Harwich News

Year-round Apartments Proposed For Stone Horse Dorms

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The two dormitories constructed to provide seasonal employee housing for foreign workers over the summer months remained virtually empty this past summer due to COVID-19 travel restrictions. The owners of the newly constructed buildings are now seeking to convert one to year-round apartments. Main Street Stone Horse, LLC had been scheduled Tuesday evening to go before the planning board to request a ...

Sherry Will Make Another Bid For Selectman

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Thomas Sherry is the first selectman candidate out of the gate as the political season gets underway. Sherry took out nomination papers this week. There is only one selectman’s seat on the ballot this year. Incumbent Selectman Ed McManus’ term is expiring. McManus said on Monday he has not decided yet whether he will be running. McManus said he still has to sit down with his wife, Shannon, and dis...

Town, HCT Working To Acquire 31 Acres

By: William F. Galvin

Jenkins Property Includes 20 Acres Of Cranberry Bogs HARWICH — The nearly 20 acres of cranberry bogs along Route 124 and Headwaters Drive provide visual evidence of the town’s agricultural heritage each fall as the red berries are floated and prepared for harvest. People line the bog banks with cameras to capture the beauty of the harvest. But in the future, people may have to flip the pages of photo albums...

Engineer: Brooks Academy Foundation In Need Of Stabilization

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The engineer doing the assessment on the historic Brooks Academy building foundation told the community preservation committee this week the building is unstable and major intervention is needed. The committee is weighing a request for Community Preservation Act funds to reconstruct the historic brick foundation wall holding up the building, but there are other questions and costs being considered fo...

Powers No Longer 'Interim'

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The selectmen agreed Tuesday night to drop the “interim” from Joseph Powers' title, making him town administrator, and to have Selectmen Chairman Larry Ballantine start negotiations for a three-year contract. The 4-1 vote came after Powers was passed over for the town administrator's job in Yarmouth. The motion was met with opposition from Selectman Michael MacAskill, who said the action was prema...

Royal Apartments Remain a Heated Issue With Neighbors

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – The 26-unit Royal Apartments project is back before the planning board under the new multifamily use zoning amendment approved by town meeting in September. The new amendment has done little, however, to abate the concerns of neighbors over density, traffic and public safety. Royal Apartments LLC has been seeking permits for a year to convert the former Royal of Harwich Center assisted living facilit...

Lane Changes Could Help Promote Business In Harwich Center

By: William F. Galvin

 HARWICH — Officials are considering removing parking along the north side of Main Street in Harwich Center and shifting the travel lane to accommodate business on the south side of the road. That was one suggestion that came out of a Jan. 13 gathering with stakeholders and town officials as Town Engineer Griffin Ryder works on a Winter Shared Streets and Spaces grant application to be filed with the Massachus...

Powers A Finalist For Yarmouth Town Administrator

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Selectmen held an emergency executive session on Friday afternoon to discuss strategies for contract negotiations with Interim Town Administrator Joseph Powers that could lead to Powers becoming the town's permanent town administrator. The move came after selectmen learned that Powers is a finalist for the town administrator’s position in Yarmouth. Powers received a one-year interim town administrato...

Harwich Bears Brunt Of Monomoy School Budget Hike

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — There are still a lot of variables, but Monomoy Regional School District Superintendent Scott Carpenter provided selectmen with a draft FY22 budget Monday containing an overall 1.5 percent increase over this year. Harwich’s share of the budget, however, is projected to increase between 2.9 and 3.2 percent. The student population gap between Chatham and Harwich is becoming a major issue. On Monday sel...

Funding Source Stalls Harwich Sewer Modeling Contract

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — There is no doubt in the minds of selectmen and members of the water/wastewater commission that a computer-aided design model for sewering throughout the town would be a valuable tool in developing a road map for moving forward with the comprehensive wastewater management plan. It's the funding that has drawn questions. Selectmen last week were asked to approve a contract for $150,000 with GHD, Inc.,...

Holy Trinity Church Annex Building Reduced To Rubble

By: William F. Galvin

WEST HARWICH — After a one-year demolition delay expired less than two weeks ago, the Roman Catholic Diocese and Holy Trinity Church moved quickly to remove the Gothic Revival late Victorian 1914 structure on church property along Route 28 in West Harwich, razing it last Wednesday. “It is sad that the church couldn’t have found it in their hearts to conserve, restore and repurpose this...historic parish home,”...

HARWICH — There was a sense of urgency expressed by selectmen Monday night when Monomoy Regional Schools Superintendent Scott Carpenter came before the board to discuss the growing inequities in the per pupil budgets in the district's elementary schools. In the past decade the Harwich Elementary School student population has decreased by 12 percent. At the Chatham Elementary School the enrollment has declined ...