Barnstable This Morning

On Barnstable This Morning co-host Sarah Colvin and I discussed the merits of becoming a “Compact Community”. The Compact Community process is a voluntary, mutual agreement, between Governor Charlie Baker’s office and individual cities and towns. Barnstable has agreed to implement two best practices selected from a wide variety of areas.  The Commonwealth will offer incentives to Compact Communities including earning extra points on certain grants. View the interview: Town Website  YouTube


Community Compact Cabinet: Application Submitted

On Monday I electronically submitted Barnstable’s Community Compact Cabinet application to the State’s Division of Local Services. The Community Compact Cabinet is a voluntary, mutual agreement that puts enrolled cities and towns in a better position to receive incentives and grant funding.  Once approved by the State, both the Commonwealth and the Town will enter into a written agreement. Under this agreement the Town agrees to complete our “best practices” within two years. Barnstable submitted two Best Practices. The first is an effort to increase financial transparency, using software that allows citizens to electronically track municipal revenue and expenses. The second is the creation of a Housing Production Plan (HPP) that will build on the Housing Needs Assessment completed last year.


Meeting with Board of Health Chair

Board of Health Chair Dr. Wayne Miller stopped by this week to discuss the recent work of his board. The Board of Health is required to enforce numerous local and state regulations in a consistent and fair manner.  We appreciate the many hours worked by the Board of Health to ensure public safety.  Last year alone the Board coordinated over 6,000 inspections of restaurants, swimming pools, retail stores, motels, and other facilities.


Meeting with Chair of Disability Commission

I met with Disability Commission Chair Sheila Mulcahy for an update. We discussed the new handicap-accessible ramp at Loop Beach in Cotuit, handicapped parking compliance, and the consistency of handicapped parking signs throughout Town. Sheila left a copy of Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations. The Disability Commission is a volunteer group that has actively worked to increase accessibility for our residents.


Erosion Control Funding Coming to Barnstable

Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Matthew Beaton and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito announced the Town of Barnstable has been awarded $148,000 from the Coastal Community Resilience Grant Program. The program is administered by the Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM). Secretary Beaton paid a visit to Sandy Neck Beach this winter to view the erosion first hand and to listen to suggested solutions from elected officials and engineers.  This grant funding will enable the Town to explore various design alternatives for addressing the severe erosion and primary dune loss that has occurred at Sandy Neck Beach Park following Super storm Sandy in October 2012.




Conducting the Barnstable Town Band

This Wednesday, I had the pleasure of wielding the baton to conduct the Barnstable Town Band. The Band has entertained on the Village Green every Wednesday throughout the summer, and next Wednesday is the final concert of the season. Last week’s concert featured the Best of the Beatles, Frank Sinatra, and even the Hokey Pokey, mixed in with traditional band marches.  My granddaughter Ella Hunt sang the National Anthem and led the group in the Hokey Pokey. Conductor Pat Riley does a great job leading the band and engaging the audience. All summer concertgoers have been asked to fill out a form indicating their favorite parts of the performance. The final Town Band performance is Wednesday, August 26th, 7:00 PM, Hyannis Village Green.




Leisure Program Talent Show

The Hyannis Village Green was once again filled with music, dancing and laughter as the Recreation Division’s Leisure Program brought their Talent Show to the Village Green this week.  Recreation Program Coordinator Michelle Davies coordinated the 400 children and 70 camp counselors representing the five Leisure Program locations.  The annual event is a real treat for Town Hall and School Administration Building employees – many of whom take their lunch outside to enjoy the festivities.

Watch video from the Talent Show: Town Website  You Tube




Fun Fact: Sandy Neck Water Temperature

Staff provides a variety of information about Sandy Neck Beach for summer guests and residents alike. Up to date information on tide tables, sunset times and beach conditions help make beachgoers’ experience as enjoyable as possible.


One of the most popular bits of information provided is the temperature of the water. As they pass by the gatehouse, visitors stop to look at the chalkboard, updated daily with “John’s” water temperature. The water temperature is provided by two West Barnstable residents who come to swim at the beach almost every day. John Carafoli, internationally known food stylist and author of “Cape Cod Chef’s Table”, and his partner, John Murelle, professional singer and voice teacher have been the “official” water temperature readers for the last 4 years, and we hope they will continue for many years to come.



ArtsBarnstable Weekend Highlights

 Whether you bet on the red or on the black, you can be sure that you’ll have fun and support the Marstons Mills Library. On Friday, August 28th, Liberty Hall will be transformed into a casino, complete with poker, blackjack and roulette. Play these games and more as part of Charity Casino Night to benefit the Marstons Mills Public Library. Quench your thirst at the cash bar with the fabulous Millbilly Margarita. The fun begins at 7:00 PM. Miss Lori is providing child care at the library during the event! Visit for more information and to purchase tickets!


The collection of U.S. minister, photographer, artist and antiquarian Wallace Nutting will be on display at the Cahoon Museum through October 11th with an opening reception on Thursday, August 27th from 5:30 to 7:00 PM. Primarily known for his hand-colored photographs, Wallace Nutting’s creations also include furniture and iron work. View these extraordinary pieces in the exhibit entitled Wallace Nutting and the Colonial Revival Movement: Works from the Collection of Kenneth & Sharon Lacasse through October 11th at the Cahoon Museum’s temporary home in Mashpee Commons.


Boogie to the beats of bluesman extraordinaire George Gritzbach as he and his band take the stage at Aselton Park TONIGHT from 6:00 to 7:30 PM. Next Friday is the final Friday concert of the summer series, and it will be a funky Friday you don’t want to miss, as powerhouse Funktapuss will send the series off in style. LoveListenLocal this Saturday night at the HyArts Artist Shanties – Catie Flynn is the featured songstress at Bismore Park on Saturday, August 22nd.  She’ll be entertaining from 6:30 to 7:30 at the shanties. And don’t forget to love your local: Love Local Fest returns to Aselton Park on Sunday, August 30.



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Last week’s trivia question:: Last week, we asked: 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?  We weren’t able to stump eNews reader Michael C. – he knew that for the first time in history, all home teams won. Michael also passed along some interesting trivia of his own, writing that he remembers when Osterville had a Cape League team and played on a field between Eel River Road and Wianno’s 8th hole.  


This week’s question:  Main Street Hyannis has been the home of a historic English Beech tree for many years. Legend has it the tree has historic ties. When was the tree planted and for what reason? Email your answer here.  



Barnstable This Morning

Week in Review

August 17-21, 2015


Monday, August 17, 2015


Town Manager Tom Lynch joined us live in studio Monday morning to discuss the Community Compact Cabinet, and the best practices that Barnstable will be submitting.  It’s time to think about Back to School, and Interim Superintendent of Schools Bill Butler joined us to preview a number of back-to-school events taking place throughout the district.  We talked with Osterville Village Library Director Susan Belekewicz about a variety of activities going on at the library.  Finally, Tammi Jacobsen of the Workforce Education Resource Center previewed an information session for the Home Health Aid course, a free mindfulness meditation program for professionals, and a free session geared towards building your business online.


Tuesday, August 18, 2015


Barnstable Chief of Police Paul MacDonald talked with us Tuesday morning about continuing issues surrounding the local homeless population. Next, we went to Head of the Meadow Beach to watch our Barnstable lifeguards compete in the 41st annual Cape Cod Lifesaving Competition. Cape and Islands State Senator Dan Wolf shared information about the Massachusetts Housing Partnership and the Rural Policy Advisory Commission that is being formed on the State level.  Director of Public Works Dan Santos had an update on the wastewater energy recovery unit pilot program and a preview of fall road work projects.


Wednesday, August 19, 2015


Town Clerk Ann Quirk joined us on Wednesday morning for a discussion on election information. Director of Growth Management Jo Anne Miller Buntich had details on the Housing Production Plan, Community Development Block Grant funds, and changes at the Southwind Plaza in Hyannis.  Director of Veterans Services Ed Merigan joined us for our monthly Veterans segment. Director of Finance Mark Milne had details on a plan to bring more transparency to government spending.


Thursday, August 20, 2015


Thursday’s program began with our weekly Golf segment. Hyannis Golf Club PGA Professional Jesse Schectman discussed the finer points of golf etiquette.  Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority Administrator Tom Cahir shared information about a number of projects slated for funding through the Transportation Improvement Plan.  5th Barnstable State Representative Randy Hunt discussed business and economic development on Cape Cod. Len Gobeil sat down with Hyannis Harbor Hawks President Brad Pfeifer to review a fantastic 2015 Cape League season.


Friday, August 21, 2015


Our weekly Arts & Culture segment took us inside the JFK Hyannis Museum to learn more about the new exhibit Jack and Bobby: Brothers First.  We took you inside the Leisure Program’s 2015 Talent Show, held on Wednesday, August 19 on the Village Green in Hyannis.  Hyannis Youth and Community Center Marketing Manager Amy Harwood previewed upcoming events at the HYCC. Sandy Neck Beach Park Manager Nina Coleman had the latest updates from Sandy Neck Beach.




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