At dusk on a recent Saturday, Professor Alan Hirschfeld and one of his grad students calibrate the large telescope inside the UMass/Dartmouth observatory. They’re setting up for a public astronomy night, a monthly event the University co-hosts with the Astronomical Society of Southern New England, or ASSNE. Hirschfeld said the telescope was designed and built by UMass students in the 1980’s, and went online in the early 90’s. It has a 16-inch diameter, or aperture.
Blair and Rachael Perkins after a day of scalloping off Tuckernuck, the small island just to the west of Nantucket, at the start of the five-month season which began in November 2013 and ended last week.
Mashpee's new superintendent, Brian Hyde, has jumped into his first year on the job with a list of ambitious changes. Most have been well-received, but one in particular, the elimination of the middle school principal position, has met with some opposition.
Hyde got the job last summer after working in Mashpee schools since 1989, mostly as a high school history and social studies teacher.
After several difficult budget years, many communities are finding that finances are easing a bit. As things become less dire, some towns are even beginning to add staff again -- but not every town.
In Wareham, officials are wrestling with serious shortfalls as they look ahead to 2015. The future of the Council on Aging and the town's senior center are in jeopardy, and the folks who rely on those services are venting their frustration.
The Cape Wind project has been ongoing for more than a decade, and the developer says the first of the 130 wind turbines could he installed in Nantucket Sound by early 2015. Outside Massachusetts and along the entire East Coast, interest in offshore wind continues, as projects enter the planning stages in states such as Maine, Rhode Island, and Delaware. But these offshore turbines are massive in scale, hundreds of feet high with footings that go deep into the seabed. They require complex port facilities to assemble, transport and install the enormous blades and towers.
Small cameras that record and store our license plate information are popping up almost everywhere, raising alarms around the country. In Massachusetts, privacy advocates are urging the state Legislature to regulate the data. But others say there's something standing in the way – the U.S. Constitution.
The cargo ship captain who survived his ship’s takeover by Somali pirates in 2009 will be presenting awards to local heroes on Cape Cod.
Captain Richard Phillips wrote a book about the experience of being taken hostage by pirates called A Captain's Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea. It was turned into a movie starring Tom Hanks, called Captain Phillips. Despite all the attention, he says he’s not a hero.
Come October 1st, new state regulations will change how old and unwanted commercial food is disposed of in Massachusetts. Under the new regulations, any entity that discards a ton or more of food per week must donate or re-purpose the useable food. For spoiled food, one option is to convert it into clean energy. And that’s what Stop & Shop is doing. A Stop & Shop Distribution Center in Freetown is gearing up to install its own on-site system that uses spoiled food from its retail stores to generate electricity.