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3:09 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Solstice, Hannukah, and Christmas: Many Holiday Activities This Weekend

The Solstice Singers celebrat the changing season this Saturday and Sunday at Woods Hole Community Hall.
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Holiday activities reach their crescendo this weekend, with events to celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah and the Solstice.  

For Christmas, there’s the Living Creche in Dennis.  Did you know, this treasured tradition started in 1982 when a fire destroyed the plaster Nativity, and, with no time to replace it, a suggestion was made to use live people and animals?  True Cape Cod Holiday fact.

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The Point
12:58 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

WCAI's Local News Roundup: 21 Miles of New Gas Line to be Installed; Race Comments Spark Controversy

Cape Cod towns are urging Gov. Deval Patrick to restore $100,000 in funding used by communities to purchase shellfish seed.
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WCAI News Director Sean Corcoran hosts local and regional journalists to discuss the news of the week. Joining Sean is reporter George Brennan of the Cape Cod Times; Tim Wood of the Cape Cod Chronicle; Sally Rose of the Provincetown Banner; Geoff Spillane of the Mashpee Enterprise; and WCAI South Coast reporter Brian Morris.

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Creative Life
8:50 am
Fri December 19, 2014

The Village Portrait Project: Painting a Community, Bringing Together a Village

Jon Goldmanand the Village Portrait Project
Credit Anna Rose MacArthur

Artist Jon Goldman is painting 781 portraits of his Woods Hole village to bring his community closer together.  781­ is the number of people living in Woods Hole, according to the 2010 U.S. census.

Goldman hopes the project will bring his community together. He says, “If it gets people talking about the community, if it gets people talking about art, then I’ve been successful. So if one person asks a question…one person recognizes somebody that they see, it’s a success.”

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The Point with Mindy Todd
10:38 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Under the Influence of Jazz

Credit J.J.

 

The Point studio is jazzed up with musicians Fred Fried, Bruce Abbot and Marcelle Gauvin, who talk with Mindy Todd about Broadway's influence on jazz, and music of the season.

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The Local Food Report
7:00 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Three Locals Talk about Raising, Slaughtering, and Butchering their Pigs

Credit Elspeth Hay

These days, we don't often interact with the animals we eat. This week on the Local Food Report, Elspeth Hay talks with three local people about raising, slaughtering, and butchering pigs. She weaves their voices together to bring the animals from life to death and finally to the table.

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Weekly Bird Report
5:52 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Christmas Bird Counts Underway and Already Yielding Great Surprises

A Yellow-throated Warbler was spotted in this year's Christmas Bird Counts.
Credit Paul Hurtado / flickr

The week just passed had a remarkable assemblage of birds found on the Cape and Islands from across the taxonomic realm of birds found in New England. The first Christmas Bird Counts were conducted with the Outer Cape Count being conducted on December 14. Also on this day was the Newport R.I./Westport, MA. CBC and the Greater Boston Count. All counts enjoyed spectacular weather. The winds were light and variable with periods of sun and partial overcast-ideal and rare conditions for a Christmas Bird Count!

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The Point
12:48 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Helping Kids Connect Socially

Credit J.J.

We are social creatures, and when your children have difficulties understanding social cues, helping them find play dates, friendship, and social skills groups can be a real challenge. Clinical Psychologist Michael Abruzzese discusses those challenges and what options are available in our area, with host Mindy Todd on The Point.

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Making It Work
7:25 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Getting Creative: Managing the High Cost of Living on Nantucket

Newlyweds Rachel and David Shepard built and moved into a "tiny house" as a way to avoid the seasonal housing shuffle and stay on Nantucket, where the median price of a single-family home on Nantucket is just more than $1 million.
Credit Justine Paradis

Newlyweds Rachel and David Shepard were making dinner at home on Nantucket. In many ways, it was a typical house. It had electricity and running water. True to Cape Cod, it was even shingled. But it was also what’s called a ‘Tiny House’.

" A normal house," Rachel said, "except it’s built on a trailer. So it’s mobile, and the trailer limits the size. It’s twenty feet long by eight feet wide."

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A Cape Cod Notebook
5:46 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

What's In a Pond's Name

1908 U.S. Geological Survey Map
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The names of our local ponds, like those of our roads, were not always fixed. In fact, a certain ambivalence attaches to some of them today. On the Wellfleet-Truro border, for instance, there is a pond known to some local residents as “Ryder Pond,” but to others it is “Aunt Mary’s Pond.” The Ryder family was the first to build a house on that pond, so I suppose they have historical precedence for their name, though I have no idea who Aunt Mary was, and for all I know she has perhaps the better claim.

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The Point
11:58 am
Tue December 16, 2014

The Truth About Gluten

Wheat has long been a part of the western diet because it is nutritious and has many uses. Yet a growing number of people are being diagnosed with celiac disease, an inability to process gluten-the protein found in wheat. Many others have found that eating gluten free has improved their health.

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