Barnstable This Morning

On Monday, I joined “Barnstable This Morning” host Sarah Colvin to discuss the OneCape Summit that was held in Hyannis on June 23rd and 24th. The Cape Cod Commission brings together federal, state, private and public agencies and groups to discuss water resources, with a  focus on the 208 Water Quality Plan update. I participated on a panel discussion on watershed permitting, a new opportunity to bring communities together and enter into a formal relationship to manage the issues in our shared watersheds, with a focus on nutrient loading concerns. Barnstable shares watersheds with Sandwich, Mashpee, and Yarmouth. Work now is also focused on creating a bookend document that will outline traditional and non-traditional approaches to address nutrient loading concerns that we see in our coastal waters.   View the interview: Town Website  You Tube


Hyannis Water System Update: Health Advisory Lifted

The Town of Barnstable Department of Public Works received results this morning from recent testing of the Hyannis Water System for perfluorinated compounds. The test results show that the levels of perfluorinated compounds in the system are below the U.S. Environmental Agency’s Health Advisory level of .07 parts per billion.


As you know, on May 19, 2016, the EPA, without notice, lowered the Health Advisory level for PFC’s in drinking water from 0.2 parts per billion to 0.07 parts per billion, a 65% reduction. The Hyannis Water System responded by taking two supply wells off-line, re-establishing an interconnection with the Yarmouth Water Department, supplying bottled water, purchasing a third carbon filtration system for the Mary Dunn wellfield, flushing the system, and conducting extensive testing.


Today, with the concurrence of DEP, we have lifted the Health Advisory for the Hyannis Water System. We will discontinue the distribution of bottled water at the end of the day today.


The third carbon treatment system for the Mary Dunn wellfield is on-site, connected, and undergoing testing. We are continuing our work to establish an interconnection with the C-O-M-M Water Department within the next couple of weeks. Bids are due next week for the design of a treatment system for the Maher wellfield. We will continue to monitor and sample the system to ensure that we remain below the Health Advisory level.


ZIP Trip Fox 25 TV Comes to Hyannis

Each Friday during the summer, Fox 25 News visits a Massachusetts ZIP Code. This morning, they visited the Hyannis Village Green! The village of Hyannis was spotlighted, with interviews with Hyannis Fire Chief Harold Brunelle, Darrell Gray of Homeless Not Hopeless, Kyle Rumberger of Cape Fifteen, Anthony Lamacchia of Lamacchia Realty, Jessica Sylver of the Greater Hyannis Chamber of Commerce, Baxters, Laurel Labdon and Mike Trovato of Sail Cape Cod and Sea Legs, Dave Colombo of the Black Cat, Peggy Warren of Four Seas Ice Cream. Thank you Fox 25!




Fourth of July Celebrations



Fireworks Display

Monday, July 4, 2016 (NO rain date)

Shot from a barge in Lewis Bay at dusk (approximately 9:00 PM)


Main Viewing Locations:

Aselton Park,  Bismore Park, Veteran’s Park Beach.

Kalmus Beach is available for handicapped parking only.


Parking Ban  - Monday, July 4, 2016 – 5:00 PM – Midnight – South of South Street, Hyannis

A parking ban will be in effect South of South Street (Ocean Street, Old Colony Boulevard, Gosnold Street, and all streets running off of Gosnold) from 5:00 PM until midnight to allow for pedestrian access.  Tow Zones Strictly Enforced.


Best Parking Options: North Street lot, Town Hall parking lot. Carpooling Is Encouraged.






Barnstable Village

9:00 AM

Parade will gather at 8:30 AM at the County Complex on Railroad Avenue. It will begin at 9:00 AM, proceed down Main Street (Route 6A); left onto Mill Way and continue on to the Village Hollow.

Sponsored By: Barnstable-West Barnstable Civic Association & West Barnstable Civic Association



10:00 AM

Parade forms at Centerville Elementary School and will proceed up Bay Lane, Right on Bumps River, left on Park, right onto Main, and continue to the Centerville Recreation Building.

Presented by the Bay Lane PTA at Centerville Elementary School and the Centerville Civic Association



11:00 AM

Parade begins at the Cotuit Post Office, proceeds down School Street to Main, left on Main to the rear entrance of the Cotuit Elementary School.

Presented by the Cotuit Civic Association



9:00 AM  - Road Race at Hyannisport Post Office

11:00 AM - Parade

Parade begins at the Hyannisport Post Office on Longwood Avenue, left on Washington, right on Lafayette, left onto Winchester, left on Scudder, and continue onto Dale Avenue to the West Beach Club.

Presented by the West Beach Club.



11:30 AM

Parade begins on Washington Avenue, right on Webster, right on Sea View, rignt on Warren, and right on Washington.

Presented by the Wianno Club (Junior Activity)



4:00 PM

The Town of Barnstable’s “A Seaside Celebration” Fourth of July Parade will begin at the intersection of Ocean Street and Main Street, proceed down Main Street, and finish at Sea Street. 


Music at the Town Bandstand on the Village Green and at Aselton Park will take place prior to the fireworks display!


Click Here for Full Fourth of July Details



Hyannis Hy-Arts Shanties

The HyArts Artist Shanties at Bismore Park are open for the season. Shanties will be open from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM seven days a week! Visit the seven colorful shanties at beautiful Bismore Park.  


This Weekend: Through July 3

Barnstable (Light Blue): Jewelry by Elisa Sullivan

Marstons Mills (Green): Watercolors and Prints by Ellen Moran

Centerville (Red): Photography by Linda Marquette

Cotuit (Blue): Fabric Arts by Beverly Roberts

Osterville (Orange): Cape Cod Accents by Margo Sherman

Hyannis (Yellow): Mudlark Pottery by Laurie Goldman

West Barnstable (Dark Blue): Nautical Americana by Val and Dave Small


Coming Week: July 4 - 10


Barnstable (Light Blue): Jewelry by Amanda McHugh

Marstons Mills (Green): Nature-Inspired Art by Mitali Chakraborty

Centerville (Red): Fine Art Photography b Beth Higgins

Cotuit (Blue): Fabric Arts by Beverly Roberts

Osterville (Orange): Woodcrafts by Wayne Shepard

Hyannis (Yellow): Marlinspike Art by Chris Letsche

West Barnstable (Dark Blue): Paper Crafts by Adriana Rossi




Last week, we asked: Does anyone remember the Summer Police Officers that use to patrol Hyannis? Many of our e-news readers certainly did remember our Summer Police officers. This year, we welcomed a new version of summer police officers, our new Community Service Officers, who are clad in bright yellow shirts and will be on duty on Main Street helping out our police force.


This week’s question: How many Independence Day parades will be held in Barnstable this Fourth of July?



Barnstable This Morning

Week in Review

June 27 – July 1, 2016


Monday, June 27, 2016


Assistant Town Manager Mark Ells made his last appearance as Assistant Town Manager to discuss the OneCape summit held last week and to provide an update on the South Coast bike route. When Mark appears next on BTM, he will be Town ManagerAssistant Superintendent of Schools Kristen Harmon joined us to discuss the ongoing talks on changing school start times. Harmon also shared information about a move from PARCC testing to MCAS 2.0. Energy Coordinator Richard Elrick had an update on upcoming changes at the Transfer Station and details on a new climate change study. Cape Cod Community College Communications Director Michael Gross talked with us about ongoing tension between faculty and the College’s administration.


Tuesday, June 28, 2016


Chief of Police Paul MacDonald joined us on Tuesday morning to share information about a recent search warrant, an attempted armed robbery, and police preparations for the Fourth of July. Our Board Committee and Commission roundup provided information about recent board, committee and commission meetings.  Cape and Islands State Senator Dan Wolf discussed a pending bill that would increase regulations for Uber and Lyft drivers, as well as a push to increase renewable energy production.  Director of Public Works Dan Santos provided an update on the Hyannis Water System.


Wednesday, June 29, 2016


Our midweek Wednesday program began with a look at the upcoming Hyannis Main Street Fourth of July Parade. Next, we learned about the JFK Hyannis Museum’s newest exhibit, Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy: Mother of a President Director of Finance Mark Milne discussed the work of the Comprehensive Financial Advisory Committee to compile a consolidated financial report. Finally, we visited with Arts & Culture Coordinator Melissa Hersh, who shared details about the summer artist shanties at Bismore Park.

Thursday, June 30, 2016


Our Community Profile segment on Thursday morning featured a visit with Jitka Borowick, founder of CleanGreen and a recent winner of a SCORE small business award.  Barnstable Municipal Airport Manager Bud Breault and Assistant Manager Katie Servis shared important information about drone rules and regulations. 5TH Barnstable State Representative Randy Hunt talked with us about medical assisted treatment for addiction. Len Gobeil talked with Hyannis Harbor Hawks Head Coach Chad Gassman for this weeks’ Sports segment.


Friday, July 1, 2016


Friday’s program began with our weekly Arts & Culture segment. Next, we headed over to the HYCC where General Manager Joe Izzo filled us in on all we need to know about obtaining a beach parking permit for the summer. Director of Leisure Services Patti Machado shared important information about the Town’s fireworks display. We took our Adoptable Pet Friday segment on the road and visited the MSPCA in Centerville to meet an adorable adoptable pit bull named Morgan and a black cat named Smoky.

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