Topics: Health

Champagne Retires From Health Department After 30 Years

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — “It's with a little joy, a little sadness and a little apprehension,” Health Department Director Paula Champagne said on Monday of her decision to retire after 30 years of service to the town, which included developing that department. Among her accomplishments, Champagne said was “building a department that is seen as a professional model across the county.” Champagne worked for the Barnstable Co...

B.U. Seeks Cape Residents For Alzheimer's Research

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — When she's not spending time with her family in Chatham or volunteering for the town's Independence Day parade committee, Nicole Gullotti is helping fight a disease that afflicts more than 5 million Americans. She's part of a Boston University team that's conducting a host of studies and clinical trials to better understand Alzheimer's disease. Gullotti's job is to recruit participants for the vari...

HARWICH PORT — For two decades, Cove Clubhouse has been more than a place where people with mental illnesses can share meals, access services and prepare for a job or school. It's been a lifeline for hundreds of Lower Cape residents. Last Friday, Cove clients and supporters came together for a cookout to celebrate the organization's 20 th anniversary. Some of their tributes were included on a hand-out sheet...

Health Board Raises Tobacco Purchase Age To 21

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The board of health made it official this past week, voting to increase the age at which people can purchase tobacco products within town limits from 18 to 21. That was the only major change in the regulations, though there were a number of changes to the document designed to clarify language. The board worked on adjustments to the regulations for several months and weighed additional restrictions, i...

Mostly Fearless: What's In The Name

By: Kat Szmit

It has been said that fear is a powerful motivator. I agree, which is why I titled this blog “Mostly Fearless.” But while that's the simple version of my title inspiration, there is definitely more to it. See, fear has long played a role in my life, often times too big a role. This blog is part of my continued attempts to address that. Remembering a time in my life when fear wasn't a factor is difficult. Back ...

HARWICH — After several months of review, discussions with retail distributors and consideration of broader restrictions on the sale of tobacco products, the board of health will be proposing new regulations in a public hearing next month containing just one major change: an increase from 18 to 21 in the legal age to purchase tobacco products. Health Director Paula Champagne said there were a number of additio...

We hear a lot of talk these days about mindfulness. Basically, mindfulness means being there, right where you are, in body, mind, and spirit. But there is something that often prevents people from actually being mindful and it's time to get real about it. That something is technology, more specifically, smartphones. I can't tell you the number of events I've been to, professional and personal, at which the maj...

Hi I'm Kat and I was a Facebook addict. (All together now, “Hi Kat.”) Until recently when I did something that in this day and age is probably considered shocking. I disabled my Facebook page, at least for a while. The truth behind my decision is as simple as it is complex. I have depression. For those who aren't familiar, depression goes beyond feeling "meh" or "blah." It can mean difficulty just waking up in...

In an unusual step, Monomoy school officials and local youth advocates are voicing concerns about “13 Reasons Why,” a series on Netflix that may be seen to romanticize teen suicide. Based on a 2007 young adult novel by Jay Asher, the video series follows a series of audio recordings a teen leaves behind for her classmates and peers explaining why she decided to kill herself. Last week, the Monomoy school distr...

HARWICH — The health department has issued a cease and desist on the wholesale food and piggery operations at Resilient Family Farm. The department is also seeking immediate compliance with best management practices for manure storage. The cease and desist order was issued to owner Barry Dino Viprino the day before the health department issued a report on a complaint about contaminated surface water in the cre...

HYANNIS — New help is available for people with certain types of heart problems, thanks to a new treatment for atrial fibrillation and a new clinic for people diagnosed with heart failure, both offered by Cape Cod Healthcare. Last month, Cape Cod Healthcare announced that a new surgical implant is now available locally for people with a certain type of heart problem, non-valvular atrial fibrillation. The newly...

Dogs Sniff Out Cancer For Firefighters

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – Firefighting can be a dangerous business. But aside from the obvious risk of bodily harm, there's another, more insidious risk that firefighters face: cancer. According to a National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health study, 68 percent of firefighters are expected to develop cancer, compared to 22 percent of the general population. It's not just the smoke that firefighters are subjected to ...

CHATHAM — Send a tick to college? It's a catchy slogan for a vital public health program. With a grant from Cape Cod Healthcare, the Laboratory of Medical Zoology at UMass Amherst is once again offering low-cost testing of ticks for a host of potentially serious diseases, including Lyme disease, babesiosis, anaplasmosis, Powassan and relapsing fever. Public health officials say the best approach is to avo...

Harwich Sets Hearing On Recreational Marijuana Moratorium

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The planning board has scheduled a public hearing on a zoning amendment that seeks to put a moratorium in place on the sale and distribution of recreational marijuana. The moratorium would provide the town with time to study and consider the effects the activity would have on the community. The moratorium is a reaction to the approval by Massachusetts voters last November of The Regulation and Taxati...

HARWICH — Almost every week, Youth Counselor Sheila House has a conversation with a parent who's concerned that their teenager is spending too much time on their phones or computers. A panel of experts will take up the topic following a screening of the film “Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age,” next week. The event happens on Wednesday, March 22 at 6 p.m. in the auditorium at Monomoy High School. ...

A Time Of Growth For Outer Cape Health Services

By: Alan Pollock

HARWICH PORT — Outer Cape Health Services, the region's nonprofit community health center, is on the edge of something big. The health care provider is launching a major expansion in Harwich Port, based at the former Thompson's Farm Market property at 710 Route 28. Two weeks ago, Outer Cape moved its telephone call center to the building's spacious upstairs offices, where a team of workers handled 1,100 requ...