Harwich News

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...

Harwich Commission Approves Experimental Bay Scallop Project

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The sugar kelp farm that Mark Kelleher has been operating off the Herring River in Nantucket Sound will be expanded this year with the addition of juvenile bay scallops. Kelleher received approval from the conservation commission last week to experiment with growing bay scallops as part of the kelp farm the commission approve in 2018. Kelle h er told the commission he was somewhat disappointed w...

HARWICH — With insightful questions and a straightforward demeanor that would have been at home in a national presidential debate, members of the Monomoy Regional High School political action club questioned the candidates for the Massachusetts Ninth Congressional District during an online debate last Friday. The session was ably moderated by student Annalise Langelier. Incumbent William Keating, a Democrat, a...

HARWICH — An affordable housing trust session and a scheduled discussion by the board of selectmen on a proposed 100-unit residential development off Route 137 in East Harwich were halted based on the recommendations of Interim Town Administrator Joseph Powers. Because there is no formal permit application for developer Chris Wise's project, Powers recommended officials refrain from discussions. He told sel...

HARWICH — Financial leadership and stability, implementation of the comprehensive wastewater management plan and the creation of affordable and workforce housing were identified as priority goals for the coming year by the board of selectmen. Selectmen approved five goals on Oct. 19, also including as priorities economic development and working with the interim town administrator, financial director and reside...

AmeriCorps Partners With HCT, Town Conservation Dept.

By: Jennifer Sexton-Riley

The Harwich Conservation Trust (HCT) and the town of Harwich Conservation Department have been chosen to jointly host an AmeriCorps Cape Cod member three days each week from this fall into summer 2021. The AmeriCorps member, Caroline Stephen from Marlborough, graduated from Roger Williams University in 2016 with a degree in psychology. They have done two terms with AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Co...

Peter Luddy Remembered For His Community Service

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — By all accounts, Peter Luddy was a man of community. He stood out under his pink ball cap. He loved Harwich and its people. Mr. Luddy, 66, who served as a selectman for seven years, passed away at home on Friday. Mr. Luddy moved to Harwich from Waterbury, Conn. in 1989. He established his painting business and shortly thereafter opened a paint and decorating shop. He was a gregarious character always...

Historic Schoolhouse Undergoes Emergency Repairs

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Emergency repairs have been made to the roof of the historic West Harwich Schoolhouse, which has been vacant for more than two decades, during which the town has wrestled with what to do with the 1871 building. Selectmen Chairman Larry Ballantine said he received an email from former selectman Peter Hughes who had been at the former schoolhouse and noticed holes in the roof. Hughes recommended the to...

Two Forums Scheduled For Proposed 100-Unit Development

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Opposition is building to the 100-unit apartment development proposed on 12 acres off Route 137 in East Harwich. There is a petition circulating seeking to block the development and at least one member of the board of selectmen is speaking out against the project. Selectmen this week agreed to hold a public forum next Monday on the proposed development based on the mounting opposition. A presentation...