Sarah Mizes-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 email her at sarah_mizes_tan@capeandislands.org

You can also follow her coverage on Twitter @sarah_mizes_tan.

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New Bedford received a $24-million-dollar grant from the state to dredge its harbor, simultaneously making the environment cleaner, and also making it more friendly to industry. On Tuesday, Governor Charlie Baker visited the city and spoke at the New Bedford Whaling Museum to announce the grant. It will allow for 430 thousand cubic yards of contaminated sediment to be removed from the harbor, and be the final phase in the state's cleanup efforts of one of the country's largest superfund sites.

 

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Members of the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission visited Plymouth on Wednesday to hear feedback about creating Citizens Advisory Panels around decommissioning nuclear power plants. Many attending the meeting used the chance to voice frustration and disappointment at the recent decision to allow decommissioning company Holtec to take over ownership of Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station.

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Small newspapers are having a tough time now, with decreasing profits and staff layoffs across the country. But in Provincetown, a new weekly paper is looking to reverse this trend and rejuvenate local coverage on the Outer Cape.

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Nuclear decommissioning company Holtec has officially been approved to take over the license for Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth. The decision comes amid a flurry of concern from nuclear watchdogs over the company's financial stability and their ability to decommission the plant safely. Two hearing requests were made to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to look into Holtec's history, one from watchdog group Pilgrim Watch, and another from State Attorney General Maura Healey's office. The Commission decided to forgo both hearings. 
 

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Massachusetts has been seeing an uptick in the number of mosquitoes testing positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis. The virus can be transmitted to humans and is considered dangerous. There's been one confirmed human case this year, in Rochester.

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The federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced it is approaching a decision on the Pilgrim Nuclear Powerplant license transfer, and that it could happen as early as next week.  

 

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Massachusetts’ first offshore wind project has been delayed indefinitely by the federal government.

 

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Representative Bill Keating visited Falmouth's Waquoit Congregational Church on Wednesday evening to hold a forum for residents to talk about their stories of immigration. The meeting was in response to what he described as divisive recent events, including comments President Trump made against a group of congresswomen several weeks ago, suggesting that they be "sent back" and that they were not American. 

Congressman Keating held the event, he said, to foster an understanding of how the country is made up of immigrants.

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Thursday 7/25  8AM:  The National Weather Service is now saying that two tornadoes, both categorized as EF1 tornadoes, touched down on Cape Cod, one in South Yarmouth and one in Harwich. It had previously indicated that a single tornado had touched down twice.

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Shark sightings on the Outer Cape have been keeping beachgoers on edge in recent weeks. To help people better understand what’s out there, and how to swim safely, the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy has created a new program, putting what they call “Shark Ambassadors” out on beaches. 

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Vineyard Wind's proposed 800 megawatt offshore windfarm received news of setbacks this week – most notably, a delay in the release of a final environmental impact statement from the federal government's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. 

The final statement was due at the end of this week, but has been delayed with no future relase date given. The company had planned to break ground on the wind farm at the end of 2019, but this delay could push that timeline back. 

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Public bus drivers on Martha’s Vineyard have been striking since last Friday, but as the island welcomes tourists for one of the busiest weekends of the year Vineyarders are bracing for the strike to last through the holiday, and possibly beyond.

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Imagine a sandwich that wasn’t so much sandwich as it was a noodle dish, and you’d have what Fall River locals call the Chow Mein Sandwich. It's a quirky-looking sandwich, featuring a bed of fried Chow Mein noodles with gravy poured over it, topped with a simple, no-frills hamburger bun. The dish has been a long-running specialty of Chinese restaurants in the area for decades.

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About 200 Falmouth residents packed the auditorium at Falmouth High School on Tuesday evening to ask questions and voice concerns about the growing number of sober homes in town. Representatives from the the Massachusetts Alliance for Sober Housing, the organization that handles voluntary certification of the homes in the state, were present to talk about regulations and laws around the houses. 

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New offshore wind construction regulations around North Atlantic Right Whales will be discussed at a conference about the Offshore Wind industry on Tuesday. Vineyard Wind and members of various environmental groups will be discussing the new regulations in regards to offshore wind construction and how they can mitigate damage to North Atlantic Right Whales.

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