Municipal Employees Graduate from Certificate Program

Twenty-five municipal employees graduated on Friday, May 27th from the Suffolk University Moakley Center for Public Management / Massachusetts Municipal Association Certificate in Local Government Leadership and Management program. These twenty-five students worked towards the certificate over the course of nine months, giving up Fridays in the office for Fridays in the classroom, along with spending several hours each week completing assignments and writing papers. Thank you to program organizers, instructors, and of course the students who participated. Congratulations to all! Pictured: Sandy Matava, Director of the Moakley Center for Public Management at Suffolk University (right) addresses graduates of the Certificate in Local Government Leadership and Management program.



Lynch Presented with Moakley Award

During last Friday’s graduation ceremony for the Suffolk University Moakley Center for Public Management / Massachusetts Municipal Association Certificate in Local Government Leadership and Management program, Town Manager Tom Lynch was presented with the Moakley Award for Public Management. The award recognizes individuals who exemplify commitment and outstanding performance in the public service sector.



Fiscal 2017 Operating Budget

Presentations and debate on the proposed Fiscal 2017 Operating Budget began during last night’s Town Council meeting. Presentations were made by the Airport, Police Department, Growth Management Department, Community Services Department, and Regulatory Services Department. Council approved all budgets. Debate and presentations will continue during the Town Council’s June 16, 2016 meeting.

Click here to view the Fiscal 2017 Operating Budget.


Hyannis Water System Update

Thursday night, Town Council unanimously approved spending $540,000 to install a carbon filter treatment system at the Mary Dunn wellfield. Following the US EPA’s announcement of a final Federal Health Advisory for perfluorinated compounds, it was discovered that Mary Dunn well 3 exceeded the new levels set by the EPA. The new levels are significantly lower than the provisional levels issued last year. The Mary Dunn wells are vital to the Hyannis Water System. It is the Town’s opinion that the source of perfluorinated compounds in the water supply wells is the Barnstable County Fire Training Academy, and it is anticipated that any and all funds expended to address the contamination of the wells shall be reimbursed to the Town. It is still advisable for pregnant or nursing women or infants who utilize the Hyannis Water System to use bottled water for drinking and cooking.


Barnstable Seeking a Homeless Outreach Coordinator

Barnstable is working to do its part to help solve issues surrounding our homeless population.  As part of the effort, the Town is now actively seeking a Homeless Outreach Coordinator. The grant-funded position will serve as a communications point between the Town Manager’s office and the local social service agencies, and will also work to coordinate the town-wide provision of services for people who are homeless, with the ultimate goal of helping to ease chronic homelessness.  Among the many qualities the candidate should possess, the Town is seeking an individual with experience in homeless outreach experience, administration and program management, inter-agency coordination within the social service field, excellent verbal and written communications. Click here for more information to view the full Request for Grant Applications


Barnstable’s Budget Receives Top Honors

The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to the Town of Barnstable by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual financial report.  The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.  This is the fourteenth consecutive year that Barnstable has received this award. We applaud the work of Finance Director Mark Milne and staff for continued prudent financial management in Barnstable.


Progress Update: Section 208 Water Quality Improvement Plan

The Section 208 Water Quality Improvement plan, updated last year by the Cape Cod Commission, requires that town submit “bookend” watershed reports by June 30, 2016. Director of Public Works Dan Santos reports that Barnstable has met with and begun a dialog with Sandwich, Mashpee and Yarmouth, towns with which we share watersheds. Next steps include development of a hybrid plan, encompassing features of both traditional and non-traditional scenarios. DPW is also working with the new Water Resources Advisory Committee to develop and prepare watershed reports, and examine data gaps. Click here for more information on the 208 plan. You can also learn more by attending the OneCape: Implementing Solutions for Clean Water event, scheduled to take place at the Resort and Conference Center in Hyannis on June 23 and 24, 2016.


Barnstable High School Graduation

Three hundred thirty seven students will don cap and gown tomorrow for Barnstable High School’s commencement ceremony. Graduation will take place at 2:00 at Leo Shields Field at Barnstable High School. Congratulations to all of our Barnstable High School graduates! We are proud of you and wish you the best of luck in all of your future endeavors.


Hyannis Parking Study

When you visit downtown Hyannis, whether it be to work, shop, dine, or play, you need a place to park. Barnstable’s Growth Management Department is working on improving ways to park in our busy downtown area. A public forum was held recently to gain insight from business owners, employees, residents, and other engaged citizens. Your input is still needed! Click to take the survey, view the presentation, and watch video from the parking study open house.


Hyannis Hy-Arts Shanty Lineup: June 3-6, 2016

The HyArts Artist Shanties at Bismore Park are open for the season. Shanties will be open from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM Friday through Memorial Day Monday. Visit the seven colorful shanties at beautiful Bismore Park.


This Weekend’s Lineup:

Barnstable (Light Blue): Handmade Jewelry : Kim Rumberger

Centerville (Red): Photography by Marie Grady Palcic

Cotuit (Blue): Cape Cod Collaborative Arts Network

Hyannis (Yellow): Dawn Rosell Designs : Jewelry

Marstons Mills (Green):  Paintings by Jay Pacunas

Osterville (Orange): Paintings by Linda Emerson

West Barnstable (Dark Blue): Ceramics: Harriette Zabusky-Zand




Last week
, we asked: In 1950, Congress approved a joint resolution designating 11:00AM on Memorial Day as a time for the nation to unite in ____ what? Many of our astute e-news readers knew that 11:00 on Memorial Day is a time set aside for the nation to unite in prayer. As a matter of fact, the Prayer for Peace is still a part of every Memorial Day Proclamation.


This week’s question: The historic reproduction “Mayflower II” is undergoing significant restoration work at Mystic Seaport in Connecticut. This Sunday morning, the vessel will begin its journey from Connecticut to Plymouth Harbor, where it will spend the summer and fall. How long did it take the original “Mayflower” to cross the Atlantic in 1620?  Email your answer here.  


Thank you for receiving and reading e-news each week!

Barnstable This Morning
Week in Review

May 31 – June 3, 2016


Tuesday, May 31, 2016


Chief of Police Paul MacDonald talked with us Tuesday morning about the busy holiday weekend.  Mary Sarah Fairweather and Laura Hay of the MSPCA shared information about fundraising for a new facility for the MSPCA.  Energy Coordinator Richard Elrick discussed options for textile recycling.  Director of Public Works Dan Santos discussed an effort to improve security in certain municipal buildings.


Wednesday, June 1, 2016


Our Business Barnstable segment this week featured Hyannis Main Street Business Improvement District Executive Director Elizabeth Wurfbain. Wurfbain highlighted the large amount of activities planned along Main Street during the summer season.  Barnstable Director of Finance Mark Milne outlined budget presentations expected to be made before Town Council this week.  Cape and Islands State Senator Dan Wolf reviewed important parts of the State budget.  Assistant Harbormaster Jarrod Smoller shared information about a variety of pumpout options available in Town. Jarrod also reviewed important safety tips for boaters.


Thursday, June 2, 2016


Hyannis Fire Lieutenant John Cosmo joined us on Thursday morning with important fire safety information.  Cape Cod Commission Director of Technical Services Glenn Cannon stopped by for a discussion about the public input process for the State’s Transportation Improvement Plan, and information about an upcoming public meeting on Route 28 improvements in Cotuit.  State Representative Randy Hunt outlined the transgender bill that passed in the House this week.  Town Council President Jessica Rapp Grassetti reviewed the orders of the day for the evening’s Town Council meeting.


Friday, June 3, 2016


Our Arts and Culture segment this week featured Hy-Arts Artist Shanty participant Robin PiersonHyannis Youth and Community Center General Manager Joe Izzo discussed the upcoming PrimeTime of your Life expo. Director of Leisure Services Patti Machado talked about this weekend’s Best Buddies bike ride. In this week’s Adoptable Pet Friday segment, our friends from the MSPCA stopped by with adorable adoptable dog Dewey and lovable lop Jazzy.