Harwich News

HARWICH — Twenty years ago this month, in a bid to stop a rush of residential development and the groundwater pollution it would bring, Harwich officials took a gamble on a new regulatory tool. In creating the Six Ponds District of Critical Planning Concern, or DCPC, and the zoning rules that followed, they rolled the political dice and hoped voters wouldn’t see the move as a government land grab. Two decades ...

Acosta: Plan For Tomorrow's Workforce

By: Alan Pollock

EAST HARWICH — With the rapidly aging demographic on Cape Cod, and the shortage of skilled workers who can afford to live here, it’s time for local businesses and citizens to find creative ways to support the local workforce. That was the message from Rosalin Acosta, the state's secretary of labor and workforce development, who spoke at a meeting of the Cape Cod Young Professionals Friday morning. Unemploym...

Clark: Time To Take Care Of Family

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — There has certainly been acrimony between some members of the board of selectmen and Town Administrator Christopher Clark over his nearly six-year tenure, and it has intensified over the past several months. Clark announced last week he will not seek reappointment as town administrator when his term expires at the end of June. He reached an agreement with selectmen and will be leaving his position wi...

Volunteers Pitch In For Veteran In Need

By: Alan Pollock

NORTH HARWICH — When severe thunderstorms brought high winds and a tornado to the Lower Cape back in July, tree branches fell on a modest home in North Harwich, putting three holes in the roof. The owner, an 83-year-old Air Force veteran, didn't have the means to make repairs. Thanks to an army of volunteers and generous local companies, the roof got some TLC and the yard had a proper fall clean-up on Friday. ...

EAST HARWICH — After about 10 months as executive director of Pleasant Bay Community Boating, P.J. Richardson is taking a different tack. PBCB board President Ted Baylis made the announcement in an email to the group’s supporters last week. “On Monday, Oct. 28, P.J. Richardson and the PBCB board jointly concluded that a change in leadership was in both his and the organization’s best interests,” Baylis wrote. ...

HARWICH — Thanks to the generosity of two unrelated private donors, the town of Harwich now holds the keys for a new police motorcycle and a council on aging van. Selectmen voted last week to accept both gifts and to extend the town’s thanks. The senior center van was provided by Jay Kavanaugh of Cape Destinations. Council on Aging Director Emily Mitchell said her department leases two vans from the Cape Cod R...

New Fire Substation Taking Shape

By: Alan Pollock

EAST HARWICH — Standing in sharp contrast to the aging building it will replace, the new fire substation in East Harwich is bright, spacious and modern, and it should be ready to open in time for a Nov. 30 dedication ceremony. The apparatus bay has room for two ambulances, two engines and two other vehicles. ...

Town Administrator To Step Down

By: Alan Pollock

HARWICH — Following a closed-door session with selectmen Monday, Town Administrator Christopher Clark announced that he will not seek reappointment to the post he has held since 2014. With emotion in his voice, Clark said he intends to pursue other employment opportunities “and be more available to my family in the short term. I have enjoyed my time in Harwich and think the world of the staff and board members...

Wanted: Thanksgiving Turkeys And Trimmings

By: Alan Pollock

Supermarkets will soon be featuring turkeys and the other essentials for Thanksgiving feasts, and local food pantries are asking you to remember them when you’re making your shopping list. The Family Pantry of Cape Cod will be distributing 400 complete turkey dinners for clients to cook at home, with each frozen turkey accompanied by stuffing, potatoes, cranberry sauce and more. Donations of medium-sized froze...

HARWICH – A handful of Monomoy Regional School District parents got a crash course in vaping on Oct. 16, when Kim Slade, a substance abuse prevention manager and vaping expert with the Barnstable County Department of Human Services, offered information on teen vaping that sent any defense of vaporizer use up in smoke. “From 2017 to 2019 we've seen a 135 percent increase in students vaping,” Slade told parents ...

HARWICH – The Tree of Life conference, focused this year on raising awareness about and creating solidarity with Palestinian children, returned to St. Peter's Lutheran Church on Sunday, Oct. 27. The conference took its title this year from a poem by Emily Dickinson, “Will there really be a morning?” which references the practice of the Israeli military waking Palestinian children in the middle of the night and ho...