Raymond: *Voiceover* “…Seen here where the cars came to rest, the driver of the first vehicle had his wheels turned to make a right at the intersection which is how his car was pushed into the lamp post.”
*The camera cuts back to the news room showing Raymond and Ariana Bening at the news desk.*
Ariana: “The woman driving the car that struck him has not yet been identified by the authorities, however the first driver has stated that he had stopped to let a pedestrian cross when the second car suddenly rear-ended him and sent them both around the corner. Authorities stated that thankfully the pedestrian was missed by the vehicles and was unharmed, There is no stop sign or signal at this intersection, and both drivers are being taken to the hospital for examination. It’s also unknown if drugs or alcohol were involved in this collision.”
Raymond: “And a happy Mother’s day to all those out there who have been called mom.” *The screen behind him shows several pictures in sequence of himself and an older woman who has to be his mother as he gives her a edible arrangement basket, a image of Ariana laying side by side with a similar looking woman with mud mask facials and towels at a spa, Jeannie Webb and another older woman playing what looks like beach Volleyball. * “Just a reminder that though you may appreciate all they did and all they do every day, today is the one to let her know you appreciate it, or at least finally clean all your old things out of her Garage like she’s been asking you to.”
Ariana: *laughs softly and adjusts some papers in front of her* “And it’s not only human mothers who get special notice today. Some other mothers are getting their pups off to a good start, Kaylynn Garcia has that story. Kaylynn?”
*The camera cuts to the Field reporter standing on a sandy beach with the morning sunlight making the sand and waves sparkle. In the background several dozen baby seal pups can be seen laying on the sand…digging in it with their noses and front flippers. Several are chasing each other in the splashing waves and seeming to play tag, with the water or each other who knows. One rather fat looking one is laying on its back splayed out seeming to take in the sunlight.”
Kaylynn: “Thank you Ari. As you can see harbor seal pup season has started, which means all the young pups are learning how to swim and catch fish from their mothers. From May to Early July these pups will be a sight on the beaches as their mothers are out foraging for food. The harbor authority has asked us to remind our viewers that it’s best not to approach the pups. You may find them by themselves, or in small groups, and may be tempted to try and help them, but this is not a good idea.”
*The camera shows several close ups of baby harbor seals playing or laying or nudging at the camera with a “nose front’ view*
Kaylynn: *Voiceover* “They look adorable and your heart may be dying to hear them cry and carry on, but like many aquatic mammals, harbor seals are not in distress, they need to spend some time out of the water resting. The pup may approach you, snuggle up and may even try sucking on your shoe, this is normal behavior and doesn’t mean they have been abandoned or need assistance. Mother harbor seals go out foraging for food and return to the beach they left their baby at to feed it through the day, meanwhile like all babies the pup is developing its muscles and getting a healthy layer of insulating fat.”
*The camera comes back to Kaylynn standing on the Boardwalk with the pups in the background*
Kaylynn: “It’s best to leave the pups alone so as not to scare off the mother. There are rare cases where the pups are actually abandoned by an ill or injured mother, or she dies while out foraging. In this case fish and wildlife wardens are trained to assist and help the pup. If you think a Pup has been abandoned you can call the number below, or on our website, and contact a member who can come out and assess the situation. Do not approach, touch or try and put the pup back in the ocean, like many babies they need rest and if they are on land, they are most likely resting. Do not pour water on the pup or feed it, at this young age the pup is still developing it’s insulating under layer and may not be able to handle cold seawater or digest anything other than milk. And amazingly enough Seals are lactose intolerant so giving them cow’s milk as a surrogate mother may just make them sick!”
*The camera splits to show the newsroom again with Kaylynn on the other side*
Ariana: “Lots of good information, and Oh they look so adorable!”
Kaylynn: “I know I just want to go play with them, but it is illegal to touch harass or harm any marine mammal in the United states, so I guess I’ll just have to watch from back here. This has been Kaylynn Garcia beachfront.” *The camera cuts from split screen back to the news desk*
Raymond: “Thank you Kaylynn. Now as we all know a lot of people make elaborate plans and try and surprise their mothers with a surprise brunch or picnic or other gathering. To tell us what the weather has in store for today and the next couple of days, here’s Tammi Bean standing in for Wilbert Woods. Tammi?”
*The camera cuts over to the perky blond wearing what looks like an overly long sweater that goes down to above her knees. As the camera cues up she blinks surprised and then smiles big*
Tammi: “HiiiIIIII! Everybody!” *waving excitedly at her own reflection in the camera lens* “As you can tell it’s one of my favoritist times of the Whole year!” 8She speaks with just a tint of Awe to her voice like it’s some big revelation* “And that time, as you may recall is….” *She fumbles a bit…the microphone making some scruffing noises as she starts yanking the sweater-dress up over her head and holds it up triumphantly revealing the silver and black Bikini underneath* “….BIKINI TIME!”
*On the screen behind her the words “BIKINI TIME” in big swollen balloon lettering bounces around like it’s dancing as she twirls the dress overhead before throwing it off screen.*
Tammi: “That’s right, time to pack up all those nasty itchy thick winter cold weather things and break out the Bikini! Now I know what you are wondering…You are wondering ‘Well Tammi…what kind of Bikini is right for me? Stripes? Polka-dots?’ Well never fear, Here’s my suggestions! Polka dots are okay, but if you have a light suit and dark dots you may get some strange looks till they get in close enough to see you actually don’t have like six…” *She motions to her own substantial chest obviously meaning nipples* “I tend to like a good set of contrasting stripes or a solid color just to avoid the problem. As for thickness….” *She pauses as someone speaks to her from off camera*
Tammi: “OoooOOOOOh…right I’m supposed to be telling you what days are best for wearing the bikini rather than what one to wear.” *She giggles* “Silly Tammi…” *She licks her lips and puts on her “Serious face” putting her hands together in front of her like how Wilbert tends to do to start off his weather report, which does nothing to keep her chest from pressing together and sticking out. as the daily weather-track images pop up on the screen behind her*
Tammi: Oooh somebody got all the moms a nice week ahead. lots of poofy clouds and sunbeams, and all kinds of little circles! Starting out today it looks like lots of poofy clouds with Sixty seven little circle, but after night time it looks like it drops down to fifty nine little circles with some icky rain. But that's okay cause who wears their bikini on the beach at night right?" 8She giggles as the weather track moves on*
Tammi: "Tomorrow, more clouds and poofiness, and some scattered showers." *She looks confused for a minute* "Aren't showers taken in the bathroom? Oh wait they have showers at the Gym...and the beach and the spa...okay that makes sense then. But the big thing is we get up to seventy-three little circles despite all the showers, and overnight the temperature holds onto sixty seven little circles and no rain just moonbeams.
Tammi: "The bestist part of the week is after Tuesday tho, when it's all sunbeams and small clouds with the little circles staying between sixty five at night and Seventy nine during the daytime! " *She points and motions to the parts on the map all excitedly making everything jiggle for the camera* "So those are the days to go and use your bikini knowledge at the beach!" *She puts on one of those stern "pout" faces as she holds up a finger* "And don't forget to use good Sunscreen, see you at the beach!"
*Another giggle and she blows a kiss to the camera as it cuts back over to Raymond and Ariana sitting at the news desk, both not entirely certain what just happened. Ariana regains her composure first and clears her throat*
Ariana: "Ah...yes...Thanks...Tammi, as always that was....enjoyable." *She obviously kicks Raymond under the table when he Snickers a bit at Ariana's Dry tone and something off camera. Most likely Tammi taking Ari's comment at face value and being perky and cheerful even more*
Raymond: *Grunts as he's kicked* "The sailing club, who call themselves the Wharf Rats, from the local High School competed in the Marblehead open and according to Jeannie Webb, they are bringing back some big news. Jeannie?"
*The Camera cuts to Jeannie standing on the dockside with all manner of sailboats being tied up and packed up or unloaded, behind her sitting on the side of a local School bus are several dozen boys and girls half hanging out the windows hooting and hollering holding up a trophy*
Jeannie: "That's right Ray, as you can see behind me the Wharf Rats took Second place in the overall timed trials, but claimed First boat across the line, and even extra points for having no boats fail the courses. Which meant they tied for first place in invitational!" *She turns at the announcement to Fist-pump at the kids who break into new hoots and hollers and cheers* "This means this team beat out the Marblehead High Founders, the Richard Stevens Academy Privateers, the Roger Williams High Skipping Clams and the Hampton Falls Broadsiders. They tied in points with the Tabor Academy Irregulars and for the next year the title will be held by both schools. No Bay area sailing team has taken First place since the first invitational forty years ago. WHARF RATS!" *She cheers and most of the kids behind her stick their noses up and paw at the air like rats clawing at something as the camera cuts back to the news desk*
Raymond: "Certainly cause for Celebration. Closer to home, after the recent inclimate weather and people buying new replacement or first time emergency equipment, Dean Knopinski has been following a story currently on the State Legislature about disposal about something really important."
*The camera shows several bouts of archived footage of ships and boathouses and even a couple of cars burning uncontrollably with Dean Speaking in voice-over*
Dean: *Voice-over* "If you are out on a boat, or lost in the woods, or end up with a flat tire and need to make sure people can find you or notice you, flares and other such devices can be a lifesaver. however many times people don't check the expiration dates, test them to make sure they still work, or dispose of them properly and merely stick them away somewhere, and the results, can be devastating."
*The camera Cuts now to Dean himself standing along side the Coast Guard pier holding his microphone*
Dean: "Even here at the local coast guard office, there's no state mandated location or procedure for disposal of flares." *He holds out the mic to one of the officers who smiles and then shrugs*
CG Officer: "That's right, for ourselves and several other guard offices around the coast we take the ones that are near expiring or are the oldest when we get new supplies and take them out during the daylight hours and set them up to burn and detonate on a barge that we are retiring to help build man-made reefs out in the gulf. Elsewhere, they'd have set procedures from the state or county on disposal, Which is why we can currently get away with that kind of controlled explosion disposal, but it does mean we can't accept old supplies from private or commercial ships who need to get rid of their own supplies."
Dean: "The Criminal Justice and Public Safety committees for the Maine Legislature are currently going over proposals to submit for full referendum that would put proper disposal programs in pla...." *He's cut off as suddenly what looks like a Takeout coffee Hits him square in the face and Bursts soaking him in the brew as somebody off mic can be heard Screeching. Coming into view wielding her oversized purse like a battle-axe or morning star beating Dean about the head shoulders and anywhere she can get a target on is a lady who has to be in her mid Sixties or so, silvery-white hair intermixed with the Dark, like any number of older ladies you see anywhere.*
Mrs. Knopinski: "You ~BLEEP BLEEP~ Son of a ~BLEEP BLEEEP BLEEEEEEP~ FLARE DISPOSAL! Your Sister Sent me A Card and Your Brother Had the Decency to Call but All I get from you is a ~BLEEEP BLEEEEEEP~ Text ~BLEEP~ Message and not even a 'Hi Ma' For the Camera! You UNGRATEFUL!" *She continues going through her tirade while beating upon Dean more and more. *
Dean: "Ma...No...I...Ow! Could You...OW....OW....Take the Rocks out of the Bag First Ma...OW!"
*The camera cuts away from the scene back to the news desk where Ariana is giggling and Raymond is doing his best to look serious*
Raymond: "A good cautionary story on how we may soon have a way to handle explosives...Explosive tempers will take some more research and legislation it seems."
Ariana: "Halfway through this week the newly retrofitted docks are expecting their first arrival of a major cruise ship. our Favorite Intern Kyler Victors has some details. Kyler?"
*The camera cuts to the fidgety intern doing his best to hold still and speak slowly standing down at the longer Reception area with the Closed off pier behind him. The entire place is strung up with blue and green and yellow crepe paper strands in the colors of the cruise line.*
Kyler: "Yes Miss Bening, Err Ariana, This Wednesday between Seven AM and 3 PM the first Cruise liner will drop anchor here at port. We know the name of the ship is the Amadoa of the Dawn Skimmer Cruise line LTD company. It's a small ship with only Eight hundred passengers and Four hundred Crew, but a good test of the new docking and passenger facilities that have been in the works here and a nice boost to the local attractions. Many of the local restaurants and tourist spots have ordered in extra supplies in anticipation of a rush. The ship will remain docked for Three days and depart on Saturday to continue it's trip Northward to visit several locations in Canada. This has been Kyler Victors for Local 68 News."
Ariana: “Exciting news, thank you Kyler. “ *She shifts position to address the second camera as it shifts to that view* “Spring cleaning is in full swing, and there’s good news for those of you with lots of big bulky items that need disposed of. The Council of Selectmen has adopted a plan to help get rid of those big things just gathering dust or otherwise needing gotten rid of. The number below or at our website you can call this week and next and have them picked up! For all those wondering, I did already check and deadbeat boyfriends and husbands are not covered by this service, no matter their tonnage.” *She flashes a sly grin at the camera.*
Raymond: *Chuckles softly at her joke* “The Highway Division will be picking up large items curbside by appointment all this week with the exception of Tuesday and Thursday between the hours of seven AM and Six PM, and next week with the exception of Wednesday and Friday. The items do have to be out at the curb for pickup, they will not be coming into a house or garage to help you move it. There is a list of day labor companies who have volunteered special rates for two to four man teams who will help you get the waste items out of your home and to the curb for pickup. That phone number you can see on the screen below.”
*The camera picks back up with the main desk view as Raymond turns to direct his attention towards the audience.*
Raymond: “After the break, taking the long way? You may not have much of a choice as road crews are expected to close the main highway around the island down to one way. What you can expect in the way of detours when they do. Also, can’t find a parking space? How one woman is being cited for abandoning her vehicle in the middle of an intersection. And speaking of abandoned vehicles - looks like the local Asphyxiation Point Fire Department is still having issues getting one of their firetrucks out from a sink hole that appeared uptown. More on that story and the underground discovery that followed after these messages.”
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