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Sharks are Here and Cape Beach Authorities are Prepared

It’s been the summer of the shark. In tourist-heavy North and South Carolina, 11 people have been attacked, leaving visitors concerned about swimming. Could the same thing happen here? State marine biologist Greg Skomal says, probably not.
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Humor for Humanity is a new social enterprise founded by comedian Jimmy Tingle that aspires to use entertainment for purposes beyond entertainment. On The Point, Mindy Todd interviews Jimmy Tingle about the project's mission: to help raise spirits, funds and awareness for non-profits, charities and social causes through social media, traditional media and live events.
 

On The Point, Mindy Todd and author Amy Adams discuss her new book Tagged. The novel combines suspense with shark biology, juxtaposing the human fear of sharks and desire to eliminate danger with the intrinsic value of sharks to the global health of our oceans.  

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Picking blackberries on Cape Cod in August can be both an art and a ritual. And then there is the individual, almost moral choice each berry presents: just how ripe is ripe enough?

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We look back at the History of the Falmouth Road Race, with author Paul Clerici. He talks with Mindy Todd on The Point about running and about his book A History of Falmouth Road Race: Running Cape Cod”. Paul Clerici is a freelance journalist, writer, photographer and former newspaper editor and sports editor.

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It’s been the summer of the shark. In tourist-heavy North and South Carolina, 11 people have been attacked, leaving visitors concerned about swimming. Could the same thing happen here? State marine biologist Greg Skomal says, probably not.

Courtesy of Buzzards Bay Coalition

Long before crowd-sourcing and citizen science were buzzwords, volunteers for Buzzards Bay Coalition were monitoring water quality along the estuary's edges, from Westport to the Elizabeth Islands. The resulting data set spans twenty four years, and includes information about nutrients, temperatures, oxygen levels, and algral growth at two hundred locations. It's a scientific treasure-trove, but one which has gone relatively un-mined ... until now.

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Dawn and Eric Spitz are back where they started – on the stage, together, performing one of America’s favorite musicals with the Chatham Drama Guild.

“Dawn and I met way back," Eric Spitz said. “How many years ago? 53 years ago, in this particular show, Guys and Dolls.”

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When Richard Bertman went to California to pursue a degree in architecture, he left with a serious hobby after taking an elective course in welding.

“I started to make this thing, and I didn’t like it,” Bertman said. “When it was completed, I threw it in the trash. I was walking around the campus and someone said, ‘Hey, I saw your piece in the museum.' The professor had taken it out of the trash and put it in the museum. And I thought to myself, ‘Well, maybe I have some abilities here, and I should continue.’ But I really love to do it.”

Hodophobia - There's No Place Like Home

Aug 2, 2015

Not long ago, I was having dinner with some people from work, enjoying eggplant smothered in rich tomato sauce, sprinkled with Parmesan cheese.  Disrupting my stupor, Ellie turned to me and asked if I’ve ever been to Italy.  I swallowed a large mouthful of Chianti and braced myself.  This was not the first time I’ve been asked that question.  It’s a recurring nightmare and my answer is always the same.

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Among the big news stories of week: Illegal clam harvest in Provincetown; huge fine for Chatham property owner who bulldozed wetlands; state sides with Orleans over spit-spat; Nantucket selectmen want annual 4th of July party shut down; Cape Cod leads nation in under-employment; Eversource planning new Acushnet facility; and former Dartmouth selectmen sentenced in embezzlement case.

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