Barnstable This Morning

On Monday, I joined Barnstable This Morning host Sarah Colvin. We continued discussing the FY 2017 Capital Improvement Plan. Specifically, we went through the General Fund items which included school projects, municipal buildings and infrastructure projects.

Click here to view the proposed FY2017 Capital Improvement Plan.

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Hazard to Navigation Removed through Combined Efforts

The Marine and Environmental Affairs Department and the Hyannis Fire Department combined efforts this week to remove a hazard to navigation.  The crew of the M/V Gay Head contacted MEA to inform them of a tow line tangled in the channel near the #5 entrance buoy to Hyannis Harbor. Without an appropriate boat in the water and MEA staff working to place channel markers elsewhere in town, Harbormaster Dan Horn contacted the Hyannis Fire Department (HFD) to see if they could respond.  The answer was made quickly and without hesitation, and the only question asked was if someone could meet them at the boat. Horn was able to meet HFD, and within minutes the boat was underway. Crew from the Barnstable Highway Department provided assistance as well. The tangled tow line (pictured below) was found at the reported location, and with some effort, the obstruction was removed.



Barnstable Police Department Participates in Large-Scale Drug Bust

Thirteen individuals were arrested this week following a months-long drug investigation, spearheaded by the Division of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). United States Attorney Carmen Ortiz was present at a press conference held at Barnstable Police Headquarters on Tuesday morning. Attorney Ortiz outlined the detailed investigation that led to the arrest of more than a dozen individuals from several Cape Cod towns who are believed to be a part of the Nauti-Block gang and responsible for a majority of the heroin trafficking on Cape Cod. The ATF worked alongside US Marshalls and state and local police for the investigations. The arrests were made during a series of raids that were executed in the early morning hours of Tuesday, April 5, 2016. Those arrested are facing a slew of federal drug and firearms charges. Also arrested and charged with murder in the first degree were three individuals, charged with the homicide of Christine Ferreira, who was found murdered at a rest area along Route 6 in September of last year. We are proud of our Barnstable Police department for their assistance in this difficult investigation and hope that the blow dealt to these criminals will go a long way to stem the tide of heroin related issues in our town and on Cape Cod.

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POPS by the Sea Planning Session

We are ever so slowly beginning to see spring like weather, and with spring comes a great deal of planning for our Town’s signature summer events. One such event is Pops by the Sea, the annual August summer concert by the Boston POPS orchestra. Spearheaded by the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod and held on the Village Green in downtown Hyannis, the event involves a great deal of coordination with many of our Town Departments. We held the first of many meetings with Pops organizers this week, and we look forward to the annual event. This year’s concert will take place on Sunday, August 14, 2016.


Light It Up Blue for Autism Awareness

For the third year in a row, the Town of Barnstable is partnering with CapeAbilities and Light It Up Blue™ to celebrate Autism Awareness Month throughout April to show support for those affected by autism spectrum disorder and to bring awareness to the valuable role these exceptional individuals play in our community.  Blue lights have been installed in several municipal buildings throughout the Town of Barnstable, including Town Hall, to show support for this cause. 




Night Work and Paving at the West End Rotary in Hyannis

Road work is expected to begin along Main Street in Hyannis on Monday, April 11, 2016.  The Department of Public Works Water Supply Division is planning the completion of a water works construction project from Sea Street to the West End Rotary. The contractor will remove the temporary paving, and compact and adjust the grade of the newly excavated water pipe trench. This work will be done at night to address traffic and safety concerns.  During the day, the contractor will pave the trenches with a final finish coat of asphalt. The work will take approximately three nights and three days, weather permitting.


JetBlue Returns to Barnstable with an Extended Season

JetBlue Airlines will return to Barnstable for a third season. Seasonal service between New York’s JFK Airport and Barnstable Municipal Airport in Hyannis will resume this spring, with an extended schedule. The popular airline will be offering nonstop flights Thursday through Monday between May 12 and June 16. Daily flights to New York will begin on June 16, aboard a 100-seat Embraer E190 twin-engine jet, an aircraft with a reputation for safety, as well as quiet takeoffs and landings. This year, JetBlue will also be extending their weekly services into the early fall with Friday and Sunday service from September 8th through October 11th.


Sandy Neck Long Term Coastal Resiliency Alternatives: Community Meeting

The results of a study of long-term coastal resiliency alternatives for Sandy Neck Beach Park will be presented to the public next week. The study, conducted by CLE Engineering and funded through a Massachusetts Coastal Zone Management Grant, explores a number of alternatives for sustainable coastal resiliency at Sandy Neck. Through a series of public sessions, the Town will be seeking public input as we examine the alternatives that come from the study. The public is invited to a community informational meeting for the grant-funded analysis on Monday, April 11, 2016 at 7:30 PM at the Barnstable Senior Center, 825 Falmouth Road, 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.



Household Hazardous Waste Collection

Do you have old paint, cleaning chemicals, or other hazardous materials taking up space in your garage, basement, or shed? It’s time to get rid of them in a safe and environmentally friendly manner at this weekend’s Household Hazardous Waste Collection. Collection is free for Barnstable residents. You must either have a Transfer Station sticker or a recycling sticker (available for free to all residents of the Town of Barnstable). Collection will take place on Saturday, April 9, 2016 from 9:00 AM until 12:00pm. Paints, polishes and stains; yard chemicals; cleaners and chemicals; and auto fluids are all accepted. Click here for details.




Last week, we asked: It is April Fools’ Day. Have you been fooled by a prankster or played an April Fool’s joke that worked? We heard from several readers of eNews that they remembered the annual Barnstable Patriot’s April Fools edition. Many of us were startled by a headline and fictitious story before realizing: April Fools’!



This week’s question: Barnstable is holding its first Household Hazardous Waste Collection this Saturday. Last year, how many pounds of pesticides did we collect?

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Week in Review

April 4 – 8, 2016


Monday, April 4, 2016


Town Manager Tom Lynch joined us in-studio Monday morning to continue discussion on the proposed Fiscal 2017 Capital Improvement Plan. Budget presentations will begin at this week’s Town Council meeting.  Interim Superintendent of Schools Bill Butler provided an update that included a preview of this week’s School Committee meeting, a review of the Cape and Islands Superintendents Meeting at Upper Cape Tech, a visit last week from the Tower Foundation’s Executive Director and the addition of a freshman team for BHS Girls Softball.  Cape Cod Community College Communications Director Michael Gross spoke to us about the College’s upcoming Open House and an upcoming informational session for Registered Nurses seeking Bachelor’s degrees.


Tuesday, April 5, 2016


Chief of Police Paul MacDonald joined us live on the phone Tuesday morning with details about a massive drug bust that was going on at that moment. Our Board Committee Commission roundup this week detailed the activities of the Community Preservation Committee and the Committee to Assess Homelessness in Hyannis. We shared a recent interview with Cape and Islands State Senator Dan Wolf. Director of Public Works Dan Santos talked with us about the completion of a drainage project in Cotuit near the Cotuit Town Dock.


Wednesday, April 6, 2016


Hyannis Main Street Business Improvement District Executive Director Elizabeth Wurfbain led off Wednesday’s program with a discussion about new businesses on Main Street, the return of outdoor dining, and a preview of the “Spring on Main” event.  We shared a special report with further information about a large scale drug bust and a murder arrest.  Hyannis Fire Board of Commissioners Chair Peter Cross joined us to discuss the plans for a new Hyannis fire station, and a vote that is coming up this Saturday.  Director of Property and Risk Management David Anthony appeared live in studio to discuss energy efficiency and savings.

Thursday, April 7, 2016


Our Community Profile segment led off Friday’s show. We talked with Judy Walden Scarafile and Alice George about this year’s Mercy Otis Warren Cape Cod Woman of the Year Award. Nominations are open now and due by Patriot’s Day, Monday, April 18, 2016.  Cape Cod Commission Technical Services Director Glenn Cannon discussed a number of ongoing transportation initiatives, including the Canal Area Traffic Study and an examination of a possible extension to the Shining Sea Bike Path in Falmouth.  5th Barnstable State Representative Randy Hunt discussed progress on the FY17 state budget. Town Council President Jessica Rapp Grassetti previewed the Orders of the Day for the evening’s Town Council meeting.


Friday, April 8, 2016


We began our Friday program with our Arts & Culture segment. Next, we talked with Director of Leisure Services Patti Machado about exciting spring and summer programs. Hyannis Youth and Community Center General Manager Joe Izzo talked with us about “Ahead of the Game”, an organization that is coming to do assessments that will establish a baseline for future concussion testing.  Sandy Neck Beach Park Manager Nina Coleman showed us signs of spring at the park, and previewed Monday’s coastal resiliency solutions meeting that will take place at the Senior Center. Finally, we welcomed folks from MSPCA Cape Cod live in studio with a few of their furry friends for a brand new segment!