Barnstable This Morning

In my weekly appearance on Barnstable This Morning, I reviewed events that took place last week, including the opening of the new emergency center at Cape Cod Hospital, the dedication of the new Lyndon Paul Lorusso Little League Complex in Hyannis, and the annual tour of Cotuit. We discussed upcoming events, including the swearing in ceremony for Barnstable Police’s newest Deputy Chiefs and a report on the allocation of Kirkman Trust Funds. Host Sarah Colvin and I reviewed the work on the ongoing Capital Improvement Plan and the Operating Budget, which is nearing completion.

View the interview:  Town Website   YouTube



Lyndon Paul Lorusso Little League Complex Opens

Children are now playing ball on beautiful new fields in Hyannis. Hundreds gathered at the dedication ceremony for the brand new Lyndon Paul Lorusso Little League Complex on Saturday, May 2, 2015. Opening Day of the 2015 Little League season festivities included a parade of the young players decked out in brand new colorful uniforms, a bagpiper, and Barnstable Police Officer Steven O’Brien’s rendition of the National Anthem.  This project was truly a community effort, and Barstable Little League Preisdent Joe Scott made sure to thank the Town and everyone who particpated in funding and building this beautiful field.



Kirkman Trust Funds

Bo Murdock, Chair  of the Trust Fund Advisory Committee (TFAC), invited me to attend a Library Committee meeting to hear from our libraries about how they were spending their Kirkman Fund awards. Town Council Vice President Ann Canedy, Assistant Town Manager Mark Ells, Community Services Director Lynne Poyant and I attended the meeting. Each year the Kirkman Fund has generated close to $300,000, which is split between the libraries and cemeteries. We heard firsthand how important the funding is to libraries. The need for technology improvements, security issues and green energy projects were common themes from all seven libraries. The cemeteries were equally appreciative of the funding for organic lawn treatments, stone restorations and other improvements.




New Deputy Chiefs Sworn In at Barnstable Police Headquarters

On Wednesday morning, I attended a swearing-in ceremony for the Barnstable Police Department’s newest Deputy Chiefs.  Detective Lieutenant Sean Balcom, a 26 year veteran of the Barnstable Police Department and Lieutenant Matthew Sonnabend, a 16 year veteran, were sworn in by Town Clerk Ann Quirk. In my remarks, I noted that seeing these men move up through the ranks is a testament to the way in which our Police Department is run. I am proud to see Chief Paul MacDonald hire from within, and know the years of experience will help these men be effective and strong leaders. New Deputy Chief Sonnabend will assume command of the Field Services bureau. Deputy Chief Sean Balcom will now serve as commander of the Administrative and Investigative Services bureau. Congratulations!



Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce  Annual Meeting

The Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce held its annual meeting this week. The Chamber has been an active voice for business on Beacon Hill and in our region. Transportation issues, water quality and wastewater, and of course, tourism promotion, have been front and center on their agenda. Barnstable has enjoyed a close working relationship with Chamber members and officials to improve our economy and, in particular, promote sports tourism through the Hyannis Youth and Community Center.



Barnstable Harbor Work Complete

Barnstable Harbor is scheduled to re-open next week, as repair work at the bulkhead and replacement of piles is complete. Coastal Marine Construction arrived on  Monday to replace and re-set more than 35 pilings damaged during winter storms. The contractor wrapped up work today and left the harbor during the afternoon high tide. A diver has been working below the surface to check for debris on the bottom, and docks have been placed.


Sandy Neck Parcel

I informed the Town Council that I have signed a Purchase and Sale Agreement to purchase 14.2 acres of land out on Sandy Neck Beach. The price of the property is $295,000. This environmentaly sensitive parcel is an important link continguous with town-owned land near the tip of Sandy Neck. Next steps include a hearing before the Community Preservation Committee to seek funding and, if approved, brought to the Town Council for final approval. This process is expected to be complete within the next few months.


Town Council Meeting: Progress on CIP

During Thursday night’s meeting, Town Council made progress on the Fiscal 2016 Capital Improvement Plan. Councillors completed debate on all requests with the exception of the Airport.  Public hearings and presentations on Airport requests are scheduled for the May 21st Town Council meeting.   Click here to view Thursday night’s meeting.


Osterville Bay School Property: Public Meeting

The Town of Barnstable in collaboration with the Osterville Village Association is hosting a public meeting next Tuesday. The purpose of the meeting is for discussion regarding two designs for the land planning and design at the former Osterville Bay School property. All are encouraged to attend,  7:00pm on Tuesday, May 12, 2015,  Osterville Village Library, 43 Wianno Avenue, Osterville.



Congratulations to Steven O’Brien!

Capping off 35 years of service to the Barnstable Police Department, Patrol Officer Steven O’Brien’s last act was to perform the National Anthem at the opening ceremonies for the 2015 Barnstable Little League season.  Officer O’Brien also sang “God Bless America” at a rainy Fenway Park on Patriots Day, Monday April 20th.  We all wish Officer O’Brien a happy and healthy retirement. Thank you for your years of service. Pictured, left to right: Barnstable Police Sergeant Sean Sweeney, Patrol Officer Steven O’Brien, and Lieutenant David Cameron.



Dinghy Regulations

New in-season regulations for storage of vessels on Town property are now in effect.  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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Boston 2024 Olympics: Local Meeting Next Week

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 next week. 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.



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! Volunteer staffers are selling beach stickers at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center. Monday through Saturday, 9:00amto 4:00pm, and Sundays and holidays from 9:00am- 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.






Last 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? Well, it was a tough race, but our chowder-loving e-news readers won out, favoring “chowdah” over clams 3 to 1. Our Town Clerk Ann Quirk wrote in to say that she couldn’t pick a favorite, and voted for both! Now, off to enjoy some New England favorites in the sun.

This week’s trivia question: At around 11:30pm Thursday night while I was driving home from Thursday’s Town Council meeting, I noticed more than a dozen fishing boats just off of Hyannisport and Craigville Beach. What kind of catch do you think they were after?   Email your answer here.