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Three world-renowned science institutions in Woods Hole are preparing their ocean-front facilities for the threats of climate change and will soon release an adaptation plan. 

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Local restaurants are greeting Gov. Baker’s loosening of coronavirus restrictions with careful optimism.

Starting Monday, the rules allow patrons to sit directly at a restaurant’s bar — instead of just at high-top tables near the bar — provided they order food.

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With a week to go to finish the 2020 Census, workers are knocking on doors to find people who haven’t replied.

 

Some are reluctant to answer because they live in an illegal apartment, or because someone in the home is in the country illegally. Others don’t fill out the Census for their seasonal home — which they’re supposed to do.

 

And some people just aren’t going to troubleshoot if there’s a problem.

Monomoy Regional School District

A student in the Monomoy Regional High School tested positive for coronavirus late last week, prompting school officials to quarantine dozens of students and staff as a precaution. The district's—and the Cape's—first case of COVID-19 in a student came just days after school reopened for the year. CAI's Kathryn Eident talked with Scott Carpenter, Superintendent of the Monomoy Regional School District, about how things are going.

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Nantucket is experiencing a surge of COVID-19 cases, and officials are concerned about risk factors that could feed the outbreak.

The 40 people diagnosed on the island in a 10-day period ending Sept. 16 represent more than a third of Nantucket’s cases for the entire pandemic. 

Eve Zuckoff

A new report sets a timeline for Falmouth to make a historic retreat from its iconic Surf Drive coastal roadway in the face of sea level rise, flooding, and other impacts of climate change. Within thirty years, the picturesque road could be abandoned. 

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Local hospitals are still conserving N95 masks and requiring nurses to reuse them.

Shannon Sherman, co-chair of the union that represents registered nurses at Cape Cod Hospital, said employees are expected to re-use an N95 mask for up to five shifts, or until it becomes soiled.

ASSOCATION TO PRESERVE CAPE COD

The Boston-based Conservation Law Foundation has put Mashpee, Barnstable and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection on notice that it plans to file a lawsuit over pollution in Cape Cod bays and ponds from septic and wastewater systems. 

 

“Honestly, this lawsuit is long overdue,” said CLF senior attorney Christopher Kilian.

Eve Zuckoff

As town meetings get under way this fall across Cape Cod, voters are being asked to consider major decisions about climate change and the environment.

During the season’s first town meeting in Wellfleet, residents voted to declare a climate emergency, pushing the town to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero as soon as “technically and economically feasible,” but no later than 2050. On Monday, Falmouth declared a similar emergency at its town meeting.

U.S. Census Bureau

The U.S. Census deadline comes in less than two weeks, on Sept. 30, and many local residents haven’t responded, especially on the Islands.

Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard have the lowest Census response rates in Massachusetts. Fewer than one-third of island households have filled it out. Cape Cod is next, with only half responding.

Jeff Behler, regional director at the Census Bureau, tells CAI that people who own a summer home may not realize they’re supposed to respond for that address, not just their primary residence.

Imagine leaving a job you really like to work fewer hours and live a more balanced life. Not an easy choice.
 

Then the pandemic hits, and your new employer shuts down.
 

That’s what happened to Sarah Butler. She lives in Bourne with her husband.

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The latest cluster of COVID-19 cases in Chatham should not affect the reopening of the Monomoy Regional Schools, according to State Representative Sarah Peake.

Peake, who serves on the Cape Cod Reopening Task Force, said there is no indication of community spread and no known connection to the Monomoy schools.

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Parents know high-quality child care and preschool slots can be hard to find on the Cape and Islands. Now parents and providers, with some support from the business community, are asking the state to dedicate more public funding to early education and care.

They hope to make care more affordable for families and raise the pay of staff, who sometimes earn so little that they qualify for subsidized child care for their own children.

Liz Lerner

Massachusetts just experienced its hottest summer on record, according to a new report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that looks at 126 years of historical data.

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Cars, trucks, buses and other forms of transportation produced 55 percent of the Cape region’s greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) in recent years, according to the Cape Cod Commission.  

Dozens of climate activists held a demonstration on the Bourne Bridge on Friday, as a parade of cars drove by in Labor Day weekend traffic. 

Mary Bergman

Portuguese men o' war have been showing up in unusually high numbers recently on the north side of Nantucket and the South Side of Martha's Vineyard.

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An ocean technology company installed a particle sensor Tuesday in the Cape Cod Canal to monitor plankton and potential microplastics.

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On a tree-lined street in south Sandwich, everything is quiet. Sprinklers, birds, and the occasional landscaping truck are all that make a noise. 

But when physician and retired Air Force colonel Jane Ward walks through the neighborhood, she hears the quiet before the storm.

Jennette Barnes

Polls were quiet around the region yesterday, but turnout was heavy for a state primary thanks in large part to mail-in voting.

Alecia Orsini

118 people who were furloughed from Cape Cod Healthcare during the pandemic are losing their jobs permanently.

They include 40 people in service occupations, such as food service and cleaning, plus a part-time nurse at Falmouth Hospital. The remaining two-thirds are nonunion and senior management.

At press conference today, CEO Mike Lauf said patient volume is still off by double digits in major departments, and government aid hasn’t made up for it.

 

NEW ENGLAND AQUARIUM

Nine hundred dolphins, 60 sharks, and one Chilean Devil Ray. Those are among the marine animals scientists spotted during a single aerial survey of the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument earlier this month. 

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Coast Guard personnel from Air Station Cape Cod are helping with Hurricane Laura relief on the Gulf Coast.

New England for Offshore Wind

A new coalition of 40 organizations is asking the six New England states to work together to support offshore wind.

 

But cooperation could butt up against some of the interstate competition that has happened in wind energy so far.

Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries / Atlantic White Shark Conservancy

Frequent shark sightings this summer along the Atlantic coast of Cape Cod haven’t deterred people from heading to the seashore.

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