Harwich News

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...

Selectmen Authorize Release Of Virus Infection Numbers

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Selectmen voted last week to allow Health Director Meggan Eldredge to release figures on the number of COVID-19 cases in town. Selectmen also expressed confidence in the leadership of Eldredge and Interim Town Administrator Joseph Powers, who are working together to direct the town's response to the pandemic. Eldredge has not released the number of infections and deaths in town following a state D...

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...

Virus Claims A Second Allen Harbor Marine Employee

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — A second employee at Allen Harbor Marine Service has succumbed to the coronavirus. Bob LeBlanc, 87, the marina's facilities manager, and father of Craig LeBlanc, owner of the business, passed away last Monday after a week of hospitalization. COVID-19 has hit the business exceptionally hard. On March 28, Julie Bruchu Bradley, 59, a sales administrator at the marina, died after a brief battle with t...

Seth Doane Details Battle With COVID-19

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Seth Doane, a 1996 graduate of Harwich High School and a CBS News foreign correspondent who lives in Rome, has been battling the coronavirus for nearly a month. In an email interview, Doane provided insights into his battle with the virus and the measures Italy has taken to counter the pandemic. “I’ve been quite fortunate as my symptoms were mild,” Doane wrote. “I suppose I should say the symptoms ‘h...

HARWICH — Outer Cape Health Services and several other community health centers which have been struggling to stay open as revenues slide during the COVID-19 pandemic will benefit from an infusion of federal grant money. Congressman Bill Keating, D-Ninth District, announced last week that $3.5 million from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act will be distributed among six centers in th...

Virus Claims Second Allen Harbor Marine Employee

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — A second employee at Allen Harbor Marine Service has succumbed to the coronavirus. Bob LeBlanc, 87, the marina's facilities manager, and father of Craig LeBlanc, owner of the business, passed away last Monday after a week of hospitalization. COVID-19 has hit the business exceptionally hard. On March 28, Julie Bruchu Bradley, 59, a sales administrator at the marina, died after a brief battle with t...

More than 40 Cape Codders are helping front-line emergency and healthcare workers by creating face shields with their 3D printers. Nearly 2,000 of the shields have been made and distributed to Cape Cod Healthcare, local first responders and other healthcare workers. The shields, consisting of a plastic visor and a sheet of clear plastic that covers the face, is one part of the personal protective equipment wor...

Harwich Loses Longtime Resident To COVID-19

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Julie Bradley, well-known in the town's business community, became the first local resident to succumb to the COVID-19 virus. She passed away at home on March 28 after a brief battle with the virus. She was 59. Board of Health Director Meggan Eldredge informed selectmen of the death in the board’s meeting Wednesday night. Despite the state Department of Public Health recommending that local officials...

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...

Harwich Town Meeting And Elections Moved To Late June

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The annual town meeting and local elections have been moved to late June in the hope that the COVID-19 pandemic will have dissipated, and health officials will be satisfied that social distancing is no longer necessary and residents will once again feel comfortable congregating. Selectmen last week set June 22 as the date for the annual meeting, and the town election will follow on June 30. The st...

Harwich Loses Longtime Resident To COVID-19

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Julie Bradley, well-known in the town's business community, became the first local resident to succumb to the COVID-19 virus. She passed away at home on March 28 after a brief battle with the virus. She was 59. Board of Health Director Meggan Eldredge informed selectmen of the death in the board’s meeting Wednesday night. Despite the state Department of Public Health recommending that local officials...