Harwich News

Board Nixes Recommendation To Stop Outdoor Entertainment HARWICH – In acting on long-awaited findings on alleged noise and liquor license violations against five local establishments, selectmen rejected a recommendation to not issue any outdoor entertainment permits in 2022. However, the board warned that if noise complaints and liquor license violations continue, there could be more severe action. “If t...

HARWICH — The cultural center, which began as a stopgap use for the old Harwich Middle School building, has become an important feature for residents and visitors. Acknowledging that fact, Town Administrator Joseph Powers has proposed creating a full-time director of cultural affairs position to oversee the building and the town’s two soon-to-be-established cultural districts. “We can’t do justice to talking a...

HARWICH – Standing in the middle of the Family Pantry of Cape Cod’s 12,000-square-foot warehouse located on Queen Anne Road can be a busy — and dizzy — spectacle. Grocery baskets zig-zag across the floor like bumper cars, often filled with curated bags filled with groceries, boxed food items or clothing. Delivery trucks beep in the background while a steady collection of clients pull into the parking lot one a...

Harwich Names New Building Commissioner

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – It has been more than four months since the town has had a full-time building commissioner. That will change next month with the appointment of Robert Piccirilli to the post. Piccirilli has more than 30 years experience as a building trade professional and worked in the building department in Halifax for 21 years, serving as the town’s building inspector for 15 years and as building commissione...

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...