Sarah Tan

Reporter

Sarah Tan is a reporter for WCAI covering news on the Cape, Islands and South Coast. She's bounced around on all the coasts and comes to the station from Oakland, California, where she was freelancing for public radio stations KQED, KALW and KRCB. Before that, she was a print reporter for the Times Picayune in New Orleans, and before that, she was just a girl with dreams of being a journalist on Long Island, New York. She is a graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and Johns Hopkins University. 

You can also follow her coverage on Twitter @sarahjtan.

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In West Tisbury, the town has over a thousand Meals Ready to Eat, or MREs, stored in the town hall basement. They were purchased a decade ago through a grant from FEMA. One particularly hot summer day, I visited West Tisbury Emergency Preparedness director Russ Hartenstine, to test them to see if they were still good. 

 

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Massachusetts' three electricity companies have submitted their contracts to the state's Department of Public Utilities, after negotiating a rate of 6.5 cents per kilowatt hour with offshore wind company Vineyard Wind.

 

 

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Entergy Corporation announced it will be looking to sell Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth to Holtech International, a company they say is more experienced in nuclear decommissioning.

 

 

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Cape Cod Community College held an active shooter training session this week, where members of the public could participate in a simulated shooting scenario. In the North building, people crowded into corners of classrooms as a man holding a nerf gun roamed the hallways, and an alarm was sounded. This was a re-enactment of what schools typically advise students to do if a gunman is on campus. 

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Habitat for Humanity unveiled its newest affordable housing community in Brewster that is also environmentally friendly. The six homes off of Tubman Road are all equipped with solar panels which power the homes, making them nearly net zero, meaning they make as much energy as they use.

Lieutenant Governor Karen Polito visited the homes on Thursday and said they addressed both a need for affordable housing, and a need to use alternate sources of energy. 

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After over a year of being banned from meeting by President Donald Trump's administration, the Cape Cod National Seashore Advisory Commission was able to meet for the first time on Monday at the National Seashore headquarters in Wellfleet. Commissioners discussed the decommissioning of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant and how that could affect the seashore, and also heard plans for addressing shoreline erosion due to this past winter's storms. 

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Some town waterways on the Cape will soon be getting an influx of oysters.  It’s an intervention that town managers hope will have multiple benefits for the water quality, the ecosystem, and for local shellfishermen.

 

 

 

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Massachusetts has chosen energy company Vineyard Wind to build the state’s first offshore wind farm. Now, the company has broken ground for the first time, as it begins testing soil samples at a potential onshore site in Centerville.

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Senator Ed Markey visited the Army Corps of Engineers in Buzzards Bay late on Friday to discuss the possibility of the federal government helping to rebuild the Sagamore and Bourne Bridges. Under a new bill authored by Markey, along with Senator Elizabeth Warren and representatives Bill Keating and John Garamendi, funding may be able to be granted to the Army Corps to help make Cape evacuation routes, which rely entirely on the two bridges, safer. 

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On Wednesday, the Commonwealth held a forum for businesses across the region to hear from Vineyard Wind, the first offshore wind company to win a contract with the state to provide 800 megawatts of power. The meeting included large international companies like General Electric, and smaller local crane operators and boat repair companies as well. 

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Nantucket is gearing up for the summer season, when it becomes a prime vacation destination. But for a portion of the island’s year-round population, it's when finding housing becomes a squeeze.

 

 

 

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Since the Trump administration began instating a cap on H-2B visas, the visas often used by businesses to hire seasonal foreign workers, many companies on the Cape have struggled to find summer employees. Though a recent raise in the cap is expected to add an additional 15,000 H2B workers nationally, some are looking towards Puerto Rico as a way to fill vacancies. 

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Massachusetts made a big step forward in its push to rely more on renewable energy by agreeing to purchase 800 megawatts of offshore wind power from Vineyard Wind. The New Bedford-based company was one of three competing for a contract with the state. The proposed farm is poised to become the largest offshore wind farm in the country. 

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Massachusetts is gearing up for the creation of the state's first offshore wind farm. If proposals are accepted, the state could soon be home to the largest offshore wind facility in the country.

 

 

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The Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel met on Thursday to vote on new recommendations they will send to the state regarding the decommissioning of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant. The plant has been plagued by outages in the last year and is scheduled to be shut down next May.

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