- On Barnstable This Morning I discussed the new smoking ban at Burgess Park, updated the viewers on a resident-led plan to create a dog park in town,
and outlined plans to dredge in Barnstable Harbor and East Bay in Osterville. We talked about the benefits and challenges of dredging, especially the
environmental impact of finding the right location for dredge spoils.
- Thanks to the outstanding job by Finance Director Mark Milne and his staff, the Town of Barnstable has received a Certificate of Achievement for
Excellence in Financial Reporting for the FY11 Annual Financial Report. This is the 10th consecutive year the Government Finance Officers Association
of the United States and Canada (GFOA) has given this award to Barnstable. The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the
area of governmental accounting and financial reporting. Congratulations to Mark and staff on this most outstanding and significant accomplishment.
- The HyArts Cultural District and Kennedy Legacy Trail were celebrated during an event Tuesday afternoon. I was joined by Senator Dan Wolf,
Representatives Randy Hunt and Cleon Turner, Massachusetts Cultural Council Program Manager Meri Jenkins, and Arts Foundation of Cape Cod Executive
Director Kevin Howard. The HyArts Cultural District is the first state designated Cultural District on Cape Cod, and the sixth in the state. The HyArts
Cultural District was officially named on May 22nd, and the Kennedy Legacy trail debuted in Hyannis on May 29. Since then, the Trail has been enhanced
by the addition of two large photos on the Pearl Street side of Sturgis Charter Public High School and by painted white "sails" on the sidewalks
leading the way to each stop. Pictured below, proudly displaying the HyArts Cultural District sign are: Senator Wolf; State Representatives Hunt and
Turner; Meri Jenkins; Town Councilors June Daley, Deb Dagwan and Jessica Rapp Grassetti; Director of Growth Management, Jo Ann Miller-Buntich; Arts and
Culture Coordinator Melissa Hersh along with HyArts Cultural District partners Elizabeth Wurfbain of the Main Street BID; Jessica Sylver of the Hyannis
Area Chamber of Commerce and Roberta Miller of the Cape Cod Art Association.
- The newly created Business Investments Map, designed by Barnstable's GIS office, is now available on the Town's website. The map can be accessed from
the home page as well as directly from the Growth Management and Economic Development pages. This interactive map displays new, expanding, and
redeveloped businesses and commercial properties within the Town of Barnstable. The map is intended as a reference tool to show recent commercial
growth and economic development in Barnstable's activity centers. The map is also available at the Town's economic development website - www.BusinessBarnstable.com .
- Congratulations to our Barnstable Lifeguards on taking home the division title for the fourth year in a row! This year’s lifeguard competition was held
at Craigville Beach on Friday August 10th. Teams from across the Cape competed in events ranging from swimming to running to rescue.
- Thousands of people flocked to downtown Hyannis last Sunday afternoon for the 27th Annual Pops by the Sea Concert. The day started out with
a few raindrops but by the time the Boston Pops took the stage the sun was shining brightly over the crowd. Local acts performed on the bandstand on
the village green prior to the Boston POPS Esplanade Orchestra taking the main stage. Conductor Keith Lockhart, guest conductor Jim Belushi, and a
fabulous performance by Anne Hampton Calloway singing several Barbara Streisand favorites provided a show enjoyed by an audience of over fifteen
thousand concert goers. The Star Spangled Banner was sung beautifully by rising star and Dennis resident Lily Mae Harrington. A very special thank you
goes to Arts Foundation of Cape Cod Executive Director Kevin Howard and his dedicated staff and volunteers who ensure the success of this event.
- We mentioned in a prior e-news that motorists may pass new digital speed limit signs designed to monitor speed on our roadways. The signs are
programmed to record data and the rate of speed will be displayed if motorists are above the posted speed limit. Sgt Andy McKenna tells me he has
received positive feedback on the signs and the data collected will assist the police with speed enforcement efforts.
- On Wednesday we attended the Harbor Freight Tool Grand Opening hosted by
the Hyannis Area Chamber of Commerce. Harbor Freight Tools is located at 640 Iyannough Road-Route 132 and is a discount tool retailer.
- The Barnstable Recreation Department’s annual Leisure Program Talent Show livened up the Hyannis Village Green on Thursday afternoon. Campers look
forward to this day where they showcase a wide variety of performances which include their counselors. The campers certainly enjoy entertaining family,
friends and fellow campers!
- Channel 18 is now airing a brand new series, Homegrown Barnstable, bringing viewers to the backyards of Barnstable residents. This
month features a three part series on backyard chickens. Visit with three Barnstable residents who raise chickens in their own backyards. It can be
viewed on Channel 18 as well as online at www.town.barnstable.ma.us Check the website for the scheduled
- The 22nd Annual West Barnstable Village Festival is this Saturday from 10AM-4PM. The festival runs along Route 149 at the West Barnstable
Community Building and the Old Village Store/Train Depot parking lot. There will be plenty of activities including a classic car show, art exhibit at
Meetinghouse Farm, kids races, dunk tank, festival food, face painting, mini-steamer train rides and much more. Full details are available on line at www.westbarnstable.org
- The Hyannis Youth and Community Center is always a busy place, this
weekend is no exception. Stop by during the 2012 Cranberry Open Figure
Skating Competition, sponsored by the Yarmouth Ice Club. The skating
continues today and tomorrow. A free, fun event and on these hot summer days
it will help keep you cool indoors! Stay informed with all the happenings at
the Hyannis Youth and Community Center with their new e-newsletter. A
valuable resource for all of the activities taking place year round, sign up
today at Hyannis Youth and Community Center
- Last week’s Fun Fact Answer: The first Annual Pops by the Sea Concert held on the Hyannis Village Green was in 1986 and Art Buchwald was the first
- This week’s Fun Fact Question: As reported in the Cape Cod Times this week, the Shirley Historical Society donated footage of re-discovered home movies
featuring Steamship travelers heading from Woods Hole to the Islands in the summer of 1934! In the mid-twentieth century in Hyannis, long before the
Steamship and Hy-line, two companies operated ferry service to Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard. Can you name either one?
Email your answer here!
There is never a dull moment around town! Check out the events that take place daily:
·Barnstable Senior Center
·Hyannis Youth& Community Center
Week in Review
August 13– August 17, 2012
August 13, 2012
Town Manger Tom Lynch
chatted with us about a new smoking ban at Burgess Park, updated us on plans to
create a dog park in town, and filled us in on dredging in Barnstable Harbor
and potentially East
Bay in Osterville. As always, Cape Cod Community College Communications Director Michael Gross
had lots to say – we covered Summer of Science, renewable energy, and some new
courses and certificate programs launching at the College this fall. With West Nile
being detected in a Barnstable
mosquito, we called on Cape Cod Mosquito
Control Project Entomologist Gabrielle Sakolski to share with us
information about this mosquito as well as the efforts she and her team undergo
to trap and test mosquitoes across the region. Our news coverage included
further information about West Nile virus, a recap
of the wonderful Pops by the Sea event, and a story about the new vendor at the
Scudder Family Café at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center.
August 14, 2012
Chief of Police Paul
MacDonald discussed a tragic fatal accident in Cotuit over the weekend. The
Chief also filled us in on the department’s work to control the crowd during
the busy Pops by the Sea event. Director of Regulatory Services Tom Geiler outlined
some new regulations that hotel and restaurant owners will have to follow in
order to renew their licenses. Cape and Islands State Senator Dan Wolf commented
on the importance of arts and culture to our local economy. Our newscast included sounds and sights from
Sunday’s Pops by the Sea concert; news that Cape Cod Beer is looking to expand
service at its Phinney’s Lane Brewery; and information about three affordable
homes for sale in Cotuit.
August 15, 2012
Wednesday is our day to focus on the business
community. Len Gobeil got things started
with Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce CEO Wendy Northcross. Wendy told Len about a recent luncheon with
Senator Scott Brown. She also filled us in on the Open Cape
project. Laura Cronin of the Greater
Hyannis Civic Association joined us in-studio to detail the work of the
Landlord and Rental Regulations task force.
And, once again, Barnstable
has received a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial
Reporting. Director of Finance Mark Milne talked about how the Government
Finance Officers Association grades financial reports, and why Barnstable’s FY11 report received this
honor. News coverage Wednesday included
stories about the official dedication of the HyArts Cultural District and
Kennedy Legacy Trail, an update on parking at Sandy Neck, and one business
owner’s plans to erect a wind turbine on his property in Marstons Mills.
August 16, 2012
A shark was spotted off the coast of Sandy
Neck this week – Sandy Neck
Beach Park Manager Nina Coleman joined us live via phone to give us the
latest on the great white sighting.
Then, we took a trip over to the airport, where Chef Ralph Binder welcomed us into his newly opened Mad Platter Café. Our Senior Services Segment featured Senior Center Outreach Coordinator Claudia
Borden, who talked about the upcoming enrollment period for Medicare; gave
us information on fuel assistance; and talked about real estate assistance programs
offered in the region. News Thursday
included stories about the great white sighting in Barnstable; scenes from the HyArts dedication
on Tuesday; and a preview of the Wings of Freedom tour coming next month to Barnstable Municipal Airport.
August 17, 2012
Fun Friday began with our weekly Arts and Culture Segment.
Melissa Chartrand welcomed artist Jean
Carbonell in-studio to preview the West Barnstable Village Festival taking
place this weekend. We headed over to the HYCC next – where Hyannis Youth and Community Center Joe Izzo
was busy amidst the Cranberry Open taking place this week – skaters from
across the region from youth to adult were showing their skills in this year’s
competition. Joe also talked about the HYCC’s new e-newsletter that just came
out, as well as plans for the HYCC’s third birthday party coming up in
September. It’s hard to believe, but
Cape Cod Baseball League season has come and gone. Len Gobeil spoke with Cotuit Kettleers President Paul Logan about the Kettleers’ 2012
season. News Friday included coverage of
the Sandy Neck shark sighting; the Ocean
Street design meeting, and