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Gypsy Moths Are Back this Summer

Jun 23, 2016
James McNeill, decodedscience.org

You may have seen them on trees, on your car and even on the streets and sidewalks—they are the fuzzy caterpillars that turn into gypsy moths. These creatures can do some damage to the region's trees.

Kathryn Eident talked with Larry Dapsis, an entomologist with the Cape Cod Cooperative Extension, to learn more. 

Photo courtesy of Cindy Way

A Virginia-based couple hopes to leave from Chatham this week in the latest attempt to row across the Atlantic. James Caple, 47, and his girlfriend, Cindy Way, 42, want to become the first American couple to accomplish this feat. They plan to land in Dingle, Ireland in August. Kathryn Eident talked with them about the adventure ahead.

 

 

 

 

Eight Cape Towns Hold Local Elections

May 18, 2016

Towns across the Cape held local elections last night, filling seats for selectman, school committee, and deciding on financial matters. Kathryn Eident talked with Gwenn Friss of the Cape Cod Times for a summary of the results. 

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Geologically speaking, Cape Cod is little more than a constantly shifting sand bar. Last week, nature offered the latest reminder of that fact when a huge clay formation broke away from the cliff face at Coast Guard Beach in Truro and collapsed onto the beach below.

WCAI's Brian Morris spoke with Dr. Graham Giese, Scientist Emeritus at the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies, about how and why this sort of thing happens.

The Cape Cod Canal will soon become home to a test site for companies looking to harness the power of tidal energy. The non-profit Marine Renewable Energy Collaborative is spearheading the project and hopes to have it running by late summer.

Kathryn Eident talked with the Center's John Miller to learn more about the Bourne Tidal Test Site.

 

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Outer Cape police departments have begun accepting unwanted firearms. Those towns are: Orleans, Eastham, Wellfleet, Truro, and Provincetown.

The gun buyback program runs through May 16th from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day. Residents can bring in any unwanted guns no-questions-asked and receive a small thank you gift in return.

Kathryn Eident spoke with Wellfleet Police Chief Ronald Fisette to learn more about the program.

Residents can go to Wellfleet Police Department's web page and click "news blogs" to learn more.

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The company that owns the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth recently said it will close that plant in 2019, but that doesn't mean the windows there will be boarded up anytime soon.

As early as next fall, police at Cape Cod Community College may patrol its wooded campus in West Barnstable armed with guns.

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Retired school teacher and Oak Bluffs resident Deborah Maher always had an interest in Cuba. So when she learned that the U.S. was resuming a diplomatic relationship with the island country, she knew she wanted to visit. But she didn't just want to go as a tourist--she wanted to forge friendships.

Kathryn Eident with talked Maher about her recent trip to the island as part of a group from Cape Cod Community College.

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Transportation officials announced this week they had located the data recorder on the cargo ship, El Faro, which sank in some 15-thousand feet of water off the coast of the Bahamas.

Investigators found the recorder using technology built and operated by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

Kathryn Eident talked with James Kinsey, an associate scientist at the Institution about the kinds of technology they used.

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