Barnstable This Morning

During my weekly appearance on Barnstable This Morning, I first thanked the Town Council for their thoughtful consideration of the FY 2016 Operating Budget. The Council completed the budget at the June 18th Town Council meeting. I also thanked town staff members for their hard work in preparing and presenting the budget. This is an ongoing process and I appreciate their efforts to keep Barnstable fiscally sound.  I also talked about my meeting with the Housing Committee. We discussed the committee’s role as advocates for housing in our Town and ways to improve the capacity of local housing agencies to develop new workforce housing.

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Hyannis Fourth of July Grand Marshals Announced

At the June 18th Town Council meeting, I announced the Grand Marshals for the Hyannis Fourth of July parade. Joe and Dolores Daluz, longtime Hyannis residents, have agreed to do us the honor of leading our annual parade. We are proud to honor Joe and Dolores’ commitment to Barnstable through their civic engagement fighting for social justice and civil rights. The Hyannis parade steps off at the intersection of Main and Ocean Streets at 4:00 on Saturday, July 4th, 2015.


Community Compact Cabinet Meeting

This week Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito came to the Cape to discuss the Community Compact Cabinet. Governor Charlie Baker, in his first Executive Order, created the Compact to work to reduce red tape, promote best practices, and develop “community compacts” with local governments. Town Council President Jessica Rapp Grassetti, Councilor Phil Wallace and Councilor Sara Cushing were in attendance. The Lt. Governor explained the role of the Compact and took questions from the participants. She took notes and was genuinely concerned about our local issues. I listed several items of interest to Barnstable including local aid, housing production needs, advance notification when awarding non-profit social service contracts, the contamination at the West Barnstable shooting range, and our consolidated school and municipal finances. The Lt. Governor was interested in the consolidated finances issue and asked several questions about the benefits of this school/municipal collaboration. 



Senior Managers Meeting

At our Senior Managers meeting Wednesday, we discussed past Town action on the budget. Each department gave an update of recent activities. The Barnstable Police have had a busy start to the summer season, and are continuing their investigation into the drug related homicide in Hyannis. The Department of Public Works had a busy two days responding to alarms, downed trees and branches from the storms overnight on Tuesday. Conservation reported the alum treatment has been completed at Hamblin Pond and that the pond is now open to the public.


Barnstable Receives Environmental Award

Barnstable Energy Coordinator Richard Elrick and Attorney Charles McLaughlin attended the Environmental Business Council (EBC) of New England’s 25th Anniversary Celebration, held at the Marriott Newton on Thursday, June 18th, 2015. Each year, the EBC recognizes companies, organizations, and individuals for outstanding environmental and energy accomplishments. The Town of Barnstable received the EBC’s Ira W. Leighton, Jr. Outstanding Environmental Energy Technology Application Award for participating in the largest solar energy development project in New England on closed municipal landfills, in collaboration with Brewster, Chatham, Eastham, Harwich and Tisbury. The Cape and Vineyard Electric Cooperative, Weston and Sampson, American Capital Energy, and Renewable Energy Development Partners are all named on the EBC award. The six projects total 14.4 megawatts and are expected to save municipalities $1.1 million in the first year of operation. The 4.17 megawatt capped landfill project in Barnstable, comprised of 14,275 panels, will save our Town an estimated $378,000 in the first year of operation, and more than $5 million over the course of the twenty-year lease.


Barnstable Senior Center Celebrates Centenarians

Last Friday, the Barnstable Senior Center celebrated sixteen years in its current location with its Annual Open House and Community Day Cookout. The event is also an opportunity for the Senior Center to recognize special citizens and volunteers. The Boston Post Cane award, given every year to the Town’s eldest citizen, was again given to Marjorie Johnston of Hyannis. Marjorie is 106 years old and will turn 107 in July. Barnstable’s second-oldest citizens, 103 year old Beryl Lewis and 102 year old Dorothy Robinson were honored with citations from the State. In total, Barnstable has nine residents over the age of 100! Other honorees include the Spirit of Ruth Rusher Award recipients Robert and Bridget Burke, the Friendship Award to Adrianne Lawson of Osterville, and the Legacy Award to both the Hyannis Garden Club and the Companion Animal Program. A beautiful new sign for Sandy Neck Beach, carved and painted by Senior Center Woodcarvers, was also unveiled at the event.  




Guyer Barn Artist-in-Residence Kate DeCiccio

If you have been in and around downtown Hyannis, you may have noticed a new splash of color here and there. Kate DeCiccio, artist in residence at the Guyer Barn through June 28, has been 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 workshops open to the public. Her 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.


Public Art: Tides

A nine-foot sculpture created by local artist Steven T. Kemp is now in place at the corner of Pearl and South Streets, on the Hyannis Hy-Arts campus. The sculpture, created by making plaster casts of tidal flats, is designed to evoke that iconic view on Cape Cod.  This public art, sponsored by the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce and partners, allows residents and visitors to connect with local art, business, and the unique aesthetic of our region. The sculpture will be officially unveiled at a ceremony scheduled for Monday, June 29.




Ridgewood Park Celebration

The renovation of Ridgewood Park in the “tree streets” neighborhood of Hyannis is complete. The Town worked closely with residents in the area on the design of this park, which is intended not to be a destination, but instead a place for neighborhood residents and their children to safely gather and play.  Park renovations were funded in part with a Gateway Cities park grant. A special re-dedication ceremony, at which a new sign will be unveiled, is scheduled for Wednesday, July 8, 2015 at 5:00 PM. All are invited to attend.


Fourth of July Celebrations

Barnstable celebrates this quintessential American holiday in style! See parades in Barnstable Village, Centerville, Osterville, Cotuit, and Hyannis, and watch the fireworks over Aselton Park in Hyannis in the evening. Click here for a full listing of Barnstable’s Fourth of July events.



Last week’s trivia question: Last week, we asked: The Father’s Day Car show rolls onto Main Street Hyannis on Sunday. What is your favorite classic car? And while unfortunately the heavy rain on Sunday morning caused an early closure to the show, several of our readers responded, their tastes ran from a 1957 Oldsmobile Convertible and 1956 Ford Crown Vic to muscle cars of the 70’s.

This week’s trivia question:  Summer has arrived, and with that, it’s time for summer jobs!  Our Assistant Town Manager Mark Ells was once a bouncer at Pufferbellies, and Town Manager Tom Lynch was the Mate on the passenger ferry Kateri Tek going to Martha’s Vineyard. What was your memorable summer job on Cape Cod? Email your answer here.  


Barnstable This Morning

Week in Review

June 22-26, 2015


Monday June 22, 2015


Town Manager Tom Lynch began our week with a visit to our studio. Tom thanked the Town Council for its work in approving the Fiscal 2016 budget.  Next, we visited with Interim Superintendent of Schools Bill Butler, who is filling the role of former Superintendent Dr. Mary Czajkowski.  We visited Sturgis Library to talk with local librarians about the Town library’s collaborative Summer Reading program. Cape Cod Community College Communications Director Michael Gross talked with us about the College’s new partnership with UMass Boston, as well as an economic roundtable that the College is hosting on Thursday afternoon.


Tuesday June 23, 2015


We spoke with Chief of Police Paul MacDonald on Tuesday morning about a homicide investigation and related drug arrests. Our Community Profile featured Vicki Goldsmith of Habitat for Humanity Cape Cod. Next, 1st Barnstable State Rep Tim Whelan joined us for a discussion on the Community Cabinet meetings, held Tuesday on Cape Cod.  Director of Public Works Dan Santos talked with us about spring road work projects that are wrapping up in Barnstable.


Wednesday June 24, 2015


Our weekly Business Barnstable segment featured Cape and Islands Workforce Investment Board head David Augustinho. Next, we visited with community artist Kate DeCiccio, who is the current artist in residence at the Guyer Barn.  Hyannis Main Street Fourth of July Parade Organizers Meaghann Kenney and Amanda Converse joined us to preview the annual Hyannis Main Street Fourth of July Parade.  Director of Growth Management Jo Anne Miller Buntich talked to us about community planning in Cotuit.


Thursday June 25, 2015


We took a look inside the Cotuit Kettleers on Thursday morning, as Len Gobeil spoke with Cotuit Kettleers President Paul Logan. Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority Administrator Tom Cahir talked with us about summer transportation options, and a new mural unveiled at the Hyannis Transportation Center.  State Representative Brian Mannal talked with us about an effort to ban plastic bags in Massachusetts, and we continued our conversations with Barnstable Town Council, Precinct 10 Councilor Sara Cushing came by for an interview.


Friday June 26, 2015


Our weekly Arts & Culture segment previewed the upcoming Hyannis Main Street Fourth of July parade on Main Street in Hyannis.  Next, we visited the Hyannis Youth and Community Center to talk with HYCC General Manager Joe Izzo and Director of Leisure Services Patti Machado about upcoming summer programs.  Len Gobeil chatted with Hyannis Harbor Hawks manager Chad Glassman, and we visited with Sandy Neck Beach Park Manager Nina Coleman.