Charter drive 1,000 signatures away; Airport looks at alternate funding plans for terminal; A million for Bismore Park

patriotnewBarnstable News, January 4, 2007

ccrowinggirlsDespite their regular season ending in October, Cape Cod Rowing’s girls’ crew team has worked overtime the past few months in preparation for their most distant away meet yet.  The team is shown on their web site from left to right; Back Row: Allison (Mashpee), Catie (Falmouth Academy), Monica (Mashpee - Boston U.), Christie (Sturgis-Weslyan), Anna (Sturgis - Regis), Lauren (Mashpee).Front Row: Jessica (D-Y), Liz (Sturgis).)

As 2007 dawns, the terms of office for more than half of the town council and school committee members have entered their final calendar year... Of the 13 town officials whose terms expire in November, there are but three definitive answers: Town Councilor Gary Brown (no); Tax Collecter Maureen McPhee (will retire); and Barnstable Housing Authority member Deborah Converse (yes)...
The first one was too complicated, the second one failed to gain council support and now comes the third, “Plan C”, for a revision to the council’s orders of business to include public comment.
The Barnstable Airport Commission was scheduled to meet this morning to talk about funding alternatives for its planned $45 million terminal project... Last month, a $12 million state grant Nantucket pinned its hopes on for a new terminal was sent elsewhere by the Romney administration. Barnstable was competing with Nantucket and Westfield-Barnes airport for limited state airport funds  two years ago, and came in third for priorities. At the3 time, Mosby said it was not a question of if the airport would be funded, but when. That may remain the case, but the hoped for schedule for the project would have to wait...
Barnstable Middle School Principal Rick Bidgood is not retiring. At least, not the way he sees it. “I hate the word ‘retirement’,” he said, making a face. Call it what you will, at the end of this school year Bidgood will be bidding BMS, and Massachusetts, good-bye.
Ralph P. Bismore Park, situated on Hyannis Inner Harbor off Ocean Street, is set for a substantial makeover if the town council approves a $965,000 request for funds.
Newly installed Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick will join in ceremonies commemorating the life and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at 7 p.m. on Sunday Jan. 14, at Cape Cod Community.
New fees for full-day kindergarten
After much deliberation Tuesday night, the school committee voted 3-1 to approve an updated fee schedule for the Barnstable School District’s all-day kindergarten program.
With December’s bomb threat still fresh in the minds of students and school officials, Barnstable Middle School’s principal updated the School Committee on Tuesday about the school’s recent intruder drill.
Charter petition organizer and town councilor Greg Milne thinks the another 800 signatures will be needed to push the effort over the top

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