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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.

Alecia Orsini

Cape Cod Healthcare furloughed more than 600 employees Thursday in an effort to heal financial wounds caused by the pandemic.

CEO Mike Lauf said he could no longer keep paying everyone in the face of mounting losses.

Community Development Partnership

Tensions between local environmentalists and housing advocates have long played out in battles to preserve local land while making sure people can afford to live on Cape Cod.

Falmouth Village Association

As restaurants plan ways to safely reopen for table service, some Cape and Islands communities are considering expanded outdoor seating.

Among the communities investigating the idea is Falmouth, where people have proposed closing a section of Main Street to vehicles to allow for European-style seating at outdoor tables.

Liz Lerner

Plymouth Selectmen are hoping to postpone the special senate election to replace a seat left vacant by Vinny DeMacedo. The board sent a letter with the request to state lawmakers this week, saying that the voting is not a good idea amid the pandemic.

Jennette Barnes

Hours at the drive-through test site for COVID-19 at Cape Cod Community College have been reduced from 48 to 30 each week.

Barnstable County Government

Barnstable County health director Sean O’Brien is thanking the many volunteers who are helping Cape Cod respond to the pandemic.

Center for Coastal Studies image taken under NOAA permit #14603-1.

Speed restrictions and fishing closures in most of Cape Cod Bay  and portions of the Outer Cape have been extended to May 8th to protect lingering North Atlantic right whales. 

The trap/pot and fixed gear ban was initially set to expire on April 30th, but a spokesperson for the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries said two mother/calf pairs of the critically endangered species were spotted in the Bay over the weekend, which “elevates the need for conservative management.”

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Starting Monday, small business owners around the country can apply for the latest infusion of federal money meant to help small businesses keep their workers on the payroll for as long as possible during this pandemic. 

Alecia Orsini

Over the past seven weeks, Sindi Harvey of West Yarmouth has been trying to fill her days gardening, watching news, and walking her two dogs.

“I am alone here, except for my other little heartbeats, my animals,” she said.

Elsa Partan

Wednesday marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. 

Marches, rallies, and events have been canceled or moved online for social distancing purposes, but local activists are encouraging people to grab a bag, don some gloves, and get to work cleaning up the environment.  

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