Barnstable This Morning

Barnstable This Morning host Sarah Colvin and I discussed several topics during my appearance on Monday’s program. We discussed a pair of state grants, one we received for recycling efforts and one funding opportunity to support the promotion of our two state designated cultural districts. The Department of Environmental Protection has awarded Barnstable $10,500 under the Recycling Dividends Program and the Small-Scale Initiative Grants. Watch the interview: YouTube  Town Website


Counsell Receives Kuehn Community Preservation Award

On Tuesday morning, Barnstable Community Preservation Committee (CPC) Chair Lindsey Counsell was honored by the Community Preservation Coalition with a 2015 Robert Kuehn Community Preservation Award. Lindsey’s preservation work in Barnstable began with the Land Bank in the 1980’s, and he served as Chair of the CPC since its creation in 2005. His work has helped to preserve more than 1,000 acres of land in Barnstable. Cape & Islands State Senator Dan Wolf nominated Lindsey for the award, and was on hand for the presentation at the State House on Tuesday morning. Lindsey is a dedicated community volunteer and we are grateful for the work he has done to help preserve open space for generations to enjoy.



Transitional Living Center Steering Committee Meeting

On October 6, 2015, Assistant Town Manager Mark Ells attended the Transitional Living Center of Cape Cod Steering Committee meeting held at Town Hall.  Members of social service agencies, housing service agencies, churches and other charitable organizations, along with town, county and state workers participated in a workshop type discussion on potential change to the existing approaches being implemented to address homelessness and other social issues impacting our regions.  The previous week, Assistant Town Manager Ells was reappointed to the Regional Network on Homelessness Policy Board at their annual meeting.


Improvements Moving Forward in Marstons Mills and Cotuit

On Tuesday October 6th, Growth Management Director Jo Anne Miller Buntich, Town Engineer Roger Parsons, and the Marstons Mills Village Association met at the Marstons Mills Community Church and continued discussions with the community about roadway, intersection and pedestrian improvements in the village center. Details on the project including the newly revised plans are available online.  You can visit the project webpage by clicking here.  On Tuesday October 20th, Growth Management will meet with the Cotuit-Santuit Civic Association to begin Phase 2 of the Cotuit Pedestrian Safety project.  This will be a hands-on session, asking participants to draw on maps and detail their vision for Putnam Avenue sidewalk and pedestrian safety improvements.  The meeting will be at Freedom Hall on Main Street in Cotuit. The visioning session is scheduled to begin at 7:30 PM. Pease visit the project webpage by clicking here to view project information and Phase 1 conceptual plans.


Barnstaple Visit

As part of our 375th Anniversary Celebration last year, Barnstable residents traveled to Barnstaple, England. One of the couples we met during the visit, Alan and Maren Gracie, and six other Devon County residents visited Barnstable this week.  Alan heads up Barnstaple’s Twinning Association, which has connections with twin cities in several countries. The group stopped by Town Hall on Monday. We enjoyed sharing our memories of the 2014 visit and hearing about events happening in Barnstaple, England.



Parking Permit Volunteer Reception

On Wednesday morning, the Recreation Division held its Annual Parking Permit Volunteer Breakfast to thank the nearly 40 volunteers that assist with issuing beach parking permits for the Town of Barnstable.  Volunteers sell the permits seven days a week during the summer months. With their assistance, 19,402 parking permits were processed this season. Barnstable is the only town that uses volunteers to assist in the processing of parking permits. Our volunteers are a tremendous asset to the Recreation Division and to the Town as a whole. I thanked the volunteers for all their efforts. We value their time, loyalty, and customer service.



Silent Spring Meeting Held at Town Hall

On October 8, 2015, Assistant Town Manager Mark Ells introduced Silent Spring Institute’s research update.  Cheryl Osimo of Silent Spring Institute provided opening comments and then introduced research scientist Laurel Schaider, PhD, and Silent Spring  Director of Research Ruthann Rudel, followed by their presentation on chemical of concern in drinking water, sustainable wastewater management, and rapid chemical safety screening.


Barnstable Receives Recycling Grants

Barnstable has been awarded $10,500 in recycling grant funding 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 grant funds to cultural districts across the State. Barnstable will be submitting applications 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. 


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 20% return rate so far. Surveys are due October 16, 2015. We appreciate input from our residents as we work towards solutions to this complicated issue.


Flu Clinics: October 14th and October 28th, 2015

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. 



Fall Walking Weekend

 The crisp fall air, the smell of the earth, the sound of leaves crunching underfoot, a hint of salt in the air.  All part of a wonderful walk in the woods, and this Columbus Day weekend, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy a stroll through some of Barnstable’s most beautiful areas. It’s the Annual Fall Walking Weekend, organized by the Cape Cod Commission, Cape Cod Pathways, and Barnstable’s Land Acquisition and Preservation Committee. A series of guided walks will bring you to the Old Jail Lane Conservation Area, the Santuit Preserve, Bell Farm in Cotuit, Sandy Neck, Crocker Neck, and Barnstable Village. Walks are scheduled today through Monday.


A list of local walks appears below. An interactive map listing walks across Cape Cod can be found by clicking here.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

9:00 AM Santuit Preserve

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, 2015

2:00 PM Sandy Neck
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, 2015

9:30 AM Crocker Neck

Meet on Santuit Road at the second gate for a tour of the diverse ecosystems of Crocker Neck Conservation Area with ecologist and author Gil Newton. Contact 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. 


Last week, we asked: 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?  We enjoyed reading your responses, from preparing for Hurricane Bob to exploring the post-storm damage – we certainly have a hardy bunch of readers!


This week’s question: While summer’s hot days may be behind us, we have been enjoying some lovely warm October days. This makes us hopeful for an “Indian Summer”, and we want to know if you know the origin of that term. Email your answer here.  



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