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?


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:


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

Meeting Reminder: Wednesday March 11 7pm

March 10, 2015

Reminder! Meeting Wed evening at 7pm
Details:
reminder(Members please review revised bylaws emailed by the secretary BEFORE the meeting!) Read the rest of this entry »


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 »


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