Last February during school vacation week, Island Grown Schools, the Vineyard’s farm to school program, hosted free bread and soup lunches every day of the week at some of the libraries. Not everyone can afford to go away on vacation. These lunches were part of a pilot program developed to help those families affected by food insecurity.

Sarah Tan / WCAI

Thousands of police officers from across the state attended the wake and funeral for slain police officer Sean Gannon. Gannon was killed while serving a warrant in Marstons Mills. Both the wake and funeral were held at St. Pius X Church in Yarmouth, where officers marched in formation outside on Station Avenue, and the Boston police department played bagpipes.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, more than half of adults with mental illness in the U.S. do not receive mental healthcare treatment. Psychiatrists Dr. Marc Whaley and Dr. Jonathan Schwartz join host Mindy Todd in The Point studio to discuss the issues.

 

 

Mark Faherty

What has a forked tail and catches flies? In reality, there are several bird species that fit this description, but this week in this place there’s only one right answer - the super-rare Fork-tailed Flycatcher.

NOAA

The North Atlantic right whale was once seen as an inexhaustible natural resource. It was hunted for its oil and enriched New England. That ended one-hundred years ago, but the right whale’s numbers have never been the same. Now, the whales that are left are in direct conflict with the harvesting of another rich natural resource: lobsters. 

On The Point, we kick off another season of gardening with Roberta Clark, horticulturist and entomologist. From tending seedlings to pruning old trees, Mindy Todd and Roberta Clark cover all your garden questions and share advice on plant varieties, how to manage pest invasions, and building your garden soil. 

 

The history of the retreat of our beaches in the face of the unappeasable force of the ocean is a long and ongoing one. But over the past year the process seems to have kicked into a higher gear and presented us with a fascinating variety of retreats, strategic and otherwise. 

Each spring North Atlantic right whales visit Cape Cod Bay. The mammals are well-documented by researchers, but their numbers are dwindling. It’s estimated there are fewer than 450 North Atlantic right whales left. On April 18th, WCAI begins a special series of reports on the endangered North Atlantic right whale, called “In the Shadow of Extinction.”

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

The twilight zone. It’s not just a spooky 1960s television series. It’s what scientists call the part of the ocean between about 600 and 3000 feet below the surface. It’s deep, it’s dark (thus, the name), and it’s relatively unstudied. But it may be home to more life than the rest of the ocean, combined, and also key to the ocean’s ability to suck carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere.

UMass Boston

Severe coastal flooding during storms in January and March of this year jolted Massachusetts residents and officials into an unwelcome awareness of just how vulnerable we are to rising sea levels. Last month, Governor Baker announced a 1.4 billion dollar bond bill to finance climate resilience efforts.

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