Barnstable This Morning

For my last appearance on Barnstable This Morning, host Sarah Colvin and I looked back at the start of the news and information show. The goal for the show continues to be having regularly weekly scheduled interviews with key town officials so viewers can hear firsthand what is happening in town government. There are also special guest appearances and features of events in various departments. Sarah has informed me that I have been a part of 196 interviews since 2011! I want to thank Sarah Colvin, Sara Mannal, and Sarah Beal for the fine job they do writing, producing and reporting both Barnstable This Morning and Barnstable Today. Their outstanding work has been recognized by their peers in the cable industry.

View the interview: Town Website  You Tube

From the archives: Tom’s first interview on “BTM” Town Website  YouTube


Community Resource Officers Begin Walking Main Street Hyannis

You will notice the bright yellow shirts worn by our new Community Resource Officers (CRO’s) as they walk Main Street Hyannis each day. These CRO’s are meant to assist any citizens seeking information and be eyes and ears on the street. They do not have arrest powers and will contact the Community Impact Unit or patrol officers to deal with any criminal activity they observe. The CRO’s are an addition to the other successful community policing efforts of the BPD.


Hyannis Firefighters’ Visit

Hyannis Fire Chief Harold Brunelle and former Captain Joe Cabral stopped by Wednesday afternoon to thank me for the Town’s support of the Hyannis Fire District during my tenure as Town Manager. They brought me a cool hat and shirt that I will wear with pride. We spent time reminiscing through the years of my association with the members of the Fire Department, from my legislative days up to my role as Town Manager.



Busy Weekend for Marine & Environmental Affairs

Two vessels capsized in Barnstable waters last Saturday, and our Marine and Environmental Affairs (MEA) Division provided assistance to both. The first incident happened in the early afternoon, and the second later in the day. On Sunday, MEA worked with TowBoat U.S. to coordinate salvage of both boats. Both vessels were removed from the water. No one was hurt in either incident. Communication between responding agencies was excellent. Special thanks to Barnstable Fire Department, which served as a primary responder and was instrumental in making sure all were safe. TowBoat U.S. is also to be commended, especially in the complicated maneuver needed to re-float one of the capsized vessels.



Lifeguard Orientation at Town Hall

On June 22, Assistant Town Manager Mark Ells had the opportunity to welcome the 2016 lifeguard staff at their orientation.  He shared what an important role our lifeguards play in our community during summer season for our residents and visitors, and that we appreciate their hard work and dedication in making our beaches safe and welcoming.  He also shared the availability the “Commonwealth connect” app that allows users to report problems directly to the Department of Public Works for issues such as malfunctioning plumbing, overflowing trash, or facilities in disrepair, and encouraged them to use the app.




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 Come to Main Street for Father’s Day Car Show

Sunday, June 19, the Greater Hyannis Chamber of Commerce presented the annual Father’s Day Car Show. Hundreds of antique, vintage, and custom cars lined Main Street.  More than 60,000 people visited Hyannis Main Street on a sparkling sunny Cape Cod day. I was pleased to have been chosen to serve as the honorary Chair for this year’s event and pleased with the continued success of this signature Hyannis event!


New Exhibit Opens at JFK Museum

The JFK Hyannis Museum this morning officially opened its newest special exhibit, Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, Mother of a President.  The exhibit was created by renowned New York designer Roger Westerman. As a lead-in to 2017, the centenary of President John F. Kennedy’s birth, the 2016 exhibition will tell the story of Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, the matriarch of the Kennedy political dynasty and long-time resident of Hyannis Port.  Rose lived life to its fullest and left us with a treasure trove of family photographs and recorded interviews that help to tell her story.  The exhibition will run through 2017.


Route 6 Overpass Named in Honor of WWII Veteran Louis Karras

The Route 6 overpass bridge passing over Phinney’s Lane in Barnstable was dedicated last 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 Selectwoman in Barnstable.  The Karras family has been a part of the fabric of Barnstable for 100 years. A family reunion was held as part of the weekend’s celebration.


Hyannis Water System Update

A health advisory for the Hyannis Water System remains in effect. Recent test results find that the levels of perfluorinated compounds are just barely above the limit in some portions of the system. Two wells remain off-line, the system has been flushed, and an interconnection with Yarmouth has been established. A new carbon filtration system will soon be installed at the Mary Dunn well #3, and we are working on a new interconnection with Centerville-Osterville-Marstons Mills. It is anticipated that as a result of all the actions taken to date, that the health advisory should be lifted by the July 4th weekend. In the meantime, it is recommended that pregnant women, nursing mothers and infants not drink the water or use it for cooking until test results show that the chemicals are below the new standard. All others may continue to use the water as normal, including for brushing teeth, cooking, bathing and showering. Bottled water is available for those that are concerned about their water at the Hyannis Water System office located at 47 Old Yarmouth Road, Hyannis, between 8 A.M. and 8 P.M. The Hyannis Water System is committed to providing safe drinking water to all our customers. Thank you for your patience as we work through this issue. Further information about PFC’s is available on the Town’s website at


State of Water Supply Conservation in Effect for Hyannis

A State of Water Supply Conservation is in effect for the Hyannis Water System. The Hyannis Water Board, at their June 21, 2016 regularly scheduled Public Meeting, has determined that a potential for a water shortage exists due to the limited availability of water production wells due to elevated levels of unregulated contaminants and manganese.  The declaration of a State of Water Supply Conservation by the Hyannis Water Board is appropriate to ensure an adequate supply of water for drinking and fire protection is available, and to ensure compliance with the Water Management Act.


The following restrictions limiting nonessential outdoor water use by water users are necessary to control the volume of water pumped each day:


1.    Odd / Even Day Outdoor Watering (including automatic lawn sprinklers):

Outdoor watering by water users with odd numbered addresses is restricted to odd numbered days. Outdoor watering by water users with even numbered addresses is restricted to even numbered days. Commercial, condominium and other multiple properties held under common ownership or management may, by written request of the property owner, be assigned an odd or even designation by the Water Supply Division.


2.    Outdoor Watering Hours (including automatic lawn sprinklers):

Outdoor watering is permitted only from 5:00 PM to 5:00 AM.


3.    Filling swimming pools:

Filling of swimming pools is prohibited.


  • Please be aware of advance weather forecasts, and adjust your watering schedule accordingly.
  • Install rain shutoff devices on automatic irrigation systems.
  • Water conservation kits are available at no charge. 


Please call the Hyannis Water System at (508) 775-0063 with any questions.



 Keystone Kick-Off

Tonight, you can celebrate the start of summer by creating Keystones and Kindness Rocks. Make some and take some to leave for others to find. 1,000 tiny Keystones will be hidden in the wild throughout the Town of Barnstable and Cape-wide this July and August, waiting to be discovered. Finders of Keystones are invited to post a picture at and share stories about life or vacations on Cape Cod.

From 4:00 until 5:30 tonight (Friday, June 24th) artist Lenore Lyons and friends will be on hand at Bismore Park on Ocean Street in Hyannis, making Keystones and Kindness Rocks, and you can, too!


Hyannis Hy-Arts Shanties

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.  


This Weekend: June 25-26

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


Coming Week: June 27 - July 3

Barnstable (Light Blue): Jewelry by Elisa Sullivan

Marstons Mills (Green): Watercolors and Prints by Ellen Moran

Centerville (Red): Photography by Linda Marquette

Cotuit (Blue): Fabric Arts by Beverly Roberts

Osterville (Orange): Cape Cod Accents by Margo Sherman

Hyannis (Yellow): Mudlark Pottery by Laurie Goldman

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



Last week, we asked: How many visitors are expected to come to Hyannis for Sunday’s Father’s Day Car Show on Main Street?  Congratulations to a large number of our eNews readers who accurately predicted that Main Street was expecting 60,000 visitors for the annual Father’s Day Car Show!


This week’s question: Does anyone remember the Summer Police Officers that use to patrol Hyannis?




Barnstable This Morning

Week in Review

June 20-24, 2016


Monday, June 20, 2016


Town Manager Tom Lynch made his final appearance on Barnstable This Morning this week. Tom reminisced about the beginnings of the program, and shared thoughts about its role in helping to educate and inform our residents and visitors.  Assistant Superintendent of Schools Kristen Harmon joined us live in studio to discuss Senior Awards Night, the retirement dinner held for staff and teachers, and upcoming work that will take place over the summer months.  We visited Hyannis Public Library to talk with Youth Services Director Mary Bianco about the Library’s Terrific Tuesdays program.  Finally, Center for Corporate and Professional Education Program Coordinator Mary Conklin shared information about upcoming summer programs.


Tuesday, June 21, 2016


Chief of Police Paul MacDonald joined us on Tuesday morning to discuss an early-morning accident that caused a closure of and significant traffic issue along Yarmouth Road. Chief MacDonald also reviewed an incredibly successful Father’s Day Car Show event that saw crowds of more than 70,000 people on Main Street, Hyannis.  Our Board Committee and Commission roundup reviewed last week’s Town Council and Sandy Neck Board meetings.  1st Barnstable State Representative Tim Whelan discussed the recent re-naming of a highway overpass in Barnstable in honor of US Army PFC Louis Karras. Director of Public Works Dan Santos provided an update on the Hyannis Water System and shared important information about this Saturday’s household hazardous waste collection at the Transfer Station.


Wednesday, June 22, 2016


Our Business Barnstable segment led off Wednesday’s show. This week, we talked with Cape and Islands Workforce Investment Board Executive Director David Augustinho about the recent employment numbers and this week’s CIWIB Annual Meeting.  Next, our special segment featuring Doug the Quahog’s prediction for summer 2016.  Director of Finance Mark Milne outlined the work that is done to close the books on Fiscal 2016.  Animal Control Officer Charlie Lewis shared important tips to help keep your pets safe and cool in the hot weather.


Thursday, June 23, 2016


2nd Barnstable State Representative Brian Mannal joined us via phone on Thursday morning to discuss his decision to leave politics.  We visited Barnstable Municipal Airport to talk with Airport Manager Bud Breault and Assistant Manager Bud Breault about drone rules and regulations. Tom Chartrand shared his trip to Alaska to film the Iditerod over the winter.  Len Gobeil visited with Bruce Murphy, General Manager of the Cotuit Kettleers.


Friday, June 24, 2016


Friday’s program began with our weekly Arts and Culture segment.  Hyannis Main Street Fourth Of July Parade Organizers Meaghann Kenney and Amanda Converse joined us with important information about the annual event.  Director of Leisure Services Patti Machado discussed lifeguard orientation. Hyannis Youth and Community Center General Manager Joe Izzo previewed a number of exciting events at the HYCC. Finally, we met some adorable adoptable furry friends in our weekly Adoptable Pet Friday segment.

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