Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: Monday, January 19, 2015

In 1994, Congress designated the Martin Luther King, Jr. Federal Holiday as a national day of service. It is the only federal holiday observed as such – a “day on” instead of a “day off”. It calls for Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems.  The MLK Day of Service empowers individuals, strengthens communities, bridges barriers, and creates solutions to social problems.


  • AmeriCorps Cape Cod will be participating in the National Day of Service by participating in “Bridging the Hunger Gap”. AmeriCorps volunteers will be providing two meals a day for five days for 200 Barnstable and Mashpee students who participate in the Free and Reduced Lunch program. Additional volunteer work is being done at the CapeAbilities farm in Dennis.


  • The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Service of Commemoration will take place on Sunday, January 18th at 3:00 PM at the Federated Church of Hyannis on Main Street. This event is arranged by representatives of the Cape Cod Chapter of the NAACP, the Federated Church of Hyannis, Cape Cod Community College, and the Cape Cod Council of Churches.  A reception hosted by the Council of Churches will be held following the service in the Church’s Baldwin Hall. The program includes Featured Speaker Ms. Callie Crossley, WGBH radio host, television and radio commentator, moderator and public speaker. The program will also include speakers and song. All are invited.



Barnstable This Morning

On Monday morning’s episode of Barnstable This Morning, I spoke with host Sarah Colvin about last week’s Cape Managers’ Meeting, which was held in Barnstable. Cheryl Bartlett of Cape Cod Healthcare was our special guest, and she discussed the issue of opiate addiction. I also mentioned my attendance at the Indian Ponds Association over the weekend, and work underway on the Fiscal 2016 Capital Improvement Plan. Watch this week’s interview: Town Website  YouTube





Four “generations” of DPW Directors

During a meeting last Friday to review Capital Improvement Projects submitted by the Department of Public Works for Fiscal Year 2016, Tom Mullen stopped by to say hello and discuss an issue with us. When Tom arrived, we looked around the room and realized that four men who have served as Barnstable Director of Public Works were present in my office at the same time. Bob O’Brien served as director in 1983, followed by Tom Mullen, Mark Ells and our present director, Dan Santos. Thirty-two years of dedicated management by these four individuals!



School Department Meeting: Chapter 70 Funding Review

At this week’s meeting with Superintendent of Schools Dr. Mary Czajkowski, we discussed the review of the State’s Chapter 70 Foundation Budget Review Committee that is currently underway. The review committee will be holding hearings across the state, with the Cape Cod hearing set for February 7th. We discussed with the Superintendent points we would like to make before the Review Committee, and set up a meeting for January 30th with interested parties to coordinate our testimony.  The Chapter 70 program is the major program of state aid to public elementary and secondary schools. In addition to providing state aid to support school operations, it also establishes minimum spending requirements for each school district and minimum requirements for each municipality's share of school costs.


West Barnstable Update

Precinct 11 Town Councilor Phil Wallace stopped in to my office this week to share some concerns raised by the West Barnstable Civic Association. Each of our villages has a very active Civic Association, and frequently those association members will discuss concerns with Town Councilors. I appreciate the Councilors’ efforts to relay those village concerns to me. The knowledge of the issues on the minds of our citizens helps our staff to plan solutions to various village issues.


Indian Ponds Association

The Indian Ponds Association (IPA) met Saturday at the home of Alex and Bob Frazee. The IPA has been working for years to protect and improve the quality of the fresh water in Mystic Lake, Middle Pond and Hamblin Pond. I had a chance to hear from members regarding issues like algae blooms and hydrilla which are impacting these ponds. One longtime advocate told me she was pleased to see younger families joining the group that will continue to be stewards of the ponds into the future. To learn more about the IPA go to






AMIE Bakery Opens in Osterville

On Saturday, AMIE, a new bakery in Osterville, held a ribbon cutting and grand opening ceremony. Councilor James Crocker, Gail Nightingale, Ellen Brady and Kelly O’Brien from the Hyannis Area Chamber of Commerce joined Aimee Smith and her staff at the opening of the new AMIE bakery in Osterville. As part of the grand opening Jen Villa and her business partner Nicole Cormier hosted a juice tasting. Marketed under the brand name The Local Juice, Nicole and Jen use a cold-press method to create juice using local, organic ingredients. You can find The Local Juice on sale at AMIE and other local stores.



Town Council Presentation

Next Thursday’s Town Council meeting will include a joint meeting of the School Committee and the Town Council. Finance Director Mark Milne and I will present the Preliminary Financial Forecast as it relates to our consolidated school and municipal budget. This annual presentation sets the framework for preparing the next fiscal year’s Operating Budget for the Town.


Veterans’ Budget

Annually, the Veterans Services District Board meets to review the Administrative Budget for the Department of Veterans’ Services. While I could submit a proxy vote, I have attended each meeting to hear an explanation of the budget requests. It has also been a good opportunity to get an update from Veterans’ Services Director Ed Merigan on the issues confronting our veterans and the level of services they are getting. This regional effort by all Cape towns, except Falmouth, has served Barnstable well in delivering services to veterans. “Barnstable This Morning” has begun a new segment, focused on veterans’ issues. It airs the first Wednesday of every month, and began on January 7 with an interview with Ed Merigan. Watch the segment: Town Website  YouTube


Smarter Government Steering Committee

Cape Managers met with the Cape Cod Commission staff on regional technology issues. Mark Ells and I attended Thursday’s meeting and we discussed the Regional Wide Area Network, plainmetric data acquisition, regional GIS services, and creating an IT services catalog.


New: Beach Merchandise Available

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.

For more information, visit:


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 question: Last week, we asked: Q: Can you dispose of paper, glass aluminum cans and plastic in one bin?!   Linda McKeown submitted the correct answer: Yes, but no cardboard (corrugated) which is separate.  As of January 1, 2015, Barnstable offers single stream recycling at its Transfer Station.


This week’s trivia question:  Q:  What town has the greatest fresh water acreage in the county? Email your answer here


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Week in Review

January 12-16, 2015


Monday, January 12, 2015


Town Manager Tom Lynch Superintendent of Schools Dr. Mary Czajkowski talked with us about capital improvement plans for the school. Energy Coordinator Richard Elrick came to the studio to talk about changes at the Transfer Station, pay as you throw, solar trash compactors, and more. Cape Cod Community College Communications Director Michael Gross talked with us about President Barack Obama’s community college proposal, and a new STEM network initiative that will link CCCC with three area high schools.


Tuesday, January 13, 20155


Our program began with a weekly visit from Chief of Police Paul MacDonald. The Chief discussed the recent investigation into drug activity at the Shanghai Chinese Restaurant, which led to a revocation licenses for that business.  We continued our Board, Committee and Commission interviews, this week welcoming Planning Board Chair Paul Curley to the program.  Cape Cod Commission Technical Services Director Glenn Cannon spoke with us about a myriad of planned transportation projects. Director of Public Works Dan Santos chatted about updates at the transfer station, and planned work at the Lombard and Centerville recreation fields.


Wednesday, January 14, 2015


Our Business Barnstable segment led off Wednesday’s show. We talked with Barnstable County Register of Deeds Jack Meade about the December 2014 real estate numbers on Cape Cod.  Director of Regulatory Services Richard Scali spoke with us about the Licensing Authority’s decision to rescind licenses for the Shanghai Chinese Restaurant.  Division of Senior Services’ Chanell Rose talked with us about a New Year, New You group of programs in place at the Senior Center.  Director of Finance Mark Milne continued our conversation covering the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for FY 2015.


Thursday, January 15, 2015


Our weekly visit to the villages brought us to Marstons Mills with Bob Frazee of the Marstons Mills Village Association.  Next, Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority Administrator Tom Cahir was our guest on our weekly Transportation segment. Cahir spoke with us about the Cape Cod Canal Area Transportation Study, which had its first public meeting Thursday night. 2nd Barnstable State Representative Brian Mannal talked with us about his legislative goals for the coming year. We began a new round of interviews with our Barnstable Town Council. This week’s guest, kicking off the series, was Precinct 1 Town Councilor Ann Canedy, who also serves as Council Vice President.


Friday, January 16, 2015


Melissa Chartrand’s Arts & Culture segment began our Friday program. Melissa talked with Sturgis Library Assistant Director Antonia Stephens, who is heading up the Sturgis Library Reading and Discussion Series. Hyannis Youth and Community Center General Manager Joe Izzo talked about several upcoming events and activities, including the exciting Women’s Hockey East that will take place in March.  Director of Leisure Services Patti Machado discussed the Youth Commission’s work to discover the amount of homeless youth in our community. Animal Control Officer Charlie Lewis talked with us about coyote breeding season, which is happening at this time of year. Charlie also talked with us about ways in which to keep our pets safe and happy during the cold weather. 

Thank you to all for reading eNews and responding to our trivia!