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This Week on Beacon Hill

Sep 13, 2018

Campaign ads are now appearing in more frequency on TV and races are heating up, with just under two months until the mid-term elections. WCAI's Kathryn Eident talked with State House reporter Mike Deehan about a possible indpendent candidate for govenor and the Senate race for the Cape and Islands district seat.

 

zerosuicideinstitute.org

September 10-16, 2018 is National Suicide Prevention Week in the United States. 

WCAI Morning Edition Producer Hayley Fager spoke with Heidi Nelson, Chief Executive Officer at Duffy Health Center, about a program on the Cape that uses data systems to prevent suicide

It was a big week in Massachusetts politics, with Tuesday's state primary filled with surprises, upsets, and a historic win. WCAI's Kathryn Eident talked with State House reporter Mike Deehan about some of the highlights. 

https://j1visa.state.gov/

Foreign students in the U.S. on a J-1 Visa often have to pay several thousand dollars just to get into the country and find a job.  And if they run into trouble when they're here, their only recourse is to turn to a sponsor, who often manages several hundred students at a time. 

WCAI’s Kathryn Eident talked with Sarah Tan to learn more about sponsors in the J-1 program, and about a non-profit that’s interested in changing the program’s designation so that it could be better regulated. 

Eliza McClennan, pleasantbay.org

Pleasant Bay is one of the largest estuaries on Cape Cod, and it stretches across 4 towns: Orleans, Chatham, Harwich and Brewster. These towns just received a  state permit for clean-up efforts in the bay. It's one of the first permits to be issued for a watershed, not just a town or towns.

eforall.org

A new nonprofit on the Cape is focused on helping new small businesses launch and grow. It's called E-For-All, and it started in the Merrimack Valley as a way to encourage economic growth there. The Cape chapter is looking for entrepreneurs to pitch ideas in the program's own version of a shark tank, and to participate in an intensive mentoring program that launches in the fall.

Livingroomconversations.org

It's no secret that affordable housing is tough to come by on the Cape and Islands. Two local nonprofits, the Housing Assistance Corporation in Hyannis, and the Community Development Partnership in Eastham, have come together to offer a set of classes aimed at helping town officials, volunteer board members, and residents better understand the affordable housing landscape. 

nantuckethospital.org

WCAI has partnered with the Cape Cod Times to bring you the series, "Are we ready? Examining hurricane preparedness on Cape Cod and the Islands."

WCAI's Kathryn Eident talked with Cape Cod Times reporter Cindy McCormick about how the new Nantucket Hospital is being built with storms in mind. 

Jefferson State Community College; jeffersonstate.edu

Cape Cod Community College (4Cs) has taken over the Funeral Services program from Mount Ida College, which closed earlier this year. 4Cs  plans to start offering classes this fall to nearly 30 students at Mount Ida Ccollege who were displaced when the school announced its closure in April.

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WCAI has partnered with the Cape Cod Times to bring you the series, "Are we ready? Examining hurricane preparedness on Cape Cod and the Islands." WCAI's Kathryn Eident talked with some of the Cape Cod Times reporters about what they learned in writing their stories for the series, including Doug Fraser, the Times' environmental reporter, who took a look at the dangers of storm surge in Buzzards Bay.

weather.gov

There's an air quality alert today that includes Barnstable County and Duke's County. Morning Edition producer Hayley Fager spoke with Ed Coletta, the spokesperson for the Massachusetts department of environmental protection to learn what people can do to stay safe.

Hunterdon County, NJ Solid Waste and Recycling Services

When it comes to recycling, people often think of the big three: paper, plastic and metal. But there's another, and Cape officials want residents to start thinking of it, too: latex paint.

WCAI's Kathryn Eident talked with Phil Goddard, from the Town of Bourne Integrated Solid Waste Management Department, about a new Cape-wide grant aimed at saving unwanted latex paint from the landfill, and a paint take-back day, Saturday, August 4, 2018 in Dennis.

State lawmakers worked until the last minute this week, scrambling to get a variety of bills passed before recessing until the end of the year. WCAI's Kathryn Eident talked with State House Reporter Mike Deehan about what lawmakers did— and didn't—get done. 

Nantucket Data Platform

If  you were to ask how many year-round residents live on Nantucket, the answer would depend on whom you talk to. 

Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Some Cape business owners were caught off guard earlier this year when they got a sudden, unexpected bill from the state—a penalty for employees who qualify for Mass Health or the Health Connector, instead of employer-offered plans.

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