Barnstable This Morning

Assistant Town Manager Mark Ells joined “Barnstable This Morning” host Sarah Colvin on Monday’s program. Mark discussed a meeting of the Water Protection Collaborative, a capital funding request from the Cape Cod Regional Technical High School in Harwich, and had an update on the Day Center steering committee, who met last week to discuss a potential re-location of the NOAH shelter.

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End of an Era

The Motor Vessel Great Point made its last regularly scheduled trip on Sunday.

The MV Great Point began service from Hyannis to Nantucket twenty-seven years ago. Owned and operated by HyLine Cruises, the Great Point has been a familiar sight in Hyannis Harbor and may be last of the “slow boats” operating to the islands. A new fast ferry will be replacing the Great Point. Captain Ed Sullivan of Barnstable was the operator of the Great Point on the first trip the ferry made to Nantucket, and twenty-seven years later, Captain Sullivan made the MV Great Point’s final trip. View a video of the Great Point’s last departure from Nantucket:


14 Acres of Sandy Neck to be Preserved

A celebration is being held on Sandy Neck Beach this weekend to commemorate the acquisition of a 14 acre parcel, and to unveil a beautiful sign created by the Barnstable Senior Center woodworkers. The 14 acre parcel, located on “Little Neck” close to Beach Point, is comprised of an extensive dune system, front beach and mud flats. It is home to a variety of wildlife and a large variety of shorebird species, including state and federally listed “threatened” piping plovers.  The complex dune system provides storm damage protection by acting as the first line of defense for the cottage colony, Barnstable Harbor and ultimately, the mainlands of Barnstable and the Great Marsh.  It is one of the few undeveloped pieces of Sandy Neck and is the missing link in the protection of the entire barrier beach system. The acquisition will be celebrated Sunday in a private, invitation-only ceremony.


Disability Commission Brunch

On Tuesday, the Barnstable Disability Commission held a brunch to honor Raye Kaddy. Raye Kaddy has been on the BDC since 2001, holding the positions of member, Vice Chair, and for many years, Chairperson.  A longtime special education worker and a strong advocate for accessibility for all, Raye brought a wealth of information to the position. Her contributions to the Commission and to the community will be long lasting.




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. An early sign-on bonus is being offered to contractors who properly submit all required paperwork by November 15, 2015. 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.


Community Development Block Grant Funds Now Available

The Town of Barnstable Growth Management Department (GMD) is the lead agency for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). CDBG funds in amounts up to $25,000 are now available for façade improvements and $2,500 for sign improvements for commercial businesses located in downtown Hyannis in the designated program areas. Applicants are required to provide a one-to-one match, and property owner permission is necessary for tenants applying. Please visit for eligibility requirements and instructions on how to apply. Please submit applications to the Growth Management Department, 367 Main Street, 3rd Floor, Hyannis, MA 02601. Department offices are open Monday through Friday between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm. Applications will be accepted until 3:00 PM on November 16, 2015.



West Barnstable Shooting Range: Share Your Thoughts

The West Barnstable shooting range has been closed due to insurance issues since December 11, 2012. 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. Through our Marine and Environmental Affairs division, we sent out 2,037 surveys to past permit holders, asking their opinions on the re-opening of the range, associated fees, operating hours. Now, we are reaching out to the non-users of the range 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.


Click here to answer the poll   Click here to add your comments



Today, Friday, October 23rdd, the Senior Services Division held the Aging in Barnstable: Needs Assessment Community Forum. I was pleased to welcome over 135 citizens and community leaders to the Barnstable Senior Center to hear key findings and recommendations from the recent Needs Assessment study. Dr. Jan Mutchler of the Gerontology Institute at the University of Massachusetts Boston led an engaging discussion on the findings of her report. The audience included professionals from a variety of industries including healthcare and transportation; along with Federal, State and Town officials.  Director of Senior Services Madeline Noonan noted that we will need the partnership of the community to continue to provide successful aging programs in Barnstable.


Barnstable Police Department Lieutenant Interviews

On Wednesday, I interviewed six candidates for three open Lieutenant positions in the Barnstable Police Department.  These interviews are the final step in the hiring process.  The Barnstable Police Department has a rigorous promotion process with several interview steps conducted before candidates reach my office. The Chief reviewed the Promotion Profile assembled on each candidate and I asked a series of questions. The scores on the oral exam, the civic involvement of these officers, the extensive training, and commendations received were very impressive for each candidate. The Barnstable Police Department will complete one more internal step, and then the new Lieutenants will be announced.



e-News Trivia

Last week, we asked: Sandwich is the oldest town on the Cape. What are the next two oldest towns? So many of our e-News readers are on point with local history, and nearly everyone that wrote in got the answer correct. Barnstable and Yarmouth are the Cape’s second oldest towns.


This week’s question: There was a champion on Jeopardy this week from Cape Cod. Do you know the champion’s name and which Cape Cod town he/she was from? Email your answer here.  



Barnstable This Morning

Week in Review

October 19-23, 2015


Monday October 19, 2015


Assistant Town Manager Mark Ells Energy Coordinator Richard Elrick told us about a recent tour of the Wastewater Energy Recovery Unit pilot project that is in place at the South Street pumping station.  Interim Superintendent of Schools Bill Butler reviewed the most recent School Committee meeting.  Finally, we talked with Cape Cod Community College Workforce Education Resource Center Director Tammi Jacobsen about a number of interesting upcoming programs..


Tuesday October 20, 2015


Chief of Police Paul MacDonald talked with us on Tuesday morning about the continuing problem of drug overdoses in our community.  Our Community Profile segment featured Barnstable High School soccer coach Lee “Doc” Doherty, who discussed his UKSD soccer program.  Cape and Islands State Senator Dan Wolf shared his thoughts about utility company Entergy’s decision to shutter the Pilgrim nuclear power plant in Plymouth.  Director of Public Works Dan Santos updated us on plans to dredge Barnstable Harbor, and plans to install tracking devices in public works vehicles. 


Wednesday October 21, 2015


Our Business Barnstable segment this week featured Cape & Islands Workforce Investment Board Executive Director David Augustinho, who reviewed the September employment numbers and discussed the successful Construction Career Day held earlier this month.  Director of Regulatory Services Richard Scali had insight into Monday morning’s Licensing Authority hearing.  We talked with Assistant Director of Veterans Services Scott Dutra about the upcoming Barnstable Veterans Day parade.  Director of Finance Mark Milne discussed free cash, and what it means for our various departments and divisions, particularly our enterprise accounts.


Thursday October 22, 2015


We began Thursday’s program with a trip out to Sandy Neck Beach Park, where Cape Cod Cooperative Extension Entomologist Larry Dapsis told us all we need to know about the invasion of the Lone Star tick.  Barnstable Municipal Airport Manager Bud Breault shared information about an upcoming large-scale safety drill at the airport.  Our Boards, Committees and Commissions segment made a return this week, our first segment featured Community Preservation Committee chair Lindsey Counsell.  5th Barnstable State Representative Randy Hunt discussed the ongoing Volkswagen emissions scandal.

Friday October 23, 2015


Our Arts & Culture segment led off our Friday program. This week, we visited with Guyer Barn Director Lisa Cavanaugh.  Director of Leisure Services Patti Machado talked about winter programs and discussed concerns over a declining number of girls participating in recreation programs.  Hyannis Youth and Community Center General Manager Joe Izzo talked about an exciting hockey informational session coming up at the HYCC.   Sandy Neck Beach Park Manager Nina Coleman talked with us about an upcoming deer hunt at Sandy Neck and provided an update on the Coastal Zone Management Coastal Resiliency Grant.


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