Barnstable This Morning

On Monday morning’s “Barnstable This Morning”, I talked with host Sarah Colvin about the search for an Assistant Town Manager, which is currently underway. I also outlined the upcoming Request for Proposals for the Armory Building on South Street, and previewed Unity Day, taking place this afternoon at 4:00 on the Village Green. Read on for more details on all of these items.  Watch the interview:  Town Website   YouTube


Unity Day to be Celebrated on the Hyannis Village Green (TODAY!)

 “Barnstable Unity Day: A Community Celebration of our Community” will be held this afternoon, Friday August 5 on the Hyannis Village Green, from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM. Brothers Andre and Jesse Barboza came up with the idea as a way to react in a positive way to what Jesse calls a “national disconnect between minority communities and the police.” The Barboza brothers, along with Chief of Police Paul MacDonald and others have coordinated the event. It will include a cookout, a concert, speakers, face painting and bounce houses for children, a dunk tank, and more. The goal of Unity Day is to have a community celebration that focuses on the positive and to show unity. All are welcome and encouraged to attend, and as Jesse told Town Council last month, to “turn off the TV, turn off the negativity, and understand that we are all in it together.”


Red Lily Pond Project Association Annual Meeting

On Sunday evening, Director of Public Works Dan Santos and I attended the Red Lily Pond Project Association’s annual meeting.  We discussed water quality issues and the status of the Town’s 208 Water Quality Plan efforts.  We were followed by a presentation concerning a planned project to restore water quality and fish passage at Lake Elizabeth and Red Lily Pond.  As in past projects, the Town will work with the Red Lily Pond Project Association on this effort.


Barnstable Bags It: Plastic Bag Ban to Begin This October

In an effort to promote sustainability and to protect our environment, Barnstable will be enacting a ban on thin-film plastic bags, effective Monday, October 3, 2016. Bags with a thickness of 3 mils or less (or, 0.003 inches) will be banned from use. Businesses are encouraged to offer re-usable or paper bags, and consumers are encouraged to bring their own bags when shopping.

Learn more about the Barnstable Bags It initiative:

                       Single-Use Plastic Carry-Out  Regulation      FAQ       Exemption Form

John F. Kennedy Memorial Restoration Project Begins with Public Input

An effort will soon be underway to restore the historic John F. Kennedy Memorial on Ocean Street in Hyannis.


Built in 1966, the Memorial is now fifty years old. Restoration of the Memorial is planned to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the birth of John F. Kennedy. This week, J. Paul Lanza, the man who built the memorial, visited the site along with JFK Memorial Trust Fund Committee members, Town staff and consultants, who will help shape the plans for restoration.


You have an opportunity to learn more and to share your thoughts on the restoration project. A public meeting will be held on Monday, August 15, 2016 at 7:00 PM in the Barnstable Town Hall Hearing Room.  The meeting will include an introduction to the project and an opportunity for public input. Weston & Sampson Environmental / Infrastructure Consultants have been selected as the consultants for this project.




Barnstable Dog Park Moving Forward

Barnstable’s Dog Park is moving forward! That was the theme of a meeting held Thursday evening at Town Hall, as Michael Dodson, Consultant from Camp, Dresser, McKee, Smith spoke to a group of interested dog owners.


Dodson was introduced by Roger Parsons, Chief Engineer for the Town. Mr. Dodson noted that funding for the new park will be provided by a foundation from Cambridge, Massachusetts and that the Thursday meeting was intended to hear from our citizens about the plan and ask questions.


The Stanton Foundation has agreed to give the town up to $200,000 in construction costs for the park to be built on one acre of land on Phinney’s Lane near  Hathaway’s Pond.


Members of the “Barnstable Dog Park Committee” include Barbara Cappelina, Elaine Grace, Barb Chester, Hilary Sandler, Nancy Asselin, Mary Bassing, John Cappelina, Leanne Jaques, Demi Kapolis, and Bud Bassing.




Job Opening: Assistant Town Manager

The Town of Barnstable is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Assistant Town Manager. The second-in-command is a key member of the senior leadership team, and serves as liaison between town officials, employees, and citizens. The position assists the Town Manager in implementing programs and establishing policy directives. The Town is seeking a candidate who has knowledge of public administration and strong skills in planning, directing, and administering municipal programs. Click here to view the job posting.



Hyannis Parking Study Ongoing

The Town of Barnstable is undertaking a comprehensive study of parking supply, utilization, and management in Downtown Hyannis. With its walkable downtown, vibrant restaurants, thriving local businesses and high-speed ferry service, Hyannis is both a vibrant local economic hub and a major regional gateway to the Cape and Islands. This success has significant benefits, but also poses challenges. The Town benefits from huge numbers of seasonal visitors and economic development potential but must also balance economic growth with the year-round needs of local businesses and residents. A well-managed, flexible parking system can support these needs. This study effort aims to maintain the economic vibrancy of Downtown Hyannis while ensuring safety, improving mobility and addressing residents' concerns. Your input is key as the 10-month study progresses.  Click here for details and to take the Hyannis Parking Survey.



Let music and art fill your weekend!


Tonight, Friday August 5, treat yourself to the blues-driven Americana and soulful lyrics of singer songwriter Schuyler Grant.

Aselton Park, 6:30 – 7:00 PM.



Saturday, August 6, LoveLiveLocal Singer Songwriter Spotlight Series will feature singer-songwriter Jake Bautista, performing from 6:30 – 7:30 PM at the HyArts Artist Shanties at Bismore Park.


Love Yoga Fest will take over Aselton Park this weekend. Saturday August 6 and Sunday August 7. Passes are available for the whole weekend, each day, or separate events. The Wellness Village is open to the public from 11 am to 5 pm each day, and a FREE community yoga class will be held at 1:45 on Saturday.



Head to Aselton Park for Tuesdays at Twilight Join Marcia Wytrawl & Friends for jazz/blues/contemporary music. 6:30 – 7:30 PM, each Tuesday night in August.


And of course, the HyArts Artist Shanties at Bismore Park are open seven days a week from 11:00 AM until at least 8:00 PM.  Browse among the seven colorful shanties featuring local artists and artisans who work and sell their wares right from their “seaside studios”.  Artwork varies and artists change weekly.


This Weekend: Through August 7

Barnstable (Light Blue):  Jewelry by Ann Hanson /Pottery by Pat Kelly

Marstons Mills (Green): Paintings by Robert Carter

Centerville (Red): Photography by John Whitmarsh

Cotuit (Blue):  Fabric arts by Margo Sherman

Osterville (Orange): Paintings by Cris Riverdy

Hyannis (Yellow): Photography by Mary Taylor

West Barnstable (Dark Blue): Felted Sculpture by Kathleen Kortis


Coming Week: August 8-14

Barnstable (Light Blue): Paper arts by Adriana Rossi

Marstons Mills (Green): Handmade Artisan Soaps by Jacquie McEvoy

Centerville (Red): Paintings by Tony Donovan / Photography by John Whitmarsh

Cotuit (Blue): Soft Sculpture Art by Anne Tochka

Osterville (Orange): Paintings by Michael Marrinan

Hyannis (Yellow): Jewelry by Carolyn Ferrel

West Barnstable (Dark Blue): Pottery by Laurie Goldman


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Last week, we asked: We received a flood of correct answers for last week’s question!  Deb K, Margaret S, Susan M, and Barbara O, and many others knew that Charles Bilezikian and his wife established the Christmas Tree Shopss!


This Week’s Question: Work to renovate the JFK Memorial on Ocean Street will soon begin. Where did the builder find the stones used to create the memorial?    Email your answer here.  




Barnstable This Morning is the Town’s daily live news broadcast. Tune in to Barnstable (Comcast) Channel 18 each weekday morning at 8:00 AM for news, interviews, and information!!


Barnstable This Morning

Week in Review

August 1-5, 2016


Monday, August 1, 2016


Town Manager Mark Ells joined us live in studio Monday morning to discuss the now open position of Assistant Town Manager, a request for proposals for the Armory building, and the planned Unity Day celebration. We welcomed Superintendent of Schools Meg Mayo Brown to our studios for the first time. Meg outlined her plan for becoming acquainted with our Town and school district.  Cape Cod Community College Communications Director Michael Gross shared with us information about ongoing construction and improvements at the College’s West Barnstable campus, and to discuss registration for the upcoming Fall semester.


Tuesday, August 2, 2016


Chief of Police Paul MacDonald began our show on Tuesday with a discussion about a search warrant that netted an arrest in Barnstable Village, a stabbing on Hiramar Road in Hyannis, and the upcoming Unity Day celebration planned for the Hyannis Village Green this Friday.  Town Clerk Ann Quirk discussed the inactive voter list.  State Representative Tim Whelan outlined the end of the formal legislative session, noting funding for training at the Fire Academy and an effort to increase renewable energy.


Wednesday, August 3, 2016


Hyannis Main Street Business Improvement District head Elizabeth Wurfbain joined us live on the phone Wednesday morning. Elizabeth reports that business is booming on Main Street, and the Barnstable Police Department’s new Community Services officers have been making a big impact downtown.  Mass Bike Cape and Islands Chapter President Rob Miceli discussed important bicycle safety information. Barnstable Director of Property and Risk Management David Anthony outlined his role as the Town’s representative to the Cape Light Compact.


Thursday, August 4, 2016


Thursday’s program began with an interview with Andre Barboza, one of the founders of this Friday’s Barnstable Unity Day. Next, Barnstable County Register of Deeds Jack Meade discussed real estate action for Barnstable Couny in June.  State Representative Brian Mannal discussed the end of the formal legislative session. Director of Regulatory Services Richard Scali talked with us about Barnstable’s plastic bag ban, which will go into effect in October.


Friday, August 5, 2016


This week’s Arts & Culture segment featured Arts Foundation of Cape Cod Executive Director Julie Wake, who discussed the upcoming Pops by the Sea event.  Director of Leisure Services Patti Machado talked to us about a number of events occurring in town this weekend. Animal Control Officer Charlie Lewis updated us on an increase in animal control coverage in Barnstable, a note about dogs on the beach, and important information about fox and coyote. Our Adoptable Pet Friday segment introduced us to Brittany the 4-month old kitten, Baby the 2-year old Chihuahua, and Nibs, a 4 year old grey male cat.

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