Harwich News

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...

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...