arnstable This Morning

On Monday, I joined Barnstable This Morning host Sarah Colvin. We discussed the Town Council’s approval of nearly half of the proposed Fiscal 2017 Capital Improvement Plan. The School items, Airport, Information Technology, and Golf clubhouse improvements were among the ordinances approved by the Council. We talked about a land purchase in Marstons Mills which will assist with the parking needs of that village. At the April 21st Town Council meeting, we hope to get through many of the Department of Public Works projects. Work is ongoing in preparation for the Fiscal 2017 Operating Budget. I will be submitting the Operating budget to the council by May 5th.

Click here to view the proposed FY2017 Capital Improvement Plan.

View this week’s interview: Town Website  YouTube


Suffolk University Moakley Award Presentation

As I mentioned in my introduction to eNews, I was pleased to receive the Moakley Public Service Award. In presenting the award, both Sandy Matava, Director of the Moakley Center for Public Management, and Geoffrey Beckwith, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Municipal Association (MMA), cited the various public positions I have held over my career. The MMA and Suffolk University partner on a Certificate in Local Government Leadership and Managemen program. Barnstable has supported this Cape-wide graduate course program sharing the MMA and Suffolk’s goal of training the municipal leaders of the future. Time moves along for all of us, and while I am proud of my past success I remain excited about what the future may hold.

Watch: Click here for video of the award presentation.





Kirkman Trust Fund Distribution Requests

I met this week with Town Treasurer Debra Blanchette and Trust Fund Advisory Committee (TFAC) Chair Bo Murdoch to discuss the distribution of proceeds from the Kirkman Trust Fund. Based on the fund’s investment performance, the TFAC is recommending $150,000 be divided between the seven village libraries and the Town cemeteries. As trustee for the fund, I now have the requests under review and expect to recommend approval in the next two weeks. The Kirkman Trust Fund was established by the Kirkman family of Cotuit. It provides funds to benefit our libraries and cemeteries.


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

Sandy Neck Beach Park is the largest barrier beach system in Massachusetts, outside of the National Seashore. It is imperative to ensure the protection of our delicate ecosystem and to preserve a natural resource for all to enjoy.  The results of a study into long-term coastal resiliency options for the barrier beach were presented to the Sandy Neck Board and the public on Monday night. The study was funded with a State Coastal Zone Management Grant and conducted by CLE Engineering.  Three types of options were presented: conventional (hard) shoreline protection in the form of a cantilever bulkhead or stone revetment; engineered (soft) shoreline protection of sand-filled coir bags and beach nourishment; and managed site reconfiguration. The study is available for view online at The public will have many opportunities to learn more and to comment before a final alternative is selected.

Read More: Click here to view CLE’s PowerPoint presentation.

Watch: Click here to view a video of the presentation.


Public Hearing: Bathing Beach Regulation Changes

A public hearing on changes to the rules and regulations for Barnstable’s bathing beaches will be held on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at Town Hall. The change is an addition under section 401A-6 Prohibited Activities: “Using, launching, landing or operating an unmanned aircraft from, above or on land or waters associated with any of the Town of Barnstable bathing beaches is prohibited except as approved in writing by the Town Manager.” The term “unmanned aircraft” includes devices like model airplanes, quadrocopters, and drones that are used for any purposes including recreation or commerce. The public hearing will begin at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 in the Town Hall hearing room.


Citizens Academy Holds Twenty-Third Graduation Ceremony

A graduation ceremony was held on Thursday night for the twenty-third class of Inside Barnstable Town Government: A Citizen’s Leadership Academy. The class spent eleven weeks traveling around town, learning about all aspects of our Town government. From the Airport to the Senior Center, to the HYCC, and even a full tour of the Barnstable Police Department, Inside Barnstable Town Government is a way in which residents can learn more about our Town and become further involved in its daily operations. Graduates have gone on to serve on a number of volunteer boards and commissions, some have even become Town Councilors, and Town employees. Instructors Sue French and Arthur Caiado noted that fourteen of the participants had perfect attendance, the most ever for any one class. I also singled out Elana Neal, who only misssed one class session. Her excuse? She had a baby girl!  We congratulate the most recent graduating class!




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.


Spring Walking Weekend

Explore beaches and briars, look for fiddleheads in the forest, and step on the sands of Sandy Neck. Listen to the calls of the red winged blackbird, watch as the osprey build their nests and dive for fish. Spring is here, and what better way to welcome warmer weather and the reawakening of the Earth than to enjoy one of the many beautiful conservation areas in town.  The Land Acquisition and Preservation Committee is sponsoring a series of walks this weekend, all led by experts. Click on each walk for details.

Friday, April 15 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Sandy Neck Spring Wetlands Walk with Sean Kortis

Saturday, April 16 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Hathaway’s Pond with Mary Richmond

Saturday, April 16 10:00 AM

Old Neck Lane with Red Bansfield and Kris Clark

Sunday, April 17 9:00 AM

Santuit Preserve with Phyllis Miler

Monday, April 18 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Barnstable Village with Farley Lewis




Last week, we asked: 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?  We did have one e-news reader that wrote in citing collection of 190,000 pounds of hazardous waste last year; but what we were looking for was pesticide collection, and that totaled 8,850 pounds! Thanks to all who help coordinate the region’s household hazardous waste collection days. The next hazardous waste collection day in Barnstable will be on June 25th, 2016 at the Barnstable Transfer Station from 9 am until noon.


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Week in Review

April 11 – 15, 2016


Monday, April 11, 2016


We began our Monday program with Town Manager Tom Lynch. Tom talked with us about approvals for the Fiscal 2017 Capital Improvement Plan, and progress being made on the FY2017 Operating Budget.  Interim Superintendent of Schools Bill Butler reviewed the most recent School Committee meeting, and mentioned a recent visit from the Tower Foundation to see the MTSS work being done in the district.  We visited Marstons Mills Library Director Stacie Hevener, who shared information about the Library’s planned celebration of its 125th birthday.  Cape Cod Community College Communications Director Michael Gross talked to us about a successful open house, an opportunity for high school students to visit the College during next week’s School Vacation week, and the opening of Kurt Vonnegut’s “God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater” this Thursday night.


Tuesday, April 12, 2016


Chief of Police Paul MacDonald led off Tuesday’s show with a follow-up discussion on the recent large-scale drug bust that put several members of the so-called Nauti-Block gang behind bars. Our Board, Committee and Commission roundup included information from last week’s Town Council meeting and the recent Conservation Commission meeting.  State Representative Tim Whelan discussed a meeting in Boston on Monday at which the Lieutenant Governor, the entire Cape delegation, and other leaders discussed the issue of homelessness in downtown Hyannis. Director of Public Works Dan Santos reviewed several projects that were approved by Town Council as part of the Fiscal 2017 Capital Improvement Plan.


Wednesday, April 13, 2016


Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce CEO Wendy Northcross joined us for our weekly Business Barnstable segment. Wendy discussed the Blue Economy initiative and the recent Startup Weekend event that had a focus on that initiative.  Assistant Director of Senior Services Donna Burns discussed ways in which the Senior Center is working to reach out to the local LGBT community.  Director of Finance Mark Milne talked with us about a number of outstanding property taxes and tax title accounts as outlined in a recent Cape Cod Times article.


Thursday, April 14, 2016


Our Community Profile segment led off Thursday’s program. This week we visited with Judy Walden Scarafile and Alice George, who shared information about the Mercy Otis Warren Cape Cod Woman of the Year Award.   Barnstable Municipal Airport Assistant Manager Katie Servis joined us with a number of updates from the airport.  2nd Barnstable State Representative Brian Mannal discussed ongoing issues surrounding the eventual decommissioning of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant in Plymouth. Len Gobeil’s Sports Segment featured an interview with Barnstable High School Girls Track Coach Keith Caldwell.


Friday, April 15, 2016


This week’s Arts and Culture segment featured an interview with Captain Joe Nastasi of Barnstable Harbor EcoTours. Director of Leisure Services Patti Machado talked about the Patriot’s Day Race for young runners.  Hyannis Youth and Community Center General Manager Joe Izzo discussed the upcoming Mother’s Day Tea. Animal Control Officer Charlie Lewis shared information about rabies baiting, rabies clinics, and dog licensing.  This week’s Adoptable Pet Friday segment with Brittany Pickul of the MSPCA featured an adorable rabbit, a rat(!) and two cute kittens, all available for adoption.