Harwich News

Farmer Sues Town Over Enforcement Actions

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The owner of Resilient Family Farm, who has been battling with the town for nearly two years over permitting issues, has filed a lengthy lawsuit in Barnstable Superior Court claiming he has been defamed by regulatory boards and department directors and administrators. Barry Dino Viprino has been doing battle with the town over the commercial status of his farm at 35 Chatham Rd. as well as wetland iss...

HARWICH — The waterways committee is supporting a pilot program growing kelp off Herring River this winter, with the understanding that project proponent Mark Kelleher will work with Harbormaster John Rendon to resolve any potential navigation issues. Kelleher will be doing business as Kelpeher Farms and presently is going through the permitting process to locate two kelp arrays outside Herring River. One woul...

Special Town Meeting May Reconsider Pet Burial Ground

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Paperwork for calling a special town meeting was issued this past week to Tom Birch, an outspoken opponent of using a 2.25 acre parcel of town land on Queen Anne Road to establish a pet burial ground and crematorium. Birch said on Tuesday he is looking at the options of calling a special town meeting to reconsider the town meeting vote in 2016 giving the cemetery commission custody and control of the...

Harwich Using Grant For Disability Act Compliance

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The town will be taking a close look at its compliance with the Americans With Disability Act through a $30,000 planning grant that will evaluate handicapped accessibility in public buildings, parks and beaches. Town Administrator Christopher Clark said the grant was the work of the town's accessibility rights commission, which put in for $50,000 for a municipal self-evaluation from the Massachusetts...

Route 28 Mill Store Lot Proposed For Boat Storage

By: William F. Galvin

WEST HARWICH — The planning board will conduct a site plan special permit review for the lot along Route 28 on the east corner of Grey Neck Road, which for a long time held sheds for the Mill Store operation on the opposite corner. The Mill Store is no longer in business and both the store and the 40,810-square-foot lot on the east side of Grey Neck Road are for sale. Allen Harbor Marine Service is planning to...

The Cape Verdean Spirit Filled Brooks Park On Saturday

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The weather and the warmth of the Cape Verde community made for a wonderful day in Brooks Park on Saturday, with music, dance and food defining the island's culture of the Second Annual Cape Verdean Festival. The Cape Verdean community here has long been an instrumental part of the town. Selectman Ed McManus said he is proud of the part its played, including early contributions to the fishing and cra...

Harwich Gets Grant To Shape Cultural Districts

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The town has received a $10,000 Communities Cultural District Initiative grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council to establish two cultural districts, in Harwich Center and Harwich Port. Harwich over the past year has become very active in focusing on cultural activities as a means of driving the local economy. The conversion of the former Harwich Middle School into the Harwich Cultural Center h...

Cape Verdean Festival Gets Underway On Saturday

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The second annual Harwich Cape Verdean Festival will enliven Brooks Park on Saturday. The festival showcases Cape Verdean culture and contributions to the community from residents who have come from the 10-island archipelago located 380 miles off the west coast of Africa. Last year's festival was considered a great success. The day-long event included performances by Cape Verdean International singer...

Selectmen Support Green Vehicle Policy But Stall Purchase

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — In an effort to implement the Green Communities program approved by town meeting in May, selectmen approved the initial reading of a fuel efficiency vehicle replacement policy Monday, but stalled when the administration sought to put the first vehicle on the road. Town meeting adopted the Stretch Energy Code and put in place a bylaw for large scale ground mounted photovoltaic arrays in May, said Town...

Plover Chicks Have Taken Flight At Red River Beach

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The piping plover chicks nesting on the east end of Red River Beach have fledged, and the town will soon remove concrete barriers placed across a section of the parking lot to protect the state and federally protected species. “I have some fantastic news to share,” Rebeca Linhart of the Massachusetts Audubon Society informed Conservation Administrator Amy Usowski on July Fourth. “When visiting Red Ri...

Selectmen To Appoint Task Force To Study Parking Issues

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The town will not be moving forward with developing additional parking at the Schoolhouse parking lot this summer, but town officials are considering a number of short and long-term approaches to address parking in Harwich Port. Those include encouraging people to park in satellite parking lots such as the former fire station on Bank Street and the cultural center on Sisson Road – with possible shutt...

Remembering The Airfield And Pilots Of East Harwich

By: William F. Galvin

EAST HARWICH — Not many kids become a pilot at 16 years of age, and even fewer of them built an airfield in their backyard. But Charles P.H. “Chief” Bascom attained both those accomplishments. Few people remember the East Harwich Airdrome which operated in a limited fashion for close to 50 years, with planes taking off from the dirt runway over Orleans Road (Route 39) or Church Street, depending upon wind dire...