Monthly Archives: April 2015

Does Nantucket really have a higher cancer rate?

The Massachusetts incidence rates map of all cancer sites from 2007 to 2011.

Maggie Toole Assistant editor (April 16, 2015) Cancer is the second most common cause of death in the United States, accounting for one in every four deaths nationwide. On Nantucket, it seems to be even more prevalent. Some island residents,…

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Helium balloons banned on Nantucket

Mylar balloons are currently sold at the Nantucket Stop and Shop.

Mia Silverio & Sophie Davies Editors-in-chief (April 16, 2015) Island voters have endorsed a ban on helium balloons on Nantucket. The new law was proposed by Scott Leonard, the Director of Operations at the Nantucket Marine Mammal Conservation Program, who…

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Voters endorse new school project

Caroline Richards Features editor (April 16, 2015)  The new intermediate school building proposal was sent straight to the ballot during Nantucket’s Annual Town Meeting last week, when voters approved the project with no debate. The new school building is intended…

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On “promposals:” women have the ability to say no

Mia Silverio Editor-in-chief (April 16, 2015) Everyone in the school has noticed that prom asks—“Promposals”—have been getting grander and more glamorous as the “asking season” progresses. These sometimes over-the-top and often very public promposals have attracted some serious negative attention,…

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Why don’t we converse on the phone anymore?

Nate Goss Editor-in-chief (April 16, 2015)  When I was little, the amount of work required to hang out with my friends was tremendous. First I would have to look up their home phone number in the telephone book, then I…

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Always try to be a genuinely kind human being

Sophie Davies Editor-in-chief (April 16, 2015)  There’s no way for me to say this without sounding like an overly cheery and optimistic kindergarten teacher, so I’m just going to say it: I don’t think there is  anything more important in…

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Vocational Program to be expanded in 2015-2016

Luci Bresette Contributing writer (April 16, 2015) The Nantucket High School administration has opted to expand vocational curriculum offerings for the 2015-2016 academic year. In addition to the current vocational classes – graphic design and landscape and gardening – NHS…

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AP program sees expansion and spike in enrollment

Mia Silverio & Luci Bresette Editor-in-chief and contributing writer (April 16, 2015)  Nantucket High School guidance counselors and students alike suspect that enrollment in advanced placement classes will increase dramatically next year as a greater variety of APs are available…

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Silverio witnesses island justice during ride-along

Sophomore Stefan Silverio poses next to the Nantucket Police Department cruiser.

Stefan Silverio Finance director (April 16, 2015) A police car is a bad place to be unless you are on a ride along. I spent last Friday night in Officer Kevin Nagle’s cruiser, and got the chance to observe what…

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Literacy plan works to improve district ELA skills, standardized test scores

Claire MacKay Contributing writer (April 16, 2015) The Nantucket Public Schools’ literacy plan was instituted four years ago, just as Superintendent of Schools Michael Cozort stepped in as leader of the school system. The literacy plan was a coordinated response…

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