Barnstable This Morning

 On Monday, I joined Barnstable This Morning host Sarah Colvin. We discussed the FY 2017 Capital Improvement Plan. I pointed out several sections of the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) that readers might want to review. These included information on prospective projects which could be included in future CIP’s, projects added during this year to the existing Fiscal 2016 CIP and the new Project Recommendation Rationale. The total list of projects funded in Fiscal 2017 is $29,881,954. I got through the Enterprise Fund projects and will cover the General Fund Projects next Monday morning. The Town Council will begin debate on the projects at the April 7, 2016 Town Council meeting. The complete CIP book, including a list of both the Enterprise Fund and General Fund recommendations, is posted on the Town’s website. Click here to view the proposed FY2017 Capital Improvement Plan.

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JFK Museum Update

On Monday, John F. Kennedy Museum Foundation President Richard Neitz and Museum Executive Director John Allen came by to talk with me about the Museum’s planned speaker series, special exhibit, and advance planning for the celebration of what would have been John F. Kennedy’s 100th birthday in 2017. Prior to our discussion, we were able to sign the lease between the Town and Foundation for the continued operation of the Museum. The Museum has made many improvements in the past year, including the expansion of the Speaker series, which this past year included talks with Robert Kennedy Jr., Senator Paul Kirk, Rory Kennedy and Robert Luddington. The Museum’s special exhibit this year will be Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, Mother of a President, in honor of the matriarch of the Kennedy political dynasty and a longtime resident of Hyannis Port. Exterior renovation work is currently underway.


Vietnam Veterans Honored

On March 29, 1973, the last American troops left Vietnam. It was a difficult war and a difficult return for soldiers, who did not receive a warm welcome home. In 2012, President Barack Obama declared March 29 to be Vietnam Veterans Day, a day to honor and recognize our Vietnam veterans for their hard work and sacrifice. This year, the Cape Cod Vet Center and the Barnstable Senior Center hosted a special ceremony to honor our veterans. Nearly 100 vets attended the ceremony, and shared stories both serious and light, of fond memories and of difficult times. Veterans sat in a circle, surrounding one empty chair, left open in memorial of those who lost their lives in service to our country.  Many veterans commented that this was the first time they’d come to an event of this sort, and were grateful for the support of the Vet Center and for their fellow Veterans. Pictured: Top Left: John Griffin, Navy veteran and member of the Barnstable Airport Commission, shares his stories from the war. Below, Coast Guard veteran and Barnstable Courier Tom Daener tells his story to the crowd.



Meals on Wheels

Assistant Town Manager Mark Ells and I went to the Senior Center on Wednesday to participate in the annual Mayors for Meals event that recognizes the importance of the Meals on Wheels program in communities throughout our nation. Last year 39,075 meals were distributed to 336 seniors in the Town of Barnstable. Mark and I spent the morning accompanying Meals on Wheels volunteer drivers Jane Gunnery and Bob McDonald on their delivery routes and enjoyed meeting many of the clients who are very grateful for this program. Thanks to the many volunteers who give their time to support this valuable program that provides a daily nutritious meal to many seniors. While at the Senior Center, I signed off on a contract for federal Community Development Block Grant funding to purchase a new freezer and dishwasher to replace failing equipment in the Senior Center’s kitchen.



Protecting Nantucket Sound

We are very pleased to hear that the tentative decision that the Energy Facilities Siting Board will consider, and vote upon next week, recommends that all State, County, and local permits for the Cape Wind project not be further extended. Barnstable has aggressively supported renewable energy projects and will continue to do so. The Cape Wind project, however, was poorly sited, would pose risks of great environmental harm, and would have imposed unfunded mandates of millions of dollars on the Town for emergency response equipment and training over the twenty-five year life of the project. It is time to move on to larger wind offshore projects more appropriately sited in areas south of the Islands that pose less risk of conflict to the environment and those who use our waters every day of the year.


Hyannis Parking Study

To ensure that Hyannis continues as a destination that attracts residents, employers and visitors, the Town of Barnstable is developing strategies to improve the parking experience in downtown Hyannis.  Consultant Nelson\Nygaard was hired in January to develop a comprehensive strategy to improve the Downtown Hyannis parking system.  Solutions will seek to balance the needs of residents, businesses and visitors as well as Hyannis’ ongoing role as a year round regional center and visitor destination. Working with stakeholders: residents, businesses, property owners, and local and regional business and transportation organizations, the team is gathering data on parking supply and assessing the effectiveness of the existing parking system. The project outcome will be a recommended set of strategies and implementation steps. Strategies will focus on innovative, cost-effective and sustainable solutions that are responsive to stakeholder concerns.  Changes to Hyannis parking will be successful only with community support.

Learn more about the project and take a survey about your parking experience in downtown Hyannis:



Mercy Otis Cape Cod Woman of the Year: Nominations Open

The Mercy Otis Warren Cape Cod Woman of the Year is a woman who has made significant contributions to the arts, business, education, and/or is deeply involved in the community. Past recipients include Judy Walden Scarafile, Susan French, Dorothy Savarese, and Lynne Poyant. Nominations for the 2016 application are now being accepted. Application forms are available across Cape Cod at local libraries, community centers, town halls, and online at Nominations are due on Patriot’s Day, Monday, April 18, 2016.



2016 Hazard Mitigation Plan

Have you felt the impact of a hurricane or other weather event here in Barnstable? Are there areas of town that you see as particularly vulnerable? The Town of Barnstable’s Growth Management Department is currently working to update our Hazard Mitigation Plan. The plan looks at the impacts of weather-related hazards on the people, property, and resources of the Town and identifies strategies and actions aimed at lessening the impact of natural disasters on our community.

·         Click here to visit the project webpage and to learn more.

·         Questions? Contact Elizabeth Jenkins, Regulatory/Design Review Planner at (508) 862-4736.

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Last week, we asked: What was the first toy advertised on television? The answer: Mr. Potato Head. Many of our readers sent in some pretty good guesses, including old standards Slinky and Barbie. But it was local radio man Doug Verney who got it right and knew the old favorite, Mr. Potato Head, was the first.



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Barnstable This Morning
Week in Review

March 28 – April 1, 2016


Monday, March 28, 2016


Town Manager Tom Lynch joined us live in studio Monday morning to discuss the FY2017 Capital Improvement Plan, with a focus on informational changes included in this year’s book. Interim Superintendent of Schools Bill Butler stopped in to review recent centralized kindergarten registration, preview the School District’s presentation before the Citizens Leadership Academy, and preview a visit from the Tower Foundation officials. Energy Coordinator Richard Elrick had updates on solar projects and production, as well as an update on increased recycling efforts at the Transfer Station.  Cape Cod Community College Communications Director Michael Gross chatted with us about several exciting events coming up at the College, including the STEM journey that will take place this Saturday at the College’s West Barnstable campus.


Tuesday, March 29, 2016


Barnstable police officers worked hard to subdue a man in distress in West Barnstable over the weekend. Chief of Police Paul MacDonald talked to us about the incident, which highlighted the importance of tasers to our officers.  Disability Commission Chair Sheila Mulcahy came by to talk with us about the recent work of the Disability Commission, which included helping to fund a new accessibility mat that will be put in place at Sandy Neck Beach Park this summer season.  1st Barnstable State Representative Tim Whelan joined us by phone to discuss An Act Relative to Substance Use, Treatment, Education and Prevention, recently signed into law by Governor Charlie Baker.


Wednesday, March 30, 2016


We welcomed Director of Public Works Dan Santos to the program Wednesday morning to discuss an unexpected hurdle in plans to implement the South Coast Bike Route. Next, we headed to the Lumbert Pond Conservation Area, where Conservation Agent Martin Wunderly took us on a tour and shared information about the beautiful area.  Hyannis Fire Commission Chair Peter Cross talked with us about revised plans for the new fire station in Hyannis.  Director of Finance Mark Milne discussed the Capital Improvement Plan.


Thursday, March 31, 2016


Our Community Profile segment led off Thursday’s show. We talked with Stacie Peugh and Rene King about the Y Achievers program. Barnstable Municipal Airport Manager Bud Breault had the latest on ongoing projects at the Airport.  2nd Barnstable State Representative Brian Mannal talked with us about forward motion on H717, a bill dealing with the substance glycophosphate, otherwise known as Roundup.  Mannal also discussed the recent work of the Regional Network to End Homelessness.  Len Gobeil rounded out our Thursday program with a discussion on opiates and concussion testing with Barnstable High School Athletic Director Scott Thomas.


Friday, April 1, 2016


This week’s Arts and Culture segment features photographer Rick Branscom. Next, we head over to the Hyannis Youth and Community Center to talk with Program Coordinator John Gleason. John has information about lifeguard tryouts, field improvements, and spring and summer programs. Program Supervisor Laura Kelliher talked with us about the skating show coming up this weekend at the HYCC. Sandy Neck Beach Park Manager Nina Coleman joined us to discuss current events at the beach.