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A Hyannis nonprofit banned from distributing needles is taking the Barnstable Board of Health to court. 

At issue is whether the AIDS Group of Cape Cod needs state approval to operate a needle exchange in Hyannis. The town shut down the exchange last month saying the group needs a permit. 

The AIDS Group disagrees, and when the nonprofit threatened the town with a lawsuit, officials allowed the exchange to reopen for one week. 

Buzzards Bay Coallition

After years of planning, fundraising and ripping up concrete, the site of a former sawmill along the Acushnet River in New Bedford’s North End is now a public park. Some 200 people turned out Friday to celebrate the effort to revitalize the 19-acre site and make it available for recreational purposes.

Each year, millions of people visit the Cape Cod National Seashore. While the season is now over, Seashore Superintendent George Price says there's still a lot going on. Listen below as Price talks with WCAI's Kathryn Eident about different initiatives underway at the Seashore, including some of the things happening in the off season.


A Special Town Meeting in Falmouth next week will attempt to resolve the controversy surrounding two, town-owned wind turbines that some neighbors say are affecting their health.
A warrant article seeks to amend the town's wind turbine bylaw to allow the turbines to keep operating, despite a cease-and-desist order issued by the Zoning Board in September. The move is a response to a judge's ruling that the turbines were erected without proper zoning approval.

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Preservationists in Fairhaven are looking for a new spot to display a bell made by Revolutionary war hero Paul Revere.

The bell dates back to 1796 and was first commissioned for the Congregational Church back when Fairhaven was part of New Bedford. Later, the bell tolled as part of the Oxford School.

The bell sounded one last time at the school last weekend, before preservationists took it down. The town is selling the building.

Bell Committee chair Doug Brady said it took some research to verify that the bell was indeed made by Paul Revere.

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Ferry riders between Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard may soon have new travel options -- this time without controversy -- as the Steamship Authority considers proposals by two independent ferry operators.


A clerk magistrate is scheduled to hear arguments for a criminal complaint against Mashpee Superintendent Brian Hyde this week. 


Hyde is accused of entering a student's home without permission last month. Police officials filed the complaint in court after an investigation. 


Kathryn Eident talked with retired Orleans District Court Judge Brian Merrick to better understand the clerk magistrate process. 

Wasted Food, Too Much Trash

Oct 30, 2015

Nearly a quarter of of our trash comes from wasted food. But what if we could change that?

State environmental officials had this question in mind when they passed a commercial food waste ban for businesses that produce a ton or more food waste each week. That means places like hospitals, grocery stores, and college dining halls can no longer throw food into the waste stream -- something else has to be done with it.

That law was passed last October, and today (Friday), county officials are holding a workshop for businesses to help them understand how to comply.

Sandwich Stadium Honors 9-11 Victim

Oct 23, 2015

Friends, family and colleagues are gathering tonight (Oct. 23) at the new Captain Gerald DeConto Veterans Memorial stadium in Sandwich. The state-of-the-art facility honors DeConto, a Navy veteran who died in the Pentagon during the September 11th terrorist attacks.

WCAI Morning Edition co-host Kathryn Eident talked with Assistant Secretary of the Navy Sean Stackley, a former classmate of DeConto, about why he's making the trip from D.C. to Sandwich to attend.