Harwich News

Harwich Organizations Planning Return Of Festive Events

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — There is a sense of normalcy returning to the community as pandemic threats diminish and local organizations begin planning to bring back traditional events, including the Harwich Cranberry Festival crafts fairs and concerts this summer and arts and music festival and hometown parade in September. The Harwich Cranberry Festival committee has met and is planning “a full range of activities” this summe...

The Summer House Cafe Will Replace The Irish Pub

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — There are changes coming to the former Irish Pub property adjacent to the Herring River in West Harwich. The pub is gone, and selectmen have approved a seasonal liquor license for a new restaurant and inn, the Summer House Cafe. The owners of the new business are planning to establish an inn and full restaurant in the 220-year-old Captain Caleb Chase house, and say they are committed to working with ...

Starting Saturday, the state is no longer requiring fully vaccinated people to wear masks indoors. Gone will be restaurant capacity limits, caps on the size of indoor and outdoor gatherings, and most other regulations related to the pandemic. “It’s nearly time to exhale,” said State Sen. Julian Cyr, D–Truro, speaking last week on behalf of the Cape Cod COVID-19 Task Force. “Just in time for the Memorial D...

HARWICH — Richard Houston enjoys marathons. This year will mark his 26 th in a row Boston Marathon, his 33 rd overall. And he’s about to cross the finish line on his longest run as the Monomoy Regional High School history teacher retires at the end of the school year after 43 years in education. Over those years his accomplishments have been well recognized. Houston was named the Gilder Lehman Massach...

James G. Marceline Arboretum Has Grand Opening

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The warm temperatures and sunshine made a perfect day for the grand opening of the James G. Marceline Arboretum in Island Pond Cemetery last Friday. The 25-acre site is the first on Cape Cod to be accredited by the ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program. The arboretum honors the late James G. Marceline, a highly respected citizen of the community, veteran known for being kind, generous and always the...

New Habitat Homes Honor Housing Advocate Bob Murray

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The walls that will support roofs over the heads of six families are scheduled to rise in the next month at Habitat for Humanity of Cape Cod's Murray Lane development in West Harwich. On Monday Habitat introduced the six families who, with sweat equity, will be living in the homes. The gratitude for Habitat's efforts was palpable during the project kick-off meeting. “It’s a dream for us, is this r...

HARWICH — The owners of the Chloe’s Path subdivision off Sisson Road are proposing to build 96 housing units on 8.14 acres to the rear of the town’s public safety facilities. Landowners Peter Donovan and Gary Terry and their consultants want to engage in a preliminary discussion with the selectmen about the scope of the project, the regulatory process and community outreach, said Attorney Andrew Singer. The...

HARWICH CENTER — Town officials continued this week to make adjustments to the Winter Shared Streets and Shape program designed to provide pedestrian and vehicle safety measures and accommodate outside dining space. There has been a lot of back and forth over the proposed temporary improvements funded through a Massachusetts Department of Transportation grant designed to ease pressures created by the COVID-19 ...

HARWICH — The conservation commission approved the addition of bay scallops to the Kelpeher Farms kelp-growing operation in Nantucket Sound. “We’re petitioning to use the kelp line for propagation of bay scallops,” Mark Kelleher told the commission last Wednesday. Kelleher and his business partner Paul Wittenstein have been growing kelp on a 250-foot line eight-tenths of a mile off Pleasant Street Beach in ...

HARWICH — Voter turnout was low, but Mary E. Anderson garnered more than enough support to claim a seat on the board of selectmen in Tuesday’s election. The former executive director of The Family Pantry of Cape Cod received 1,140 votes to challenger Jesse M. Gallante’s 264 votes. “I’m quite happy and looking forward to representing the people of Harwich. The people who voted for me and the people who didn’t. ...

HARWICH — Road crews started work Monday reconfiguring parking and crosswalks in Harwich Center as part of a $142,000 state grant designed to boost business in the village. But the project doesn’t appear to have strong support from those businesses. Several business owners and residents say they were not apprised of changes that would take place along Main Street and they continue to have no voice in the shapi...

Harwich Channel Dredging Draws Interest For Excess Sand

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Cape Cod is a sand deposit, and for some shorefront property owners, sand is also a worthy investment, particularly in the age of climate change. That was evident when the town of Harwich opened bids this week for the purchase of sand to be recovered from two dredge projects. Within the week the county dredge will start removing sand from Allen Harbor channel, then on to Saquatucket Harbor channel, c...