Barnstable This Morning

Host Sarah Colvin and I first discussed the recent re-funding of a 2008 five plus-million-dollar bond. Town Treasurer Debra Blanchette handled the process for the Town. The winning bond rate was 1.43% and will save the Town $588,662 over the life of the bond. We then discussed the sixteen priority items I listed in January. 


View the interview: Town Website  YouTube


FY 2017 Budget Completed

On Thursday evening, the Town Council approved the remaining items in the Fiscal Year 2017 Operating Budget. Council approved budgets for the schools, Public Works, library and tourism funding, and the Comcast license fee spending plan. I appreciate the year-long effort our Finance department puts into preparing the budget and monitoring our revenues and expenses. The Town Council members asked thoughtful questions and approved the budget as submitted. Our department heads made budget presentations which covered past accomplishments and outlined next year’s goals and objectives. A true team effort produced a balanced and structurally sound operating budget. New Town Manager Mark Ells knows from experience that the whole process will begin again this summer!


Martin J. Flynn Scholarship

Ten high school seniors were presented with Martin J. Flynn scholarships during Thursday night’s Town Council meeting. These scholarships are funded by citizens who voluntarily contribute when paying their property taxes. Thanks to your generosity, each of the ten graduates received $400. Thanks to the Committee members for their review of the applicants: John Marsden, Janice Cliggott, Dr. Nancy Vecchione, Debra Hill, and Joyce Persuitte. The award winners were: Miranda Belanger (Merrimack College), Mia Crawley, (Salem State University), Alicia Creswell (UMass Amherst), Alexander Damiecki (Babson College), Georgina Duffy-Hetzel (Mass College of Art and Design), Kristie Eddy (Emmanuel College), Sean Ford (Curry College), Ian Steenstra (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute), Alexa Wilson (Southern Conn. State University), and Andrew Wiseman (Wentworth Institute of Technology).


Steamship Authority Commissions New M/V Woods Hole

On Monday, the Board of Commissioners and staff of the Steamship Authority commissioned their new 235-foot passenger/vehicle ferry the M/V Woods Hole. It will be on the Woods Hole to Martha’s Vineyard route beginning June 17, 2016 (today!) for the summer. The vessel is expected to be on the Hyannis and Nantucket route in the fall. Commissioner Bob O’Brien of Barnstable represents our Town on the Board of Commissioners. Bob Jones of Hyannis is our Port Captain. Wayne Lamson, Steamship Authority General Manager introduced the designers and contractors of the vessel. It was an impressive Commissioning Ceremony. The vessel can carry 384 passengers and carry up to 55 standard-sized vehicles or 10 freight trucks.




Sandy Neck Mobility Mat

Sandy Neck Beach is now more accessible to all, thanks to a brand new mobility mat that is now officially in place on the beach. The mat provides a safe, stable connection from the boardwalk to the water.  Sandy Neck Beach Park Manager Nina Coleman, Disability Commission Chair Sheila Mulcahy, Sandy Neck Board Chair Richards French, Director of Community Services Lynne Poyant, Director of Leisure Services Patti Machado, and Harbormaster Dan Horn joined members of the Disability Commission and Sandy Neck staff on Wednesday afternoon for an official dedication of the mat.   View video of the dedication Town Website  YouTube




Board of Health Recognition for Dr. Wayne Miller

Longtime Board of Health Chair Dr. Wayne Miller is stepping down effective June 30th. Town Council and staff recognized Dr. Miller during this week’s Board of Health meeting. Congratulations, Dr. Miller, and thank you for your sixteen years of dedicated service to the Board of Health.



Prime Time of Your Life

On Saturday, June 11th the Cape Cod Media Group presented the Prime Time of Your Life Expo at the Hyannis Youth & Community Center (HYCC).  The event was designed for folks 50 and older, and included a wide variety of programs and displays. Inspirational keynote speakers Paul Wylie and Barry Clifford spoke to standing room only crowds.  Paul delighted the audience with film clips of his 1992 Albertville Olympics Silver Medal performance and shared a very personal health crisis that he encountered last year.  More than one thousand visitors attended the trade show which included sixty local vendors, including Barnstable Recreation and the Barnstable Senior Center.  Pictured: Olympic Silver Medalist Paul Wylie addresses the crowd.



Youth Commission Attends Gosnold Lecture Series

Brendan Clark, Chair of the Barnstable Youth Commission (BYC), and BYC Members Carrie Osborn and Caleb Sonnabend joined Leisure Services Director Patti Machado and Community Services Director Lynne Poyant at a very special evening presented by Gosnold on Cape Cod’s Charlie Wilkerson Memorial Lecture Series at the Cotuit Center for the Arts on Tuesday, June 14th.   Three vignettes were played out in “Engaging in Effective Interventions for the Prevention and Treatment of Addiction.”  A thought provoking Question and Answer session took place following the performances.  The BYC has actively continued work on gaining more education about drug prevention that was started with their annual Youth Summit and Community Prevention Forum. 




ZIP Trip Fox 25 TV Comes to Hyannis

Each Friday during the summer, Fox 25 News visits a Massachusetts ZIP Code. On July 1st, they will produce their morning show from 6 AM to 10 AM from 02601. That’s Hyannis, and the producer has chosen the Hyannis Village Green as their outdoor studio. All are welcome to come down to the live TV set and watch the different segments and meet the on-air news and weather casters.


60,000 Visitors Expected on Main Street for Father’s Day Car Show

This Sunday, June 19, the Greater Hyannis Chamber of Commerce will present the annual Father’s Day Car Show. From 8:30 AM until 2:30 PM hundreds of antique, vintage, and custom cars will line Main Street, which will be closed to all auto traffic. More than 60,000 people are expected to visit Hyannis Main Street this Sunday for the show. I am pleased to have been chosen to serve as the honorary Chair for this year’s event!


Route 6 Overpass to be Named in Honor of WWII Veteran Louis Karras

The Route 6 overpass bridge passing over Phinney’s Lane in Barnstable will be dedicated this weekend as the Louis Karras Memorial Bridge, in honor of the brave service of PFC Louis Karras, recipient of the Bronze Star and Purple Heart medals while in service to our Nation in Europe during World War II.  PFC Karras is part of a large family which grew up on Main Street in Barnstable Village and his sister Mary was the very first woman elected to serve as a Town Councilor in Barnstable.  The Karras family has been a part of the fabric of Barnstable for 100 years. Mass DOT Admnistrator Tom Timlin, members of the Karras Family, and 1st Barnstable State Representative Tim Whelan will be on hand on Saturday, June 18, 2016 at 12:30 PM at the West Barnstable Deer Club, 1800 Old Stage Road in West Barnstable for a dedication ceremony.



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.


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


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 seven days a week!. Visit the seven colorful shanties at beautiful Bismore Park.  


Weekend Lineup: June 17-19

Barnstable (Light Blue): Beadwork by Erin Bressler

Marstons Mills (Green): Paintings by Anne Heffernon / Artwork of Bett McCarthy

Centerville (Red): Jewelry by Donna Nussdorfer

Cotuit (Blue): local authors Anita Caruso & Barbara Eppich Struna

Osterville (Orange): Handmade Artisan Soaps by Jacquie McEvoy

Hyannis (Yellow): Soft Sculpture by Anne Tochka

West Barnstable (Dark Blue): Hand-Sewn Work by Aimee Frigault



Full Week Lineup: June 20-26

Barnstable (Light Blue): Handmade Crafts by the Sea Hag Sue Patev

Marstons Mills (Green): Paintings by Donna Robinson

Centerville (Red): Photography by Andreas Kuehn

Cotuit (Blue): Independence Farm

Osterville (Orange): Handmade Artisan Soaps by Jacquie McEvoy

Hyannis (Yellow): Soft Sculpture by Anne Tochka

West Barnstable (Dark Blue): Nautical Americana by Val and Dave Small




Last week, we asked: 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? One reader knew the Steamship Authority has commissioned the M.V. Woods Hole and that HyLine will be operating two new high speed ferries, the Vineyard Lady and the Grey Lady IV. Good job, Deb.


This week’s question: How many visitors are expected to come to Hyannis for Sunday’s Father’s Day Car Show on Main Street?  Email your answer here.  



Barnstable This Morning

Week in Review

June 13-17, 2016


Monday, June 13, 2016


Town Manager Tom Lynch began our programming week with a discussion about the Town Treasurer’s successful re-financing of several bonds. Lynch also provided an update on the goals he’d set out to achieve by the end of the month.  Interim Superintendent of Schools Bill Butler shared information about a new principal for Barnstable Community Horace Mann Charter Public School. Energy Coordinator Richard Elrick talked about a new climate change conglomerate that has recently been organized. Cape Cod Community College Communications Director Michael Gross joined us live from Plymouth Airport, where the College was preparing for its ribbon cutting for the Aviation program.


Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Chief of Police Paul MacDonald talked with us Tuesday morning. The Chief shared information about an ongoing drug bust, an arrest for attempted murder, and plans for large crowds to descend on Main Street for the annual Father’s Day Car Show.  Len Gobeil talked with Hyannis Harbor Hawks President Brad Pfeifer. Cape and Islands State Senator Dan Wolf discussed his reactions to the Orlando tragedy, and made a call for stricter gun laws.  Director of Public Works Dan Santos provided an update on the Hyannis Water System and reviewed the proposed Fiscal 2017 budget.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016


Our Wednesday program began with a trip to the West Barnstable Community Building to visit Melanie Mimmo’s Mommy Mixer program.  Next, we talked about the FY17 budget with Director of Finance Mark Milne.  We visited Centerville Elementary School to celebrate Flag Day. Sandy Neck Beach Park Manager Nina Coleman shared with us important safety information regarding the use of lanterns on the beach.


Thursday, June 16, 2016


This week’s Community Profile segment featured an interview with Jitka Borowick of Barnstable Village. Jitka is the founder of CleanGreen, and recently won a Small Business Award from SCORE.  Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority Administrator Tom Cahir talked with us about senior transportation issues, the re-naming of a roadway in honor of an RTA employee, and a special baseball voyage on the Cape Flyer. State Representative Randy Hunt discussed the issue of homelessness as relating to a recent forum held at Cape Cod Community College. Town Council President Jessica Rapp Grassetti reviewed the orders of the day for the evening’s Town Council meeting.


Friday, June 17, 2016


Cape Cod Art Association Executive Director Roberta Miller joined us for this week’s Arts & Culture segment to promote the upcoming Mastering Your Mark conference.  Director of Leisure Services Patti Machado HYCC General Manager Joe Izzo previewed the always-popular Father-Daughter dance.  Len Gobeil visited with Bruce Murphy of the Cotuit Kettleers.



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