Barnstable This Morning

On Monday I joined Barnstable This Morning host Sarah Colvin. We reviewed the success of the two day Community Prevention Forum and the 7th grade Youth Summit. I also discussed new businesses opening in Barnstable, the expansion of existing businesses, and projects nearing completion such as the new Ethen Allen, Bed Bath and Beyond, and Fairfield Inn and Suites. View the interview: Town Website  YouTube



Senior Center to Host Special Celebration to Honor Vietnam Veterans

On March 29, 1973, the last American troops left Vietnam. In 2012, that day was declared by Presidential Proclamation as Vietnam Veterans Day, a day to honor and recognize our Vietnam vets. The Barnstable Senior Center is proud to host the Cape Cod Vet’s Center’s Vietnam Veterans Day ceremony. A special celebration will be held at the Senior Center on Tuesday, March 29, 2016, beginning at 1:30 in the afternoon. All Vietnam Veterans from the Cape and Islands are welcome, as are family members, veterans of all eras, and civilians. The Barnstable Senior Center is located at 825 Falmouth Road in Hyannis.


Town Council Presentations

Leading off last night’s Town Council meeting was a trio of presentations with a focus on economic development. MassDevelopment Vice President of Business Development Larry Cameron talked specifically about his program and the financial services offered businesses and municipalities. Maria Marasco, Southeast Regional Director of the Massachusetts Office of Business Development and the Seaport Council discussed ways her office can assist with business development in Barnstable.  Sheryl Walsh, Greater Hyannis Chamber of Commerce Chair, provided a “State of the Chamber” update. Accompanied by staff and board members, Walsh addressed the special events put on by the Chamber and the efforts being made to promote our local businesses in Barnstable.


Town Council: CIP Presentation

During my Town Manager Communications to Town Council at Thursday night’s meeting, I pointed out several sections of the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) that Councilors might want to review. These included information on prospective projects which could be included in future CIP’s, projects added during this year to the existing Fiscal 2016 CIP and the new Project Recommendation Rationale. The total list of projects funded in Fiscal 2017 is $29,881,954. The complete CIP book, including a list of both the Enterprise Fund and General Fund recommendations, is posted on the Town’s website. Click here to view the proposed FY2017 Capital Improvement Plan.


Hyannis Parking Study

To ensure that Hyannis continues as a destination that attracts residents, employers and visitors, the Town of Barnstable is developing strategies to improve the parking experience in downtown Hyannis.  Consultant Nelson\Nygaard was hired in January to develop a comprehensive strategy to improve the Downtown Hyannis parking system.  Solutions will seek to balance the needs of residents, businesses and visitors as well as Hyannis’ ongoing role as a year round regional center and visitor destination. Working with stakeholders: residents, businesses, property owners, and local and regional business and transportation organizations, the team is gathering data on parking supply and assessing the effectiveness of the existing parking system. The project outcome will be a recommended set of strategies and implementation steps. Strategies will focus on innovative, cost-effective and sustainable solutions that are responsive to stakeholder concerns.  Changes to Hyannis parking will be successful only with community support.

Learn more about the project and take a survey about your parking experience in downtown Hyannis:



Modular Classroom Project Moving Forward


Modular classrooms have been delivered and put into place at Barnstable-West Barnstable Elementary School and at Hyannis West Elementary School. The pictures below show the new modular classrooms being put into place at Hyannis West. These new classrooms will complement the Enoch Cobb Early Learning Center, a modular project that was completed last fall.




South Coast Bike Route

The Department of Public Works has been working with the Growth Management Department to implement the Bicycle Accommodation Program. This economic and bicycle safety program creates the South Coast Bike Route that runs through 5 Barnstable villages. This project was funded in the Fiscal 2015 Capital Improvement Program. Signs have been designed and a Request for Proposals will be issued this spring. The Department of Public Works provided an update to Councilors at this week’s meeting. Citing concerns over safety and asking for further information, Council voted to postpone implementation. The South Coast bike route follows a picturesque shoreline route, familiar to many cyclists, that travels through Hyannis Port, Centerville, Osterville, Marstons Mills, and into Cotuit.


Road Work Alert: Cotuit Town Dock

The Department of Public Works has begun drainage construction on Oyster Place Road in the vicinity of the Cotuit Town Dock. Working with Three Bays Preservation, the project will include the installation of a rain garden that will help naturally filter stormwater runoff.  Operations will start promptly at 7:00 AM and continue until 5:00 PM.  Work is expected to be completed within two weeks, weather permitting.  Vehicle access during construction will be limited.  Motorists are advised to seek alternate routes to avoid the construction work. As always, please slow down and use extreme caution when traveling through the road construction areas and follow posted safety signs.




Mercy Otis Cape Cod Woman of the Year: Nominations Open

The Mercy Otis Warren Cape Cod Woman of the Year is a woman who has made significant contributions to the arts, business, education, and/or is deeply involved in the community. Past recipients include Judy Walden Scarafile, Susan French, Dorothy Savarese, and Lynne Poyant. Nominations for the 2016 application are now being accepted. Application forms are available across Cape Cod at local libraries, community centers, town halls, and online at Nominations are due on Patriot’s Day, Monday, April 18, 2016.


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.

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Last week, we asked: What nationality was St. Patrick?

Many of you wrote in with your guesses, and those of you who guessed Roman and also British were correct! While the exact birthplace of St. Patrick remains unknown, we do know he was born to Roman parents living in Britain.


This week’s question: (I got this trivia question from my local bank!) What was the first toy advertised on television? Email your answer here.  




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Barnstable This Morning

Week in Review

March 21-25, 2016


Monday, March 21, 2016


Town Manager Tom Lynch joined us live in studio on Monday morning. Tom discussed a number of new businesses and business improvements happening across town, from new restaurants to new retailers to new housing opportunities.  Interim Superintendent of Schools Bill Butler reviewed last week’s School Committee meeting and discussed recent MTSS training and the Cape Cod Global Education Initiative. We aired this month’s Local Library Literary Chat segment. Finally, Cape Cod Community College Communications Director Michael Gross talked with us about the school’s decision to close due to snow. Gross also previewed the College’s summer course offerings.


Tuesday, March 22, 2016


Chief of Police Paul MacDonald talked with us on Tuesday morning about the new Community Service Officer program. Our Board Committee and Commission roundup reviewed the week’s board meetings, including the Sandy Neck Board. Cape and Islands State Senator Dan Wolf discussed his recent trip to Washington DC to participate in discussions about decommissioning of nuclear power plants. Senator Wolf also shared information about the opioid bill that was recently signed by Governor Baker.  Director of Public Works Dan Santos talked to us about Monday’s storm, and projects that appear on the Fiscal 2017 Capital Improvement Plan.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016


We began Wednesday’s program with our Business Barnstable segment. Cape and Islands Workforce Investment Board Executive Director David Augustinho joined us live in studio to discuss the Career Center. We shared a special report on the Barnstable Youth Commission’s Youth Summit that took place last week at Cape Cod Community College.  Director of Senior Services Madeline Noonan talked with us about a special program for veterans that will take place next week at the Senior Center.  Director of Finance Mark Milne discussed ways in which the proposed Fiscal 2017 Capital Budget is funded.


Thursday, March 24, 2016


Our Community Profile segment now airs on Thursday mornings. This week, we talked with Barnstable High School Senior Olivia Fone, who talked about the clothing drive she began when she was in the 8th grade.  Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority Administrator Tom Cahir spoke with us about a possible extension to the Shining Sea Bike Path in Falmouth, connecting it with the Cape Cod Canal bike path.  5th Barnstable State Representative Randy Hunt talked to us about the results of the Court Commission on Substance Abuse Treatment. Town Council President Jessica Rapp Grassetti outlined the orders of the day for the evening’s Town Council meeting.


Friday, March 25, 2016


Our weekly Arts & Culture segment featured an interview with newly named Cape Symphony and Conservatory Executive Director Roland Valliere. Next, we visited with HYCC General Manager Joe Izzo, who had highlights from last weekend’s successful Lobster Pot tournament.  Program Coordinator Melanie Mimmo shared details about a variety of programs being offered this summer. Marina Manager Eric Shufelt discussed plans for the upcoming summer boating season, had reminders about slip renewals and mooring permits, and safety information for early-season boaters.