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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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About 200 Outer Cape residents and concerned citizens attended a community meeting at Nauset High School on Thursday to learn more about the recently released, long-awaited shark study conducted by the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy and the National Seashore about shark mitigation strategies.

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A powerful storm hit the Cape and Islands on Wednesday night and continued through Thursday. Wind gusts from Wednesday night measured up to 90 miles per hour on the Outer Cape, and 78 miles per hour on the Upper Cape. 

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A new public safety report about sharks has been released by the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy, the Cape Cod National Seashore and six Outer Cape towns. The report looked at a number of different shark mitigation strategies, including shark barriers, shark detection buoys and the possibility of culling sharks or seals.

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The Mashpee Wampanoag tribe celebrated the town's first officially recognized Indigenous Peoples' Day on Monday. The town of Mashpee voted to recognize Indigenous Peoples' Day rather than Columbus Day earlier this year, and became the first town on the Cape to do so.

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When Theresa Barr woke up with a bad cough one morning recently, she and her husband Kenneth went directly to an urgent care — something they couldn’t have done ten years ago, before urgent cares existed on the Cape.

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The Silent Spring Institute held community meetings in Barnstable and Yarmouth on Wednesday to announce the completion of the first phase of a study that’s been examining the effects of PFAS in private wells around Cape Cod. 

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Nursing homes across the Cape and Islands are facing dire staffing shortages, particularly for Certified Nursing Assistants, also known as "CNAs." These workers are considered the backbone of a nursing home's staff, caring directly for residents.  Now one startup company, based in Quincy, is trying to alleviate the problem by making filling a certified nursing position like calling an Uber.

 

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Cape Cod's population is aging, at the same time the region has fewer and fewer working professionals to take care of the elderly. That shortage has been a factor in a number of nursing homes closing on the Cape and South Coast earlier this year.  

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Governor Baker’s four-month ban on vaping products took effect today, leaving Cape stores that sell vape products scrambling.

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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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