Barnstable This Morning

On Barnstable This Morning I talked with host Sarah Colvin about a pair of coastal resiliency grants that will help pave the way for future erosion control solutions at Sandy Neck. View the interview: Town Website  YouTube





Addressing Homeless Issues

This week, I met with Barnstable Chief of Police Paul MacDonald, Housing Assistance Corporation (HAC) Executive Director Rick Presbrey, and HAC Board member Sue Rohrbach to discuss homeless issues in Hyannis. We discussed the NOAH Shelter day center programming and a possible relocation of the shelter. I brought up the need for outreach workers to meet with homeless individuals and try to get them into programs or safe housing. We agreed Hyannis is shouldering the major burden of the region’s homeless and that there is a need for Cape-wide solutions.


Hyannis Business Improvement District Meeting

Hyannis Main Street Business Improvement District (BID) Executive Director Elizabeth Wurfbain visited this week to review a number of issues on Main Street, Hyannis.  In addition to discussing homeless issues, we talked about store façade improvements, the possibility of adding up-lighting to trees along the street, improvements to the East End, and trash-pick up and parking concerns.  The Main Street stores and restaurants have been very busy this summer, accompanied by lots of entertainment and events along the street for residents and visitors to enjoy.


Barnstable Police Department Promotion Process Begins

On Wednesday I met with Barnstable Police Deputy Chief Matthew K. Sonnabend and Deputy Chief Sean E. Balcom regarding the promotional process to fill vacant lieutenant positions. Due to retirements and other promotions, three lieutenant positions are open. Working from the current civil service list, the interview and hiring process is expected to take several months.


JFK Museum Foundation, Inc.

John F. Kennedy Museum Executive Director John Allen and Richard Neitz, President of the John F. Kennedy Museum Foundation came in Thursday to discuss plans to create an exhibit in the front lobby of the Armory building on South Street in Hyannis. The exhibit will commemorate the historic JFK Presidential Acceptance Speech in 1960. The Armory is a part of the Kennedy Legacy Walking Trail and an important part of the history of the Kennedy presidency here in Hyannis. Additional discussions will be held with the Community Preservation Committee and our legal staff.


Back to School: Opening Day Convocation for School Department Staff

Time for teachers, time for books – school begins in the Town of Barnstable on Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015. Teachers and staff return on Monday.  Interim Superintendent of Schools Bill Butler will deliver welcoming remarks to school department personnel on Monday morning in the Barnstable High School Performing Arts Center.  I am pleased to be one of the speakers along with School Committee Chair Margeaux Weber and Barnstable Teachers Association President Brooke Styche. The event includes a presentation on the Massachusetts Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) by Dr. Stevan Kukic, Director of School Transformation for the National Center for Learning Disabilities.


State Grants will Help Erosion Control

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. An additional $157,900 grant will be shared between Barnstable and Sandwich. Together, the towns will study the volume, rate and direction of sand moving along the shoreline from the Cape Cod Canal to the easterly side of Barnstable Harbor. This data will help inform the design, evaluation and implementation of regional shoreline management efforts. 


Town Council: September 3rd, 2015 Agenda Set

Town Council will meet on Thursday, September 3, 2015. Several public hearings will be held during the meeting on items which may be acted upon. Residents will have a chance to share thoughts on the creation of a Water Resources Advisory Board, a Community Preservation Fund requests for the Old Town Hall on Main Street Hyannis, a Community Preservation Fund request for the acquisition and preservation of affordable housing at Founders Court in Hyannis.  Also scheduled are public hearings on a proposed ban on single-use plastic bags and on a proposed ordinance that would ban the sale of synthetic marijuana, also known as “spice”.

Sail Cape Cod Hosts Dedication Ceremony for New Adaptive Sailboat

An 18’ sailboat, specially retrofitted with custom made sails and modular harnessed seating in both skipper and crew positions is now afloat. On Tuesday, August 25th at the Gary Brown Boat Ramp in Hyannis, Sail Cape Cod dedicated the ‘Lila’, its new adaptive sailboatand flagship of its SeaLegs program. The vessel is designed to be a stable sailing platform for sailors with disabilities and to provide better access to the steering and sail trimming functions. Funding for the adaptive sailboat was provided with support from the Lyndon Paul Lorusso Charitable Foundation. The boat is named in honor of Lyndon’s mother, the late Mrs. Lila Lorusso. With cooperation from the Town of Barnstable, Sail Cape Cod also installed a portable Hoyer style lift at the Gary Brown Boat Ramp dock to accommodate sailors in need of special boarding assistance from wheelchair to boat. Funding for the lift was provided through a grant from Rockland Trust. according to SCC President, Mike Trovato: “With the addition of this new equipment, the ‘SeaLegs’ program has now expanded to include individuals with physical disabilities, allowing even greater access to sailing for those who otherwise would not be able to enjoy the sport due to various physical barriers.”

View video coverage of Sail Cape Cod’s dedication: Town Website  YouTube

The Love Local Fest returns to Aselton Park this Sunday, August 30th. Created as a celebration of local arts and culture on Cape Cod, the Love Local Fest includes live, local performers, children’s activities, and a vast array of local artisans and vendors. Food trucks are also on hand. The Love Local Fest takes place on Sunday, August 30 from 11am to dusk. Visit for more information.


ArtsBarnstable Weekend Highlights

The Hyannis HyArts Summer Sound Concert Series at Aselton Park is ending on a funky high note tonight, with a performance from powerhouse Funktapuss. Feel free to bring your chairs, but you won’t need them, because the band will without a doubt have you on your feet and dancing. LoveListenLocal on Saturday night at the HyArts Shanties. Jordan Renzi is the featured songstress at Bismore Park on Saturday, August 29th  Jordan will be entertaining from 6:30 to 7:30. And don’t forget to love your local: Love Local Fest returns to Aselton Park this Sunday, August 30.


In the Barnstable Village Cultural District, Jonathan Way will present “Eastern Coyotes”, as part of the Tales of Cape Cod Historical Lecture Series

Head over to Centerville where several special exhibits are still on display at the Centerville Historical Museum.  Take in nocturnes by seven Cape artists in  Summer Nocturne, view unique 1960s fashions in A Slice of the 60s, and learn about the danger of the high seas in Shipwrecks! mystery - murder - misery. The fourteen room Centerville Historical Museum includes an 1840 house and contains an outstanding collection of historic costumes, maritime and military artifacts, quilts, decorative arts, and more. The museum is located at 513 Main Street in Centerville. 


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Last week’s trivia question:: Last week, we asked: 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? We stumped our e-news readers with this one! Here’s the story:  As legend and lore based on historic events have it, the tree was gifted to the town of Barnstable in 1776 by the British Governor of the area "to be planted in the center of commerce" (Hyannis) as a reward for loyalty to the Crown. It seems that the seeds of the Revolution were sown by a Barnstable patriot named James Otis - whose statue is on the grounds of the Barnstable Court House.


This week’s question:  With our summer visitors departing, as we head into our “locals’ summer”, what will you look forward to the most?   Email your answer here.  



Barnstable This Morning

Week in Review

August 24-28, 2015


Monday, August 24, 2015


Town Manager Tom Lynch began our week with a chat about two coastal erosion grants that the Town of Barnstable will utilize to study solutions to continuing erosion issues at Sandy Neck Beach.  Energy Coordinator Richard Elrick provided a number of updates, including repairs to the Town Hall electric vehicle charging station and plans to examine the setup at the Barnstable transfer station.  Interim Superintendent of Schools Bill Butler stopped by to talk with us about a leadership session held last week at Heritage Museums and Gardens in Sandwich. Finally, Cape Cod Community College Communications Director Michael Gross talked with us about the upcoming Fall 2015 semester, cancellation procedures, and students who have found stellar success following their time at CCCC.


Tuesday, August 25, 2015


We began our show on Tuesday with Chief of Police Paul MacDonald, who provided details on the upcoming Citizens Police Academy, and discussed ongoing issues in downtown Hyannis. We welcomed outgoing Cape Cod Baseball League President Judy Walden Scarafile as our Community Profile guest this week.  Assistant Director of Public Works Rob Steen told us the DPW is working on purchases of larger snow removal equipment, making changes to snow removal contracts, and otherwise preparing for winter.


Wednesday, August 26, 2015


Our Business Barnstable segment began Wednesday’s show. Cape and Islands Workforce Investment Board Executive Director David Augustinho stopped by to preview the Construction Career Day event that will take place in October.  Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency Public Information Officer Peter Judge joined us to discuss hurricane preparedness.  1st Barnstable State Representative Tim Whelan talked with us about coastal remediation grants coming to Barnstable. Director of Assessing Jeff Rudziak spoke with us about the triennial property valuation that is underway.


Thursday, August 27, 2015


Barnstable Golf Head PGA Pro Merry Holway talked with us on Thursday morning about specials coming up at our municipal courses.  Barnstable Municipal Airport Manager Bud Breault provided an update on a number of ongoing projects, and a preview of the Wings of Freedom tour that will be making a stop in Hyannis this September.  Town Clerk Ann Quirk talked to us about important election information.  2nd Barnstable State Representative Brian Mannal shared thoughts on the ongoing issues surrounding the local homeless population.


Friday, August 28, 2015


Local teacher and author Sherianna Boyle discussed her work during this week’s Arts & Culture segment. Next, we visited with Director of Leisure Services Patti Machado, who provided information about the end of the summer season.  Assistant Harbormaster and Marina Manager Eric Shufelt was our Marine and Environmental Affairs guest. Eric reviewed transient dockage, pumpout service, and fall boating regulations.




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