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Making It Work
7:25 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Getting Creative: Managing the High Cost of Living on Nantucket

Newlyweds Rachel and David Shepard built and moved into a "tiny house" as a way to avoid the seasonal housing shuffle and stay on Nantucket, where the median price of a single-family home on Nantucket is just more than $1 million.
Credit 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."

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Seal Release
7:30 am
Thu December 11, 2014

"Scout" The Seal Pup Heads Back To The Wild

Marine mammal strandings are common along the shores of Cape Cod. The National Marine Life Center in Bourne is one of several local organizations who care for stranded marine mammals, recently taking in 30 of the hundreds of cold-stunned turtles that stranded this year along Cape Cod beaches. And yesterday, volunteers from the Center also released a rehabilitated seal pup named Scout at Scusset Beach in Sandwich. Our Reporter Brian Morris was there, and has this report.

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Shifting Gears
7:44 am
Thu November 27, 2014

A New 'Bike Bus' Comes to the South Coast

Parents, students and staff begin to gather at a new program that has students commuting to school together on bicycles.
Credit Courtesy photo

For most people, commuting to school means a simple car pool or a school bus. In Fairhaven, one elementary school has taken commuting to a new level with an organized student bike commute every Friday. They’re calling the new program, the “Bike Bus.”

The Bike Bus began with the new school year in September. More than fifty kids and their parents turned up in the center of Fairhaven to ride their bikes to school on the bike path.

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Natural World
7:44 am
Wed November 26, 2014

A Mystery: Are Bats on Martha's Vineyard Free of Deadly White Nose Syndrome?

Wildlife biologists Liz Baldwin and Luanne Johnson of Biodiversity Works, check a bluebird box for bats at The Nature Conservancy's Hoft Farm on Martha's Vineyard.
Credit Photo by Louisa Hufstader

It’s a moonlit August night on Martha’s Vineyard, and deep in the woodlands on the island’s south shore, wildlife biologists Luanne Johnson and Liz Baldwin are setting up a weighing station for northern long-eared bats.

“Martha’s Vineyard and Long Island are among the few places where you can still find a northern long-eared bat,” Johnson said.

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Turtle Strandings
5:17 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Turtle Strandings Double Last Year's Numbers

Turtles Swim in a tank at the New England Aquarium Quincy Facility.
Scott Lebeda

  No, those aren't bananas in those boxes. The New England Aquarium and other organizations who are knee-deep in cold-stunned turtle rescues and have run out of the traditional plastic boxes used to transport the stranded animals. 

The record has nearly doubled from last year with reports of close to 1000 turtles washing up on Cape Cod shores this year. In the wee hours of Tuesday morning more than 190 turtles were packed up with the help of volunteers and shipped off to Florida, North Carolina and other Southern destinations.

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In This Place
4:44 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

UMass Cranberry Station Offers Support To Local Growers

Brian Morris/WCAI

Local cranberry growers recently finished harvesting this year’s crop from bogs in Wareham, Carver and other area locations. Witnessing the harvest is a quintessentially New England scene, as millions of the bright red berries are corralled into flooded bogs before being loaded onto waiting trucks. But behind that postcard image is a lot of critical science that growers need to keep up on.

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Fall River-Amazon
7:35 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Amazon.com Fulfillment Center Likely Coming To Fall River

There’s good news for Fall River. Mega-online retailer Amazon.com has its eyes on the economically-struggling city as the site of a new fulfillment center – a place to stock and ship the thousands of items it sells each day. Fall River has everything Amazon could want, including convenient highway access, appealing tax incentives, and a large available work force. 

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Marine Terminal Name
4:35 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

New Bedford Wants Official Name For New Marine Terminal

Marine Commerce Terminal under construction in New Bedford Harbor
Brian Morris/WCAI

 During the last few months, we’ve reported extensively on the Marine Commerce Terminal in New Bedford, currently under construction and scheduled to come online early next year. When completed, it will serve as a staging area for Cape Wind and other offshore wind turbine projects. But recently, state and local officials have found themselves at odds over what to call the terminal. Locals thought it would be the “New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal”, but state officials have other ideas.

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In This Place
4:35 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Local Fishermen Supply Bluefish To Family Pantry Of Cape Cod

Nancy Civetta, Cape Cod Commercial Fisherman's Alliance Communications Director, and Mary Anderson, Executive Director of the Family Pantry of Cape Cod.
Brian Morris/WCAI

The Family Pantry of Cape Cod operates out of a nondescript building in an industrial section of Harwich. It’s open three days a week, and offers a lifeline for many Cape Cod residents and families who come here to stock up on much-needed food items. Recently, frozen bluefish fillets have been added to that list. 

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New Bedford Mills: Part 2
8:05 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Modern Uses For Some Of New Bedford's Old Textile Mills

Interior of Manomet Place in New Bedford's North End
Brian Morris/WCAI

New Bedford’s textile mills once churned out fabric 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Some of the old mills have been torn down, but others survive as artist spaces, outlets and apparel manufacturers. About a half dozen of the red brick structures have been restored and turned into high-end apartments. Manomet Place in New Bedford’s North End is one example. 

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