Barnstable This Morning

I joined “Barnstable This Morning” host Sarah Colvin on Monday’s program and discussed the pending court case between the Town of Barnstable and the AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod. I also mentioned I have requested the Department of Public Works increase our current clean-up “discarded needles” clean-up at various locations throughout town the goal is reduce the likelihood of a resident or visitor being accidently stuck by a discarded needle or “sharpie”. We touched on the importance of the Years of Service event being held Friday which honors staff who have worked for the town in five year increments. This year we are applauding 71 individuals who have worked for Barnstable from five to thirty-five years.


Calendar Fee Approvals

On Tuesday I approved the calendar fees for 2016. The fee hearing was held on November 10th. After reviewing the documentation submitted by the various departments, and the public comments received, I approved the fees as proposed. Fee changes all fall under the Department of Community Services, and are related to Sandy Neck, Golf, and shellfishing. Click this link to view the updated fee schedule on our Town website.


Years of Service

This week, we recognized seventy-one Town of Barnstable employees who were celebrating five-year increments of years of service to the Town. Twenty employees who retired in 2015 were also honored. We thank all of our hard-working employees for their service to the Town. Each employee was recognized during the ceremony held Friday morning at Town Hall. Employees were then given the rest of the day off. Congratulations and thanks to all!



Department of Public Works All Hands

All employees of the Department of Public Works gathered in the Town Hall hearing Room on Wednesday morning for the second annual All Hands meeting.  The meeting is a chance for DPW staff and leadership to discuss the past year, celebrate success, analyze efforts and prepare for the coming winter. 



The holiday season is upon us, and this weekend, you have a chance to celebrate in nearly every one of our seven villages. Here’s our eNews guide to our Town’s various holiday strolls!



Hyannis Main Street Christmas Stroll

Saturday December 5, 2015

10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

From Breakfast with Santa to the harbor lighting and boat parade, a plethora of opportunities to Shop Local for the holidays, trolley and horse-drawn carriage rides,  sample cookies and snacks all up and down Main Street, there’s something for everyone at the Hyannis Main street Christmas Stroll.

Click here to view the schedule. and click here for more details.



Centerville Christmas Stroll

Sunday, December 6

3:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Enjoy delicious snacks while celebrating the season with friends and neighbors and enjoying the entertainment and special events along Main Street. Parking and shuttle service available at Craigville Beach and Centerville Elementary School. For public safety reasons, on-street parking is prohibited in the surrounding area during the Stroll.

Click here for details.


1st annual Marstons Mills Village Christmas Stroll

Sunday December 6, 2015

3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Begin at the Marstons Mills Community Church and walk the village for special treats from community sponsors. Enjoy storytelling and surprises at the Marstons Mills Public Library. The Village Christmas Tree Lighting and Carols will begin at the Community Church at 4:30 PM.


Christmas in Cotuit

Saturday December 5, 2015

10:00 – 5:00

Activities throughout the village, highlighted with Santa’s arrival by boat at the Cotuit Town Dock at 3:45 PM and the Tree Lighting on the Cotuit Village Green at  4:00 PM. Hay rides, a craft fair, face painting, a magician, and so much more!


West Parish of Barnstable

2049 Meetinghouse Road, West Barnstable

Tree Lighting and Carol Sing

Sunday December 6, 2015

5:00 PM

The annual Tree Lighting and Carol Sing begins at 5:00 PM on Sunday. Gather round the huge fir, sing Christmas songs, welcome Santa, and watch as the tree is lit. Next, head up to the Meetinghouse, past the live nativity scene, to listen to the handbell choir and organ as the Christmas story is told. Soup, snacks and desserts at Jenkins Hall.


46th Annual Osterville Christmas Stroll

Friday December 11, 2015

10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
A full day of fun and events including the Festival of Trees, dog parade, Christmas tea, Teddy Bear Tea, window decorating contest, horse-drawn carriage rides, trolley rides, refreshments, and much more!
Click here to view the schedule.





Last week, we asked: Back in 1621, Thanksgiving dinner was a little different than it was today. One utensil, in particular, that we use was missing from the Pilgrim’s table. Which utensil was not available to the Pilgrims in 1621? Many of you knew it was a fork! Many also added there wasn’t an electric carving knife


This week’s question: Holiday strolls abound this weekend! We want to know: which village is holding a celebration for the first time in many years? Email your answer here.  



Barnstable This Morning

Week in Review

November 30 – December 4, 2015


Monday November 30, 2015


Town Manager Tom Lynch joined us live-in studio for a discussion on the recent court decision regarding the South Street needle exchange. Next, we talked with Interim Superintendent of Schools Bill Butler, who provided an update on the Superintendent search process and a preview of the upcoming School Committee meeting.  Cape Cod Community College Communications Director Michael Gross discussed Spring registration and the new air frame and power plant maintenance program.

Tuesday December 1, 2015


Chief of Police Paul MacDonald talked with us about the BPD’s partnership with Gosnold Treatment Center and how they are working together to help people suffering from addiction.  We welcomed the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra’s new Executive Director Roland Valliere for our Community Profile segment.  Marstons Mills Community Church Pastor Rev. Earl Roberts joined us with details on the 1st annual Marstons Mills Village Christmas Stroll. Assistant Director of Public Works Rob Steen talked about the department’s All Hands meeting, and informed viewers on the importance of plow stakes.


Wednesday December 2, 2015


Wednesday’s show featured Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce CEO Wendy Northcross, who told us all about Christmas on Cape Cod.  Director of Regulatory Services Richard Scali shared information about potential new regulations for certain parking lots in Hyannis and annual inspections of taxi cabs. Director of Finance Mark Milne reviewed the recent Town Council tax classification votes and discussed the impact to taxpayers. 


Thursday December 3, 2015


We began Thursday’s show with information about the Hyannis Main Street Christmas Stroll from Hyannis Area Chamber of Commerce Jessica SylverCape Cod Commission Technical Services Director Glenn Cannon talked with us about an ongoing reorganization of the Metropolitan Planning Organization.  Town Council President Jessica Rapp Grassetti outlined the orders of the day for the evening’s Town Council meeting.


Friday December 4, 2015


Our Arts & Culture segment led off Friday’s show. This week, we visited the Osterville Village Library to learn about their holiday music program.  Program Coordinator John Gleason talked about the exciting Baking Challenge, winter programs, and half-days of play.  HYCC General Manager Joe Izzo discussed the Holiday Skating Show, which takes place at the HYCC on Saturday December 5 at 4:30. Sandy Neck Beach Park Manager Nina Coleman talked with us about recent turtle strandings, snowy owl sightings, and an update on coastal resiliency work.


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