Harwich News

EAST HARWICH — When a New York-based investment firm purchased the Wequassett Resort and Golf Club for nearly $105 million last week, it made history in Harwich, and not just for taking ownership of a flagship resort that’s nearly a century old. It’s the most expensive private real estate sale in the town’s history. EOS Investors purchased the main resort property for $101,990,000, as well as an adjacent parce...

Mitchell Wins Big In Town Clerk’s Race

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – Council on Aging Director Emily Mitchell will be the next town clerk after she out-distanced her two competitors by more than 1,000 votes in Tuesday’s election. Voters also approved three ballot questions. Mitchell garnered 1,321 votes to challengers Shelagh Delaney’s 318 votes and Jannell Brown’s 315 votes. Mitchell will be stepping down as director of the council on aging this week and is expected ...

HARWICH —In celebration of Bay State Bike Month, the Cape Cod Commission’s transportation experts were at the bike trail in Harwich Center last week to hear from local cyclists about what they need in terms of access and safety improvements. With gas prices at head-spinning highs, it’s a timely topic. Commission Senior Transportation Planner David Nolan said there’s been good feedback from the cycling public o...

Recreation Commission Proposes Cutting Beach Hours

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – Late night partying, bonfires and vandalism – especially along the stretch of beach east of Bank Street – has town officials looking at ways of appeasing frustrated neighbors and addressing inconsistencies in beach access regulations. Selectmen were presented with a recommendation from the recreation and youth commission Monday night to close public beach access from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. There are curre...

HARWICH – Council on Aging Director Emily Mitchell will be the next town clerk after she out-distanced her two competitors by more than 1,000 votes in Tuesday’s election. Voters also approved three ballot questions. Mitchell garnered 1,321 votes to challengers Shelagh Delaney’s 318 votes and Jannell Brown’s 315 votes. Mitchell will be stepping down as director of the council on aging this week and is expected ...

HARWICH — Diane Turco, an activist who’s been raising alarms about the Pilgrim Nuclear Power plant since the 1980s, never shrinks from a fight. So on Monday, when a judge threw out a trespassing charge against her stemming from a 2018 visit to the power plant with news reporters, she was disappointed. “We wanted to go to court to highlight the fact of the insignificant security around a nuclear plant,” the Har...

Wequassett Inn Sold To N.Y. Investment Firm

By: Alan Pollock

EAST HARWICH – After about 45 years under the ownership of the McClennen Family, the Wequassett Resort and Golf Club sold Tuesday to a New York-based real estate investment firm for nearly $102 million. The 27-acre, 120-room resort has been a fixture on the shore of Pleasant Bay since it opened as the Wequassett House in the summer of 1925. "We are excited to continue one of New England’s most special hospi...

Three Harwich Town Clerk Candidates Vie For Votes

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – The three candidates vying for the three-year term as town clerk sought to win votes in the recent voter information committee forum moderated by the League of Women Voters. The candidates – Jannell Brown, Shelagh Delaney and Emily Mitchell – made their pitch to about 50 attendees in the town hall hearing room and to a viewing audience on Channel 18. In her opening statement, Brown, 51, emphasized...

Jinny Doane Named To Harwich Hall Of Fame

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH –Longtime town librarian, the late Virginia E.“Jinny” Stridstone Doane, has been inducted into the town’s Hall of Fame. Selectman Donald Howell made the announcement during the annual town meeting last week. He said Doane is probably best known as being the town librarian at Brooks Free Library for 42 years. Under her leadership, the library grew to a renovated, state-of-the-art facility, increasing it...

Harwich Fund Awards $4,500 To Habitat For Humanity

By: William F. Galvin

  HARWICH – The Harwich Fund of The Cape Cod Foundation has awarded a $4,500 grant to Habitat for Humanity of Cape Cod to support the purchase of major appliances for the newly built homes on Murray Lane in West Harwich. “The Murray Lane Habitat project is an incredible addition to Harwich,” said Wendy Cullinan, President and CEO of Habitat of Cape Cod. “The new residents have been working for over a year, ...

Former Middle School Study OK'd, But Without Funding

By: William F. Galvin

Town Meeting Voters Reject Hunting Ban, Home School Change HARWICH – The second and final night of the annual town meeting was a marathon, with numerous petition articles drawing debate that stretched the session to more than five hours. During that time, voters agreed to conduct a study of options for use of the former Harwich Middle School but turned aside a request for $75,000 to hire a professional cons...

HARWICH – April 29 was Director of Planning and Community Development Jon Idman’s last day on the job. Idman is taking his talents across the town line to Brewster, where he will serve as town planner.  Idman has served as director of planning and community development in Harwich for one year. He previously served as the chief regulatory officer for the Cape Cod Commission for eight years and holds a law degre...