Barnstable This Morning

During my weekly appearance on Barnstable This Morning, I discussed Saturday’s Wequaquet Lake Protective Association’s Annual meeting. These stewards of the lake work year round to have a safe clean lake and we appreciate their efforts. I also discussed my upcoming meeting with the Housing Committee and some of the housing needs issues confronted by our residents. View the interview: Town Website   YouTube

 

 

 

Cape Managers Meeting

Last week’s Cape Managers Meeting was held in Chatham. My colleagues and I discussed topics including upcoming health plan changes and creating a regional Performance Management Program. We also talked about succession planning in town departments. Retaining skilled staff and preparing them for leadership roles as Division or Department Heads is something Barnstable takes very seriously. It takes dedicated staff to provide efficient services in all our departments, and knowing one can advance in an organization is a strong motivation for employees.

 

Barnstable Housing Committee: Advocacy in our Community

This week, I attended the Barnstable Housing Committee’s monthly meeting. The committee invited me to discuss strategies to improve rental and homeownership options for Barnstable residents. I believe the Housing Committee members can play a strong advocacy role in our community. We discussed the idea of visiting other Cape housing committees and Community Preservation Committees to see what best practices they have implemented. Coordinating with the County and regional housing agencies was also suggested. We had an in-depth discussion on how to improve the development capacity of housing agencies. Development requires a specific skill set and is critical to meeting housing production goals. I thanked the committee members for their work and pledged that our staff will continue to work closely with them on housing issues.

 

Theatre on Ice: A Positive Economic Impact

Flags, like the one pictured to the left, are flying from cars all across town, all because of the National Theatre on Ice competition, going on this week in Hyannis.  The Hyannis Youth and Community Center, its staff and volunteers, and the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce are hard at work this week, hosting the 2015 US Figure Skating National Theatre on Ice Competition. The Competition began on June 18 and will run through Sunday, June 21st. Over 75 teams from 19 states, more than 1,000 skaters with remarkable skating programs, costumes, and props, will take to the ice. Thousands of people from around the country are here in Hyannis – in addition to the skaters and families, we will host coaches, choreographers, team managers, and more. This event is not only a spectacle to behold, but has a positive economic impact on our Town.

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View our Channel 18 Theatre on Ice Segment: Town Website  YouTube

 

 

Town Council meeting

At Thursday’s Town Council meeting, Town Councilors gave final approval to the FY 2016 Operating Budget. I appreciate the Council’s thoughtful deliberation of the budget items. I also want to thank all our staff members who work all year implementing their current budgets and preparing for the next budget cycle.

 

Martin Flynn Scholarship Recipients

Ten scholarships were presented by the Martin J. Flynn Scholarship Committee at this week’s Town Council meeting. The scholarship is named in honor of Marty Flynn, a former selectman who supported the youth of our town. The scholarship is funded through the generosity of Barnstable residents who do a “check-off” on their property tax payment. This year, the ten winners each received a $600.00 scholarship. I appreciate the work of the committee in vetting the applicants and running this program.

 

 

Greater Hyannis Civic Association Annual Meeting

This week, Assistant Town Manager Mark Ells addressed the Greater Hyannis Civic Association at their Annual Meeting, held at the Hyannis Yacht Club.  Mark reviewed the Fiscal 2016 Capital and Operating budgets, discussed parking enforcement and the comprehensive parking plan, highlighted improvements at Veterans Park, and discussed a coordinated effort on Main Street, Hyannis to encourage positive activities. Cape Cod Commission Executive Director Paul Niedzwiecki and State Representative Brian Mannal were also featured speakers at the Annual Meeting.

 

Cotuit Civic Association Meeting: Pedestrian Safety Improvements

At the Cotuit Civic Association this week, Town Engineer Roger Parsons and Growth Management Director Jo Anne Miller Buntich presented design concepts for pedestrian safety improvements at two intersections in the village core area. Meeting attendees reviewed and marked up the concepts accompanied by lively discussion.  The result was a clear direction for next steps for final design.  This is the first phase for pedestrian safety improvements for Cotuit.  The team will visit Cotuit again in the fall to assist with formalizing visions for the Putnam Avenue pedestrian safety phase.

 

 

JetBlue Returns to Barnstable

On Thursday afternoon, eighty-five people arrived at Barnstable Municipal Airport aboard an Embraer E-190, the first Jet Blue flight of the season. They boarded the plane at JFK Airport in New York, and arrived in Hyannis just over an hour later.  The popular air service will conduct one daily round trip between Barnstable Municipal Airport and JFK in New York City. Last year, more than 12,000 passengers traveled between Hyannis and New York during Jet Blue’s 11 week season.

 

 

Library Meeting

On Wednesday I met with the Chair of the Library Committee, Stan Goldstein, Vice-chair Gloria Rudman and Sturgis Library Director, Lucy Loomis. We discussed the Fiscal 2016 Town Library grant, which this year is increasing 2.5% to $1,714,000. Committee members discussed the need to meet program underfunding, and ways the Town may be able to support the libraries with additional funding next year. I appreciate the factual data the Library Committee has been developing to assist in our budget decision making process. Committee Chair Stan Goldstein is leaving the Library Committee after many years of service. His willingness to assume a leadership role has helped move the committee forward. Incoming Chair Gloria Rudman has strong leadership skills, and I look forward to working with her in the coming year.

 

Loop Beach Ramp Opens

I was pleased to visit Cotuit on Tuesday morning to attend a celebration of the completion of a brand new handicap ramp at Loop Beach in Cotuit.  The new ramp ensures that that this beautiful beach is accessible to all. This project was made possible thanks to the efforts of the people of Cotuit, spearheaded by resident Laurie Dooley-Corey. Residents raised funds and coordinated with the Town to create the ramp. Thousands of dollars of labor costs were saved by utilizing inmate labor services provided by the Barnstable County Correctional Facility. Despite the rain, a large group gathered to celebrate the ramp’s opening, including Town Council President (and Cotuit resident) Jessica Rapp Grassetti.

 

Guyer Barn Artist-in-Residence Kate DeCiccio

If you have been in and around downtown Hyannis this week, you may have noticed a new splash of color here and there. Kate DeCiccio, artist in residence at the Guyer Barn now through June 28, is working on a temporary community art project that includes outdoor murals and paintings in public spaces. Kate grew up spending summers in Barnstable Village and in Wellfleet, and her family lives in Barnstable Village year round.  Now a Washington, DC based art educator, Kate is working to include the community in her residency, and will be offering a talk and workshops open to the public. Her talk is scheduled for Thursday, June 25th at the Guyer Barn, and workshops will be held on June 27th and 28th, also at the Barn. Kate is seeking community input for a mural project she will be completing at Bismore Park. You can learn more about Kate’s work at her website.

 

 

 

Veteran’s Park Playground Opens

The playground at Veteran’s Park is officially open. Last Friday, I attended the playground’s grand opening, along with Town Councilors Jen Cullum and Sara Cushing and many Barnstable residents. A Gateway Cities grant paid for the park renovations, which included the repaving of the surrounding parking lot. Town staff made sure the new playground would be handicap accessible. We hope you get a chance to visit the new park.

 

 

Public Art: Tides

A 9 foot monolith sculpture created by local artist Steven T. Kemp will be installed next week on the Hyannis HyArts Arts campus (on the corner of Pearl and South Street).   The sculpture evokes the tidal flats of Cape Cod. At low tide, the artist makes plaster casts of tidal sand patterns and incorporates those casts into his artwork. All are invited to a special ceremony dedicating the sculpture at 4:30pm, Monday, June 29th on the HyArts Campus. 

 

Barnstable United Elementary School Visits Meetinghouse Farm

Last week, fourth graders from Barnstable United Elementary School visited Meetinghouse Farm in West Barnstable for an educational tour, hands on activities, and an oath given by Americorps volunteers to be protectors of trees and our environment.  

 

 

 

 

Last week’s trivia question: Last week, we asked: The Cape Cod Baseball League opened its season their week. How old is the world famous Cape League? We were surprised that not one of our e-news readers knew the age of our storied League.  Founded in 1885, the Cape Cod Baseball League is 130 years old! That’s quite a long history of playing baseball here on Cape Cod.
 

This week’s trivia question:  The Father’s Day Car show rolls onto Main Street Hyannis on Sunday. What is your favorite classic car? Email your answer here.  

 

Barnstable This Morning

Week in Review

June 15-19, 2015

 

Monday, June 15, 2015

 

Town Manager Tom Lynch joined us live in studio Monday morning to discuss a number of items, including the anticipated conclusion of the Fiscal Year 2016 budget process, a successful opening of the new Veterans Park Beach Playground, and a meeting of the Wequaquet Lake Protective Association.  Energy Coordinator Richard Elrick stopped by for a discussion on climate change, and the arrival of two new Nissan Leaf all-electric vehicles that will be used by Assessing and Senior Services. Cape Cod Community College Workforce Education Resource Center Director Tammi Jacobson joined us live on the phone to share information about an opportunity for local businesses to take advantage of workforce education workshops and seminars, as well as highlight the popular Summer of Science program.

 

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

 

Chief of Police Paul MacDonald began our Tuesday program with a discussion about a recent drug arrest and a review of other incidents in town over the past week.  Our Community Profile segment featured Geri Moore, who has been delivering cupcakes to police officers in Barnstable for the past five years. We had an interesting discussion with Cape and Islands State Senator Dan Wolf regarding income inequality. Director of Public Works Dan Santos reviewed the proposed DPW Fiscal 2016 Operating Budget.

 

 

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

 

Business Barnstable led off Wednesday’s show. Cape and Islands Workforce Investment Board Executive Director David Augustinho joined us in-studio for a review of the successful Leadership Day held at Heritage Museums and Gardens in Sandwich, and a look at the recent unemployment figures for our region.  Next, we traveled to Cotuit, where Grounds Foreman Joe Marshall and Cemeteries Foreman Dan St. Pierre gave us a tour of the greenhouse operation at Mosswood Cemetery that provides plantings for several areas throughout town.  Finally, Director of Finance Mark Milne discussed the projected tax rate and revenues, as we prepare for final approval of the Fiscal 2016 Operating Budget.

 

Thursday, June 18, 2015

 

A trip to the links began our Thursday show. We chatted with Director of Golf Operations Bruce McIntyre and Golf Pro Jesse Schectman at Hyannis Golf Course.  The Fourth of July is right around the corner! Hyannis Fourth of July Parade Organizers Meaghann Kenney and Amanda Converse stopped by the studio for a preview of this year’s extravaganza.  5th Barnstable State Rep Randy Hunt spoke with us about the State’s early retirement incentive.  Town Council President Jessica Rapp Grassetti provided details on the evening’s Town Council meeting.

 

Friday, June 19, 2015

 

Arts & Culture led off our Friday program. We visited with HyArts Artist Shanty artist Dawn Rosell, who will be occupying a shanty this weekend. Next, we headed to the Hyannis Youth and Community Center for an inside look at Theatre on IceDirector of Leisure Services Patti Machado talked with us about the official opening of beach season here in Barnstable, as well as the annual Lifeguard training. Cape Cod Baseball League season is here, and to start off our series of CCBL interviews, Len Gobeil interviewed Cotuit Kettleers President Paul Logan