Barnstable This Morning

On Monday morning’s “Barnstable This Morning”, I talked with host Sarah Colvin about snow and ice operations over the weekend, and the swearing in ceremony for new Barnstable Police officers at BPD Headquarters last Friday. I also  discussed the results of a recent environmental assessment of the West Barnstable shooting range, completed by MT2. Evironmental assessor Dick Peddicord was scheduled to attend this week’s Town Council meeting to review the report and findings of the initial assessment, however, his trip from Virginia was delayed due to snow and ice.

Watch the interview: YouTube  Town Website


Town Council: Presentations

Three presentations were made to Town Council at the February 26th meeting.  Barnstable Youth Commission Vice Chair Brendan W. Clark gave a powerpoint presentation on the upcoming Seventh Grade Youth Summit.  Becky Lawrence, Chair of the Mid Cape Cultural Council, discussed the work of her committee stressing the variety of grants issued by the Council. The  Mid-Cape Cultural council, comprised of members from Barnstable and Yarmouth, is one of the few joint Cultural Councils in the state..  made up of the Towns of Barnstable and Yarmouth. The Council  is looking for another member, preferrably with a theater background or experience.  Interested individuals may apply through the Town Council office.  Councilor Jen Cullum, chair of the Town Manager Review Committee, reported on the process followed by her committee, and that the overall rating “exceeds expectations”. The committee met with me to discuss the Annual Review prior to the regular Council meeting.

View Brendan Clark’s presentation:  YouTube  Town Website


Town Council: Town Manager Communications

During Town Manager Communications at this Thursday’s Town Coucil meeting, I mentioned the Chapter 70 Legislative Commission held in Yarmouth earlier this month. Councilors received copies of the testimony given by Finance Director Mark Milne, the school superintendent, and me at the hearing. Chief Procurement Officer David Anthony provided an update on multi-year utility contracts, and Sandy Neck Beach Park Manager Nina Coleman reported on erosion issues at the beach. I also announced that Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Beaton would be touring Sandy Neck Friday afternoon to get a first-hand look at the damage caused by recent storms.



Town Council: February 26th Action

Council voted to continue the land swap related to the West Barnstable Shooting Range until May. The Lowell Park property items, (1) $225,000 in Community Preservation Funds for the Town’s share of a perpetual conservation restriction with the Cotuit Fire District and (2) an appropriation of $300,000 in General Fund Reserves for the acquisition of the Town’s share of a perpetual easement of three acres around the Lowell Park ballfield, were both adopted.   The Town Council also approved $50,000 for Sandy Neck Beach sand restoration. The temporary building of sand dunes at the beach has helped preserve the lower parking lot from washing away.


Barnstable Police Officers Sworn In

I had the pleasure of attending a swearing in ceremony at Barnstable Police Headquarters last Friday. Four new officers have completed training at the Police Academy and are now ready to begin work with the BPD, starting with several months of field training. All four new police officers are Barnstable residents. We welcome Brian Jenkins, Brian Jones, Kyle Phelan, and Nolan O’Melia, and wish them luck as our newest Barnstable Police Officers.


Mercy Otis Warren Cape Cod Woman of the Year Award

Nominations for the Mercy Otis Warren Cape Cod Woman of the Year Award are now being accepted. The award is presented to a woman who is a resident of Cape Cod that has demonstrated leadership in the Cape Cod community and has made significant contributions to the arts, education, business, community involvement, and/or volunteering on a local level, all while embracing the ideals of patriotism.  Nominations are to be received by Patriots Day, April 20, 2015. Applications are available at Barnstable Town Hall, and Town Halls across Cape Cod, as well as libraries and in County offices.


Osterville Bay Fields Meeting

The Town of Barnstable in collaboration with the Osterville Village Association is working to rehabilitate the former Osterville Bay School property.  On Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 7p.m.,  the public is invited to a discusson regarding land planning and design at the site. John Jennings of the design firm Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc, will be in attendance to present and answer questions. Following extensive study, it was determined that the best course of action is demolition of the existing building. The March 3rd discussion will be held at the Osterville Village Library, 43 Wianno Avenue, in Osterville.


One Cape Summit

The One Cape: Designing Solutions for Clean Water summit took place this week at the Resort and Conference Center in Hyannis. The Cape Cod Commission presented an overview and in-depth discussons regarding the Section 208 Water Quality plan update.  The event opened Wednesday evening with a presentation geared towards local Selectmen and Town Councilors., and continued Thursday with presentations, break-out sessions, and a panel discussion.  Representatives from each Cape Cod town were in attendance, including many members of our Barnstable Town Council. According to the Cape Cod Commission, The Section 208 Water Quality Plan Update offers a framework for developing community driven watershed solutions and a pathway for easier implementation. It allows communities to come together to design solutions for clean water on Cape Cod. 



Mooring Renewal Deadline

The Marine and Environmental Affairs reminds residents that the Mooring Renewal deadline is quickly approaching. The actual deadline date is February 28th, but because that falls on a Saturday, paperwork will be accepted on Monday, March 2.  Late mooring applications will be accepted until Tuesday, March 31st at 4:15 pm with a late fee of $50. Please contact the Marine and Environmental Affairs Division with any questions.


Drug Prevention Youth Summit scheduled in March

The “Seventh Grade Youth Summit” will take place at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center on March 19th and 20th, 2015. The Barnstable Youth Commission, a group of Barnstable High School students, have created an exciting drug prevention forum, intended to help seventh graders adjust to the adult culture of high school and establish judgment free lines of communication with students and faculty.  The event will begin with an introduction for the public and for parents, including a discussion on how to talk to your teenager about drugs, and a conference style meeting with groups that are working on the issue in Barnstable.  Friday, March 20 is designed specifically for the 7th graders, and will include peer mentoring, breakout sessions, and a screening of a local documentary on substance abuse.  Town Councilor Jen Cullum, who serves as liaison to the Barnstable Youth Commission, has been working hard with the group and is excited to have our community leaders involved with the Summit.



Inspirations in Watercolor / A Mother Daughter Exhibit” is currently on display in the Town Hall Hearing Room and Selectmen’s Conference Room (2ndd floor, Barnstable Town Hall) through the end of March.   The exhibit features the works of Kathy Timmins and Kelly Burdge, artists and art educators.


Kathy Timmins inspired students of all ages for over 30 years.  Now retired, she works in her studio in Bourne.  Her ideas for paintings come from her journeys on Cape Cod and the beauty that she grows in her own backyard garden.


Kelly Burdge, artist and art educator in the Barnstable School System, begins most of her paintings with a feeling or concept.  She uses her background in figure drawing and color theory to create much of her art.  She is also inspired by her trips to the Adirondack’s and early morning kayaking on the lake.


The Artwork on Loan program provides a venue for local artists to display their work.  Visitors who use the meeting rooms in Barnstable Town Hall will discover an inviting and attractive environment and have an opportunity to learn about some of the Cape’s local artists.  For more information on the program, email



Women’s Hockey East Returns to Hyannis

The exciting Women’s Hockey East tournament will return to Barnstable in March. The top teams in the Women’s Hockey East conference will battle it out for the championship on the ice at our very own Hyannis Youth and Community Center. The semi-finals will take place on March 7, and the championship game will be held on Sunday, March 8, 2015. Tickets for this exciting weekend are available now, at a price of $10 per day. Groups of ten or more will receive a 50% discount if tickets are purchased before February 23. Contact Joe Izzo at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center for more.


CodeRED: Sign Up and Receive Alerts

Did you miss receiving an Emergency Notification (Reverse 911) call during the last storm event? You can update your information on the Barnstable Police Department's website. CodeRED is an emergency notification service by which town officials can notify Barnstable residents and businesses by telephone, cellular phone, text message, or electronic email about time-sensitive emergency situations or important community alerts. The system is an enhancement to existing means of communication and is supplemental to, not a replacement for, the systems we have used in the past. Also, Barnstable Channel 18 and the Town's website will continue to broadcast important announcements. To update your information on the CodeRED system, click here, and click the link to the update page.




e-News Trivia

Last week’s trivia question: Last week, we asked: Q: Natural Resource Officer Chris Nappi appeared on "Barnstable This Morning" last Friday to discuss strandings that occurred at Sandy Neck Beach.  What kind of animal was found?

We had many answers, including readers who suggested whales or turtles were found – but we were looking for seabirds: common murrs, that normally swim out in open ocean, were swept inland due to recent winter storms. Learn more and watch the interview with Chris Nappi: YouTube

This week’s trivia question:  Where can you see the Women’s Hockey East tournament  in person on Cape Cod? Email your answer here


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Barnstable This Morning

Week in Review

February 23-27, 2015


Monday, February 23, 2015


Results from the most recent environmental assessment of the West Barnstable Shooting Range are in, and Town Manager Tom Lynch provided a preview of those results, along with information about weekend snow and ice operations.  It’s time to meet and greet with Barnstable’s thirteen Town Councilors. Precinct 3 Councilor Paul Hebert joined us in studio to discuss the issues of concern to his constituents.  Local authors will soon join together at the Centerville Library for a panel discussion, moderated by Barnstable This Morning’s own Sara Mannal. Local author Kate Conway appeared on the program to discuss the Girl Power Panel, to be held on March 16 at the Centerville Library. Cultures from all over the world are coming to West Barnstable. Cape Cod Community College Communications Director Michael Gross talked to us about the 15th Annual Multicultural Festival that will be held at the College on Saturday, February 28th from 10 am to 2pm.


Tuesday, February 24, 2015


Tuesday began with our weekly chat with Chief of Police Paul MacDonald, who congratulated four brand new officers, sworn in last Friday. The Chief discussed recent crime incidents in town, including a pair of recent drug arrests. Our Boards, Committees and Commissions segment this week featured Zoning Board of Appeals Chair Craig Larson First Barnstable State Representative Tim Whelan talked with us about his committee assignments, which include the Committee on Public Service, Public Safety and Homeland Security, and the Joint Committee on Higher Education. Director of Leisure Services Patti Machado sat down with Sara Mannal to review Spring programs for kids.


Wednesday, February 25, 2015


Up first on Wednesday, our Business Barnstable segment, which this week featured Hyannis Main Street Business Improvement District Executive Director Elizabeth Wurfbain with an update on the activities of the day center steering committee.  Next, Director of Growth Management Jo Anne Miller Buntich helps us to think spring with an outline of the new planned bike routes for Barnstable.  Director of Senior Services Madeline Noonan fills us in on the phone reassurance network, and further helped us to think spring with a preview of March activites at the Senior Center. Finally, Director of Finance Mark Milne talked with us about how the Fiscal 2016 Capital Improvement Plan is taking shape.


Thursday, February 26, 2015


We began Thursday’s show with special guests Tammy Smith and Dr. Eleanor Sullivan, who shared information about heart health and the Heart of Wellness event coming up this Sunday in Centerville. Director of Senior Services Madeline Noonan joined us with information about the phone reassurance network, and details on a number of events planned in the month of March.  2nd Barnstable State Rep Brian Mannal talked to us about the OneCape summit, with a focus on the future of wastewater management.  Town Council President Jessica Rapp Grassetti reviewed the orders of the day for the evening’s Town Council meeting.


Friday, February 27, 2015


Our weekly Arts and Culture segment led off Friday’s show. Arts correspondent Melissa Chartrand visited the Cape Cod Art Association to talk with Roberta Miller. We headed to the Hyannis Youth and Community Center for a trio of segments, we talked with GM Joe Izzo and Director of Leisure Services Patti Machado, and got a preview of the upcoming Women’s Hockey East tournament.  Mooring manager Derek Lawson shared information about the upcoming mooring renewal deadlines, and the importance of getting paperwork in to the office in a timely manner. 

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