Best of 2013

GENE M. MARCHAND/ENTERPRISE - An HU-25 Falcon jet leaves USCG Air Station Cape Cod for the last time on its way to USCG Air Station Traverse City, Michigan where it will be put on static display. Photographer Gene Marchand later got a chance to ride along on a training flight in the HC-144 prop plane that replaced this jet as the search and rescue plane at the base.DON PARKINSON/ENTERPRISE - The entrance to the Town Neck parking lot in Sandwich, was blocked by large chunks of snow and ice after the February blizzard.DON PARKINSON/ENTERPRISE - This image of a tree down across Bay View Avenur near Monument Beach in Bourne, the day after the blizzard this past February shows the devastation the storm caused. A number of residents were without power in the days following the storm.GENE M. MARCHAND/ENTERPRISE - Eight-year-old Victoria Otash of East Dennis, bends down to search for clams with her hands during a clamming lesson in Falmouth's Waquoit Bay this past July. Her persistence suggests she may turn into a lifelong shellfishing enthusiast.GENE M. MARCHAND/ENTERPRISE - Falmouth Artists Guild member William Adelman of Falmouth, works on a depiction of the Nimrod building alongside other artists. The restaurant and longtime Falmouth landmark closed its doors this year and was purchased by developer Warren Dalton. He has agreed to save the most historic parts of the building which he plans on turning into an apartment complex.DON PARKINSON/ENTERPRISE - How high can you climb? Quashnet School third grader Halley Coggeshall (from left), fourth grader Anna Chapman, third grader Olivia Graven, and third grader Mia Demirdal answer that question as part of the Mashpee's school's climbing club this past May.DON PARKINSON/ENTERPRISE - One of the meat hens at DaSilva Farms in Falmouth, this past June.DON PARKINSON/ENTERPRISE - Second graders Jessica Keene and Maeve Moriarty smile out the bus window on the last day of school in June at Bourndale Elementary School.GENE M. MARCHAND/ENTERPRISE - Ryan Stevens (left), 3, of Plymouth, and Anthony Scarpato, 3, of Monument Beach, check their net to see what they might have caught along the shore of Monument Beach this past July, bringing back memories of childhood days of summer for many of us.GENE M. MARCHAND/ENTERPRISE - Last January as Enterprise photographer Gene Marchand walked back to his car after an assignment at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy he noticed a large flock of eiders floating in the Cape Cod Canal. "As I took pictures using the train bridge for a sense of location a large flock of Canada geese started making large circles overhead," he said. "It's always a thrill when a chance meeting turns an interesting photo opportunity into something so unique."GENE M. MARCHAND/ENTERPRISE - The Downwinders group gathered near Route 6 by the Sagamore Bridge this past September with signs calling for action to shut down Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant in Plymouth. A passenger gives a thumbs up to the group as Labor Day traffic inches along Route 6 leaving the Cape.DON PARKINSON/ENTERPRISE - Puritan Cape Cod on Falmouth's Main Street was packed with people listening to The Flip Side perform during the Jazz Stroll in October.DON PARKINSON/ENTERPRISE - More than 100 people showed up to a memorial this past October at Bigelow Marine Park on Scranton Avenue, to pay tribute to Albino (AJ) Fernandes on the one year anniversary of his death. Among those who attended the event were AJ's aunt Patty Sylvester (from left) of Abington, James Coddington Jr. of Mashpee, and his aunt Natalie Sylvester of Falmouth, seen holding candles during the vigil.GENE M. MARCHAND/ENTERPRISE - New England Ballet Theatre dancers chat with three-yea- old Abigail Moore of Sandwich, after performed to a reading of author David Rottenberg's book "Gwendolyn, the Graceful Pig" at the West Falmouth Library this past June. "I loved the full attention the teenage girls gave to the little girl, patiently answering questions and enjoying her enthusiasm for dancing," photographer Gene Marchand said.DON PARKINSON/ENTERPRISE - A sign attached to a barricade at the entrance to the Sandwich High School swimming pool alerts visitors that the area is closed to the public. In November voters agreed to spend $1 million to fix the pool after a leak was discovered in it earlier this year.DON PARKINSON/ENTERPRISE - AmeriCorps volunteer Hannah Baranes of Washington D.C., Tony Perry of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Natural Resource Division, Mashpee Harbormaster Rick York, Mashpee Assistant Harbormaster Mike Scirpoli, AmeriCorps volunteer Jenna Van Haven of Stevens Port, Wisconsin, and AmeriCorps volunteer Will Clark of Buffalo, receive 500 bags of shellfish seed that was delivered to Mashpee Neck this past July.DON PARKINSON/ENTERPRISE - SWAT team members make there way into a house after using a flash bang grenade during a training exercise in Falmouth this past September.DON PARKINSON/ENTERPRISE - Waves crash into the stairs at Chapoquoit Beach in Falmouth this past November.

Today we say farewell to 2013, a year in which wind turbines, casinos and the Sandwich swimming pool were among the issues that dominated discussion on the Upper Cape.

As usual we were there to provide a glimpse into our communities and how these stories, and others, both large and small, impacted residents who live in this section of Cape Cod.

While our reporters and photographers cover these stories as part of their daily and weekly routines, they enjoy some more than others. So for the third straight year we asked those staff members to pick their favorite stories and photographs from 2013. You will find those here on our website which itself experienced a welcome change this past year: it was redesigned to look cleaner, more polished, and is now responsive, as it adapts to whatever technology—desktop computer, tablet or smartphone—one is using.

Like our favorite stories and photographs, we are proud of the new site and the modest strides we are making online. We hope you will continue to join us here and follow us on our social media streams, Twitter and Facebook, and let us know what we are doing well, where we can improve and what issues are important to you in 2014.

Favorite Articles

Christopher Kazarian (Falmouth Enterprise) 

Casino Wharf FX Faces Public Scrutiny for Facebook Posts

I have long been fascinated with social media and the power it has in making specific content - whether positive or negative - go viral.

In the Casino Wharf's case it was a negative. It all occurred over a few hours on a Friday evening in July. That is when someone managing the restaurant's Facebook page made a snide comment insulting Cape Cod bands. Steve Moulton took offense to that and replied, resulting in an online argument for all to see. 

It was a public relations fiasco for a local business and a lesson about the power that social media wields in today's society. Initially, it led to an angry public, but the incident eventually turned into a positive with residents channeling their emotions into highlighting all that is good with Cape Cod (Exhibit A) and those that make it a special community. 

Elizabeth Saito (Falmouth Enterprise)

Cape Group Offers Support to New Mothers Struggling to Overcome Addiction

This feature is my favorite piece of work from 2013 because the story it tells is so compelling. I always find birth stories riveting, and this one is especially dramatic. But more importantly, it's a story of redemption, of love and transformation. I admired the courage it took for these women to share their stories publicly, and also their commitment to helping other mothers. 

Geoff Spillane (Mashpee Enterprise)

Observations on the Tragedy of the Boston Marathon Bombings

The article I chose to highlight from the nearly 350 stories  I wrote in 2013 was not my favorite.  On the contrary, I wish I never had to write it at all.  It did though, have a profound impact on me, and the events of the day will forever be etched in my mind.

Patricia Peal (Sandwich Enterprise)

Sandwich Eighth-Grader Launches Tech Support Business

The reason I am choosing this story is because I have always admired entrepeneurial spirit and believe in what I call George Bailey economics; buying from and providing services to our neighbors in our local communities.  I remember the speech Jimmy Stewart gives In the movie It's a wonderful life, when his character George speaks to the customers who want to take their money out of his bank.  He describes how their money isn't in the bank, it is out in the community working for and with their neighbors.  Joshua Bates, at age 13, started his tech tutoring business to earn money to buy a new computer and to help others with their computer problems.  That's full circle George Bailey economics to me and a sign of a healthy community.   

Deborah Scanlon (Falmouth Enterprise)

Falmouth Military Support Group Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary

I enjoyed writing about the 10th anniversary of the Falmouth Military Support Group. I was really moved by the compassion and dedication of people like Carole Kenney, Peggy Clarkson, Sharon Poulos and others. I even posted this on Facebook at the time: "The more I write or edit stories about Falmouth, the more impressed I am with our townspeople. I'm writing a story about the Falmouth Military Support Group and am feeling Falmouth Pride!"

Michael Rausch (Bourne Enterprise)

Exhibit Uses Shoes To Tell The Painful Tale Of Suicide

News is about people and the issues that affect them. News also puts a spotlight on issues that some people might avoid because they believe it does not affect them. This article shared the stories of people lost to despair, a state of mind that everyone can relate to, to some measure and degree.

James Kinsella (Bourne Enterprise)

Success of CapeFlyer Train Puts Buzzards Bay Commuter Rail on Table

I liked this story because it showed how the success of the newly launched summer seasonal train service between Boston and Hyannis might serve as a springboard to year-round commuter rail service to Buzzards Bay -- a development that could have significant impact on people's lives in Buzzards Bay, Bourne, the Upper Cape and much of Cape Cod. Thomas S. Cahir, a Pocasset resident who is administrator of the Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority -- and who is steeped in Upper Cape transportation issues -- laid out the relative practical ease of launching commuter rail between Buzzards Bay and Boston.

Lannan O'Brien (Mashpee Enterprise)

Cape Cod Santa Embodies Christmas Spirit 365 Days a Year

At a time when news is so often tragic and disheartening, writing this story reawakened my faith in humanity. Meeting Scott Calkin was a reminder that the Santa Claus from our childhoods represents much more than flying reindeer and magic tricks-- he is genuinely caring and generous, finding joy in giving to others and appreciating each human being he encounters as a miracle. He is what each of us should aspire to be 365 days a year.

Rich Maclone (Sports)

Reaching Your Goals, Art Baker's Life In Sports

When I sat down to interview Art Baker I knew a little bit about his story. I knew he had been a professional football star. I knew he had been a standout wrestler in college and high school, and a success later on in business.

What I didn't expect was to be transfixed by the story that Baker told of his life. Usually I ask a lot of questions during a feature story. On this occasion I just made sure that my iPhone was recording and let him spin his tale. I had planned to spend about 45 minutes with Mr. Baker that night at Starbucks in Mashpee. We nearly closed the place as the "interview" went well past a second hour.

The hardest part of the story was sitting down to write it. There was so much there. This story was easily the longest one I wrote in 2013, but it's one I'd love to revisit someday in a longer form.

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