Barnstable This Morning

Monday morning, I joined “Barnstable This Morning” host Sara Mannal to discuss the successful summer businesses have been having on Main Street and other areas throughout Town.  We also spoke about the visible presence of our new Community Resource Officers (CRO’s) as they walk Main Street Hyannis in their bright yellow shirts. These CRO’s are meant to assist any citizens seeking information and be eyes and ears on the street. They do not have arrest powers but will contact police officers to deal with any criminal activity they observe. The CRO’s are an addition to the other successful community policing efforts of the BPD.  


Assistant Town Manager Job Posted

The Town of Barnstable is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Assistant Town Manager.  This highly responsible position serves as a key member of the Town's senior management team and assists the Town Manager in the operational management and supervision of the organization. The position also assists the Town Manager in implementing programs and establishing policy directives, and serves as a liaison between town officials, employees, and citizens.   Responsibilities include but are not limited to: supervision, departmental liaison, annual budget, capital improvement plan preparation, cost of service analyses, and assisting in the preparation of long term financial forecasts.  For more information about the position, click here.


Barnstable Police to Participate in Barnstable Unity Day

A community gathering designed to bring together residents from all backgrounds will take place on the Hyannis Village Green on Friday, August 5th from 4 to 7 PM.  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 include food, face painting, music, prize giveaways, games and more!  Anyone who would like to help can contact Andre Barboza at 774-487-1846.  We encourage everyone to come out and join us as we celebrate unity in Barnstable!


Plane Crash at Barnstable Municipal Airport

At 1:15PM on Sunday July 24th, a high performance single engine 2004 CIRRUS design aircraft with four (4) persons on board veered off runway 33 while attempting to perform a “touch and go” landing and takeoff; and at a high rate of speed, crossed the grass safety area, crossed taxiway Alpha, crossed the main terminal ramp, crashed through a steel bollard and the security fence, finally coming to rest in the rental car parking lot after damaging or destroying 9 vehicles. The aircraft, piloted by Dr. Basia Ann McAnaw, was a total loss. The four persons on board were taken to Cape Cod Hospital where they were all treated and released. No one on the ground was injured and we are all very fortunate that there was not a more tragic ending. The area of the crash is normally a very busy location with customers, passengers and crew, aircraft, fuel trucks and others in the immediate vicinity on a busy Sunday afternoon. Thanks to our first responders who all responded quickly to the scene and ensured the safety of the passengers and safeguarded the site while also minimizing potential environmental impacts; immediately started the massive response from other agencies and providers of emergency services; and  after the accident site was inspected and released by the MassDOT Aeronautics Accident investigator, the FAA and the NTSB, the wreckage was removed to a secure location and the site was returned to normal conditions over the next day or so. Preparation and training is everything when responding to any accident, but it takes a team and teamwork to get through it. We want to thank all participants who responded with a hearty WELL DONE!!



Cape Cod Water Protection Collaborative Governing Board

On Wednesday I attended the Cape Cod Water Protection Collaborative Governing Board.  The Board elected its Chair, Vice Chair and Executive Committee, discussed the FY 20167 operating budget, and set the meeting schedule for the upcoming year.  The web page for the Collaborative can be found at for more information.


Parking Lot Regulation Changes in Municipal Parking on North Street
New parking rules took effect in the municipal parking lot on North Street in Hyannis on Wednesday, July 27th.  The lot is now limited to 6 (six) hours maximum parking with no overnight parking. This new limit is in place to maximize utilization of our parking facilities, improve access to municipal buildings, and to curb misuse of the municipal lot. The parking limit will be enforced 24/7. Any violation to the rules and regulations is subject to fines and potential towing at the vehicle owner’s expense. Please direct all questions regarding these changes to the Consumer Affairs Parking Division at 508-862-4771.
Learn More:
A study of parking in and around downtown Hyannis is currently underway.

Click here for details and to take the Hyannis Parking Survey.

Solid Waste Transfer Station Improvement Project

On Monday July 25, The Department of Public Works held the first of two scheduled public meetings to present conceptual plans for improvements to the Transfer Station and Recycling Center on Flint Street in Marstons Mills. Engineers from Environmental Partners Group presented graphics showing a new layout that will result in a safer, more efficient, and customer friendly experience. Participants asked questions and made suggestions during the meeting. The engineers will consider the input received in the meetings as we move to the design phase of the project. The second meeting will be held on Tuesday August 2 at 6:00 PM in the Town Hall Hearing Room.  Residents are invited to attend and comment.


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.


Stewart’s Creek Update Meeting

On Wednesday July 27, approximately 30 neighbors, interested parties, and Town Councilors met with representatives of the Department of Public Works, Army Corps of Engineers, and The Woods Hole Group to hear a presentation and discuss a report on the Stewart’s Creek Estuary Restoration Project. The Army Corps of Engineers completed a culvert replacement project in 2013, with the goal of increasing flushing, restoration of the natural marsh, and eradicating invasive phragmites plants within the Stewart’s Creek Estuary, which empties into Nantucket Sound beneath Ocean Avenue in Hyannis Port. The DPW contracted for the study to evaluate the effectiveness of the project after neighborhood residents expressed concern about the presence of odors and lack of progress in eliminating the phragmites. The Woods Hole Group has concluded that excellent flushing is occurring with the new culvert and some marsh flora and fauna are beginning to repopulate. They found that little progress has been made in eradicating the phragmites. DPW has agreed to evaluate options to hasten the eradication of the phragmites as well as options for retaining some open water during periods of low tide.

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


Lifeguard Demo Video from Swim & Safety Week
As we reported a couple of weeks ago, the Aquatic Staff from the Recreation Division annually hosts a Swim and Safety Week.  Barnstable This Morning’s Sara Mannal and Sarah Beal produced a segment that allows you to watch a variety of rescue efforts as demonstrated by our hardworking lifeguards.  Watch the video here.


Let music and art fill your weekend!


Tonight, Friday July 29, get your groove on at Aselton Park with Super Soulshine, a band that blends the sounds of blues, funk, pop and rock! Aselton Park, 6:00-7:30 PM.


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


Get ready for Tuesdays at Twilight with Marcia Wytrawl & Friends on Tuesday, August 2nd, 9th and 16thThey’ll bring jazz/blues/contemporary music to Aselton Park, 6:00-7:30 PM with a pre-set from 5:00-5:45 PM with music from the Mexican Hotlands by “Tres Por Cinco” (Jean Sagara & John Best, violins; John Dirac, guitar; Marcia Wytrwal, Vocals and hand percussion). Bring your blankets, beach chairs, and dancing shoes!  Marcia’s Other Friends include:  John Dirac – Guitar; Jerome Deupree – Drums (from the Boston-based rock group “Morphine”), Marty Richards – Drums (August 16); Marty Ballou – Bass; Blake Newman – Bass (August 9).


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 31

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): Handmade jewelry using fishing lures/Brewster Tackle Co:  Susan Hancock / Shelly Thomas

West Barnstable (Dark Blue): Pottery by Laurie Goldman


Coming Week: August 1st-August 8th:

Barnstable (Light Blue): metalsmith Ann Hanson / ceramic artist Pat Kelly

Marstons Mills (Green): oil paintings by Robert Carter

Centerville (Red): paintings of Tony Donovan/photographs of John Whitmarsh

Cotuit (Blue): whimsical soft creations made from vintage and recycled fabrics by Anne Tochka

Osterville (Orange): paintings by Cris Reverdy

Hyannis (Yellow): photographs by Mary Taylor

West Barnstable (Dark Blue): needle felted sculptures & unique fiber jewelry by Kathleen Kortis



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Last week, we asked:  Barnstable is planning to build a dog park. Where will our park be located?  We received MANY correct responses to last week's question (it was an easy one, for sure) that the dog park will be located off of Phinney’s Lane in the Hathaway’s Pond area.

Here are the names of our readers who knew the correct answer: Nils Ahlin, Rick Presbrey, Barbara O'Neill, Michael Gorenstein, and Michael Cronin.


This Week’s Question:  We were saddened to learn of the passing of Charles Bilezikian this week.  What business did Mr. Bilezikian and his wife Doreen establish in 1970? Email your answer here.  




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Barnstable This Morning

Week in Review

July 25-29, 2016


Monday, July 25, 2016

Town Manager Mark Ells joined us live in studio Monday morning to discuss a successful summer season on Hyannis Main St.  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. We chat with Energy Coordinator Richard Elrick about future changes at the Barnstable Transfer Station. We tour the Cape Cod Maritime Museum’s Scrimshaw exhibit with Executive Director Chris Galazzi.


Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Chief of Police Paul MacDonald reported that the Barnstable Police Department executed two search warrants and assisted in a plane crash at Barnstable Municipal Airport.  Town lifeguard staff demonstrate their life saving skills during Swim and Safety Week. State Senator Dan Wolf gave us an update on what’s happening on Beacon Hill . Director of Public Works Dan Santos talked about a study recently approved by Town Council that will examine the town’s recreation fields and help with long-term planning.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Register of Deeds Jack Meade gave us the latest Barnstable County real estate numbers for the month of June.  Town Treasurer Debra Blanchette discussed changes her department is considering for municipal health insurance.  Director of Growth Management Jo Anne Miller Buntich gave us an update on projects her department is working on.  Town Clerk Ann Quirk talked to us about the upcoming September State Primary and gave us some important deadlines.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Our Community Profile segment led off Thursday’s program. DJ Ian Sinnetti joined us with a preview of the upcoming Pops by the Sea event.  Assistant Airport Manager Katie Servis talked about the recent airplane crash at the Barnstable Municipal Airport.  State Representative Randy Hunt discussed a recent move by State Attorney General Maura Healey to ban copy-cat guns. President of the Cotuit Athletic Association Paul Logan joined us to chat about the Cotuit Kettleers.

Friday, July 29, 2016

This week’s Arts and Culture segment featured an interview with John Allen the Executive Director of the John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum. We talked about summer fun at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center with General Manager Joe Izzo. Next, we talked with Director of Leisure Services Patti Machado about the end of summer programs and this weekend’s Hyannis Yacht Club Regatta. Sandy Neck Natural Resource Officer Sean Kortis and Andrea Higgins talk to us about the Sandy Neck Ranger Program. MSPCA Adoptable Pet Friday brought us several pets looking for forever homes.