Harwich News

Moratorium In Place For Proposed West Harwich DCPC

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — There is a “hard moratorium” in place on development and development permits in the proposed District of Critical Planning Concern along a stretch of Route 28 in West Harwich from just west of the Herring River to the Dennis town line. The moratorium puts a hold on any development activity in the proposed 43-acre district while the Cape Cod Commission weighs whether it will accept a DCPC nomination p...

HARWICH — When citizens, businesses and government come together to save key tracts of open space, almost nothing––not even a tornado––can stop the momentum. That was the message from Michael Lach of the Harwich Conservation Trust, who helped cut the ribbon Monday for the new Cornelius Pond Woodlands conservation area. “It takes a village to preserve priority lands,” he said. The 14.9-acre parcel off Queen ...

Residents Get An Education On Regional Wastewater Partnership

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Educating residents about the costs and benefits of the regional Dennis, Harwich and Yarmouth Clean Waters Partnership will not be an easy task. But members of the subgroup seeking to bring the towns together to process wastewater in one treatment plant began that task last week. Members of the partnership and their consulting engineering firm, CDM Smith, Inc., conducted a public forum last Thursday ...

HARWICH — The board of health has approved regulations to curtail access to flavored tobacco products, including for e-cigarettes, allowing their sale only in three adult-only retail tobacco shops that will be permitted to operate in town. Harwich joins several other Cape towns, including Chatham, in banning flavored tobacco products in general retail outlets. The new health regulations allow a maximum of 1...

HARWICH — A Harwich woman is demanding answers after she was discharged from Cape Cod Hospital and received, with her own medical records, several pages of a stranger’s records. Shirley Dubois, 86, underwent a battery of tests at the hospital for two days earlier this month related to ongoing medical concerns. When she was ready to go home, a nurse handed her a manila envelope with around a dozen stapled pages...

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...