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CHATHAM – Three and a half years years of work by Cynthia Wigren, executive director and co-founder of The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy, paid off this fall when the Massachusetts Department of Transportation announced that the great white shark license plate sponsored by the non-profit group had reached the state's pre-order minimum. The new plates, with a design featuring a great white shark, two strip...

CHATHAM – Nearly two years after it dipped below 6,000, the town's official population figure has once again risen above that milestone, thanks to last month's presidential election. It's not unusual for voter registration to spike during a presidential election year, said Town Clerk Julie Smith. That in turn leads to an increase in the official count of the total number of residents in town, which is based bo...

Selectmen Still Shaping The Beat Of Harwich Port Music

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH PORT — Setting the boundaries for music here has been a lot more challenging than town officials initially thought. Selectmen on Monday night continued for the second time a public hearing on adopting the town's noise bylaw as a standard for entertainment and establishing uniform hours for playing music. Although they agreed that outside music should have a 10 p.m. limit, they were not prepared to go i...

Neighborhood Association Calls For Hinckley's Pond Treatment

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — As the community preservation committee begins deliberations on requests for funding, Hinckley's Pond has become a major focal point. Water quality issues in the Herring River headwaters pond have residents there concerned. “Hinckley's Pond is the upward expression of the Monomoy lens,” Stanley Selkow, co-president of the Hinckley's Pond Association, said this week. He was referring to the groundwate...

Harwich Finance Director Gould Stepping Down

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Finance Director Andrew Gould has informed selectmen he will be leaving at the end of the month. Gould, who was hired to replace retiring finance director David Ryan, has been in the position for less than two years. “When I took this job I thought I wanted to live on the Cape. I do not like living on the Cape and as a result I have accepted another position on the North Shore and will be moving to M...

Harwich Gets $400K State Grant For Muddy Creek Land

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The state will be awarding the town of Harwich a $400,000 Local Acquisitions for Natural Diversity (LAND) Grant to assist with the purchase of the 17.43-acre Marini property along Muddy Creek in East Harwich. The Baker Administration announced $3.9 million in LAND grants designed to address climate change and protect biodiversity within the borders of the commonwealth. The Marini property, located of...

HARWICH ─ About eight years ago, when Monomoy Spanish teacher Elizabeth Hoff sought a way for her students to use the language beyond the classroom, she turned to the old school communication method of letter writing between her then-Harwich High students and students from Colegio Miralba in Vigo, Spain. Eight years, many letters, emails, Skype conversations, and day-in-the-life videos later, a group of 15 M...

Court May Rule On Harwich Beach Access

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Who would have thought a six-foot wide path gifted to the town nearly 100 years ago to provide access to a Nantucket Sound beach from Davis Lane for local residents would become such a chafing issue. In recent years the town has done battle with Davis Lane property owners over ownership of the beachfront at the end of the path, and with that issue settled, litigation now continues neighbor against ne...

HARWICH ─ When part-time Harwich resident Denise McClung won a pickleball tournament this fall, it wasn't the win that made the event such fun. It was the women from the local pickleball group that elevated the day from special to sublime. “It's the people,” said McClung, who divides her time between Harwich and West Virginia. “I love sports and I love to be competitive, but the bigger drive for me is the pe...

HARWICH ─ There are a lot of amazing memories wrapped up in Paul “Spanky” Demanche's 19 years as head coach of Barnstable Football. Super Bowl championships, snow on Thanksgiving, and scores of amazing athletes. On Nov. 26, Demanche added one more memory when he was inducted into the school's Athletic Hall of Fame as their winningest coach of all time. Demanche said he learned of the induction early this fal...

HARWICH ─ Several years ago, Keith Arnold was preparing to spend winters in Florida with his wife. Fortunately, at least for the Monomoy Regional High School boys basketball program, Arnold's plans changed and instead of flying south, he'll be sticking around Cape Cod as he leads the varsity boys team, ideally to victory. Arnold originally began coaching in 1973 in Provincetown, carrying on a love of basketb...

Family Pantry: A Life Ring For Our Neighbors

By: Alan Pollock

First, consider a few numbers. A decade ago, the Family Pantry of Cape Cod had an average of 621 client visits each month, distributing about 20,000 bags of food in the course of a year. Last year, it handed out more than 55,000 bags of food, seeing an average of 1,149 clients every month. Consider just one more figure. As of the end of October, the Family Pantry had seen a jump of more than 13 percent in t...

Nostalgia can be a powerful force. It not only drives the storyline in the classic movie “A Christmas Story,” but it’s also the reason so many people watch the film on television annually. In fact, “A Christmas Story” is such a slice of Americana it received the ultimate distinction in 2012 when the film was included in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress for being "culturally, historically, ...

Amanda Kosloski of Harwich had been ringing with the Handbell Choir at the Pilgrim Congregational Church in Harwich Port for about 13 years when she and a church group went to hear the Back Bay Ringers perform in West Barnstable. That day in August 2014 was the first time Kosloski had heard professional ringers perform, and when she learned the group was holding tryouts for new members, she said, “I have a mus...

The 13th annual Christmas Cavalcade for the Homeless kicks off at 7:30 p.m. at the Mansion Ballroom at Ocean Edge in Brewster on Sunday, Dec. 11. After many years at the Jailhouse in Orleans, organizer/host/master of ceremonies Chandler Travis had to scramble to find a new venue when the Jailhouse turned their old function room into a brewery. Luckily, Ocean Edge came through, says Travis, after a considera...

Support When Needed Most

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Staff

Something we learned this week that surprised us: holiday season is not the most common time for people to take their own lives. Spring is the time of year most suicides occur; experts say it's because the hope that the season evokes can accentuate feelings of despair, and many prone to such feelings may be depleted coming out of the dark winter months. Certainly, however, the holidays are a difficult time for...