Barnstable This Morning

On Monday morning’s “Barnstable This Morning”, I talked with host Sarah Colvin about the reach and impact our weekly eNews has with readers. I shared an email I received last week from a long-time non-resident who appreciates the weekly updates of Barnstable happenings. He called e-news “a lifeline, so to speak.” It is nice to hear from frequent readers. I then shared my impressions from the visit to Sandy Neck by Secretary Matthew Beaton,  members of his staff, and members of our Cape legislative delegation.


Secretary of Energy & Environmental Affairs Tours Sandy Neck

Last Friday, February 27, Matthew Beaton, the newly named Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs, along with State Representatives Tim Whelan, Brian Mannal and Randy Hunt paid a visit to Sandy Neck Beach Park to view the damage to the front dune caused during recent winter storms. The Secretary was touring erosion battered coastlines along the Northside of the Cape. He asked about short and long-term solutions, and asked about permitting obstacles. He also promised to have a conversation with us about solutions. Sandy Neck Beach Park Manager Nina Coleman and  consultant Christine Player, Senior Project Manager for CLE Engineering, made a presentation about the current state and past history of erosion along the front dune.   Assistant Town Manager Mark Ells and Town Council Vice President Ann Canedy, Councilors Philip Wallace and James Crocker were also in attendance to share concerns about protecting the dune.


Barnstable Golf Pro Heads to Harwich

We bid farewell this week to Hyannis Golf CourseGolf Professional Roman Greer, who began work in the Town of Harwich this Thursday. Greer has been named Golf Director for Harwich’s Cranberry Valley golf course.  He began work in Barnstable in 2012, and has worked at golf courses in California, Florida, Woods Hole and Nantucket. Thank you Roman for your years of service, and we wish you the best of luck in your new endeavor.


JFK Museum Update

On Wednesday, JFK Museum Foundation, Inc Executive Director John Allen and Foundation President Dick Neitz visited to share progress the museum is making on its renovation plans. We discussed their upcoming summer exhibit “Jack and Bobby: Brothers First” exhibit and the summer speaker’s series. The museum is undergoing a major renovation to its interior in order to expand exhibit space and programs. It is a major tourist destination and economic engine for our Hyannis Main Street.


Women’s Hockey East: This Weekend!

The exciting Women’s Hockey East tournament returns to Barnstable this weekend. The top teams in the Women’s Hockey East conference will battle it out for the championship on the ice at our very own Hyannis Youth and Community Center.  Teams will warm up on the ice at practices held today, with the semi-finals set for Saturday March 7. On the ice Saturday:  Boston College versus the University of Connecticut at 1:30, and Boston University versus Northeastern at 4:30 Saturday. The championship game will be held on Sunday, March 8, 2015. Tickets are available for just $10 per day.  


Local Chamber of Commerce Meetings

Assistant Town Manager Mark Ells met with Hyannis Area Chamber of Commerce President Jessica Sylver and Board President Chris Kehoe. The agenda included tourism grant funding, visitor incentive programs, events permitting, and future communication and coordination opportunities between the Cape Cod Chamber, the Business Improvement District, the Hyannis Chamber, and Town.  Patti Lloyd of the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce also visited this week to discuss the upcoming Women’s Hockey East Tournament at the HYCC, the June Theater on Ice event, and economic development issues.



Our Economic Development Specialist and Business Ombudsman, Mike Trovato, got a thank you note from CapeSpace for his assistance in helping the business find a location and open its doors. CapeSpace is a new co-work office space project that has leased the former Wells Fargo Building near the West End Rotary in Hyannis.


Barnstable Police: Civil Service Police Officer Examination

The Barnstable Police Department prides itself on the quality and integrity of its uniformed men and women. If you have considered joining the ranks of the department, now is the time to begin the process. A Police Officers Exam administered by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Human Resources Division will be held on April 25th, with the deadline to register falling on March 13. Applicants must be at least 21 years of age by the exam date, have a high school diploma or equivalency, or must have served at least three years in the US Armed Forces.  Barnstable Police also require that officers live in town, and applicants must have lived in Barnstable for at least one full year prior to taking the test.  Full details can be found at the BPD”s website.


Healthy Aging & Wellness at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center

The Cape Cod Healthcare Healthy Aging and Wellness program will begin Tuesday, March 17.  Classes will meet on Tuesdays and Thurdsays from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center. The cost is $84 per person for the twelve sessions. Participants must be members of the Hyannis Youth and Community Center. The program is designed to educate and guide you to better fitness and overall health. Each class begins with wellness education, followed by a guided warm-up, a self-paced walking sesson, and a guided cool-down and stretch. Pre-screenings are required and will take place on March 10 and 12.  Call 508-771-9600 for more information and to register.


Osterville Bay Fields Meeting – Review

On Tuesday, March 3rd, over 75 people attended a public meeting held by the  Osterville Village Association (OVA) in collaboration with the Town of Barnstable to discuss land planning and design at the former Osterville Bay School property.  Town Councilor Jim Crocker provided a history of the parcel prior to the presentation by John Jennings of Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc. (VHB).  Many suggestions and comments were provided by the public.  The OVA along with the Town will review the suggestions and help to fine tune a plan that will be presented at a future public meeting.


Drug Prevention Youth Summit scheduled in March

The “Seventh Grade Youth Summit” will take place at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center on March 19th and 20th, 2015. The Barnstable Youth Commission, a group of Barnstable High School students, have created an exciting drug prevention forum, intended to help seventh graders adjust to the adult culture of high school and establish judgment free lines of communication with students and faculty.  The event will begin with an introduction for the public and for parents, including a discussion on how to talk to your teenager about drugs, and a conference style meeting with groups that are working on the issue in Barnstable.  Friday, March 20 is designed specifically for the 7th graders, and will include peer mentoring, breakout sessions, and a screening of a local documentary on substance abuse.  Town Councilor Jen Cullum, who serves as liaison to the Barnstable Youth Commission, has been working hard with the group and is excited to have our community leaders involved with the Summit.

View a segment about the Summit:  Town Website   YouTube


 Mother & Daughter Team Up for Art on Loan

Inspirations in Watercolor / A Mother Daughter Exhibit” is currently on display in the Town Hall Hearing Room and Selectmen’s Conference Room (2ndd floor, Barnstable Town Hall) through the end of March.   The exhibit features the works of Kathy Timmins and Kelly Burdge, artists and art educators.


Kathy Timmins inspired students of all ages for over 30 years.  Now retired, she works in her studio in Bourne.  Her ideas for paintings come from her journeys on Cape Cod and the beauty that she grows in her own backyard garden.


Kelly Burdge, artist and art educator in the Barnstable School System, begins most of her paintings with a feeling or concept.  She uses her background in figure drawing and color theory to create much of her art.  She is also inspired by her trips to the Adirondack’s and early morning kayaking on the lake.


The Artwork on Loan program provides a venue for local artists to display their work.  Visitors who use the meeting rooms in Barnstable Town Hall will discover an inviting and attractive environment and have an opportunity to learn about some of the Cape’s local artists.  For more information on the program, email



CodeRED: Sign Up and Receive Alerts

Did you miss receiving an Emergency Notification (Reverse 911) call during the last storm event? You can update your information on the Barnstable Police Department's website. CodeRED is an emergency notification service by which town officials can notify Barnstable residents and businesses by telephone, cellular phone, text message, or electronic email about time-sensitive emergency situations or important community alerts. The system is an enhancement to existing means of communication and is supplemental to, not a replacement for, the systems we have used in the past. Also, Barnstable Channel 18 and the Town's website will continue to broadcast important announcements. To update your information on the CodeRED system, click here, and click the link to the update page.




Last week’s trivia questionon: Last week, we asked: Q: Where can you see the Women’s Hockey East tournament in person on Cape Cod? So many of our readers are looking forward to the Hockey East tournament – taking place this weekend at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center!  


This week’s trivia question:   Q:  How many boards, commissions and committees are there in the town of Barnstable?  Email your answer here


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Barnstable This Morning

Week in Review

March 2-6, 2015


Monday, March 2, 2015


Massachusetts Secretary of Energy & Environmental Affairs Matthew Beaton paid a visit to Sandy Neck on Friday, March 27th to view storm damage and dune erosion.  Town Manager Tom Lynch joined us in-studio to review the visit and discuss ideas for future solutions.  A groundbreaking date has been set for construction of the Early Learning Center at Hyannis West Elementary, and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Mary Czajkowski was with us Monday to talk about that day. Dr. Czajkowski also previewed this week’s School Committee meeting and talked about the impact of snow on this year’s calendar. Barnstable residents have been heading to the Transfer Station in Marstons Mills to recycle. Energy Coordinator Richard Elrick was in studio to provide an update on the recently implemented changes at the transfer station. Elrick also discussed renewable energy projects in Barnstable and beyond. Cape Cod Community College Communications Director Michael Gross shared with us the success of the weekend’s Multicultural Festival and details on upcoming events at the College.


Tuesday, March 3, 2015


On April 25th, 2015, the Civil Service exam required by Barnstable Police for employment, will be administered. Chief of Police Paul MacDonald appeared on Tuesday to discuss the test, the application process, and to preview an informational meeting geared towards potential new police officer recruits.  Barnstable Youth Commission Vice Chair Brendan Clark Town Councilor Jennifer Cullum have been working with the youth of Barnstable on the upcoming Youth Summit, to take place on March 19th and 20th at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center. Clark and Cullum talked with Sara Mannal about the summit and their goals to try to reduce substance abuse issues in our town. Cape and Islands State Senator Dan Wolf f serves as the Chair of the Committee on Steering and Policy, he spoke with us this week about his goals and objectives for that Committee. Snow continues to fall, and cover our roadways. Director of Public Works Dan Santos talked with us about continued cleanup work and preparation for more snow in the forecast. 



Wednesday, March 4, 2015


Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce CEO Wendy Northcross joined us for our Business Barnstable segment, in which she discussed the future of wastewater issues on the Cape and how investing in a cleanup effort could return profits for our region.  This is Weights and Measures week, and so we brought you an inside look on how Barnstable ensures Equity in the Marketplace. For our monthly Veterans segment, Barnstable Veterans Services District Director Ed Merigan shared important information about the V-A medical system. Town staff is hard at work on the Fiscal 2016 Capital Plan. Director of Finance Mark Milne talked to us about progress on the document, and the work and review that goes into crafting the capital plan.


Thursday, March 5, 2015


We began the day on Thursday at Sandy Neck Beach Park, where we learned of concerns regarding dune erosion that is threatening the parking lot at the beach.  Next, Cape Cod Commission Director of Technical Services Glenn Cannon stopped by our studio to share information about a current study of the potential impacts of climate change on regional transportation infrastructure on Cape Cod. 5th Barnstable State Representative Randy Hunt talked with us about his concerns regarding erosion issues in Sandwich and in Barnstable, and also highlighted his committee assignments at the State House.  Finally, Town Council Vice President Ann Canedy reviewed the orders of the day for the evening’s Town Council meeting.



Friday, March 6, 2015


Arts Correspondent Melissa Hersh traveled to the Cultural Center of Cape Cod to talk with poet, writer, and artist Lauren Wolk. We visited the Hyannis Youth and Community Center to talk with General Manager Joe Izzo about the upcoming Women’s Hockey East tournament, and spring program registration.  Director of Leisure Services Patti Machado shared information about the homeless count, how to apply for summer jobs, and an update on plans for the Youth Summit. We traveled to Sandy Neck Beach Park for our Marine & Environmental Affairs segment to learn about issues surrounding erosion at the beach.

Thank you to all for reading eNews and responding to our trivia!