Barnstable This Morning


Assistant Town Manager Mark Ells joined host Sarah Colvin on Monday morning’s episode of Barnstable This Morning.  Ells discussed the latest news regarding the West Barnstable Shooting Range: The Massachusetts Environmental Protection Agency has said no further environmental review is needed ahead of a proposed land swap that would trade the shooting range land for a new parcel on Breed’s Hill.

Watch Mark’s interview:  Town Website  YouTube


HACC Assigns Lease to JFK Museum Foundation

The Hyannis Area Chamber of Commerce has a new home. The Chamber has moved from the upper floor of the JFK Hyannis Museum to a new location on South Street. The Chamber, with the approval of the Town, has assigned the remaining ten months of the lease to the JFK Museum Foundation, Inc. The JFK Museum directors have plans to expand and renovate the current space.  





School Department Meeting

A review of the State’s Chapter 70 funding is underway, and a committee hearing will take place February 7th on Cape Cod. Chapter 70 deals with state funding for public schools. At this week’s meeting with Superintendent of Schools Dr. Mary Czajkowski, we discussed the upcoming hearing. At our meeting next week, we will outline testimony for the hearing and organize a meeting for those who are interested in participating in the Cape Cod hearing, scheduled for February 7th. At this week’s meeting we also discussed the school’s upcoming budget preparation, and FY2016 budget requests.


Superintendent of Schools Headed to Lexington, MA

Dr. Mary Czajkowski has informed the School Committee she has negotiated a contract with the Lexington School District and will be leaving Barnstable in July.  Prior to the holidays, we learned that Dr. Czajkowski had been selected as a finalist for the position, and was poised to accept the job. Contract negotiations have now been finalized. Dr. Czajkowski will serve six more months in Barnstable before moving on to Lexington.





Cape Managers Meeting

The January Cape Manager’s Meeting was held in Barnstable. Cape Cod Healthcare’s Cheryl Bartlett, the new Executive Director of the Cape Cod Regional Substance Abuse Prevention Initiative, led a discussion on addiction issues being experienced Cape-wide. From her past experience as Massachusetts Commissioner of Public Health, Cheryl has seen and learned about addiction problems found in each of our communities throughout Massachusetts. Cape Cod Healthcare is looking to work with community groups, the county, and towns to confront the opiate problem. We also discussed the rate setting process underway by the Cape Cod Municipal Health Group. Over the course of this month, we will learn what health cost increases may be necessary.


Town Council


  • The Hyannis Area Chamber of Commerce (HACC) made a presentation before the Town Council on Thursday. President and CEO Jessica Sylver, & Chairman of the Board Chris Kehoe, gave a thorough review of past events, statistics on the successes of the Chamber, including increased business membership, and outlined an ambitious program for 2015. Several HACC members attended and also contributed to the presentation. We meet regularly with the HACC and collaborate with our business partners to advance economic development in our Town.


  • Town Council unanimously approved the acceptance of a $6,815 grant from the Cape Cod Cooperative Extension’s Wildfire Assessment and Preparedness Program that will fund a controlled burn at Crocker Neck Conservation Area in Cotuit.  Conservation Agent Darcy Karle presented information about the burn, which is being done to combat wildfire hazards.


  • Town Council approved the creation of two Ad Hoc Council Sub Committees. One establishes a Charter Review Committee, and the other will be a Parking Subcommittee, charged with examining parking lots in and around the Hyannis Harbor area.


  • The appropriation for a $40,000 technical evaluation of the Stewart’s Creek culvert and restoration project received a first reading and will have a public hearing on January 22nd.  



Comprehensive Annual Financial Report

The Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for Fiscal Year 2014 is complete. The report covers all financial activity in the Town from July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014. State law requires the Town to publish at the close of each year a complete set of financial statements. The report consists of management’s representations concerning the finances of the Town, and includes full financial statements including an independent audit. Click here to view the Fiscal 2014 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.

Click here to watch Mark Milne discuss the CAFR: Town Website  YouTube


Art on Loan: Kate Walls

Visitors to the Town Hall Hearing room and Selectmen’s Conference Room will be treated to a wonderful display of work by Cape Cod artist Kate Walls. Kate works in several mediums and styles, and is the author and illustrator of several Cape Cod children’s books.  The exhibit is part of the “Art on Loan” program, which displays the work of local artists on the meeting room walls in Barnstable Town Hall, in the Selectmen’s Conference Room and the Town Hall Hearing Room, located on the 2nd floor in Barnstable Town Hall, 367 Main Street, Hyannis. Kate’s work will be on display through February 21. The Artwork on Loan program provides a venue for local artists to display their work.  Visitors who use the meeting rooms 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 Arts and Culture Coordinator Melissa Hersh.  




New: Barnstable Recreation offers Beach Merchandise

Barnstable’s Recreation Division is pleased to offer new merchandise emblazoned with the name of your favorite beach. Pre-order t-shirts, sweatshirts, hats and more, featuring your favorite beaches. Choose from Craigville, Dowses, Covell’s, Loop, and Millway. Orders are being accepted through January 30, and will be ready for pick-up at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center by mid February. Questions? Email John Gleason at the HYCC.

Click here to view the pre-order form.





Inside Barnstable Town Government

The twenty-second session of Inside Barnstable Town Government: A Citizens Leadership Academy will begin on Tuesday, February 3, 2015. The Academy is an 11-week commitment with the goal of educating the citizens of Barnstable about the operations of town government, while also obtaining valuable feedback and participation from those citizens participating in the Academy.  The program is designed to advance understanding of, and participation in, civic affairs as well as to increase awareness of the challenges facing municipal government.  Classes are held Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 9:00 PM in various locations around town.  Applications are available in the Town Manager’s office, 367 Main Street, Hyannis, or online. Space is limited.

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Transfer Station Changes: Single Stream Recycling & New Sticker Price

A reminder to residents that changes are now in effect at the Barnstable Transfer Station. A new sticker is available for $210.  It is valid for eighteen months, through June 30, 2016. Single stream recycling is now in place. Paper, glass, aluminum cans, and plastic can all be placed in the same receptacle. Corrugated cardboard will need to be separated. Those who wish to use the transfer station for recycling only must obtain a free Recycling sticker, available at the Transfer Station for Barnstable residents only. Recycling is included with a regular Transfer Station sticker.


Cold Weather: Stay Warm & Safe

Winter has arrived, and we certainly felt a chill from bitter cold temperatures this week. The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency offers a list of tips to keep you warm and safe during extreme cold weather. Click here to view MEMA’s tips. Barnstable Animal Control Officer Charlie Lewis reminds you that it is also very important to keep your pet warm and safe during extreme cold temperatures. Click here to view a list of pet safety tips.







Last week’s trivia questionn: Last week, we asked: How did Marstons Mills get it's name (also spelled Marston’s Mills)?  Demi Kapolis of Centerville Village wrote in: It was settled by Roger Goodspeed before 1653.   His granddaughter Lydia married Benjamin Marston who developed the fulling mill and weaving operations along the Marstons Mills River, hence the name of the village. Thank you Demi for your response!



This week’s trivia question:  In Barnstable, can you recycle paper, glass, aluminum cans and plastic all in one bin?  Email your answer here


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Barnstable This Morning

Week in Review

January 5-9, 2015



Monday, January 5, 2015


Assistant Town Manager Mark Ells joined us Monday morning to discuss updates surrounding the West Barnstable Shooting Range. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Mary Czjakowski talked about her move to Lexington, the search for a new principal for Barnstable West Barnstable Elementary, and the upcoming groundbreaking for the Early Learning Center at Hyannis West Elementary.  Cape Cod Community College Communications Director Michael Gross discussed a Workforce Grant information session, the Intercession, and one-stop registration events taking place in Plymouth and West Barnstable.


Tuesday, January 6, 2015


Chief of Police Paul MacDonald talked to us on Tuesday morning about the use of Narcan, the Safe Harbor laws as it pertains to those reporting a drug overdose, and provided an update on police activity.  Precinct 12 Town Councilor John Norman appeared on Tuesday to discuss efforts to find volunteers to help make repairs to the home owned by the widow of Larry Barros, who was killed in a tragic auto accident on Route 6 in December.  Our Elected Official segment featured Cape and Islands State Senator Dan Wolf, who outlined his priorities for 2015.  Director of Public Works Dan Santos joined us live in studio to discuss a request for funding to study the work done by the Army Corps of Engineers at Stewarts Creek in Hyannis.


Wednesday, January 7, 2015


Wednesday’s show began with our Business Barnstable segment. This week’s guest is Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce CEO Wendy Northcross, who talked about the year ahead.  Director of Growth Management Jo Anne Miller Buntich discussed a handful of projects underway, including implementation of the Barnstable by Bike bike route, and village center improvements.  We debuted a new Veterans segment that will air on Barnstable This Morning on the first Wednesday of every month. This month, District Director Ed Merigan came by to provide an overview of available veterans’ services. Our Finance segment was next, and Director of Finance Mark Milne provided an overview of the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.


Thursday, January 8, 2014


5th Barnstable State Representative Randy Hunt was up first on Thursday. Rep. Hunt discussed the procedure for filing a bill, and explained the difference between regular and “by request” bills.  Our Transportation segment featured Cape Cod Commission Technical Services Director Glenn Cannon, who talked about the potential for a third bridge over the Cape Cod Canal.  Greater Hyannis Civic Association President Bill Cronin talked to us about the GHCA and its mission.  Town Council President Jessica Rapp Grassetti outlined the orders of the day for the evening’s Town Council meeting.


Friday, January 9, 2014


Friday’s program began with our weekly Arts and Culture Segment. Arts Correspondent Melissa Chartand talked with the co-directors of the Vagina Monologues, who will soon be auditioning cast members for that play, to be performed at the Cotuit Center for the Arts.  Hyannis Youth and Community Center General Manager Joe Izzo talked about the exciting things on the calendar for the HYCC in 2015.  Director of Leisure Services Patti Machado shared information about the upcoming Boatbuilding Class, being organized in conjunction with the Cape Cod Maritime Museum. Marina Manager Eric Shufelt rounded out our show with a discussion on mooring and marina deadline information, and tips to stay safe in cold weather.