Barnstable This Morning

On Monday’s “Barnstable This Morning”, host Sara Mannal and I discussed the successful “Spring on Main” event in Hyannis held on Saturday, the workings of the monthly Cape Cod Municipal Managers Association meetings, and Bay State Bike Week.



Fiscal 2017 Operating Budget

The first reading of the Operating Budget took place at the Town Council meeting on May 19th. Debate begins on June 2, 2016. Finance Director Mark Milne and I delivered an overview of the budget to the Town Council at the meeting. Click here to view the PowerPoint presentation.  Click here to view the Fiscal 2017 Operating Budget.


Striping Complete at Senior Center Parking Lot

 Barnstable Director of Senior Services Madeline Noonan informed us that this week, the new parking area at the Barnstable Senior Center was striped, adding in excess of 50 parking spaces. The expanded parking lot is a welcome addition, and the enhanced parking capacity will help meet the demand due to the growing daily attendance at the Senior Center. Onsite parking for all improves safety and access to the building.



 AARP Holds Shred-A-Thon at the Barnstable Senior Center

As part of their ongoing efforts to help seniors avoid falling victim to identity theft and fraud, AARP of Massachusetts hosted a Shred-a-thon in the Senior Center parking lot yesterday afternoon. Over 150 people participated in the event, which provided free shredding of personal financial documents and other sensitive records. Thanks to AARP Massachusetts for bring this important event to Barnstable!


Kirkman Columbarium & Gardens at Mosswood Cemetery Dedicated

Funded by the Kirkman Family Trust, the new columbarium at Mosswood Cemetery will serve as a burial option for Barnstable residents. The following dedication was read at the Wednesday ceremony:


“This columbarium will serve as a final resting place for those dearly departed. It will also be marked as a place where families of those interned here can come to remember, honor, and celebrate the lives of those loved ones who have gone on before. It will also allow those who are interned to be placed alongside generations of their families. We dedicated this columbarium in joyful celebration of the lives of people who, at the end of service in the earthly life, find their rest.”


I want to thank BO Murdoch, Chair of the Trust Fund Advisory Committee and the committee members, for all their assistance in getting this project funded. Any visitor to Mosswood, or any of our cemeteries, knows how hard the DPW cemetery staff works to keep up all of the town’s cemeteries and we thank them for their efforts.



Trust Fund Advisory Committee Distributes Funds

The Trust Fund Advisory Committee (TFAC) gathered at the Cotuit Library on Wednesday with the Town Library Committee (representing all seven village libraries). The TFAC distributed checks from the Kirkman Fund to the libraries and heard how the Kirkman funds had assisted each library in the past. TFAC Chair BO Murdoch led a very interesting discussion.  Each library talked about the use of the funds to increase technology needs, add e-books, and address certain capital needs. Our libraries have become community cultural centers, important gathering spaces, and hosts of various programming and civic meetings. All agreed that these funds helped with meeting the ever increasing operating costs of the library system.



Housing Production Plan Workshop set for Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Barnstable’s Growth Management Department is working to help shape Barnstable’s housing goals and strategies. Your input is key as a plan is developed. Join the Growth Management Department and consultant JM Goldson at the Housing Production Plan Public Forum, scheduled for Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at 6:00 PM at Barnstable Town Hall. This interactive workshop will allow for  feedback on draft goals, identify the best strategies to achieve them, and cultivate local initiatives to meet housing needs and demand. Learn more at



Bay State Bike Week Celebrated with Bicyclist Breakfast

Every May, Massachusetts residents and bike commuters come together to celebrate human-powered, two-wheeled transportation. It’s also a time to encourage new riders and raise awareness about bicycle transportation.  The Town of Barnstable, the Cape Cod Commission, and MassBike hosted a Hyannis Bicyclist Breakfast on the Hyannis Village Green on Friday morning. Sea Sports Cyclery and Outdoors provided free minor bike adjustments.  Bike Week lights, bags, and giveaways were distributed.





Hyannis Hy-Arts Shanty Lineup: May 20-22, 2016

The HyArts Artist Shanties at Bismore Park are open for the season. Shanties will be open from 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM Friday through Sunday. Visit the seven colorful shanties, at beautiful and picturesque Bismore Park.




This Weekend’s Lineup:


Barnstable (Light Blue): Local Authors: Katie O’Sullivan, Kathryn Knight, K.R. Conway

Centerville (Red): Photography: Jill Ross

Cotuit (Blue): Whimsical and Colorful Children’s Clothing, Anastassia Gonye

Hyannis (Yellow): Jewelry & Décor: Sue Patev

Marstons Mills (Green): Oil Paintings & Jewelry: Joyce Sullivan 

Osterville (Orange): Acrylic/Mixed Media Paintings:  Sandy Myatt

West Barnstable (Dark Blue): Photography: Liam Kelly




Last week, we asked: How many individuals have held the position of Town Manager in the Town of Barnstable? Our informed eNews readers knew there have been four Town Managers in Barnstable: Warren Rutherford, James Tinsley, John Klimm, and Tom Lynch. On July 1st, Mark Ells will become Barnstable’s fifth Town Manager.



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Barnstable This Morning

Week in Review

May 16-20, 2016


Monday, May 16, 2016


Town Manager Tom Lynch joined us live in studio on Monday morning with a review of a busy weekend that included Spring on Main. Interim Superintendent of Schools Bill Butler talked with us about the recent Leadership Team meeting, regional MTSS support from the Cape Cod Collaborative, and concern about lead in drinking water in some Massachusetts schools.  Author Kate Conway spoke to us about a recent Hyannis Public Library event. Tammi Jacobsen of Cape Cod Community College’s Center for Corporate and Professional Education discussed the upcoming Summer of Science events.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016


Chief of Police Paul MacDonald talked with us Tuesday morning about several large-scale athletic events that took place in Barnstable over the weekend. The Chief also discussed a recent search warrant and subsequent arrest.  We headed out to Barnstable Municipal Airport to celebrate the opening of Centerville Pie and the return of Jet Blue.  Newly appointed Barnstable County Administrator Jack Yunits, Jr. made his debut appearance on “Barnstable This Morning”.  Cape and Islands State Senator Dan Wolf discussed measures to increase access to housing that’s affordable for all.  Director of Public Works Dan Santos previewed the commemorative opening of the new columbarium at Mosswood Cemetery in Cotuit.


Wednesday, May 18, 2016

It is budget season, and this week Director of Finance Mark Milne continued to lead us through the plan for the Fiscal 2017 Operating Budget.  Len Gobeil talked with Barnstable High Sailing Coach Mike Hersey.  We welcomed a brand-new guest to the show, Seasonal Shellfish Enforcement Officer Devon Harrington talked with us about the dangers of vibrio parahaemolyticus, and how it can be prevented.


Thursday, May 19, 2016


Our Community Profile segment led off Thursday’s program. This week, Sara Mannal welcomed MSPCA Director Mary Sarah Fairweather and Campaign Director Laura Hay to discuss plans to construct a new facility in Centerville.  Cape Cod Commission Director of Technical Services Glenn Cannon joined us with information about Bay State Bike Week, taking place this week across Massachusetts.  Director of Regulatory Services Richard Scali outlined the Town’s plastic bag ban that will go into effect in October.  Town Council President Jessica Rapp Grassetti outlined the orders of the day for the evening’s Town Council meeting.


Friday, May 20, 2016


Our Arts and Culture segment took us to the HyArts Artist Shanties at Bismore Park. Arts correspondent Melissa Hersh discussed the 2016 season.  Next, we visited the Mommy Mixer program, coordinated by Program Coordinator Melanie Mimmo and held at the Centerville Recreation Building.  Hyannis Youth and Community Center GM Joe Izzo discussed the successful Mixed Martial Arts event, and the wide range of activities that can take place in the gym.  We took you to Mosswood Cemetery in Cotuit for the dedication of the new columbarium.  This week’s Adoptable Pet Friday featured an adorable guinea pig named Bugsy, and two tiny kittens: Sandwich and Cotuit.