Barnstable This Morning

During my weekly appearance on Barnstable This Morning, I joined host Sarah Colvin to discuss the experience of being on live on the 1240 AM Brazilian radio program Getting to Know Your Town, which I reported on in last week’s eNews. This was a unique experience which Chief of Police Paul MacDonald, Economic Development Specialist Mike Trovato and I greatly enjoyed. We look forward to further enhancing our relationship with Barnstable’s Brazilian community.  I also discussed the potential purchase of open space on Sandy Neck, and preparation for a presentation Thursday with other town officials at the New England States Government Finance Officers Association.

Watch the interview:  Town Website   YouTube


Sandy Neck Land Purchase

A large parcel of land on Sandy Neck is up for sale, and on Monday I met with Town Council President Jessica Rapp Grassetti, Vice President Ann Canedy and Councilor Phil Wallace to discuss submitting a Purchase and Sales Agreement for that land. Presently before the Land Court, 14.2 acres of beach is being offerred for sale. The Town has submitted an offer, subject to the assurance of public access and the ability to meet the court’s funding timelines, on this environmentally sensitive piece of property.


Local Parking Lot Owners Updated on Rules & Regulations

On Tuesday, Chief of Police Paul MacDonald hosted a meeting at the Barnstable Police Department with private parking lot operators to review the Town’s parking lot regulations.  Director of Regulatory Services Richard Scali provided support to the Chief’s overview and distributed renewal application packages for private parking lot licenses.  The meeting was well attended by private parking lot representatives as well as Town Council Vice President Ann Canedy, Town Councilors Jennifer Cullum and Debra Dagwan, Fire Chief Harold Brunelle and Assistant Town Manager Mark Ells.


Business Improvement District Gears Up for Summer

Warmer weather is here and soon downtown Hyannis will be abuzz with activity.  The Hyannis Main Street Business Improvement District (BID) is collaborating with Barnstable Arts and Culture Coordinator Melissa Hersh to promote free, fun activities on the Hyannis Village Green this summer. BID Executive Director Elizabeth Wurfbain, with the support of private funding, will be sponsoring Family Classics Movies on the Green, yoga, ukelele concerts, Trevor the Juggler and other fun activities during the day and evening. View a full list of planned activities online at

Town Council Honors Eagle Scout & Girls Gymnastics Champs
A pair of recognitions were held at the beginning of Thursday night’s Town Council meeting. First, Daniel Burke of Centerville was honored for achieving the rank of Eagle Scout. Burke is with the Boy Scouts of America Troop 54. Council also welcomed the Barnstable High School Girls Gymanstics Team, 2015 MIAA State Champions, and New England Region Champs.



CFAC Capital Improvements Plan Report

Robert Ciolek, Chair of the Comprehensive Financial Advisory Committee (CFAC) Subcommittee to review the FY 2016 Capital Improvement Plan (CIP), made a report to the Town Council prior to debate on the FY 2016 capital plan. Chair Ciolek reviewed the methodology used by the subcommittee and noted that 76% of the requested Capital Projects failed to make the cut. The committee was pleased the Town Manager had included several of CFAC’s past recommendations, including reviewing of final projects presented for approval and a section discussing long-term capital needs not discussed in the document. The subcommittee thanked Finance Director, Mark Milne, for his department’s cooperation providing data and information to the CFAC.


CIP Presentations

The Town Council began debate on the FY 2016 Capital Improvements Plan (CIP) on Thursday evening. Director of Public Works Dan Santos presented fifteen items for approval. Approved were capital projects for three Enterprise funds: Water Supply, Water Pollution Control, and Solid Waste. There were six capital trust fund projects approved, including $3.25 million for public road improvements, $400,000 for guard rail and sidewalk improvements, funds to rebuild the Bay Street boat ramp in Osterville, and funds to repair both the police department facility and the heating system at town hall. Councilors asked very thoughtful questions on these items prior to voting thier approval.


Stewart’s Creek Meeting

Residents are encouraged to share their experiences with the changing landscape of Stewart’s Creek at a public hearing scheduled for next week. The Army Corps of Engineers completed the culvert repair project last year, and since then residents have raised concerns about changes in the creek, including a large tidal flat and strong tidal odors. A study of the effectiveness of the new culvert system is underway, and next week’s meeting is a part of that effort. The meeting will take place Wednesday, April 22nd at  6:30 PM at the Steamship Authority on School Street in Hyannis.


Hyannis Fire District Candidates Night

Hyannis Fire District elections are being held on Tuesday, May 19th at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center. To help voters prepare for the election, the Greater Hyannis Civic Association is sponsoring a panel discussion with the four candidates running for the Board of Commissioners, and with the two candidates running for Moderator. The Candidates Night will take place on Tuesday, April 21st at 7:00 PM in the Town Hall Hearing Room at Barnstable Town Hall, 367 Main Street in Hyannis.


Land Acquisition & Preservation Committee Walks

It’s going to be a glorious weekend for outdoor activities, and what better way to enjoy the sunshine than to explore a nature trail in Barnstable. The Land Acquisition and Preservation committee has organized a trio of guided walks in town this weekend to celebrate:


Barnstable Village

Saturday, April 18, 2015

10:00 AM

Meet at the Parking area behind the Barnstable Fire Station

Travel along the ancient ways surrounding Barnstable Village. Easy pace, about 2-3 miles.

Contact: Farley Lewis, 508-737-6983,



Sunday, April 19, 2015

9:45 AM meet, 10:00 AM start

Eagle Pond Sanctuary, Cotuit

Enjoy a spring stroll through the Eagle Pond sanctuary and down to the shores of Cotuit Bay. Level trails, easy/moderate, about 2.5 miles, 1.5 hours.

Contact: Heidi Moss, 508-362-6440


Sandy Neck

Monday, April 20, 2015

9:45 AM meet, 10:00 AM start

Meet at the Sandy Neck Gatehouse for a walk down the marsh trail, across the dune, and back over the front beach.

1-1/2 hour walk, bring plenty of water, sunscreen and tick repellant.

Contact: Elissa Crowley,



Autism Awareness Campaign

Barnstable is Lighting it Up Blue in honor of Autism Awareness Month, which began April 1st.  CapeAbilities Executive Director & President Rosalie Edes joined me and Director of Public Works Dan Santos in the Town Hall lobby last week to install two blue light bulbs that will be lit during the month of April in honor of National Autism Awareness month. CapeAbilities is an organization dedicated to serving individuals with disabilities on Cape Cod by educating, counseling and providing residential, therapeutic, social and employment supports that empower them to achieve meaningful and valued roles in the community.



Amy C. Davies Artwork on Display at Town Hall

The work of Harwich-based photographer Amy C. Davies will be on display in the Town Hall Hearing Room and Selectmen’s Conference Room through May 29, 2015. Amy uses vintage cameras and film to convey the story of Cape Cod through her landscape and street photography. “Film is a way for me to connect to people and my surroundings.  The process of using a vintage camera is a slow, deliberate act that allows me to take a moment to get to know an area or interact with a person before making a picture,” Davies says of her work.  Amy has a BA in art, lives in Harwich, and has worked in radio and television on Cape Cod for the past two decades. The Artwork on Loan program provides a venue for local artists to dispay their work. For more information on the program, email or call 508-862-4767. Pictured: “The Moors”








Last week’s trivia question: The Hy-Arts Shanties at Bismore Park have housed hundreds of artists over the years. Opening day for the 2015 Shanty season is on May 15. How many artists will participate in the program this year?  Not one of our e-News readers got the correct answer – there will be nearly 80 artists participating in this year’s program.


This week’s trivia question:  This coming Monday is Patriots’ Day, a holiday celebrated in Massachusetts and in Maine. When was Patriots’ Day declared a holiday, and what does it commemorate? Email your answer here



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Barnstable This Morning

Week in Review

April 13-17, 2015


Monday, April 13, 2015


Town Manager Tom Lynch joined us in studio Monday to recap his appearance on Radio 1240 AM Brasil. Lynch also discussed a potential purchase of land on Sandy Neck, and a presentation regarding consolidated finance.  Superintendent of Schools Dr. Mary Czajkowski talked with us further about the consolidated finance presentation before the New England States Government Finance Officers Association.  We traveled to the Cotuit Library to visit with Library Director Jennie Wiley, who shared information about upgrades and renovations at the library.  Cape Cod Community College Communications Director Michael Gross shared information about commencement, the College’s production of Lysistrata, and the success of the recent FAFSA day.


Tuesday, April 14, 2015


Chief of Police Paul MacDonald provided the weekly crime update on Tuesday, followed by our Community Profile segment, which this week featured Marilyn Lariviere, who talked to us about the Youth Streetreach program.  1st Barnstable State Rep Tim Whelan talked with us about the needs of seniors on Cape Cod, specifically in his district.  Director of Public Works Dan Santos shared with us details on capital requests included in the proposed FY16 budget.


Wednesday, April 15, 2015


Barnstable County Register of Deeds Jack Meade provided details on real estate activity in the County for the month of March. Next, special guest Mahesh Ramachandran, an environmental economist for the Cape Cod Commission, spoke with us about a study he conducted that connects a fall in property values with a rise in nitrogen pollution in the Three Bays watershed.  Director of Regulatory Services Richard Scali talked with us about rules and regulations governing privately owned parking lots in and around the Harbor area. Director of Finance Mark Milne further reviewed the Capital Improvement Plan.


Thursday, April 16, 2015


Thursday’s program began with a special segment highlighting Cape Cod Pathways Walking Weekend. LAPC member Farley Lewis talked with us about a trio of walks planned for the weekend in Barnstable.  Barnstable Municipal Airport Manager Bud Breault joined us to discuss the completion of a large-scale solar panel installation that is now online at the airport.  2nd Barnstable State Rep Brian Mannal talked with us about the House budget. Town Council President Jessica Rapp Grassetti went over the orders of the day for the evening’s Council meeting.


Friday, April 17, 2015


Our Arts & Culture segment on Friday featured artist KristI Beisecker, a local photographer and graphic designer, who will be showing her work in the HyArts shanty program this summer.  Director of Leisure Services Patti Machado talked about the need for lifeguards on our beaches this summer. Hyannis Youth and Community Center General Manager Joe Izzo reviewed programs and activities that will be available at the HYCC during April vacation.  Sandy Neck Beach Park Manager Nina Coleman talked with us about a whale walk and beach cleanup planned for the coming weekend.