Harwich News

Selectmen Appoint LeBlanc Harwich's New Fire Chief

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Deputy Fire Chief David LeBlanc was appointed Monday night to replace Fire Chief Norman Clarke, Jr. as the new chief. The appointment is contingent upon successful negotiations of a contract with LeBlanc. “This will check the last box for me,” said Clarke, who will retire in July. “I can assure you with this appointment the Harwich Fire Department and the town of Harwich is in great hands. You’ve got...

Cold Brook Plan Could Remove Half Of Watershed Nitrogen

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The town has a schedule for moving forward with the Cold Brook Eco-restoration project in the former cranberry bogs now owned by the Harwich Conservation Trust. The project is part of the nitrogen attenuation effort in phase two of the town’s comprehensive wastewater management plan. Town Engineer Griffin Ryder made a presentation to selectmen Monday night on the status of the project on the 64-ac...

HARWICH — Selectmen are awaiting legislation making its way through Beacon Hill that includes provisions on how municipalities in Massachusetts can address town meetings and funding a budget moving into FY21. Interim Town Administrator Joseph Powers said legislation has been approved in the Senate that will allow town meeting actions just on financial issues. But there has been no clear definition on what “fin...

HARWICH — The number of deaths in town related to COVID-19 has risen to 11, Health Director Meggan Eldredge told selectmen Monday night. The Wingate of Harwich nursing home accounts for seven of those deaths, she reported, although a nursing home spokesperson said nine of the facility's residents have died of the virus. There have been a total of 101 cases in Harwich, with 38 among residents and 63 at Wingate....

New Life Is Growing In Harwich's Brooks Park Hollow

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — There is bright new life growing in Brooks Park Hollow. The hollow was devastated by the tornado that spun through Harwich Center last July. But Lily Daniels-Diehl, a Monomoy Regional High School student, is helping to restore life after nature's harsh swipe. The tornado uprooted an estimated 1,300 trees along public property in town. Particularly hard hit was a stand of shade-casting trees that f...

Selectmen Say Harwich Beaches Will Be Open This Summer

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – Selectmen made it clear Monday night that Harwich beaches will be open this summer. Recreation Director Eric Beebe said he has reached out to other communities on the Cape and most are planning to open beaches. He said in some cases towns will be limiting parking to control the amount of people on beaches and ensure social distancing. There were questions about having a full opening with lifeguard...

For The Family Pantry, The Surge Is Here

By: Alan Pollock

NORTH HARWICH — Thankfully, Cape Cod has yet to experience a surge of COVID-19 patients in area hospitals. But from the perspective of the Family Pantry of Cape Cod, the surge in clients is already here. The nonprofit recently reported a 97 percent increase in new client visits this April compared to the previous April. The numbers show what’s already clear from the line of vehicles outside the Pantry: more pe...

Mini-Golf Course, Royal Apartment Appeals Withdrawn

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Both the 36-hole miniature golf course proposed for land at the corner of Route 28 and Sisson Road and the Royal Apartments proposal were withdrawn last week after it became clear neither project could muster the supermajority necessary for approval by the zoning board of appeals. Andrew Singer, the attorney representing mini-golf course property owner Andrew Hall of Emulous Hall Realty Trust, said l...

Town Chef Creates Nourishing Meals For Seniors

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The days of seniors coming into the community center for a hearty lunch were disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, but there remain elderly residents in need of a good daily meal. Town Chef Linda St. Pierre has been busy preparing these nutritious lunches-to-go for seniors. “I miss my seniors terribly, a lot of them are wonderfully entertaining,” St. Pierre said of the folks who came to the center for ...

Selectmen Seek State Approval To Deficit Spend

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Selectmen Tuesday afternoon voted to send a formal request to the division of local services in the state department of revenue to allow the town to deficit spend up to $250,000 due to the COVID-19 pandemic in FY2020. Because of the state of emergency declared by Gov. Charlie Baker on March 10, the town anticipates extraordinary expenses, according to the letter, which will be sent to Mary Jane Handy...

HARWICH — Wingate of Harwich has reported that 48 residents and nine staff members have tested positive for COVID-19. The numbers were released based on extensive testing conducted last week by the National Guard. Four residents of the Headwaters Drive facility have died of coronavirus-related causes. On Monday, Michele Clark, administrator at the 135-bed facility, confirmed in an email that the mobile test...

HARWICH — Wingate of Harwich has reported that 48 residents and nine staff members have tested positive for COVID-19. The numbers were released based on extensive testing conducted last week by the National Guard. Three residents of the Headwaters Drive facility have died of coronavirus-related causes. On Monday, Michele Clark, administrator at the 135-bed facility, confirmed in an email that the mobile tes...