Harwich News

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...

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...