Harwich News

HARWICH — Delphi Construction of Mashpee has begun the $6 million renovation and conversion of the former Thompson's Farm Market building across from Saquatucket Harbor into a new community health center for Outer Cape Health Services, Inc. Delphi Construction is presently renovating the first floor of the structure, also referred to as the Kennedy Building, which housed BackOffice Associates for a few years a...

HARWICH — An unfamiliar gong was penetrating the fog along Red River Beach last week. It was a sound familiar to mariners looking for the Chatham Roads Bell Buoy 3, the aid to navigation was close to 1.6 nautical miles off-station. The bell buoy was pulled from its station by ice in Nantucket Sound in January and the Coast Guard has made a couple of unsuccessful attempts to reset it. With the boating season un...

Treasure Chest Access Limited To Harwich Residents

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The success of the Treasure Chest, the town's swap shop that has always been open to residents and nonresidents alike, has become too much for volunteers to handle. Department of Public Works Director Lincoln Hooper said with the Dennis swap shop shutting down on a permanent basis, people from that town are bringing truckloads of items to the Treasure Chest, overwhelming volunteers and costing the to...

HARWICH PORT — A 62-year-old Harwich Port man died after being crushed by a car he was repairing. Police say Benito Reyes was working underneath the car in the parking lot behind 546 Main St. Friday morning when the scissor jack holding the car was knocked loose. Police received a 911 call shortly before 10:30 a.m., and the first officer on scene, Animal Control Officer Jack Burns, saw a group of citizens l...

Cape Verdean Museum To Open On Friday

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The Cape Verdean Museum located in the Cultural Center will open its doors to the public on Friday with a goal of educating and expanding the knowledge of Cape Verdean culture. Southeastern Massachusetts has a large Cape Verdean population. Many inhabitants of the archipelago located about 400 miles off the West Coast of Africa came to Nantucket and New Bedford on whaling vessels several generations ...

HARWICH — It’s a painful topic to discuss, but one that can’t be kept a secret. The sexual abuse of children is a real problem on Cape Cod, and a group of students at Monomoy Regional High School is taking part in a unique partnership with Children’s Cove to raise awareness among their peers. The 13 sophomores have been meeting as Monomoy’s Teen TASK (Taking A Stand for Kids) Force since December, working...

HARWICH —Bond rating agency Standard and Poor's has issued a stable outlook in the town's annual credit rating, retaining Harwich's AA-plus long-term rating. The rating is an important factor in the interest rate the town gets when borrowing money. “The stable outlook on the long-term rating reflects our opinion of Harwich's very strong economy, supported by strong management with good financial policies and p...

Plovers Close A Third Of Red River Beach

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Access to approximately one-third of the Red River Beach parking lot and sections of the beach will be closed for the month to protect four piping plover chicks which have hatched and are nesting in the adjacent dune. Town officials were put on notice of Friday by the Massachusetts Audubon Society that the parking lot had to be shut down to protect the piping plover chicks, a state and federally prot...

HARWICH — Like the gusty winds that mussed hairdos, sent mortarboards flying and caused the tent to creek at Sunday’s commencement, the last few years have been a bit turbulent for the Monomoy Regional High School Class of 2018. But their need to persevere, their drive to achieve, and their strong sense of community saw them safely to graduation and will help them as they enter young adulthood. ...

HARWICH PORT — While village businesses, the chamber of commerce and town officials are looking for more parking, steps were taken last week to limit parking in the name of public safety. Police Department Lt. Kevin Considine was before selectmen last Tuesday seeking approval for no parking zones in the village. The restricted parking areas being sought were along Cross Street and at the rear access and egress...

PLEASANT LAKE -- “There’s so much more to come,” Cape Cod Regional Technical High School salutatorian Madison Wallace said Saturday afternoon during the graduation ceremony. “We have finally made it.” Wallace, who studied in the electrical program at the Pleasant Lake school, said she had planned to attend the technical school since she was a child. At the school she met “some of the kindest, most accepting pe...

History Abounds In Elmer Crowell Decoy Exhibit

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The Elmer Crowell barn relocated to the grounds of the Brooks Academy in Harwich Center is ready to relate the story of the world's most renowned decoy carver. The Crowell exhibit tells the story of two generations of wood-carvers, Elmer and his son, Cleon, who also had a hands-on role in the craft. “Today Crowell is considered the greatest of decoy makers. His early work, as well as the special orde...