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Markus Winkler

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.

Jennette Barnes / CAI

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

Massachusetts National Guard

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. 

NOAA

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.

NOAA/SBNMS and NURTEC

Woods Hole scientists will be live-streaming as they explore shipwrecks on the seafloor starting on Tuesday.

 

Using a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) the scientists should be able to peek inside the iconic steamship Portland and an unidentified coal schooner within the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, off Gloucester. 

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The comment period is open for a proposed project to bring a machine gun range to Joint Base Cape Cod. 

 

In an environmental assessment, the Massachusetts Army National Guard said it needs the eight-lane machine gun range to provide required small arms training for soldiers. 

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On Thursday, Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration announced the developers will use the New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal as the primary staging area for the construction and installation of their offshore wind projects in waters south of Martha’s Vineyard. 

Sea to Shore Alliance/NOAA, under NOAA permit #15488

A federal judge has ordered the National Marine Fisheries Service to issue new rules protecting critically endangered North Atlantic right whales. 

As schools work to make their reopening plans a reality by mid September, officials on Cape Cod are offering very specific health recommendations — down to how to test employees for COVID-19 and what cleaning products to use.

Home prices on Cape Cod are rising, even as some people remain out of work or have less income due to the pandemic.

 

The hot real estate market could put additional pressure on rentals and spur an eviction crisis, participants in a “State of Cape Cod” summit said on Thursday.

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