Barnstable This Morning

Assistant Town Manager Mark Ells appeared on this Monday’s episode of “Barnstable This Morning.” Mark talked with host Sarah Colvin about the most recent Town Council meeting, the launch of e-permitting for plumbing, gas, and electrical contractors, and the work of the newly formed Town Council subcommittee to assess the impact of homelessness. Watch the video: Town Website YouTube


Five Barnstable Police Officers Promoted to Sergeant

On Wednesday, I attended a swearing-in at the Barnstable Police Headquarters.  Sgt. Jennifer Ellis, Sgt. Troy Perry, Sgt. Mark Butler, Sgt. Eugene Desruisseaux and Sgt. Gretchen Allen, pictured below, have risen through the ranks and are ready for their new leadership positions. Having participated in the interview and appointing process, I stressed three traits I saw in each of the new sergeants. They are all well trained, have held a wide variety of special assignments and positions as patrol officers, and have given back to our Town through their community service. They also expressed a sense of pride wearing the uniform and as members of the Barnstable Police Department.




Osterville Shellfishing Reopens

Fuel Spill Prompts Daylong Closure of Shellfish Areas

On Wednesday afternoon the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries ordered the closure of shellfish areas in West Bay, Eel River, North Bay, the Marstons Mills River and Prince Cove. The closures were prompted by a fuel spill from a truck traveling to Oyster Harbors. Thursday morning, word was received from the State that the areas were once again open. The closure was ordered as a precaution.


Congressman Bill Keating to Discuss Social Security at Barnstable Senior Center

Special Forum to be held at the Barnstable Senior Center on Tuesday March 8, 2016

Congressman Bill Keating will hold a Town Hall meeting with Congressman John B. Larson of Connecticut to discuss the role of Social Security and the critical need to protect its benefits for future generations.  Social Security is a lifeline for millions of retired, disabled, and senior citizens and their dependents. Reps. Keating and Larson will be at the Barnstable Senior Center on Tuesday, March 8, 2016 from 1:30 until 3:30 PM to provide an overview of H.R. 1391, the Social Security 2100 Act. This bill is designed to cut taxes for social security recipients, provide a benefit bump for current and future beneficiaries, and keep the system strong for decades to come. Reps. Keating and Larson will make the presentation and then allow time for questions and answers from the audience. Light refreshments will be served. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.


John F. Kennedy Memorial Trust Fund Annual Meeting

The John F. Kennedy Memorial Trust Fund Committee held its Annual Meeting on Wednesday, February 24, 2016. Among the items addressed during the meeting were annual funding requests for the Recreation Division’s JFK Memorial Sailing Program, the Department of Public Works maintenance program, and the confirmation of this year’s scholarship amount at $2,500.  The Committee welcomed JFK Hyannis Museum Foundation President Richard Neitz and JFK Hyannis Museum Executive Director John Allen to talk about future collaborative efforts, especially as both organizations will be commemorating what would have been John F. Kennedy’s 100th birthday on May 29, 2017. The Committee also set dates for two upcoming events: the annual Memorial Day observance, to be held at the JFK Memorial on Monday, May 30th, and this year’s Flag Day Celebration, to be held at the Centerville Elementary School this year. The Committee also voted to support this year’s Barnstable Youth Commission Youth Summit with a donation of $2,000.


Barnstable Youth Commission Plans Second Annual Youth Summit

The Barnstable Youth Commission’s second annual Community Prevention Forum and Seventh Grade Youth Summit will take place at Cape Cod Community College, 2240 Iyannough Road, West Barnstable, on March 17 and 18, 2016. The forum is focused on providing students with a game plan to help them resist the temptation of drugs and pressures associated with high school culture. Parents and community leaders are invited to the Community Prevention Forum on Thursday, March 17, 2016 from 5:30 to 8:30 PM. The Seventh Grade Youth Summit will take place on Friday March 18, 2016 from 9:00 AM until 2:00 PM. Featured speakers include Robert Hackenson Jr. of Dynamic Influence and Anita Baglaneas Devlin and Michael Devlin, co-authors of the book S.O.B.E.R.*.


Your Input Needed: Community Development Block Grant Action Plan

The Town of Barnstable’s Growth Management Department is crafting the annual Action Plan for the allocation of Community Development Block Grant funds. Public input is a large part of the plan. Comments and views of citizens, public agencies, community organizations and other interested parties on the Town’s housing and community development needs and recommended funding levels for program activities are welcomed. A public meeting to gather comments is scheduled for Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at 3:00 PM in the Growth Management conference room on the third floor of Barnstable Town Hall. Community Development Block Grants fund affordable housing initiatives, to provide services to the most vulnerable in our communities, and to create jobs through the expansion and retention of businesses.




Barnstable Senior Center Plans Annual St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon

The Barnstable Senior Center is holding its annual St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon on Tuesday, March 15th, 2016 at 1:30 PM. Hosted by the Friends of the Barnstable Council on Aging, the event features authentic Irish entertainment provided by Sean Murphy and friends, along with a meal of “the best corned beef and cabbage in town”. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the Barnstable Senior Center.



Students Clean Up At BCHMCPS



Sandy Neck Park Manager Nina Coleman participated with the Barnstable Community Horace Mann Charter Public School (BCHMCPS) Enrichment Cluster program.  On Friday, February 26th, Nina and her Junior Ranger Enrichment Cluster removed four bikes and a shopping cart as well general litter from the pond located behind the school.  They used pic-sticks and gloves for safety.   As you can see from the picture, the Junior Rangers can take pride in a job well done!



New Superintendent Visit

Barnstable’s incoming Superintendent of Schools Meg Mayo-Brown spent Tuesday visiting Barnstable, and included a stop at Town Hall. After welcoming the new Superintendent, whose first official day is July 1, 2016, we discussed how the school and municipal consolidated finance, budget and human resource system has worked here in Barnstable. We also talked about the financial health of the town. Mayo-Brown told us she is excited about the opportunity to work in Barnstable. Her busy day included visiting the Barnstable United Elementary School to participate in “Read Across America Day” and attending the Barnstable School Committee meeting. 




2016 Hazard Mitigation Plan

Have you felt the impact of a hurricane or other weather event here in Barnstable? Are there areas of town that you see as particularly vulnerable? The Town of Barnstable’s Growth Management Department is currently working to update our Hazard Mitigation Plan. The plan looks at the impacts of weather-related hazards on the people, property, and resources of the Town and identifies strategies and actions aimed at lessening the impact of natural disasters on our community.

·         Click here to visit the project webpage and to learn more.

·         Questions? Contact Elizabeth Jenkins, Regulatory/Design Review Planner at (508) 862-4736.

·         Share your experiences and participate in a poll at



 “Art on Loan”: Gallery Artrio

The paintings of Gallery Artrio owners Susan Carey, Kathy Edmonston and Colleen Vandeventer are on display at Barnstable Town Hall through the end of March 2016.  The Art on Loan program displays the work of local artist on the meeting room walls in Barnstable Town Hall. Works are displayed in the Selectmen’s Conference Room and the Town Hall Hearing Room, located on the second floor of Barnstable Town Hall. All three are award-winning artists with credentials in many juried exhibitions, locally and nationally, and all have participated in the Hyannis HyArts Shanty program.  More information about the artists can be found online at The current artwork will be on display through March 31, 2016.  Inset: Gallery Artrio owners Colleen Vandeventer. Susan Carey, and Kathy Edmonston.



Gallery Artrio co-owner Colleen Vandeventer’s “Catching the Last Light” is one of the pieces on display at Barnstable Town Hall now through March 31, 2016 in the Town of Barnstable’s Artwork on Loan Program.











Last week, we asked: Barnstable was named the number one Small Healthy and Happy Community in the country this week. Which of the following recognitions has Barnstable also received? (1) Best Places to Retire; (2) Healthy by Design (3) The Commonwealth Award for being a Creative Community; (4) All America City Award; (5) National Smart Growth Governor’s Leadership Award; (6) All of the above.


Some of you picked out one of the awards Barnstable won, but in fact, we have received each of the above designations or awards!



This week’s question: With the warmer weather we see signs of economic activity picking up around town. Hyannis is known as the economic “Hub of Cape Cod”. Where do you think Barnstable ranks state-wide in terms of our commercial property tax base? Email your answer here.  


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Barnstable This Morning

Week in Review

February 29 – March 4, 2016


Monday, February 29, 2016


Assistant Town Manager Mark Ells joined us live in studio to start the week. Mark discussed the most recent Town Council meeting, the work of the Town Council homelessness subcommittee, and the launch of e-permitting.  Interim Superintendent of Schools Bill Butler previewed the March 2, 2016 School Committee meeting. Town Clerk Ann Quirk had important information about the presidential primary election on Tuesday March 1. Cape Cod Community College Communications Director Michael Gross outlined changes to the annual Multicultural Festival, this year taking place in May.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016


Tuesday morning, we began the show with Chief of Police Paul MacDonald.  The Chief discussed a recent inventory of those living in illegal camps in the woods, and a recent crack cocaine arrest.  Our Community Profile segment featured Independence House Executive Director Lysetta Hurge-Putnam.  State Representative Tim Whelan talked with us about important state funding that will support our technical high schools.  Director of Public Works Dan Santos shared updates on plans to construct a dog park in town.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016


Our weekly Business Barnstable segment featured Hyannis Area Chamber of Commerce Jessica Sylver, who talked with us about the Chamber’s new branding, a new promotional magazine, and preparation for the Father’s Day Car Show.  Director of Finance Mark Milne discussed the process for organizing the Fiscal 2017 capital budget request.  Director of Regulatory Services Richard Scali shared with us information about ePermitting,  and details on Weights and Measures week, held each year during the first week of March.  Finally, in honor of Weights & Measures Week, we aired Channel 18’s “Equity in the Marketplace” segment that outlines the work of our regulatory inspectors.


Thursday, March 3, 2016


Thursday’s program began with our weekly Board Committee and Commission roundup, which reviewed several meetings including Town Council and the Town Council homelessness subcommittee. Cape Cod Commission Director of Technical Services Glenn Cannon joined us in-studio to review a recent public meeting regarding planned improvements to the Route 28 and Yarmouth Road intersection, along with a proposal to re-number exits on Route 6. 2nd Barnstable State Representative Brian Mannal talked with us about the homelessness issue. Precinct 10 Town Councilor Sara Cushing, chair of the Council subcommittee on analyzing the impacts of substance abuse, joined us to discuss the charge of that committee.


Friday, March 4, 2016


Our Arts & Culture segment this week featured singer-songwriter Diana DiGioia, who treated us to a performance of an original song. Hyannis Youth and Community Center Marketing Manager Amy Harwood talked about this weekend’s hockey tournament, open gym time, open skate times, and more.  Director of Leisure Services Patti Machado discussed a very successful registration day for the summer leisure program, which is nearly full – and discussed reasons why more spaces cannot be added.  Natural Resource Officer Amy Croteau provided information about a fuel spill that caused a brief closure to shellfish areas this week.