Harwich News

Harwich Recreation Dept. Seeks New Pickleball Courts

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – “Pickleball, I can say, is not a passing fad anymore,” Recreation Department Director Eric Beebe told the Community Preservation Commission (CPC) last week when making a pitch for money to build more courts at Brooks Park. Beebe was before the committee seeking a positive recommendation on a $245,500 Community Preservation Act request for four more pickleball courts and a half basketball court at the...

Harley Davidson Motorcycles Donated To Harwich Police

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – The police department has received a gift of three Harley Davidson motorcycles that will be used to train officers conjunction with the Cape Cod Regional Law Enforcement Council’s motor unit. The motorcycles – 1999, 2008, and 2010 models – were a gift to the town from Victor Petkauskos. Each motorcycle has a value of $2,500. The bikes will be used for training officers from across the county for moto...

Town To Seek New Bids For Historic Schoolhouse

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – Unhappy with the single offer to buy the historic West Harwich Schoolhouse, officials will once again solicit proposals for purchase of the building, but this time will include a minimum sale price and other contingencies. Selectmen agreed Monday to set a minimum price of $140,600, the assessed value of the land at 5 Bells Neck Rd., and to require that the exterior of the circa 1871 building be prese...

HARWICH – More than 600 children across Cape Cod will experience the thrill of opening Christmas presents on Christmas morning thanks to The Family Pantry of Cape Cod’s annual Toy Day, which is scheduled for Dec. 19, after the COVID-19 forced the cancellation of the event last year. The annual Toy Day runs during the pantry’s Helping Neighbors campaign and ensures that hundreds of children throughout the regio...

HARWICH – Monomoy Regional High School students were exposed to the challenges — and dangers — that are associated with distracted and impaired driving on Friday when the school welcomed the Save A Life Tour back to MRHS for the first time since 2017. The program granted MRHS students the opportunity to simulate driving a car while simultaneously wearing a virtual reality headset that demonstrates the feeling ...

Harwich Seeking Local Planning Committee Members

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – Volunteers are being sought to serve on a planning committee to do the groundwork for an update of the local comprehensive plan. The local planning committee will be an 11-member body, and selectmen have been charged with appointing the five community at-large members. The six additional members will be chosen from volunteers serving on town boards and committees. The committee will be advisory to th...

Harwich Fund Awards $6,500 To Children's Fund, Schools

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – The winter will be made a little warmer for many youngsters and music will fill more of the hallways at the Harwich Elementary School thanks to The Harwich Fund’s commitment to “Harwich Helping Harwich.” “We were set up to meet the unmet needs of the Harwich community,” fund chair Brian Scheld told selectmen during a presentation on Nov. 22. “The Harwich Helping Harwich focus is on health and human s...

HARWICH – Local public safety officials put on another successful Homeless for the Holidays campaign over the past week from their encampment in Brooks Park. The annual event seeks to assist The Family Pantry of Cape Cod and Toys For Tots over the holidays.  “It went well,” said Fire Department Lt. Brad Willis, the local coordinator of the regional campaign. “We thank the community for coming out and supportin...

Opportunities Abound At Cape Tech’s Community School

By: William F. Galvin

PLEASANT LAKE — Over the past two years, working through a state grant, approximately 30 Cape residents have had the opportunity to graduate from a Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) training program at Cape Cod Regional Technical High School. Only they’re not high schoolers. The HVAC program is run through The Community School program, which oversees adult education at Cape Tech. The intensive e...

HARWICH — The Family Pantry of Cape Cod prides itself on providing the Cape’s communities with a quick, easy, efficient and anonymous shopping experience. However, the pantry’s process was challenged in 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic forced the organization to rethink the way it handled groceries and interacted with its clients. “It was not curbside,” The Family Pantry of Cape Cod’s Executive Director Christi...

Housing Group Makes Pitch For Land And Funding

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH -There is an effort underway by Adult Shared Living of Harwich, Inc. to access Community Preservation Act (CPA) funding and affordable housing trust land to develop disability and low income workforce housing. Jeffrey Locantore and Jonathan O’Callaghan have been making presentations to town committees in recent weeks. The proponents were before the affordable housing trust on Monday making a pitch to a...

Powers’ Budget Message Is Level Spending

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH - The town's generation of revenues for fiscal 2022 is on track, Town Administrator Joseph Powers told selectmen, but because of several budgetary "headwinds," he is recommending that salaries and wages and departmental operating expenses be held at current levels for the coming year. Powers issued a financial assessment of the town to selectmen on Nov. 22 to help the board establish a general policy s...