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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Interactive Panel Discussion on Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant

March 15, 2015

Join us for an Interactive Panel Discussion on:
Barnstable and the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant; What’s Important for Residents to Know?
A Non-Partisan, Free Public-Service
Sponsored By The Barnstable Democratic Town Committee
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DATE: April 8, 2015
TIME: 7-9PM
PLACE: Barnstable Senior Center, 825 Falmouth Rd., Hyannis
CONTACT: Nina Greenwald (nlgreenwald@comcast.net)
RSVP: Nina Greenwald, before April 1 (nlgreenwald@comcast.net)
Moderator: Honorable Robert O’Leary, Ph.D., Former State Senator, Cape and Islands

Panelists:

  • Representative Brian Mannal: Vice Chair, Joint Committee on Environment Natural Resources and Agriculture
  • Seth Rolbein: Senior Advisor to Senator Dan Wolf
  • Diane Turco: Co-founder, Cape Downwinders
  • Sean O’Brien: Coordinator, Barnstable County Regional Preparedness Committee
  • Arlene Williamson: Executive Steering Committee, Media, Pilgrim Coalition

Topics Include:

  • Evacuation procedures in the event of a plant failure
  • Protection from the effects of radiation
  • Geographic reaches of a nuclear accident
  • Legislative initiatives under consideration to protect residents
  • Potential plant closure and subsequent problems

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