Harwich News

Local Kids Collect Holiday Toys For Family Pantry

By: Jennifer Sexton-Riley

     When we imagine children around Christmastime, we usually imagine wish lists being made out, letters to Santa being written, and visions of sugarplums — or the most recent game console — dancing in little ones’ heads.      For three local girls, however, this holiday season has been the perfect time to cook up a project that will put toys and games into the hands of other children. Thanks to 10-year-old Sa...

Capital Plan Seeks $75 Million At Next Annual Town Meeting

By: William F. Galvin

Use Of Middle School Building Draws Debate HARWICH – T h e town ’s five-year capital plan calls for $75,469,424 in spending next year, driven primarily by wastewater and water projects, a figure called “eye popping” by Town Administrator Joseph Powers. Three projects totaling $68,700,000 are listed for debt exclusion votes: expansion of the East Harwich wastewater collection system at $47,000,000;...

Redevelopment Of Historic School Goes Before Planning Board

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – The planning board is scheduled to act next Tuesday on a site plan review and special permit for the conversion of the former West Harwich schoolhouse to seven one-bedroom units with three additional units in a smaller building to be constructed to the rear east side of the lot. John Carey, who purchased the 29,600-square-foot lot at 5 Bells Neck Rd. from the town for $175,000, said i...

COA Lifts The Spirit Of Seniors In The Holiday Season

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – The holiday season can be a tough time of year for aging adults who are living alone and experiencing a sense of isolation. So the council on aging, Friends of the Council on Aging, and a collection of caring volunteers are coming together in elf-like fashion to help instill the holiday spirit in those seniors. “ Santa for a Senior” is a gift drive program put on by the Friends through the COA ...

NORTH HARWICH – In anticipation of Thanksgiving, 600 people signed up for turkeys through the Family Pantry of Cape Cod in less than three weeks. Meanwhile, spots for the pantry's annual holiday toy drive filled up in just four weeks. For the pantry's executive director, Christine Menard, both are indicators of the pressing need facing the Cape community. "In the almost seven years that I've been with the p...

House Honored For Volunteering To Help Teens

By: Alan Pollock

Richard Costello Wins Posthumous Award HARWICH — Accepting her Volunteer of the Year award from the Philanthropy Partners of the Cape and Islands last month, Sheila House told the assembly that receiving the honor was awesome. “Or as my kids would say, ‘lit,’” she said with a laugh. The Harwich Youth and Family Services director, House was honored for her volunteer work on behalf of local teens and their fa...

Harwich Names New Planner, Housing Advocate

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – Th e board of selectmen last week affirmed the appointments of a new director of planning and community development and a housing advocate . Under the town charter, the selectmen affirm appointments made by the town administrator to fill department head positions. On Nov. 21, Town Administrator Joseph Powers sought approval for Paul Halkiotis as the town’s director of planning and commun...

HARWICH — For ordinary people, giving up central heating, a comfortable bed and the coziness of home wouldn’t conjure up the holiday spirit. Then again, the first responders who organize “Homeless for the Holidays” aren’t ordinary people. “We absolutely look forward to it,” Harwich Fire Lieut. Brad Willis said. Starting on Dec. 7, firefighters and police officers will be camped out at Brooks Park in Harwich Ce...

Selectmen Debate Elected vs. Appointed Town Clerk

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – Whether the town clerk ’s position should be elected or appointed is being deliberated once again. The subject was raised last spring shortly before voters went to the polls to elect a new town clerk after 30-year veteran keeper of the records Anita Doucette retired. Selectmen Chairman Michael MacAskill said the topic of an elected versus appointed clerk was dropped at that time given the appro...

Plan For Expanding Services At Former Middle School Unveiled

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – “If we refurbish, they will come,” Town Administrator Joseph Powers said of plans for a $1.9 million upgrade of the former middle school, now known as 204 Sisson. Powers announced plans to refurbish sections of the school at the Nov. 21 selectmen’s meeting. He presented the board with a cost analysis report shaped with the assistance of Director of Cultural Affairs Kara Mewhinney, Recreation D...

Habitat For Humanity Dedicates Six New Homes In West Harwich

By: William F. Galvin

WEST HARWICH – Thursday was a great day for 11 children and 11 adults who now have homes they can call their own. Habitat for Humanity Cape Cod held a dedication and celebration for the new owners of six affordable homes constructed with the support of volunteers, community generosity and sweat equity on Murray Lane in West Harwich. It was a day that saw a crowd of more than 150 people turn out ...

Christmas In Harwich Weekend Starts Dec. 2

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – A flurry of holiday spirit will drift through town on the Christmas in Harwich weekend scheduled for Dec. 2 to 4. There will be caroling, concerts, strolls, a trolley to Christmas Town, open houses, opportunities to shop, dine, and of course a visit from Santa. “ All the businesses will be open and each will have specials and plenty of gift ideas for the child in all of us, from Dr. Gravity’s...