Mara, of Falmouth, first came to Cape Cod with her parents when she was ten. These first generation immigrants who arrive when they’re young often are the ones who struggle most, as they have feet in two worlds. But two years ago, things got a little easier for some of them. A new presidential directive called DACA – Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals – allows children who were in the U.S. before their 16th birthday to get work authorization and to defer deportation. Some opponents say the program amounts to temporary legalization, and they want it repealed.
One day last week I took a walk in the Provincelands dunes. I started from the parking area at High Head and walked west through the area known as the “parabolic dunes.” These are wind-shaped formations with distinct contours: wide, smooth, low valleys surrounded by ridges of sand in a bent-bow or parabolic shape. These formations have been shaped by the prevailing northwest winds and they slowly move south-east, burying everything in front of them.
On a sunny May morning back in 2013, Jay O’Hara and Ken Ward used a 32-foot lobster boat – plus a 200 lb anchor – to prevent a barge from delivering 40,000 tons of coal to New England’s largest fossil-fuel burning power plant – the Brayton Point Power Station in Somerset, Massachusetts. The two were subsequently arraigned on four criminal charges, including conspiracy and negligent operation of a motor vehicle.
Summer is reaching an end. Horticulturist Roberta Clark joins Mindy Todd on The Point to talk GARDENS one last time, until next spring. Tips about the fall work in the garden: transplanting, mulch, pruning, bulbs, and lots more.
In a grey duplex on a narrow street in New Bedford, Margarida Xavier fixes a pillow on her living room couch and sits down. She’s 86 years old. She moved to New Bedford from the Azores in Portugal more than 50 years ago, but she still doesn’t speak much English. She’s lived alone since her husband died ten years ago. And it’s been lonely.
But every few weeks she gets a visitor – Lucy Oliveira, the Senior Services Coordinator with the Immigrants’ Assistance Center in New Bedford. Oliveira comes by once or twice a month to visit and to help Xavier read her mail.
About 200 people, mostly immigrants, show up every Sunday night at St. Mary, Our Lady of The Isle Catholic Church on Nantucket. The church has seen such an increase that the Catholic Diocese of Fall River sent a Spanish-speaking priest for the community.
Young immigrants have been crossing the border into the U.S. in record numbers over the past few years. This summer, Governor Patrick offered Camp Edwards as a temporary place to house the youngest of them. People held rallies around the Cape in response – some opposing the plan and some showing support. The Governor’s plan may have struck a chord with Cape Codders since demographics are in flux here, too.
Chris Isaak has had plenty of careers already - moody crooner of the multi-platinum hit Wicked Game, actor in his own TV show, 50's revivalist rocker. So is there a chance one day he'll be publishing a book of his original cartoons? Maybe. When I spoke with him for All Things Considered, I asked Chris what he likes to do while touring.
They are not rod-bending behemoths, they are not chrome-plated speedsters. That is, they are not glamour fish like stripers and albies. Snapper blues? They're... well, they're just fun to catch. And they're good eating too.
Think of all the things that make fall a special time of year - you have tomatoes, cucumbers, low humidity, empty beaches - and you have snapper blues. So nice.