Potentially Toxic Bloom Forces Sweeping Shellfish Closure

Shellfishing areas across Cape Cod, including those in Barnstable, have been ordered closed due to the presence of a potentially toxic phytoplankton bloom in the waters of Vineyard Sound, Nantucket Sound, and south of Cape Cod. The State Division of Marine Fisheries has ordered the waters, flats, and all tributaries of Vineyard Sound, Nantucket Sound, and the South Coast of Cape Cod closed to shellfishing. The phytoplankton bloom can cause Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning (ASP). Digging, harvesting or collecting and/or attempting to dig, harvest or collect shellfish and the possession of shellfish from those areas is prohibited.


Barnstable Police Welcome Eight New Officers

On Friday, October 7, 2016, eight new officers were sworn in for duty at Barnstable Police headquarters. Barnstable Police Chief Paul MacDonald and Town Clerk Ann Quirk presided over the swearing-in ceremony. Some of the officers are veterans, and one is a fourth generation police officer. Congratulations to our newest Officers: Nicholas Atcheson, Anthony D’Angelo, Gustavo Eloy, David Heise, Matthew Melia, Michael Lima, Daniel Nugent, and Jacob White. All recently graduated from the Police Academy and are now undergoing intensive local field training.



Lieutenant Governor Visits Town Hall

On Tuesday, October 11, Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito visited Town Hall for a working meeting on the issue of homelessness. I joined representatives from our Police Department, the entire Cape Cod legislative delegation, several social service agencies and engaged citizens. We discussed current efforts to assist those experiencing homelessness, including work to track those transitioning out of homelessness, a change in leadership at the NOAH shelter, and the decline in camps in Barnstable. I am pleased to have the State at the table and look forward to continued coordinated efforts.


Thank You Community Service Officers

This spring, six young people brightly clad in yellow appeared on Main Street, Hyannis. The Community Service Officer program supported the Barnstable Police Department’s Community Impact Unit along with Main Street Merchants with a foot patrol. Each day, officers kept an eye out for criminal activity, suspicious behavior, safety hazards, and those in need of assistance, all to better facilitate police response. The group of six was reduced to four over Labor Day Weekend, and the remaining officers served their last day on Columbus Day. Chief of Police Paul MacDonald calls the program a complete success, and says now he will work to evaluate the first year, talk to chambers, businesses, and social service agencies to find out where we can do better. One improvement the Chief is hoping to make in 2017 is extending the area served to include the West End of Main Street, and perhaps adding a few more officers.


Silent Spring Water Research Update

I had the opportunity to welcome Silent Spring's Cheryl Osimo and Dr. Laurel Schaider, PhD, research scientist in environmental chemistry and engineering who heads Silent Spring’s water research program to Barnstable Town Hall today. Dr. Schaider is presenting her research on chemicals of concern in drinking water on Cape Cod. Data scientist and software developer Herb Susmann is presenting a new biomonitoring project for tracking people’s everyday exposures to common household toxins.





Parking Study Underway

The Town of Barnstable is undertaking a comprehensive study of parking supply, utilization, and management in Downtown Hyannis. With its walkable downtown, vibrant restaurants, thriving local businesses and high-speed ferry service Hyannis is both a vibrant local economic hub and a major regional gateway to the Cape and Islands. This success has significant benefits, but also poses challenges. The Town benefits from huge numbers of seasonal visitors and economic development potential but must also balance economic growth with the year-round needs of local businesses and residents. A well-managed, flexible parking system can support these needs. This study effort aims to maintain the economic vibrancy of Downtown Hyannis while ensuring safety, improving mobility and addressing residents' concerns.

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Joshua’s Pond

Thirty-one residents attended a meeting Tuesday night in Osterville, to hear updates on plans for improvement at Joshua’s Pond. Councilor James Crocker was present.  Birchwood Design Group presented three design concepts that reflected the input provided at the previous meeting. The group will continue to review the proposed concepts, and consensus on a preferred design is expected at the next meeting, set for Tuesday, November 1st. 


Polling Location Change: Barnstable Precinct 11

Election Day is November 8, 2016. Barnstable Precinct 11 voters will vote in a different location this year. Voters will head to the polls at Barnstable-West Barnstable Elementary School, 2463 Main Street, West Barnstable. Barnstable Town Council approved the polling location change during the Thursday, October 6, 2016 meeting.


Shellfish Regulation Changes: Public Hearing Set

A public hearing has been scheduled for Thursday, October 20, 2016 at 9:00 AM for proposed changes to the Town of Barnstable Shellfish, Eel, Herring and Aquaculture Rules and Regulations.  The proposed modifications are available online: click here to view.


Armory RFP Deadline Extended

The Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Armory (located on South Street in Hyannis) has been extended to October 21, 2016 in response to questions from potential responders. Click here to view the full proposal:  http://www.townofbarnstable.us/Purchasing/Bids/Bids.aspx


Early Voting

For the November 8th General Election, the first choice you’ll make is which day to vote. The Town of Barnstable is offering early voting this year. You can early vote at Barnstable Town Hall from October 24th through November 3rd, Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM until 4:30 PM, and Friday November 4th from 8:30 AM until noon. Extended hours will be held Saturday, October 29th from 8:00 AM until 2:00 PM at the Barnstable Police Station. 


DPW Road Work Projects

The Department of Public Works will be performing roadway improvements on the roads listed below.  Improvements include milling of existing roadway surfaces, drainage system repairs, and new asphalt paving surfaces.


Vehicle access during construction operations will be restricted to one lane.  Motorists are advised to seek alternate routes to avoid the construction work.  Operations will start promptly at 7AM and run until 5 PM, after which time traffic will be opened back on to both lanes of the roadway.  As always, please slow down and use extreme caution when traveling through the road construction areas and follow posted safety signs.


Click through below for details on current road work projects.


·         Route 149 Roundabout Road Work


·         Milling and Paving - Willow Street West Barnstable


·         Milling and Paving - Flint Street


·         Cape Cod Community College Sewer Road Work Bearses Way Hyannis


·         Milling and Paving - Bumps River Road


·         Milling and Paving - Osterville - W. Barnstable Road


·         Milling and Paving - Main St. Cotuit

Last week, we asked: A swearing-in ceremony was held at Barnstable Police Headquarters this morning. How many new officers joined the ranks? Many of our astute e-news readers knew the answer: eight! Congratulations to all our new Barnstable Police Officers.

This Week’s Question: What caused the State Division of Marine Fisheries to close shellfishing in several areas on Cape Cod and the South Coast? Email your answer here.



Barnstable This Morning

Week in Review

October 11-14, 2016


Tuesday, October  11, 2016


Chief of Police Paul MacDonald began Tuesday’s show with news about a recent stabbing incident, and a discussion about a successful first year for the Community Service Officers. Town Clerk Ann Quirk filled us in about Early Voting. State Representative Tim Whelan outlined a planned meeting with Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito on the issue of homelessness. Director of Public Works Dan Santos discussed preparations for the winter snow and ice season.


Wednesday, October 12, 2016


Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce CEO Wendy Northcross led off Wednesday’s program with an update on efforts to bolster the Blue Economy. Wendy also shared concerns about Question 4, a ballot initiative aimed at legalizing marijuana in Massachusetts.  Town Manager Mark Ells talked about progress in dealing with the homeless population in Hyannis, and efforts to prevent substance abuse in our youngsters.  Director of Finance Mark Milne reviewed free cash.


Thursday, October 13, 2016


On Thursday, we visited with Heather Arrasque, who shared information about the upcoming Barnstable Village Halloween Parade. Cape Cod Commission Director of Technical Services Glenn Cannon led a discussion about efforts to ease constant congestion in the canal area. State Representative Brian Mannal touched on the issue of homelessness, following Tuesday’s meeting with Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. 


Friday, October 14, 2016


Friday’s program began with our Arts and Culture segment, an interview with Jen Mullen, co-chair of a fundraiser to benefit the Barnstable-West Barnstable Elementary School playground.  Natural Resource Officer Amy Croteau discussed the ongoing shellfish closure that is affecting Cape Cod. Hyannis Youth and Community Center General Manager Joe Izzo shared information about a number of upcoming programs and events.  Director of Leisure Services Patti Machado joined us as well for an update. This week’s Adoptable Pet Friday, we were introduced to a big dog named Barkley and a sweet Maine Coon cat named Marbles.


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