Harwich News

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...

Planning Board Gets Commission’s Pitch On DCPCs

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The planning board received a detailed presentation on the use of a district of critical planning concern to buy time to make zoning adjustments by Cape Cod Commission historic preservation staff member Sarah Korjeff last week. There has been a focus on using the tool to protect historic characteristics along what has become known as Captains’ Row, a section of Route 28 in West Harwich extending from...

Gagnon To Serve As Hometown Parade Grand Marshal

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Residents will be lining the streets to celebrate Harwich “Then and Now” as the Hometown Parade rolls along Route 28 in Harwich Port on Sunday in the annual chamber of commerce-sponsored event. “The town will be stepping out to Celebrate Harwich ‘Then and Now.’ Come line the streets and show your Harwich spirit,” Cyndi Williams, executive director of the chamber, said of one of events leading into th...

Bylaw Calls Into Question Cranberry Fest Fireworks Location

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The town bylaw approved in 2009 establishing a buffer zone around drinking water wells where discharging fireworks is prohibited could spell trouble for the Harwich Cranberry Festival fireworks. For the past two years, the festival fireworks were ignited from Whitehouse Field, which is within the 1,500-foot buffer zone. “It’s news to me,” Fire Chief Norman Clarke said of the prohibition. “You’ve t...

Somehow, being “poor” Doesn’t matter here, Because the heart of this place Is in every volunteer! A few months ago, a client of the Family Pantry was inspired to write a poem, excerpted above, expressing her feelings about the organization and its workers. Asking for help is never easy, but the Family Pantry helps clients in a way that is both comprehensive, compassionate and respectful. “I enjoy co...

Trading Lemonade Profits For A Route 28 Sidewalk

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — A citizen initiative is underway to accomplish what the town has not yet to be able to do: get the state to construct a sidewalk along Route 28 from Saquatucket Harbor to Harwich Port. And it's being led by a 10-year-old boy. “Dear Mr. Baker: I am a child who lives in Harwich Port on Cape Cod. I live so close to the center of town and my grandparents and cousins, but I cannot walk there! The reaso...

Saquatucket Harbor Improvements Exceed Expectations

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito was impressed with the major improvements to Saquatucket Harbor as she strolled along the new dock system during a project completion ceremony on Tuesday afternoon. “It exceeded my expectations, though I knew it would be great,” Polito told The Chronicle at the conclusion of a tour of the new facilities. Polito is the chair of the state Seaport Economic Council, which contrib...

HARWICH — Selectmen on Monday night issued a contract to Community Development Corporation to provide housing coordinator services to the affordable housing trust for a second year. But there was debate over who should issue the contract, the town's affordable housing trust or selectmen. Selectman Donald Howell, who also serves on the trust, declared it should be the selectmen’s decision, not the trust’s, to i...

East Harwich Sewer Costs A Concern To Selectmen

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Town officials opened the second round of bids for the East Harwich sewer project last Thursday and after bids in the first round came in high, they were a little relieved with what they received in the second round. Selectmen also voted not to call a special town meeting this fall to reaffirm a regional wastewater partnership with Dennis and Yarmouth, even if legislation establishing the partnership...