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New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell said this month he will adopt the recommendations of the 20-member Commission on Police Use of Force Policies.

 

The group met weekly for six months and held public hearings. Its recommendations include giving police officers additional de-escalation training and creating a duty for officers to intervene if a fellow officer uses excessive force.

 

Brian Gomes, a city councilor who chaired the commission, said the community can feel confident that police will treat them with respect.

Vineyard Wind

Less than a week after the inauguration, Vineyard Wind is asking the federal government to resume the permitting process for its offshore wind farm 15 miles south of Martha’s Vineyard.

 

The company withdrew its application in December, saying it wanted to conduct a review after switching to larger turbines.

Jennette Barnes / WCAI

After almost 40 years in business, a Provincetown salon that’s been a splashy presence on Commercial Street is saying goodbye.

Casual visitors may not be familiar with the West End Salon, but for some folks, this place, with gregarious Dougie Freeman at the helm, is an institution — for better or for worse.

“My neighbors in the West End have been fabulous to me,” he said, glancing out the window from his styling chair, “except the ones that hate me.”

Georgia DNR Wildlife, under NOAA permit #20556

Federal officials have released a report criticizing their own efforts to reduce the number of deaths among critically endangered North Atlantic right whales from collisions with boats and ships. In response, federal authorities are moving towards tougher rules on vessels to protect the whales. 

Jennette Barnes / WCAI

The public still can’t register for county-sponsored COVID-19 vaccination clinics on Cape Cod, but that could change in the next few weeks for individuals who meet the state's priority guidelines.

Pleasant Bay Nursing & Rehabilitation Center website

A Cape Cod nursing home has opened a recovery unit for COVID-19 patients from local hospitals.

The news comes two weeks after Cape Cod Healthcare said it couldn’t open a step-down unit because of a lack of staffing and resources.

Jennette Barnes / WCAI

South Coast supporters of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris celebrated with signs and music at a Route 6 intersection in New Bedford Wednesday morning, a few hours before the inauguration.

Carleen Cordwell, of New Bedford and Martha’s Vineyard, said she feels victorious.

 

“I feel that we are on the healing side of hope,” she said, “and that we will become  — because we're not there yet — become the America we are intended to be.”

MASSACHUSETTS NATIONAL GUARD

Environmentalists with the Association to Preserve Cape Cod are asking the Massachusetts Army National Guard to release hundreds of public comments on a proposal to build a machine gun range on Joint Base Cape Cod. 


The Cape Cod Commission is making the fight against climate change a top priority by amending its overarching policy plan to include climate mitigation goals. 

Buttonwood Park Zoo

Buttonwood Park Zoo in New Bedford is looking for a mate for its 7-year-old Canada lynx, Sylvie.

Zoo spokeswoman Sarah Henry tells CAI that a male lynx will probably arrive at Buttonwood in early spring, and the zoo hopes the pair will produce lynx kittens over the next few years.

Forest land on Martha's Vineyard is perforated by houses.
David Foster / Harvard Forest

Plants absorb one-third of the planet’s greenhouse gas emissions, but if temperatures keep rising in the next 20 years, plants could become 50 percent less effective at absorbing carbon, according to a new study co-authored by a Woods Hole scientist. 

Jennette Barnes / WCAI

As the COVID-19 vaccine rolls out, people have a lot of questions about who is eligible, and when and how to sign up.

MassGovernor youtube channel

Cape and Islands environmentalists and climate activists are decrying Gov. Charlie Baker’s decision to veto a wide-ranging climate change bill. 

Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce

The Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce is urging businesses hurt by COVID-19 to apply for a sector-specific grant by 11:59 p.m. tonight.

Eligible sectors include restaurants, entertainment venues, gyms, salons, and independent retailers.

Partners in Health

Single-day COVID-19 cases in Massachusetts hit an all-time high earlier this month of nearly 9,000. The growing numbers make contact tracing a gargantuan task, and at times, the effort has fallen behind.

Beverly Costa-Ciavola, who lives in Falmouth, tested positive for COVID-19 the day after Christmas, but never heard from anyone.

Jennette Barnes / CAI

First responders from around the region began getting their first doses of COVID-19 vaccine on Monday.

CAI visited a clinic hosted by the town of Sandwich that vaccinated 92 public safety personnel from Bourne, Falmouth, Mashpee, and Sandwich, plus members of the fire department from Joint Base Cape Cod.

New England for Offshore Wind

Time is ticking toward a deadline for Governor Charlie Baker to sign a broad ranging climate bill that's now sitting on his desk. CAI's Kathryn Eident speaks with CAI's climate change environment reporter, Eve Zuckoff about what's in the bill and how it could affect all of us here in Massachusetts.

U.S. Secretary of Defense / CC BY 2.0 / Wikimedia Commons / bit.ly/3btWsCI

Public safety personnel around the region are scheduled to start receiving COVID-19 vaccines today.

The town of Sandwich is hosting a vaccination clinic for police, firefighters, and emergency medical workers from Sandwich, Bourne, Falmouth, and Mashpee, and for the fire department at Joint Base Cape Cod.

Liz Lerner

Cape Cod Healthcare says it cannot open a COVID-19 step-down unit because staff and money are stretched too thin.

The health system received a necessary state license extension on Wednesday, but the state is not providing the same funding package as in the spring.

New Bedford Whaling Museum

 

It’s that time of year again — when Herman Melville left from New Bedford on a whaling trip that would inform his iconic novel, “Moby-Dick.”

And with the anniversary comes the Moby-Dick Marathon, a round-the-clock reading of the entire book, hosted by the New Bedford Whaling Museum.

EPA

 

In a milestone for the PCB cleanup in New Bedford Harbor, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency transferred the project’s dewatering facility to the city of New Bedford on Thursday.

The EPA used the facility to remove water from contaminated sediment. The sediment was trucked off site, and the water treated and released.

outercape.org

COVID-19 cases are trending upward in many communities on the Cape, Coast, and Islands as the second surge in infections continues.

The rate of new cases — the number of cases per 100,000 people — has stabilized on Cape Cod but continues to rise in Dukes and Nantucket Counties, according to Vaira Harik.

New Bedford / https://nbresilient.com/action-plan

New Bedford has just joined a small number of Massachusetts municipalities to develop its own city-wide climate action plan. 

Liz Lerner

Local businesses that have applied for sector-specific COVID-19 relief grants should check on their applications right away, the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce said Thursday.

Wendy Northcross, CEO of the Chamber, said 2,600 businesses have been asked, by email, to provide more details to stay in the running for a grant from the Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation.

“You have seven days to respond to it, so this is a very quickly moving program,” she said.

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Congressman Bill Keating (D-Mass.) was walking from his office to the House Chamber when he learned he needed to shelter in place during the riot of pro-Trump extremists at the nation's Capitol Wednesday. 

Keating says he was resolved to reconvene with fellow House members to finish certifying the electoral vote for Joe Biden as President no matter what happened. 

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