9/11 Remembrances in Barnstable Today

“Never Forget”. Remembrance ceremonies marking the 14th anniversary of the tragic events of September 11, 2001 were held today across Barnstable.  Commemorations began at 8:30 this morning, with the Centerville Osterville Marstons Mills Fire Department holding a ceremony and moment of silence. At 9am, the Reverend Angela Menke Ballou, pastor of the Cotuit Federated Church, was the featured speaker at Cotuit Fire Department’s ceremony. Cape Cod Community College hosted a ceremony in its memorial garden at 9 this morning. The Hyannis Fire Department held its ceremony at 10 AM. Barnstable Village marked the event with a ceremony at 9:55 AM, recognizing the collapse of the first tower at the World Trade Center. Ten-year-old Alayna Rooney of the Nathaniel H. Wixon Innovation School will sing at Barnstable Fire Station at 4:00 P.M., and then a silent procession will make its way to St. Mary’s Church, where keynote speaker Yarmouth Deputy Police Chief Steven Xiarhos will address the audience. Barnstable High School Students planted 2,605 small American flags in front of the high school, in honor of the American lives lost during the terrorist attack. The flags will remain on display through the weekend.

View “Barnstable Today” coverage of 9/11 ceremonies: Town Website  YouTube   


Homeless Issues

Three presentations on homeless issues will be made at the September 17, 2015 Town Council meeting.  Chief of Police Paul MacDonald will present a Barnstable Police Department report outlining the cost of servicing the homeless.  A report will be presented by Housing Assistance Corporation (HAC) CEO Rick Presbrey and Michael Sweeney, Vice President of Administration and Finance.  Deb Krau will report on the progress of the Day Center Steering Committee.  Chief Paul MacDonald recently met with the Housing Assistance Corporation Board of Directors to discuss the possible relocation of the NOAH shelter. As a result of that meeting, the HAC board voted to support a move of the NOAH shelter “for the benefit of the constituents of NOAH by better, more complete services and for the benefit of the Hyannis residents and business center”.


Senior Staff Meeting

At our Senior Managers meeting this week, departments gave updates on a busy summer season. Chief of Police Paul MacDonald mentioned the crowds seemed larger in Hyannis this summer, and arrests for disorderly behavior ran about normal. Labor Day weekend was very busy at the Barnstable Police Department. The Chief also discussed the joint effort with the Board of Health and the Department of Public Works to clean up several homeless camps.  Airport Manager Bud Breault mentioned that JetBlue’s last flight of the season was this week. The flights this summer ran at 81% capacity, which is very encouraging and a sign of another successful season.  Bud mentioned that a Cape Cod Community College Request for Proposal process seeking hangar space for the school’s anticipated Air Frame and Power Plant maintenance program has ended, and the low bidder is at Plymouth Airport. Barnstable had a bid in, and many of us had lobbied for the course to be run from Barnstable Municipal Airport.


Shooting Range Survey under Development

The closure of the shooting range in December of 2012 brought several environmental and policy issues to light. Town staff is developing a survey that will be sent to former shooting range permit holders, in an attempt to gather data that will assist staff in providing information to Town Council to allow them to make informed policy decisions regarding the future of the shooting range. While the survey will be sent to former permit holders only, an abbreviated questionnaire will soon be posted at our BarnstableiForum.com. We appreciate input from our residents as we work towards solutions to this complicated issue.

Waste Water Energy Recovery Pilot Program Begins

On Tuesday, the screening unit component of the grant-funded Waste Water Energy Recovery (WWER) pilot project was delivered to the Old Colony Street Pump Station in Hyannis. On Thursday and Friday, the piping and electrical work required to connect the screening unit to the previously delivered Huber RoWin pump was completed. Representatives from Huber Inc. are scheduled to come out the week of September 21st to start up the unit and provide operator training.  The pilot project is being operated by the Town’s Water Pollution Control Division and overseen by GHD, Inc., an environmental engineering firm located in Hyannis. The goal of the project is to determine if it is economically feasible for the town to utilize the wastewater energy recovery heat exchange process to supplement the cooling needs of several town buildings, thereby reducing energy use and costs.


Mass Municipal Association / Suffolk University Leadership Class Begins

This morning, I joined Paul Bockelman of the Massachusetts Municipal Association to welcome public employees from across the Cape as the newest students in the Certificate in Local Government Leadership and Management Program. Supervisors from a variety of Cape towns have recognized these employees for their leadership skills, and encouraged them to participate in this program. Strengthening the workforce from within by providing graduate level training in strategic leadership, human resources management, budgeting and financial management, and current challenges in local governments will improve the ability of these employees to meet the daily issues faced while delivering services to our citizens.


Community Preservation Committee Chair Receives Honors

Barnstable’s Community Preservation Committee Chair Lindsey Counsell has been selected to receive a Kuehn Community Preservation Award, given by the Community Preservation Coalition. The award will be presented at a ceremony at the State House on October 6, 2015. This is the 15thh Anniversary of the Community Preservation Act, and it only fitting that Lindsey, who has chaired Barnstable’s Community Preservation Community since its inception, is given this recognition. Lindsey was the former chair of the Land Bank Committee and has continued his service to the Town on the CPC. This state-wide recognition is well deserved for Lindsey’s devotion to preserving and improving our Town.


Barnstable Human Resources Director Recognized

Barnstable Human Resources Director Bill Cole has been elected to serve as 2016 president for the International Public Management Association for Human Resources. Bill has been a member of IPMA-HR since 2000 and currently serves on the Executive Council. He is a founding member and past-president of the Southeast Coast Chapter, and from 2009 to 2010 was President of the Eastern Region. In 2013, he was awarded the Frank Densler Award, the Eastern Region’s most prestigious honor. In Barnstable, Bill helped design and implement the consolidation of municipal and school human resources and finance functions, an effort that received an Innovation Award from the Massachusetts Municipal Association. We are proud of you, Bill. We are lucky to have such talented employees working for the Town of Barnstable.


Wings of Freedom Tour Returns to Barnstable Municipal Airport

A trio of vintage World War II aircraft will again visit the Barnstable Municipal Airport this September. The Collings Foundation’s Wings of Freedom Tour will bring its Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, Consolidated B-24 Liberator and P-51 Mustang fighter to the airport from Monday, September 14 to Wednesday, September 16.  The planes will be on display at the Airport’s east ramp with free parking on Mary Dunn Way.  For a fee, visitors may tour the aircraft, inside and out. WWII veterans can tour the aircraft for free. The vintage aircraft will be on display from 2 pm through 5 pm on Monday, September 14; 9 am through 5 pm on Tuesday, September 15; and 9 am through 12 pm on Wednesday, September 16. 


Long Lost Barnstable High School Ring Reunited with Owner

George Cannone and Lorraine Campo, of Eastham are avid “Bounty Hunters” constantly searching beaches and forests for artifacts with their top of the line metal detectors. Last year while searching the dunes in Eastham, they found a Barnstable High School class ring and decided to do some research. Making their way to Barnstable High School, they looked at the 1957 class yearbook and found that the initials R B H belonged to Richard Burton Holmes. Barnstable High School principal Patrick Clark put them in touch with Special Projects Coordinator Len Gobeil who quickly discovered that “Dicky” Holmes is the brother of Tom Holmes of Woodbury Avenue, Hyannis. Contacts were made and on Wednesday, September 2, the ring and its rightful owner Richard Holmes, after a 50 year separation, were united. President of the Barnstable Town Council Jessica Rapp Grassetti, and Vice President Ann Canedy were on hand to help with the ceremony in the Town Council Chambers as George Cannone hands the ring to Mr. Holmes.

Marstons Mills Village Day

Celebrate Marstons Mills Village Day this Sunday, September 13, 2015! A bevy of activities and fun for the whole family will take place from noon to 4:00 P.M. along Main Street in Marstons Mills. Live music all day! The event begins with the National Anthem and the raising of the American Flag at 12:15 P.M. Food will be served from 12:00 Noon to 2:00 P.M.  At 1:30 P.M. it’s time for the the Main Street Millbilly Mile Fun Run! The Annual Chicken BBQ is not to be missed, starting at 4:00 P.M. , sponsored by the Liberty Hall Club of Marstons Mills. For tickets, Call Ron Beals at 508-428-8605 or the Marstons Mills Library at 508-428-5175. For further information, email marstonsmillsvillage@gmail.com  or call Maria at 774-839-6334. Visit the Marstons Mills Village Association online at www.marstonsmills.org

Road Work Notice: West Barnstable & Hyannis

The Barnstable Department of Public Works will be performing roadway improvements on Pine Street, Parker Road and High Street in West Barnstable and Oakland Road in Hyannis beginning on Wednesday, September 9, 2015. Improvements will include milling of existing roadway surfaces, drainage system upgrades, and placement of new asphalt pavement surfaces. Work is expected to be completed by Friday, October 2, 2015, weather permitting.  Motorists are advised to seek alternate routes to avoid the construction work. Operations will start promptly at 7 AM and run until 5 PM, after which traffic will be opened back onto 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.


Water Supply Division: Water Main Work

A water main cleaning and lining project that will improve the water quality and fire flows for customers of the Hyannis Water System is scheduled to begin Tuesday September 15, 2015. This project will clean and line approximately 3,300 feet of water mains on Sea Street, Ocean Avenue and Hyannis Avenue from Gosnold Street to Washington Avenue.


Meanwhile, a project to replace and upgrade water mains on Scudder Avenue and Craigville Beach Road from Wachusett Avenue to Straightway will soon begin.


There may be brief periods of water service interruption in the area of work. Prior to any anticipated service interruption, residents will be given 48 hours’ notice by the contractor. Specific notices will be distributed to the residents affected by shut-downs, indicating time and day of each shut down.





Last week’s trivia question: Last week, we asked: Labor Day Weekend is upon us! We want to know: Which US President signed the bill making Labor Day a national holiday? A large number of our eNews readers wrote in with the correct response, that it was President Grover Cleveland who signed the bill.


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Barnstable This Morning

Week in Review

September 8 – 11, 2015


Tuesday September 8, 2015


Chief of Police Paul MacDonald began our week with a review of police activity over the past week. The Chief discussed an incident involving graffiti on Main Street Hyannis, a false call to police, and a cleanup of homeless camps taking place this week.  Our Community Profile segment featured Barnstable Police Officer Brian Morrison, who serves on a myriad of volunteer organizations.  Cape Cod Commission Director of Technical Services Glenn Cannon joined us with information about several planned transportation improvement projects. Director of Public Works Dan Santos finished off our program with information about new leadership at the Transfer Station and the start of a water main project in Hyannisport and road work projects in Hyannis and West Barnstable.


Wednesday September 9, 2015


We began Wednesday’s program with a trip to the beach. Sandy Neck Beach Park Manager Nina Coleman stood before the front dune and talked with us about erosion issues and work to find a more permanent solution.  Director of Growth Management Jo Anne Miller Buntich talked with us about the Community Rating System, downtown Hyannis parking study & implementation strategy, and ten year review of the Growth Incentive Zone.  Director of Senior Services Madeline Noonan spoke with us about the expansion of the Senior Center parking lot and the addition of the new all-electric Nissan Leaf vehicle to the Silver Express fleet. Director of Finance Mark Milne discussed the annual long-range financial forecast process.


Thursday September 10, 2015


Director of Golf Operations Bruce McIntyre talked with us about Fall golf and upcoming membership specials.  Our Transportation segment took us back in time for the Wings of Freedom Tour, which will touch down on the tarmac at Barnstable Municipal Airport from September 14-16, 2015.  2nd Barnstable State Representative Brian Mannal talked with us about a visit he paid to homeless camps set up in the woods of Barnstable.  Finally, Len Gobeil revived his Barnstable High School Sports segment. This week, Len talked with BHS Athletic Director Scott Thomas.


Friday September 11, 2015


This week’s Arts & Culture segment featured Arts Correspondent Melissa Chartrand, who discussed the arts promotion site ArtsBarnstable.com. Next, we spoke with Hyannis Youth and Community Center General Manager Joe Izzo, who discussed the upcoming Kominski auction, a visit from the new Cape Cod Healthcare bloodmobile, and the always popular Touch a Truck event.  Director of Leisure Services Patti Machado spoke with us about the Hyannis Sprint Triathlon, coming to the Craigville Beach area this weekend. She also mentioned fall recreation programs and upcoming deadlines. We talked with Shellfish Technician Liz Lewis, who discussed marsh closings, shellfish openings, and a project to propagate bay scallops.


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