Harwich News

Volunteers Wanted For Tour De Trash This Weekend

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The town conservation department, Harwich Conservation Trust and AmeriCorps of Cape Cod are looking for helping hands in cleaning up the community. The seventh annual Tour de Trash will take place on Saturday. So gather your friends, family, coworkers and neighbors and register for the town beautification event. The event takes place from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 30. Conservation Adminis...

 HARWICH – The Garden Club of Harwich is collaborating with the town’s water/wastewater department to conserve water in a campaign dubbed “Slow Your Flow.” “The Monomoy lens where we pump our water from is still at historically low levels and not yet recovered from last summer’s pumping season,” said Dan Pelletier, Water/Wastewater Superintendent. Last May, the towns of Harwich, Chatham, Orleans, Brewster a...

HARWICH – Despite concerns raised about the potential “decimation” of the horseshoe crab population, the planning board unanimously approved a special permit for Charles River Laboratories International, Inc. to establish a facility to extract blood from the ancient arthropods for biomedical uses. The Wilmington-based company was before the board on April 12 seeking a land use special permit to conduct scienti...

Bank Street Fire Station Properties Valued At $467,000

By: William F. Galvin

Board Cautioned Against Using High Figure In Sale HARWICH – With an appraisal completed, selectmen have instructed Town Administrator Joseph Powers to craft a solicitation for proposals for the sale of the former fire station at 203 Bank St. as well as four adjacent lots. Clancy Appraisal Company of Falmouth appraised the 6,700-square-foot former fire station property, which was most recently used by the ha...

Plovers Return Early To Nantucket Sound Beaches

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – Piping plovers have returned to a stretch of shoreline from Bank Street east to Red River Beach. A couple of nests have been established, and there are many plovers foraging between the Winstead Inn and Beach Resort to Wychmere Harbor Club. The tiny shorebirds returned a little early this year, Assistant Conservation Agent Melyssa Millett said last week. The birds were here on March 22, a week ahead ...

HARWICH – For the first time since Monomoy Regional School District’s inception, a Monomoy High School student has been named the regional winner and a national finalist for the Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizens Award and Scholarship contest. Monomoy senior Yu Shang Zou was recently named the East Coast regional winner after her essay submission was deemed to be the best in Massachusetts and t...

Students Celebrate Autism Appreciation Month At HES

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – It’s a Friday in April and everyone at Harwich Elementary School is wearing blue T-shirts with light blue letters that read “Autism Appreciation Month.” April is Autism Awareness Month, and special education teacher Dyanna Rose has taken on the task of expanding students’ understanding and “appreciation” of the neurological and development disorder. Over the years, she has worked to educate people...

Allen Harbor Jetty Fix Could Cost $2.3 Million

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – Sand is a valuable commodity in the right location, but not when it is shoaling the Allen Harbor Channel. The 600-foot west side jetty at the entrance to Allen Harbor has been leaking sand into the channel for more than a quarter of a century, requiring regular dredging. Since 2014 the channel has been dredged annually. The results of a two-year study of the west jetty along the harbor channel conclu...

HARWICH – The chamber of commerce is sponsoring a weekend of cultural activities at the end of the month centered upon the artisans at the Harwich Cultural Center, along with a number of bands that have played at the chamber’s Port Summer Nights concerts. “I’ve been thinking for a while now how to get people in here to see all that the cultural center offers and the full potential it has,” Chamber Executive Di...

Harwich Voters To Face A 58-Article Town Meeting Warrant

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – Voters will deliberate on a 58-article annual town meeting warrant on Monday, May 2 that contains several weighty issues, including budget increases, a funding adjustment to the Monomoy Regional School District agreement and several petition articles that are expected to draw debate. On the financial side, the town’s total budget request is $78,798,398, which includes the Monomoy District and Cape Co...

Horseshoe Crab Blood Extraction Facility Proposed

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – A company that processes horseshoe crab blood for endotoxin detection testing is seeking to locate a facility in the town’s industrial district along Queen Anne Road. Charles River Laboratories, Inc. will go before the planning board on Tuesday, April 12 seeking a use special permit for scientific research and development in facilities at 195 Queen Anne Rd., adjacent to the town’s transfer station si...

Student Talent On Display At Cape Tech Art Show

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – The creative talent of Cape Cod Regional Technical High School students was on display last Wednesday as participants in the design and visual arts and fine arts programs exhibited their work. The work was also for sale, with funds raised from the event benefiting both the students and the Tom Noonan Scholarship and Toolship Fund. The display of artwork demonstrated how the school's programs tap i...