Harwich News

Captains’ Row Watercolors On Exhibit At Cultural Center

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — There is a new watercolor exhibit at the cultural center focusing on a dozen of the historic structures along Captains’ Row in West Harwich. There has been a major effort by residents of the West Harwich area to protect the historic character of the neighborhood, which was established by sea captains, ship builders and merchants. This summer the Harwich Historical Society has a Captains’ Row exhibit ...

Family Pantry Of Cape Cod Turns 30

By: Alan Pollock

NORTH HARWICH — Three decades ago, the Family Pantry of Cape Cod began as a storage closet filled with canned goods at Holy Trinity Church, with a handful of volunteers collecting food donations and making them available to people in need. It was a simple case of neighbors helping neighbors. Denny Duggan of Harwich, one of the five founding members of the Family Pantry, remembers holding meetings in the kitc...

Cranberry Valley Golf Course Back In Full Swing

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — It took a major commitment of staff and tree service companies, but Cranberry Valley Golf Course is back in full swing. The golf course was closed for nine days in the wake of July 23 tornado. Nine holes were open last Thursday and the full course was available for play on Saturday. The closure was a major financial hit. The course suffered the loss of nearly 200 trees and will need replacements. ...

Cape Verdean Official To Speak In Harwich

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — There has been a strong connection between the island of Brava in the Cabo Verde archipelago and the town of Harwich for more than a century. That bond is about to become a little firmer with a planned visit of President Francisco Tavares, the mayor of Brava. Albert Raneo informed selectmen last week that Tavares will visit the community on Aug. 28. There are numerous residents of Cape Verdean descen...

HARWICH — When it comes to controlling vaping, smoking or other nicotine use among students, Monomoy High School has traditionally had an old-school approach, issuing multiple-day suspensions when kids violate the rules. “We’re rethinking that,” Assistant Principal Janie Girolamo told the school committee recently. “It really doesn’t serve any purpose” to have violators miss out on their classes and miss out...

HARWICH — Concerned that the huge piles of brush and debris at the landfill are a fire hazard, the town is hiring a contractor to break down the 40,000 cubic yards of material collected after the July 23 tornado. Fire Chief Norman Clarke, Jr. told Town Administrator Christopher Clark last week that that “massive brush/debris pile [is] beginning to show signs of generating heat at the DPW (Department of Public ...

HARWICH – While his students were enjoying their summer beach days, Monomoy Regional High School History teacher Richard Houston added another piece of historical hardware to his classroom—a shining silver plate he received in July when he was given the 2019 Teacher of the Year Award by the American Battlefield Trust. Houston, nominated by fellow educator Kevin Bates, learned he was a finalist for the award in...

Harwich Facing Municipal Sold Waste Disposal Limitations

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — As landfills close and older waste-to-energy incinerators require more down time for repairs, the disposal of municipal solid waste is becoming a serious concern. The volume of municipal solid waste (MSW) the town can dispose of on a daily basis is limited, according to DPW Director Lincoln Hooper, and local commercial hauler access to the transfer station has been drastically reduced. The town is...

Major Housing Development Proposed In East Harwich

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Members of the affordable housing trust heard a presentation last Thursday from a local developer who is interested in building a major 40B rental development on 12 acres of land off Route 137 in East Harwich. Chris Wise, who developed the Harwich House in Harwich Center and The Melrose in Harwich Port, as well as other housing projects in Chatham and other Cape towns, told members of the trust that ...

PLEASANT LAKE — On Sunday, 24-year-old Alison Donovan touched down in Botswana, marking the beginning of a two-year stint with the Peace Corps. It’s an experience she knows will shape her life, along with her future career in government. “I’m a little nervous, but I’m very excited,” she said. Interviewed by The Chronicle just before her departure, Donovan said the previous days had been a swirl of packing an...

Harwich Tornado Damage Estimated At $3.2 Million

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Damage from the tornado that hit last week has been estimated at $3.2 million, including the loss of more than 3,000 trees along public ways, parks and conservation lands. The good news is there were no major injuries or major structural damage to homes and building, Town Administrator Christopher Clark told selectmen Monday night. The tornado that struck shortly after noon on Tuesday, July 23, br...

East Harwich Sewer Construction Starting On Monday

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Construction of the new sewer collection system in East Harwich is scheduled to start on Monday and will create some inconveniences for residents on roads where work will be taking place. Health Department Director Meggan Eldredge said the Robert B. Our Company, the project contractor, has indicated work will begin on Monday along the west side of Cemetery Road running from Queen Anne Road to Route 1...