Barnstable This Morning

Monday morning, I joined “Barnstable This Morning” host Sarah Colvin to discuss the proposed Hyannis Parking Overlay District. The goal of the district is to create a level playing field that establishes requirements that universally apply to pre-existing parking lot uses. The regulation does not aim to change use, simply to create uniformity.  During Thursday night’s meeting, Town Council voted to approve the district.  Watch the interview:  Town Website   YouTube


Public Meetings to Outline Proposed Changes to Transfer Station

The Department of Public Works is planning changes and improvements to the Transfer station located at 45 Flint Street in Marstons Mills. Two public meetings have been scheduled. The first will be held on Monday, July 25, 2016 at 11:00 AM, and the second on Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at 6:00 PM. The meetings will include an overview of the proposed site improvements, along with the timeline for accomplishing said improvements.  Public comments will be recorded and questions will be answered.


Barnstable Police to Participate in Unity Day

A community gathering designed to bring together residents from all backgrounds will take place on the Hyannis Village Green on Friday, August 5.  The event is being coordinated by residents Andre Barboza and Jesse Barboza, in partnership with the Barnstable Police Department. The goal of the event is to show unity in our town. Plans are still coming together. Anyone who would like to help can contact Andre Barboza at 774-487-1846.


Watershed Planning

The Town of Barnstable has complied with the 208 Plan requirements to submit watershed plans to the Cape Cod Commission by June 20, 2016. The watershed plans include the two extremes of approach to meet the Total Maximum Daily Load in our coastal estuaries, including a traditional sewering plan and a second plan that utilizes non-traditional and alternative solutions. These represent bookend, or outside limits, of what the final plan is likely to entail. The final Targeted Watershed Management Plan and Comprehensive Wastewater Management Plans will be due within five years.  The Water Resources Advisory Committee has been meeting monthly since January. We are currently in the process of identifying data gaps in order to be able to complete the Targeted Watershed Management Plan and Comprehensive Wastewater Management Plan before the required timeframe. DPW has met with neighboring towns to begin discussions about developing Intermunicipal Agreements for the permitting and management of shared watersheds.


Stewarts Creek Waterway Project Public Meeting

Those interested in learning more about the Stewarts Creek Waterway Project are invited to a public meeting, to be held on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at 6:30 PM in the Steamship Authority Conference Room, located at 142 School Street in Hyannis. The meeting will include an overview of recent scientific studies and a presentation of visual charts and graphs detailing the project’s effectiveness. Public comments will be recorded and questions will be answered.

Learn More: Click here to read the Stewart’s Creek Phase II Technical Memorandum Study


Barnstable Dog Park Moving Forward

The Town of Barnstable’s proposal of a “Barnstable Dog Park” will soon become a reality. The Town has selected a site and received a commitment of funds from the Stanton Foundation for implementation of a dog park. The Stanton Foundation, located in Cambridge, MA, encourages positive dog/human relationships and provides grants to support the creation of enclosed dog parks in cities and towns in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  The Barnstable Dog Park will be located on Phinney’s Lane in the vicinity of Hathaway’s Pond.  An informational meeting will be held Thursday, August 4, 2016 at 7:00 PM in the Barnstable Town Hall Hearing Room. All are encouraged to attend.


Hyannis Parking Study Ongoing

The Town of Barnstable is undertaking a comprehensive study of parking supply, utilization, and management in Downtown Hyannis. With its walkable downtown, vibrant restaurants, thriving local businesses and high-speed ferry service, Hyannis is both a vibrant local economic hub and a major regional gateway to the Cape and Islands. This success has significant benefits, but also poses challenges. The Town benefits from huge numbers of seasonal visitors and economic development potential but must also balance economic growth with the year-round needs of local businesses and residents. A well-managed, flexible parking system can support these needs. This study effort aims to maintain the economic vibrancy of Downtown Hyannis while ensuring safety, improving mobility and addressing residents' concerns. Your input is key as the 10-month study progresses.  Click here for details and to take the Hyannis Parking Survey.


Let music and art fill your weekend!


Tonight, Friday July 22, get your groove on at Aselton Park with Technicolor Motorhome, a fun band that blends the sounds of funk, reggae and hip hop! Aselton Park, 6:30 – 7:00 PM.


Saturday, July 23, LoveLiveLocal Singer Songwriter Spotlight Series will feature singer-songwriter Kim Moberg, performing from 6:30 – 7:30 PM at the HyArts Artist Shanties at Bismore Park.


Get ready to get down on Tuesday, July 26th with Groovy Afternoon. They’ll bring their Woodstock-era rock n’ roll to Aselton Park, 6:00 -7:30 PM. Bring your blankets, beach chairs, and dancing shoes!!


And of course, the HyArts Artist Shanties at Bismore Park are open seven days a week from 11:00 AM until at least 8:00 PM.  Browse among the seven colorful shanties featuring local artists and artisans who work and sell their wares right from their “seaside studios”.  Artwork varies and artists change weekly.


This Weekend: Through July 24

Barnstable (Light Blue): Sea Glass Artwork by Paula Fedele

Marstons Mills (Green): Painting by Linda Emerson

Centerville (Red): Photography by Thomas Bollinger

Cotuit (Blue):  Mixed-Media Natural Artwork by Tessa D’Agustino

Osterville (Orange): Hand Stenciled Artwork by Tara Ring

Hyannis (Yellow): Hand-Printed Clothing by Jennifer Baudanza

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


Coming Week: July 25-31st

Barnstable (Light Blue): Sea Glass Art by Robin Pierson / Handmade Jewelry by Christine Esperson

Marstons Mills (Green): Pastel Paintings by Betsy Payne Cook & Coastal New England Designs by Steven Cook

Centerville (Red): JustJillToday - Photography and Art

Cotuit (Blue): Handmade Artisan Soaps by Jackie McEvoy

Osterville (Orange): Paintings by Cris Reverdy/ The Art of Kathi Taylor

Hyannis (Yellow): Susan Hancock / Shelly Thomas

West Barnstable (Dark Blue): Pottery by Laurie Goldman


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Last week, we asked: The Arts Foundation of Cape Cod this week announced the guest conductor for this year’s Pops by the Sea, to be held on Sunday, August 14 on the Village Green in Hyannis. Who will be this year’s guest conductor? eNews reader Jeanne Kinney got the answer correct – the Blue Man Group will be this year’s guest conductor!


This Week’s Question:  Barnstable is planning to build a dog park. Where will our park be located?   Email your answer here.   




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Barnstable This Morning

Week in Review

July 18-22, 2016


Monday, July 18, 2016


Town Manager Mark Ells joined us live in studio Monday morning to discuss the proposed Hyannis parking overlay district, ahead of an anticipated discussion at this week’s Town Council meeting.  Our Local Library Literary Chat segment brought us out to Sandy Neck Beach, where we talked about summer beach reads with Sturgis Library Reference Librarian Marcela Curry. Cape Cod Community College Communications Director Michael Gross told us that CCCC would not be raising its tuition costs this year, despite the fact that many other state institutions are raising prices.


Tuesday, July 19, 2016


Chief of Police Paul MacDonald reported that the Barnstable Police Department assisted with a 5k road race and parade for Osterville Village Days; officers were called to a fire on Hiramar Road, in which no-one was injured but the house was seriously damaged; a drowning at Covell’s Beach; and an increase in patrols for Long Beach.  Our Board Committee and Commission Roundup reviewed meetings including the Recreation Commission, Sandy Neck Board, Board of Health, and the Conservation Commission. State Representative Tim Whelan discussed the honor of being named Legislator of the Year by the New England Police Benevolent Association. Director of Public Works Dan Santos reviewed a report on the Stewart’s Creek estuary project, prepared by the Woods Hole Group, and also discussed proposed changes at the Transfer Station and an upcoming pair of public meetings.


Wednesday, July 20, 2016


Energy Coordinator Richard Elrick joined us to discuss ways in which to save money and conserve energy during the warm summer months.  Director of Assessing Jeff Rudziak outlined the various tax exemptions offered in Barnstable.  Director of Senior Services Madeline Noonan talked about a new outreach effort that will bring the Senior Center staff to various libraries in town in an effort to better educate residents about the programs offered.  Len Gobeil’s Sports segment featured an interview with Cape Cod Baseball League Vice President Bill Bussiere.


Thursday, July 21, 2016


Our Community Profile segment led off Thursday’s program. JFK Hyannis Museum Executive Director John Allen took us on a tour of the JFK museum and highlighted its new exhibit.  Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority Administrator Tom Cahir discussed the success of this year’s Cape Flyer season, along with improvements to the RTA’s services.  State Representative Brian Mannal outlined the Act to Establish Pay Equity. Town Council President Jessica Rapp Grassetti reviewed the orders of the day for the evening’s Town Council meeting.


Friday, July 22, 2016


This week’s Arts and Culture segment featured an interview with HyArts Artist shanty artist Robin Pierson.   We talked about summer fun at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center with  General Manager Joe Izzo. Next, we talked with Program Coordinator John Gleason and Detective Reid Hall about the Youth Police AcademySandy Neck Beach Park Manager Nina Coleman shared information about off-roading at Sandy Neck, and good news that the greenheads seem to be diminishing in population!  MSPCA Adoptable Pet Friday brought us adorable adoptables: Carly the cat, and Gracie and Baxter, the senior Lhasa Apsos.