Barnstable This Morning

On Barnstable This Morning, host Sarah Colvin and I reviewed a variety of events that have taken place over the past week. We discussed the new Raising the Tides sculpture at HyArts/Guyer Barn campus, the Osterville Free Library Annual Meeting and, of course, the 4th of July parades in our villages. Reports from Barnstable, Cotuit, Centerville, Hyannis Port, Osterville and Hyannis were that record crowds and festive floats highlighted Barnstable’s 4th of July celebration.  View the interview: Town Website  YouTube

Fourth of July Photos

The Fourth of July in the Town of Barnstable is celebrated in all of our villages, with parades, activities, and fun. It was truly a glorious Fourth of July weekend.  The faces, floats and fun of July 4th are captured in these photos from the Town of Barnstable Fourth of July parade on Main Street, Hyannis.


Click here to view a video slide show from the parade: Town Website  YouTube



Marstons Mills/West Barnstable Annual Joint Meeting

Assistant Town Manager Mark Ells, Community Services Director Lynne Poyant and I attended the Annual Joint Meeting of the Marstons Mills and West Barnstable Civic Associations, held at the Burgess House in Marstons Mills. This is always a nice event with a relaxed atmosphere and a chance to discuss issues informally with members of the two civic associations.

Ridgewood Park Re-Dedication

A beautiful new green space is now the center of attention of the Tree Streets neighborhood in Hyannis. Residents can take their children to play on the new swing set, walk dogs on the bluestone path, or perhaps toss a frisbee in the newly expanded green space. On Wednesday evening, Growth Management Director Jo Anne Miller Buntich, Community Services Director Lynne Poyant, Leisure Services Director Patti Machado and I attended the re-dedication of Ridgewood Park in Hyannis. We were pleased to welcome Kurt Gaetner of the Massachusetts Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. Kurt’s office was responsible for awarding the Gateway Cities grant funding that helped pay for the park renovations.  The neighbors in this area of town were responsible for the design and playground features of the park. Their direct involvement in the planning process enhanced the success of the project.

Watch our Channel 18 coverage of the re-dedication:   Town Website      YouTube


The residents of the “Tree Streets” neighborhood gather to celebrate the re-dedication of the newly renovated Ridgewood Park. View the Town of Barnstable’s Facebook page for more images!


Cape Managers Meeting

The July Cape Managers meeting was held this week in Harwich. My colleagues and I heard from Sean Cronin, Senior Deputy Commissioner for Local Services for the Commonwealth. Mr. Cronin discussed how Cape towns can become a “Compact Community”. This was a follow-up to Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito’s visit to the Cape last month to explain the Community Compact Cabinet. I intend to pursue this initiative, which can foster improved coordination and leverage state resources available to towns.


Cape Cod Water Protection Collaborative Meeting

On Wednesday, Assistant Town Manager Mark Ells attended the Board of Governing meeting of the Cape Cod Water Protection Collaborative.  The Board voted on the Chairman, Vice-Chairman and Executive Committee member, received an update on the 208 Plan, and discussed planned procurement for water quality monitoring program and award of matching funds from the Commonwealth.


Barnstable Leaders Meet with Hyannis Chamber Leaders

On Thursday, Assistant Town Manager Mark Ells, Hyannis Area Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Jessica Sylver, and Hyannis Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors President Chris Kehoe had their monthly meeting.  Discussion included future efforts and funding opportunities for the HACC, parking issues in downtown Hyannis, and future use of the Armory building on South Street in Hyannis.


July Town Council Meeting Review

At Thursday’s Town Council meeting, Town Councilors approved two Community Preservation Act funded projects. One was the purchase of 14 plus acres on Sandy Neck and the second appropriated $100,000 for Habitat for Humanity to construct two affordable homes at 1819 Old Stage Road in West Barnstable. Councilors ratified a three year contract extension for Barnstable Police Chief Paul MacDonald and appointed Cynthia Lovell to serve as Administrator to the Town Council.


Presentations to Town Council

Three presentations were made during Town Manager Communications at Thursday night’s Town Council meeting. Elizabeth Hartsgrove and Robin Pulsifer of Regulatory Services presented the revised “Park Happy” program at Bismore Park. Assistant Town Manager Mark Ells presented a list of items to be addressed in preparation for a workshop regarding the West Barnstable shooting range. Department of Public Works Director Dan Santos gave an update on the status of capital projects funded over the past five fiscal years. We thank all of our staff and department heads for their informational presentations.


Chief of Police Contract Ratified

I was very pleased to present to the Town Council a request to ratify a three year contract extension for Barnstable Chief of Police Paul MacDonald. Under Chief MacDonald’s leadership, the department has made advances including the creation of the Street Crimes Unit, the Community Impact Unit, and has opened police stations on Main Street Hyannis and in Marstons Mills.   The Town Council approved Chief MacDonald’s new three year contract.


Upcoming Wait List Lottery for Slips at Prince Cove and Gateway Marina

50 names are being added to waiting lists for slips at the Marina at Prince Cove in Marstons Mills and Gateway Marina in Hyannis. All are welcome to submit an application for Gateway Marina, and Prince Cove is limited to Town of Barnstable real estate taxpayers and residents only. Names for the list will be chosen by a lottery, to be held on Friday July 24, 2015 at 1:00 PM at Barnstable Town Hall, 367 Main Street in Hyannis. Successful applicants will be required to pay a non-refundable initiation fee of $25.00 for non-residents and $15.00 for residents.  Click here for full details and an application.


Recreation Commission Honors 2014 Aquatic Employees of the Year

Our aquatic staff works tirelessly during the summer months. Lifeguards, gate attendants, program counselors, and more all ensure that everyone has a safe and enjoyable experience on our beautiful beaches. Each year several exemplary employees are recognized, and this past Monday four employees from the 2014 season received “Employee of the Year” designation.   Honored at Monday’s Recreation Commission meeting were Lifeguard of the Year Lydnsey Decosta, Gate Attendant of the Year Michael Kullas, Beach Aide of the Year Mary Nugnes, and Leisure Program Counselor of the Year Devin Massarsky. Congratulations to all of the winners and we thank you and your colleagues for all of your efforts!


Last week’s trivia question: Before the holiday, we asked: What was your memorable summer job on Cape Cod? We received many varied responses from readers. Readers recalled waitressing, serving as a chambermaid, and scooping ice cream, at places like the Mill Hill Club and Turner’s Ice Cream on West Main Street in Hyannis.  So many good memories of summers gone by! Thank you all for responding and sharing your summer memories with us.

This week’s trivia question: We are approaching the peak of summer time, with 80 and 90 degrees on the way. Cape Codders (and many others, too) know that one of the best ways to cool off on these hot and steamy days is to head down to the beach. We want to know: what is your favorite of Barnstable’s many beautiful beaches?

Barnstable This Morning

Week in Review

July 6-10, 2015


Monday, July 6, 2015


Town Manager Tom Lynch joined us live in studio for Monday’s show, to review a variety of events that happened over the past week; including the new Raising the Tides sculpture on the Hyannis Hy-Arts campus, the Osterville Free Library Annual Meeting, and the Fourth of July parades and celebrations in our villages.  We learned about the Barnstable High School Diversity Class in our special Schools segment. Next, we visited Marstons Mills Library to learn about an exciting young adult author event.  Finally, Tammi Jacobsen of Cape Cod Community College’s Workforce Education Resource Center spoke with us about upcoming classes and the popular Summer of Science series.


Tuesday, July 7, 2015


Chief of Police Paul MacDonald spoke to us regarding a recent seizure of thousands of dollars worth of fireworks in Barnstable. The Chief reported a safe and successful Fourth of July holiday weekend.  Next, we spoke with Cape Cod Writers Center Board President Jim Hill in our Community Profile segment. Following that, Cape and Islands State Senator Dan Wolf discussed issues surrounding the state’s Fiscal 2016 budget. Director of Public Works Dan Santos had an update on ongoing and completed capital projects.


Wednesday, July 8, 2015


Hyannis Main Street Business Improvement District Executive Director Elizabeth Wurfbain joined us for our weekly Business Barnstable segment. Wurfbain discussed the large number of activities planned on the Village Green for the summer season. Next, we learned about the Wreck A Book event being held at the Marstons Mills Library. Director of Veterans Services Ed Merigan talked with us about ways to access important records and how to replace lost medals.  Director of Finance Mark Milne provided an update on rooms and meals tax revenue, and how the town uses those funds.



Thursday, July 9, 2015


We headed to Olde Barnstable Fairgrounds to begin Thursday’s program, where Head PGA Golf Pro Merry Holway showed us some tips and tricks for playing that course’s first hole.  Next, Cape Cod Commission Technical Services Director Glenn Cannon joined us for our weekly Transportation segment.  5th Barnstable State Rep Randy Hunt talked with us next about the State budget. Town Council President Jessica Rapp Grassetti joined us last to preview the orders of the day for the evening’s Town Council meeting.


Friday, July 10, 2015


Our weekly Arts & Culture segment began Friday’s show. This week, Arts Correspondent Melissa Chartrand spoke with the members of the New Classics Company, who are performing at the Guyer Barn this summer. Next, we took you to the scene of the re-dedication of Ridgewood Park in the Tree Streets neighborhood of Hyannis.  Hyannis Youth and Community Center General Manager Joe Izzo talked with us about summer programs at the HYCC. Len Gobeil visited with Hyannis Harbor Hawks General Manager Tino Digiovanni. Finally, we spoke with Marina Manager Eric Shufelt, who filled us in on the marina slip lottery for the Marina at Prince Cove and Gateway Marina, transient dockage availability, and the Town’s pumpout service.



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