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08/18/2017 12:09 PM
Experience the eclipse on the Lower Cape Monday
 The community is invited to join Cape Cod National Seashore rangers for a special eclipse program at the Salt Pond Visitor Center in Eastham on Monday, Aug. 21, from 1:30 to 4 p.m.The free program will begin with a live feed projection of the eclipse as it passes across the U.S.There will be children’s activities and information on what an eclipse is and how it occurs. At 2:30 p.m., head outside to view the 2:48 p.m. 60 percent eclipse. [...]

08/18/2017 12:08 PM
Shore Lore: The solar eclipse of 1932
 The U.S. is in the throes of eclipse-mania because a total solar eclipse will be visible to millions of American eyeballs on Monday, Aug. 21.Here on the Cape we'll see only a partial eclipse this time, but back in 1932 a solar marvel stretched over Provincetown for a couple of hours on the afternoon of Aug. 31, 1932.“The moon’s shadow completely covered the sun,” reported The Provincetown Advocate the following day. “The splendid [...]

08/18/2017 09:00 AM
Construction site fires heighten scrutiny of wood
THE ISSUE: As new multi-story wood-frame apartment complexes have become more common, some have raised safety concerns following recent fires.THE IMPACT: Fires this summer have destroyed apartment complexes under construction in Waltham and damaged another in Dorchester.

08/18/2017 07:36 AM
Could you pass a U.S. citizenship test?
Recent studies show many Americans would struggle to pass a U.S. citizenship test, an exam that many states are adopting as a high school graduation requirement.

08/18/2017 06:02 AM
Wicked Local Reader Photo of the Day, 8-18-17
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08/18/2017 02:11 AM
Fairs and Festivals in eastern Mass.
Plenty of local fun this summer. Check back for updates.

08/18/2017 01:19 AM
Dennis beach study committee to address problems
Dennis selectmen appointed four residents Tuesday night to serve on the new ad hoc Beach Safety and Monitoring Committee. The decision to form the committee came after residents were outraged over an incident at Mayflower Beach on July 4, which resulted in the arrests of several young people, some of whom were allegedly engaged in sexual activity in the water.Eight people of nine who applied came to the meeting to express their interest in being on the committee and be interviewed. [...]

08/17/2017 11:44 PM
Brewster shelter welcomes an influx of rescued dogs
 A hoarding situation discovered in central Mass led to the recent influx of a big group of silky terriers and Pomeranians at the Animal Rescue League’s Brewster facility.About 40 dogs were rescued from the property, and some were sent to other ARL shelters due to medical or other needs that could be best served in those locations. And 19 of the little rescues wound up on the Lower Cape mostly because the Brewster shelter had space available.There’s [...]

08/17/2017 08:01 PM
Harwich Cultural Center officially up and running
 HARWICH -- The former Harwich Middle School on Sisson Road, converted into a cultural center early this year, is up and running.It’s been deemed a big success by the tenants and the public during a recent open house that brought in 500 visitors. The center was created after receiving approval from the board of selectmen for a two-year trial run.Carolyn Carey, Harwich Community Center director who is also heading up the cultural center transition, said on a [...]

08/17/2017 08:01 PM
Nature's Ways: Letting go
 One of the lessons we learn over and over again by sitting with and experiencing nature is that life is a constant stream of letting go.As humans, we find this more difficult than say, a fish that lays a thousand eggs and swims off, leaving her progeny behind to fend for themselves without another thought.As I poured my coffee this morning one of the male orioles that frequents my yard and oriole feeder was letting me know the feeder was empty. It’s that [...]

08/17/2017 08:12 AM
MAP: Where can you enjoy dinner al fresco this summer?
Is there a nicer way to enjoy a summer dinner than out on the patio, overlooking a beautiful view, a slight breeze in the air and a margarita or lemonade in your hand?

08/17/2017 06:18 AM
INHUMAN TRADE: Labor trafficking hidden in Massachusetts communities
THE ISSUE: Less common than sex trafficking, forced labor and commercial exploitation remain underreported issues, particularly in immigrant communities, experts say.THE IMPACT: Massachusetts in recent years has seen forced labor cases involving domestic servants, construction workers and janitors, according to Attorney General Maura Healey.

08/17/2017 06:00 AM
Wicked Local Reader Photo of the Day, 8-17-17
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08/17/2017 04:28 AM
WHIMSICAL WEDNESDAY: Wicked Local Reader Photo of the Day, 8-16-17
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08/17/2017 03:57 AM
Charter school proposals would add nearly 5,400 seats
Four groups are looking to open new charter schools in Massachusetts and four existing charter schools are hoping to boost their enrollment. The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education received proposals for new schools in Lynn, Haverhill, New Bedford and Lawrence.The state's existing 78 charter schools serve more than 42,000 students -- 4.5 percent of all the public school students in Massachusetts. If approved, the four proposed new schools would serve an [...]

08/17/2017 03:33 AM
Nauset Interfaith plans gathering in Orleans Saturday
 Members of the Martin Luther King Action Team of the Nauset Interfaith Association will gather on the Village Green in Orleans on Saturday, Aug. 19, at 1:30 p.m., to “publicly witness our commitment that all people on Cape Cod and in our country are equal members of the human family,” a statement from the group said.“We repudiate the idea that our country or any part of our country belongs to any particular group of people. It belongs equally to all [...]

08/11/2017 04:32 AM
Search suspended for missing diver in Provincetown
PROVINCETOWN — At about 3 p.m. on Thursday, the U.S. Coast Guard suspended its search around Long Point for an 80-year-old man who went diving at 11 a.m. on Wednesday and did not resurface.“This is a sad day for the Coast Guard and our state and local partners who worked so hard on this case,” Cmdr. Marcus Gherardi, the chief of response at Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England, said in a press lease. “Although I’m extremely saddened by [...]

08/10/2017 03:02 AM
Diver still missing, search continues off of Provincetown
PROVINCETOWN — The U.S. Coast Guard continues its search today, Thursday, around Long Point for an 80-year-old man who went diving at 11 a.m. on Wednesday and didn't resurface.Petty Officer Cynthia Oldham of Coast Guard Base Boston said Thursday morning that she doesn’t know how long the search will continue but that it is still active. The man, who had more than 50-years diving experience, dove off the bayside of Long Point, Oldham said. Side-Scan Sonar, a specialized [...]

08/03/2017 04:33 AM
Syria is ‘Hell on Earth’ as Sebastian Junger documents in new film
Pop, pop, pop: the sound of constant gunfire fills the air, and it’s nearly impossible to tell who is being targeted. Everyone in Daraa, Syria, who is protesting on the streets is being eyed through Syrian Army scopes. People are chanting with flags and signs, protesting the regime’s taking and torturing teenagers who spray-painted slogans against President Bashar al-Assad on a wall. Bullets hit protesters who hit the pavement. One after another. People are running, yelling to [...]

05/29/2017 03:04 AM
Forty-four people rescued from Provincetown breakwater on Sunday
PROVINCETOWN — Boat crews from Coast Guard Station Provincetown, the harbormaster's department and TowBoatUS rescued 44 people stranded on the breakwater by Long Point at around 2 p.m. on Sunday afternoon, May 28, according to a release issued by the Coast Guard. Two people had fallen into the water, and four others also needed to be rescued from the sea after attempting to help.A good Samaritan saw a large group of people stranded on the breakwater because of today’s [...]