Harwich News

Plovers Close A Third Of Red River Beach

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Access to approximately one-third of the Red River Beach parking lot and sections of the beach will be closed for the month to protect four piping plover chicks which have hatched and are nesting in the adjacent dune. Town officials were put on notice of Friday by the Massachusetts Audubon Society that the parking lot had to be shut down to protect the piping plover chicks, a state and federally prot...

HARWICH — Like the gusty winds that mussed hairdos, sent mortarboards flying and caused the tent to creek at Sunday’s commencement, the last few years have been a bit turbulent for the Monomoy Regional High School Class of 2018. But their need to persevere, their drive to achieve, and their strong sense of community saw them safely to graduation and will help them as they enter young adulthood. ...

HARWICH PORT — While village businesses, the chamber of commerce and town officials are looking for more parking, steps were taken last week to limit parking in the name of public safety. Police Department Lt. Kevin Considine was before selectmen last Tuesday seeking approval for no parking zones in the village. The restricted parking areas being sought were along Cross Street and at the rear access and egress...

PLEASANT LAKE -- “There’s so much more to come,” Cape Cod Regional Technical High School salutatorian Madison Wallace said Saturday afternoon during the graduation ceremony. “We have finally made it.” Wallace, who studied in the electrical program at the Pleasant Lake school, said she had planned to attend the technical school since she was a child. At the school she met “some of the kindest, most accepting pe...

History Abounds In Elmer Crowell Decoy Exhibit

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The Elmer Crowell barn relocated to the grounds of the Brooks Academy in Harwich Center is ready to relate the story of the world's most renowned decoy carver. The Crowell exhibit tells the story of two generations of wood-carvers, Elmer and his son, Cleon, who also had a hands-on role in the craft. “Today Crowell is considered the greatest of decoy makers. His early work, as well as the special orde...

HARWICH – Nearly 50 years ago, Army Lt. Richard Rogers, who grew up and attended school in Harwich, was killed in action in Vietnam in Long Binh province. Last Saturday morning, in the bright sunshine with a light breeze fluttering the large and small American flags on display, dozens of Harwich officials and residents, old and young, turned out to recognize the service of this decorated hometown soldier by re...

HARWICH — Expansion of the town's art community has been quite noticeable with the activities in the Harwich Cultural Center over the past year. Now the Guild of Harwich Artists is taking it a step further, voting to open up its membership to artists from across the Cape. “The goal here is to expand art in our community,” Guild of Harwich Artists President Chris Banks said. “With the Harwich Cultural Center...

Friends Of Brooks Library Get Major Donation

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The Friends of Brooks Free Library has received a $100,000 donation in the name of Helen P. Athens. The money will be used for programs and equipment outside the municipal library's regular budget. “The board of directors of the Friends of Brooks Free Library are deeply grateful for this very generous gift and all that it will enable the Friends to do to benefit the Brooks Free Library and our commun...

Clark Names Melillo New Assistant Town Administrator

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — There should be a new assistant town administrator in the next couple of weeks. Town Administrator Christopher Clark announced this week that Evan N. Melillo has been chosen to fill the position. Melillo, one of 52 candidates for the job, has been working as the assistant to the town manager in Middleborough for the past two and a half years. He has also served as an administrative analyst in the tow...

Memorial Day Message Honors Sacrifice And Commitment

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The damp weather did not deter participation in the Memorial Day Ceremony held in Brook Parks on Monday. Speaker Major Gregory Quilty emphasized honoring the sacrifice of soldiers and the importance of commitment to country. Quilty served in the U.S. Marine Corps for 20 years as an officer and helicopter pilot. His foreign service included Beirut, Lebanon in 1982-83, where he received the Sikorski He...

HARWICH – Summertime is a popular shopping season on Cape Cod, and now visitors to the a local store can not only purchase something special, but also know that with their purchase they'll be supporting a new nonprofit that aims to help local kids. Sativa has joined forces with jewelry maker Chavez for Charity and the Harwich Children's Fund/Friends of Harwich Youth for a bracelet sale fundraiser aimed at rais...

Clark Gets 2 Percent Raise Based On Evaluation

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Selectmen voted Monday night to approve a 2 percent pay increase for Town Administrator Christopher Clark based on his annual evaluation. Selectmen spent a portion of two meetings discussing the evaluation process and only briefly referred to the substance of the evaluation. The second session was necessary because two of the board members had not filed their evaluations, admitting to some confusion ...