Harwich News

HARWICH – Crisis conditions in Ukraine have by no means abated as more people on a daily basis continue to suffer from the onslaught of a Russian invasion.  Massive destruction of living quarters have left families without shelter or trapped in the basements of war-torn buildings. Natasha Dukach, a Ukrainian, and her husband, Semyon Dukach, a Russian, were drawn to the trauma facing these refugees...

Fishing Vessel Landings On The Increase In Harwich 

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – The landings and value of the commercial fishing catch landed in local harbors here are on the rise. The value of harvests landed in town increased from $3.2 million to $4.7 million between 2018 and 2021. The Cape Cod Fishermen’s Alliance is partnering with the state Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) and the University of Massachusetts Boston’s Urban Harbors Institute to provide a port by port overv...

EAST HARWICH — Like other diseases, Alzheimer’s and dementia touch not only the patient but the entire family, particularly caregivers who may be elderly. Here’s a chance to help. Celebrate Summer Memories, which raises funds to give critical services to Cape Cod families coping with dementia, will host its 10th anniversary event on Aug. 25 at the Wequassett Resort and Golf Club. This is the single annual fund...

Special Meeting Seeks To Reallocate School Funds

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – The reallocation of more than $900,000 in school funds from the Monomoy Regional School District and Cape Cod Regional Technical High School budgets are the chief items on the docket for the Sept. 26 special town meeting.  The special meeting contains six articles to date.   Following the approval of an amendment to Monomoy Regional School District agreement approved by the state Department of Ele...

Celebrating 275 Years At Congregational Church Of Harwich

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – There was a lot of foot traffic on the front lawn of the First Congregational Church of Harwich last weekend as the church celebrated its 275th anniversary. The celebration, one of several planned this year, included music by the Harwich Town Band, a strawberry social dance, a luncheon and plenty of entertainment for kids.    The church's anniversary committee put together events from June thro...

Selectmen Support $2.35 Million Allen Harbor Jetty Repairs 

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH —  The town will move ahead with design, engineering and permitting for repairs to the west jetty at the entrance to Allen Harbor.  The repair project is projected to cost $2,350,000. Selectmen Monday directed Harbormaster John Rendon to begin the design and permitting phase. The town has been wrestling with the jetty failure for more than a quarter of a century. The county dredge has removed approx...

Pat Carroll Had A Long History With Harwich 

By: William F. Galvin

Stage, Screen Actress, Comedian Dies At 95 HARWICH — “Acting is what she did, but not who she was,” Marcia Monbleau said of her good friend, actress-comedian Pat Carroll, who passed away from pneumonia last week. “She was a very dear person.” Ms. Carroll, a Harwich resident, was well known for her years on television, her time on stage – which included her one-woman show “Gertrude Stein, Gertrude Stein Gert...

Commission Approves Cold Brook Eco-Restoration Project

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The conservation commission last week approved the eco-restoration project planned for the Robert F. Smith Cold Brook Preserve. The project proposes major alterations to approximately 49 acres of fallow cranberry bogs through which Cold Brook passes off Bank Street, with the goal of reducing nitrogen levels in Saquatucket Harbor. Commission members raised questions about how nitrogen attenuatio...

Lifeguards Perform Rescue Mission At Earle Road Beach

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Swimmers along Earle Road Beach panicked last Wednesday after a fin was seen cutting through the waters just offshore. There were 30 to 40 bathers swimming and wading near the shore, and four kids headed for the buoys that mark the outer swimming limits at the beach. But quick action by lifeguards quickly defused the situation and prevented any injuries. Maureen Condon said she was in the water at...

Harwich Bans Automatic Irrigation Systems

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – The water/wastewater commission has put in place a mandatory outdoor water ban effective Aug. 1 based on deteriorating drought conditions and complaints received by the water department about low water pressure. The mandatory ban suspends use of all automated water irrigation systems until further notice, Water/Wastewater Superintendent Daniel Pelletier said.  Hand watering is allowed between the ...

Expanded Parking Proposed For 575 Route 28 Project

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – Parking was the major topic of discussion as the planning board began its review of the 575 Route 28 mixed-use project in Harwich Port. Property owner Dennis Miller has made site plan adjustments, tying two additional lots to the project to expand parking. With the town planner position vacant, former town planner David Spitz, who served in that capacity from 2009 to 2016, stepped in to consult with ...

EAST HARWICH — The 236-acre Hawksnest State Park serves a critical role in protecting sensitive resources including rare habitats. It's a little-known jewel tucked in a corner of East Harwich. More than 50 years ago, however, there were different plans for Hawksnest State Park. The state Department of Natural Resources' initial design called for a two-phase approach for acquisition of land and the addition of ...