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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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The end of the year is just a few days away, and many people take this time to donate to their favorite charities. There's a special state tax credit available for people who donate to community development groups, which is a win-win for the nonprofit and the donor. 

Brian Morris talked with Housing Assistance Corporation Communications Director Laura Reckford  about the tax credit and how people can take advantage of it. 

 

Cape and Island groups with available tax credits:

Falmouth Mourns Two Local Teens Killed in Car Crash

Dec 27, 2016
Sean Corcoran

Hundreds of students and friends gathered at a Falmouth High School athletic field Friday afternoon. They came to celebrate the life, and acknowledge the death, of 17-year-old James Lavin, who died in a one-car crash on Thomas B. Landers Road Thursday evening.

Lavin's passenger and friend, 17-year-old Owen Higgins, initially was transported in critical condition to a Rhode Island hospital, but he died later Friday, according to police. Both teens were members of the Falmouth varsity hockey and football teams.

Ben Allsup, Teledyne Webb Research

China returned an underwater glider to the United States this week, several days after seizing it from a U.S. Navy ship conducting research in the South China Sea.

It turns out that the torpedo-shaped device at the center of an international incident was made right here on Cape Cod, at a facility that develops equipment for both the Navy and for scientists.  

WCAI’s Kathryn Eident visited Teledyne-Webb to learn more about what gliders do and why the government uses these types of instruments.

 

Hoping for Housing in a Sea of Million-Dollar Homes

Dec 20, 2016
Courtesy of Housing Assistance Corporation.

This spring 22 homes will go up for sale in a new development on Nantucket. Alicia Briscol, a postal worker on island, is hoping to buy one.

When Briscol  first moved to Nantucket in 2006, she realized two things. First: she loved this island off the coast of Massachusetts.

“I love the quiet and the quaintness,” she said, “the cobblestone street. I was just amazed by - this place is in the United States!”

And second: if you’re not a millionaire, it’s really hard to find a place to live.

CAPE COD COMMERCIAL FISHERMEN'S ALLIANCE / capecodfishermen.org/

Commercial fishermen got a step closer to helping the next generation of fishermen ease into the industry last week, when they won Congressional support for a young fishermen's educational program during recent meetings on Capitol Hill.

WCAI's Kathryn Eident spoke with Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen's Alliance CEO John Pappalardo about what the program would entail, and what fishermen need to do next to get Congress to authorize the program.

 

 

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A new board is forming in Provincetown that will oversee the state's first-ever rental housing trust for middle-income residents. 

The trust will help residents who make too much to qualify for low-income housing assistance, but can't afford to pay the median 700-thousand dollars for a house in town.

By Car, Truck and Boat: Handling an Island's Trash

Dec 9, 2016
Angela Scionti

Don Hatch is a numbers man. He has to know the costs of what it takes to recycle his trash, or else he’s losing money. Because of that, he has to be creative.  

"Two years ago we were receiving $25 a ton for recycling," he said. "This year we are paying $40 a ton. So the recycling market is pretty poor right now. So we are just mixing everything and sending it off to a plant in Woburn."

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The U.S. Senate is expected to vote this week on a massive health bill that aims to accelerate cancer, brain, and biomedical research by providing funding for academic institutions, and by loosening some federal regulations aimed at pharmaceutical companies. 

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack supports the so-called 21st Century Cures Act, in particular, the $1 billion marked to combat the opioid epidemic. He spoke to WCAI's Kathryn Eident about the bill, and some of the bill's  critics.

 

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