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.


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?


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:


Next Meeting: March 11, 2015

March 4, 2015

barnstabledemocratsfacebooklogoPlease join us for our next meeting Wednesday March 11, 2015 at the Centerville Rec Building, 524 Main St. Centerville, MA at 7pm.

We have several events coming up and need all members and associates to attend (guests are always welcome) as we Read the rest of this entry »


Pay for St. Patrick’s Day Reservations Online

March 4, 2015

You can make your Reservations for our  St. Patrick’s Day Brunch online, using any major credit card, *or PayPal.

$25 for Adults:
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$10 for Students:
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*If you want to use a credit card but do not have a PayPal account simply choose the “checkout” button then on the right, under “choose a way to pay” choose the second option “Pay with credit or debit card.”


Don’t miss out! Lucky 13th St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast

February 20, 2015

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The Barnstable Democratic Town Committee
Presents
The Lucky 13th Annual
St. Patrick’s Day Brunch
Join in a Morning of
Fun • Friendship • Food

Saturday, March 21, 2015 -10:00am – Noon  – Double Tree Hotel • The Cape Cod Room
287 Iyannough Road  Route 28  Hyannis
Enjoy a Full Breakfast Buffet and A Tale or Two from Cape & Slate Legislators Read the rest of this entry »


Meeting Reminder – Tonight 7pm

February 11, 2015

Meeting Reminder – Tonight – At the Centerville Rec Building 524 Main St.

See you then!


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