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Each year, Labor Day Weekend seems to sneak up before anyone realizes it. The long weekend marks the official end of the fleeting summer season here on Cape Cod, as nights become cooler and visitors pack up and prepare for that last trek back over the bridge. On Saturday, WCAI’s Brian Morris was at a West Falmouth beach for a unique end-of-summer celebration.

A team of whale experts has disentangled its seventh whale off of Cape Cod this year.

Recreational fishermen east of Chatham saw the nearly 2-year-old humpback wrapped in fishing ropes on Saturday. 

They called for help and stayed with the whale for several hours until rescuers from the Center for Coastal Studies could arrive from Provincetown. 

"Had they not stayed with the whale, there’s no chance we would have found it," the Center's Scott Landry told WCAI.


It’s been the summer of the shark. In tourist-heavy North and South Carolina, 11 people have been attacked, leaving visitors concerned about swimming. Could the same thing happen here? State marine biologist Greg Skomal says, probably not.

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Dawn and Eric Spitz are back where they started – on the stage, together, performing one of America’s favorite musicals with the Chatham Drama Guild.

“Dawn and I met way back," Eric Spitz said. “How many years ago? 53 years ago, in this particular show, Guys and Dolls.”

Gabrielle Healy

On a recent July morning, around 20 students worked in the Our Sister’s School community garden. They grew vegetables like cabbage, lettuce, and tomatoes.

Addiction is an ongoing problem on Cape Cod. In an effort to address the issue new approaches are being seriously considered to include longer treatments and more vigilant support for patients especially after rehabilitation. The increasing number of overdoses in Massachusetts has inspired the community to respond. 

Gabrielle Healy

Imagine a warm tart, about the circumference of a coffee mug with flaky, crispy dough, surrounding creamy custard. Delicious. The pastry is a Portuguese specialty called pastel de nata.

“I personally prefer them hot out of the oven topped with a little bit of cinnamon, that’s the only way to have them,” Jessica Coelho, owner of Tia Maria’s European Café said.

Kat Sampson

Long before the Mayflower landed in Plymouth Harbor in 1620, Wampanoag Indians were building and using dugout canoes called mishoons. Darius Coombs is the Director of Wampanoag and Eastern Woodlands Specialized Programing and Training at Plimoth Plantation.

“This is how you got around back then,” Coombs said. “There were no horses seen around this area probably not until the 1630s or 40s. So, how you got around was you’d either walk, run, or use your boats. The rivers were considered to be the highways."

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Emotions were high in Provincetown this morning after news broke of the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize same-sex marriages.

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Voters in New Bedford have resoundingly approved a casino referendum, with 8,355 voters in favor of the project, and 3,040 against. The comfortable margin of 73 percent suggested that most voters agree that a casino could bring many new jobs, as well as a boost to the city’s image.