Harwich News

'Helping Neighbors' Returns For Summer 2020

By: Alan Pollock

Pandemic Means Huge Demand On Family Pantry The pandemic, and the economic uncertainty it brings, has forced more and more people to turn to the Family Pantry of Cape Cod for help putting food on the table. And thanks to the community’s incredible generosity in the last three months, the Pantry has been able to meet that demand, adapting to a drive-through pantry model for COVID-19 safety and expanding its mob...

HARWICH – It is a project more than 10 years and considerable effort in the making, and on June 25 the excitement among the small gathering of supporters and nature enthusiasts was palpable as the Harwich Conservation Trust’s Muddy Creek Headwaters Preserve was officially opened as a new and evolving trail. Located at 33 Church St., the property originally belonged to the Marini family, as Don Marini explained...

Responding to the alarming resurgence of COVID-19 in other parts of the country, Gov. Charlie Baker Tuesday let stand a requirement that out-of-state visitors must self-quarantine for 14 days. But he lifted that requirement for people visiting from elsewhere in New England, from New York or New Jersey. Local tourism officials say the change is not likely to have a great impact, since most of the visitors curre...

COA Making Adjustments To Address The Needs Of Seniors

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The council on aging, working with the Academic Public Health Volunteer Corps, will be reaching out to senior citizens to better understand their unmet needs. The COA has been functioning without a social services coordinator since April 24 when Susanna Keith resigned to take a new job closer to family in Maine. Because the town has a hiring freeze in place due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic...

HARWICH PORT — When large crowds of people came together on the Lower Cape recently to protest the murder of George Floyd, they did more than voice their outrage and solidarity; they heightened the risk of spreading COVID-19. To help control that risk, more than 1,200 people attended a pop-up testing clinic in Harwich Port last week. “We were a bit overwhelmed with the incredible response for testing in our th...

Cleanup Of Handler Property To Begin

By: William F. Galvin

New Owners Mum On Future Plans HARWICH — A major site remediation plan is being planned for the former Handler’s Auto Parts property along Route 28 in Harwich Port as the new owners begin to redevelop the two-acre site located above the inner Allen Harbor marsh. Future plans for the site are still not clear, but a thorough site remediation for contaminated soils and remediation of disturbed areas was presen...

HARWICH — The cost of addressing the COVID-19 pandemic continues to have an impact on the town. This week selectmen wrestled with increasing disinfection services in public comfort station and agreed to add a seasonal COVID-19 code inspector to the health department. Interim Town Administrator Joseph Powers told selectmen Monday that the town was getting complaints over the weekend about bathroom facilities at...

EAST HARWICH — While they’ll be taking steps to keep themselves healthy during the pandemic, a group of dedicated volunteers will be protecting the health of local waterways once again this summer. This week, a coalition of groups led by the Pleasant Bay Alliance held a training session for volunteers who will be sampling local waterways several times this summer to help paint a picture of water quality trends...

Graduation at Monomoy Regional High School might have looked a little different than in the past, but when the Class of 2020 was celebrated Tuesday evening, it was clear that in spite of a surreal senior year, the graduates still had much to celebrate. “We are an unprecedented class built for unprecedented times,” said Valedictorian Lillian Ryan as a blanket of fog swirled throughout Monomoy’s athletic turf be...

HARWICH — Due to the high cost of moving and rehabilitating a Victorian house that once served as the rectory and later the thrift shop at Holy Trinity Church, the affordable housing trust has decided not to pursue the building as affordable housing. The Roman Catholic Diocese has plans to remove the building, constructed in 1914 on the west side of the church on Route 28 in West Harwich. The structure has bee...

HARWICH — The need for rental assistance is more and more evident in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Several organizations are seeking to raise funds to keep people in housing, and the affordable housing trust is looking at assisting the local housing authority. Affordable Housing Trust Chairman Donald Howell told members he has had discussions with David Nixon, chairman of the community preservation commit...

More than 25,000 free meals have been distributed by the Monomoy Regional School District since classes shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Nauset district has also been distributing free meals daily for all school-aged kids in the community over the past several months. Concerned about students continuing to receive the nutritional benefits the food provides after school ends next week, the Monomoy ...