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Friday, September 20, 2013
Issue: 2013-38  

  • On Barnstable This Morning, host Sara Mannal and I reviewed the September 12th Town Council Meeting and talked about  the week ahead. I discussed the issues presented by Patrick Princi, Barnstable’s Assembly of Delegates Representative who opposed the FY 2014 county budget because he felt the County Commissioners were not putting enough money into building up reserves for the future. Patrick also discussed an upcoming vote on a Cape-wide fertilizer regulation.  
  • Assistant Town Manager Mark Ells participated in Tuesday’s  Conservation Commission meeting which included a workshop on new safety measures and regulations at the West Barnstable Shooting Range.     Mark reviewed the proposed operational plan, changes to regulations and proposed new fees. There were many questions and suggestions offered by commissioners. The Conservation Commission will hold a Public Hearing regarding this matter at the October 1st meeting here at Town Hall.  
  • Tuesday’s Primary election for Town Council seats held in Precincts 6 and 12 determined who will be on the November ballot.   In Precinct 6, Deb Converse and Will Crocker defeated Mike Hersey and Joe Pino. In Precinct 12, John Norman and Donald Lynde will be on November’s ballot, both of whom received more votes than candidate Mark Despotoulous.  The general election will be held November 5th, 2013.
  • On Wednesday Morning I joined Joel Crowell, President of the Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod, for the ribbon cutting ceremony at the grand opening of the new branch in Marstons Mills.  This expansion will bring jobs to our community and provide additional banking services in the western part of town. I was joined in the speaking portion of the event by Wendy Northcross, CEO of the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce, who emphasized the value a community bank brings to local business.  Additionally David Kuehn, Executive Director of Cotuit Center for the Arts, highlighted the importance of local businesses and non-profits working together to make our communities stronger.



  • Thursday at our weekly meeting with Superintendent of Schools Dr. Mary Czajkowski, we were joined by new Athletic Director Scott Thomas. Mr. Thomas is excited about his new position. At the meeting, Joe Izzo, General Manager of the Hyannis Youth and Community Center discussed potential ice times available for the boys and girls hockey programs at Barnstable High School.
  • This week’s Town Council meeting included a joint public hearing with the Planning Board regarding the extension of the temporary moratorium on the establishment of a Medical Marijuana Treatment Center Zoning District. Councilors voted to extend the moratorium until May 20, 2014.   Also, Town Councilors accepted a resolve in support of preserving tax exempt financing and there was a first reading of an appropriation request of $175,000 from the Capital Trust Fund for beach nourishment and repairs at Sandy Neck Beach. 
  • Town Councilors also held a workshop on the last Problem Property Ordinance covering vacant or foreclosed properties. After reviewing the draft ordinance which had been revised by Councilors Ann Canedy and Jennifer Cullum, there was consensus another re-draft should be prepared, with the hope of having this matter addressed at one of the October Council meetings. 
  • The Hyannis Youth and Community Center is hosting its 4th Birthday/Open House Celebration tomorrow from 11-3PM.  There will be plenty of free fun activities including games, face painting and touch-a- truck. Public skating is being offered at just four dollars.  Find a complete list of activities for the Open House on-line at
  • Speaking of the Hyannis Youth and Community Center (HYCC), we just received word for the third consecutive year the HYCC will host the Women's Hockey East Championship Tournament during the weekend of March 8-9, 2014.  This event brings world-class athletes to Cape Cod and our town.  The Women’s Hockey East Association is an eight-team, Division 1 college hockey conference which began play in 2002-2003.  The League also sponsors an 11 team men’s league which began play in 1984.  
  •  Barnstable Recreation’s Annual “Hooked on Fishing” Derby takes place tomorrow from noon to 2 pm at the handicap accessible fishing pier at Dowses Beach.  Attendance is free and free bait is available for all participants.  All ages are welcome to participate and prizes will be awarded for the largest fish.   
  • Be sure to visit the Hyannis HyArts Art Shanties at Hyannis Harbor  before they close for the season.  The shanties are open from 11am to 5 pm now through September 29th where you will find photography, knits, jewelry, mosaics and knot work.  Best of all, the white shanty will be home to the Barnstable Libraries!  Staff and volunteers from Sturgis Library in Barnstable Village; Centerville Public Library; Cotuit Library; Hyannis Public Library; Marstons Mills Public Library; Osterville Village Library, and Whelden Memorial Library in West Barnstable will be on hand for the week, selling books, tote bags, mugs, hats and other library merchandise.  They will also be conducting craft projects and other activities for children and families. This Sunday September 22nd, Kathleen Ready Dayan and Kate Walls, author and illustrator of the children's book Cape Cod Bear will be at the Shanty from 11 am to 2 pm signing copies of their book.  From  2 pm to 5 pm Susan Baur, author and illustrator of the Turtle Sisters series of children's books will be on hand to sign her books as well as guiding kids and their families in a fun art activity.  Also stop by on Sunday from 2 pm to 5 pm and chat with  Melanie Lauwers, Books Editor at the Cape Cod Times. Tomorrow and next Saturday from 2 to 3pm, enjoy a free jazz concert at the shanties.  
  • Last week’s fun fact answer:  With the leatherback sea turtle stranding at Sandy Neck Beach last week we asked if it was largest of the living turtle species in the world?   Kimberly Carton was the first to answer yes!  The leatherback sea turtle is the largest of the turtle species, and the fourth largest reptile species, just behind three crocodiles. They can grow an incredible seven feet long and can weigh over 2,000 pounds!
  • This week’s fun fact question: A favorite fall activity is apple picking.  Do you have a favorite orchard or apple picking tradition?  Do most Americans really eat an apple a day?!  How many pounds of fresh apples a year does the average U.S. consumer eat?Email your answer here!



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Barnstable This Morning

Week in Review

September 16-20, 2013


Monday, September 16, 2013


Town Manager Tom Lynch kicked off the show with an update on proposed changes to county government and Town Council vote that will allow for the development of a second cultural district in Barnstable Village. Dr. Mary Czajkowski talked about the reasons why they decided to add an additional 1st grade classroom at Centerville Elementary and the first Special Education Parent Advisory Council meeting that will be held Monday September 23rd at Centerville Elementary. State Representative Randy Hunt talked about his initiative that would force some non-violent criminals to enter rehab instead of jail. Finally, Cape Cod Community College Communications Director Michael Gross talked about enrollment this year and how it can be cost effective for students to complete their first two years at the College.


Tuesday, September 17, 2013


Chief of Police Paul MacDonald told us that the Barnstable Bluecoats held their annual meeting last Wednesday, at which they presented the Barnstable Police Department with a $35,000 contribution.  The Bluecoats support a number of police initiatives, including helping to fund the Hyannis station, purchasing equipment like tasers and computers, and more.  Director of Growth Management Jo Anne Miller Buntich updated us on the process to obtain a cultural district designation for Barnstable Village. Buntich also talked about the issue of medical marijuana, and previewed this Thursday’s Town Council public hearing on extending the moratorium on the establishment of treatment centers. Cape and Islands State Senator Dan Wolf talked about the State Ethics Commission, who will be meeting this Thursday to make a determination on whether or not Senator Wolf can remain in office.  We talked about the Town’s See Click Fix program with Public Works Director Dan Santos.


Wednesday, September 18, 2013


Our Business Barnstable segment was first up on Wednesday. This week, we welcomed Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce CEO Wendy Northcross, who talked about a new study that will soon be underway to look at the possibility of a new multi-use facility on Cape Cod.  Assistant Town Manager Mark Ells recapped the workshop held at Tuesday night’s Conservation Commission regarding the reopening of the West Barnstable shooting range.  Finance Director Mark Milne told us that the Finance Department is very busy these days, preparing for an audit, finalizing plans for a new e-payment system, and gearing up for the FY15 budget.  State Representative Cleon Turner talked about a pair of bills he’s co-sponsored dealing with speed limits – one that would increase speed limits on the Mass Pike and other state highways, and another that would allow municipalities to reduce speed limits in village centers and historic districts.


Thursday, September 19, 2013


Town Council met Thursday night, and first up on our show we talked with Town Council President Dr. Debra Dagwan, who previewed the evening’s meeting.  Our Transportation segment this week featured Barnstable Municipal Airport Manager Bud Breault and Airport Commissioner Mary Smith, who told us all about the exciting Wings of Freedom tour coming to the airport next week.  State Representative Brian Mannal filled us in on a new law that has 17 year olds tried as juveniles instead of as adults.  Finally, we caught up with Barnstable Senior Center Outreach Coordinator Claudia Borden. Claudia shared details about Friday’s Hobby Fair at the senior center.


Friday, September 20, 2013


Our Friday show was even more fun this week as our intern Henry Ramage was our co-host.  Our Arts & Culture segment featured the Old Selectmen’s Building in West Barnstable.  Sara Mannal visited with Hyannis Youth and Community Center General Manager Joe Izzo, who talked about the HYCC’s big birthday party and open house, taking place this Saturday at the HYCC.  Director of Leisure Services Patti Machado talked about the Recreation Division’s Fishing Derby taking place Saturday at Dowses Beach in Osterville. We caught up with Natural Resources Officer Amy Croteau, who told us all about various upcoming CoastSweep events, and provided information on recreational shellfishing and upcoming pheasant and coyote hunting seasons.

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