Harwich News

Harwich Center Committee Seeks New Advisory Role

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — There is a lot of activity taking place in Harwich Center, with a couple of new businesses emerging and the construction for the new convenience store and apartments in the former gas station expected to get underway in the next month or so. To continue to foster the revitalization of the village, the Harwich Center Initiative Committee has asked selectmen to extend its tenure for another year and co...

HARWICH — The selectmen and finance committee got a preview of the capital outlay committee's seven-year capital plan last week. The public will have an opportunity to hear the plan details at a hearing Monday. The grand total for the seven years is $85,275,420, and a large portion of the capital expenses are driven by wastewater projects scheduled for FY 23, at $17.4 million, and FY24, which carries a cost of...

In tiny printing, a woman penned a simple note of thanks to the Family Pantry of Cape Cod, and that note tells the whole story. Year after year, season after season, the Pantry provides more than just nutritious food. It serves up compassion and dignity. Support Helping Neighbors Thanks to generous Cape ...

26 Apartments Proposed For Former Royal Village

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Royal Apartments, LLC is proposing to convert the former Royal of Harwich Village assisted living facility at the corner of Bank and Parallel streets into 26 apartments. The conversion from the former assisted living facility to multifamily use proposes no exterior changes to the building and minimal reconfiguration to the interior of the existing structure. In plans filed with the planning board, th...

Pub Moving Into Harwich Center

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The board of health has approved new operating procedures for a proposed new pub and cafe to be located in the current Red’s Pizza location in Harwich Center. The proponents are planning to purchase the business and establish the Seal Pub and Cafe at 703 Main St. Red’s Pizza, at the intersection of Pleasant Lake Avenue and Main Street, has been operating for several years with a plastic and paper pla...

The Royal Smoke Shop Opens In Harwich Center

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — As the town and state prepare more restrictive regulations governing the sale of tobacco products, a new smoke shop has opened in Harwich Center. New state regulations went into effect on Dec. 11 and the town’s new board of health regulations went into effect on September. Additional provisions will be effective Jan. 1 prohibiting retail stores with tobacco licenses from selling flavored tobacco prod...

Plans Filed For Fast Food Business At Harwich Port Commons

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The Harwich Port Commons building in the center of the village has sat empty for the past year, but plans have been submitted to the planning board to utilize the retail space on the first floor for a fast-food/takeout business called Harwich Port Common’s Farmer’s Market. The plans were filed last with the planning board by property owner 525 Camelot LLC and principals Paul and Diane Manning. The Ma...

County Commissioners Approve West Harwich Planning District

By: William F. Galvin

On 2-1 Vote HARWICH — On a two-to-one vote, the Barnstable County Commissioners approved the ordinance establishing the West Harwich District of Critical Planning Concern (DCPC) last week. County commissioner Ron Beaty cast the dissenting vote. The ordinance allows the town to put in place a one-year moratorium on development to provide time to address zoning deficiencies along a stretch of Route 28 from th...

Under-65 Tax Credit Exemption Gets Selectmen's Support

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The town has generous tax exemption programs for residents over 65 years of age, veterans, and people who are sight-impaired, but there is little in the way of programs to help younger families and residents who are facing financial hardship. Board of Assessors Chairman Richard Waystack raised the issue of establishing a hardship exemption tax credit for people under 65 years of age during a presenta...

Municipal Solid Waste Disposal Fees Escalate

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The lack of landfill space and other means of disposing of municipal solid waste in Massachusetts is having a major financial impact on communities. That was made perfectly clear Monday night when selectmen approved two one-year contracts with per-ton rate increases of nearly $20. “Recycling markets have degenerated and we have more trash than we have outlets,” DPW Director Lincoln Hooper told select...

ORLEANS— Jeremy Gingras, the former Harwich Chamber of Commerce executive director who was fired for stealing thousands of dollars from the chamber and its charitable foundation, will avoid a trial on embezzlement charges as part of a plea deal accepted Friday in Orleans District Court. Through his attorney, Gingras pleaded guilty to two reduced charges of larceny under $250 and agreed to repay the Harwich Cha...

If you needed any proof of the power of generosity, here's some: In the 15-year history of The Chronicle's annual Helping Neighbors, our readers have contributed more than $1 million dollars to the Family Pantry of Cape Cod. The milestone was reached last week. Support Helping Neighbors “That's a pretty bre...