Barnstable This Morning

On Monday morning’s “Barnstable This Morning” I talked with host Sarah Colvin about Barnstable’s plastic bag ban that will become effective on October 3, 2016. We also discussed an upcoming public hearing on proposed changes to mooring regulations. Watch the interview:  Town Website   YouTube




Rust Tide Detected in Three Bays

A rust tide, or cochlodinium, bloom has been detected in the Three Bays system of Cotuit and Osterville.  Division of Marine Fisheries shellfish project leader Thomas Shields tells us that while rust tide poses no threat to human health, it can have an impact on quahogs and other bivalves. The bloom is likely due to recent hot, windless weather. Our Marine & Environmental Affairs Division’s Natural Resources Program will continue to monitor the bloom.

A rust tide, or cochlodinium, bloom has been detected in the Three Bays system of Cotuit and Osterville.  Division of Marine Fisheries shellfish project leader Thomas Shields tells us that while rust tide poses no threat to human health, it can have an impact on quahogs and other bivalves. The bloom is likely due to recent hot, windless weather. Our Marine & Environmental Affairs Division’sNatural Resources Program will continue to monitor the bloom.

We talked with Natural Resource Officer Amy Croteau recently about this issue. View the interview:

Barnstable Lifeguards Win Championship

Congratulations to our Town of Barnstable lifeguards, crowned Champions of the Cape Cod Lifesaving Competiton, Non-Surf division. This year's competition was held on Thursday, August 18 at West Dennis Beach. Our hard working lifeguards are essential in protecting our beaches during the busy summer months.  




DPW Hurricane Preparedness Exercise

On Thursday, August 18, 2016, the 25th anniversary of “Hurricane Bob”, the senior leadership of the Department of Public Works (DPW) conducted a “table-top” Hurricane Exercise. A majority of the members of our DPW team, including Director Dan Santos and Assistant Director Rob Steen, have not been in their roles for a significant hurricane, so this exercise was designed to develop skills and begin the necessary planning in a controlled environment. 


The locally-developed scenario was based on a weak Category III hurricane making a direct hit on southeastern Massachusetts. The exercise began on the day prior to the hurricane coming ashore, and had a focus on all the competing demands that come in as the Town prepares for the storm. 


Through the exercise, our team learned best practices for dealing with issues, capturing the results into Standard Operating Procedures. We had an opportunity to learn what materials, equipment, and contracts we would want to have pre-staged or in place were a real storm to come up the coast. At a later date, DPW plans to exercise other portions of the scenario, including the height of the storm and the aftermath.



Remembering Bill Butler

Barnstable is mourning the loss of longtime Barnstable Public Schools legal counsel Bill Butler. Bill began work as in-house legal counsel for Barnstable Public Schools twelve years ago, following his legal work with multiple Cape schools, including Dennis-Yarmouth, Cape Cod Regional Technical High School, Mashpee Public Schools, the Barnstable Horace Mann Public Charter School, and Sturgis Public Charter School. Most recently, Bill served as our Interim Superintendent of Schools, bridging the gap between former Superintendent Dr. Mary Czajkowski and current Superintendent Meg Mayo-Brown. Bill was also very involved in the community and served as treasurer of the Centerville Library. Our thoughts are with Bill’s wife Beth, his children, and family.



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.



Public Input on Improvements to JFK Memorial

On Monday, August 15th a public meeting was held to solicit ideas regarding the restoration and renovation of the John F. Kennedy Memorial.  The 50th anniversary of the Memorial’s dedication was July 8, 2016.  Community Services Director Lynne Poyant and Town Engineer Roger Parsons were joined by Cheri Ruane, Vice President of Landscape Architecture for Weston & Sampson Environmental / Infrastructure Consultants.  Among the topics addressed were the existing conditions of the Memorial, the information provided by J. Paul Lanza (the original builder) during his visit, mechanical needs for the fountain, landscape and tour bus parking issues.  Ms. Ruane will return in a couple of months to present concept plans from the ideas and suggestions that were presented.  Another public meeting will be held at that time.


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 19, the Brian Sances Band brings its colorful blend of rock, funk, fusin, folk & jazz original and covers to Aselton Park. 6:00 – 7:30, Aselton Park, corner of South & Ocean Streets in Hyannis.


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 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


Coming Week: August 22-28

Barnstable (Light Blue): Metal and Beads by Kim Rumberger

Marstons Mills (Green): Ropework by Chris Letsche to blank marstons mills green, 2nd set

Centerville (Red): Photography by Kevin Bennett

Cotuit (Blue):  Metal, wood carving and paintings by Steven Christensen

Collage by Lynne Carreiro

Hyannis (Yellow): Jewelry by Leslie Spencer

West Barnstable (Dark Blue): Aimee Frigault




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Last week, we asked: 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?


This Week’s Question:   Email your answer here.