Barnstable This Morning

On Monday morning’s “Barnstable This Morning”, I talked with host Sarah Colvin about a variety of events and issues, including the exciting Women’s Hockey East tournament held at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center over the weekend, the upcoming Cape Managers’ Meeting at Bridgewater State’s Cape Cod campus, the contract with the Woods Hole Group for a study of the Stewarts Creek culvert, and an update on snow removal operations and work on the capital budget for Fiscal 2016.

View this week’s interview:  Town Website  YouTube



Early Learning Center Groundbreaking

A groundbreaking ceremony for the Early Learning Center at Hyannis West Elementary School was held on Wednesday, March 11. The new six classroom building will allow the district’s preschool program to be housed under one roof, in age-appropriate facilities. Construction is now underway and is expected to be complete by July 15th, just in time for the next school year.
Town Councilors Jen Cullum and Sara Cushing were in attendance.

Watch a video of the groundbreaking: Town Website   YouTube  



Cape Cod Chamber Sports Tourism Meeting

On Tuesday afternoon I attended an information gathering sesssion sponsored by the Cape Cod Chamber regarding the possibility of hosting Cape-wide sports tourism tournaments. The Sports Advisory Group is assiting the Chamber to get a sense of the sports facilites in Barnstable, like our ball fields and the Hyannis Youth and Community center,  and those in other Cape towns. The sports tourism market generates $200 billion per year in spending. Twenty-seven percent of all trips taken in the United States are for an organized sports event. The Chamber is hoping to capture a segment of this lurcative tourism niche.


Cape Managers Meeting: Bridgewater State University Cape Cod

The March Cape Managers’ Meeting was held at Bridgewater State University’s Cape Cod campus in Yarmouth. The South Yarmouth Elementary School, as it was called when I taught there in the 1970’s, has undergone an impressive renovation. During a tour of the facility we learned of the programs underway and future educational opportunities. You can learn more information at In our meeting we discussed the recent One Cape summit, at which the 208 Water Quality plan update was revealed, happenings in various towns, health insurance issues, and issues confronted by the harsh winter storms.



Stewarts Creek Study Contract Signed

I signed a contract last week with the Woods Hole Group for a study of the Stewarts Creek culvert project. The project, completed by the Army Corps of Engineers more than a year ago, expanded the flow capacity of water from Stewarts Creek to Nantucket Sound. Dredging originally included in the Army Corps of Engineers plan was not a part of the final project. Residents have since raised concerns about shoaling and a strong tidal odor. The study will examine the culvert project and determine if further work is necessary.

View an interview with DPW Director Dan Santos about the Stewarts Creek issues:

Town Website  YouTube


Barnstable Bulkhead Work

Repairs to the Barnstable Inner Harbor bulkhead will begin this week. Northern Construction Service, LLC of Palmer, MA is the General Contractor working directly with GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc., our engineers.  The contractors will be excavating about 5 feet deep on the land side of the steel bulkhead sheets in order to install a new structural system.  The wooden guardrail and asphalt pavement will be removed and reinstalled after repairs are made in order to restore the area to its current condition. According to the current schedule, the Town marina will be closed during the repair process until May 1, 2015, after which the marina will be open for use until October 19, 2015. If the entire project is not complete this Spring, then the contractor will remobilize in the Fall to complete the work.  The grass area to the west of the marina will be used by the contractor during operations, and the roadway to the south will be closed to traffic.  Access to the private marina will be via Freezer Road during these operations.


Hockey East

The women’s Hockey East tournament held last weekend was, by all accounts, a big success. Attendance both days at the rink was up and hotels and retaurants enjoyed an increase in business. While I rooted for Boston College the UConn Huskies gave them all they could handle on Saturday. In the finals on Sunday Boston University won the tournament defeating BC 3-1. This is the fourth consecutive Hockey East title for BU all on HYCC ice!


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.


Barnstable Employees Honored with VISI Art Awards

The Cape Cod & Islands Art Educators Association partnered with the Cotuit Center for the Arts to celebrate Youth Art Month and Arts Education Advocacy, and Lynne Poyant, Director of Community Services, attended the VISI Art Awards at the Cotuit Center for the Arts (CCftA) on Thursday evening.    During the evening's activities, two Town of Barnstable employees were recognized for their support of youth and art:  Roland "Bud" Breault, Barnstable Municipal Airport Manager, and Melissa Hersh Chartrand, Arts and Culture Coordinator.  Congratulations, Bud and Melissa!



Barnstable Recreation Employee Receives Recognition

During this week's Massachusetts Recreation and Park Association (MRPA) Conference held in Springfield, MA, Michelle Davies, a Barnstable Recreation Program Coordinator, was named Massachusetts Therapeutic Professional of the Year.  Leisure Services Director Patti Machado presented Michelle with the award.  Congratulations, Mickie! Pictured: Cheryl Marshall, MRPA President ; Michelle Davies, Barnstable Recreation Program Coordinator and Massachusetts Therapeutic Professional of the Year; Melissa Baptist, MRPA President Elect; and Patti Machado, Leisure Services Coordinator.



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.


Herring Count Volunteer Meeting

Three Bays Preservation is seeking volunteers for the yearly herring count. The population of river herring has decreased dramatically over the last several decades, and the State of Massachusetts has established a count program to document their numbers. It only takes a minimal amount of time and very little effort. A herring count training meeting will take place on Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 1:00 at Liberty Hall in Marstons Mills. The counting protocol will be explained, and you’ll learn all there is to know about being a herring counter. The herring are only here for a short time – usually the end of March until mid-May. Learn more at




Substance Abuse: A Continuing Crisis

Local leaders continue to pay attention to the region’s substance abuse crisis.


  • This week on “Barnstable This Morning”, Chief of Police Paul MacDonald shared concerns over the high number of overdoses in town since the beginning of the year. View the video: YouTube Town Website


  • On Thursday afternoon, Congressman William Keating hosted a substance abuse roundtable discussion, which was an opportunity for clergy and faith leaders in the Ninth District to discuss how we can best prevent substance abuse in our communities, and how to access resources for families and individuals in need. News Coordinator Sarah Colvin Nelson attended the event, and reports that Congressman Keating says that our clergy members are on the front lines of this crisis, and can provide key help to many who are in need. The panel discussion included Ray Tamasi of Gosnold on Cape Cod, Federated Church Reverend John Terry, Cheryl Bartlett of Cape Cod Healthcare, and Congressman William Keating.


  • This week, the Barnstable County Regional Substance Abuse Council released the Analysis of Subtance Abuse: A Baseline Report, which provides a snapshot look at the issue, and states that $110 million dollars is spent annually dealing with substance abuse issues on Cape Cod.   Barnstable County Human Services Director Beth Albert and Special Projects Coordinator Vaira Harik will discuss the report on next Wednesday’s edition of Barnstable This Morning.


  • The Seventh Grade Youth Summit, with a focus on drug prevention for youth and parents, will take place at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center on March 19 and 20. An evening session on March 19th with a program for parents and the general public, including sessions on how to talk to your teen about drugs, and a gathering of groups in Barnstable that are concerned about the addiction problem and working on solutions. Friday March 20 will be an all-day program for seventh graders. View a segment about the Summit:  Town Website   YouTube







Last week’s trivia question: Last week, we asked: Q: How many boards, committees and commissions do we have in the Town of Barnstable? Many of our readers wrote in with the correct answer: There are 42 boards, committees and commissions here in the Town of Barnstable.


This week’s trivia question:   The sun is beginning to warm up, snow is melting from our sidewalks, and soon outdoor dining will begin to pop up along Main Street. Our Main Street Hyannis boasts a large number of restaurants – we want to know if you know just how many?  Email your answer here


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Barnstable This Morning

Week in Review

March 9-13, 2015


Monday, March 9, 2015


Town Manager Tom Lynch began our week with a recap of the exciting Women’s Hockey East tournament held at the HYCC over the weekend. We also discussed the upcoming study of Stewart’s Creek, and continued snow and ice operations.  Superintendent of Schools Dr. Mary Czajkowski discussed the proposed Fiscal 2016 budget for the schools, including a proposal to raise athletic fees.  Sara Mannal visited with local author Kate Conway about an upcoming panel at Centerville Library. Cape Cod Community College President Dr. John Cox joined us live in studio to discuss the proposed state budget, the Morgan State University Choir performance coming up on March 24, and a plan to create a $30k Bachelors Degree program.


Tuesday, March 10, 2015


Chief of Police Paul MacDonald discussed some troubling statistics in terms of the increase of drug overdoses in town this year. Our Board Committee and Commission segment this week featured Citizen Advisory Committee Chair Phil Boudreau, who discussed wastewater issues. 1st Barnstable State Representative Tim Whelan talked with us about his impressions following a tour of damage at Sandy Neck Beach Park in late February. Director of Public Works Dan Santos provided an update on snow and ice removal operations.



Wednesday, March 11, 2015


Wednesday’s show began with our Business Barnstable segment, in which we discussed real estate activity for the month of February with Register of Deeds Jack Meade. Next, Director of Regulatory Services Richard Scali joined us to discuss concerns over secondhand junk dealer licenses, and the importance of National Weights & Measures week.  Director of Senior Services Madeline Noonan shared details for the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon and a number of other activities coming up at the Senior Center. 



Thursday, March 12, 2015


Construction is now underway on the new Early Learning Center at Hyannis West Elementary, and we began our show with an inside look at the groundbreaking ceremony held at the school on Wednesday. Next, Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority Administrator Tom Cahir spoke with us about how all of the transportation providers on Cape work together to enhance services. Cahir also previewed the 2015 season of the popular Cape Flyer summer weekend train service.  2nd Barnstable State Representative Brian Mannal joined us in studio to discuss the Governor’s proposed state budget.  We continued our conversations with Town Councilors – this week, Precinct 4 Councilor Fred Chirigotis talked with us about issues relating to his precinct.


Friday, March 13, 2015


Alicia Mathewson’s Movin and Groovin program at Sturgis Library took center stage for this week’s Arts & Culture segment. Next, we headed over to the Hyannis Youth and Community Center to visit with Program Coordinator John Gleason, who told us all about how to purchase beach merchandise for an array of Barnstable’s beautiful beaches. Next, Program Coordinator Melanie Mimmo previewed upcoming Easter activities in Barnstable.  HYCC General Manager Joe Izzo is looking forward to the always exciting Lobster Pot youth hockey tournament coming to the center March 20-22. Look out for those flags! Finally, Natural Resource Officer Amy Croteau talked with us about herring runs – and when we can expect to see the herring begin to run upstream to spawn.



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