Barnstable This Morning

Assistant Town Manager Mark Ells joined “Barnstable This Morning” host Sarah Colvin on Monday’s program. Mark discussed his role on the Board of Directors for the Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority, as well as ongoing plans to improve parking in and around downtown Hyannis. View the interview: Town Website  YouTube  A note to our Barnstable This Morning viewers: Barnstable This Morning will be on hiatus from Monday, November 23rd through Friday, November 27th. We will return with our regularly scheduled programming on Monday, November 30. Thank you for watching!


Hamblin Pond Alum Treatment a Success

In the Fall 2015 Indian Ponds Association (IPA) newsletter, IPA president Alex Frazee reports that the Town’s recent alum treatment in Hamblin Pond is a success. In 2014, a cyanobacteria bloom compromised the pond’s water quality, reducing clarity to less than two meters. IPA then sponsored a study of the water, which was conducted by water resource management expert Dr. Ken Wagner.  Those results were used by the Town to fund an alum treatment that began in June of this year. This summer, water quality improved to 25 to 27 feet, or, according to Dr. Wagner, as good as you can get in southern New England. Frazee noted the cooperation between the Town, the IPA, Aquatic Control Technologies, and Dr. Wagner as a key to the success of the program.


Burgess Park Makeover

We received thanks this week from Greenleaf Garrison, president of the Cape Cod Disc Golf Club. Greenleaf thanked the Town for the recent makeover at Burgess Park in Marstons Mills, which included three new baskets for disc golf. We thank the Disc Golf club for their continued efforts to keep Burgess Park clean and we appreciate their stewardship and partnership.



Cape & Islands Regional Network on Homelessness Meeting

On Monday November 16, 2015, Assistant Town Manager Mark Ells attended the Cape & Islands Regional Network on Homelessness Policy Board meeting.  At that meeting, the Board reviewed and approved the Housing & Urban Development (HUD) Continuum of Care ranking and program scoring for new projects, approved a proposed prioritization policy for permanent supportive housing, reviewed the HUD system for performance measures, and received information about the Housing Court Legislation.  The Board also received an update from the Faith Neighborhood Kitchen, a consortium of churches that has serve over 89,000 meals to those in need since 2012.  They plan to remodel one side of the Faith Assembly social hall to accommodate the demand for meal preparation.


Senior Managers Meeting

At this week’s Senior Managers meeting, Finance Director Mark Milne demonstrated the capabilities of our new Open Budget software. Managers were asked to review the website and offer suggestions on how the site might be improved. Once this draft site is finalized, presentations will be given to the Town Council and School Committee. We expect the site to “go live” in January for use by the public.


Hyannis Main Street Business Façade and Sign Improvement Program

Fifteen business owners in the downtown Hyannis area responded to our first sign and façade improvement matching grant program. The program is funded through federal Community Development Block Grants and administered through the Town’s Growth Management department. Staff must now look at which applicants meet the federal requirements of the program. We are excited to assist Main Street businesses to improve their signage and freshen up their storefronts.


Cape Light Compact Update

The Cape Light Compact made a presentation before the Town Council updating councilors on the components and benefits of the Compact.  View Presentation


Centerville Pie to Open at Barnstable Municipal Airport

A popular purveyor of pies plans to peddle to pilots and passengers at Barnstable Municipal Airport. Centerville Pie Company is on track to take over operations at the Airport’s café in the spring. The café, centrally located in the airport’s main terminal, will feature Centerville Pie’s popular sweet and savory pies, along with soups, salads, sandwiches, and other menu items that customers can now find at the Centerville location.


Barnstable DPW Increases Pay Rates for Snow & Ice Contractors

The Town of Barnstable is seeking experienced snow plow contractors with equipment from ¾ ton four-wheel drive trucks to ten wheelers, dump trucks, large trucks, skid steers and other equipment to assist during winter snow and ice operations.  Pay rates have been increased to match those paid by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Apply in person at the Town of Barnstable Highway Division office, 382 Falmouth Road, Hyannis MA 02601. Call Joe Marshall at 508-790-6330 for further information. Contractor information and an application can be found online, click here to view the paperwork. Drivers must be experienced and own their own equipment.



West Barnstable Shooting Range: Share Your Thoughts

Since December 11, 2012, the West Barnstable shooting range has been closed due to insurance issues. The closure brought to light a number of environmental and policy issues that must be rectified. Town Council has suggested we survey our citizens regarding the future of the West Barnstable shooting range. We are reaching out for a broader discussion on options at the facility.   A poll and a discussion topic have been posted online at We invite you to share your thoughts.


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Last week, we asked: Today is Friday the 13th. Are you superstitious or do you have any superstitions? Not many readers shared their superstitions. I remember my mother telling us not rock and empty rocking chair or bad luck was sure to follow.


This week’s question: Back in 1621, Thanksgiving dinner was a little different than it was today. One utensil, in particular, that we use was missing from the Pilgrim’s table. Which utensil was not available to the Pilgrims in 1621? Email your answer here.  



Barnstable This Morning

Week in Review


Monday November 16, 2015


Assistant Town Manager Mark Ells joined us in-studio Monday morning to discuss his role on the Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority board of directors. Mark also reviewed plans to examine solutions for parking in downtown Hyannis.  Energy Coordinator Richard Elrick talked with us about solar production at the Town’s capped landfill, and shared information about a global conference on climate change.  Interim Superintendent of Schools Bill Butler presented three finalists for the position of Superintendent of Schools, and reviewed a recent decision by the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association that will allow eighth graders to continue to participate in high school athletics.  Cape Cod Community College Communications Director Michael Gross detailed information surrounding a bomb threat that closed the campus in the morning.


Tuesday November 17, 2015


Chief of Police Paul MacDonald began our Tuesday show with further information about the Cape Cod Community College bomb threat, details on Monday’s licensing authority hearing in which several local establishments faced charges of selling alcohol to minors, and had information about a low-speed police chase on Monday night.  We highlighted the Barnstable Senior Center’s annual Turkey Trot in this week’s Community Profile segment.  Cape and Islands State Senator Dan Wolf talked with us about a pair of bills being heard on Beacon Hill in relation to the decommissioning of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant. Wolf also discussed his decision to not seek re-election in 2016.  Director of Public Works Dan Santos reviewed his capital budget plans for the coming fiscal year.

Wednesday November 18, 2015


This week’s Business Barnstable segment featured Cape and Islands Workforce Investment Board Executive Director David Augustinho, who talked with us about the 55+ workforce on Cape Cod. Next, we talked with Reverend Earl Roberts, pastor at the Marstons Mills Community Church. Rev. Roberts shared information about a new holiday celebration planned in the village of Marstons Mills.  Director of Senior Services Madeline Noonan discussed a grant of $115,000 that will be up for acceptance at this week’s Town Council meeting. Director of Finance Mark Milne reviewed the tax classification options ahead of this week’s Town Council vote.


Thursday November 19, 2015


We began Thursday’s show with a visit from Director of Veterans Services Ed Merigan. Next, we talked with Sandy Neck Board Chair Rich French. Town Council President Jessica Rapp Grassetti reviewed the orders of the day for the evening’s Town Council meeting.  5th Barnstable State Representative Randy Hunt reviewed work that took place in the final days of the legislative session, which ended this week.


Friday November 20, 2015


Our Arts & Culture segment this week took us to the Osterville Village Library, where we learned about the holiday music program. Director of Leisure Services Patti Machado reviewed the work the Recreation Division does outside its normal programming.  Hyannis Youth & Community Center General Manager Joe Izzo highlighted holiday programs at the HYCC. Finally, we visited Marine & Environmental Affairs Headquarters for the annual Shellfish Volunteer Party