Barnstable This Morning

On Monday morning, I joined Barnstable This Morning host Sarah Colvin to discuss the value of volunteers to our community. I talked about the opportunities I had to view the work of our volunteers in action over the past week, including the launching of a student-built sailing skiff that was completed with help from Cape Cod Maritime Museum volunteers, a tree planting at Barnstable High School by the Centerville Beautification Committee in commemoration of Arbor Day, and a celebration luncheon to thank our hardworking Senior Center volunteers. Our conversation then turned to the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP), and I provided detail on several of the remaining CIP items up for approval. We discussed private road work, marina repairs, school and airport projects. View the interview: Town Website  YouTube


Arbor Day Event at High School Memorial Garden

A beautiful and unusual tree is now a part of the Memorial Garden in the Cobb Astro Park at Barnstable High School. On Arbor Day, last Friday, April 24, 2015, the Centerville Beautification Committee gathered at the high school to plant the tree. Barnstable Town Council President Jessica Rapp Grassetti read a proclamation from the Town Council regarding Arbor Day. Tree Warden Charles Genatossio described the history and type of the unusual Harry Lauder (or Walking Stick) tree he selected for the site.  The new tree fits very nicely in the garden and will surely be a conversation piece. Congratulations to Judy Sirch and her team for all the work they do in Centerville beautifying the village.


CPA Housing Workshop

Monday evening, the Community Preservation Committee sponsored a Housing Roundtable Discussion.  The event was facilitated by Jennifer M. Goldson who specilizes in community preservation programs and planning. Town Council President Jessica Rapp Grassetti, Sara Cushing, Debra Dagwan, Paul Herbert and Will Crocker were all able to attend the workshop. Director of the Growth Management JoAnne Miller Buntich made a presentation on Barnstable’s local housing needs. Ms. Goldson described the “nuts and bolts” of what the Community Preservation Act allows for funding of housing projects. Many positive suggestions were offered at the meeting.


Annual Tour of Cotuit

This Wednesday morning I met several local officials at Freedom Hall in Cotuit for an annual tour of the village.  Organized by Town Council President Jessica Rapp Grassetti, this year’s tour had a focus on safety. Safety on roads and sidewalks was improved by cutting back vegetation that blocked or narrowed sidewalks. Cotuit residents would also like to see crosswalks made to be more pedestrian friendly. We looked at the beaches, recreation areas, and roadway improvements. It was a good way for various departments to get a clear picture of the concerns of members of the Civic Association. Rich Boden, President of the Cotuit Civic Association, thanked all for coming and noted this was our fifth annual tour.


Cape Cod Healthcare’s Celebration of CCH Emergency Center

Construction on Cape Cod Healthcare’s (CCH) brand new state-of-the-art Emergency Care Facility is complete. On Thursday evening, CCH held a ribbon cutting ceremony and tours of the new facility. Several speakers thanked all those who made this new emergency center a reality. Cape Cod Healthcare President and CEO Michael K. Lauf looked back at the past growth of the hospital and described the future of this modern healthcare facility. He noted 90,000 people a year visit the emergency room. It is reassuring to know that if you need emergency services, a state-of-the-art facility is right here in Barnstable. I was impressed with how often each speaker made a point of recognizing the doctors, nurses and staff who really deliver the first class patient care at Cape Cod Hospital. It was a proud moment of celebration for our community! The new emergency center is slated to open by Labor Day weekend.


Dinghy Regulations

New in-season regulations for storage of vessels on Town property go into effect today, Friday, May 1st, 2015.  The new rules cover in-season storage of vessels on town property. Boats stored can be a maximum of twelve feet in length and five feet in beam. Those wishing to store vessels at town landings must also affix an identification decal to the vessel. Decals are available at no charge from the Harbormaster’s office.   Click here to view the full text of the regulations. For more information, you may contact the Harbormaster’s Office at 508-790-6272.  

View an interview with Harbormaster Dan Horn, outlining the new regulations:

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Barnstable Harbor Pile Work

Because of severe weather and icing over the winter months, 36 pilings in Barnstable Harbor must be replaced before the dock system can be installed.  The project has been slightly delayed, but work is scheduled to begin early next week. Marina Manager Eric Shufelt tells us the pilings have arrived, and crews should soon begin installation. All piling work is expected to be complete by the Memorial Day weekend.  Any questions can be directed to the Harbormaster’s office.

Boatbuilding Class Launch A Success

A boat built by students was launched for the first time this past Saturday in Hyannis.  Beginning in February, six sixth and seventh graders worked one-on-one with volunteers at the Cape Cod Maritime Museum on the boatbuilding project. Working several hours twice a week, the students created a sailing Bevin skiff. The boat was launched at Veterans Beach in Hyannis on Saturday, April 25. This program was a joint effort between the Barnstable Recreation Division and the Maritime Museum with funding provided by the JFK Memorial Trust.


Hyannis Main Street Spring on Main

The 3rd annual Spring on Main festival is happening on Saturday, May 2nd, 2015. Main Street, Hyannis will be abuzz with activity from noon to 4, with art, music, crafts, food, and more for the whole family. Join Diane Kovanda for Kind Yoga at noon on the Village Green, Children’s Yoga with hula hoops and bubbles, too! Sturgis Charter School students offer face painting, the Amazing Richard performs at the Hyannis Public Library, and even take a horse-drawn carriage ride! Visit for a full list of springtime activities!


Boston 2024 Olympics: Local Meeting To Be Held in May

An effort is underway to bring the Olympics to the city of Boston in the year 2024. The Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Boston 2024 Olympic Bid Community Meeting at Barnstable High School in May. Hear about the Boston 2024 Olympic bid proposal, ask questions, and learn how to get involved. The meeting will take place in the Barnstable Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, May 13th, 2015 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM.


USDA Rabies Baiting

The annual spring wildlife rabies vaccination effort is underway. 242 bait stations in Mashpee, Sandwich, Barnstable, Yarmouth, Dennis, Harwich and Brewster are now loaded and ready to be accessed by wildlife.  The bait stations are strategically placed in wooded areas around town, and are designed to attract raccoons. The bait is harmless to pets, but because the intent is to vaccinate wildlife, pet owners are encouraged to keep animals away from the baits. Barnstable town employees are slated to begin hand-baiting on May 5th, 2015.  The program is a joint effort of the US Department of Agriculture and the Cape Cod Rabies Task Force.

Hy-Arts Shanties: Opening May 15 at Bismore Park

The Hyannis HyArts Artist Shanties at Hyannis Harbor/Bismore Park open for the 2015 season on Friday, May 15, 2015 at 11:00 AM.  The shanties provide visitors to Hyannis Harbor the opportunity to find something handmade or hand crafted by local artists. The program features Cape Cod artists and artisans, who frequently work on their craft right at the “seaside studio”. Over 75 artists will participate in this year’s program. We look forward to artist demonstrations, musical performances, and a wide array of arts and crafts. Shanties are open Fridays through Sundays in May and June, including Monday, Memorial Day.  Shanties will be open seven days a week as of June 22nd.


Beach Stickers on Sale at the HYCC

Beach weather is just around the corner! On Monday, May 4th, volunteer staffers will begin selling beach stickers at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center. Stickers will be sold Monday through Saturday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, and Sundays and holidays from 9:00 AM until noon. Stickers are available to Barnstable residents at a cost of $35 per permit. Your vehicle registration must reflect your year-round Barnstable address. Click here for further details.




Renewal Time: Sandy Neck ORV Permits

The weather is warming up, and now that almost all of the snow has melted, we are thinking about summer and time spent at the beach. Sandy Neck offers a front beach driving corridor, available to all permitted vehicles. This permit is obtainable for approved four-wheel and all-wheel drive vehicles as well as two-wheel drive motor homes. Now is the time to obtain or renew your Sandy Neck off-road vehicle permit.  The off road vehicle (ORV) permits are sold at the Sandy Neck Gatehouse and are valid from April 15, 2015 through April 15, 2016. Day passes are not available for the ORV beach. In order to purchase a permit and/or to access the beach, you must be in possession of the minimum required equipment. Further information and requirements for obtaining a permit can be found at the Sandy Neck website.



Road Work: Nottingham Drive, Centerville

Road resurfacing work is underway on Nottingham Drive in Centerville. Crews began on Thursday, April 30th, 2015.  The work is expected to take one week to complete, weather permitting.  Work hours will be from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Vehicle access during the resurfacing operations will be restricted to one lane.  If possible motorists are advised to avoid Nottingham Drive to avoid delays.  As always, please slow down and use extreme caution when traveling through the road construction areas and follow posted safety signs.





Last week’s trivia question: Sandy Neck off-road permit stickers are now on sale. What items must you have with you in order to receive your sticker and gain access to the beach? Not one of our eNews readers replied with the correct answer! You need six pieces of equipment in order to receive an off-road sticker: a full-size spare tire, a tow rope, a jack, a support board, a shovel, and a tire gauge. Click here to view the full detailed list of required equipment.


This week’s trivia question: I saw a poll that said 74% of Iowans like corn compared to a 9% who do not. But, Iowans like their corn less than those from Wisconsin like their cheese – in that state it is 80/5 favorable.  This made me think: what do Cape Codders like more? Clam Chowdah or fried clams? Email your answer here



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Barnstable This Morning

Week in Review

April 27 – May 1, 2015


Monday, April 27, 2015


Town Manager Tom Lynch stopped by our studio Monday morning with a review of activities over the weekend, including the exciting launch of the student-built Bevins sailing skiff at Veterans Beach on Saturday.  Lynch also provided an update on the Capital Improvement Plan.  Town Council will continue its debate on the plan on Thursday, May 7. 


Tuesday, April 28, 2015


Barnstable Police Deputy Chief Craig Tamash again filled in for Chief of Police Paul MacDonald on Tuesday Morning. The Deputy Chief discussed changes to a new state law requiring drivers to turn on headlights and taillights whenever windshield wipers are necessary.  Our Community Profile segment featured Marilyn Lariviere, who shared information about the Youth Streetreach program.  Director of Public Works Dan Santos talked with us about a number of projects, including street sweeping and work at Barnstable Harbor. 


Wednesday, April 29, 2015


Hyannis Main Street Business Improvement District Executive Director Elizabeth Wurfbain joined us for our weekly Business Barnstable segment to promote Spring on Main, taking place Saturday, May 2 on Main Street in Hyannis.  Cape Cod Commission Executive Director Paul Niedzwiecki talked with us about the 208 Water Quality Plan. Director of Finance Mark Milne reviewed revenue reports for the first three quarters of Fiscal 2015.


Thursday, April 30, 2015


Our Golf segment made a return Thursday morning. We sat down with Barnstable Director of Golf Operations Bruce McIntyre, who talked with us about weathering the winter and plans for the spring and summer.  We welcomed Barnstable Municipal Airport Assistant Manager Katie Servis to the program for the first time – Katie has been at the airport since January, taking over for the now-retired Frank Sanchez. 2nd Barnstable State Rep Brian Mannal joined us to discuss House Budget week. Finally, we continued our conversations with Barnstable Town Councilors. Precinct 8 Town Councilor Dr. Debra Dagwan talked with us about the intricacies of Precinct 8.


Friday, May 1, 2015


Our Arts & Culture segment featured the latest installment of our Hy-Arts Artist Shanty Spotlight series. This week’s artist was jewelry maker Dawn Rosell. Next, we visited with Hyannis Youth and Community Center General Manager Joe Izzo, who filled us in on the upcoming Bike Rodeo and the Mother’s Day Tea.  Director of Leisure Services Patti Machado had details about May 17th’s Glenna Kohl Piggy Trot. Finally, we spoke with Marina Manager Eric Shufelt about ongoing work at Barnstable Harbor.