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Cape Students to Sing at the Vatican

Feb 21, 2017
Kathryn Eident

A group of middle and high school choir students have spent the last year getting ready for what may be the biggest concert of their lives: An appearance at the Vatican in Rome.

Some residents of Hyannis could soon have new neighbors.  The Barnstable County Sheriff's Department is looking to open a half-way house program downtown.  As Chloe Shelford reports, the plan could be controversial because Hyannis is a draw for tourists, and the village has received complaints about its large and visible homeless population.

Fall River Mayor Unveils Marketing Campaign for City

Feb 3, 2017
Courtesy of City of Fall River

  

Fall River officials unveiled a new branding campaign this week that's aimed at making the city more attractive to tourists, business and even new residents.

WCAI's Kathryn Eident talked Mayor Jasiel Correia about the city's new logo and motto, and the new five-member tourism council that will manage the marketing campaign. 

   

Courtesy of Town of Provincetown

Provincetown officials are hoping residents are in the mood to tackle the town's ongoing housing crisis at Special Town Meeting Monday. They want voters to approve a town bid for Harbor Hill, a 26-unit condo complex that used to operate as a timeshare before going bankrupt.

WCAI's Kathryn Eident talked with Selectman Erik Yingling to learn more.

The unemployment rate in New Bedford fell dramatically last year – down nearly 3 percentage points from 6.5 to 3.7 percent. It’s the largest unemployment decline among 387 metropolitan areas in the U-S over the past year. 

Morning Edition co-host Brian Morris spoke with New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell to talk about what the new statistic means, and how the city hopes to sustain that momentum going forward.

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Several new lawmakers representing the Cape and Islands are at work on Beacon Hill after being sworn in last week. They're learning how things work at the state capital, while also scrambling to get new bills ready for the legislative pipeline.  

State Senator Julian Cyr is one of those freshmen legislators. WCAI's Kathryn Eident talked with him to hear how things are going so far.

Dion Lee

For many people, an evening with friends often includes an alcoholic drink or two. But, for those who don't want to—or can't drink—it can be tough to find fun things to do.

Two Cape Codders want to change that with a series of events aimed at getting locals 30 and under together—without alcohol.  Sober Social evenings start January 13 at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod. Co-organizer Stella Wolf says they hope to have them once a month, particularly on days like the Super Bowl, Saint Patrick's Day and Cinco de Mayo. Kathryn Eident talked with Wolf to learn more.  

Martha's Vineyard Regional High School District

A new program on Martha's Vineyard aims to help high school students who have recently arrived on the island feel more comfortable in their new surroundings.

The Island Connection mentorship program pairs six students with mentors who immigrated themselves, or who are involved in the island community. Kathryn Eident talked with Martha's Vineyard Public Schools English Language Learning Program Director Leah Palmer to learn more.

 

 

Risso's Dolphins Strand on Outer Cape

Jan 4, 2017
Monterey Bay Aquarium

A small group of Risso's dolphins stranded earlier this week on the Outer Cape. These dolphins are much bigger than common and white-sided dolphins, and don't usually come so close to shore.  

Kathryn Eident talked with International Fund for Animal Welfare Stranding Coordinator Kristen Patchett to learn more about this species.

 

Until recently, teens on the South Coast needing mental health support had to drive more than 40 miles for services. Now, a new 24-bed mental health facility in Dartmouth is providing much-needed support for teens aged 13 to 17. Brian Morris speaks with Kevin Birchill, Chief Executive Officer at South Coast Behavioral Health, to learn more.

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