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The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) wrapped up a two-day bidding process for three  parcels of ocean to be developed for offshore wind farms, the highest grossing offshore wind auction to date.

Officials were stunned, as the auction brought in a total of $405,100,000. 

"Wow, this is the highest grossing sale ever, and we are truly blown away by this result," said acting director Walter Cruickshank. 

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WCAI News Director Steve Junker hosts a roundup of some of the top local and regional news of the week, including: hackers target Cape Cod Community College and nab $800,000; two local hospice organizations are merging; and a little island off Martha’s Vineyard gets a start-up population of New England’s only native cottontail rabbit.

Weekend Outlook: Unique Music Events

Dec 14, 2018
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Music is a big part of the holidays for many people, and there are several big concerts this weekend with very different types of performers. Here's your Weekend Outlook.

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Some local food pantries and nonprofits have been reporting an increase in need this year, especially from families with young kids. High housing and utility costs are just a few of the reasons some young families struggle.

Beacon Hill is preparing for a new legislative session in January. There is still work that could get done, though, before the New Year if Democrats decide a few issues have waited long enough. WCAI's Kathryn Eident checks in with State House reporter Mike Deehan to learn more.

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If you visit Nantucket today, it’s hard to imagine the Island ever suffered economic hardship. Real estate prices are some of the most expensive in the country, and the tourism industry caters to the affluent. But that hasn’t always been the case: the Island has undergone multiple transformations since humans first settled there, periods of prosperity followed by economic hardship.

On the Cape and Islands we are fortunate to have a number of opportunities to hear live chorale music, including the vocal ensemble Skylark. Joining us on The Point to talk about innovative and engaging programming performed by Skylark is artist and director Matthew Guard. 

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In 1943 the Wiesel family, along with fifteen year old Elie Wiesel, were deported from their home in Transylvania to Auschwitz by the Nazis. His mother, father and a sister died in the prison camps. Elie Wiesel wrote about his experience in the death camps in his memoir Night.



This week on Looking Skyward, we talk about the InSight rover that recently landed on the surface of Mars, the Geminid meteor shower, and the Voyager spacecraft, now about 11 billion miles from Earth.

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When Judeen Lloyd migrated to the U.S. from Jamaica ten years ago, she brought her mother's recipe for rum cake with her. Some day, it'll be passed on to her daughter. But until then, she'll be baking and sharing rum cakes for the holidays, and the recipe? That will remain a secret.

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Holiday Traditions

Dec 12, 2018
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We talk with writer Amy Whorf McGuiggan about her 2006 book Christmas in New England, from the Yule Log and the Christmas Tree to Flying Santa and the Enchanted Village.

Holiday Music

Dec 12, 2018
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What do Jingle Bells, Frosty the Snowman, and Winter Wonderland have in common? Why did Irving Berlin try to ban Elvis Presley's recording of White Christmas? In this rebroadcast of a favorite episode of The Point, we hear about music of the season. Host Mindy Todd speaks with Robert Wyatt, Director of Music at Highfield Hall, Steinway Artist, Smithsonian Institution Lecturer and Specialist in American Music.

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As a lifelong birder, and thus someone who is constantly and obsessively monitoring the birds around me, I’ve had my share of rare avian visitors to my various yards. Last week brought the latest such bird, and though it’s a species that breeds right here in Massachusetts, it was by far the rarest “yard bird” I’ve ever had. When you factor in both habitat and time of year, the Bobolink that was hopping around in my front yard last Tuesday was probably one of the rarest birds currently being seen in North America.

December Bird News

Dec 11, 2018

On The Point,  Mark Faherty, naturalist at the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, joins our host Mindy Todd to discuss winter birds. From the subtleties of female sparrows, to the huge flocks of sea ducks that can be seen this month commuting between bays and beaches, and preparations for the upcoming Chrismas bird counts.  A "winter finch invasion" is currently happening in our region, and local birders have been seeing more evening grossbeaks than in many years.