Nantucket

The Gangs of Nantucket: The Arrival

Nov 13, 2017
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Mara Salvatrucha, best known as MS-13, is a transnational gang based in El Salvador. It has about 10,000 members in the United States. In recent years, immigration officials have arrested and deported dozens of MS-13 and rival 18th Street gang members from Massachusetts to El Salvador. Some arrests were made in Revere, East Boston, Lawrence and in an unsuspecting location for gang activity in this state: Nantucket Island.

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There are only a few people who know how to move a 40,000-pound house that’s been chopped into two pieces through the narrow streets of Nantucket. Mike Day is one of them.

On a late spring morning, Day and his crew from Atlantic Aeolus are moving a house from Brewster Road to Bunker Road, about a four-mile trip.

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The most beautiful raptor in the world, to this commentator's eyes, is the striking, black and white, rather large Swallow-tailed Kite, with its long thin pointed wings and an almost fake-looking long forked tail. One of these amazing birds was seen on Nantucket on July 1st and seen daily island-wide until July 4th, when it flew over a gathering of people on Tuckernuck Island having their annual meeting, just about 5 miles northwest of the west end of Nantucket. It was last seen on those islands on Independence Day and has not been reported again.

Brian Morris/WCAI

Nantucket might be the last place many people would associate with manufacturing. But the island does have a rich manufacturing past -- a history largely unknown to people who come here on vacation. Specialty manufacturing is alive and well on Nantucket, and two of these homegrown operations welcome seasonal visitors as a way to spread the word about their products. 

    

NASA and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

If you are trying to peer up, past the earth’s atmosphere, all this bad weather of late poses a considerable challenge.  How do you study a distant galaxy when there’s snow falling on your telescope?

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The International Space Station orbits the earth more than 15 times a day. Want to see it? All you have to do  is look up at the right moment. You don't even need binoculars.

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For the last several weeks a comet has been visible in the sky – if you’ve known where to look with your binoculars. The comet is named Lovejoy, and it has a greenish hue.

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."

Rob Benchley

Keeping an island 30 miles off the mainland supplied with fuel and electricity is hard enough, and on Nantucket, there’s also the need to account for the seasonal population that creates a short but significant surge in the demand for energy. It's a complex energy system that is constantly evolving with advances in technology and transportation.