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Cape Cod Commission logoKristy Senatori, Executive Director
P.O. Box 226
3225 Main Street
Barnstable, MA 02630
508-362-3828

www.capecodcommission.org

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I get Tax Assessment/Property Tax information?

Each town in Barnstable County has its’ own tax assessor/tax collector, sets their own assessment rates for all real property within their town, and collects the assessed taxes. When assessing taxes, the properties will be identified by the physical address, which lists the village where the property is located (i.e. Hyannis is a village in the Town of Barnstable; Pocasset is a village in the Town of Bourne). If you do not see the town listed below, please go here for a comprehensive list of each town and its’ villages. Below is a telephone listing for each town assessor’s office:

TOWN PHONE #
Barnstable 508-862-4054
Bourne 508-759-0651
Brewster 508-896-4502
Chatham 508-945-5108
Dennis 508-760-6136
Eastham 508-240-5919
Falmouth 508-495-7370
Harwich 508-430-7501
Mashpee 508-539-1400 xt 525
Orleans 508-240-3700 ext 420
Provincetown 508-487-7015
Sandwich 508-833-8012
Truro 508-349-7004 ext 14
Wellfleet 508-349-0307
Yarmouth 508-398-2231 xt 233

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Where can I get information on Marriage Licenses and Birth/Death Certificates?

Each town in Barnstable County has its’ own town clerk that records marriage licenses and birth/death certificates.  Below is a telephone listing for each town clerk’s office:

TOWN PHONE #
Barnstable 508-862-4044
Bourne 508-759-0600
Brewster 508-896-4506
Chatham 508-945-5101
Dennis 508-760-6112
Eastham 508-240-5900
Falmouth 508-495-7360
Harwich 508-430-7516
Mashpee 508-539-1400
Orleans 508-240-3700
Provincetown 508-487-7013
Sandwich 508-888-0340
Truro 508-349-7004
Wellfleet 508-349-0301
Yarmouth 508-398-2231

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Where can I get Beach Stickers, including off-road vehicle permits?

Please contact the town hall in whichever town the beach/recreation area is located. For a list of each town website go here , then look for the Recreation Department.
If you are interested in off-road permits for Sandy Neck, you should visit either the town of Sandwich or Town of Barnstable website, as Sandy Neck encompasses both towns. Which town office you require is determined by the town in which you reside.
If you are requesting permits for the National Seashore, information is available by contacting Oversands Vehicle Information office at 508-487-3698.

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I am interested in starting or relocating a business in Barnstable County. Where do I get the necessary permits?

Each town in Barnstable County maintains their own business licensing department. Please contact the town hall in which the property is located. For a list of each town website go here. You would want to contact the Town Clerk for permitting information.

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Where would I record a deed or transact business on real property?

You want the Registry of Deeds, a department of the Barnstable County Government.

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Where can I find information on wills, estates, divorce decrees, etc.?

You need to contact the Probate Court, part of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts court system. The phone number for Probate Estates/Divorce is 508-375-6710 or visit the website at www.barnstablecountypfc.com.

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How can I get to Cape Cod?

You can get to Cape Cod by car, bus, plane, and boat. Once you are on Cape Cod, you can also use public transit, take a scenic train ride, and enjoy bicycle and walking trails. One of the best online guides to travel to, from, and around Cape Cod is the Smart Guide:
www.smartguide.org

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I want to take part in some of the walking events I’ve heard about that are held around Cape Cod. Where can I learn more about them?

Barnstable County sponsors a project known as Cape Cod Pathways to encourage the creation and use of a network of walking trails across the Cape. Leaders of the Pathways project organize periodic “walking weekends,” which offer more than 20 walks and hikes in various locations around the Cape, and occasional “Cape Walks,” which lead participants from one end of the Cape to the other over nine days. More information about Cape Cod Pathways and these events is available online:  www.capecodcommission.org/departments/planning/naturalresources/pathways

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When is the next household hazardous waste collection, and what can I bring?

Cape Cod has 22 HHW collections each year in seven different regions. Click here for a schedule of the collections that serve your town and click here for a brochure that describes how to dispose of difficult to manage and hazardous waste in your town.

 

 

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The Cape Cod Cooperative Extension Horticulture Program operates a Horticulture Clinic which can help you with all your horticulture related questions.  The Clinic is able to answer questions via email, phone, or walk-in using unbiased research based information.  The clinic also offers diagnostic services for insects, plant disease, and plant identification for free.  The clinic is also offers pH soil testing for a minimal fee of $2.00.  To find out more go to;  http://www.capecodextension.org/horticulture-entomology-ticks/hort-clinic/

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What ages is the “Coastal Explorer” mobile marine science program best suited for?

The school program for the “Coastal Explorer” is geared for grades K-7.  The summer “Coastal Explorer” visits are for all ages.

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I found a tick on me…can you identify it?

We can identify ticks and advise you on personal protection measures to prevent bites in the future.  In addition, deer ticks can be tested at the UMass Laboratory of Medical Zoology for the pathogens that cause Lyme Disease as well as Babesiosis and Anaplasmosis.

 

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How do I get my children into a 4-H Club?

Volunteers who serve as 4-H Club Leaders have a maximum number of children they determine would be best for each club setting, there may be an opening but most likely not so why not start your own 4-H Club it’s much easier than you think. You have guidance and support every step of the way!

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Do you have any ServSafe classes scheduled?

All upcoming classes will be listed in the Nutrition Education and Food Safety section of our website. If Extension has no classes scheduled, you can also look for classes on ServSafe.com or Google “ServSafe” in your area.

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What is the Assembly of Delegates?

The Assembly of Delegates is the legislative branch of County government.  This is the branch of County government responsible for adopting new legislation (ordinances) and maintaining checks and balances over the executive branch.

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Who are the members of the Assembly of Delegates?

The Assembly of Delegates consists of 15 members elected on a non-partisan basis from each town on Cape Cod to two year terms (ending in even years).  The vote of each delegate is proportionate to the percentage of total County population of his/her member town.

The name of each delegate and the community he/she represents can be viewed on the Assembly’s web page.

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Where is the Assembly of Delegates located?

The Assembly of Delegates generally meets in the Assembly Hall Chamber and maintains a business office staffed by a Clerk both located at the First District Courthouse on Route 6A in Barnstable, MA.

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When does the Assembly of Delegates meet?

The Assembly of Delegates meets on the first and third Wednesdays of each month beginning at 4 p.m.

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What is Cape Light Compact?

  • Cape Light Compact is an award-winning energy services organization operated by the 21 towns and two counties on Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard. The Compact’s mission is to serve its 200,000 customers through the delivery of proven energy efficiency programs, effective consumer advocacy, competitive electricity supply and green power options. For more information visit www.capelightcompact.org.
  • Cape Light Compact serves as Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard’s Energy Efficiency Program Administrator by delivering the state mandated energy efficiency programs.

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How do I sign up for a free energy assessment?

Please call 1-800-797-6699 to sign up for your free energy assessment on your home or business.

 

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Who is eligible for an energy assessment?

All business, residential and low income Eversource electric account holders on Cape Cod or Martha’s Vineyard are eligible to receive a free energy assessment.

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How is the energy efficiency program funded?

The programs are funded from a small energy conservation charge as well as part of the distribution charge on the first page of your electric bill. These funds are collected by Eversource and then returned to the Compact to administer the energy efficiency program for Barnstable and Dukes Counties.

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What is Cape Light Compact’s current power supply rate?

The Compact’s current power supply rate can be found at http://www.capelightcompact.org/power-supply.

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What is Cape Light Compact’s Green Program?

Cape Light Compact Greensm is an opt-in program which allows consumers to join a large and growing community of individuals and organizations committed to using renewable electricity generating resources. When you choose Cape Light Compact Greensm, you will match 50% or 100% of the electricity you use each month with renewable energy sources from solar, wind, and small hydro – all of which can dramatically reduce air pollution and environmental damage. It costs just a few extra cents each day to help us build a market for cleaner, healthier, local energy projects. Plus, 100% of the premium you pay for Cape Light Compact Greensm is tax deductible on your Federal tax return if you itemize your deductions. For current Cape Light Compact Greensm rates, please visit our website,http://www.capelightcompact.org/power-supply or call 1-800-381-9192.

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Do I have to be a customer or a member of Cape Light Compact’s Power Supply program to participate in the energy efficiency programs?

No. As long as you have an active Eversource electric account for a home or business on Cape Cod or Martha’s Vineyard, you are eligible to participate in the Compact’s energy efficiency programs.
 

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Why was I enrolled into Cape Light Compact’s Power Supply?

Through the Town Meeting Voting Process in 1997, voters approved Cape Light Compact as the basic service provider for power supply for all new electric accounts established with Eversource. The Compact sends out a letter welcoming you to our supply and informing you that you have the option to opt out of our service (at no charge) and choose another power supplier. For more questions on Power Supply, please call our supplier ConEdisonSolutions at 1-800-381-9192.

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How do I pay my electric bill?

Cape Light Compact does not perform the billing functions for the electric bill and therefore does not collect payments directly for electric bills. To pay your electric bill, please contact Eversource at 1-800-592-2000.

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What is Children’s Cove?

Children’s Cove is where healing begins for child victims of sexual abuse and their non-offending family members. Children’s Cove provides a coordinated, multi-agency approach to the investigation, intervention and treatment of child sexual abuse and physical abuse. Together with our partner agencies (Cape Cod Healthcare, The Cape & Island’s District Attorney’s Office, the Department of Children & Families, the Department of Mental Health, Barnstable County, and local and state law enforcement) Children’s Cove provides unbiased, non-leading, non-suggestive forensic interviews and a variety of services that provide hope and healing to abuse victims.

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How do I make a report of suspected abuse?

To report suspected abuse, please contact the Child-At-Risk Hotline at 1.800.792.5200 or contact your local police department.

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Why is Children’s Cove necessary?

Before Children’s Cove, children were often “re-victimized” through unnecessary and repetitive interviews due to each agency’s independent process. This process led to duplication of efforts between various departments while also complicating the information for the child’s case in an already complex legal system. Children’s Cove helps overcome these problems by reducing the child trauma in a child-friendly environment while enhancing the investigation, resulting in improved lives for child victims.

 

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Who does Children’s Cove serve?

Children’s Cove serves child victims of sexual abuse, physical abuse and child victims who have witnessed domestic violence ages 2-17. We also serve developmentally disabled adults of any age.

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Are Children’s Cove clients charged for services?

Children’s Cove services are provided at no cost to the clients.

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Who staffs Children’s Cove?

Children’s Cove staff consists of highly skilled direct services and management professional led by the Director, Stacy Gallagher.

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How do I contact Children’s Cove?

Children’s Cove’s main telephone number is 508.375.0410. The receptionist will be happy to direct your call to the staff member who can best assist. You can also visit our website at www.childrenscove.org or “like” our Facebook page athttps://www.facebook.com/childrenscove

 

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How can I donate to Children’s Cove? Are gifts to the center tax deductible?

Children’s Cove is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization; therefore all gifts to our Center are tax deductible. To make a donation, please visit www.childrenscove.org or send your donation to:

 

Children’s Cove

PO Box 427

Barnstable, MA 02630

 

Make check payable to Children’s Cove

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Who can I contact for immunization information?

Our Public Health Nurse at 508-375-6617.

Link – http://www.barnstablecountyhealth.org/public-health-nurse

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Is your residential septic system failed, and if so, would you like financial help to cover the cost of the upgrade?

Financial assistance with a 5% interest rate betterment loan is available through the Community Septic Management Loan Program.

Link – http://www.barnstablecountysepticloan.org/

 

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I have an innovative/alternative septic system. Is there anything special I should know about it?

All innovative/alternative septic systems are required by both DEP and your local board of health be inspected regularly by a certified wastewater treatment operator.

Link – http://www.barnstablecountyhealth.org/ia-systems

 

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What should I do if I find a bat in my house?

If you find a bat in an unoccupied home, open windows and release the bat.  If you find a bat in an occupied home, call animal control or a wildlife conservation agency for assistance.  If professional assistance is not available, safely capture the bat and save it for testing.  Contact the State Laboratory Institute at 617-983-6800 for information on free rabies testing.

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What should I do if I or my pet is scratched or bitten by a wild animal?

If you or your pet is scratched or bitten by a wild animal (e.g. bat, raccoon, skunk, coyote, etc.) contact your local health department immediately.  You can also contact the epidemiologist on call 24/7 at the State Laboratory Institute at 617-983-6800 for further instructions.

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Who should I contact if I or a friend/ family member has a problem with compulsive hoarding?

Contact the Cape Cod Hoarding Task Force at www.hoardingcapecod.org for a list of local resources and professional services.

 

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What is the best way to remove a tick that has become attached without risking further infection from that tick?

Pointy tweezers ONLY!! (Or a verified tick removal instrument)

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Can’t tanning beds provide a “safe” base tan before I go on vacation to a sunny region so I don’t get sun burned?

No, any tan is damage to the skin and the federal government has just listed tanning beds as a known carcinogen. The best way to prevent yourself from getting a sunburn is to apply enough sunscreen every 2-3 hours while outside and stay out of the sun during the peak hours of 10am – 2pm if your skin is more sensitive.

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What is the landfill monitoring program?

As part of the state mandated sampling/monitoring requirements either post-closure or for ongoing operations of a Landfill, Barnstable County collects groundwater samples for 12 of 15 towns within the County on a routine basis to monitor groundwater quality.  In addition, we also perform routine monitoring of soil gases in 6 Cape towns. For specific information on sampling parameters or results for your town, contact your Health Department and/or Department of Public Works.

 

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It seems like kids are smoking more these days…Is that true?

No, the fact is that the daily Youth Smoking rate in MA is 16%; Here on Cape Cod, it is 14%. At the inception of the Cape Cod Regional Tobacco Control Program in 1994, the Youth daily smoking rate was 35%. It may seem that more youth are smoking because young smokers tend to “cluster” across the street from schools, etc., and smoke as a group.

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Are electronic cigarettes safer than real cigarettes?

While e-cigarettes contain no tar, carbon monoxide, or other effects of burning tobacco, some contain up to 18mg  of nicotine, enough to kill a small child if accidentally swallowed. Also, the vapor emitted by e-cigarettes has yet to be analyzed by the FDA for content and safety.  It may be that they are safer, but one should not assume that they are until such analysis has been completed, and the FDA issues its findings.

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Where can I obtain socio-economic data for Barnstable County?

Where can I find resources for Energy Assistance and Advocacy?

Where can I find resources for seniors and people with disabilities?

Where can I find housing resources?

Where can I find local food and nutrition resources such as food pantries, financial help, meal programs, and home delivery services?

Where can I report a Human Rights Violation?

Barnstable County Human Rights Commission: hrc@barnstablecounty.org or 508/375-6912

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Where can I get information on programs and services for low-income individuals and families?

Community Action Committee of Cape & Islands, 372 North St., Hyannis, 508/771-1727

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Who can I contact to get information about healthcare programs for the elderly?

Call your local Senior Center and ask for a SHINE Counselor or the local SHINE Regional Office at

508/375-6762

 

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Where can I get information for programs, services and advocacy for Elders?

Elder Services of Cape Cod & the Islands, 68 Route 134, South Dennis, MA, 800-244-4630 or

508-394-4630 and http://escci.org/

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Where can I receive free or low cost health care?

Community Health Centers in Hyannis, Mashpee, Falmouth

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Are there local suicide crisis hotlines on the Cape?

Department of Mental Health: 1-800/322-1356, the National Suicide toll-free hotline: 1-800/273-8255

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