WCAI News Director Steve Junker hosts a roundup of some of the top local and regional news of the week. This week's guests include: Patrick Cassidy of the Cape Cod Times, Sarah Tan of WCAI, Sara Brown of the Vineyard Gazette, Tim Wood of the Cape Cod Chronicle, K.C. Myers of the Provincetown Banner, Brittany Bowker of the Martha's Vineyard Times, and Andy Tomolonis of SouthCoast Today. 

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Birds aren’t the only species migrating in our area. Fish are also on the move. And around the Cape and Islands, there’s one particular fish whose whereabouts are a fixation for most anglers: striped bass. 

This is the moment when striped bass, and many other fish, start showing up again in our waters. Kevin Blinkoff, of On The Water magazine, talked with me about striped bass migration this week.

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The trees have leafed out across the Cape, islands and SouthCoast. In past years, those green leaves were quickly eaten up by gypsy and winter moths. WCAI's Kathryn Eident visited with Cape Cod Cooperative Extension Entomologyst Larry Dapsis to learn if we might see the same results this year.

Merrily Cassidy / Cape Cod Times

 

Events this weekend highlight a lot of what the Cape is great at doing: supporting nonprofits, playing good music, and showcasing our area's natural beauty. Here's your Weekend Outlook.  

After 20 Years, Losing a Beloved Home to the Ocean

20 hours ago
Samantha Fields

Meryden Kirby and her husband Bruce were not home the night of March 2nd, when the ocean pulled the foundation out from under their house.

They had heard the forecast, and knew they should leave.

Their home of 20 years, on Wood Avenue in Sandwich, was perched right on Town Neck – a beach that has eroded away dramatically in recent years. 

Amy Vince

US Coast Guard flight crews stationed on Cape Cod are at the ready 24 / 7 to respond to vessels in distress from New York City to the border of Canada. In this special broadcast, we talk with Coast Guard pilots, flight mechanics and rescue swimmers about their work and tag along on a helicopter training flight to see them in action. We also hear the story of a woman who was rescued 300 miles offshore by a Coast Guard Helicopter crew in Hurricane Grace.

WCAI's Kathryn Eident talks with State House Reporter about the week's biggest news on Beacon Hill. This week, they talk about the Senate's budget process, the so-called Red Flag bill, and other legislation of interest. 

Pat de Groot

Philip Hoare is fascinated by the sea. He swims in it every day, regardless of the season. He studies the creatures who call the sea home: those living and those found dead along the shore. He muses about the relationship humans have with the sea, and he writes about it all, beautifully. We talk with him about his lifelong fascination with the sea and his new book RisingTideFallingStar.

Ali Berlow

On the Local Food Report we’ve been thinking a lot about the why: why we make this show every week. Since we started in 2008 we’ve learned a lot about our local harvest, activism, and traditions. But we wanted to remind listeners why we’re interested in covering local food in the first place. So we asked co-hosts Elspeth Hay and Ali Berlow to give us their motivations.

Sarah Tan / WCAI

Massachusetts made a big step forward in its push to rely more on renewable energy by agreeing to purchase 800 megawatts of offshore wind power from Vineyard Wind. The New Bedford-based company was one of three competing for a contract with the state. The proposed farm is poised to become the largest offshore wind farm in the country. 

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