Harwich News

Harwich Honors The Nation's Veterans

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – A year ago, the pandemic precluded the traditional Veterans Day ceremony. But this year residents turned out in large numbers on Nov. 11 to honor and recognize the commitment of American service members past and present. Approximately 150 people attended the ceremony held at the Veterans Memorial in Island Pond Cemetery. “President Calvin Coolidge said long ago, ‘The nation which forgets its defen...

In what experts say is likely linked to the highly contagious Delta variant spreading in indoor spaces, COVID-19 numbers are climbing again in most parts of the Lower Cape. The trend does not surprise public health officials, who expected cases to increase as cold weather forces more people to spend time together indoors. But with vaccination levels high and climbing, hospitalization and death rates are expect...

Harwich Asked To Contribute To Orleans Housing Development

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – The town is being asked to contribute $100,000 toward the cost of a 62-unit mixed-income housing project in Orleans. Developer Pennrose, LLC filed a request with the community preservation committee to tap community housing funds. Pennrose is seeking support for its Orleans Cape Cod Five project, which proposes to reuse the former bank headquarters and operations center at 19 West Rd. and 10 Skaket C...

HARWICH — On a split vote Monday, selectmen rejected a “friendly 40B” application for the 96-unit Chloe’s path housing development off Sisson Road. Under a potentially less friendly arrangement, the developer now has the option of bringing the project directly to the zoning board of appeals for a comprehensive permit. The selectmen voted 3-2 against supporting the development, which has been the subject of ...

HARWICH – Since 2018, town meeting approved more than $1 million in Community Preservation Act funds for the affordable housing trust, yet the community preservation committee has no record of how the money was spent. The absence of an accounting of expenditures came to light Nov. 2 when Town Administrator Joseph Powers made presentations to the community preservation committee (CPC) on applications filed by t...

Thompson’s Field Serves As Lost Victim Training Grounds

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – The Thompson’s Field Conservation Area was alive with fire and police personnel last Thursday as the Barnstable County Search and Rescue Team canvassed the 57-acre parcel during a day-long training drill. The training session included morning demonstrations on the use of drones and land navigation tools such as GPS and compasses. In the afternoon, teams searched the conservation area for volunteers s...

HCT Meets Goal For Purchase Of Jenkins Bog

By: William F. Galvin

PLEASANT LAKE – The Harwich Conservation Trust has met its $800,000 fund-raising goal for the purchase of the Jenkins bogs and surrounding uplands across Pleasant Lake Avenue from Cape Cod Regional Technical High School. The trust is expected to close on the 31-acre parcel at the end of December. The parcel will serve as an integral part of the Hinckleys Pond-Herring River headwaters eco-restoration proj...

Plans For Harwich Center Improvements Are Scant

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – The town is looking at ways to make improvements to Harwich Center to benefit residents, merchants and cyclists, but exactly what improvements should be made is not clear. Town Administrator Joseph Powers made a presentation to the Community Preservation Committee (CPC) on Nov. 2 on the application the town has filed with the committee seeking $100,000 in Community Preservation Act funding for the im...

Family's Land Donations Help Preserve Critical Pond, Woodland Habitat

By: Jennifer Sexton-Riley

Back in 1962, Jake Brown, a self-described “ocean person,” and his wife Barbara purchased their first parcel of land in Harwich, a hillside between rolling woodland and Hinckleys Pond. Their new haven was not oceanfront property, but its location overlooking the freshwater pond captured the Browns’ imagination and their hearts. “I had always loved the ocean, and I admit I was hesitant at first, because a pond ...

HARWICH – The Route 137 bridge that runs over Route 6 will forever be linked to those who sacrificed to serve the Lower Cape community and the nation at large. The bridge was officially designated as the Hidden Wounds Memorial Bridge on Saturday afternoon during a dedication ceremony hosted by a group of Monomoy Regional High School students inside the MRHS auditorium. Various local and state representative...

Storm Dislodges Pilgrim Congregational Church Bell

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH PORT – The strength of the Oct. 27 nor’easter shook more than a few wind chimes across the Cape. It also rattled the 3,000-pound bell that has hung in the Pilgrim Congregational Church belfry for the past 165 years. The hurricane-force winds that pounded the Cape shook loose a couple of rusted bolts, knocking the bell from a portion of its cradle and cutting into the belfry floor of the 1854 church.  ...

Health Board Plans To Rescind Fertilizer Regulation

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – Town counsel has determined the town’s fertilizer and nutrient control regulation approved last January conflicts with the state statute that gives jurisdiction over the use and disposal of pesticides and fertilizers to the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources. “ Yes, the board of health will be voting to rescind the fertilizer regulation on Nov. 16 at their regularly scheduled m...