Topics: Police, Fire And Harbormaster News

A Lesson In Boating Safety CHATHAM — Four young men are lucky to be alive after their boat capsized in the North Cut Friday afternoon. Officials say the case is proof of the town’s rescue capabilities – and the need for common-sense boating safety. The four men were fishing in a 15-foot Boston Whaler when their boat was overturned by a wave. All four went in the water, Fire Chief David DePasquale said. ...

No Major Injuries After Boat Capsizes

By: Staff Reports

CHATHAM — Four young men were apparently spared any serious injury after their boat capsized in Chatham’s North Cut Friday afternoon. At about 2:50 p.m., officials received a 911 call from one of the men, who indicated that they were in the vicinity of Outermost Harbor before the call was disconnected. Dispatchers retrieved the phone’s location and plotted it to a location several miles away near the north inlet....

CHATHAM — Because of COVID-19, Chatham firefighters couldn’t give Pete Connick the traditional gathering thrown for retiring chiefs. Instead, they surprised him with a rolling tribute: a parade with firefighters and police from around Cape Cod. With sirens blaring, the parade rolled in front of the Depot Road firehouse, where Connick, his family and other department members watched the procession. In addition ...

CHATHAM — More than ever, fire departments need to make sure that ambulances are fully sanitized between each response, and that can be a labor-intensive process. But Chatham firefighters are trying a new way to sanitize ambulances, police cars and other vehicle interiors using an improvised aerosol system. Fire Chief Peter Connick said credit properly goes to the Tulsa, Okla., fire department, which posted a ...

Tavano Named Next Deputy Fire Chief

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — At the end of next month, when Fire Chief Peter Connick retires after more than four decades of service in town, Deputy Chief Dave DePasquale will take over leadership of the department. Taking DePasquale’s desk as deputy will be Lieutenant Justin Tavano, a 16-year veteran firefighter. Town Manager Jill Goldsmith recently announced Tavano as her choice for the department’s number two position. Connic...

Out With The Old

By: Kat Szmit

EAST HARWICH — After serving the region for more than four decades, the East Harwich fire substation on Route 137 went under the wrecking ball last week. The firehouse was built in 1975, when East Harwich was largely undeveloped.  In recent decades, it became an important response base for fire and medical response to Harwich, Chatham, Brewster and occasionally Orleans.  Stripped of salvageable equipment and mate...

Day-to-day mishaps and misdeeds seem pretty trivial when a pandemic is raging, but traffic accidents, neighborhood conflicts and crimes aren’t taking a break. Some perpetrators see it as an opportunity, Orleans Police Chief Scott MacDonald quipped. For law enforcement agencies, that means adapting to a new way of policing during the COVID-19 emergency. The number of calls for service to Lower Cape police de...

Chief: Pandemic Not Impacting Harwich Police Operations

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — While the police department is down a couple of members, the COVID-19 pandemic has not impacted the department's operation significantly, and Police Chief David Guillemette said he considers staffing stable. Guillemette was responding to concerns raised by Selectman Michael MacAskill about the impact a spending freeze instituted by the board might have on public safety. The spending freeze applies to...

NORTH HARWICH — Nearly a month after the brutal attack that almost took its life, Scottie, the seven-year-old Welsh pony, is on the mend. While the close-knit community of equestrians on Cape Cod is still trying to come to grips with the cruelty of the crime, things are beginning to get back to normal, stable owner Claire Bangert said this week. “Scottie is recovering,” she said. The horse is now at a veter...

ORLEANS — After four decades of fighting fires for the town, the only thing left for retiring Chief Anthony Pike to battle was his own emotions as he said goodbye to staff and colleagues from around the Cape Feb. 21. “I’ve said enough over the last 40 years,” he told a crowd gathered at the station in brief remarks. “This has been a dream, to serve the community. Thank you very much.” Standing beside Pike a...

Brutal Attack On Horse Prompts Distress, Outrage

By: Alan Pollock

NORTH HARWICH — The brutal attack on a 7-year-old Welsh pony overnight Saturday has left the horse with life-threatening injuries and local equestrians and supporters angry and afraid. Police say sometime late Saturday night or early Sunday morning, one or more perpetrators entered the barn at CB Equestrian on Derby Lane off Old Chatham Road and let four horses out of their stalls. The subject then apparently ...

Brutal Attack On Horse Prompts Distress, Outrage

By: Alan Pollock

NORTH HARWICH — The brutal attack on a seven-year-old Welsh pony overnight Saturday has left the horse with life-threatening injuries, and leaves local equestrians and supporters angry and afraid. Police say sometime late Saturday night or early Sunday morning, one or more perpetrators entered the barn at CB Equestrian off Old Chatham Road, let four horses out of their stalls, and then violently attacked one w...

With Small Fanfare, Fire Substation Opens

By: Alan Pollock

EAST HARWICH — With a little fanfare Monday morning, the Harwich Fire Department opened the new $6.75 million fire substation in East Harwich. Most of the fanfare came nearly two months ago, during an official ribbon cutting for the new station. Since that time, additional work has been taking place on the epoxy floor in the six-vehicle apparatus bay, and some challenges with the heating system have been addre...

ORLEANS— Jeremy Gingras, the former Harwich Chamber of Commerce executive director who was fired for stealing thousands of dollars from the chamber and its charitable foundation, will avoid a trial on embezzlement charges as part of a plea deal accepted Friday in Orleans District Court. Through his attorney, Gingras pleaded guilty to two reduced charges of larceny under $250 and agreed to repay the Harwich Cha...

Harwich Fire Chief Clarke Announces His Retirement

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Fire Chief Norman Clarke, Jr. told selectmen Monday night that he will be retiring on July 18 after 43 years of service to the community. He endorsed Deputy Fire Chief David LeBlanc as his replacement. The department has had a history of promoting from within. When Clarke was appointed fire chief in October 2011, former selectman Allin Thompson pointed out the department had only one chief appointed ...

ORLEANS - Forty years ago, a local lad, Tony Pike, became a call firefighter here. Last week, he announced his retirement as chief of the department next June. “Tony, I’ve known you since you were running around way back when,” Selectmen Chairman Mark Mathison said with emotion at the board’s Dec. 3 meeting. “I certainly appreciate the fact that local kids can serve their town and be here such a long period of...