Aging dams in MetroWest and the Milford area a budget burden, pose danger in climate change era

Published in December, 2019 in The MetroWest Daily News. By Jeannette Hinkle, The MetroWest Daily News. Daily News Staff Photo: Art Illman A group of people who live up and downstream of the South Natick dam stood in a loose circle, yards from where the Charles River pours over the dam’s spillway. It was early […]

Climate change clears path for new mosquito in Massachusetts. It can carry Zika, dengue and other tropical diseases.

Published on Sept. 27, 2019 in The MetroWest Daily News. By Jeannette Hinkle, The MetroWest Daily News. Photo: Jeannette Hinkle About two years ago, Todd Duval got a call from a New Bedford homeowner. The woman’s children were being attacked by relentlessly aggressive mosquitoes in her yard. The kids had sustained so many bites that […]

Melrose photographer’s image with furry friend earns him accolades

Published Jan. 11, 2017 in the Melrose Free Press. By Jeannette Hinkle, The Melrose Free Press. Alex Shure felt a tug on his flipper. The photographer and Melrose resident turned around to see a 250-pound harbor seal, a rare sight in the cold waters off the coast of Rockport he was exploring with Cape Ann […]

Ipswich’s green crabs must be good for something

Published Feb. 12, 2016 in the Ipswich Chronicle. By Jeannette Hinkle, Ipswich Chronicle. Food writer Heather Atwood screamed the first time that she opened up a cooler full of green crabs. Atwood was experimenting with culinary uses for the invasive species, successfully producing a few explosively flavorful dishes with both soft shell green crabs and […]

Invasive species attacks Ipswich marsh, clams

Published Feb. 8, 2016 in the Ipswich Chronicle. By Jeannette Hinkle, Ipswich Chronicle. An army of green crabs waits under icy waters from the Ipswich River to Plum Island Sound. The crabs wait for spring and warmer temperatures. When they emerge they will devour the foundation of Ipswich’s largest industry, the soft shell clam. They […]