Harwich News

MassDOT Explains New Exit Strategy

By: Alan Pollock

HARWICH — Potentially as soon as this summer, state transportation officials will begin renumbering highway exits on Route 6 and most other numbered highways in Massachusetts. MassDOT briefed the public on the plan at a session in Hyannis this week, and said the new exit numbers will be friendlier for drivers and will help emergency responders. Under the system, existing sequential numbers will be replaced by ...

Proposal Seeks Industrial Expansion On Queen Anne Road

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The planning board is working on a zoning amendment that would extend the Industrial Light District to the west along Queen Anne Road. Requests have been made by a couple of area property owners to include their land in the district. Town Planner Charleen Greenhalgh said there is very little open land left in the IL zone along Queen Anne Road. She has been talking to contractors who have been looking...

Senate Hopeful Kennedy Stumps For Social Justice

By: Alan Pollock

EAST HARWICH — Saying it’s time to redouble the fight on behalf of the poor, sick and disenfranchised, U.S. Senate hopeful Joseph P. Kennedy, III, D– campaigned before Harwich Democrats at Monday’s Presidents’ Day brunch. Kennedy spoke a day before his first televised debate with incumbent U.S. Senator Ed Markey, part of a rapid-fire series of campaign events around the state. The 39-year-old grandson of Rober...

Town Designates ‘James Marceline Arboretum’

By: Alan Pollock

HARWICH — The late James “Jimmy” Marceline gave generously to the town of Harwich as a civic leader, a businessman and a compassionate neighbor. He believed particularly in the value of education, having been a key supporter of Cape Tech and the Harwich schools. In a gesture of thanks last week, selectmen voted unanimously to place Mr. Marceline’s name on a new educational space: the proposed arboretum at...

Harwich Port Commons Clears Planning Board

By: Alan Pollock

Owners Of Proposed Market Reach Agreement With Neighbors HARWICH — Having reached agreement with abutters, the developer of the proposed Harwich Port Commons market is moving the project ahead. On Jan. 28, the planning board voted to continue debate on the application by Paul and Diane Manning, the owners of the new 12,400-square-foot building at 557-563 Route 28, in light of the dispute with neighbors. A...

HARWICH — There are a lot of connections between Harwich, Mass., and Harwich, Essex, England, including bonding as sister towns with attendant celebrations on both sides of the pond. But the one major connection that remains a mystery is how Cape Cod's Harwich got its name. But the 400 th anniversary of the Mayflower’s voyage is the perfect opportunity to remember the role that Harwich, England played in that...

Davenport Companies Propose Housing On Marceline Property

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Davenport Companies, a major home and apartment rental company on the Cape, has filed plans to build four duplexes on 4.76 acres on Celebration Way, off Headwaters Drive, property owned by the estate of the late Jimmy Marceline. The company has also purchased property on Queen Anne Road used by Marceline to graze cows. A subdivision was approved in November for Davenport Companies, identified as p...

Brutal Attack On Horse Prompts Distress, Outrage

By: Alan Pollock

NORTH HARWICH — The brutal attack on a 7-year-old Welsh pony overnight Saturday has left the horse with life-threatening injuries and local equestrians and supporters angry and afraid. Police say sometime late Saturday night or early Sunday morning, one or more perpetrators entered the barn at CB Equestrian on Derby Lane off Old Chatham Road and let four horses out of their stalls. The subject then apparently ...

Mini-Golf Variance Decision Delayed Until End Of Month

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Despite a hearing room filled with people wanting to comment on a proposal to construct a 36-hole mini-golf course near the intersection of Route 28 and Sisson Road, the appeals board shut down the hearing as the hour neared 10:30 p.m., leaving residents holding their input until the hearing resumes later this month. The board had nine hearings scheduled for the session in late January, and several r...

Harwich Earns Community Wildlife Habitat Certification

By: Alan Pollock

Effort Led By Garden Club Of Harwich HARWICH — There’s plenty of desirable real estate in Harwich, even for wildlife. The town has been officially designated as a Community Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation, making it the first on the Cape and only the second in Massachusetts to earn that recognition. The designation acknowledges that the town and its people have created multiple habitat ...

Draft Budget Slashes Spending; Hiring Freeze In Place

By: Alan Pollock

HARWICH — Responding to clear direction from the board of selectmen, Interim Town Administrator Joseph Powers delivered an austere town budget proposal Monday that holds growth to less than half a percent in FY21. In presenting the draft spending plan, Powers announced that he has imposed a freeze on hiring for any new positions advertised after Feb. 6. Finalized just hours before this week’s board meeting, th...