Barnstable This Morning

Assistant Town Manager Mark Ells joined host Sarah Colvin on  Barnstable This Morning this week, and discussed the variety of ways in which residents can receive information about the Town and how to best communicate concerns and suggestions to Town leaders. View the interview: Town Website  YouTube





Assistant Town Manager Mark Ells Addresses Centerville Civic Association

On August 4, 2015 Assistant Town Manager Mark Ells was the guest speaker at the Centerville Civic Association’s annual meeting.  The topics presented included closing out the Fiscal 2015 Operating Budget, the Fiscal 2016 Capital and Operating budgets, coordination between schools and the town, planned renovations at the Craigville Beach bath house, recent improvements to the Centerville Community Center, status of Cross Street matter, and an update on the West Barnstable shooting range.


August 13th Town Council Meeting

During my Town Manager Communications at this week’s Town Council meeting, I covered several topics. The Hyannis Water System upgrades are in place. The Cape Cod Municipal Health Group is contemplating design changes. Assistant Town Manager Mark Ells provided an update on both the West Barnstable shooting range and implementation of ePermitting.  Director of Senior Services Madeline Noonan updated Councilors on the number of participants in the Adult Supportive Day program and marketing efforts to encourage more participation in the program.


Barnstable Wastewater Energy Recovery Pilot Project

At this week’s Town Council meeting, Director of Public Works Dan Santos described the pilot Wastewater Energy Recover Unit project. The project uses a heat exchange process utilizing wastewater to help heat and cool a building. The pilot unit is being installed at the Old Colony pumping station. The pilot will determine if it is economically feasible to utilize wastewater recovery to supplement the cooling needs of Town Hall and the School Administration Building.



Brazilian Radio Station Holds Ribbon Cutting at New Hyannis Studio

Cape Cod has a new radio station. Abru A Brasileria radio began broadcasting this week. The studio is located in the West End of Hyannis, on Main Street near the Brazilian Grill restaurant. The radio station will help reach the Brazilian community and will serve as an important source of information for listeners.  We look forward to working with this new radio station to help keep our Brazilian residents informed about important Town information.  There are an estimated 2,820 Brazilian-born people in Barnstable County.




Is It True, Judy?

We heard a report that Judy Walden Scarafile, President of the Cape Cod Baseball League, has announced her retirement. Judy has been such a strong force in the success of the League.  We know that her skills will be missed. Judy’s legacy as a leader in the management of the Cape League will endure long after her departure.


Sandy Neck Beach Cleanup

On Friday, August 7th, 70 students from the Providence Day School in Charlotte, North Carolina spent the morning cleaning up Sandy Neck Beach. The group traveled to Barnstable to conduct the cleanup in partnership with the Center for Coastal Studies. Director of Community Services Lynne Poyant greeted the group. The students worked from 8:00 AM until noon, and picked up over 3,000 items including cigarette butts, plastic bottle caps, and other marine debris.



Everyday Heroes Among Us in Osterville

 On Thursday, August 13th, a Black Hawk helicopter touched down at the Ostervile Bay Fields, to the delight of the crowd of residents gathered to watch it land. The event was coordinated by the Osterville Village Library as part of the “Everyday Heroes Among Us” series.



Barnstable Takes Top Prize at Cape Cod Lifesaving Competition

During the 2015 Cape Cod Lifesaving at Head of the Meadow Beach in Truro, lifeguards from across Cape Cod competed in a number of events, testing their swimming, running, agility, and lifesaving skills. Congratulations to our Town of Barnstable Lifeguards for again claiming first place in the non-surf division, and third place overall! Special thanks to Director of Leisure Services Patti Machado and Senior Lifeguard Tom Cundiff for all of their hard work coaching, training, and encouraging our aquatic staff.



Pops By The Sea 30th Anniversary

Thousands of people flocked to the Hyannis Village Green last Sunday for the quintessential summer event, POPS by the Sea. The Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra put on a phenomenal show, and the crowd had a wonderful time, despite grey weather. Special Guest Conductors Maury Povich, Connie Chung and Charlie Gibson were entertaining. We are already looking forward to next year!



ArtsBarnstable Weekend Highlights

“The only thing better than singing is more singing.” – Ella Fitzgerald. And singing you will hear, as the Provincetown Jazz Festival comes to the Cotuit Center for the Arts on Monday, August 17th. You may remember the talented Kate McGarry (who happens to be a Hyannis native) from her marvelous performance as part of our Barnstable @375 concert last September, and you’ll again get a chance to hear her croon as she joins husband Keith Ganz as just part of a stellar lineup at CCftA. Monday’s concert includes Fabiano deCastro, Mark Breel, Bruce Abbot, Ron Ornsby, and the ubiquitous Bart Weisman.


The more things change, the more they stay the same.  Barnstable’s changes through the years are receiving an artistic interpretation.  The Barnstable Historical Society and Cape Cod Art Association have teamed up for “Barnstable Then and Now”, in which artists have re-created scenes of Barnstable Village from both historic and modern perspectives. You have a chance to take a sneak peek during this week’s Barnstable Village Summer Stroll on Tuesday, August 18th. The full exhibit will be on display at the Cape Cod Art Association August 19 through the 25th.  While you’re in Barnstable Village, check out Sarah Swain and the Oh! Boys, performing a free concert on Tuesday night from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on the courthouse stage.


Go ask Alice – or, rather, go see “Alice” at the Guyer Barn on South Street in Hyannis. The latest twist from the New Classics Theater Company is based on “Through the Looking Glass” and “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll.  Greg Parker’s adaptation follows the fantastical adventures of a modern-day Alice and is sure to amaze and excite you. Performances August 13-15 and 20-22 at 7pm.


And don’t forget, West Barnstable is celebrating its Village Days Festival on Saturday, August 15th, a day full of fun, food, arts and crafts and so much more. Visit for more.



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Last week’s trivia question: Last week, we asked: Centerville Old Home Week has been celebrated since 1904. What motivated the organizers to begin this annual event? Old Home Week was a concept first brought to reality by New Hampshire governor Frank W. Rollins. “The purpose of this new festival, inaugurated in New Hampshire in the year 1899 and designated “Old Home Week,” was to win back, if possible, some of the wealth which the State, with its New England neighbors, had lavished on the newer parts of the country in the persons of sturdy, resourceful men and women. I had watched with grave consideration the decimation of our hill towns by drawing away of our brightest and best to fields where they thought they had a greater opportunity and it was in the endeavor to stop this loss and bring back some of those who had gone away that I hit upon the plan of “Old Home Week.” From “The Origin of Old Home Week”, by Gov. Frank W. Rollins.  In 1903, several Centerville residents joined together to create a similar celebration with a similar goal, and Centerville Old Home Week was born.


This week’s question: While the Hyannis Harbor Hawks, our hometown team, missed winning at McKeon Park this week, something relating to home teams happened in Major League Baseball this week for the first time in history. Do you know what occurred? Email your answer here.  



Barnstable This Morning

Week in Review

August 10-14, 2015


Monday August 10, 2015


Assistant Town Manager Mark Ells joined us live in studio Monday morning to discuss ways in which residents can communicate and receive feedback with Town departments and officials.  Interim Superintendent of Schools Bill Butler reviewed last Wednesday’s School Committee meeting, in which a timeline for the search for a new Superintendent was set, as was a projected salary range.  Energy Coordinator Richard Elrick provided an update on a number of energy related items, including performance of solar panels at the Barnstable Senior Center and a delay in installation of a waste water energy recovery unit in downtown Hyannis. Finally, Cape Cod Community College Communications Director Michael Gross talked with us about student success in summer courses.


Tuesday, August 11, 2015


Chief of Police Paul MacDonald led off Tuesday’s program with a positive review of Pops by the Sea and the annual Kids Day. Chief MacDonald also outlined the details of a drug bust that took place on Friday in Hyannis.  Our Community Profile segment featured Calmer Choice Board Chairman David Troutman, who discussed the important work Calmer Choice is doing in our schools.  Youth Commission Chair Brendan Clark talked with us about his work to try to help his peers stay away from dangerous drugs and other substances.  Director of Public Works Dan Santos talked to us about ongoing work renovating and improving the interior of Barnstable Town Hall.


Wednesday, August 12, 2015


Our Business Barnstable segment this week featured Barnstable County Register of Deeds Jack Meade, who shared information about the July 2015 recording statistics.  Director of Regulatory Services Richard Scali outlined details of the morning’s Licensing Authority hearing.  We welcomed Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency Public Information Officer Peter Judge to the studio to discuss hurricane preparedness tactics.  Director of Finance Mark Milne provided an update on Community Preservation Fund expenditures.


Thursday, August 13, 2015


We began Thursday’s show at Olde Barnstable Fairgrounds, where Head PGA Golf Professional Merry Holway played a hole of golf with host Sarah Colvin.  MassBike Cape & Islands Chapter President Rob Miceli reviewed important bicycling safety tips and maintenance routines.  2nd Barnstable State Representative Brian Mannal talked with us about a move to try to further eliminate poaching in Massachusetts. Town Council President Jessica Rapp Grassetti previewed the evening’s Town Council meeting.


Friday, August 14, 2015


Our Arts & Culture segment led off Friday’s show. This week, we visited with the ladies behind Love Yoga Fest, taking place this weekend at Aselton Park. Next, we headed out to the beach to visit with Director of Leisure Services Patti Machado, on the site of the 2015 Cape Cod Lifesaving Competition, this year held at beautiful Head of the Meadow beach in Truro.  Hyannis Youth and Community Center General Manager Joe Izzo stopped by to update us on the activities and events planned at the HYCC.



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