Harwich News

HARWICH – The eight-article special town meeting warrant facing voters on Tuesday, Oct. 18 focuses primarily on wastewater easement and design issues and the return of tax dollars from school budgets. As part of the wastewater easement issues, voters will be asked to authorize the selectmen to acquire the 1.56-acre parcel where the West Harwich Baptist Church is located by gift, purchase or eminent do...

HARWICH – T h e town ’s natural resources department and the Watershed Association of South Harwich (WASH) will file an application with the community preservation committee seeking $92,000 in Community Preservation Act funds for an alum treatment to abate toxic algae blooms in Skinequit Pond. The pond, located on the south side of Route 28 west of Uncle Venie’s Road in South Harwich, has a 25-yea...

HARWICH – The state has announced two major grants that will help to secure land that will protect water quality in several local ponds.  The town will receive $400,000 from the Local Acquisition for Natural Diversity (LAND) grant program, and the Harwich Conservation Trust will get a $175,000 grant from the Conservation Partnership grant program. Both grant programs are administered through the state Executiv...

Brooks Academy Renovation Project Expected To Get Underway

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – The shoring up of historic Brooks Academy could begin soon. Selectmen are scheduled on Monday night to act on the contract for the project. Campbell Construction Group of Peabody was the only one of four bidders within the town’s appropriation for the renovations. “Campbell Construction Group has successfully completed numerous projects with us over a period of about 20 years. We know them and their ...

HARWICH – Residents living along the 5,000 feet of sidewalk near the Harwich Elementary School proposed for Safe Routes To School improvements made it clear last week that they do not want to see eight-foot sidewalks that can accommodate bicyclists included in the project. There was certainly agreement that the three-foot sidewalks that now serve the neighborhood need improvements, but given the rural and h...

PLEASANT LAKE — Less than a decade ago, when local fire departments advertised a vacant position, they might get 100 applicants. Today, they sometimes don’t get any. Departments are increasingly short-staffed even though call volume is climbing, and they need a long-term strategy for replenishing the ranks. The answer, or part of it, might be at Cape Tech. On Monday, the regional vocational school held the fir...

New Ladder Truck Arrives At Harwich Fire Department

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – T he fire department’s new quint ladder truck has arrived, and members of the department have been busy training and becoming familiar with the vehicle operations. Every member of the department must have 10 hours of training with the vehicle before it will be put into service, Fire Chief David LeBlanc said. The new ladder truck was built by Sutphen Corporation of Cincinnati, Ohio, and...

Cape Tech Foundation Receives $80,000 Grant For Student Needs

By: William F. Galvin

PLEASANT LAKE  – The Cape Cod Tech Foundation has been awarded an $80,000 grant from T he Cap e Cod Foundation to support capacity building initiatives , educational and men toring programs, scholarships, and other needs of Cape Cod Regional Technical High School students. The Cape Cod Tech Foundation was established in 2019 to support the students, teachers and programs at the Pleasant Lak...

Seven Units Proposed For W. Harwich Schoolhouse

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – T h e new owner of the former West Harwich schoolhouse was before the affordable housing trust last week with a preliminary plan for housing at the historic structure. Although in the conceptual stage, John Carey said he is planning to establish seven apartments at 5 Bell’s Neck Rd. Carey also said there would be very little alteration to the historic facade of the schoolhouse, con...

HARWICH – I f it ’s mid-September, this is the place where you want to be. On Saturday the Harwich Cranberry Arts and Music Festival will be in full swing, so come and get some shopping done while swaying to the music flowing out of the CranJam Music Festival tent. The festival is a two-day event with something for everyone. This year promises to be better than ever with more than 150 craft...

Harwich Chief Reflects On The Need To Remember

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – At a ce remony Sunday marking the 21st anniversary 9/11, Fire Chief Davd LeBlanc stressed the importance of remembering the terror attacks, the people who lost their lives, and the public safety officials who sacrificed their lives for others. “ Today is a day to remember, a day of reflection,” he said “Twenty-one years ago, we were innocent, We were invulnerable. Our countr...

Ready, Set, Play! Ribbon Cut For New Community Playground

By: Alan Pollock

HARWICH — Youngsters, parents and civic leaders gathered at Harwich Elementary School Saturday morning to officially cut the ribbon opening a long-awaited new playground. Delayed by the pandemic and supply chain challenges, the playground was ready in time for the start of school; it was funded by the town’s Community Preservation Committee with help from the school’s parent teacher organization. Before the ri...