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Liz Lerner

Print newspapers have been hollowed out over the past two decades, chiefly by the rise of the Internet. Now, the economic fallout from COVID-19 is increasing the pressure on local news.

“Very quickly, we realized that we had lost about 75 percent of our advertising revenue,” said George Brennan, editor of the Martha’s Vineyard Times.

J. Junker

More than 8,500 early education centers across the state can officially welcome back tots and toddlers, under the state’s Phase Two of re-opening.

 

But more than 35,000 signatures have been added to an online petition criticizing the new health and safety guidelines required for re-opening. The petition calling for revisions was started by Falmouth mom Nicole DeiCicchi. 

Eve Zuckoff

Instead of conducting experiments or analyzing data on Wednesday, scientists staged national protests.

 

In Woods Hole, more than 300 people—including engineers, chemists, and microbiologists—marched to support the Black Lives Matter movement and condemn institutional racism in academia and science. 

Eve Zuckoff, WCAI

Protests continued around the region and the country this weekend, calling attention to police brutality against Black people. Some of these events are being organized by teens and young adults. WCAI's Kathryn Eident talked with 17-year-old Jocelyn Tompkins, a Sturgis Public Charter School student who helped organize a protest last week in Buzzards Bay that drew hundreds of people. 

Eve Zuckoff

Hundreds of people gathered in Hyannis on Sunday to demand racial justice and equal treatment of black people by police.

After marching from the Cape Cod Resort and Conference Center, protestors sank to their knees and spent 8 minutes and 46 seconds in silence on the Hyannis Village Green to honor George Floyd, who died after a Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck for that amount of time. 

Eve Zuckoff

In a first-of-its-kind project, the four outer Cape towns are developing a joint coastal management plan. 

 

The work in Eastham, Wellfleet, Truro and Provincetown could result in cost savings, larger beach nourishment projects, and more protected and resilient coastal infrastructure, according to project managers. 

Jennette Barnes / WCAI

On Saturday morning in Sandwich, mask-wearing shoppers perused the racks on the sidewalk outside Sundance Clothing in Merchants’ Square.

Jennette Barnes

Protesters in New Bedford gathered Wednesday for the fifth consecutive day to denounce police brutality against black Americans in the wake of George Floyd’s death in Minnesota.

Hundreds of peaceful protesters gathered Wednesday on the Mashpee rotary to demand an end to police violence against black people and other racial minorities. 

Eve Zuckoff

In a minivan packed past the point of seeing out the rear window, Dottie and Bob Engler waited in Woods Hole to drive onto a ferry destined for Martha’s Vineyard.

Liz Lerner

A lot of locals have a little more free time on their hands because of the coronavirus, and with the nice weather, many are turning to the outdoors.

campfarley.com

With the end of this highly unusual school year right around the corner, summer camps have been forced to make difficult choices about whether — and how — to open.

Eve Zuckoff

Protests over police killings of black men and women have spread throughout the region.  

 

Hundreds of demonstrators in Falmouth, Hyannis, and Provincetown participated in peaceful events over the weekend. Protestors gathered in New Bedford as well. A demonstration was planned on Nantucket for Monday evening.

Eve Zuckoff

Cape Cod Commission members are split over whether to add new climate change mitigation goals to the 2018 Regional Policy Plan. 

On Thursday, more than 50 people attended a virtual hearing where commissioners considered amendments that would promote solar power, electric cars, and increase natural carbon sequestration through actions like tree planting to reduce the region's carbon footprint. 

Barnstable County

The Cape Cod Reopening Task Force wants to get the word out about reopening Cape Cod after a quiet Memorial Day weekend. That includes new beach signs and a new website.

Lourdes Abreu Torres

For Alex Davies, a 23-year-old from New Jersey, working for AmeriCorps Cape Cod has given her a sense of purpose. 

“We’re here helping out the community,” she said. “We're the people that go out and help with trail maintenance. We clean up stuff. We cut down the trees. … We help when there’s an emergency on the Cape with taking calls and whatnot.”

Marcy Smith

Some houses of worship held their first in-person services this week after the state lifted the COVID-19 closure order.

weather.gov

The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season may be extremely busy, producing six to ten hurricanes with winds of 74 mph or higher.

 

The forecast, from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center, is one of several recent reports that call for as many as 13 to 19 named storms with 60 percent confidence.

Liz Lerner

Joseph Allen, an assistant professor of exposure assessment science at Harvard University’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health, spent an hour this week answering reporters’ questions about how to stay coronavirus-safe while you enjoy the summer with family and friends. WCAI has boiled it down to a few essentials to answer questions that may be on your mind.

Alecia Orsini

As businesses and religious organizations react to Gov. Charlie Baker’s Phase 1 reopening plan, the Sandwich Chamber of Commerce is calling on the state to reconsider the decision not to include in-store shopping.

electsumoran.org

Democrat Susan Moran was voted in Tuesday as the new state senator for the Plymouth-Barnstable district.

Moran beat Republican Jay McMahon to fill the seat left vacant by Vinny DeMacedo in November.

Sarah Mizes-Tan

Native Americans and indigenous rights supporters will be watching Wednesday, as a federal judge is expected to hear arguments in the case over the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s reservation lands.

Eve Zuckoff

Despite ongoing concerns about the coronavirus, voters from Falmouth to Kingston took part in a special election Tuesday to fill an open state Senate seat. 

Mary Keleher

Every morning from April to August, Mary Keleher puts her hair up in a ponytail and heads out to a Mashpee golf course, where she uses a rope-and-pulley system to lower white plastic gourds from trees. Inside each gourd is a nesting pair of birds.

Jennette Barnes

Hundreds of Chatham residents and business owners gathered on a video conference call Monday to brainstorm about how to keep the town safe and operating during the summer season.

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