Harwich News

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...

Selectmen Approve The Port’s Entertainment License

By: William F. Galvin

Suspension Invoked For COVID-19 Violations  HARWICH — After much sound and fury, selectmen granted a seasonal entertainment license to The Port Restaurant and Bar. But the board also issued a suspension of operations to the restaurant for three days in August for two violations of state-mandated COVID-19 guidelines. The hearing process has been long and arduous for the restaurant, with selectmen issuing the...

Monomoy Lens Water Departments Issuing Mandatory Bans

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH —Mandatory water bans have been put in place in Harwich, Brewster, Dennis, and Orleans, four of five towns which extract public water supply from the Monomoy Lens aquifer. Chatham's water and sewer advisory committee is scheduled to discuss a ban today (Thursday, May 13). The ban allows watering on odd and even days, based on house number and calendar date, between 4 a.m. and 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 ...

Town Meeting Postpones Hinckleys Pond Land Purchase

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Voters expressed frustration at Saturday annual town meeting after being told they could not vote to purchase open space in the Hinckleys Pond watershed. Because the community preservation committee did not recommend the acquisition, the article had to be indefinitely postponed. After three hours, voters managed to make it through the 49-article warrant, approving town and school budgets and several ...

Harwich Fund Awards $2,000 To Friends Of Harwich COA

By: Jennifer Sexton-Riley

HARWICH – The Harwich Fund of The Cape Cod Foundation has awarded $2,000 to the Friends of Harwich Council on Aging for its Living YOUR Best Life program. The 10-week evidence-based program is designed to help seniors build resiliency and adapt when faced with stress, anxiety, trauma or tragedy, whether related to the COVID-19 pandemic or otherwise. Harwich COA Director Emily Mitchell said that over the past y...

Selectmen Approve The Port’s Seasonal Liquor License

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — After six hours of testimony and debate, selectmen finally approved the seasonal all-alcoholic beverage license for The Port Restaurant and Bar. However, the board withheld action on the establishment's seasonal entertainment license and on three alleged violations of COVID-19 guideline provisions put in place by the commonwealth. Given the lateness of the hour last Tuesday, selectmen agreed to co...