Harwich News

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...

HARWICH – The board of health has agreed to send a letter to selectmen requesting that the board petition the state to allow the community to establish its own fertilizer regulations. The action was met with frustration from members of landscaping and lawn treatment businesses who were present at the board’s Nov. 15 meeting. Health Board Chair Sharon Pfleger said the town does not have any fertilizer...

Helping Neighbors Sets $100K Goal For Family Pantry

By: Alan Pollock

NORTH HARWICH – On a day dedicated to gratitude, even Cape Codders who are struggling to make ends meet are able to give thanks with a feast today, courtesy of the Family Pantry of Cape Cod. So it’s no coincidence that Thanksgiving is the day The Cape Cod Chronicle launches its Helping Neighbors campaign each year, leveraging the generosity of its readers to support the Pantry. “There are strong indicators tha...

Housing Trust Delves Into Action Plan With Consultant

By: William F. Galvin

Plan May Be Completed Before Next Summer HARWICH – The affordable housing trust could have a housing action plan in place before next summer, according to a schedule provided to the trust by Jennifer Goldson of JM Goldson LLC, the community preservation and planning consultant hired to help develop the plan. Goldson conducted a Zoom meeting with trust members last week and provided a timeline for...

Harwich Considers Preschool Subsidies

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – With a number of Lower C ape communities offering subsidies to assist parents in paying childcare and pre-school school tuition, selectmen agreed Monday that they should examine a means of assisting young families with those expenses. “Many of the surrounding communities are making an effort to come up with a stipend for pre-kindergarten,” Selectman Julie Kavanagh said. “We talk about housi...

Elementary School Students Collect Food For Vets

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – Harwich Elementary School students were bus y last Thursday preparing Thanksgiving food baskets for the 10th annual “Give Thanks to Our Heroes” veterans’ food drive. Over the past decade, students and staff at the school have conducted the food drive for veterans and their families on Cape Cod. Students from preschool through the fourth grade are requested, based on grade level, to bring i...

Monomoy Redoubles School Security Planning

By: Alan Pollock

Online System Designed To Help In Emergency The Monomoy Regional Schools have always taken school security seriously, but the district has taken a fresh look at its practices and procedures in the wake of a bomb threat at the high school earlier this year and high-profile school shootings in Texas and elsewhere. On the heels of a School Safety Week shortly after the start of classes, the district completed ...

Veterans Honored For Putting Service Before Self

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – The theme for Veteran ’s Day 2022 was “Honor,” said Brigadier General Anthony E. Schiavi before a crowd at the Veterans Memorial in Island Pond Cemetery Nov. 11. Honor the men and women who have experienced the burdens and sacrifices of military service, as their commitment has helped keep the country and its citizens safe and free, Schiavi urged attendees. “‘ Service before self,’ is why we owe...

Mawn Gets Alumni Leadership Award From Harvard

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – Captain Paul E . Mawn, a member of the Harwich Town Band and a part-time resident, has been named the initial recipient of the Alumni Leadership Award by the Harvard Veterans Alumni Organization. The award was presented to Mawn by Harvard President Larry Bacow and HVAO President Peter Goodman. Mawn was commissioned as an officer in the US Navy through his participation in the Navy ROTC ...

HARWICH — In place of ones previously marked “Harwich Cultural Center,” new signs are now in front of the former Harwich Middle School building that read “204 Sisson Rd.” The rebranding, which came as a surprise to some, includes a new website, www.204Sisson.com. Town Administrator Joseph Powers said the new moniker is a better description for the facility, which has other municipal uses beyond being a cult...

Harwich Conservation Commission Fines Eversource $6,366

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – Eversource Energy has agreed to pay a fine of $6,366 for doing work in a wetlands without filing for permission with the conse rvation commission. The work was conducted in September when the electric company installed a new pole at the power substation located at 25 Lothrop Ave. to carry a recloser switch to reduce the size of power outages in the community. However, given ...