Harwich News

HARWICH — WE CAN has been supporting and empowering women who are going through major life transitions and challenges for the past 20 years. To celebrate its anniversary, the Harwich-based non-profit is seeking to improve those services for women with a new $500,000 fundraising campaign which has already garnered major contributions from the business community. In honor of the milestone anniversary and to s...

HARWICH — The field is growing for an unexpired term on the board of selectmen. Former selectman Julie Kavanagh and aquaculturist and teacher Mark Kelleher have joined Jeffrey Handler in seeking the seat. After the passing of Selectman Stephen Ford in April, selectmen set the special election for Sept. 21. Candidates have until July 30 to take out nomination papers. The term will run to the May annual election...

Seaside Marketplace In Full Swing At Saquatucket Harbor

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Resident Jonathan Pratt started his Cape Life Brand Company just prior to the pandemic, and access to the artisan shacks at Saquatucket Harbor has allowed him “to pop back up” with the business. “I love the location,” Pratt said last Friday. Cape Life is a lifestyle and apparel brand based on the unique culture and experience of Cape Cod, he said, adding that the hats, sweatshirts, T-shirts, towels a...

HARWICH — The first phase of the town's wastewater project is expected to go online in the next month to a month and a half, and the water and wastewater commission has scheduled a public hearing next week to put the town’s first sewer rates in place. Water and wastewater superintendent Daniel Pelletier said he anticipates the Robert B. Our Co. sewer construction contract to conclude by the end of the month an...

HARWICH — The purchase last Thursday of 13 acres off Pleasant Lake Avenue and Queen Anne Road by the affordable housing trust could put a significant dent in the town's housing crisis. “I consider this a generational find,” said Selectman Donald Howell, chairman of the trust. “It’s on a major road, next to a highway and across from a bus station. It has most of what you want for affordable housing.” The trust ...

Summer’s The Time For ‘Helping Neighbors’

By: Alan Pollock

When it comes to summer food on Cape Cod, it’s all about cookouts, lobster rolls and soft-serve ice cream. But for lots of year-round residents, summer’s just another season in the struggle to put nutritious food on the table. “Some of our summer folks might not know it, but the high cost of living means that lots of local families need extra help making ends meet,” Cape Cod Chronicle Publisher Henry C. Hyora ...

Planning Board Declines To Endorse Hall’s Path Plan

By: William F. Galvin

conditions and decided if the plan is a subdivision or meets the standards for approval by right. “How it got that way is a different pill to swallow,” he said. “There are allegations it was done improperly.” Singer said the road existed before the town instituted zoning and subdivision control laws. Court cases have ruled that a road “does not have to be perfect access, it’s access,” he said. Planning B...

Jeffrey Handler Announces Candidacy For Harwich Selectman

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — “I want to be part of something where I can give of myself and make a difference,” Jeffery Handler said of his decision to run for an unexpired term on the board of selectmen. A special election is being held Sept. 21 to fill the seat created with the passing in April of Selectman Stephen Ford. Handler was the first candidate to take out nomination papers. West Harwich resident Mark Kelleher, an aqua...

HARWICH — Harwich has produced some great artists over the years, but none quite as renowned as the Father of American Bird Carving, Elmer Crowell, or the first Master Painter of Cape Cod, Charles D. Cahoon. The Harwich Historical Society is bringing the works of these two talents together this summer in its new exhibit “A Tale of Two Artists.” The two Harwich men were born around the same time and passed thro...

Selectmen Striving For Harmony In Harwich Port

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Residents and town officials are in harmony about one thing: music has helped grow business in Harwich Port. But it was also clear during Monday night's board of selectmen's meeting that there also needs to be a better balance. The town’s ad hoc noise containment committee presented its long awaited report to selectmen, and the board also received praise from an attorney retained by private citize...

HARWICH — Town Administrator Joseph Powers told selectmen Monday night reports that Harwich is withdrawing from the Dennis-Harwich-Yarmouth Clean Water Partnership are completely inaccurate. Powers was referring to a section of the draft minutes from a June 18 meeting of the DHY partnership working group where the status the proposed three-town regional wastewater treatment plant in Dennis was discussed. A ...

Port Summer Nights Music Strolls, Band Concerts Return

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The Port Summer Nights music strolls will return to Harwich Port on Wednesday nights beginning in July, and on Tuesday nights the Harwich Town Band will entertain residents and visitors from the band stand in Brooks Park beginning June 29. The popular events were noticeably absent last summer due to COVID-19 but are returning now that pandemic restrictions have been lifted. The first music stroll wil...