Barnstable This Morning

On Monday morning’s “Barnstable This Morning”, host Sarah Colvin and I discussed the next steps in the process of hiring a new Assistant Town Manager. The job posting closed last week, and we received nearly 140 applications. Over the next few weeks I will be reviewing the applications and selecting candidates for interviews, with the goal of making a hire before the end of the calendar year.

View the interview: Town Website  YouTube


Hy-Line Welcomes New Grey Lady IV

On Thursday, September 1st, I joined Congressman William Keating, Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito and members of the Scudder Family in welcoming the newest vessel – the M/V Grey Lady IV – to the Hy-Line Fleet.  The vessel is a 46 Meter 493 Passenger Fast Ferry and was built by Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding in Somerset, Massachusetts.  People attending the Open House were invited to tour the vessel including the pilot house.  Hy-Line Cruises introduced fast ferry service to the islands in December of 1995.  During her comments, Lt. Governor Polito spoke about the new vessel being like the Scudder Family with the decks representing the successive generations who work in the family-owned business.  The Scudder Family recognized their employees as the backbone of their organization, as well as to the true public-private transportation system they have with the Steamship Authority.  We congratulate the Scudder Family and Hy-Line Cruises and their employees on this new addition to their family.



Major Roadwork to Begin at Busy Hyannis Intersection

A major improvement project will begin at the intersection of Route 28 and Bearse’s Way in Hyannis on Wednesday, September 7, 2016. The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) plans to improve this busy and congested intersection, including road widening, drainage improvement, and the addition of curbs, crosswalks and sidewalks. The project is expected to take two and a half years to complete. Please use caution and expect delays during the course of the work.


Improvements to Route 28 & Strawberry Hill Road Planned

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation will host a public informational meeting regarding an upcoming project to improve the intersection of Route 28 and Strawberry Hill Road in Centerville on Thursday, September 8 at 6:30 PM in the Town Hall Hearing Room.  A secure right-of-way is necessary for the project.  The State’s policy concerning land acquisitions will be outlined during the meeting. Click here to read more.


Draft Housing Production Plan Available for View

The draft Housing Production Plan (HPP) is now posted to the Growth Management Department (GMD) page on the Town’s website. Click here to access the draft plan. The HPP is based on the 2014 Housing Needs Assessment, which is available on the GMD page, click here to view. The HPP will be discussed during the Planning Board’s meeting on September 12, 2016. Consultant Jennifer Goldson of JM Goldson Community Preservation & Planning will be present for this discussion, along with GMD Housing Coordinator Arden Cadrin. Later this fall, the HPP will be presented to the Town Council for further discussion. A summary of the Housing Production Plan can be viewed by clicking here.


Beach Staffing Changes

Full Service (Lifeguards, gate attendants, open bathhouses)

Craigville Beach

Dowses Beach


Gate Attendants / Bathhouses (no lifeguards)

Veterans Beach

Kalmus Beach

Sea Street/Keyes Beach


No lifeguards / No Gate attendants / No Bathhouses

Millway Beach

Hathaway’s Pond

Loop Beach

Wequaquet Lake

Joshua’s Pond

Hamblin’s Pond

Sandy Neck Beach Park


Mooring Regulation Updates: Public Hearing Set for September 7

The Town of Barnstable’s Natural Resources Division along with the Waterways Committee have updated the Town’s mooring regulations. Existing regulations have been edited and updated with previously approved changes, deleting unneeded sections, and adding fees that have been previously approved. Click here to view the updates, past Waterways Committee meetings, and learn more. The public is invited to attend a hearing on the regulations, set for Wednesday, September 7 at 10:00 AM in the Town Hall Hearing Room.


Request for Proposals: Hyannis Armory

A Request for Proposals for the Hyannis Armory Building is now open for bid. The Armory is located on South Street in Hyannis. A lease term of up to 30 years is being offered including all options. Visits to the facility may be scheduled by contacting David Anthony at 508-862-4652. Responses are due on September 23, 2016 at 2:00 PM in the Office of the Chief Procurement Officer, 230 South Street, Hyannis MA. Click here to view the full RFP and associated documents.


Barnstable Bags It: Plastic Bag Ban to Begin This October

In an effort to promote sustainability and to protect our environment, Barnstable will be enacting a ban on thin-film plastic bags, effective Monday, October 3, 2016. Bags with a thickness of 3 mils or less (or, 0.003 inches) will be banned from use. Businesses are encouraged to offer re-usable or paper bags, and consumers are encouraged to bring their own bags when shopping.

Learn more about the Barnstable Bags It initiative:

   Single-Use Plastic Carry-Out Regulation      FAQ       Exemption Form


Visit the HyArts Artist Shanties at Bismore Park, open seven days a week from 11:00 AM until at least 8:00 PM.  Browse among the seven colorful shanties featuring local artists and artisans who work and sell their wares right from their “seaside studios”.  Artwork varies and artists change weekly.



This Weekend: through September 3

Barnstable (Light Blue): Jewelry by Joyce Sullivan

Marstons Mills (Green):  Paintings by Ann DeRoches

Centerville (Red): JustJillToday Photography by Jill Ross

Cotuit (Blue):  Fabric Arts by Beverly Roberts

Osterville (Orange): Nautically Inspired items by Lauren Elias

Hyannis (Yellow): Jewelry by Gillian Hurrie

West Barnstable (Dark Blue):  Paintings by Gretchen Irving


Coming Week: September 5-11

Barnstable (Light Blue): Jewelry by Carolyn Ferrel

Marstons Mills (Green):  Paintings by Donna Robinson

Centerville (Red): JustJillToday Photography by Jill Ross

Cotuit (Blue): Fabric Arts by Beverly Roberts

Osterville (Orange): Woodcarvings by Richard Wright

Hyannis (Yellow):  Paper Arts by Adriana Rossi

West Barnstable (Dark Blue): The Art of Sylvia Quigora



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This Week’s Question:  This week Hy-Line Cruises introduced its newest vessel, the Grey Lady IV. Where was the ship built? Email your answer here.  



Barnstable This Morning

Week in Review

August 29 – September 2, 2016


Monday, August 29, 2016


Town Manager Mark Ells stopped by the studio on Monday morning with an update on the search for an Assistant Town Manager.  Barnstable High School Principal Patrick Clark talked with us about the beginning of the school year at BHS.  We learned about a master’s degree program being offered here on Cape Cod from Endicott College and CapeAbilities.  Cape Cod Community College Communications Director Michael Gross shared information about several students who spent the summer learning and working at the Marine Biological Labs in Woods Hole.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016


Chief of Police Paul MacDonald talked with us Tuesday. He told us that the Community Service Officers will remain on Main Street through Columbus Day Weekend. He also shared information about the Bluecoats annual dinner. Our Board Committee and Commission Roundup reviewed the recent Conservation Commission and Board of Health meetings.  1st Barnstable State Representative Tim Whelan discussed the growing issue of fentanyl.  Assistant Director of Public Works Rob Steen outlined the DPW’s preparation efforts for potential winter storms.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016


We began our Wednesday program with Cape Cod Mosquito Control Project Entomologist Gabrielle Sakolsky, who discussed with us the recent detection of West Nile virus in local mosquitos.  Director of Growth Management Jo Anne Miller Buntich shared information about an upcoming study of our Town’s recreation fields. We visited the Barnstable Senior Center to learn about the Brown Bag program. Director of Finance Mark Milne outlined changes prompted by the State’s Act to Modernize Municipal Finance and Government.


Thursday, September 1, 2016


We began our show at the Cape Cod Cooperative Extension field office in Barnstable Village, where Entomologist Larry Dapsis detailed information about several tick-borne illnesses. Cape Cod Commission Director of Technical Services Glenn Cannon outlined a number of upcoming transportation projects. 2nd Barnstable State Representative Brian Mannal reviewed state funding for wastewater initiatives on Cape Cod.


Friday, September 2, 2016


We visited Bismore Park for this week’s Arts & Culture segment to talk with artist Jackie Reeves, who created a large-scale mural that is now in place near the Hy-Arts Artist Shanties. Sandy Neck Beach Park Manager Nina Coleman shared that the Sandy Neck off-road is now open to Trail Six, and outlined the benefits of the beach after Labor Day.  Director of Leisure Services Patti Machado talked about fall activities. Hyannis Youth and Community Center GM Joe Izzo spoke about the change of activities at the HYCC with the coming change of seasons. This week’s Adoptable Pet Friday segment introduced us to a trio of baby bunnies and a pair of kittens.

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