Harwich News

HARWICH — If the smiles behind the COVID-19 masks of the employees at Star Market and Shaw’s on Cape Cod are even more difficult to discern these days, it may be because they have just taken a hit in their weekly pay check. Comments about the pay reductions could be overheard in the aisles and at the cash registers of the Star Market in Harwich Port over the past couple of weeks. The move struck some patrons a...

State Gives Nod To Route 28 Sidewalk

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The town received good news from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s project review committee meeting last week: approval of the proposed sidewalk project from Saquatucket Harbor to Harwich Port. Cape Cod Commission transportation program manager Steven Tupper informed town officials of the approval of the project, which will require waivers from MassDOT’s Complete Streets Program. Th...

Selectmen Look At Options For Housing For Disabled

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Selectmen are weighing the use of the former fire station property on Bank Street for a four-bedroom home for disabled individuals. Jeff Locantore, who has cerebral palsy and two different types of seizure disorders, made a presentation to the board last week on the reuse of the property. Locantore, 35, said he and Jonathon O’Callaghan, 36, who has cognitive and physical disabilities, are working to ...

Mary Anderson To Run For Selectman In Harwich

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — A second candidate has taken out nomination papers for the one seat on the board of selectmen on this year's town election ballot. Mary Anderson, who served as the executive director of The Family Pantry of Cape Cod for 11 years, threw her hat in the ring on Tuesday. Anderson joins Thomas Sherry, who took out nomination papers for the seat more than a week ago. Incumbent Ed McManus said on Tuesday he...

CPC Recommends Brooks Foundation And Jenkins Bogs Purchase

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The community preservation committee voted last week to recommend that voters support two major funding projects for historic preservation and open space at the annual town meeting in May. The committee is endorsing funding for the Brooks Academy foundation and basement addition project and funds to assist the Harwich Conservation Trust with the purchase of the 31-acre Jenkins bogs property. The C...

Powers Gets Long-term Contract As Town Administrator

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Town Administrator Joseph Powers has entered into a new contract agreement with the board of selectmen that extends his tenure for more than three years. Powers has been serving as interim town administrator for a little more than a year. Last August, after interviewing four finalists for the town administrator’s position, selectmen were unable to obtain the super-majority vote required by the town c...

School To Use Iconic '60s Photos To Educate Students About Race

By: Susanna Graham-Pye

HARWICH – Educators at the Cape Cod Lighthouse Charter School are eagerly exploring ways to use a recent gift of photographs, many depicting iconic moments from the civil rights movement. In one photo, the leaders and organizers of the August 1963 March on Washington sit at the feet of the sculpture of Abraham Lincoln in his memorial; in another Marlon Brando stands with his arm slung over James Baldwin’s shou...

Allen Harbor Marine Plans Route 28 Maintenance Facility

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Allen Harbor Marine Service is seeking permits to locate a 4,000-square-foot marine repair and maintenance facility on the lot just east of Villa Roma restaurant on Route 28 in West Harwich. The board of appeals approved a variance for the building in December. Owner Craig LeBlanc of Cool Change, LLC was before the planning board last week seeking a site plan review special permit and use special per...

HJT Plans Outside Stage At West Harwich Theater

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The pandemic has hit the performing arts hard. With the ability to put on shows and classes now limited, the Cape Cod Theatre Company/Harwich Junior Theatre revenues were down by $475,000 last year. “We have to re-invent ourselves,” said Rob Zapple, a member of the theater's board of directors and a longtime guest director. It became clear alternative space was needed to accomplish that goal, he said...

Selectmen Place Regional Sewer Plant Article On Warrant

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Whether the community becomes a member in the Dennis-Harwich-Yarmouth Clean Waters Partnership remains an outstanding issue as selectmen weigh whether to enter a tri-town treatment plant agreement or develop an in-town treatment plant. The board on Monday night spent nearly three hours reviewing wastewater issues and the phasing of the town’s comprehensive wastewater management plan, looking backward...

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...