Meeting with County Officials: Water & Economic Development

I met Tuesday morning with Cape Cod Commission Executive Director Paul Niedzwiecki and Barnstable County Administrator Jack Yunits. The focus of our discussion was the potential re-location of water supply wells within the Hyannis Water System. Additionally, we discussed comprehensive wastewater management planning, in line with the revised 208 Water Quality Plan, as well as a review of the major retail center along the Route 132 corridor in Hyannis.


Three Bays to Receive Stormwater Mitigation Funding

The Association to Preserve Cape Cod (APCC) has been awarded a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to improve water quality in the Three Bays watershed in Barnstable.  APCC’s project is just one of eight selected for funding across the region. An award of $472,574 will pay for assessment, prioritization, design and installation of stormwater retrofits in the Three Bays watershed.  The watershed is severely degraded by nutrients and bacteria contamination.  The three-year project will be completed in close collaboration with the Barnstable Department of Public Works and Three Bays Preservation, Inc., with the goal of improving water quality in Three Bays by reducing or eliminating pollutant inputs from stormwater runoff.


Cape Cod Regional Technical High School Planning for the Future

On Tuesday, I met with Robert Sanborn, Superintendent of the Cape Cod Regional Technical High School in Harwich. We discussed the need to replace the position on the school’s Board, left vacant by Tom Leckstrom. Sanborn also discussed ongoing work for an upcoming capital improvement plan to make substantial upgrades and renovations to the school.


Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority Advisory Board Meeting

On Wednesday morning, I attended the monthly meeting of the Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority Advisory Board. We were informed that the partnership with Eastern MA Transit Company/MV transportation is in the final month of its original contract, and is poised to enter a new five-year contract, anticipated to begin on October 1, 2016. Bus schedules were on time 90 percent across the board. Overall ridership is up 9.4 percent.


Dedications & Openings at Our Elementary Schools

On Wednesday, September 14, 2016 Barnstable Public Schools held an Opening Ceremony for the brand new Enoch Cobb Early Learning Center (ECELC) Playground and Hyannis West Elementary School new modular classrooms. ECELC Principal Nicole Caucci said, “Play is child’s work…there is a lot of work happening here!” On Wednesday, September 21 the new Barnstable-West Barnstable modular classrooms were dedicated. The new, energy-efficient units house classrooms, a library, a computer lab, and dedicated learning space.


Hyannis Rotary Club

On Thursday afternoon, I was the invited guest speaker at the Hyannis Rotary Club’s weekly meeting. I had the opportunity to discuss the current state of our local government and community. It was a positive meeting and I am looking forward to the opportunities that are available to our community through the Rotary Club.


Early Voting

For the November 8 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 24 through November 3, 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 29 from 8:00 AM until 2:00 PM at the Barnstable Police Station.  


Hyannis Open Streets

Come PLAY in the STREET. The Greater Hyannis Civic Association, in partnership with the Hyannis Main Street Business Improvement District, has created the Hyannis Open Streets Event. Main Street will be closed Sunday, September 25th to vehicular traffic from 12 noon until 5:00 pm. Come and enjoy retailers, restaurants, and vendors up and down Main Street.




Household Hazardous Waste Collection: Saturday

The Town of Barnstable Department of Public Works Solid Waste Division is holding a Household Hazardous Waste Collection at the Transfer Station located at 45 Flint Street Marstons Mills. Hazardous Waste Collections are FREE to all Barnstable Residents. Participants must have either a paid household trash sticker or free recycling sticker to participate. Stickers are available during normal business hours at the transfer station, including on the collection day. The hours of the hazardous waste collection are 9:00am - 12:00pm. Click here to learn more.


Barnstable Officials Attend Dog Park Conference

On Wednesday, September 21st, Community Services Director Lynne Poyant, DPW’s Building Design Architect Keith Mackenzie-Betty and Elaine Grace of the Committee for Barnstable Dog Parks attended the Stanton Foundation’s first Dog Park Conference at the Foundation’s offices in Cambridge.  The Stanton Foundation has provided a grant for the design of Barnstable’s first Dog Park and there is potential for the future construction of the park.  There were three panel discussions: Dog Park Design and Construction; Dog Park Maintenance; and Fundraising and Community Involvement.  The conference provided an opportunity for dog parks currently under design to hear what has worked and what has not with some of the older dog parks.  There was time for networking with the panelists.  We are grateful to the Stanton Foundation for this opportunity.


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.


·         Willow Street, West Barnstable

        Tuesday, September 27 – Friday, October 21


·         Flint Street, Marstons Mills

Wednesday, September 28 – Friday, October 21


Bearse’s Way, Hyannis

                Sewer Construction Work – Through October 7th

Route 28/Bearse’s Way

                Intersection Work In Planning Phase


Barnstable Bags It: Plastic Bag Ban to Begin in 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 25

Barnstable (Light Blue): Metal and Beads by Kim Rumberger

Marstons Mills (Green):  Paintings by Donna Robinson

Centerville (Red): Photography by Kevin Bennett

Cotuit (Blue): Mijiza Images by Beverly Roberts

Osterville (Orange):  Designs by Tara Ring

Hyannis (Yellow):  Fabric Designs by Margo Sherman

West Barnstable (Dark Blue): Woodcarving and Nautical America by Val and Dave Small


Coming Week: September 26 – October 2

Barnstable (Light Blue): Jewelry by Kyle Kochiss

Marstons Mills (Green): Pottery by Jean Marie O’Clair

Centerville (Red): Photography by Roberta Anslow

Cotuit (Blue): Mijiza Images by Beverly Roberts

Osterville (Orange): Jewelry by Dawn Rosell

Hyannis (Yellow): Fabric Designs by Margo Sherman

West Barnstable (Dark Blue): Woodcarving and Nautical America by Val and Dave Small


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Barnstable This Morning

Week in Review

September 19-23, 2016



Monday, September 19, 2016


Energy Coordinator Richard Elrick stopped by our studio Monday morning to discuss plans to create a “smart grid” across Cape Cod.  We visited Marstons Mills Library Director Stacey Hevener to learn about upcoming programs at the library.  Cape Cod Community College Communications Director Michael Gross talked with us about an upcoming family dental clinic being held at the school.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016


Chief of Police Paul MacDonald began our Tuesday program with information about a shooting at a Hyannis hotel. Chief MacDonald also filled us in on a wrong number call – from Barnstaple, England! Next, our Board Committee and Commission roundup outlined the week’s Town Council and Planning Board meetings.  Cape and Islands State Senator Dan Wolf discussed his role in the “Wings for Autism” event held at Barnstable Municipal Airport, and his attendance at a substance abuse council event in Barnstable.  Director of Public Works Dan Santos outlined next steps for construction of shelter buildings for carbon filtration units at the Mary Dunn wellfields.


Wednesday, September 21, 2016


This week’s Business Barnstable segment featured an analysis of the current real estate market with Cape and Islands Association of Realtors CEO Ryan Castle. Consumer Affairs Supervisor Elizabeth Hartsgrove shared important information about the Town’s plastic bag ban that will become effective on October 3, 2016. Director of Finance Mark Milne wrapped things up with a discussion on the state of the Town’s debt.


    Thursday, September 22, 2016


Our Community Profile segment this week featured Laurie Brown and Kristin Broadley of Centerville Pie. Brown and Broadley were recently recognized for their work with disabled individuals. 5th Barnstable State Representative Randy Hunt shared important information about an ongoing phone scam in which the scammer is pretending to be from the IRS. Our BHS Sports segment has returned for the fall. Len Gobeil talked with Barnstable High School Football Coach Chris Whidden, in a segment produced at BHS’ B2B TV.


Friday, September 23, 2016


Our Arts & Culture segment featured the upcoming Hyannis Open Streets event. Founders Jane Walsh and Deb Krau discussed the closure of Main Street on Sunday, September 25 from noon until 5:00 PM. Next, Shellfish Biologist Tom Marcotti shared information about the state of the fisheries, season openings, and interesting facts about rust tide in Three Bays. Hyannis Youth and Community Center General Manager Joe Izzo previewed Saturday’s Touch a Truck Event. Program Coordinator John Gleason talked about availability in Recreation fall activities.



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