Harwich News

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...

New Brooks Academy Foundation, Basement Could Cost $1 Million

By: William F. Galvin

Commission To Seek CPA Funds HARWICH — The brick and stone underpinnings of the oldest section of Brooks Academy is in poor condition, and the Brooks Academy Museum Commission will seek Community Preservation Act funds to replace it with a new foundation. The commission also plans to add a full basement to the historic structure at a cost of more than $1 million. The historic former schoolhouse located at t...

Algae Blooms Impacting Harwich Ponds

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Over the past couple of years the number of algae blooms in local ponds seem to be on the rise. Skinequit Pond in South Harwich has experienced two blooms just in the past two weeks, and for the second year in a row the West Reservoir in West Harwich had the blue-green shade that is emblematic of cyanobacteria. The town had a decade-long battle with algae blooms and fish kills in Hinckley’s Pond befo...