Harwich News

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...

When Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker officially closed schools until May 4 it became clear that distance learning would be the way to go, at least for the time being. While many districts scrambled to execute a way of educating students they hadn’t previously put into practice, Monomoy Schools and the Cape Cod Lighthouse Charter School hit the ground running, and, according to administrators, are ready to keep t...

Less Traffic Means No Night Work Needed On Sewer Project

By: William F. Galvin

EAST HARWICH — There will be no night sewer work on the north side of the main intersection along Route 137. Interim Town Administrator Joseph Powers recommended not going to night work given reductions in traffic associated with the COVID 19 stay-at-home restrictions. Selectmen approved the recommendation last week. Powers told selectmen he met with staff, consultants and contractor Robert B. Our Company a...

HARWICH — A freeze on non-essential spending has been put in place by selectmen in an effort to keep town costs down given the unknown financial impact the COVID-19 pandemic may have on the community. Selectmen last week expressed concern that revenues could be lost if the pandemic keeps people away from the Cape this summer. Various taxes and fees, such as the meals and hotel taxes, would likely be lower than...

Outer Cape Health Services Struggles To Keep Clinics Open

By: William F. Galvin

Staff Reduced, Emergency Equipment In Short Supply HARWICH — Outer Cape Health Services is hoping to keep its three health clinics in operation, but this week it took the drastic step of reducing its staff by 50 percent. The COVID-19 outbreak has reduced patient visits and driven additional expenses to the point that projected revenue losses are as much as $1 million a month, according to the agency. “Betwe...

Herring Are Running, But Annual Count Is Canceled

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Last week, Natural Resources Director Heinz Proft reported more than 2,000 herring had already passed through Johnson’s Flume at the West Harwich herring run. It’s a good, early start for the annual anadromous spawning migration. The state Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) installed an electronic fish counter at Johnson’s Flume a few years ago, and it registered 1,223,211 passing in 2019, more herri...