Barnstable This Morning

During my weekly appearance on Barnstable This Morning I presented a brief overview of the FY ’16 Operating Budget. I followed the Town Council Strategic Plan goals into the services we funded this year. I listed the Quality of Life initiatives in the budget and our emphasis on a strong financial foundation when choosing funding priorities. This budget provides a financial plan for meeting the needs of the Town.

Watch the video: Town Website  YouTube



Farewell to Superintendent Dr. Mary Czajkowski

At the end of my weekly segment on Barnstable This Morning, I was joined live and in studio by our Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Mary Czajkowski. This was an opportunity for me to thank Dr. Czajkowski for her service to our community and children over the past four years. I believe the school system, with strong leadership from the school committee, has grown over the tenure of Dr. Czajkowski. She is wrapping up her duties as our School Superintendent with the Barnstable High School graduation on Saturday and a final school committee meeting on June 15th. We will miss her energy and enthusiasm and wish her continued success in Lexington.

View Dr. Czajkowski’s interview: Town Website  You Tube


Barnstable High School Graduation

Saturday June 6th, the Class of 2015 will be graduating from Barnstable High School. We wish all of our Barnstable 2015 graduates well, whether going on to higher education, the military or joining the workforce. Congratulations on a job well done.


Town of Barnstable Mooring Program Overview

At the request of Town Council President Jessica Rapp Grassetti, Marine and Environmental Affairs staff this week presented an overview of the Town’s mooring regulations. Council Vice President Ann Canedy and Councilors James Crocker and Fred Chirigotis were also in attendance.  Waterways Committee Chair Jack Meade assisted with the presentation, which included wait list data, mooring locations, and an overall review of the program. The presentation was informative and answered many questions. View the Power Point here, and view the taped presentation here.


Town Council

As mentioned in my introductory message, the Town Council is making progress on approval of our FY 2016 Operating Budget. On Thursday, Council approved budgets for the Barnstable Municipal Airport, Schools, Police, Growth Management, Regulatory Services, Administrative Services, Town Council, and Town Manager.  In fact, at the June 18th meeting, we will be presenting the Department of Public Works budget, Community Services, and the libraries and tourism budgets which will conclude our deliberations.


Lombard Trust Funds Awarded

The Lombard Trust Fund is in place to help people of the Town of Barnstable who are in need of assistance, and at times will fund organizations with a similar mission.  On Monday, Judge Joseph Reardon, Trustee of the Lombard Trust Fund, came to Town Hall to present checks to two local organizations.   Judge Reardon presented a check to Deacon Dick Murphy, Treasurer of Homeless not Hopeless, and Bob McGilvray, Chief Operating officer. Judge Reardon also presented a check to Caroline Corrigan, Office Manager of Homeless Not Hopeless.  A check was also given to Linda Bradstreet, Director, and Meaghan Foley, Program Assistant, of the Bridge to Hope Program.  Homeless Not Hopeless is an organization that works to help homeless men and women get off the street. The Bridge to Hope program helps formerly incarcerated women as they transition back to society.



JetBlue Returns to Barnstable Municipal Airport

In less than two weeks, JetBlue’s 100 seat Embraer E190 will touch down on the tarmac at Barnstable Municipal Airport, signifying the start of the second summer season of service between New York and Hyannis.  Barnstable Municipal Airport Manager Bud Breault is thrilled to have JetBlue return this season. During the 11 week 2014 season, nearly 12,000 passengers took advantage of flights in both directions.  Flights will depart Barnstable Airport daily at 1:09 p.m. and arrive at JFK one hour and twelve minutes later.  The Hyannis-bound leg of the flight is scheduled to leave JFK every day at 11:22 a.m. and arrive in Hyannis at 12:28 p.m.



Blish Point Sand Management Project Underway

The Blish Point sand management project is underway, as seen in this photo contributed by our Director of Natural Resources Dan Horn.



Theatre on Ice: June 18-22, HYCC

U.S. Figure Skating’s National Theatre on Ice Competition will return to the Hyannis Youth and Community Center June 18th – 21st. The Town, along with the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce/CVB and the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism is pleased to welcome the 8th Annual 2015 U.S. Figure Skating National Theatre on Ice Competition, hosted by the Yarmouth Ice Club. Two thousand skaters from U.S. Figure Skating clubs all over the country are coming to compete on the ice at the HYCC.  We are looking forward to this exciting event. Click here to learn more.



Fiscal Year 2014 Annual Report Available

Barnstable’s Fiscal Year 2014 Annual Report is now available. With a theme of “Celebrating Our 375th Anniversary,” one will find reports from boards and commissions, election results, and financial information. A copy will be available at Town Hall, the Hyannis Youth and Community Center, the Barnstable Senior Center, and all our village libraries. Click here to view the Fiscal 2014 Annual Report online.





Last week’s trivia question: What famous actress was discovered at the Cape Playhouse in Dennis while she was working as an usher?   Many of our e-news readers, including Jeanne K. and Demi K. guessed correctly that Bette Davis was discovered right here on Cape Cod.

This week’s trivia question:  When was the last time the International and National Theater on Ice competition were held in the same venue, back to back? Email your answer here.  


Barnstable This Morning

Week in Review

June 1-5, 2015



Monday June 1, 2015


Town Manager Tom Lynch joined us live in studio Monday to discuss plans to present the Fiscal 2016 Operating Budget. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Mary Czajkowski appeared live on Monday, and Town Manager Tom Lynch invited Mary on screen during his interview to review the budget partnership between the Town and the Schools, and to bid our Superintendent a farewell. We continued Mary’s interview with a review of her time in town.  Dr. Czajkowski is moving on to become Superintendent of Schools in Lexington, MA.  Energy Coordinator Richard Elrick stopped by the studio to share energy-saving tips for the warm weather. Cape Cod Community College Communications Director Michael Gross joined us with a look back at Commencement 2015.


Tuesday, June 2, 2015


Tuesday morning began with Chief of Police Paul MacDonald, who talked with us about a number of incidents in recent days, including a fatal car crash, a rash of robberies at a Centerville church, and a filming of an episode of Hoarders in Cotuit.  Our Community Profile segment featured Cape Cod Writers Center Board of Directors President Jim Hill. We talked with Cape and Islands State Senator Dan Wolf about the potential for constructing a third bridge across the Cape Cod Canal.  Assistant Director of Public Works Rob Steen reviewed the details of a number of state-funded road work projects going on in Town this week.


Wednesday, June 3, 2015


Our Business Barnstable segment brought us down to Hyannis Harbor to visit with the artists of Cape Cod Can, who will be occupying an artist shanty this summer.  Director of Regulatory Services Richard Scali reviewed goals and objectives for the coming year.  In our monthly Veterans segment, Director of Veterans Services Ed Merigan talked with us about important funeral benefits for vets. 


Thursday, June 4, 2015


Thursday’s program began with a visit to Olde Barnstable Fairgrounds to talk with Barnstable Golf Professional Merry Holway. Merry talked with us about the Cape Cod Open golf tournament, which took place on Wednesday and Thursday of this week.  We highlighted the work of the Barnstable Police Department Community Impact Unit. 5th Barnstable State Rep Randy Hunt spoke with us about important work being done at the Correctional Facility.  Town Council President Jessica Rapp Grassetti previewed the orders of the day for the evening’s Town Council meeting.


Friday, June 5, 2015

This week’s Arts & Culture Segment takes us down to Hyannis Harbor to visit with ceramic artist Harriet Zabusky-Zand.  Next, we headed to the HYCC to visit with Hyannis Youth and Community Center General Manager Joe Izzo, who previewed the upcoming Theater on Ice competition, coming to the HYCC June 16 through the 21st Director of Leisure Services Patti Machado discussed the need for lifeguards and the Hyannis Sprint Triathlon which will take place this weekend.  Shellfish Biologist Tom Marcotti wrapped up the week with information about clamming classes – and told us where to find quahogs in town!

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