According to the National Institute of Mental Health nearly one third of adolescents are affected by anxiety disorder. Not only is that number on the rise, the severity of the anxiety is also increasing. 

Migrant Birds Trickling In

Apr 4, 2018
Mark Faherty

As I gazed forlornly upon the flock of winter juncos lingering in my snow-covered yard on Monday, May felt very far away. Here on the Cape, Old Man Winter has been like that in-law who keeps changing their flight so they can stay at your house “just a few more days”. But despite this snowy little setback, there has been a significant pulse of new spring birds as March has turned to April, so take heart.

Nelson Sigelman

In the past few weeks, the Steamship Authority has struggled to maintain ferry service to Martha’s Vineyard. Its two large boats have suffered repeated mechanical issues, while another large ferry was undergoing a winter overhaul. A fast ferry was brought in to provide service in the meantime—and it’s gotten plenty of attention from ferry riders. 

Statistics on child sexual abuse show that 90 percent of offenders are someone the child knows and trusts. What safeguards should be in place to protect our children at school, home and in the community? On The Point, we talk with Jacob Stapledon, Community Education Coordinator at Children’s Cove which provides services on the Cape and Islands for child victims of sex abuse.

 

There is increasing attention to teen brain development and how it impacts teens behavior and risk taking, such as using alcohol and drugs. Parents and other interested members of the community are working to keep teens safer, healthier, and substance-free through the middle and high school years. Coming up on April 8th in Falmouth is a Community Forum on Addiction & Adolescent Brain. On The Point, we hear about this work and what supports are available for teens and their families.

Robert Finch

Several years ago I did a radio program about a bronze plaque that was bolted to a large glacial boulder on the tidal flats of Nauset Harbor in Orleans. The plaque commemorated the departure point of the first successful row across the Atlantic Ocean, completed by two Englishmen, John Ridgeway and Chay Blyth, in the summer of 1966.

www.airbnb.com

State House lawmakers passed a bill late last month that would add a tax to short-term rentals such as those listed on Air BnB. Cape lawmakers pushed for an amendment that would let their towns add a surcharge specifically designed to help pay for the region's looming wastewater pollution crisis.

An 18th-century woodcut from a religious tract

New England isn’t exactly a major earthquake hotspot, but we do get small earthquakes every year. A magnitude 2.7 rattled New Hampshire and parts of Massachusetts in mid-February just this year.

northwestern.edu

There’s new evidence that gender stereotypes of scientists are changing. Researchers looked at drawings of scientists made by more than 20,000 children and found that 28 percent drew their scientist as a woman. That’s a dramatic increase from the .6 percent researchers saw 50 years ago, but there’s still room for growth.

noaa.gov

The ocean has a plastic problem. And it’s growing. Several million tons of plastic enter the ocean every year, and much of it ends up swirling around in the middle of ocean basins.

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