Harwich News

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...

HARWICH – There was little discussion in the annual town meeting when voters approved the use of $35,000 in golf improvement funds for a design and feasibility study to add a practice course and putting complex to Cranberry Valley Golf Course. Golf course officials hope the facility will serve to draw more young people to the sport. The idea behind the concept is to develop a space for junior golfers to learn ...

HARWICH – The Barnstable County Commissioners voted unanimously on June 1 to approve an ordinance seeking a supplemental information technology appropriation of $120,437 to hire additional staff. Later that day Harwich representative Elizabeth Harder presented a similar ordinance before the county Assembly of Delegates. While the assembly didn't vote on Harder's ordinance, it's clear that the county executive bra...

HARWICH – The state Attorney General’s Office has ruled that the town’s finance committee violated the Open Meeting Law when it continued a discussion after the adjournment of its March 3 meeting. A decision on the complaint filed by Ronald Beaty of West Barnstable was issued by the AG’s Office on May 31. While the decision found that the committee violated the law, Assistant Attorney General in the Division o...

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 — 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...