Published on Mar 10, 2013 (Enhanced Version) A short documentary (1987) of a controversial abandoned tack factory contaminated with hazardous chemicals which included drums of cyanide and naptha,,just yards away from an elementary school. The company held the town of Fairhaven, Massachusetts on the brink of an environmental disaster for years. Fire Chief Donald Bernard forcefully entered the building accompanied by cameraman MLBaron for a mandatory Fire Inspection. This award winning MLBaron video and expose' was instrumental in the EPA's eventual clean up of the site and remediation of the surrounding wetlands 25 years later..
In the first 3 years of Fairhaven's new public access channel, scores of programming was produced by local residents. From history to sports and entertainment, Cable 2 had it all. It also received multiple awards through the year of it's existence. VINTAGE FAIRHAVEN ARCHIVE TAPES DISCOVERED AFTER 32 YEARS The VHS tapes were lodged in between some old books in storage. Some were found to be well preserved after being sealed for over 3 decades. (The average playable life span of a VHS tape is about 25 years) After some adjustments and fine tuning ,we got them to play and are being restored to digital! If you lived in town in the 1980's, you will very likely see yourself or someone you knew in this footage. From FHS Sports, Music Entertainment, History, local schools in Fairhaven-Acushnet, town notables that are no longer with us, and never seen before bloopers - at the end of the show. This was a look back anniversary special for local Public Access Cable 2, the first 3 years, 1982-1985. There were several hours of footage recovered in satisfactory condition. *ML's Note: As program director - I made duplicate copies of shows back then and stored them separately from the Cable Station just in case. I forgot about them a long time ago. MLBaron Historic Archives
In Spanish or Italian, BELLA VISTA needs no translation here at West Island. The Summer of 2017 had some spectacular weather days despite some bad weather events that got most of our attention. We have compiled some nice little clips of selected sites around West Island, and will post more of the series soon. This clip shot on August 26, 2017 on the west isade of West Island near Bella Vista, a 4 acre little island. The temperature was 72.2F with a gentle breeze in transition at the time of this video, out of the northwest and then shifted to west-southwest 1124AM. The ocean temp was 71 degrees. Barometer 30.27" and the humidity dry at 50%. *ML's Note: Our fleet of insured UAVs are professionally flown, registered and commercially licensed with the FAA.
A mysterious halo (at 0 :28 sec.) appeared in a drifting early morning fog bank that passed across Buzzards Bay and West Island, Monday, August 28, 2017 at 630AM. The ghost rainbow appeared several times and eventually disappeared as the bank moved away. This clip was originally rejected, but after this discovery, I decided to post this little rainbow that appeared in a complete circle., which they all do. The water droplets in the fog with the sun angle at the right place and time with the camera made this fogbow visible only at this spot. The angle of the sun has to be between 30 and 40 degrees from the anti-solar point. The fogbows are also called white rainbows, cloudbows, or ghost rainbows.
NATURE'S REPENTANCE Southeastern New England will be embraced by a mini-heat wave over the next few days after enduring a pesky nor'easter, courtesy of JOSE. The temperatures are forecast to be hot with people headed to the shore for a nice seabreeze. "Near record levels of warmth for late September are in store" National Weather Service 715AM Update September 24, 2017. DHD Video at the Town Beach at West Island for westislandweather.com
This rare 7 minute clip recently discovered and restored was produced in 1992 commemorating the 10th Anniversary of Cable 2 ,, Fairhaven and Acushnet's award winning Public Access Channel. Features include some brief highlights of each of the 10 years with familiar faces and programs from back to 31 years ago when the channel first came on the air in 1982. Produced by then Program Director M.L.Baron. From The MLBaron Historic Archives.
The cruise ship INSIGNIA was spotted in the Cape Cod Canal this foggy morning, Monday, September 18, 2017 at 630AM. The 600ft vessel was en route to New York and is sure to encounter some huge swells from JOSE, as it heads right into the open waters in Rhode Island Sound. *ML's Note: At the time of this post, Southern MA was in a Tropical Storm Watch with expectations of a nor'easter style event. Storm updates as they come in at westislandweather.com
Published on Sep 4, 2017 FAIRHAVEN HARBORMASTER AND ASSISTANT RESCUE BOATER OFF HOPPY'S LANDING Todd Cox, acting Harbormaster along with Shellfish Warden Richard Dube were at Hoppy's Landing when a distraught female approached them at the dock and stated that her husband was overboard from a capsized sailboat off Hoppy's Landing. The capsized boat could be seen from the dock, but upon arrival, the boater could not be found. He was later rescued from the rocky edge of Hoppy's Point. The wind was blowing out of the southwest up to 30 knots at the time of the incident, Monday, September 4, 2017 at 1PM. The only person on the boat was pulled to safety by Harbormaster Todd Cox and assistant Richard Dube. The victim, Jeremy Messier of Dartmouth, did not require any hospitalization by the Fairhaven Fire Dept which responded to the scene. Mr Messier was happy to see his wife and retrieve his boat. *ML's Note: When the boat capsized off Hoppy's Landing - the boater tried to get his rudder back while his vessel drifted out of reach in the 30 knot winds. MLBaron Video for westislandweather.com
Deadly wind chills and frozen sea spray advisories on March 5, 2017 at this spot on the Causeway have long been forgotten just 4 months later. Amazing seasonal changes in New England are legendary. While our "snowbirds" enjoyed the warm Florida sun, the temperature on March 5, 2017 was as low as 11.8 degrees with a wind chill of 8 below zero. Gale warnings were in place as we prepared for a Nor'Easter. Today, July 16, 2017, Hazy, Hot, and Humid conditions at 77.2F and a comfortable seabreeze embraced beach goers as they swam in the 73 degree water, at the same spot just 16 weeks later! MLBaron Video for westislandweather.com
SPECTACULAR 4th of JULY FIREWORKS WEATHER IN THE FORECAST. West Island Weather has been serving Buzzards Bay since June 1992. In 25 years, we have earned the trust and confidence from our maritime interests. WIWS has made numerous appearances on The Weather Channel and Weather Underground representing the Northeast. This powerful station is maintained by USCG and NAVY families. westislandweather.com
A FOG BANK ENGULFED WEST ISLAND AFTER A THUNDERSTORM A typical late May "upper-level disturbance" (aka a thunderstorm) passed through Buzzards Bay and The Cape, this Wednesday afternoon, May 31, 2017. A rolling fog bank came in quickly overtaking the island and our cameras, but made for a cool clip. Enter the sound and wide screen for best viewing. As the last day of May departed along with this storm system, a dreary weather pattern this afternoon was a good send-off to one of the top 6 wettest Mays on record in the region. June is on shaky ground for a possible repeat. Almost twice as much rain fell for the month than usual. *ML's Note: Our Weather Review stats for the month will be posted shortly. DHD Video for westislandweather.com