Attorney Howard C. Cahoon told the commission this past week his client, Samuil Patel, has decided to withd...

During his first full day in Churchill, Manitoba, Kevin Clayton saw moose, beluga whales, a wolf and a polar bear. The massive bear was lounging on a beach and wasn't particularly interested in the helicopter hovering nearby. “It was sitting in the wrack line, where I wasn't expecting it,” Clayton said. Over the next week, he got plenty of chances to see polar bears and was even able to observe the release of ...