State Primary Elections

State primary elections were held on Thursday, September 8, 2016. 19 percent of Barnstable voters turned out for the election. Conducting an election takes a great deal of preparation and execution, and we thank our hardworking Town Clerk, staff, and poll workers for all they do. We are now looking forward to the General Election on Tuesday, November 8, 2016.

Click here to view the Town of Barnstable unofficial primary election results.


Leatherback Turtle Encounter in Barnstable Harbor

On Wednesday, Barnstable Shellfish Enforcement Officer Devon Harrington noticed a leatherback turtle floating in the harbor off of Millway Beach. Harrington determined that the turtle was injured and in distress, and contacted officials from the New England Aquarium in Boston. The turtle’s left fin was severely injured and necrotic, likely due to a previous entanglement. The turtle was transported to the animal care center in Quincy and unfortunately had to be euthanized.




Barnstable Municipal Airport Receives Funding Boost

Barnstable Municipal Airport is receiving a funding boost, thanks to Provincetown Airport. Each year, the FAA provides funding for airport improvements that must be used within a certain window of time. Provincetown was unable to use a portion of their funding, and generously offered to transfer it to Barnstable. Airport manager Bud Breault tells us that the Airport will receive about $312,000. $188,000 will be added as an amendment to a previous grant, funding reconstruction of the 15/33 runway. A grant of $124,000 will be used to apply a slurry seal and to re-paint the 300,000 square foot main terminal parking ramp. Re-surfacing and re-painting will help preserve the ramp for at least five years.


Three Bays Meeting

On Thursday morning, I met with Michael Egan, President of the Three Bays Preservation Board of Directors, Three Bays Executive Director Lindsey Counsell, and other members of the organization to discuss continued water quality issues. The Three Bays system is currently affected by a rust tide. Three Bays states that this is the worst algae bloom to hit the area in over two decades. The tide is caused by a microscopic organism that can quickly multiply in conditions like we’ve had this summer – lack of rain, sustained sunny conditions, and warm water temperatures. Our discussion focused on comprehensive wastewater management. We are interested in seeing a watershed permit discussion relative to Three Bays, as we continue to navigate wastewater management issues as directed by the 208 plan update.


Sandy Neck Coastal Resiliency Update

We are in the final stages of the Coastal Resiliency Plan for Sandy Neck Beach Park. As per conditions of the grant, the plan will be submitted to Town Council for their review by the end of September. Council will be briefed on preferred alternatives at their next meeting, set for Thursday, September 15, 2016. The plan will help guide erosion control at Sandy Neck Beach Park for many years to come.


Communicating With Our Fire Districts

In late August, I had the opportunity to meet with the Chiefs of our Town’s five fire districts. This was my first opportunity as Town Manager to meet with our Chiefs. We discussed priorities in our community relative to the role of our five fire districts, both individually and collectively. We are working to further connect and coordinate through our Police Department on emergency preparedness measures and to ensure that good working relations continue into the future.


Mooring Regulation Hearing

Harbormaster Dan Horn and I held a public hearing on Wednesday, September 7, 2016 to outline proposed changes to the Town’s mooring regulations.  The proposed changes are the culmination of a number of meetings over the course of the year, working with the Waterways Committee. The majority of the changes are simply to update the code to reflect previously approved new regulations. I have taken the updates under advisement and expect to issue a decision soon. Click here to learn more and to read the proposed updates.


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.



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.


·         Bumps River Road – Scudder Bay Circle to Pond Street

       Wednesday, September 7 – Friday, September 16


·         Osterville-West Barnstable Road

        Friday, September 9 – Friday, September 23


·         Main Street, Cotuit

Friday, September 9 – Friday, September 23


 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.


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 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


Coming Week: September 12-18


Barnstable (Light Blue): Handmade Jewelry by Kyle Kochiss

Marstons Mills (Green): Paintings by Donna Robinson

Centerville (Red): Photography by Marie Grady Palcic

Cotuit (Blue): Fabric Arts by Beverly Roberts

Osterville (Orange): Marlinespar Ropework by Chris Letsche

Hyannis (Yellow): Independence Farm

West Barnstable (Dark Blue):  Photography by Sue Patev


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Last week, we asked: This week Hy-Line Cruises introduced its newest vessel, the Grey Lady IV. Where was the ship built? Thank you to all of our astute and observant e-news readers, who wrote in with the correct answer: Somerset, MA.


This Week’s Question:  School is back in session, and Barnstable teachers use an interesting phrase to help students remember the names of our seven villages. What is the phrase?  Email your answer here.  


Barnstable This Morning

Week in Review

September 6-9, 2016


Tuesday, September 6, 2016


Chief of Police Paul MacDonald talked with us Tuesday about a number of recent significant arrests. We visited Cape Cod Cooperative Extension Entomologist Larry Dapsis for an interesting discussion about ticks.  Director of Public Works Dan Santos shared with us information about the Mass Department of Transportation project that begins this week at the intersection of Route 28 and Bearses Way in Hyannis.


Wednesday, September 7, 2016


Greater Hyannis Chamber of Commerce CEO Jessica Sylver joined us live on the phone to discuss several upcoming events including the Vintage Motorcycle Show, Hyannis Open Streets, and the Chamber’s Annual Dinner. Director of Regulatory Services Richard Scali shared with us information about recent sting operations, issues with parking in and around downtown Hyannis, and the upcoming plastic bag ban.  Director of Senior Services Madeline Noonan outlined the World Religion series, Tea with Ted Talks, and the Next Steps for Better Nutrition program.  Director of Finance Mark Milne outlined the major projects that the Finance division is working on, including closing FY2016, free cash certification, setting the FY17 tax rate, and a review of rate setting models.


Thursday, September 8, 2016


Heather Rockwell of the Cape Cod Wildlife Center talked with us on Thursday morning about the upcoming Cape Cod Wildlife Festival, being held on Saturday, September 10 at the Mass Audubon Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary in Cummaquid. We visited Barnstable Municipal Airport to learn about a new program designed to help those with autism overcome airplane anxiety.  Artist Jackie Reeves showed us her new Tales of the Sea mural, now in place at Bismore Park.  Hilary Greene of the Cape Cod and South Shore Chapter of the American Red Cross detailed important hurricane preparedness information.


Friday, September 9, 2016


We began Friday’s show with our Arts & Culture segment. This week, we visited with author Sandra Bolton. Shellfish Enforcement Officer Devon Harrington talked with us about an endangered leatherback turtle that was found off the shores of Millway beach, suffering from a severe entanglement injury.  Hyannis Youth and Community Center General Manager Joe Izzo talked about Touch a Truck coming up on Saturday, September 24.  Director of Leisure Services Patti Machado outlined events like the Girly Girl Parts 5k, and registration for fall.  We were introduced to a bunny, a rat, and a teacup Chihuahua in this week’s Adoptable Pet Friday segment.

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