Harwich News

HARWICH – The town’s extensive review of the Cold Brook Eco-Restoration Project got underway with the filing of permit requests with the conservation commission. The project, a partnership between the town of Harwich and Harwich Conservation Trust, seeks eco-restoration and nitrogen mitigation of fallow cranberry bogs. The commission received its first presentation of the project on June 15. Commission members...

Long-awaited Playground Nears Completion

By: Alan Pollock

HARWICH — For almost every town building project, there are a few people eagerly waiting for the job to be completed. But in this case, hundreds of constituents are literally peering through the fence every day looking for signs that the work is finished. It’s the new playground behind Harwich Elementary School, and despite pandemic-related setbacks and other challenges, it’s nearly complete. “Our kids have...

County Commission To Act On IT Budget Adjustment

By: William F. Galvin

There was a sense this week that the Barnstable County Commissioners and the Assembly of Delegates would like to resolve their budget differences before the start of the new fiscal year on July 1, when contracts for information technology services with Harwich and Bourne are slated to begin. Despite pleas from assembly representatives from the two towns, as of early this week the situation has yet to be resolv...

CPC Seeks A Higher Profile

By: Alan Pollock

HARWICH — There’s no doubt that the Community Preservation Committee has advanced a number of important projects in Harwich, including major open space purchases, affordable housing initiatives, recreational improvements and historic preservation efforts. But many citizens don’t know that these projects were funded under the Community Preservation Act without the use of town budget funds, committee members said. ...

Harwich Takes Land For Well Protection

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – The water/wastewater commission last week approved the eminent domain taking of five parcels of land totaling 7.76 acres to add to wellhead protection area surrounding the town’s main public water supply well field. The parcels are located between Chatham Road and Route 39 and surround the water department’s seven wells located near its headquarters along Chatham Road. Town meeting approved the ac...

Dueling Proposals For Bank Street Fire Station Property

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – The town received two proposals for purchase of the former fire station property and surrounding parcels at 203 Bank St. As expected, a joint proposal was filed by the Harwich Conservation Trust and Harwich Fire Association, and Leo Cakounes, trustee of Olga Realty Trust, also submitted a proposal. The HCT-HFA proposal proposes a $300,000 purchase price, while the Cakounes proposal came in at $330,00...

HARWICH – The town has had a spate of resignations from employees in leadership roles in recent months. Building Commissioner Robert Piccirilli, who held the position for less than six months, became the latest to resign on June 17. More than half a dozen department head or top leadership positions are currently vacant. Piccirilli reportedly left to take another position elsewhere. Details were not availabl...

Police Authorized To Conduct Emergency Beach Closures

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – Selectmen on Monday night affirmed the police department’s emergency powers, authorizing Police Chief David Guillemette to close any town beach in an emergency or serious public safety threat. Beachfront property owners and commercial interests have raised issues about late-night parties, underage drinking, noise, bonfires and violent confrontations on the beaches, especially over the Fourth of July ...

Cape Tech Kids Lend A Hand For Habitat

By: Alan Pollock

WEST HARWICH — When six families move into their sparkling new homes on Murray Lane in the fall, they’ll be surrounded by the handiwork of Habitat for Humanity volunteers – including a host of students from Cape Tech. Habitat provided a pizza lunch Friday for a group of plumbing and electrical students who’ve been working on the new affordable homes. Working on the five houses gave students an excellent opport...

HARWICH — More than just something to be endured, life’s challenges steel us for future adversity, inspire creative problem solving and push us to our greatest potential. That was a central theme of the Monomoy Regional High School commencement ceremony Saturday, when 126 Sharks turned their tassels and embraced the next challenges in their lives. “You should never be completely comfortable with everything tha...

HARWICH – Friends and family from near and far packed Cape Cod Technical High School’s football field Saturday afternoon as the school celebrated the graduation of its 119 seniors. It was an afternoon of reflection, celebration and looking ahead. The students and faculty who addressed the graduates delivered messages that showcased how far the group has come while also highlighting that there is more to accomp...

HARWICH — While therapy dogs have been used for years to help individuals with disabilities, there’s no question that all sorts of people can benefit from the calming effect of dogs. The nonprofit group Hearts and Paws Comfort Dogs brings trained teams of volunteers and dogs into nursing homes, schools and other venues where people might need some reassurance or just a little bit of puppy love. One of the grou...