Good Afternoon Cape Cod Moms,
Over half of U.S. households have already responded to the 2020 Census. If you've completed yours, thank you! If not, paper questionnaires are in the mail and headed your way. When you get yours, please return it by mail in the enclosed envelope as soon as possible. If you have any questions about how to fill it out, the answers are probably here: https://2020census.gov/en/help/paper-form.html
Of course, everyone can still respond online at 2020census.gov or by calling 1-844-330-2020. When you respond online, use the Census ID from the letter or provide your address. It's so important. Without a complete count, our community won't get the representation and funding it needs and deserves for the next decade. So please encourage your family, friends, and neighbors to complete the Census, too. It’s one thing everyone can do to strengthen our community while still practicing social distancing at home.
Thanks, and be well.
Beginning September 19, 2016, Turning Pointe Dance Studio in Falmouth will offer Baby & Me Yoga as well as Little Yogi classes. Yoga is a great way for baby and child to bond and connect with their parents while promoting the health of both the parent and child. Sign up today!
This time of year is a great time to consider advertising your business in our mom directory! Here you will find listings of local, dedicated moms who sell all type of products and services in various regions of local Cape Cod. We encourage you to utilize these amazingly talented moms who are making Cape Cod their home while trying to share the love with all of our community! Shop Local!
For a small fee of $25 you can list your business with links and logo! Our blog reaches over 8,000 unique hits each month plus is linked to all the Wicked Locals, Patriot Ledger, Milford Daily News and more! This is a great deal to reach a lot more people! Check out our directory and sign up here!
Last week we were once again witness to the unbelievably generous and caring spirit of our community on Cape Cod and all the surrounding areas. A local mom was in need of help and the community rose to meet the challenge. Within 90 minutes.... only 90 minutes of our initial post, there were not 1, not 2, but 3 different individuals offering to completely pay for the cost to help this woman and her children get what they would need to continue moving forward in their lives. We also had several generous offers from owners and people int he community to help lend their support to the Cape Cod Center for Women which helps transition women and children from domestic violence situations. We are truly amazed at the community response and it goes to prove how it really does take a village. No one in our community is alone, ever! We are all in this struggle together and we will all support one another.
Thank you once again to all of you!
Cape Cod Moms Tagline Contest
Just like families in our community, Cape Cod Moms is growing stronger. Last year, we put a fresh new look on our logo and now we’re looking to put a new, creative spin on our tagline. For this project, we’re enlisting you!
What is a tagline?
A tagline is a series of words that help capture the essence of an organization. Great taglines are short, captivating and memorable. The Cape Cod Mom current tagline is “Empowerment and Strength for a Supportive Motherhood.” Other examples:
• Apple – “Think Different”
• Target – “Eat Well Pay Less”
• The Walt Disney Company – “Where Dreams Come True”
• Adidas – “Impossible is nothing”
Your tagline should be catchy, meaningful, and express the essence of the Cape Cod Moms community.
Contest Rules & Entry Information:
• Submit your tagline ideas via our brief survey by clicking here. Please note: if you submit the same idea as someone else, we will only count the earliest entry.
• All tagline entries must be original.
• All tagline entries must be one sentence.
• Entries must be received by 11:59pm EST on August 1, 2015.
• Entrants must be 18 years of age or older and live in the United States.
• Entrants may submit more than 1 entry.
• By submitting a tagline, entrants grant Mommies LLC copyright ownership and waive any claim to financial or other forms of compensation now or in the future. Mommies LLC also reserves the right to use both winning and non-winning taglines for the purpose of Mommies LLC marketing.
• Mommies LLC reserves the right to not adopt any of the entries as our tagline.
• The Cape Cod Moms team will narrow down the results and select their favorite 10 taglines by August 10, 2015. The submitters of the Top 10 Taglines will receive a FREE ShopLocal membership. (Mommies LLC reserves the right to choose more/less than 10 based on entries).
• Cape Cod Moms will post the top 10 Taglines by August 19, 2015. The community will have a chance to vote and narrow it down to the Top 3 thru August 27, 2015 at 11:59pm EST by voting in our Facebook Tagline Contest album by "LIKING" their favorite tagline entries. (Facebook is not affiliated with this contest in any way). The team will select a winner and announce on September 1, 2015.
• The winner will receive a $100 gift card (cash), a Cape Cod Mom swag bag, and an extra ShopLocal membership to share with a friend. The 2nd and 3rd place winners will win a Swag Bag.
• Even if Cape Cod Moms does not adopt the entry as the official tagline, the $100 gift card will still be awarded to the winning entrant.
Put those creative thinking caps on and submit your entries today! Click here to submit your tagline ideas!
The Real Water Bucket Challenge
The Falmouth Rotary Club is joining with the 6th Grade Students of Morse Pond School Falmouth for:
A WALK FOR WATER IN SUPPORT OF THEIR “SISTER SCHOOL” IN MOMBASA, KENYA
PROJECT GOAL: $ 5,000.00
THE 311 STUDENTS OF THE 6TH GRADE HAVE ISSUED A CHALLENGE TO THE FALMOUTH AND CAPE COD COMMUNITY TO JOIN WITH THEM IN RAISING FUNDS TO INSTALL NEW WELLS AND IMPROVED SANITATION FACILITIES AT A 1300 STUDENT PRIMARY SCHOOL. THE STUDENTS WILL WALK 6 KL CARRYING 6 LITERS OF WATER IN A BACKPACK ON APRIL 17th, 2015 AT THE MORSE POND SCHOOL. THEIR STUDIES THIS SCHOOL YEAR HAVE CENTERED ON THE SERIOUS LACK OF CLEAN WATER IN THIRD WORLD COUNTRIES AND THE IMPORTANCE OF WATER CONSERVATION. MORE INFO AND BACKGROUND ON THE SCHOOL BELOW!
YOUR HELP IS ASKED IN MEETING THEIR GOAL - PLEASE SEND ANY CONTRIBUTIONS TO:
FALMOUTH ROTARY CLUB
C/O MR. JIM LANCASTER, CHAIR
P O BOX 749
EAST FALMOUTH, MA. 02536
or send donations via PayPal:
Special Thanks to our Sponsors:
Cumberland Farms in East Falmouth, Kenyon's Market, Coke-Cola Distributing of Sandwich, Pepsi Bottling - in Sagamore Beach
2 cases of oranges was donated for the students participating by Stop&Shop in Teaticket.
All the water (over 900 bottles) will be collected at the end of the event and donated to the Falmouth Service Center!
BACK GROUND INFORMATIOM ABOUT THE SCHOOL
Kengeleni primary school and nursery school is situated in the North coast of Mombasa town
(Kenya) off new Nyali Bridge adjacent to Kongowea Wholesale/retail market
The school’s catchment area is extensive and densely populated due to it’s nearness to the market
and also slum dwellings around it.
Kengeleni Primary school was started in January 1994 to ease congestion at kongowea and
maweni primary schools respectively that are about 4kms apart.
Initially the pupils were learning under poor structures until Elimu foundation under the
patronage of Shakila constructed a modern one story building with a classroom.
Most of the parents do small scale business like hawking in and around the market. A small
population is on full time employment. Some parents do not have anything to do thus depend on
relatives and well-wishers. This has made the school to have a high number of children who are
poor. Some children are infected by HIV/AIDS from their parents and are always sickly. A good
number are orphans some with mother or father dead. Others do not have both mother and father
thus complete orphans.
The school was initially constructed to accommodate 320 children that is 40 per class but due to
its location in a densely populated area with slums and the introduction of free primary education
and education for all, a policy from the government, the school population has risen
• SCHOOL POPULATION
Currently the school population stands at 1,300 children from nursery to primary (Boys:
615 Girl’s: 685) total 1,300
• Sanitation facilities (toilets)
The toilets are 10 in number out of the whole population of 1,300 pupils due to
the high number of children almost all the toilets are broken down.
The water sinks are all broken down. The drainage system is overstretched because of the huge
waste disposal from the children. They overflow and smell.
All the taps are broken due to the number of children accessing very few taps at one water point.
Being around banana wholesale market, the market disposes waste from the banana at the gate of
school making it very hard for pupils to enter the school because the gate is always chocked with waste.
We need to employ a person to remove the waste after burning it.
The dirt has made the children to contract diseases such as diarrhea and vomiting
The school has been experiencing acute water shortage that can persist for 3 months forcing the
school to buy water from the vendors.
A 20 litre jerrican goes for Ksh 20.for the school to run smoothly we are forced to purchase 100
twenty litre jerricans that costs the school Ksh 2000 daily.
This makes life unbearable to both children and teachers since the school needs water for
The school is under the feeding programme from the World Food Organization and we feed all
The nursery children also drink porridge prepared at the school. The porridge is a donation from
an organization called A.C.T.S (Assist a Child to School).
The school uses flash toilets which stink due to water shortage. The toilets are also in dire need
After taking lunch within the school compound children and plenty of water for drinking and
washing their plates and hands.
Since water is not available the children sneak out of the compound to the slums looking for
water which is very dangerous since the slums carry all sorts of people: drunkards, thugs,
burglars and even rapists.
The kitchen which is used to prepare food for the children is in poor state? We need to repair it
so it can look attractive.
Once we get a well the school shall be sure of getting daily water supply for cooking and
cleaning the toilets and the drainage system.
The community around will also benefit from the water.
PROJECTS TO BE UNDERTAKEN
1. Replacing all the sanitation facilities:
• Drainage system
• Repair of the perimeter wall
• Building more water points
• Daily cleaning of the dump site
• Drilling and construction of a borehole (well)
by Tracy Lamperti, LMHC, BCETS
I am guessing that there are MANY mommies following that remember the slogan, “Just say no!”
There are lots of social/emotional reasons that make just saying no to drugs difficult, like peer pressure and the fact that studies consistently show that children of divorce/conflict ridden or detached homes are more likely to reach for drugs and alcohol.
But today, we see a host of other factors that make “Just Say No” a mixed up message for children.
1. The psychopharm world has EXPLODED with new drugs, a higher rate of prescribing drugs, a claim that drug “cocktails” (interesting choice of terms) can help people with the emotional issues. And bonus, kids on meds make the lives of parents and teachers “easier.”
2. CHILDREN are the target of psychopharm companies. Approximately 11% of children 4-17 years of age (6.4 million) have been diagnosed with ADHD as of 2011. More than 80% of children who are diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder take prescription medications at some point to treat their symptoms, according to a new nationwide survey of parents by Consumer Reports Health. More than half had tried 2 or 3 different meds. (Citations at end of post.) My colleague, RN NP informs me that the authorization process for med visits is practically non-existent. I can tell you that the authorization process for psychotherapy is arduous. In fact, when I request session for practically any diagnosis these days, I have to answer to the question, “Have you referred the client for a med consult?” And if the answer is no, then I have to answer, “When do you plan to?” or “Why not?”
3. The DARE program is basically gone. As a psychotherapist, I used to see many children who were able to articulate that drugs are bad for you, BECAUSE of what they learned in school in the DARE program. Studies indicate that there was a so-called “boomerang effect” and the program led to a higher incidence of drug use among youth later in life who participated in the program.
4. Drug/alcohol use has seen a cultural shift where we now think of it NOT as a weakness, morally wrong thing to do, issue to be embarrassed about…but as an “illness” or a “genetic disorder.” Our children are getting the message, “poor guy (girl). It’s not their fault.” Interestingly, we are also hearing children who missed their morning dose for ADHD and misbehave, say, “It’s not my fault. My mom forgot to give me my meds.”
5. We are required to have insurance, so why not use it? We tend to run to the doc for medicine before even giving our bodies a chance at healing illnesses. We don’t slow down and take care of ourselves or our loved one, we reach for a pill to get back to our fast pace as quickly as possible, or get our children back to school so we can get back to work. These are practical needs these days. Who can afford to miss work??
6. Marijuana, a drug known for causing “the munchies,” uproarious laughter, dulling of our senses, laziness, etc., is being legalized one bit at a time, one area at a time. Many adults haven’t even gotten it clear in their own mind about whether it should be legal or not and under what circumstances, but somehow we are supposed to help our children understand and teach them not to do it. Huh??
7. Speaking of marijuana, a parents smokes up in the house with the children present, the Department of Children and Families (formerly DSS) gets involved (I’m speaking from professional experience now) and the parent doesn’t even get a clear message, “That’s not permitted! At least smoke in private, away from your children.” Yet, other states are making it illegal to smoke cigarettes in the car when a child is present.
8. And the courts…(again, speaking from professional experience) are ruling on custody matters as serious as parents giving birth to drug addicted babies, and parents addicted to and abusing Suboxone (or methadone – sub in any drug you want). And what about when the parent in question is taking Suboxone as prescribed at “the clinic.” Or how can the judge tell if they are taking it per doctor’s orders, in addition to on the street?
We, as parents, as a culture, are being pressured to accept drugs (and alcohol) and their abuse as part of our everyday lives! It’s a steady race to the bottom and this country might just be in the running for a top spot.
Now, for those who are going to accuse me of blaming them because either they are taking prescription medication or their children are taking it for a mental health diagnosis, I have the following to say:
I am not anti-meds. I have seen adults who were debilitated with anxiety or depression or other issues, begin seeing a psychiatrist or PCP and take medication. They were able to stabilize, regroup and get their life back on track. I am grateful for this and grateful for the option to be utilized. I have seen children who are so out of focus or anxious and in crisis that medication has been instrumental in keeping them in school and helping them and their parents regroup.
I am referring here to a cultural shift that has already taken place and continuing to progress toward reliance on doctors, psychopharm companies, medications, etc. I know there is a huge fascination with zombies presently. I can’t figure that out either. It’s looking to me like we are moving more and more to being like zombies or robots and forgetting that what seems at first glance like the smoother-easier route, is really just our participating unwittingly in the race to the bottom.
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