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Mass. lifts boating advisory on right whales

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Published on May 20, 2011 in The Boston Globe, page B2

At the beginning of each year, North Atlantic right whales travel near New England, but after appearing in record numbers this year near Cape Cod, they have all departed.

Because of their recent departure, the Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game has lifted the advisory for boaters to avoid the whales, a spokesman for the department said in a statement.

An aerial survey on April 25 documented 124 whales in Cape Cod Bay, a record high for the area, the statement said.

There are only approximately 450 of this breed of whale in existence.

A subsequent aerial survey, conducted May 13, showed the whales had left the area, but officials are warning boaters around the Cape to continue to watch for the animals.

“Though no whales were sighted in the bay, boaters should remain on the lookout for right whales as they may still be present on the backside of Cape Cod and in the Great South Channel,” the statement said.

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May 20, 2011 at 9:55 am

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Whales depart waters off Cape Cod

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Published May 19, 2011 in The Boston Globe MetroDesk Blog

At the beginning of each year, North Atlantic right whales travel to the coast of New England, but after appearing in record numbers this year near the tip of Cape Cod, they have all departed.

Because of their departure, the Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game has lifted the advisory warning boaters to avoid the whales, a department spokesman said in a statement.

On April 25, an aerial survey documented 124 whales in Cape Cod Bay, a record high for the area, the statement said. There are only approximately 450 in existence.

Another aerial survey conducted May 13 showed the whales had left the area, but officials are warning boaters around the Cape continue to watch for the animals.

“Though no whales were sighted in the bay, boaters should remain on the lookout for right whales as they may still be present” in area waters, the statement said.

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May 19, 2011 at 10:37 am

Man arraigned in high-speed highway chase

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Published on May 9, 2011 in The Boston Globe MetroDesk Blog

A Buzzards Bay man was arraigned today on nine charges after he allegedly led police on a high-speed highway chase from Boston to West Bridgewater on Friday afternoon.

Boston police attempted to pull over the car driven by William Monopoli, 27, around 1:50 p.m. Friday in Boston but Monopoli allegedly fled onto Interstate 93 southbound, Suffolk district attorney’s spokesman Jake Wark said in a statement.

An off-duty state trooper saw Monopoli’s 1998 Ford Ranger and attempted to pull him over on I-93, but Monopoli allegedly increased his speed to avoid the trooper and continued onto Interstate 24 southbound. He then continued to Route 106 in West Bridgewater where he lost control and crashed, Wark said.

After crashing, Monopoli allegedly jumped from his vehicle and climbed a fence into a parking lot. But he was captured by police around 2:20 p.m.

During the pursuit, Monopoli allegedly struck a pickup truck near Milton Square on I-93, nearly struck a trooper outside of his vehicle on Route 24, and tried to ram another trooper’s car on Route 24.

He was arraigned in Dorchester District Court this morning on charges of operating with a suspended license, marked lanes violation, speeding, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, failure to stop for police, resisting arrest, possession of a Class A substance, and two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon.

A dozen pills were allegedly found in Monopoli’s vehicle, as well as a number of broken pills, Wark said. The substance is currently being tested.

Additionally, Monopoli was wanted on a warrant issued by Suffolk Superior Court for failure to report to probation.

Monopoli is schedule to return to court June 7.

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May 9, 2011 at 10:10 am

Cape and Islands hardest hit by the heavy rains

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Published on April 14, 2011 in The Boston Globe, page B5

shared byline with Katherine Landergan

The Cape and Islands received the brunt of a storm that dumped buckets of rain on Massachusetts yesterday.

By 7:30 last night, 4.89 inches of rain had fallen in Falmouth, the National Weather Service in Taunton reported.

In Vineyard Haven on Martha’s Vineyard, 4.84 inches had fallen by 7:30 p.m., the weather service said.

A weather service map indicated there was a small swath of very heavy precipitation during the storm that stretched from the Vineyard into the Falmouth area in the Upper Cape.

“I haven’t seen this much water in about 10 years,” said John McCarthy, a manager at Cape Cod Campresort & Cabins in Falmouth. “It’s been quite disruptive.”

McCarthy said he did not have any outdoor workers come in yesterday to his 55-acre facility because he knew the rain was coming. The power had gone out three times, and some of his phone lines went down, he said.

“I have 2 feet of water in the ball field,” he said. “It’s been a mess.”

After 7 a.m., the Falmouth Fire Department made several trips to rescue people from their cars, said Captain Michael White. In some areas, the water was 3 feet deep.

“A lot of the side roads and the Main Street area are flooded, and we’ve had to go out a few times to get people out of vehicles,” said White. “But everyone is OK. It’s the issue of people driving through puddles and not making it.”

Several police stations in Martha’s Vineyard said they did not have any flooding issues or have to rescue anyone, despite the heavy rainfall.

The heavy rains also affected commuters traveling on Interstate 95 over the Pawtucket Bridge just over the border in Rhode Island, where the high-speed north and south lanes were shut down due to flooding, the Rhode Island Department of Transportation said. A damaged drainage pipe caused the water buildup, and crews worked to remove the water.

The National Weather Service issued a flood warning for the Connecticut River basin yesterday, as well, extending from Montague to Middleton, Conn., along with areas in Springfield and Greenfield.

Kyle Cogswell, a firefighter at the Turners Falls Fire Department, reported light flooding along the river.

The weather service forecasted a spot shower or two after midnight.

Today is expected to be slightly cloudy with a break of sunshine at midday. Highs will rise to the upper 50s to low 60s, with slightly colder temperatures forecast for Cape Cod and the Islands.

Sunny skies are forecast for tomorrow, and highs will be around 50.

It will be mostly cloudy Saturday, with another rain system moving in that evening through Sunday night.

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April 14, 2011 at 9:11 am

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