Harwich News

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...

HARWICH – Voters made a major commitment to conservation and passive recreation on the first night of annual town meeting Monday, approving $950,000 in Community Preservation Act funds to purchase a conservation restriction on 75 acres in the Six Ponds Special District. “This is the largest remaining undeveloped tract on the Lower Cape,” Harwich Conservation Trust Executive Director Michael Lach said at the me...

HARWICH – “A Prelude to ArtWeek,” sponsored by the chamber of commerce at the community center over the weekend, celebrated the beginning of ArtWeek, a statewide event.  Chamber Executive Director Cyndi Williams said she had been thinking a lot about how to get the community more involved in cultural center activities and to get residents to better understand the potential the center has for the town. The two-...

HARWICH – An advertisement for the sale of the former fire station at 203 Bank St. and the accompanying four lots totaling 2.06 acres will be ready to publish later this week, and the property could be sold as soon as the end of June. The property contains the town’s first fire station, built in 1929, and there has been early interest expressed by the Harwich Fire Association and the Harwich Conservation Trust...

HARWICH – Voters made a major commitment to conservation and passive recreation on the first night of annual town meeting Monday, approving $950,000 in Community Preservation Act funds to purchase a conservation restriction on 75 acres in the Six Ponds Special District. “This is the largest remaining undeveloped tract on the Lower Cape,” Harwich Conservation Trust Executive Director Michael Lach said at the me...

Land Gift From Harwich's Wayne Coulson Benefits All

By: Jennifer Sexton-Riley

HARWICH – “Buy land. They're not making it anymore.” Mark Twain had a gift for getting to the heart of a matter. If he were here today, he'd heartily approve of Harwich resident Wayne Couslon, who followed Twain's advice back in 1980 and purchased a tract of land along Gilbert Lane and Six Penny Lane in Harwich. On Dec. 29, 2021, Coulson donated approximately 10 acres of the land to the Harwich Conservation T...