Harwich News

HCT Meets Funding Goal For Sand Pond Woodlands

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The Harwich Conservation Trust has met its goal of raising $1,225,000 to buy 6.65 acres in the Sand Pond Woodlands. The acquisition puts in place the final piece of a 75-acre land connection puzzle along the Herring River. Purchase of the 6.65 acres will not occur until the spring of 2021, said Harwich Conservation Trust Executive Director Michael Lach, because the trust will have to comply with stat...

Selectmen Reject Request For Liquor License Fee Reduction

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Selectmen Monday night rejected reducing annual restaurant liquor license fees for the coming year. Restaurants had requested the reductions because of lost business due to restrictions under the commonwealth’s emergency COVID-19 orders. For a time, the emergency regulations prohibited serving of alcohol for on-premise consumption. Once restaurants were allowed to serve liquor on the premises, it ...

Harwich Selectmen Weigh Ban On Nip Bottles

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Selectmen are considering banning the sale of 50 ml bottles of alcohol, known as nips. The issue was raised by Selectman Donald Howell Monday night. He said there has been a lot of talk in town about the trash that nips generate. “We’re getting inundated with trash,” Howell said. Over the past few years those involved in the Harwich Conservation Trust’s Tour de Trash annual roadside cleanup hav...

Sarah Swain Honored As Red Cross Community Service Hero

By: Jennifer Sexton-Riley

HARWICH – Sarah Swain, founder of the Cape Wellness Collaborative and the Cape Cod Women's Music Festival, has been honored with The American Red Cross of Massachusetts Community Service Hero Award. Inspired to make a difference in her community after losing her mother to ovarian cancer, Swain, a local music ian, created the annual Cape Cod Women’s Music Festival (CCWMF) in her mother’s honor in 2012. In 2014, S...

"I can't imagine a more challenging time" to try to clarify the state of our politics and the road ahead, said former Massachusetts senator Dan Wolf last week as he addressed more than 40 people in the final Zoom class of the Eldredge Library Fall 2020 Learning Series. Wolf, a resident of Harwich who learned to fly 43 years ago at Chatham Airport, is currently the CEO of Cape Air. A Democrat, Wolf admits his p...

Royal Apartments Heading To Planning Board Under New Bylaw

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Under the newly approved multifamily zoning amendment, the owner of the former Royal of Harwich Center nursing home/assisted living property at the corner of Bank and Parallel streets will be going before the planning board next week seeking permits for a 26-unit apartment complex. A similar proposal for re-use of the two buildings drew opposition from residents of the area last spring, and the appli...

Harwich Food Forest Will Add Pollinator Garden Thanks To Grant

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — There will be a new flower garden at the entrance to the Harwich Food Forest Walking Commons at the Bay Road power lines in East Harwich, serving primarily as a pollinator habitat in the public gardens. The Food Forest Initiative of Cape Cod – working with the Harwich Water Department, which owns the land, and Eversource, the utility company that holds the power line easement – established a perennia...

Selectmen Temporarily Halt Work Of Noise Containment Committee

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The conflict between commercial enterprises and quality of life for residents in Harwich Port continues to increase in volume. Last week selectmen put a temporary halt to the ad hoc noise containment committee looking at the issue in order to get better control of the volume control dial. Selectman Michael MacAskill, who serves as the board’s liaison to the ad hoc committee, requested that the the co...

Commission To Allow Bogs To Naturalize

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — For several years, the conservation commission has been deliberating the future of the Herring River cranberry bogs as part of updating the Bell’s Neck Land Management Plan. Last week the commission decided to back limited management which will allow the bogs to naturalize gradually. The property was designated conservation land in 1993 and the bogs had been leased for cranberry production a couple o...

Regional Sewer Emphasis May Shift To Harwich Center

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Officials are considering altering the town's participation in the Dennis-Harwich-Yarmouth Clean Waters Community Partnership to reduce its initial financial contribution by shifting the focus to Harwich Center. Wastewater costs have been a thorn in the financial side of the community. The town’s initial sewering projects in East Harwich were expected to service 600 homes at $18.5 million, but the lo...

Harwich Town Planner Greenhalgh To Retire

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Town Planner Charleen Greenhalgh will retire in three weeks after 33 years as a public servant. She has spent 10 of those years working for the town of Harwich. With Greenhalgh’s departure, there could be some changes coming to the planning department. Selectmen Chairman Larry Ballantine said he has been talking with Interim Town Administrator Joseph Powers about posting the position, but part of Pow...

HARWICH — Selectmen on Monday night conducted a performance review of Interim Town Administrator Joseph Powers and came to the consensus that he has “exceeded expectations.” Powers received particularly strong reviews for municipal finance and budgeting, economic development and community planning. Using a new SMART goal setting process, the board is planning to conduct three evaluations during Powers’ one-yea...