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Eve Zuckoff

Eve Zuckoff is WCAI's Report for America reporter, covering the environment and the human impacts of climate change.  

Her beat centers not only around the challenges climate change poses to Cape Cod communities, but on the solutions and innovations that individuals and organizations seek to implement.   

Eve came to WCAI from WBUR, where she worked on Radio Boston, a daily news magazine program and "Last Seen," an investigative podcast that looked into the 1990 Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum heist.

As a lifelong Massachusetts resident, she loves covering the community she grew up in and snacking on the world's best seafood along the way.  

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Despite ongoing concerns about the coronavirus, voters from Falmouth to Kingston took part in a special election Tuesday to fill an open state Senate seat. 

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Every morning from April to August, Mary Keleher puts her hair up in a ponytail and heads out to a Mashpee golf course, where she uses a rope-and-pulley system to lower white plastic gourds from trees. Inside each gourd is a nesting pair of birds.

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Tensions between local environmentalists and housing advocates have long played out in battles to preserve local land while making sure people can afford to live on Cape Cod.

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Speed restrictions and fishing closures in most of Cape Cod Bay  and portions of the Outer Cape have been extended to May 8th to protect lingering North Atlantic right whales. 

The trap/pot and fixed gear ban was initially set to expire on April 30th, but a spokesperson for the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries said two mother/calf pairs of the critically endangered species were spotted in the Bay over the weekend, which “elevates the need for conservative management.”

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Over the past seven weeks, Sindi Harvey of West Yarmouth has been trying to fill her days gardening, watching news, and walking her two dogs.

“I am alone here, except for my other little heartbeats, my animals,” she said.

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Wednesday marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. 

Marches, rallies, and events have been canceled or moved online for social distancing purposes, but local activists are encouraging people to grab a bag, don some gloves, and get to work cleaning up the environment.  

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Three right whale calves have been spotted with their mothers in Cape Cod Bay, a rare piece of good news for the critically endangered species.  

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The Mashpee Wampanoag tribe said it's the first tribe in the nation to receive direct federal assistance for pandemic response.

As a result, all members of federally recognized tribes are eligible for COVID-19 testing at a drive-thru site in Mashpee at no cost and regardless of symptoms. 

The first wave of detainees with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have been released from a Bristol county facility amid fears of a COVID-19 outbreak, according to the Bristol County Sheriff's Office.

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Alexandra Davies of Pocasset is among those who've tested positive for COVID-19. The 23-year-old Americorps member spoke with WCAI's Eve Zuckoff recently about her experience with symptoms and treatment at Falmouth Hospital. Davies began by saying she started showing symptoms around March 15th, when she was showing a friend some exercises.

Hilde Maingay, of Falmouth, is well-known and loved for the Easter celebration she throws each year for her friends, family, and neighbors. This year's party would have been her 49th straight year hosting. 

“For all of us, really, it’s the best party of the year,” she said.  “There’s no gifts involved; people bring great music; we’ve never been rained out, which is totally amazing.” 

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Chuck Burridge has been driving a cab for 14 years. He’s often at the ferry terminal in Woods Hole looking for rides, and lately, business has been quiet. 

“I’m just here in Woods Hole, watching the boats, construction,” he said. “And then watching a lot of TV on my computer." 

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Each year on the first night of Passover, nearly 30 family members gather in Susan Wasser’s Hyannis home. 

 

“My favorite part—most people will say it’s the food—but I think it’s the singing, especially… after a few glasses of wine [it] gets a little fun,” she said. “And I think it’s just being all together, doing the same thing every year.” 

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A local radio DJ in his 70s has died of COVID-19.

 

John Perrone, of Provincetown, succumbed to the virus over the weekend at Cape Cod Hospital, according to WOMR, a local community radio station, based on information from Perrone’s cousin.

 

The Navy-veteran-turned-volunteer-DJ is remembered for his love of Motown and soul music, which he played on WOMR Tuesday nights for the last 20 years. 

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As the world around us reels, 57-year-old Susan McLaughlin bakes cookies. 

“Cookies, breads,” she said. “I will experiment because in sober living, even without the pandemic, these girls will eat anything.”

McLaughlin’s been staying in a sober living house in Mashpee for almost two years after alcohol nearly took her life. 

Liz Lerner

Hotels, motels, inns, and short term rentals can only host displaced Massachusetts residents and essential workers on the frontlines of the COVID-19 crisis, according to state orders announced Tuesday. 

That order includes healthcare workers, first responders, and those who are trying to self-quarantine, and exlcudes those seeking vacation or leisure.  

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At Orleans Whole Food Store on the town’s Main Street the phone is almost always ringing now.  

 

For the umpteenth time, clerk Elaine Peluso-Farris helped a customer place an order for curbside pickup. 

 

“A clam shell?,” she repeats back. “Yeah, we are pretty wiped out. Let me see what I have.”

 

This is the the new normal for the specialty grocery store: plexiglass barriers, a ban on reusable bags, and a new delivery service by local honors students. 

Sargent Mike Assad Jr./Mashpee Police Department

With school closures extended until May 4th, parents are struggling to keep their kids occupied. But a growing number of community members are taking to Facebook for virtual story-times. 

 

“Good morning, boys and girls,” exclaimed Sargent Mike Assad Jr. in a video posted to the Mashpee Police Department’s Facebook page. “I’m going to read you guys another story today.”  

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Last month, Aran Mooney, an associate scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), could be found peering into massive tubs in the wet lab where he works.

 

“We’re giving lobsters a hearing test,” he said over the lab’s hum in late February. 

 

Mooney studies how all kinds of animals—turtles, whales, shrimp—hear and make sounds. But in recent weeks, all of that research has stopped.

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Nearly 7 million Massachusetts residents have been advised to stay home, but that doesn’t apply to those who support the operation, inspection, and maintenance of construction sites and projects.

 

Paul, a construction laborer in Hyannis, didn’t want to use his last name for fear of retribution, but said the company he works for employs around 100 people who repair roads and maintains sewers. That means he and his partner still have to go to work. 

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While toilet paper is in high demand and low supply, some may be turning to sanitary wipes, but towns throughout the state are urging people to stop flushing them before it’s too late.

“[Wipes] are the bane of every wastewater treatment operator in the world and every septic maintenance guy in the world,” said Brian Baumgaertel, director of the Massachusetts Alternative Septic Test Center in Sandwich. “They can easily plug up the pumps and all the electronic stuff that’s keeping the wastewater moving away from your home.” 

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Volunteers on Nantucket and around the region are breaking out the sewing machines to stitch masks for local health care workers.

Eve Zuckoff

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker ordered the closure of all non-essential brick and mortar businesses in the state to help slow the spread of COVID-19 on Monday.

The closure order goes into effect on Tuesday, March 24, at noon and is effective until April 7 at noon.

This move comes just as the number of confirmed cases in the state reached 777, up from 646 the day before. Nine people have died from the virus in Massachusetts.

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Science centers in Woods Hole are trying to do their part, as hospitals across the region put out pleas for more n-95 face masks and other gear to protect healthcare workers from coronavirus infection. 

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In the wake of a state-wide ban on gatherings of more than 25 people, Alcoholics Anonymous groups across the region are adapting with the help of technology. 

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