Barnstable This Morning

Channel 18 host Sarah Colvin and I began this week’s show talking about the recent national publication, Bringing Solar to Your Community, which listed Barnstable as one of 27 case studies on communities leading the way on solar energy (see item below). We then discussed the Water Quality initiative approved by the Town Council for Mary Dunn Well #3 and the progress made on the first night of the presentation of the FY 2017 Operating Budget. View the interview: Town Website YouTube


Barnstable School Meeting

We heard good news from Interim Superintendent of Schools Bill Butler during our weekly joint School Department/Municipal Government meeting. Bill shared recent testing results on water fountains at each of our public schools. No lead was detected at any site, and the test indicated an acceptable level of copper.  Lead in the water at schools has been an issue confronted by several school systems in Massachusetts, and Barnstable ordered the testing to be certain there were no issues in any of our schools. Assistant Superintendent Kristen Harmon shared the successful high school graduation ceremonies held on Saturday at Barnstable High School. Best of luck to all the new graduates!


Bringing Solar to Our Community

Barnstable was one of 27 case studies selected for themes, studies and insights on how communities are leading the way using solar energy as a renewable energy source. The publication, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, was supported by the International City/County Management Association (ICMA). Barnstable achieved the most solar energy capacity and the third highest solar photovoltaic (PV) installations of any municipality in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. We were credited for having a strong regional renewable energy infrastructure, local government collaboration, strong state and local leadership, and town manager leadership. We will continue to work on sustainable energy projects and it was rewarding to receive this national recognition.



Hyannis Water System Update

The Department of Public Works is continuing to work with the EPA, monitoring the PFOS/PFOA contamination of the Hyannis Water System. A new carbon treatment system will be installed by July 1. Mary Dunn Well #3 will remain offline until that system is installed. The interconnection with the Yarmouth Water System has been re-established. The entire system was sampled on June 7, and results are expected back next week. The issue was discovered following the US EPA’s announcement of a final Federal Health Advisory for perfluorinated compounds. 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 still advisable for pregnant or nursing women or infants who utilize the Hyannis Water System to use bottled water for drinking and cooking.



CapeSpace Opens New Flexible Workspace Facility in Hyannis

On Wednesday, Town Manager Tom Lynch, Town Council President Jessica Rapp Grassetti, Town Councilor John Flores, Growth Management Director Jo Anne Miller Buntich and Economic Development Specialist Mike Trovato attend the ribbon cutting for CapeSpace at 100 Independence Drive.  CapeSpace is Cape Cod’s first full-service flexible workspace facility featuring the fast and reliable Wi-Fi from CapeNet. CapeSpace offers the first true, full-service co-working facility on Cape Cod.  Owner Robbin Orbison and her team have renovated the space into a modern, high functioning work space designed to serve a wide array of business needs. CapeSpace is located at 100 Independence Drive in Hyannis.

Bond Refunding

While not the flashiest of news stories, our Finance staff is always looking to save money. Debra Blanchette, Town Treasurer, re-funded a 2008 five-plus-million-dollar bond (like re-financing) and saved $588,662 over the remaining life of the bond. Roosevelt and Cross, Inc. was the winning bidder on the Bonds with an average interest rate of 1.43%. There was also a Bond Anticipation Note Issue of $1,917,209 for Municipal Airport projects which came in at an average interest rate of 0.755%. Standard & Poor’s Rating Group, a municipal bond credit rating agency, affirmed the Town’s AAA rating to the Bonds and assigned a SP-1+ rating to the notes, the highest attainable short-term rating. The rating agency cited the Town’s very strong management with strong financial policies and practices, very strong budgetary flexibility and very strong liquidity as positive credit factors.


Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority plans for “Senior Boom”

Seniors make up the majority of Cape Cod’s population, and that number is expected to increase. The Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority this week announced the launch of several new initiatives to help ensure transportation is available and accessible to all.  The initiatives include a formal travel training program, a travel training video series, five new accessible vans, and participation in a transportation accessibility study to prioritize improvements for bus stop accessibility. On Wednesday morning, Assistant Town Manager Mark Ells and Director of Senior Services Madeline Noonan attended the announcement, held at CCRTA headquarters in Hyannis. 

View video from the event:  Town Website   YouTube



Annual Memorial Garden Ceremony at Barnstable High School

On Wednesday, June 8th, Barnstable High School (BHS) hosted its annual Memorial Garden Dedication Ceremony.  While threatening weather moved the ceremony to the Knight Auditorium, it could not dampen the spirits of those who attended.  The ceremony, featured poetry and music by students past and present including the BHS Chamber Choir, honored those students and staff lost during their time at BHS or shortly thereafter. This year’s Honorees included:  Justin Matthew Aristide (Student) 1996-2014; Michael K. Aselton (Student) 1957-1983; Sheila Burns (Staff) 1946-2015; Stephan J. Calvin (Student) 1995-2014; Stephen R. Guerrini (Student) 1992-2014; Thomas K. MacPhee (Student) 1990-2014; Grace O’Connor (Staff) 1932-2015; Richard Emil Olson (Student) 1945-1969; Jack Sartell (Staff) 1953-2015; Sheldon Thayer (Staff) 1936-2015; and Patrick Yezukevicz (Student) 1992-2013.  As the weather held following the ceremony, Lt. (Retired) David Cameron on bagpipes, followed by the Barnstable Police Department Honor Guard, and Mike and Mary Gyra, who carried the flowers presented in memory of each honoree, led the crowd into the Memorial Garden at the Cobb Astro Park to share memories and refreshments.


Route 28 Cotuit Corridor Study Public Meeting Scheduled

Cape Cod Commission and Town of Barnstable staff will host a public meeting to discuss the Route 28 Cotuit Corridor Study on Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at Cotuit Freedom Hall (976 Main Street, Cotuit) from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. The meeting will include an overview of project goals and existing conditions, followed by an interactive group discussion. The focus of the meeting will be the gathering of public feedback on issues, opportunities and visions for the future of the corridor. The latest project information is available on the Route 28 Corridor Study website.


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.


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 County Seeking Opioid Staff

We typically do not use e-news as a vehicle for job postings; however, we are making an exception for the County. The Barnstable County Department of Human Services is seeking two program specialists to help combat the opioid crisis.


Massachusetts Opioid Abuse Prevention Collaborative

Full time MOAPC Program Specialist

Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university in public health, social work, human services, behavioral health, or related field; minimum of three years' experience working on regional initiatives and/or prevention programs. Knowledge of behavioral health and substance use systems and resources in region. Must possess, or be willing to obtain, certification as a prevention specialist within two years of hire. Annual salary $54,042.69.

Send resume by June 22, 2016 to Human Resources Department, P.O. Box 427, Barnstable, MA 02630 or   E/O/E


Substance Abuse Prevention Collaborative

Full time SAPC Program Specialist

Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university in public health, social work, human services, behavioral health, or related field; minimum of three years' experience working on regional initiatives and/or prevention programs. Knowledge of behavioral health and substance use systems and resources in region. Must possess, or be willing to obtain, certification as a prevention specialist within two years of hire. Annual salary $54,042.69.


Send resume by June 22, 2016 to Human Resources Department, P.O. Box 427, Barnstable, MA 02630 or   E/O/E


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 10-12, 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 Sunday. Visit the seven colorful shanties at beautiful Bismore Park.


This Weekend’s Lineup:

Barnstable (Light Blue): Handmade Jewelry by Kyle Kochiss

Centerville (Red): Photography by Marie Grady Palcic

Cotuit (Blue): Hand-printed clothing by Jennifer Boudanza

Hyannis (Yellow): Dawn Rosell Designs : Jewelry

Marstons Mills (Green):  Paintings by Sylvia Quiroga

Osterville (Orange): Handmade Artisan Soaps by Jacquie McEvoy

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




Last week
, we asked: 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?  We received quite a few answers from our e-news readers, and a range of times! The original voyage took 66 days. 


This week’s question: There are three new vessels which will be traveling to the islands this summer season. Two from HyLine, one from the Steamship Authority. Do you know the names of these vessels? Email your answer here.  


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Barnstable This Morning

Week in Review

June 6-10, 2016


Monday, June 6, 2016


Barnstable’s investment in solar energy is paying off. Town Manager Tom Lynch joined us live in-studio to discuss some national attention our Town is receiving regarding solar energy. Lynch also reviewed sections of the Fiscal 2017 Operating Budget, approved by Town Council on June 2, 2016. Interim Superintendent of Schools Bill Butler Lauren Wolk, Associate Director of the Cultural Center of Cape Cod is also a local author. Sara Mannal talked with Lauren about her new book “Wolf Hollow”.  Cape Cod Community College Communications Director Michael Gross shared information about a large airplane engine being delivered to the Plymouth Airport campus of the College’s Air Frame and Power Plant maintenance program.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016


Chief of Police Paul MacDonald joined us live in studio to discuss a meeting held at Cape Cod Community College Monday morning on the subject of homelessness.  Our Board Committee Commission Roundup focused on the School Committee and Town Council.  State Representative Tim Whelan discussed the transgender bill, recently passed by the House.  Director of Public Works Dan Santos shared information about Thursday’s public meeting planning for future improvements on Sea Street in Hyannis.


Wednesday, June 8, 2016


Wednesday morning’s program began with our Business Barnstable segment. We talked with Elizabeth Wurfbain of the Hyannis Main Street Business Improvement District.  Barnstable has again received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association. Director of Finance Mark Milne spoke with us about this designation and what it means for our Town. We heard an update on activities at the Senior Center from Director of Senior Services Madeline Noonan.  Finally, Natural Resources Supervisor Doug Kalweit talked with us about snapping turtles and what to do if you encounter one in your yard or along the road.


Thursday, June 9, 2016


This week’s Community Profile segment featured Ann Williams, this year’s recipient of the Mercy Otis Warren Cape Cod Woman of the Year award.  Next, we visited the Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority for an update on work they are doing to accommodate an increase in senior riders.  State Representative Brian Mannal discussed the transgender bill that recently passed in the House.  Len Gobeil talked with Barnstable High School Lacrosse Coach Chris Whidden.


Friday, June 10, 2016


Friday’s program began with our Arts & Culture segment. We welcomed local author Lauren Wolk to discuss her latest book, “Wolf Hollow”. Next, Director of Public Works Dan Santos joined us live in studio with an update on the Hyannis Water System.  Hyannis Youth and Community Center GM Joe Izzo talked with us about this Saturday’s Prime Time of Your Life conference. Director of Leisure Services Patti Machado shared important information about the Town’s beaches.  This week’s Adoptable Pet Friday featured two five-week old kittens, an adorable Welsh terrier named Ravioli, and a bearded dragon.