Join us for an important discussion about addiction on Cape Cod

June 1, 2015

“Combating Cape Cod’s Substance Abuse Epidemic: What’s Working? What’s Missing? What Can We Do?” 

7-9 p.m. June 10 at the Centerville Public Library, 585 Main St., Centerville.

Panel members:

  • Elizabeth Albert, director of the Barnstable County Department of Human Services
  • Cheryl Bartlett, executive director of Cape Cod Healthcare’s Substance Abuse Prevention Initiative
    Michael Jackman, district director for U.S. Rep. William Keating
  • Janis McGrory, parent activist and member of Learn to Cope and the Lower Cape Community Addiction Network
  • Nate Robertson, co-filmmaker of “What Happened Here: The Untold Story of Addiction on Cape Cod” and co-founder of the Recovering Youth Coalition
  • Raymond Tamasi, president and chief executive officer of Gosnold on Cape Cod.

Moderator: Susan Rohrbach, district director for state Sen. Daniel Wolf. A question-and-answer period will follow the panel’s presentations.

From member Gerry McGowan as published in the Cape Cod Times: http://www.capecodtimes.com/article/20150529/OPINION/150529509/101051/json

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Summoning hope for victims of addiction

Hope is the theme of the story from filmmakers Sam Tarplin and Nate Robertson, which is getting wide acclaim from audiences across the Cape. Both Tarplin and Roberston understand the power of hope, as they have trekked the treacherous road to recovery from addiction. Through the testimony of eight young people who tell their own stories of recovery and redemption, the power of hope expands.

As inspired as I am by the power of hope as told in this documentary, there is another side to the vicious epidemic that has swept over our beautiful peninsula. I feel the tug of sadness and anguish every time I read the obituaries of 22-year-olds or 25-year-olds or 27-year-olds. Their portraits radiate confidence and promise; their epitaphs follow a predictable yet confusing story line. They were compassionate, fun-loving, loyal to friends, had a smile that lit up a room, loved animals and the outdoors, were loved and are dearly missed daughters, sons, sisters, brothers, mothers and fathers.

A casual reader of these obituaries might be puzzled at such early deaths and reread the text looking for a cause. Why are our young people dying in numbers inconsistent with normal life spans? The depressing yet poorly understood fact is that a disease is consuming their demographic. Like ebola, it is infectious and lethal; unlike ebola, it is hidden from view, and local. The contaminants are a six-pack of beer, a handful of painkillers or a needle full of heroin naively ingested by a teenage assayer.

How does a community respond to the slow demise of its emerging generation? How can a community maintain hope when the numbers of overdose victims are increasing by double digits? Can hope survive cynicism?

The local media, including the Cape Cod Times, have done an outstanding job of chronicling coordinated programs to check the substance abuse epidemic in our midst. But an epidemic needs more than competent reporting. It needs dialogue with front-line professionals; it needs feedback to legislators; it needs coalition-building with survivors. It needs a continuing conversation, people talking about the problem so solutions will be found. It needs citizen engagement.

To continue the public dialogue that has already begun in other parts of Cape Cod, the Barnstable Democratic Town Committee is planning a nonpartisan, free public forum titled “Combating Cape Cod’s Substance Abuse Epidemic: What’s Working? What’s Missing? What Can We Do?” The forum will be held 7-9 p.m. June 10 at the Centerville Public Library, 585 Main St., Centerville.

We have assembled a panel of service providers, a congressional aide, as well as individuals whose lives have been personally touched by the epidemic.

save-the-date1Panel members are Elizabeth Albert, director of the Barnstable County Department of Human Services; Cheryl Bartlett, executive director of Cape Cod Healthcare’s Substance Abuse Prevention Initiative; Michael Jackman, district director for U.S. Rep. William Keating; Janis McGrory, parent activist and member of Learn to Cope and the Lower Cape Community Addiction Network; Nate Robertson, co-filmmaker of “What Happened Here: The Untold Story of Addiction on Cape Cod” and co-founder of the Recovering Youth Coalition; and Raymond Tamasi, president and chief executive officer of Gosnold on Cape Cod. The panel moderator is Susan Rohrbach, district director for state Sen. Daniel Wolf. A question-and-answer period will follow the panel’s presentations.

For the victims and survivors of this disease, their friends and families, knowing that the community has their back, we want this forum to be “the thing that perches in the soul — and sings the tune without words — and never stops at all.” Please come and join the conversation.

— C. Gerry McGowan lives in West Barnstable.


ANNOUNCEMENT BDTC: 2015 CAUCUS FOR MASS DEM’S ACTION CONVENTION

April 26, 2015

UPDATE: This convention is an action convention – plans to organize for  successful 2016 election will be discussed.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Janet Joakim – JanetJoakim@gmail.com

Press Release

DEMOCRATS TO ELECT DELEGATES TO STATE CONVENTION
Barnstable Democratic Town Committee will hold a caucus May 13

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April 26 – Centerville, MA: The Barnstable Democratic Town Committee will hold a caucus at 6:30pm on May 13 at the Centerville Recreation building, 524 Main St, Centerville, to elect 22 delegates and 5 alternates to the 2015 Massachusetts Democratic Convention, where Democrats from across the state will gather to meet fellow activists and hear from elected officials. The convention will be held on Saturday, September 19, 2015 at the MassMutual Center in Springfield.

“This convention will be unique as we build on experiences from many competitive elections these past few years and look to strengthen the party for the future,” said Massachusetts Democratic Party Chairman, Senator Tom McGee. “Caucuses are an important step in growing our party engagement at the local level.”

The caucus is open to all registered Democrats in Barnstable and the Barnstable Democratic Committee welcomes participants. Delegates will be divided equally between men and women, and all ballots will be written and secret. Youth, minorities, and people with disabilities who are not elected as delegates or alternates may apply to be “add-on” delegates. The Centerville Recreation building is handicapped accessible. Details on the rules can be found at http://www.massdems.org.

The Barnstable Democratic Town Committee meets the second Wednesday every month but July, August, and December. For more information on the caucus or the committee please contact: BarnstableDemocrats@gmail.com. Checkout their website at BarnstableDemocrats.com, Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Barnstable-Democrats/144706675546163 and Twitter @barnstabledemocrats.

For general information on the Convention or the Democratic Party please contact 617-939-0800 or contact@massdems.org.

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Pilgrim Forum Photos and News Story

April 14, 2015

BDTC hosted a very successful discussion about the potential dangers of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant and safety plans, or lack thereof, on the Cape.  The following is an excerpt from an article the Barnstable Patriot about the event:
Opponents of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth called for stricter regulation of the facility, or its outright closure, at a panel discussion in Hyannis on Wednesday night.
At the forum organized by the Barnstable Democratic Town Committee and hosted by the Barnstable Senior Center, some argued the design of the plant is dangerously obsolete, while others warned of the lack of a viable plan to protect residents of Cape Cod in the event of a nuclear emergency.
Former state Sen. Robert O’Leary, moderator of the discussion, said the promise of clean, safe, cheap nuclear energy he remembered from his youth had failed to materialize.
“We have not built a nuclear power plant in the United States in 25 years,” O’Leary said, citing concerns about cost, safety and waste storage as factors hindering the technology. Despite those drawbacks, he added, nuclear power could have a place in an energy landscape gradually adapting to the realities of climate change. “All of these issues, when they first surfaced, didn’t take place in a world that was heating up.” READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE


Reminder – Wed April 8th – Pilgrim Emergency Forum

April 7, 2015

What are the emergency procedures if there is an accident at the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant? What are the dangers?

BARNSTABLE AND THE PILGRIM NUCLEAR POWER PLANT: WHAT RESIDENTS SHOULD KNOW – Join us for an interactive panel conversation.

Hyannis, MA: Join us April 8, at the Barnstable Senior Center in Hyannis, from 7 to 9pm for a panel discussion about the emergency and safety issues and procedures for Cape Codders.  see more information here

Cartoon by Joe Quigley- Quigley cartoons:

Join us April 8

Are plans in place? What are they? What do we do if there is an emergency at the Pilgrim Power Plant?


Press Release: What if there is an accident at Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant?

March 27, 2015

Contact: Nina Greenwald
Barnstable Democratic Town Committee
508-362-0218 nlgreenwald@comcast.net

Press Release: For Immediate Release

What are the emergency procedures if there is an accident at the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant? What are the dangers?

BARNSTABLE AND THE PILGRIM NUCLEAR POWER PLANT: WHAT RESIDENTS SHOULD KNOW – Join us for an interactive panel conversation

Hyannis, MA: Join us April 8, at the Barnstable Senior Center in Hyannis, from 7 to 9pm for a panel discussion about the emergency and safety issues and procedures for Cape Codders.

Our local newspapers regularly feature stories about problems with the aging Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant in Plymouth. Many Cape Cod residents want to see it close, while others in the Plymouth area believe it is an important source of employment. But what about the real safety issues? It is located on the other side of the Sagamore Bridge, so we wonder how we evacuate when it seems evacuation means heading closer to danger.

While the debate about the plant’s future continues, here on Cape Cod we often ask each other, “What are we going to do if there is a disaster at the nuclear power plant in Plymouth?” “Where do we go?” “How do we get there?”

Spent nuclear fuel stored underwater and uncapped at the Hanford site in Washington, USA.

Spent nuclear fuel stored underwater and uncapped at the Hanford site in Washington, USA.

And, many of us wonder about the risks. What are the real dangers? Are we within range of exposures here Cape Cod? What is the range of the exposure? How can we protect ourselves? What is the recent legislation filed that addresses some of these issues? How would it help?

Our panel discussion is designed to address these issues and will provide for audience questions after the presentation. There is no cost for attendance.

This is a non-partisan issue and a non-partisan discussion. This is not about politics, it’s about all of our safety. We all have to play our part in securing change.

The panel will be moderated by the Hon Robert O’Leary.

The panelists include: Read the rest of this entry »


PHOTOS: 2015 St. Patrick’s Day Brunch

March 25, 2015

Thank you to all who made it possible and congratulations to Cleon Turner for becoming our first Honorable Member:


Reservations still available! St. Patrick’s Day Brunch Honoring Cleon Turner

March 18, 2015

UPDATE: We will be honoring Cleon Turner as part of our St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast!
Space is still available, we will accept walk-in reservations.
The Barnstable Democratic Town Committee Presents:

The Lucky 13th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Brunch

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Join in a Morning of
Fun • Friendship • Food

Saturday, March 21, 2015
10:00am – Noon
Double Tree Hotel
(scroll down for map location)
The Cape Cod Room
287 Iyannough Road – Route 28 – Hyannis

Enjoy a Full Breakfast Buffet as we honor Cleon Turner and hear a Tale or Two from Cape & Islands Legislators:
County Commissioner Sheila Lyons
State Representative Sarah Peake

and State Representative Brian Mannal
and Bid on our Silent Auction
Tickets: Adults – $25 • Students – $10
Pay at the door
OR PAY ONLINE!
The favor of a reply is helpful – Please call 617-283-7952

Email: BarnstableDemocrats@gmail.com
Questions or Contributions to the Silent Auction? Call or text Robin: 617-283-7952

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