Barnstable This Morning

Assistant Town Manager Mark Ells appeared on this week’s Barnstable This Morning. Mark discussed the latest on e-permitting. Staff continues to work on building the technological infrastructure that will create our online permitting system. Mark also talked about preparations for the coming budget season. Watch the interview: Town Website  YouTube


Cobb Astro Park Dedicated

This Tuesday evening, hundreds of community members gathered at Barnstable High School to celebrate the completion of a stunning project. Eleven years in the making, the Cobb Astro Park is home to beautiful murals, a history mosaic, flower gardens, marble sculptures, wind sculptures, water features, a labyrinth, the Pathway of Discovery, the David Cole Observatory and the BHS Memorial Garden. Once an overgrown, neglected courtyard, the Cobb Astro Park is an educational, inspirational, and peaceful space. Astronomy teacher Mike Gyra led the charge and played a key role in creating this wonderful space. Congratulations to all who helped bring this project to a reality. It is a place that students, teachers, and the public will enjoy for years to come.


View a slide show of pictures from the event:


   Dog Park Funding Application Submitted

With financial assistance from the Committee for Barnstable Dog Parks, Inc. a conceptual plan has been prepared and submitted along with an application to the Stanton Foundation for design and construction funding of a town dog park. The town has set aside land near Hathaway’s Pond for the park. We expect to hear from the foundation later this fall. The Stanton Foundation provides grants to support the creation of enclosed dog parks in cities and towns in Massachusetts. Grants typically cover up to 100% of the design costs and 90% of the costs of construction.



Shooting Range Survey

Town staff has sent out 2,037 surveys to past shooting range permit holders. The returns have been very steady, with a 14% return rate so far. Surveys are due October 16, 2015.  The survey is an attempt to gather data that will assist staff in providing information to Town Council to allow them to make informed policy decisions regarding the future of the shooting range. While the survey has been sent to former permit holders only, an abbreviated questionnaire will soon be posted online at We appreciate input from our residents as we work towards solutions to this complicated issue.


Town Council Meeting

Dave Kanyock, Barnstable Public Schools facilities director, made a presentation to Town Council Thursday night.  He gave a thorough Capital Improvements Projects update. He presented the status of projects over the last four fiscal years. The schools have done an excellent job completing projects in each of our public schools. View the presentation: YouTube


Community Compact Application Accepted

We have received word that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has accepted our Community Compact application.  Barnstable will host a signing ceremony with Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito on November 19th. The towns of Wellfleet and Nantucket are two other communities on the Cape and Islands which have completed the Compact applications. Barnstable’s projects are in the areas of housing and financial transparency. I will provide a more in-depth look at these two best practices as we get closer to the signing ceremony.


Recycling Grants

Barnstable will be receiving $10,500 in recycling grant funding awarded through the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. $9,000 comes from the Recycling Dividends Program (RDP). The RDP recognizes municipalities that have implemented policies and procedures proven to maximize re-use and recycling, as well as waste reduction.  Another $1,500 through the “Small-Scale Initiative Grant Program” will help Barnstable purchase modest, but critical recycling materials and outreach tools needed to sustain our existing recycling program. Congratulations to our Department of Public Works for obtaining this grant assistance.


Mass Cultural Council Grants

The Massachusetts Cultural Council is offering grants to cultural districts across the State. Barnstable will be submitting applications for grant funding for each of its cultural districts; the Hyannis Hy-Arts Cultural District and the Barnstable Village Cultural District. Each state designated cultural district is eligible for up to $5,000. Awarded grants must be used on arts-related activities, and require a local funding match. 


Flu Clinics

Flu shot clinics sponsored by the Division of Public Health will be held in October. Flu shots will be available for a $3.00 fee at St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Centerville on Wednesday, October 14 from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM and Wednesday, October 28 from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM.  Drive through service is available. For more information, contact the Public Health Division at 508-862-4644. 


Enoch Cobb Early Learning Center Dedication

On September 16th, 2015, the new Enoch Cobb Early Learning Center at Hyannis West Elementary School was officially dedicated.  During the dedication, we got a tour of the facility and met with the dedicated and talented teachers specializing in working with children with special needs. Former superintendent Dr. Mary Czajkowski spoke of the cooperation of town officials and school personnel in making this project a reality.

View a video of the dedication:  Town Website YouTube


Fall Walking Weekend

Take a walk in the woods this Columbus Day Weekend! Several walks in beautiful Barnstable will be offered as part of Cape Cod Pathways and the Cape Cod Commission’s Annual Fall Walking Weekend. An interactive map listing walks across Cape Cod can be found by clicking here.


10:00 AM Old Jail Lane Conservation Area to the Great Marsh in Barnstable.

Meet at the Old Jail Lane parking area in Barnstable for a 4 mile loop. Contact for more information.


Saturday, October 10, 2015

Meet at the gate across from Lovells' Pond on Santuit-Newtown Road for a lovely 3 mile hike of mostly flat terrain through woods, bogs and ponds. Contact for more information.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

9:00 AM Bell Farm, Cotuit

Park in the old section of Mosswood Cemetery on the east side of Putnam Avenue in Cotuit for a short, easy, leisurely one-mile walk around the many micro-habits of the Barnstable Land Trust’s Bell Farm and Little River Sanctuary in Cotuit. Cotuit’s own certified Cape Cod guide Mark Robinson  will lead and provide ecological education along the way. Contact for more information.


Sunday, October 11, 20155

Meet at the Sandy Neck Gatehouse and head east on the Marsh Trail to  Trail 2, and hike back west along the front beach.  This is a fairly strenuous 4 mile hike through soft sand. Experience a variety of habitat including the salt marsh, primary and secondary  dunes, swales and freshwater wetlands, and the intertidal along the front beach. Be sure to wear good hiking boots and bring plenty of water. Contact for more information.

Monday, October 12, 20155

9:30 AM Crocker Neck

casey@blt.orgg for more information.


Monday, October 12, 2015

1:00 PM Barnstable Village Classic

Meet at the parking area behind the Barnstable Fire Station on Route 6A in Barnstable Village for a walk through and around the Village, which includes sections of the Cape Cod Pathways trail system and a stroll along the roads of this historic neighborhood. Contact for more information.




This week’s question: Watching the track of hurricane Joaquin come up the East Coast reminds us of many hurricane and storm events that have occurred on Cape Cod. What are your memories of preparing for, or enduring, historic storms that have come through Barnstable?  Email your answer here.  



Barnstable This Morning

Week in Review

September 28 – October 2, 2015


Monday September 28, 2015


Assistant Town Manager Mark Ells joined us in-studio for an update on e-permitting and a discussion on communication with citizens. Interim Superintendent of Schools Bill Butler covered his recent meeting with Cape Cod Community College president Dr. John Cox, the district leadership team’s planned Balanced Leadership training, and plans for the Barnstable-West Barnstable Elementary School playground. Cape Cod Community College Communications Director Michael Gross talked with us about a water main break at the school, and a federal grant announcement.


Tuesday September 29, 2015


Chief of Police Paul MacDonald shared news about the recent closure of a needle exchange program on South Street in Hyannis that was operating without a license. Our Community Profile segment featured newly appointed Arts Foundation of Cape Cod Executive Director Julie Wake. We headed out to Sandy Neck Beach Park, where Sandy Neck Beach Park Manager Nina Coleman discussed plans for an erosion control study.  Director of Public Works Dan Santos talked with us about a plan to track movement of DPW vehicles using GPS.

Wednesday  September 30, 2015


Hyannis Area Chamber of Commerce CEO Jessica Sylver talked with us for our weekly Business Barnstable segment. Jessica shared information about the upcoming Annual Dinner at the Oyster Harbors Club on Thursday, October 8. Principal Planner Elizabeth Jenkins discussed the Community Ratings System and how Barnstable is working on an effort that could spell savings for some coastal property owners.  Director of Veterans Services Ed Merigan had details about property insurance savings for veterans.  Director of Finance Mark Milne talked about new financial reporting requirements that the Department has to implement this year for pensions and Barnstable County retirement.

Thursday October 1, 2015


Our weekly Golf segment took us to Hyannis Golf Course, where we talked with Director of Golf Operations Bruce McIntyre about the benefits of fall golf, and how the crew prepares for wet weather. Mass Bike Cape & Islands Chapter President Rob Miceli showed us some bicycling safety tips and tricks.  Sports Correspondent Len Gobeil interviewed Barnstable High School Field Hockey Coach Ashley Bishop. Town Council President Jessica Rapp Grassetti shared details about the October 1st Town Council meeting agenda.


Friday October 2, 2015


As Hurricane Joaquin tracks up the East Coast, Barnstable is preparing for some high tides and strong winds. We brought in Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency Public Information Officer Peter Judge, who shared information on the storm’s current track and offered preparation advice.  Our Arts & Culture segment featured AFCC Executive Director Julie Wake. Recreation Program Coordinator Mickey Davies had information about the upcoming Not So Scary Halloween and the Saturday Sunshine program.  Hyannis Youth & Community Center General Manager Joe Izzo provided details on memberships. Finally, Assistant Harbormaster Derek Lawson discussed the work the Marine and Environmental Affairs division is doing to prepare for stormy weather, and offered advice to boat owners on how best to secure vessels.


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