Harwich News

Local Planning Committee To Guide Comprehensive Plan

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Selectmen have agreed to appoint a wide-ranging local planning committee to craft a new local comprehensive plan for the town. The committee is expected to work with consultants in shaping a plan for defining the future of the community. Voters in the May 2019 annual town meeting approved $200,000 to update the 2011 local comprehensive plan, which is supposed to be revisited every five years. Town Pl...

Firefighters And Supporters Dedicate New Station

By: Alan Pollock

EAST HARWICH — Calling it an expression of the value Harwich residents place on public safety and the people who provide it, town officials dedicated the new East Harwich fire substation Saturday. The new building will be ready for use in about three weeks, Fire Chief Norman Clarke, Jr., said. It will be a vast improvement over the small, dilapidated station it replaces next ...

Selectmen To Form Search Committee For New Administrator

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Selectmen Monday agreed to create a town administrator search committee by early January, but the board will continue to weigh whether to retain a search consultant to assist in the process. Town Administrator Christopher Clark went on an extended leave of absence after working out an agreement with selectmen which includes Clark not seeking a new contract with the town. His leave of absence expires ...

Solar Benefits Rewarding For Harwich

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The solar photovoltaic array at the landfill netted the town $441,216 last year. Cape and Vineyard Electric Cooperative manager Liz Argo was before selectmen Monday night to discuss the continuation of a one-quarter penny assessment on kilowatt hour generation to assist the agency in funding its operations. CVEC serves as the intermediary between municipalities on the Cape and Vineyard and contractor...

New Development Planned For Harwich Port

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — A sign reading “Be Part of Harwich Port's Exciting Future” is drawing a lot of interest in town. Erected on the vacant land across from Cumberland Farms, between Heather's Hairport and the former Bayside Realty office, the sign includes a rendering of a future retail and residential development. There has been a lot of talk about the improved business climate in Harwich Port over the past couple of y...

Historic Arrowhead Found On Habitat Construction Site

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — With the clearing of land for the six-home Habitat for Humanity project to be located on land behind 93 and 97 Route 28 in West Harwich, an ancient arrowhead was recently discovered. The projectile appears to be a Brewerton type which dates back between 4,500 and 6,000 years. The find is not anticipated to stall the Habitat project, but the site is expected to be registered as an archaeological site ...

Cole Strzepek Honored For Socks For Smiles

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Cole Strzepek’s efforts to keep kids a little more comfortable while in the hospital have paid off in a big way. The Cole’s Socks for Smiles initiative has collected more than 41,000 pairs of socks for children across the country. Cole, a 12-year old Monomoy Regional Middle School student, has been diagnosed with intractable epilepsy and after suffering eight seizures within a 24- hour period he was ...

Residents Want Holy Trinity To Preserve Century-old House

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Residents of West Harwich made it clear to the historic district and historic commission this past week that they do not want to lose the century-old house that once served as the rectory and later the thrift shop for Holy Trinity Church. The commission was addressing a notice of intent filed by the Roman Catholic Bishop of Fall River, as owner of the property and Bishop Edgar Moreira da Cunha as app...

Powers Named Temporary Town Administrator

By: William F. Galvin

Supporters Back Cakounes For Job HARWICH — Selectmen on Monday night appointed assistant town administrator Joseph Powers to serve as temporary town administrator for a period not to exceed 90 days. Powers will replace Town Administrator Christopher Clark, who is on a long-term leave of absence and will not seek reappointment when his contract expires on June 30. Under the Harwich Home Rule Charter, selectm...

How And Why A Rare Tornado Occurred On Cape Cod

By: Ellen Chahey

'Weather Nerd' Phil Burt Explains HARWICH – Tornado!? That single word, complete with the astonished punctuation, was the first image in a PowerPoint talk on Nov. 14 at Brooks Free Library about the unusual event that pounded Harwich, Chatham, and some of the Upper and Mid Cape on July 23. The speaker was Phil Burt, a self-proclaimed “weather nerd” who has a master’s degree in meteorology. “I’ve been add...

Harwich FD Quint Purchase Could Save Taxpayers $900K

By: Alan Pollock

HARWICH — In the next few years, voters will be asked to fund a number of big-ticket capital projects, but the funding requests from the fire department will be a bit lower than originally expected. Facing the need for a new ladder truck and a new pumper, the department will instead seek to buy a "quint," which can perform both functions at a fire scene. The move could save taxpayers around $900,000 over the cost...