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About 200 Outer Cape residents and concerned citizens attended a community meeting at Nauset High School on Thursday to learn more about the recently released, long-awaited shark study conducted by the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy and the National Seashore about shark mitigation strategies.

Sam Houghton

A powerful storm hit the Cape and Islands on Wednesday night and continued through Thursday. Wind gusts from Wednesday night measured up to 90 miles per hour on the Outer Cape, and 78 miles per hour on the Upper Cape. 

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A new public safety report about sharks has been released by the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy, the Cape Cod National Seashore and six Outer Cape towns. The report looked at a number of different shark mitigation strategies, including shark barriers, shark detection buoys and the possibility of culling sharks or seals.

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Fall Town meeting season has begun, and residents across the region will fulfill their civic duty by taking up a wide range of issues. But multi-hour, sometimes multi-day, meetings can make it difficult for some to attend, and some towns have struggled to reach quorum.  Mashpee resident Craig Orsi and Yarmouth resident Stefanie Coxe recently wrote an Op-Ed in the Cape Cod Times on just this issue. WCAI Morning Edition Host Kathryn Eident talked with Coxe to hear more about their ideas on how to modernize this centuries-old form of democracy.  

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The Mashpee Wampanoag tribe celebrated the town's first officially recognized Indigenous Peoples' Day on Monday. The town of Mashpee voted to recognize Indigenous Peoples' Day rather than Columbus Day earlier this year, and became the first town on the Cape to do so.

Falmouth Community Center

Updated October 13, 6:30pm

Falmouth police continue to investigate an anti-Semitic incident at the Falmouth Jewish Congregation. 

Eve Zuckoff

 

There are musicals about our founding fathers, cute orphans, the French Revolution... And now? There’s a musical about climate change. The Cape Cod Theater Company in Harwich is debuting the world premiere of “Crude: The Climate Change Musical.”  

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When Theresa Barr woke up with a bad cough one morning recently, she and her husband Kenneth went directly to an urgent care — something they couldn’t have done ten years ago, before urgent cares existed on the Cape.

US Army Corps of Engineers

The Army Corps of Engineers released a long-anticipated, nearly 200-page report late last week that officially calls for the replacement of the Bourne and Sagamore bridges with two new bridges.

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The Silent Spring Institute held community meetings in Barnstable and Yarmouth on Wednesday to announce the completion of the first phase of a study that’s been examining the effects of PFAS in private wells around Cape Cod. 

L Lerner

Two-thirds of coves, inlets and similar water bodies known as embayments, and one-third of ponds on the Cape, have unacceptably low water quality, according to a new report from the Association to Preserve Cape Cod (APCC)

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 Researchers will be working with Hyannis residents as part of a new, federally-funded study to better understand how the chemicals known as PFAs interact with the human body.  Silent Spring research scientist Laurel Schaider says some 100 million Americans are estimated to have PFAS in their tap water, but little is known about the potential health impacts. WCAI Morning Edition Host Kathryn Eident talked with Schaider about the study.

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Nursing homes across the Cape and Islands are facing dire staffing shortages, particularly for Certified Nursing Assistants, also known as "CNAs." These workers are considered the backbone of a nursing home's staff, caring directly for residents.  Now one startup company, based in Quincy, is trying to alleviate the problem by making filling a certified nursing position like calling an Uber.

 

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New construction often produces tension between development and conservation. But in Truro, it became an epic battle that took place on what some consider sacred ground — a 9.5-acre waterfront lot near Cape Cod Bay adjacent to the summer home of American painter Edward Hopper.

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Cape Cod's population is aging, at the same time the region has fewer and fewer working professionals to take care of the elderly. That shortage has been a factor in a number of nursing homes closing on the Cape and South Coast earlier this year.  

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