Barnstable This Morning

On Barnstable This Morning this week, host Sarah Colvin and I discussed three events that occurred over the past week. The JFK Museum had a very successful reception with Rory Kennedy prior to a viewing of her documentary film, “Last Days in Vietnam”. Mrs. Robert F. Kennedy made an appearance at the reception with several family members and toured the current exhibit “Jack and Bobby, Brothers First.” I also shared my experience at the Community Action Committee of Cape Cod and the Islands anniversary celebration, honoring 50 years of service to low income residents. And the Love Live Local Festival at Aselton Park was a big success featuring, of course, local artists and products.

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Recent Meetings

My weekly appearance on Barnstable This Morning also included a discussion on some important meetings held last week. I reviewed my meeting with Cheryl Bartlett, Executive Director of the Cape Cod Regional Substance Abuse Prevention Initiative, and Judy Scarafile, President of the Cape Cod Baseball League.

New Business Opens in Hyannis

Community Services Director Lynne Poyant and Economic Development Specialist Mike Trovato attended the official ribbon cutting for the “Gold’N Memories of Cape Cod”, a new gift shop and café that opened up in the space formerly occupied by “Bud’s Place”.  

















Community Development Block Grant Funds

The Growth Management Department is seeking input on the 2015 disbursement of Community Development Block Grant funds. The draft Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report (CAPER) is available for view

online at the Town's website , as well as in the Growth Management Department on the third floor of Town Hall.  The public is invited to attend a meeting to review the draft document. The meeting is being held Wednesday, August 5th, 2015 at 3:00 PM in the Growth Management conference room. CDBG funds are used to support low and moderate income residents, eliminate blight, and to address community needs.


Barnstable Wastewater Energy Recovery Pilot Program

A pilot project is underway at the Old Colony pumping station in Hyannis that, if successful, could supplement the cooling needs of several Town buildings. A pilot Wastewater Energy Recovery (WWER) unit has been installed in the pumping station. WWER is a heat exchange process that takes advantage of the relatively constant temperature of wastewater for space and water heating during the winter and to dissipate excess building heat in the summer. If the pilot is successful, a permanent WWER unit housed within a building could improve efficiency and save money. The Town of Barnstable was awarded a 100% grant from the Wastewater Energy Recovery Assistance Program, administered through the Department of Energy Resources, to conduct the pilot.



Centerville Old Home Week

The village of Centerville will be holding its 111th annual Old Home Week from August 2nd through the 9th. One of the highlights of the event is the Centerville Civic Association’s Annual Meeting, which will feature a talk from Assistant Town Manager Mark Ells, and of course delicious strawberry shortcake and Four Seas Ice Cream. The event concludes with a fantastic beach bonfire at Craigville Beach. Whether you are a Centerville year-rounder, summer resident, or just a visitor, it’s a great way to celebrate this special village.


ArtsBarnstable Weekend Highlights


America’s oldest library building is located right here in the Town of Barnstable. The story of the historic building that houses the Sturgis Libraryy will be told on Monday evening by Library Director Lucy Loomis. Join Lucy on Monday, August 3rd at 7:00 PM at the Sturgis Library on Route 6a in Barnstable Village.


Celebrate community in Centerville this week. It’s time for the annual Centerville Old Home Week, August 2nd through the 9th. From concerts by Cape Harmony and the Hyannis Sound to a three mile road race and walk, to the Centerville Civic Association’s annual meeting (featuring strawberry shortcake and Four Seas Ice Cream!) to a lobster roll dinner on Friday, Old Home Week offers exciting activities for all. And don’t forget the icing on the cake: everyone’s favorite community bonfire at Craigville Beach on Saturday, August 8th, featuring the Moonlighters!


The Village Green in Hyannis will be bustling with activity in the coming days, as crews work to erect the iconic tent and set up tables and chairs for the 30th annual POPS by the Sea! Join 12,000 of your closest friends on the Hyannis Village Green on Sunday, August 9th to hear the sounds of . This year’s trio of special guest conductors, Charlie Gibson, Connie Chung and Maury Povich are sure to delight the crowd. Come early and hear the opening acts on the Village Green bandstand: local favorites Steve Morgan & The Kingfish, Cerise Byroe & the Charlie Jamieson Trio, and the CrabGrass Bluegrass Band.


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 arts and culture in our seven villages!




Last week’s trivia question:: Last week, we asked: How old is the Cape Cod Baseball League? What is the only town with two teams? Thank you to eNews readers Christian, Bob, and Ray for writing in with the correct response!  The Cape Cod Baseball League was established in 1885, making it 130 years old. And of course, our Barnstable is the only town with two teams – the Hyannis Harbor Hawks and the Cotuit Kettleers.


This week’s question: Centerville Old Home Week has been celebrated since 1904. What motivated the organizers to begin this annual event? Email your answer here.  


Barnstable This Morning

Week in Review

July 27-31, 2015


Monday, July 27, 2015


Town Manager Tom Lynch joined us on Monday morning to review a weekend full of activities, and touch upon several important meetings held in recent days.  Interim Superintendent of Schools Bill Butler checked in with a report on the annual Superintendent summit.  Energy Coordinator Richard Elrick shared information about new Big Belly solar trash compactors being placed around town. Cape Cod Community College Communications Director Michael Gross provided an update from the West Barnstable campus.


Tuesday, July 28, 2015


Chief of Police Paul MacDonald talked with us Tuesday about a large-scale drug bust that resulted in 19 arrests across Cape Cod.  Our Community Profile segment featured Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cape Cod & the Islands Executive Director Hadley Luddy1st Barnstable State Representative Tim Whelan joined us for a conversation on an effort to ban the trafficking of Fentanyl. Director of Public Works Dan Santos discussed preparations for snow and ice operations.


Wednesday, July 29, 2015


Director of Growth Management Jo Anne Miller Buntich stopped by our studio on Wednesday for a discussion on a proposed BJ’s gas station, and a pending peer reviewed traffic pattern study in the area. Assistant Director of Senior Services Donna Marie Burns shared information on how you can stay cool during the hot summer months. We set sail aboard the historic vessel When and If that will be docked in Hyannis Harbor for the remainder of the summer.


Thursday, July 30, 2015


We hit the links at Olde Barnstable Fairgrounds on Thursday morning, where Head PGA Golf Professional Merry Holway gave host Sarah Colvin some putting pointers.  Next, Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority Administrator Tom Cahir talked with us about potential changes to bus routes, as well as work the RTA is doing with the Cape Cod Commission.  2nd Barnstable State Rep Brian Mannal discussed the legislative process for restoring vetoed funds.  MassBike Cape and Islands Chapter President Rob Miceli talked with us about bike safety and bike safety initiatives on Cape Cod.


Friday, July 31, 2015


Friday’s program began with our Arts & Culture segment.  Author and Teacher Mick Carlon talked with us about several of his writing projects. We learned about Kids Day and other upcoming activities from Director of Leisure Services Patti Machado and Barnstable Police Detectives Reid Hall and Kevin Connolly. Hyannis Youth & Community Center General Manager Joe Izzo previewed the exciting boxing bout coming up at the HYCC on August 8. Len Gobeil wrapped up the show with a conversation with Cotuit Kettleers President Paul Logan.