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12/08/2023

From the folks at Cape Cod Cooperative Extension, a department at :

The weekend is here! Treat yourself or any holiday party guests to our deliciously local (and SUPER easy!) Monkfish Ratatouille. Monkfish is in season this time of year and available at local, Cape Cod seafood markets, so take advantage of this sustainable fish and add it to your dinner table this winter! Recipe can be found at the link here https://loom.ly/PptSOTA

This video was made possible though a collaborative partnership with Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen's Alliance and funding from Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources.

Our December 2023 Department of Human Services e-newsletter is ready! Each month, we deliver information on trainings, f...
12/08/2023

Our December 2023 Department of Human Services e-newsletter is ready! Each month, we deliver information on trainings, funding opportunities, local events, resources and more! https://conta.cc/3Teb2E4 Subscribe https://loom.ly/b7g2Nkg

Announcing the 2024  Scholarships!2024 scholarship opportunities for current Barnstable County high school seniors or co...
12/07/2023

Announcing the 2024 Scholarships!
2024 scholarship opportunities for current Barnstable County high school seniors or college students majoring in agriculture, horticulture or a related natural resource field. The application is open now and closes April 1, 2024. Click the following link for info and application https://www.capecod.gov/mgscholarship

Good luck students!

Yesterday, County Commissioners approved funds for critical housing initiatives.➡️ Housing Assistance Corporation (HAC) ...
12/07/2023

Yesterday, County Commissioners approved funds for critical housing initiatives.

➡️ Housing Assistance Corporation (HAC) awarded $1.5M grant being used for a Hyannis project, creating 40 affordable condos.
➡️ HAC also granted $571,988 for 14 affordable rentals in Orleans.
➡️ Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce's Workforce Housing Program was awarded $280,680 for property redevelopment.
➡️ Falmouth Housing Trust was awarded $163,425 for an affordable homeownership project.

We're committed to making a positive impact in our region. For a comprehensive overview of the meeting's discussions, details, and actions taken, refer to the full press release at https://loom.ly/T-3gb_A

Hundreds of people collected thousands of samples from 50 Cape Cod ponds this year as part of the Cape Cod Regional Pond...
12/05/2023

Hundreds of people collected thousands of samples from 50 Cape Cod ponds this year as part of the Cape Cod Regional Pond Monitoring Program.

As part of the Freshwater Initiative, the Cape Cod Commission contracted with the Association to Preserve Cape Cod to develop and implement a comprehensive approach to expanding and enhancing efforts to monitor ponds on Cape Cod.

The program complements existing monitoring efforts and provides baseline data regarding how different types of ponds on Cape Cod respond to changing regional environmental conditions throughout the monitoring season and from year to year.

Help advance digital equity in Sandwich. Join the Town of Sandwich and the Cape Cod Commission at a community workshop t...
12/05/2023

Help advance digital equity in Sandwich. Join the Town of Sandwich and the Cape Cod Commission at a community workshop tomorrow, December 6, at 5:30 PM to help identify opportunities to bridge the digital divide.

Digital Equity Community Workshop
December 6, 2023, 5:30 PM Sandwich Center for Active Living
70 Quaker Meetinghouse Road, Sandwich, MA 02563

Learn more: cccom.link/sandwichde

Help advance digital equity in Sandwich. Join the Town of Sandwich and the Cape Cod Commission at a community workshop tomorrow, December 6, at 5:30 PM to help identify opportunities to bridge the digital divide.

Digital Equity Community Workshop
December 6, 2023, 5:30 PM Sandwich Center for Active Living
70 Quaker Meetinghouse Road, Sandwich, MA 02563

Learn more: cccom.link/sandwichde

📣 JOIN US! The Barnstable County Human Rights Advisory Commission's Annual Human Rights Awards Celebration is happening ...
12/05/2023

📣 JOIN US! The Barnstable County Human Rights Advisory Commission's Annual Human Rights Awards Celebration is happening on Dec 11, 2023, from 8:30 am to 10:30 am at the Cape Cod Conference Center. This year's theme: "Celebrating 75 Years of Human Rights Advocacy."

Recipients of three distinguished awards will be honored.

🏆Rosenthal Community Award is given to individuals in the public sector recognized by their peers, community, and associates as individuals who have fostered and supported human rights, concepts, and ideals, particularly those who have worked to advance human rights and to eliminate discrimination against immigrants in Barnstable County.
🏆Cornerstone Award is given to individuals recognized by their peers, community, and associates as those who have fostered and supported human rights, concepts, and ideals.
🏆Unsung Heroes Award recognizes individuals and organizations who play an important role in advocating for Human Rights and Civil Rights in Barnstable County.

Join us in honoring those who have championed human rights in Barnstable County!

Registration is limited to 200 guests! Register to attend the Breakfast today: https://loom.ly/gDA7a-A

The holidays can be a magical time filled with friends, family, and very busy schedules. However, it is important to rem...
12/05/2023

The holidays can be a magical time filled with friends, family, and very busy schedules. However, it is important to remember that with all the hustle and bustle, it can be the perfect time for an abuser to take advantage. In fact, rates of child sexual abuse often increase around the holidays. Here are a few tips to help prevent this from happening.

Check out today's segment from WCAI-FM "Cape Cod Researchers Study Removing PFAS from the Waste Stream" to learn how sol...
12/04/2023

Check out today's segment from WCAI-FM "Cape Cod Researchers Study Removing PFAS from the Waste Stream" to learn how solving Cape Cod's nutrient issues could incidentally help researchers understand how to remove PFAS from wastewater! Read or listen at https://loom.ly/C3VBj_4

12/04/2023

LEAF it alone!
Just a friendly reminder that our important pollinators (like bees) hibernate in the leaves for winter. If we rake leaves now, we risk killing many insects in the process. So save your back and find out what our Extension Entomologist, Larry Dapsis, recommends at his blog here https://loom.ly/3Gbw3F4

Join AmeriCorps Cape Cod for their annual MLK Day of Service! On Monday, January 15, 2024 ACC will be partnering with Ho...
12/04/2023

Join AmeriCorps Cape Cod for their annual MLK Day of Service!

On Monday, January 15, 2024 ACC will be partnering with Housing Assistance, The Family Pantry of Cape Cod, and Family Table Collaborative to host a community lunch and essential items drive at Sturgis East Charter School Community Center in Hyannis. Anyone can volunteer at the drive, donate essential items, or join us for a meal with the community!
🤝🍽️🎒🧤⛺🧼

To volunteer, please visit: https://loom.ly/G3GMl38

In the event of extreme weather, the event will be rescheduled for Saturday, January 20th. 🌨️

The Cape Cod Commission is pleased to invite Cape and Islands students in grades 9-12 to apply for the Climate Ambassado...
12/01/2023

The Cape Cod Commission is pleased to invite Cape and Islands students in grades 9-12 to apply for the Climate Ambassador Program. The Program is an initiative to educate, engage and empower young people on Cape Cod to work together to combat the impacts of climate change. Applications are due by December 22, 2023.
Learn more: www.capecodcommission.org/climate-ambassadors

The Cape Cod Commission is pleased to invite Cape and Islands students in grades 9-12 to apply for the Climate Ambassador Program. The Program is an initiative to educate, engage and empower young people on Cape Cod to work together to combat the impacts of climate change. Applications are due by December 22, 2023.

Learn more: www.capecodcommission.org/climate-ambassadors

"While great strides have been made over the four decades since the first known reported cases of AIDS, this disease rem...
12/01/2023

"While great strides have been made over the four decades since the first known reported cases of AIDS, this disease remains a public health challenge. World AIDS Day is an opportunity for every community and each individual to honor the more than 32 million people who have died worldwide from AIDS-related illness.” --CDC

Learn more about World AIDS Day at https://loom.ly/CQA8hTA

Cape Cod & Falmouth Hospitals are in urgent need of blood donations! During the month of December, blood drives will be ...
12/01/2023

Cape Cod & Falmouth Hospitals are in urgent need of blood donations! During the month of December, blood drives will be held at convenient locations throughout Cape Cod. All donors receive a free winter hat! Learn more at https://loom.ly/LIrQcwA

AmeriCorps Cape Cod is accepting Group Service project proposals for Phase 2 (February-April 2024) of Year 25. Projects ...
11/30/2023

AmeriCorps Cape Cod is accepting Group Service project proposals for Phase 2 (February-April 2024) of Year 25. Projects must align with at least one of their program focus areas: Natural Resource Management, Disaster Preparedness & Response, Environmental Education, and Community Outreach & Volunteer Engagement.

Their calendar fills up quickly so if your organization could use ACC's help during this time, please get your proposal(s) in early. Visit https://loom.ly/VXhZnqk to submit your project(s) today!

🌟 Join Our Team at Barnstable County! 🌟 Explore fulfilling career opportunities that make a real impact in our community...
11/30/2023

🌟 Join Our Team at Barnstable County! 🌟 Explore fulfilling career opportunities that make a real impact in our community.

FULL-TIME OPPORTUNITIES:

👉Housing Field Instructor
Help shape housing policies and be a driving force in community development.

👉Food Safety Field Instructor
Safeguard public health by contributing to our food safety initiatives.

👉Title V Field Instructor
Play a vital role in environmental sustainability through wastewater management.

👉Admin Assistant for RME
Support responsible wastewater management practices in a crucial administrative role.

👉RME Field Technician
Contribute hands-on to environmental sustainability and positive change.

👉RME Program Manager
Lead impactful programs in wastewater management innovation.

👉Maintenance Technician - Dredge
Help maintain essential dredging equipment to keep waterways navigable and safe.

👉Regional Housing Specialist - Cape Cod Commission
Help shape the future of housing on Cape Cod and promote sustainable development.

PART-TIME OPPORTUNITIES:

👉Chemist/Analyst I
Part-time role with a full-time impact on public health and environmental safety.

👉Mental Health Clinician - Children’s Cove
Make a difference in children's lives as a part-time Mental Health Clinician.

👉Support Staff - Fire Training
Support our fire training team part-time to ensure the safety of our community.

👉Instructor - Fire Training
Share your knowledge and experience part-time, shaping the skills of our first responders.

Check out the details and apply today:
Visit capecod.gov/jobs. Find out why Barnstable County is a great place to work!

11/29/2023

Broken lights? Burnt bulbs? Spread holiday cheer by helping the environment this year. Cape Cod Cooperative Extension and AmeriCorps Cape Cod are partnering with all 15-Cape towns to recycle your holiday strand lights from December to end of January. Drop your old holiday lights off at your town's Transfer Station. Find more info at the link here https://loom.ly/N488yAA

Roll Call: November Group Service Recap! 📢📋ACC members stayed busy this month all while navigating chilly weather and ho...
11/28/2023

Roll Call: November Group Service Recap! 📢📋

ACC members stayed busy this month all while navigating chilly weather and holiday schedules. Some highlights include managing invasives at Mill Pond Valley with Orleans Conservation Trust, helping Cape Cod Trout Unlimited clear vegetation along the Quashnet River, and removing invasive trees at Peterson Farm with the Town of Falmouth Conservation Commission.

The temperature drops, but our members don't stop! 🥶💪

JUST IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAYS.  The 2024 UMass Garden Calendars are now available for purchase. It's a perfect holiday g...
11/28/2023

JUST IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAYS. The 2024 UMass Garden Calendars are now available for purchase. It's a perfect holiday gift or stocking stuffer! Use the calendar to plan your garden and other tasks. It's filled with colorful images and daily tips on landscaping from when to mulch to when to clean your garden tools.
Purchase online, in-person, or through the mail. Find out more here https://www.capecod.gov/gardencalendar.

The Department of Public Health (DPH) is hiring for placement at Children's Cove! DPH seeks a caring and compassionate N...
11/27/2023

The Department of Public Health (DPH) is hiring for placement at Children's Cove!

DPH seeks a caring and compassionate Nurse Practitioner to join a multidisciplinary team at Children’s Cove, the Cape & Islands Child Advocacy Center (CAC), located in Barnstable, MA. DPH will provide the chosen candidate with on-the-job training to become a certified MA Pediatric Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (Pedi SANE) Nurse Practitioner. The chosen Nurse Practitioner candidate will learn that a trauma-informed patient interaction may provide a protective factor following an Adverse Childhood Event (ACE), such as sexual abuse/assault, and will use such knowledge to inform patient care encounters with children and families.

Ideal candidates will be committed to joining with the SANE Program to improve the quality of life for all Commonwealth residents while eliminating the inequities that impact the lives of people of color and persons with disabilities, who are disproportionately affected by sexual violence. The ideal Nurse Practitioner candidate will acknowledge the history of structural racism in the U.S. and its impact on health outcomes, as well as its role in the perpetration of sexual violence.

To learn more or apply visit the MassCareers Job Opportunities page here: https://loom.ly/8TxaS0I

11/23/2023

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, the SHINE office is closed. Calls will be returned when the County re-opens on Friday, November 24th. Thank you for your patience! https://loom.ly/hDZiMHw

11/22/2023

Thanksgiving Help for anyone in need!

Here, in this picturesque corner of Massachusetts, we are profoundly thankful for Cape Cod's blessings—our beautiful sur...
11/22/2023

Here, in this picturesque corner of Massachusetts, we are profoundly thankful for Cape Cod's blessings—our beautiful surroundings, our residents, and our towns. May this Thanksgiving season be full of happiness and treasured moments for everyone!

All County offices are closed on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 23, 2023.

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🌍 Announcing the 2023 Annual Human Rights Awards! We're thrilled to reveal the outstanding individuals and organizations...
11/22/2023

🌍 Announcing the 2023 Annual Human Rights Awards!

We're thrilled to reveal the outstanding individuals and organizations who will be honored at this year's Human Rights Awards Celebration. Join us on December 11, 2023, from 8:30 am to 10:30 am at the Hyport Conference Center, 35 Scudder Ave., Hyannis.

🏆 Rosenthal Community Champion Award: The MLK Action Team Police Task Force of Nauset Interfaith for their unwavering commitment to strengthening the bond between our police and communities.

🏆 Cornerstone Award: Ann Burke, recognized for her exceptional advocacy on behalf of transgender individuals on Cape Cod and the Islands.

🏆 Tim McCarthy Award: Ngina Lythcott, honored for her relentless advocacy for children, public health, and racial justice in Provincetown over the past two decades.

But that's not all! We'll also be recognizing our Unsung Heroes, including Patricia Cawley, Christine Drew, Natalia Frois, James Matthews, Michael Mecenas, Dan Miville, Chris Morin, Cecilia Phelan-Stiles, Sheril Smith, David Thomas, The Family Pantry of Cape Cod, and Health Ministry Inc., for their remarkable contributions.

📣 We invite the public to join us in celebrating these remarkable individuals and organizations. Please pre-register here: https://loom.ly/8b_WQ_o

Heads up Cape Cod! We're in for a bit of windy weather tonight into tomorrow (Wednesday). For those of you who are trave...
11/21/2023

Heads up Cape Cod! We're in for a bit of windy weather tonight into tomorrow (Wednesday). For those of you who are traveling to the western part of the state or into VT or NH, some snow is expected! Learn more at https://loom.ly/tctBa8w

A reminder from the Cape Cod Cooperative Extension:If you're hitting the road and bringing food to a Thanksgiving meal, ...
11/21/2023

A reminder from the Cape Cod Cooperative Extension:
If you're hitting the road and bringing food to a Thanksgiving meal, remember these key tips to avoid food poisoning:
▶ Refrigerate within 2 hrs
▶ Use a cooler & ice if traveling
▶ Store food in shallow containers
▶ Reheat to at least 165 F before serving
Same goes for your own leftovers!

11/21/2023
The November issue of Wicked Wellness is here! This monthly flyer is inspired by relevant health awareness themes. Each ...
11/17/2023

The November issue of Wicked Wellness is here! This monthly flyer is inspired by relevant health awareness themes. Each edition discusses an important health topic, with helpful exercise tips and simple yet delicious recipes using local, in-season ingredients.

Our November issue focuses on family caregivers. Check it out!

You can also find previous editions of Wicked Wellness at https://loom.ly/RksAmRY

11/15/2023

If you’re preparing the turkey for your family this Thanksgiving, keep these food safety TIPS in mind! The last thing you want is a foodborne illness.😵
Find info on turkey thawing, cooking, and a handy dandy tips sheet here https://loom.ly/c45X3-c

11/15/2023

Join us TODAY at 9:00 AM for a regular meeting of the Barnstable County Board of Regional Commissioners! 📺 During today's session, the Commissioners will be granting approval for a $51,300 Aquaculture grant agreement under the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Department of Agricultural Resources, for FY24.
Learn more about this funding. Watch at www.youtube.com/

Let's test your ACC knowledge 🅰️💪📓Did you know AmeriCorps Cape Cod has engaged nearly 15,000 community volunteers who ha...
11/14/2023

Let's test your ACC knowledge 🅰️💪📓

Did you know AmeriCorps Cape Cod has engaged nearly 15,000 community volunteers who have served upwards of 50,000 hours over 25 years?

If you're interested in giving back to the Cape Cod community with us, check out how you can can get involved with our annual MLK Day of Service and Cape Cod Canal Clean-Up events.

Link below! ⬇️
https://loom.ly/rVNzntE

The November RSAC newsletter is here! Barnstable County Regional Substance Addiction Council (RSAC) monthly E-Newsletter...
11/13/2023

The November RSAC newsletter is here! Barnstable County Regional Substance Addiction Council (RSAC) monthly E-Newsletter is a tether of communication across towns, providers, organizations, and individuals on Cape Cod, providing information on substance use across the continuum of prevention harm reduction, treatment, and recovery. Access it here: https://conta.cc/49wBsqm

Have you ever had someone in a car in front of you--a stranger--pay for your coffee in the drive-thru lane of Dunkin' Do...
11/13/2023

Have you ever had someone in a car in front of you--a stranger--pay for your coffee in the drive-thru lane of Dunkin' Donuts? How did that make you feel? Did you drive off with a smile on your face and the desire to pay it forward? Did it set you up for a good day?

November 13th is World Kindness Day! You may not perceive kindness as a tool to promote public health and personal well-being, but most certainly it is. Learn more at https://loom.ly/wKLIObY

🟩💡What's the story behind the green lights at Superior Courthouse this week? We are glad you asked! This Veterans Day we...
11/10/2023

🟩💡What's the story behind the green lights at Superior Courthouse this week?

We are glad you asked! This Veterans Day week, we proudly illuminate Barnstable County's Superior Courthouse in a vibrant shade of green to honor and salute our veterans!

It's all part of , a nationwide initiative by NACo and the National Association of County Veterans Service Officers.

Each green light represents a heartfelt "thank you" to the brave men and women who have served our country. So, let's join hands and shine a light on their sacrifice and dedication this Veterans Day.

Thanks to Facilities Director Don Reynolds, a Veteran himself, and the crew for their work in making this tribute possible! Our gratitude also goes to Mrs. Joan Ellis for her role in placing the small flags. 🙏

In honor of Veterans Day, we extend our heartfelt thanks to all who have served.All Barnstable County Government offices...
11/09/2023

In honor of Veterans Day, we extend our heartfelt thanks to all who have served.

All Barnstable County Government offices will be closed on Friday, November 10, in observance of Veterans Day.

We wish you all a happy, safe, and healthy holiday weekend! 🌟

Ticks are year-round residents here on Cape Cod! Yes, they are alive and hungry during these chilly fall days. It's impo...
11/09/2023

Ticks are year-round residents here on Cape Cod! Yes, they are alive and hungry during these chilly fall days. It's important to protect yourself while doing fall cleanup in the yard or enjoying the foliage during a walk through the woods. Find out what our Extension Entomologist, Larry "The Tick Guy" Dapsis has to say about fall tick bite prevention and tick testing at our blog here https://loom.ly/_WqiRoA

Highlights from today's County Commissioners' Meeting, November 8, 2023:👉Opposition to Federal Funding: Commissioners op...
11/08/2023

Highlights from today's County Commissioners' Meeting, November 8, 2023:

👉Opposition to Federal Funding: Commissioners opposed further funding for the Multipurpose Machine Gun Range due to environmental concerns

👉Welcome to New Superintendent: They welcomed Jennifer Flynn as the new Cape Cod National Seashore Superintendent, emphasizing partnership and wildfire prevention efforts.

👉Water Quality Lab: The lab led by Dan White safeguards water resources, using advanced technology for contamination detection.

👉Praise for Human Rights Academy: The Fall 2023 Human Rights Academy promoted inclusion and diversity among 130 students from 11 schools.

Read the summary in today's press release at: https://loom.ly/rQDCMN0

Start 2024 with a green thumb! The 2024 UMass Garden Calendars are now available for purchase. Use our calendar to plan ...
11/08/2023

Start 2024 with a green thumb! The 2024 UMass Garden Calendars are now available for purchase. Use our calendar to plan your garden and other tasks. It's filled with colorful images and daily tips on landscaping from when to mulch to when to clean your garden tools. Purchase online, in-person, or through the mail. Find out more here https://www.capecod.gov/gardencalendar.

11/08/2023

👉 Tune in TODAY at 9:00 AM for the Barnstable County Board of Regional Commissioners' regular bi-weekly meeting! 📺

We've got some important items on the agenda:

1️⃣ Presentation & update from Water Quality Laboratory Director, Dan White.
2️⃣ Report from Human Rights.
3️⃣ Discussion of a crucial letter addressing the proposed Multipurpose Machine Gun Range (MPMGR).

📺 To watch the meeting, visit our meeting center on capecod.gov or hop over to YouTube for the LIVE STREAM.

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