Harwich News

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...

There is a lot that we do not know when it comes to plastics and their impact on the environment, animals and humans. There is much that still needs to be learned before we can determine what needs to be done to better manage or eliminate this valuable modern resource. Far more scientific data must be collected, and research completed if we are to have a better understanding of plastics, micro-plastics, and nano-...

There might be some controversy regarding the outcome of the Iowa Caucus, but for the Monomoy Regional High School students that made the trip to see U.S. politics in action, it was an experience they won't soon forget. For the second time since the school's opening, history teacher John Dickson took 20 students from the sandy shores of Cape Cod to the snowy plains of Iowa where they had numerous opportunities...

Monomoy Considers Pre-Labor Day School Start

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – For the first time, Monomoy Regional School District officials are considering starting school before Labor Day this September. The new school year has traditionally begun the day after Labor Day, both in the Monomoy District and in the Chatham and Harwich schools before regionalization. This September, Labor Day falls on Sept. 7, as late in the year as possible. If school begins Tuesday, Sept. 8, it...

Neighbors Register Concern About Wychmere Resort Improvements

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The appeals board approved a revised special permit for improvements to facilities at the Wychmere Beach Resort last week, despite opposition from neighbors. The board’s decision came one day after the planning board continued a hearing for the project in which applicant Wychmere Harbor Real Estate, LLC was seeking to amend the site plan special permit for a structure greater than 7,500 square feet. ...

Liquor Sales Dispute Delays Action On Harwich Port Plan

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The planning board held back on making a decision on a modification to a site plan permit for the first floor of the Harwich Port Commons building due to a dispute over beer and wine sales with abutter Joseph Della Morte of Cranberry Liquors. Attorney Andrew Singer made the presentation for the modification on behalf of 525 Camelot owners Paul and Diane Manning. The modification was a minor adjustmen...

HARWICH — The Royal Apartment presentation to the planning board has raised an interesting dynamic related to dwelling unit density in Harwich Center versus the need for additional workforce housing. The project presented to the board last week seeks to convert the former nursing home/assisted living facility and senior day care center on the corner of Bank and Parallel streets into a 26-unit apartment complex...

Cranberry Valley Solar Array Project Approved

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The planning board this past week approved a site plan review special permit to establish a large scale photovoltaic array at the Cranberry Valley Golf Course. There will actually be two locations where the arrays will be located. The larger one with 648 panels will be placed on a 1.26-acre parcel just north of the new cart barn running toward the municipal course’s maintenance facility. The other, c...