Barnstable This Morning

Assistant Town Manager Mark Ells filled in for me on Monday’s “Barnstable This Morning”. Ells talked with host Sarah Colvin about the grant-funded outreach coordinator position to assist with the homeless issue. A proposal seeking a contract worker to fill the position was issued this week. Ells also discussed recent news from the Environmental Protection Agency, dealing with measuring the emerging contaminant PFOS.


View the interview:  YouTube 



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.


Hyannis Water System Advisory

The Department of Public Works has issued a drinking water health advisory for the Hyannis Water System.  Last week, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a new lifetime Health Advisory of 0.07 parts per billion for Perfluorooctane Sulfonate (PFOS) and Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA).  Recent tests of the Mary Dunn wellfield came out in excess of the new limits. As a precaution, the Hyannis Water System issued a health advisory. Women who are pregnant or nursing and infants should not drink or cook with the water. Bottled water is available at 47 Old Yarmouth Road in Hyannis.

More information:    Press Release    Health Advisory   EPA Fact Sheet


Housing Production Plan Public Forum Gathers Feedback from the Public

The Growth Management Department with their consultant Jen Goldson held a public forum Tuesday night, listening to feedback on the Housing Production Plan (HPP) draft goals and strategies. GMD engaged stakeholders beginning last fall through focus groups that included Town staff, Town elected and appointed officials, non-profit agencies, and businesses; and two public listening sessions in Hyannis and Osterville.  These stakeholders provided advice and thoughtful comments on housing production goals and strategies.   HPP outreach continues with visits to Marstons Mills in May, Centerville and Santuit-Cotuit Civic Associations upcoming in June, and additional engagement opportunities to be scheduled in July and August for review of the draft plan.  Once review is completed, the HPP will be presented to the Town Council for their approval before it is sent to the State.




Comings and Goings

We had three “goings” in the past week. Building Commissioner Tom Perry retired last Thursday. A going away celebration was held at 200 Main Street with staff and friends. This Thursday, the Hyannis Youth and Community Center said good-bye to Facilities Manager Steve Maderios, who worked for the Town for forty-four years. His gathering featured the telling of many old Kennedy Rink stories. And Marine and Environmental Affairs said thank you to Marina Manager Eric Shufelt, who was an employee and fixture along our waterfront for more than two decades.  Eric was honored by the Harbormaster’s Association with an award, depicted on the cake pictured below.




Barnstable Senior Center Hosts Annual Intergenerational Breakfast

Students and veterans joined together at the Barnstable Senior Center on Thursday morning for the annual Intergenerational Breakfast. “It’s an opportunity for meaningful engagement between the veterans and the students,” says Director of Senior Services Madeline Noonan, “to help the older generation see that the younger generation does hold respect for them.” Noonan added that she is pleased to see more Vietnam veterans attending the annual event.  “It’s one thing to read in your history book about what happened in the war, it’s another thing to hear personal experiences,” said Carly Crocker, president of the Barnstable High School Military Support Club. “I hope that this experience introduces members of our club to community service and maybe if they have a positive experience, and I think I can speak for the club that everyone has, maybe this will open doors for more community service for our students.” The annual Intergenerational Breakfast is hosted by the Barnstable Senior Center prior to Memorial Day.




View our Channel 18 coverage of the event:  YouTube  Town Website





Commemorative 375 Finds New Home

The creator of the 375 Birthday Lights, Cape Cod artist Michael Magyar, has redesigned the sculpture he created for our Town’s 375th birthday. The new piece has been placed in the park at 725 Main Street, Hyannis. The new lighted sculpture will have an accompanying Birthday Lights sign commemorating several of our 375 birthday celebration events.



Two Barnstable Memorial Day 2016 Events

Town of Barnstable Annual Memorial Day Parade

Monday, May 30, 2016 10:00 AM Main Street, Centerville



The Annual Memorial Day Parade will form at Centerville Library at 9:30 AM, and kick off at 10:00 AM, sharp. The parade proceeds down Main Street to Monument Square for a brief program, then up Old Stage Road to Beechwood Cemetery for the main program, featuring keynote speaker 1st Lieutenant Glen Beasley. 


The public is invited to bring with them to the event pictures of a veteran family member, relative, friend or acquaintance who has passed away. The parade will not re-form, but the street will remain blocked to allow safe foot traffic back to the library.



John F. Kennedy Memorial Trust Fund Committee Annual Memorial Day Ceremony


Monday, May 30, 2016 12:15 PM John F. Kennedy Memorial, Ocean Street, Hyannis


The annual Ceremony will be assisted by a group of Cub Scouts from Pack 54, the Barnstable Police Department Honor Guard, and other special guests. The 2016 JFK Memorial Trust Fund Scholarship of $2,500 will be presented to Jack Pipatti, a 2016 Barnstable High School graduate.



Hyannis Hy-Arts Shanty Lineup: May 27-30, 2016

The HyArts Artist Shanties at Bismore Park are open for the season. Shanties will be open from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM Friday through Memorial Day Monday. Visit the seven colorful shanties at beautiful and picturesque Bismore Park.


This Weekend’s Lineup:

Barnstable (Light Blue): Local Author Roberta Schneiderman

Centerville (Red): Photography Joe Goodman

Cotuit (Blue): Handmade Artisan Soaps  Jacquie McEvoy

Hyannis (Yellow): Handmade Jewelry Elisa Sullivan

Marstons Mills (Green): Paintings Jay Pacunas

Osterville (Orange): Fabric Arts Beverly Roberts

West Barnstable (Dark Blue): Hand-Stenciled Items Tara Ring



Last week, we asked: What is the current length of the Cape Cod Rail Trail?



This week’s question: In 1950, Congress approved a joint resolution designating 11:00AM on Memorial Day as a time for the nation to unite in ____ what?

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Barnstable This Morning
Week in Review

May 23-27, 2016


Monday, May 23, 2016


Assistant Town Manager Mark Ells joined us live in-studio Monday morning to discuss the process for hiring a contracted outreach worker to assist with homeless issues in town. Mark also discussed changes in monitoring levels of emerging contaminants, set forth by the Environmental Protection Agency.  Interim Superintendent of Schools Bill Butler discussed water testing in schools, the search for a new principal of Barnstable Community Horace Mann Charter Public School, and the recommendations of the Advisory Committee on School Start Time.  Energy Coordinator Richard Elrick outlined a push to increase textile recycling in Town.  Cape Cod Community College Communications Director Michael Gross shared information about Commencement Week activities.


Tuesday, May 24, 2016


Chief of Police Paul MacDonald began our Tuesday program with details on a recently executed search warrant that netted the seizure of 15 grams of crack cocaine. The Chief also outlined a number of events going on this upcoming weekend, including the Johnny Kelly Half Marathon in Hyannis on Sunday and the Memorial Day parade in Centerville on Monday.  This week’s Board Committee and Commission Roundup provided details on last week’s Town Council meeting and the recent Parking forum.  State Representative Tim Whelan shared condolences for the family of fallen State Trooper Ronald Tarentino, Jr., shot in the line of duty in Auburn this past weekend.  Rep. Whelan outlined the Act relative to housing, operations, military service, and enrichment (the HOME act), designed to improve benefits for our Veterans.


Wednesday, May 25, 2016


Cape and Islands Workforce Investment Board Executive Director David Augustinho joined us live in-studio Wednesday morning with the latest employment numbers. Director of Finance Mark Milne continued to explore the Fiscal 2017 Operating Budget. Director of Senior Services Madeline Noonan previewed the Intergenerational Breakfast and discussed the new issue of the Compass.  Director of Public Works Dan Santos joined us live in-studio to discuss the Health Advisory that was issued pertaining to the Hyannis Water Supply.


Thursday, May 26, 2016


Our Community Profile segment featured local videographer Tom Chartrand, who traveled to Alaska this winter to tape the Iditarod sled dog race. Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority Administrator Tom Cahir discussed the upcoming summer season for the Cape Flyer train.  State Representative Brian Mannal had an update from Beacon Hill.  Assistant Director of Veterans Services Scott Dutra provided details on Monday’s Memorial Day Parade planned in Centerville.


Friday, May 27, 2016


Our Arts & Culture segment this week featured a Shanty Profile.  We visited the Hyannis Youth and Community Center to talk with HYCC General Manager Joe Izzo and Director of Leisure Services Patti Machado. We met a beautiful fluffy cat named Raphael, an adorable teacup Chihuahua Bella (her second time on the show!) and a cute pair of guinea pigs  in this week’s Adoptable Pet Friday.