Barnstable This Morning

On Monday morning’s “Barnstable This Morning” I was interviewed by Channel 18 intern Sara Prygocki. Sara is attending Fitchburg State University, where she is studying business and film. Watch the interview: Town Website  YouTube



Beach Staffing Changes as Summer Comes to a Close

Summer is winding down and that means beach schedules are changing. Craigville Beach and Dowses Beach will have full service through Labor Day. Full service includes life guards, gate attendants and open bathhouses.  Veterans Beach, Kalmus Beach and Sea Street / Keyes Beach will have gate attendants and open bath houses through Labor Day. Those beaches will not have life guards beginning Saturday August 27th.  The last day for life guard services at Sandy Neck Beach will be Saturday August 27th.  Beginning Saturday August 27th there will be no gate staff, no lifeguards and closed bath houses at Millway Beach, Hathaway’s Pond, Loop Beach, Wequaquet Lake, Joshua’s Pond and Hamblin’s Pond.


Barnstable Mosquito Tests Positive for West Nile

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) announced today that West Nile Virus (WNV) has been detected in a mosquito sample collected from Barnstable. WNV was initially found in Massachusetts in 2000, and primarily affects birds. No birds or humans have tested positive so far this year. WNV is most commonly transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito. Residents are urged to take precaution to avoid mosquito bites. Be aware of peak mosquito hours from dusk to dawn, wear protective clothing, and apply insect repellant. You can also mosquito-proof your home by draining standing water and installing or repairing screens. Visit the MDPH website to learn more:


Household Hazardous Waste Collection: This Saturday

The Town of Barnstable Department of Public Works Solid Waste Division is holding a Household Hazardous Waste Collection at the Transfer Station, located at 45 Flint Street in Marstons Mills. Hazardous waste collections are FREE to all Barnstable residents.  Participants must have either a paid household trash sticker or free recycling sticker to participate.  Stickers are available during normal business hours at the transfer station, including on the collection day. Items such as non-latex paints, polishes and stains, yard chemicals, pool chemicals, cleaners, and auto fuels will be accepted. Click the link below for further details on acceptable items.


The hazardous waste collection will be held on Saturday, August 27, 2016 from 9:00 AM until noon.  Click here to learn more about the Household Hazardous Waste Collection.




Mooring Regulation Updates: Public Hearing Set for September 7

The Town of Barnstable’s Natural Resources Division along with the Waterways Committee have updated the Town’s mooring regulations. Existing regulations have been edited and updated with previously approved changes, deleting unneeded sections, and adding fees that have been previously approved. Click here to view the updates, past Waterways Committee meetings, and learn more. The public is invited to attend a hearing on the regulations, set for Wednesday, September 7 at 10:00 AM in the Town Hall Hearing Room.

Barnstable Fire District Issues Voluntary Outdoor Water Use Restrictions

The Massachusetts Drought Management Task Force has issued a Drought Advisory for the Cape and Islands. In response, the Barnstable Fire District has implemented a voluntary water conservation program. Residents are asked to implement the following water conservation restrictions:

1.       Water only when necessary. Do not water if rain is forecast, and install a rain sensor to prevent automatic sprinklers from operating after rain.

2.       Avoid outside watering between the hours of 6:00 AM and 6:00 PM. 

3.       Residents residing in homes on the odd numbered side of the street are asked to water lawns and gardens on odd numbered days only. Those in homes on the even sides of the streets are asked to water lawns and gardens on even numbered days only.

You may call the Barnstable Fire District Water Department at 508-362-6498 with any questions you may have.

One Bite can Change Your Life: Tick Talk on Channel 18

Barnstable County Cooperative Extension entomologist Larry Dapsis is on the forefront of tick research and tick bite prevention here on Cape Cod. Channel 18 paid a visit to Larry in his office behind the Cape Cod Organic Farm to discuss Powassan, the latest tick-borne illness to be discovered on Cape Cod, a new tick testing program, and ways in which you can prevent tick bites. Watch the interview: Town Website YouTube


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.


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.



Visit the HyArts Artist Shanties at Bismore Park, 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 28

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

Marstons Mills (Green):  Marlinespark (ropework) Chris Letsche

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): Hand-Sewn Items by Aimee Frigault


Coming Weekk: August 29 – September 4


Barnstable (Light Blue): Jewelry by Joyce Sullivan

Marstons Mills (Green):  Paintings by Ann DeRoches

Centerville (Red): JustJillToday Photography by Jill Ross

Cotuit (Blue):  Fabric Arts by Beverly Roberts

Osterville (Orange): Nautically Inspired items by Lauren Elias

Hyannis (Yellow): Jewelry by Gillian Hurrie

West Barnstable (Dark Blue):  Paintings by Gretchen Irving


Visit for more!





This Week’s Question:   Barnstable students will head back to school on Wednesday, August 31. What are your memories or favorite things about heading back to school?  Email your answer here.  



Barnstable This Morning

Week in Review

August 22-26, 2016


Monday, August 22, 2016


We aired a very special interview with Town Manager Mark Ells, conducted by our Barnstable This Morning intern Sara Prygocki. Energy Coordinator Richard Elrick talked with us about climate change trends and savings from Barnstable’s many renewable energy projects.  Cape Cod Community College Communications Director Michael Gross shared information about the beginning of the Fall semester at CCCC.


Tuesday, August 23, 2016


Chief of Police Paul MacDonald joined us on Monday to review Barnstable’s participation in the arrest of a man wanted on several drug charges.  Our Board, Committee and Commission Roundup reviewed the most recent Licensing Authority hearing. Cape and Islands State Senator Dan Wolf discussed the Paid Family and Medical Leave Act. Assistant Director of Public Works Rob Steen outlined a very successful hurricane preparedness exercise held recently at DPW headquarters.


Wednesday, August 24, 2016


Cape and Islands Workforce Investment Board Executive Director David Augustinho joined us live in studio to review the most recent jobs numbers for the region, and to discuss the Art Works program. We visited Cape Cod Cooperative Extension Entomologist Larry Dapsis to learn about the latest tick-borne illness discovered on Cape Cod, and what you can do to protect yourself. Director of Finance Mark Milne outlined revenues vs expenditures as part of a review of Fiscal 2016.


Thursday, August 25, 2016


Thursday morning’s Community Profile segment featured Brian Blair and Dr. Michael Dorsey, who are spearheading a program with Endicott College and CapeAbilities that offers a specialized master’s degree program on Cape Cod.  Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority Administrator Tom Cahir spoke with us about the RTA’s role in helping get certain students to school.  State Representative Randy Hunt outlined the State’s updated prescription monitoring program. We aired Part II of our interview with Cape Cod Cooperative Extension Entomologist Larry Dapsis, talking about tick bite prevention, testing, and more.


Friday, August 26, 2016


Our Fun Friday began with our Arts and Culture segment. Melissa Hersh interviewed the organizers of the upcoming Making Your Mark conference.  Hyannis Youth and Community Center General Manager Joe Izzo shared information about fall programs.  Director of Leisure Services Patti Machado talked with us about the dwindling numbers of lifeguards on our Town beaches.  Natural Resource Officer Sean Kortis had important information about terrapin hatching on Sandy Neck. Our Adoptable Pet Friday segment introduced us to adorable white rabbit Fluffy, ferret Tilly and cat Cruise.

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