Barnstable This Morning

On Monday morning’s “Barnstable This Morning” I talked with host Sarah Colvin about the successful Unity Day event held on the Village Green last Friday, and reviewed a funding request from the Department of Public Works to construct a structure to shelter the carbon filtration systems at the Mary Dunn wellfields.  Watch the interview:  Town Website   YouTube



Barnstable Gathers Together for Successful Unity Day

Hundreds of people gathered on the Village Green on Friday, August 5 for “Barnstable Unity Day: A Community Celebration of our Community”. 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 coordinated the event. Hundreds of people from all backgrounds and walks of life played together, danced together, and ate together on the Village Green. We are already looking forward to the next event!



Centerville Old Home Week

On Tuesday night, Chief of Police Paul Mac Donald and I attended the annual Centerville Civic Associate meeting.  The meeting was well attended and we had a positive discussion about Centerville and the Town.  The Civic Association presented scholarships to two students and recognized Tom and Christine Bednark, owners of Barnstable Bat. Town Councilors Will Crocker and Fred Chirigotis were in attendance. The meeting is part of Centerville Old Home Week and included strawberry shortcake! Centerville Old Home Week continues - tonight, the South Congregational Church holds a Lobster Dinner from 5 to 7. Enjoy the Cape Cod African Drum and Dance on Chip’s Lawn, 9 Park Ave. The Centerville Historical Museum’s 11th Annual Yard Sale is held from 9 to 3 on Saturday. At 6:30, head to Craigville Beach for the Fire Department Foam Demonstration, and at 7:00 the Moonlighters will play the best in Rock, R&B, Soul, Classics and Blues, followed by the traditional Centerville Old Home Week bonfire! The Centerville Library’s annual Ice Cream Social is from 5 to 7 on Sunday.

Click here for a full listing of Centerville Old Home Week events!


Students Assist in Beach Cleanup

This morning, students from Providence Day School in Charlotte, North Carolina, worked with CARE for the Cape & Islands and the Center for Coastal Studies to remove trash and plastic from both the Bodfish Public Beach and the Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) Beach. This is the third year Providence Day School has participated in the program. This year, they picked up over 5,000 items (much of it was cigarette butts) as well as plastic, bottle caps, etc. We are grateful to Jill Talladay of CARE for the Cape & Islands and Jesse Mechling of the Center for Coastal Studies for helping to keep Sandy Neck beautiful.



Request for Proposals: Hyannis Armory

A Request for Proposals for the Hyannis Armory Building is now open for bid. The Armory is located on South Street in Hyannis. A lease term of up to 30 years is being offered including all options. A formal site visit will be held on August 31, 2016 at 10:00 AM. Other visits to the facility may be scheduled by contacting David Anthony at 508-862-4652. Responses are due on September 23, 2016 at 2:00 PM in the Office of the Chief Procurement Officer, 230 South Street, Hyannis MA. Click here to view the full RFP and associated documents.



JFK Memorial Renovation Project

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.  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.


Interview with an Intern

This morning, I had the opportunity to be interviewed by Barnstable This Morning intern Sara Prygocki. Sara will soon be heading back to school at Fitchburg State University, where she is studying business and film. She is an aspiring film producer that hopes to someday work for Disney. Watch for Sara’s interview with me on our August 22, 2016 episode of Barnstable This Morning.


High Water Mark Sign Initiative

Cape Cod Cooperative Extension, with the help of AmeriCorps Cape Cod, implemented the High Water Mark Initiative to improve awareness of flooding on Cape Cod and contribute to the Community Rating System process. High Water Mark signs will be installed at 22 locations along the coasts of Barnstable, Mashpee, Provincetown, and Yarmouth. The signs show the highest recorded water levels at their location, from either the Blizzard of 1978 or Hurricane Bob in 1991. There are a few signs that simply show the Base Flood Elevation from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Flood Insurance Rate Maps, which shows the expected level of flooding from a storm at that location - the level used to set flood insurance rates.  The signs were funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency with the assistance of the Cape Cod Cooperative Extension to improve public awareness. High water mark signs are in place in Barnstable at the Cape Cod Maritime Museum, Bismore Park Building, Sea Street Beach, Craigville Beach Bathhouse, Cotuit Town Dock and Millway Beach Bath House.




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


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 in the Hyannis HyArts Cultural District!


Tonight, Friday August 12, visit Aselton Park to enjoy 60s to current covers with Allen McGarry & Friends! Aselton Park: 6:00 – 7:30 PM.


Saturday, August 13, LoveLiveLocal Singer Songwriter Spotlight Series will feature fiddle and acoustic guitar duo Sparrow Blue, performing from 6:30 – 7:30 PM at the HyArts Artist Shanties at Bismore Park. Sparrow Blue is Todd Nickerson, a founding member of the Americana band 6 East, and Katy Bock, a violinist and fiddler who performs with a number of local bands including Girls, Guns and Glory, CrabGrass Bluegrass Band, and 6 East.



Sunday, August 14 The Arts Foundation of Cape Cod presents the annual Pops By The Sea! Head to the Village Green at 1pm for the pre-show, led by local DJ Ian Sinnetti.  The pre-show will include performances from Cla Da Bossa Nova, Michael Gabriel, Cape Cod African Dance and Drum, and Alex Becrelis.  The Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra begins its performance at 5pm. This year’s guest conductor is The Blue Man Group! Visit for more information and to purchase tickets.



Head to Aselton Park on August 16 for the final Tuesdays at Twilight. Join Marcia Wytrawl & Friends for jazz/blues/contemporary music.  6:00 – 7:30 PM.


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 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


Coming Week: August 15-21

Barnstable (Light Blue): Jewelry by Marcia Simpson

Marstons Mills (Green):  Paintings by Leslie Altman

Centerville (Red): Photography by Thomas Bollinger

Cotuit (Blue):  Handprinted items by Jane Baker / Hand-blown artwork by Isabel Green

Osterville (Orange): Woodcarving by Richard Wright

Hyannis (Yellow): Jewelry by Elisa Sullivan

West Barnstable (Dark Blue): Pottery by Harriet Zabusky-Zand


Visit for more!





Last week, we asked: Work to renovate the JFK Memorial on Ocean Street will soon begin. Where did the builder find the stones used to create the memorial?    Oliver Cipollini, Jr of Marstons Mills answered correctly – the stones were found in North Falmouth.


This Week’s Question:   Pops By The Sea is taking place this Sunday on the Village Green. Who was the very first guest conductor for Pops By The Sea? Email your answer here.  





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Barnstable This Morning

Week in Review

August 8-12, 2016


Monday, August 8, 2016


Town Manager Mark Ells joined us live in studio Monday to discuss the Hyannis water system, the work of the Homeless committee, and a recap of Unity Day.  Energy Coordinator Richard Elrick provided an update on solar energy production and reviewed plans for improvement at the Transfer Station.  Cape Cod Community College Communications Director Michael Gross discussed $40,000 in state funding that will help pay for the College’s STEM efforts.


Tuesday, August 9, 2016


Chief of Police Paul MacDonald previewed Kids Day and discussed a number of recent incidents in town.  Arts Foundation of Cape Cod Executive Director Julie Wake previewed Pops by the Sea 2016.  Director of Public Works Dan Santos outlined a request for funding for the construction of buildings to shelter the carbon filtration systems in place at the Mary Dunn wellfields.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016


Bert Jackson, Director of Community Outreach for the Blue Economy joined us live on Wednesday morning to discuss efforts to increase our region’s year-round economy by tapping into jobs and businesses that connect with the ocean.  Town Clerk Ann Quirk reviewed the Inactive Voter List. Assistant Director of Senior Services Donna Burns reviewed a number of events taking place at the Senior Center.  Deputy Finance Director Gareth Markwell reviewed the school budget for the previous fiscal year.


Thursday, August 11, 2016


We began Thursday’s program with a trip to Barnstable High School for the annual Kids Day celebration. Next, we talked with Cape and Islands State Senator Dan Wolf, who reviewed the end of the formal legislative session. We also wished the Senator a Happy Birthday!  5th Barnstable State Representative Randy Hunt joined us to discuss recently passed legislation pertaining to ride-sharing services Uber and Lyft.  Finally, Town Council President Jessica Rapp Grassetti reviewed the orders of the day for the evening’s Town Council meeting.


Friday, August 12, 2016


Our fun Friday show began with our Arts & Culture segment. This week, we met artist and photographer Don Parkinson. Hyannis Youth and Community Center General Manager Joe Izzo talked with us about ways to cool off at the HYCC. Natural Resource Officer Amy Croteau had interesting information about red tide and rust tide. Our Adoptable Pet Friday segment introduced us to Snowflake the Bunny, Mr. Moustache the tuxedo kitten, and bonded Lhasa Apso pair Baxter and Gracie.

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