Barnstable This Morning

On Monday’s “Barnstable This Morning”, host Sarah Colvin and I discussed the Fiscal 2017 Operating Budget, which has been printed and delivered to the Town Council. The theme of the budget is Addressing Our Municipal Responsibilities. During our interview, I outlined many of the new activities funded in the budget. The FY 2017 Operating Budget has been put up on the Town’s website.


View   the interview: Town Website  You Tube



Mark Ells Selected as Town Manager

I was very pleased that the Town Council selected Mark Ells to be Barnstable’s new Town Manager. When I chose Mark to be the Assistant Town Manager, it was with the intent that he would one day lead our Town. Mark has shown a commitment to Barnstable, having worked for the Town for the past twenty-seven years. He has managed large projects, negotiated contracts, understands personnel issues, and hired good people to work for us. He has worked on all of our capital and operating budgets over the last four years and is very well versed in financial matters. He has all the management skills one would seek in a Manager and I believe will be a capable and successful Town Manager. His leadership will keep  Barnstable moving forward. Congratulations Mark! Mark officially begins his duties on July 1, 2016.


Fiscal 2017 Operating Budget

On May 5th, 2016, the Fiscal Year 2017 Operating Budget was delivered to the Town Council and the Comprehensive Financial Advisory Committee. The first reading of the budget will take place at the Town Council meeting on May 19th. Debate begins on June 2, 2016. Finance Director Mark Milne and I will be delivering an overview of the budget to the Town Council at the May 19th meeting.


Osterville Resident Named Mercy Otis Warren Cape Cod Woman of the Year

Ann Williams of Osterville is the recipient of the 15th Annual Mercy Otis Warren Cape Cod Woman of the Year Award.  Ann, her husband Joe, and their seven children moved to Barnstable in 1967. Her resume includes service as the first Director of Community Affairs at Cape Cod Hospital, liaison to the Cape Cod Hospital Woman’s Auxiliary, Chair of the Town of Barnstable Finance Committee, Barnstable’s representative on the organizing committee of the Cape Cod Regional Technical High School in Harwich, President of the Osterville Rotary, Rotary District Governor for the area that includes the South Shore, Cape and Islands, Southeastern Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. As a Rotarian, she has traveled worldwide in support of childhood immunization, pure water, and polio reduction. She currently serves on the Cape Cod Community College Foundation Board, Cape Cod YMCA Board, and the Contributions Committee of the Marion Jordan Trust. She works with special needs children once a week, is active in the Osterville Business and Professional Association, and Our Lady of the Assumption Church. The Mercy Otis Warren Cape Cod Woman of the Year Award will be presented to Ann during a ceremony at Tales of Cape Cod in Barnstable Village on June 6, 2016 at 7:00 PM. Congratulations, Ann!


It’s time to get that two-wheeler out of the garage and on to the road. Bay State Bike Week begins on Saturday. Every May, Massachusetts residents and bike commuters come together to celebrate human-powered, two-wheeled transportation. From Saturday, May 14, through Sunday, May 22, you are encouraged to ride your bike whenever you can, whether you’re commuting to work, or riding for pleasure. It’s also a time to encourage new riders and raise awareness about bicycle transportation.  MassBike and Sea Sports will host Hyannis Biker Breakfast on the Hyannis Village Green on Friday, May 20 from 8:00-9:00 AM. Bike to work and start your day off right! Maps, schedules, and light refreshments and coffee will be available. Sea Sports Cyclery and Outdoors will provide free minor bike adjustments.  Bike Week lights, bags, and giveaways will be distributed. Questions? Contact Lev Malakhoff at the Cape Cod Commission: 508-362-3828. Click here to find local events on the Bay State Bike Week website.



Airport News: JetBlue Returns & Centerville Pie Open for Business

JetBlue has returned to Barnstable Municipal Airport for a third season. The airline began its extended season on Thursday, May 12. One round-trip flight per day between JFK Airport in New York and Barnstable Municipal Airport in Hyannis will be offered Thursday through Sunday until June 16, when daily service will begin. JetBlue will continue its service until Columbus Day in October. The first flight arrived at 12:30 on Thursday. Travelers arriving in Hyannis were treated with tasty treats from Centerville Pie, which celebrated its grand opening at the Airport café on Thursday. The popular purveyor of pies will offer its signature sweet and savory pies, along with a delicious selection of sandwiches and soups.




Artist Shanties to Open at Bismore Park Today!

Last week, the seven brightly colored artist shanties were moved from their winter resting spot in the Armory parking lot to their summer home at Bismore Park. That must have reminded Mother Nature to bring spring weather our way! The doors of the artist shanties opened for the season at 11:00 this morning. The Hyannis HyArts Artist Shanties will feature over 85 artists in 2016, rotating in and out of the shanties with photography, jewelry, painting, fiber arts, ceramics, mosaics, and much more. Come by to see new artists and familiar faces! Shanties will be open Friday through Sunday starting at 11:00 AM beginning today, Friday, May 13 through Sunday, June 19, 2016. The shanties will open seven days a week beginning on Monday, June 20, 2016. Visit for more information!


Fiscal 2015 Annual Report Available

The Annual Report covering activities for Fiscal Year 2015 is now available. The book covers the work of Town departments and divisions from July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015. Copies are available at Town Hall, the Hyannis Youth and Community Center, the Barnstable Senior Center, and our village libraries. The report also contains useful information about our Town, a directory of departments and divisions, and contact information for our various elected officials. This year’s cover features a picture of a Snowy Owl on Sandy Neck, captured by Natural Resource Division Assistant Donna Bragg. Click here to view the report online.



Downtown Hyannis Parking Project: Open House Monday, May 16, 2016

The Growth Management Department is leading a study of parking in downtown Hyannis. The study, being done in cooperation with consultants Nelson\\Nygaard, will produce a comprehensive approach to parking management, supply, and management in the downtown area. Residents, business owners, employees and all interested are invited to attend an open house to engage with Town and consultant staff members. The open house will take place at Barnstable Town Hall, 367 Main Street, Hyannis, in the Town Hall hearing room on the second floor. The open house will take place from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM with a formal presentation and introduction to the parking effort at 6pm. Please participate and provide feedback about parking opportunities and challenges in Hyannis, and share your thoughts on potential recommendations and solutions.

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Last week, we asked:  What is a Normal School? Many readers knew a Normal School was a College for Teachers. Several mentioned a relative who had attended the Hyannis Normal School and then taught here on Cape Cod.


This week’s question: How many individuals have held the position of Town Manager in the Town of Barnstable?


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