Category Archives: From the Civic Associattion

Marketing Task Force – August Update

GHCA Coordinates the Voices of the Village

Voices of the Village is a program under the auspices of the Greater Hyannis Civic Association.  The civic association continues in a sponsoring, coordinating and facilitating role for the 5 task forces – Supporting our Youth; Police, Drugs and Crime; Neighborhoods; Marketing; and Rental Regulations.    We are very proud of the progress being made by all the task forces.  The next general  meeting for the town to hear about the progress of the Voices of the Village and our plans for the next stage will be Tuesday October 25th .

We salute the Hyannis Harbor Hawks on winning the Western division of the Cape Cod Baseball League and for placing first overall in the regular season.  Our best record in decades.  Also thanks to the Friends of the Hyannis Public Library on their successful Teddy Bear Picnic.

The Greater Hyannis Civic Association has adopted a plot on the corner of Pleasant St and South St.  Under the leadership of Milton Berglund,  the area has been cleaned up, a garden plot created, bare spots in the grass filled in , the plot portion planted and landscaped.  Our perennials  have taken root even in the hot weather and we look forward to a beautiful square in the next growing season.  Members of the association take turns weekly assuring the plantings are weeded and doing well.  We thank the town’s Growth Management Department  for sharing some of their excess perennials with us.  We especially thank Joe Marshall from Structure and Grounds for fixing the irrigation system on the square, providing us good soil and also bricks that we used to landscape the plot.

The Civic Association will also be holding its annual picnic at Veteran’s Beach on Tuesday August 23rd at 5 pm.  John Doherty and Debra Dagwam are coordinating the event.   Drinks and dessert will be provided.  Bring your picnic supper and share your summer experiences and your comments about the village with other people from the village.  A member of the Civic Association will be leading games for the kids.  This event is open to all residents of Hyannis, Hyannisport and West Hyannisport and their supporters.

We will be holding a candidates night on Tuesday, October 18th for all candidates on the ballots in the precincts in Hyannis – Candidates in Precincts 3, 9, and 13 and for town wide elections.   Save the date and watch for more information on specific times and places.

It is not too early to think about the Hyannis Village Stroll on Saturday December 3rd.  The civic association is proud to sponsor and run the Harbor Lighting and Boat Parade component of the day.  For those boat owners in the area, please keep your boat in the water and start thinking of how you can decorate it for the boat parade.  The lighted boats accompany Santa into the harbor while the businesses and homes around the harbor join in the festivities.  The registration forms for boats, residences and businesses and more information about the evening are available in the events section on our website, www.hyanniscivic.com.  Come join us in a great Hyannis tradition.

We are very proud of our membership card discount program.  Our local merchants have been very supportive of the organization.   Each  membership  card is also a discount card that can be used an unlimited number of times at 18 restaurants and businesses in the village.  Please go to our website to learn more about our program and to get a membership form.  We welcome all individuals who have an interest in Hyannis to join the Greater Hyannis Civic Association.  Please feel free to contact us with your concerns and issues at our website or by emailing us at GreatHyannis@aol.com.

GHCA Coordinates the Voices of the Village

Voices of the Village is a program under the auspices of the Greater Hyannis Civic Association.  The civic association continues in a sponsoring, coordinating and facilitating role for the 5 task forces – Supporting our Youth; Police, Drugs and Crime; Neighborhoods; Marketing; and Rental Regulations.    We are very proud of the progress being made by all the task forces.  The next general  meeting for the town to hear about the progress of the Voices of the Village and our plans for the next stage will be Tuesday October 25th .

We salute the Hyannis Harbor Hawks on winning the Western division of the Cape Cod Baseball League and for placing first overall in the regular season.  Our best record in decades.  Also thanks to the Friends of the Hyannis Public Library on their successful Teddy Bear Picnic.

The Greater Hyannis Civic Association has adopted a plot on the corner of Pleasant St and South St.  Under the leadership of Milton Berglund,  the area has been cleaned up, a garden plot created, bare spots in the grass filled in , the plot portion planted and landscaped.  Our perennials  have taken root even in the hot weather and we look forward to a beautiful square in the next growing season.  Members of the association take turns weekly assuring the plantings are weeded and doing well.  We thank the town’s Growth Management Department  for sharing some of their excess perennials with us.  We especially thank Joe Marshall from Structure and Grounds for fixing the irrigation system on the square, providing us good soil and also bricks that we used to landscape the plot.

The Civic Association will also be holding its annual picnic at Veteran’s Beach on Tuesday August 23rd at 5 pm.  John Doherty and Debra Dagwam are coordinating the event.   Drinks and dessert will be provided.  Bring your picnic supper and share your summer experiences and your comments about the village with other people from the village.  A member of the Civic Association will be leading games for the kids.  This event is open to all residents of Hyannis, Hyannisport and West Hyannisport and their supporters.

We will be holding a candidates night on Tuesday, October 18th for all candidates on the ballots in the precincts in Hyannis – Candidates in Precincts 3, 9, and 13 and for town wide elections.   Save the date and watch for more information on specific times and places.

It is not too early to think about the Hyannis Village Stroll on Saturday December 3rd.  The civic association is proud to sponsor and run the Harbor Lighting and Boat Parade component of the day.  For those boat owners in the area, please keep your boat in the water and start thinking of how you can decorate it for the boat parade.  The lighted boats accompany Santa into the harbor while the businesses and homes around the harbor join in the festivities.  The registration forms for boats, residences and businesses and more information about the evening are available in the events section on our website, www.hyanniscivic.com.  Come join us in a great Hyannis tradition.

We are very proud of our membership card discount program.  Our local merchants have been very supportive of the organization.   Each  membership  card is also a discount card that can be used an unlimited number of times at 18 restaurants and businesses in the village.  Please go to our website to learn more about our program and to get a membership form.  We welcome all individuals who have an interest in Hyannis to join the Greater Hyannis Civic Association.  Please feel free to contact us with your concerns and issues at our website or by emailing us at GreatHyannis@aol.com.
MARKETING HYANNIS TASK FORCE

          As the Summer of 2011 winds to a close, the work of the Marketing Hyannis Task Force will begin to pick up.  We will be meeting in September to focus on the efforts of our two sub-committees, marketing and co-branding Hyannis and stimulating membership in the Greater Hyannis Civic Association (GHCA). 

          Thus far in 2011 we have already noticed a fairly significant increase in membership in GHCA, no doubt a reflection of the two large community meetings held earlier in the year as well as the enthusiastic response by many to serving on one or more of the Voices of the Village Task Forces.  The Voices of the Village initiative clearly struck a nerve and the resulting work of the five Task Forces has been gratifying to the participants and important to the community.  But, the Marketing Hyannis Task Force understands that the Voices of the Village program will end at some point, probably in 2012, though certain projects created by the Task Forces may have a life beyond that date or be subsumed by other organizations or the Town of Barnstable itself.  However, the Marketing group also believes that the Association is the best positioned village organization to serve as a long term vehicle to maintain community focus on issues of importance to our neighborhoods in Hyannis, Hyannisport and West Hyannisport.  Sustaining a long term effort requires maximizing membership and, as important, finding members who can devote a reasonable amount of time and energy to furthering its mission.   Thus, our interest in increasing Association membership. 

          The best reason to become a member of GHCA is the most obvious one:  you can help positively influence the quality of life in your town, village and neighborhood.  It is one thing to complain it is quite another to take effective action.  Actively working to create change – make substantive improvements – with respect to community issues can be hard work and, at times, frustrating.  But, it can be very satisfying and also be a huge morale booster.  Working together we can make a difference!

          There are other, more practical reasons to join.  Membership in GHCA will result in you receiving a discount card to area businesses, which would likely result in more than offsetting the modest membership fee.  For more information about the Association please see our website at http://hyanniscivic.com or e-mail us at GreatHyannis@aol.com

          If you would like to know more, you are cordially invited to the annual GHCA membership cookout on August 23, 2011 at 5 PM, at Veteran’s Beach on Ocean Street in Hyannis.  Meet your neighbors, make new friends, ask about the Greater Hyannis Civic Association and, most important, have a good time.  See you there!

Marketing – Update

Decorate your Boat, Business or Home along the Hyannis Harbor.  Participate in the Boat Parade that brings Santa to the Hyanis Harbor.  Chowder, chili, coffee, hot chocolate and cookies available for sale.  Free Entertainment.   Click here to download the registration form
Decorate your Boat, Business or Home along the Hyannis Harbor.  Participate in the Boat Parade that brings Santa to the Hyanis Harbor.  Chowder, chili, coffee, hot chocolate and cookies available for sale.  Free Entertainment.   Click here to download the registration form
Voices of the Village – Coordinating Committee

It has been six weeks since the May 17th general meeting of the Voices of the Village sponsored by the Greater Hyannis Civic Association.  As you can see from our weekly articles, the task forces are making great progress.    The task forces are coordinated by a committee composed of Greater Hyannis Civic Association board members – Bill Cronin, GHCA president, Deb Krau, GHCA Vice President, Ralph Krau, GHCA Executive Secretary,  board members Bob Ciolek and Laura Cronin and member Irene Aylmer.  The coordinating committee provides assistance to moving the task forces forward and helping to eliminate duplication.

In addition under the leadership  of the Neighborhood Task Force, the Voices of the Village will have a float in the town’s 4th of the July Parade.   In thinking of the parade theme “Family, Fun, Freedom”,   it became obvious that Veteran’s Park in Hyannis perfectly represented the theme.  So it will be depicted on our 32 foot float in the parade.  Show your support of Hyannis by joining the group marching with the float.  You can meet the float on Old Colony Rd at about 3:45 pm.

The Greater Hyannis Civic Association will again be running its Decorate Your Bike, Carriage, Wagon Contest on the 4th of July.  The contest will begin at 3:15 PM with registration on the village green near the band shell.   The contest is open to all children 12 and under.  After the judging and awarding of prizes, the kids will join the parade and lead our float down Main Street.  As always parents are welcome to be in the parade with their  children.  Remember bike helmets are required to be in the parade.  Another great opportunity for family fun in Hyannis.  

Under the leadership of the Marketing Task Force and with the kind donation by Penguin Digital Designs, Main St, Hyannis,  the Greater Hyannis Civic Association now has a website – www.hyanniscivic.com.    It’s a great place to keep track of the accomplishments of the Voices of the Village task forces and to see the other events and happenings of the Civic Association.

 

See you on the 4th .

 

 
Decorate your Boat, Business or Home along the Hyannis Harbor.  Participate in the Boat Parade that brings Santa to the Hyanis Harbor.  Chowder, chili, coffee, hot chocolate and cookies available for sale.  Free Entertainment.   Click here to download the registration form
Voices of the Village – Coordinating Committee

It has been six weeks since the May 17th general meeting of the Voices of the Village sponsored by the Greater Hyannis Civic Association.  As you can see from our weekly articles, the task forces are making great progress.    The task forces are coordinated by a committee composed of Greater Hyannis Civic Association board members – Bill Cronin, GHCA president, Deb Krau, GHCA Vice President, Ralph Krau, GHCA Executive Secretary,  board members Bob Ciolek and Laura Cronin and member Irene Aylmer.  The coordinating committee provides assistance to moving the task forces forward and helping to eliminate duplication.

In addition under the leadership  of the Neighborhood Task Force, the Voices of the Village will have a float in the town’s 4th of the July Parade.   In thinking of the parade theme “Family, Fun, Freedom”,   it became obvious that Veteran’s Park in Hyannis perfectly represented the theme.  So it will be depicted on our 32 foot float in the parade.  Show your support of Hyannis by joining the group marching with the float.  You can meet the float on Old Colony Rd at about 3:45 pm.

The Greater Hyannis Civic Association will again be running its Decorate Your Bike, Carriage, Wagon Contest on the 4th of July.  The contest will begin at 3:15 PM with registration on the village green near the band shell.   The contest is open to all children 12 and under.  After the judging and awarding of prizes, the kids will join the parade and lead our float down Main Street.  As always parents are welcome to be in the parade with their  children.  Remember bike helmets are required to be in the parade.  Another great opportunity for family fun in Hyannis.  

Under the leadership of the Marketing Task Force and with the kind donation by Penguin Digital Designs, Main St, Hyannis,  the Greater Hyannis Civic Association now has a website – www.hyanniscivic.com.    It’s a great place to keep track of the accomplishments of the Voices of the Village task forces and to see the other events and happenings of the Civic Association.

 

See you on the 4th .

 

 
Voices of the Village – Coordinating Committee

It has been six weeks since the May 17th general meeting of the Voices of the Village sponsored by the Greater Hyannis Civic Association.  As you can see from our weekly articles, the task forces are making great progress.    The task forces are coordinated by a committee composed of Greater Hyannis Civic Association board members – Bill Cronin, GHCA president, Deb Krau, GHCA Vice President, Ralph Krau, GHCA Executive Secretary,  board members Bob Ciolek and Laura Cronin and member Irene Aylmer.  The coordinating committee provides assistance to moving the task forces forward and helping to eliminate duplication.

In addition under the leadership  of the Neighborhood Task Force, the Voices of the Village will have a float in the town’s 4th of the July Parade.   In thinking of the parade theme “Family, Fun, Freedom”,   it became obvious that Veteran’s Park in Hyannis perfectly represented the theme.  So it will be depicted on our 32 foot float in the parade.  Show your support of Hyannis by joining the group marching with the float.  You can meet the float on Old Colony Rd at about 3:45 pm.

The Greater Hyannis Civic Association will again be running its Decorate Your Bike, Carriage, Wagon Contest on the 4th of July.  The contest will begin at 3:15 PM with registration on the village green near the band shell.   The contest is open to all children 12 and under.  After the judging and awarding of prizes, the kids will join the parade and lead our float down Main Street.  As always parents are welcome to be in the parade with their  children.  Remember bike helmets are required to be in the parade.  Another great opportunity for family fun in Hyannis.  

Under the leadership of the Marketing Task Force and with the kind donation by Penguin Digital Designs, Main St, Hyannis,  the Greater Hyannis Civic Association now has a website – www.hyanniscivic.com.    It’s a great place to keep track of the accomplishments of the Voices of the Village task forces and to see the other events and happenings of the Civic Association.

See you on the 4th .

 

 
Decorate your Boat, Business or Home along the Hyannis Harbor.  Participate in the Boat Parade that brings Santa to the Hyanis Harbor.  Chowder, chili, coffee, hot chocolate and cookies available for sale.  Free Entertainment.   Click here to download the registration form
Voices of the Village – Coordinating Committee

It has been six weeks since the May 17th general meeting of the Voices of the Village sponsored by the Greater Hyannis Civic Association.  As you can see from our weekly articles, the task forces are making great progress.    The task forces are coordinated by a committee composed of Greater Hyannis Civic Association board members – Bill Cronin, GHCA president, Deb Krau, GHCA Vice President, Ralph Krau, GHCA Executive Secretary,  board members Bob Ciolek and Laura Cronin and member Irene Aylmer.  The coordinating committee provides assistance to moving the task forces forward and helping to eliminate duplication.

In addition under the leadership  of the Neighborhood Task Force, the Voices of the Village will have a float in the town’s 4th of the July Parade.   In thinking of the parade theme “Family, Fun, Freedom”,   it became obvious that Veteran’s Park in Hyannis perfectly represented the theme.  So it will be depicted on our 32 foot float in the parade.  Show your support of Hyannis by joining the group marching with the float.  You can meet the float on Old Colony Rd at about 3:45 pm.

The Greater Hyannis Civic Association will again be running its Decorate Your Bike, Carriage, Wagon Contest on the 4th of July.  The contest will begin at 3:15 PM with registration on the village green near the band shell.   The contest is open to all children 12 and under.  After the judging and awarding of prizes, the kids will join the parade and lead our float down Main Street.  As always parents are welcome to be in the parade with their  children.  Remember bike helmets are required to be in the parade.  Another great opportunity for family fun in Hyannis.  

Under the leadership of the Marketing Task Force and with the kind donation by Penguin Digital Designs, Main St, Hyannis,  the Greater Hyannis Civic Association now has a website – www.hyanniscivic.com.    It’s a great place to keep track of the accomplishments of the Voices of the Village task forces and to see the other events and happenings of the Civic Association.

 

See you on the 4th .

 

 
Voices of the Village – Coordinating Committee

It has been six weeks since the May 17th general meeting of the Voices of the Village sponsored by the Greater Hyannis Civic Association.  As you can see from our weekly articles, the task forces are making great progress.    The task forces are coordinated by a committee composed of Greater Hyannis Civic Association board members – Bill Cronin, GHCA president, Deb Krau, GHCA Vice President, Ralph Krau, GHCA Executive Secretary,  board members Bob Ciolek and Laura Cronin and member Irene Aylmer.  The coordinating committee provides assistance to moving the task forces forward and helping to eliminate duplication.

In addition under the leadership  of the Neighborhood Task Force, the Voices of the Village will have a float in the town’s 4th of the July Parade.   In thinking of the parade theme “Family, Fun, Freedom”,   it became obvious that Veteran’s Park in Hyannis perfectly represented the theme.  So it will be depicted on our 32 foot float in the parade.  Show your support of Hyannis by joining the group marching with the float.  You can meet the float on Old Colony Rd at about 3:45 pm.

The Greater Hyannis Civic Association will again be running its Decorate Your Bike, Carriage, Wagon Contest on the 4th of July.  The contest will begin at 3:15 PM with registration on the village green near the band shell.   The contest is open to all children 12 and under.  After the judging and awarding of prizes, the kids will join the parade and lead our float down Main Street.  As always parents are welcome to be in the parade with their  children.  Remember bike helmets are required to be in the parade.  Another great opportunity for family fun in Hyannis.  

Under the leadership of the Marketing Task Force and with the kind donation by Penguin Digital Designs, Main St, Hyannis,  the Greater Hyannis Civic Association now has a website – www.hyanniscivic.com.    It’s a great place to keep track of the accomplishments of the Voices of the Village task forces and to see the other events and happenings of the Civic Association.

See you on the 4th .

 

 
         Marketing Hyannis Task Force- July Update

            The Marketing Hyannis Task Force decided, as part of its charge, to assist the Greater Hyannis Civic Association in its efforts to become an effective community voice for Hyannis, Hyannisport and West Hyannisport.  Those communities have much to offer and the Association needs to be in a position to highlight their attractiveness, strengths and character.  To assist in that effort the Marketing Task Force, led by Beth Marcus, Co-Chair of the Task Force, Deb Krau of the Association, Betsy Young of the Marketing Task Force and with the considerable assistance of  Paula Hersey of Penguin Digital Design from Hyannis, created a new and very impressive web site for the association.  To see the web site and keep up to date with Association events and the Voices of the Village, please go to www.hyanniscivic.com

            Additionally, both the leadership of the Association and that of the Marketing Hyannis Task Force know that there is strength in numbers and the Greater Hyannis Civic Association needed to grow its membership.  A number of initiatives are underway and it is heartening to know that the organization has already grown by slightly over 30% since the first Voices of Village meeting earlier this year.  Residents of the three communities served by the Association are encouraged to join and participate in its activities. 

            All of this action has also prompted an interesting discussion about whether the name of the organization was appropriate and what precisely is meant by the idea of “civic” engagement with the community. 

            The Greater Hyannis Civic Association was formed to educate and inform the residents of the three communities it serves with respect to issues affecting the quality of their lives.  It was believed that the residents needed a civic forum – a voice – to embody and amplify their collective concerns.  Further, it was believed that the Town’s commercial interests, as a group, were well represented, but it was important for area residents to have an organizational vehicle to influence policies and issues affecting residential homeowners.   

            Civic engagement means paying modest attention to issues affecting the community and your neighborhood.  It does not require you need to become an expert but it does mean that you make a meaningful effort to develop a basic understanding of the issues of concern to yourself and your family and to pay reasonable attention to general matters of community concern.  An engaged citizen does not just ask for government to solve problems; rather, the citizen chooses to invest some time to work on improving one or two issues of personal concern.  A civic commitment is also a civil commitment.  An engaged citizen listens to other opinions and does not mock and disparage alternative points of view.  Knowing that the best answer to resolving problems generally requires a broad consensus, whenever possible true civic spirit tries to find common ground with people offering differing perspectives.

            After discussion, the Association has chosen to keep the word “Civic” in its name and continue to be an organization that encourages its growing number of members to pay attention, get involved, and choose to make a difference on Town issues of consequence

GHCA Picnic – Veteran’s Beach

Neighbors Helping Neighbors

Neighbors Helping Neighbors

The Voices of the Village Supporting Our Youth Task Force would like to support students in grades 4-8 in Hyannis with the summer reading program. You can help out in the following ways:
  • Volunteer a single day or more as a Mentor/Reader with the kids. You do not have to have pre-read the books. Just
    show up and read to, or along with, the kids and then ask them about what they read.

    • Opportunities exist Monday through Thursday at the Hyannis Library from 11-12 or at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center from 4 to 5. (Urgent help is needed Wednesday and Thursday at the library and Monday and Wednesday at the Youth Center.)
    • You will need to fill out a CORI form at one or both places depending on where you are volunteering, but you can
      begin reading just as long as they have the form.
    • For more information or to volunteer call Moira Bundschuh at 508-827-4045 or email her at moirabundschuh@gmail.com or Barbara Klimm at 508-775-2282 or email her at bc.klimm@comcast.net.
  • The other way to help is to buy some of the summer reading books and give them to the Library or to the Hyannis Youth and Community Center. Many of the summer reading books do not change year-to-year so a purchase made this year would be usable in future years. To see the books and their costs, go to www.barnstable.k12.ma.us/summerreading.  Choose books from grades 4-8.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors

The Voices of the Village Supporting Our Youth Task Force would like to support students in grades 4-8 in Hyannis with the summer reading program. You can help out in the following ways:
  • Volunteer a single day or more as a Mentor/Reader with the kids. You do not have to have pre-read the books. Just
    show up and read to, or along with, the kids and then ask them about what they read.

    • Opportunities exist Monday through Thursday at the Hyannis Library from 11-12 or at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center from 4 to 5. (Urgent help is needed Wednesday and Thursday at the library and Monday and Wednesday at the Youth Center.)
    • You will need to fill out a CORI form at one or both places depending on where you are volunteering, but you can
      begin reading just as long as they have the form.
    • For more information or to volunteer call Moira Bundschuh at 508-827-4045 or email her at moirabundschuh@gmail.com or Barbara Klimm at 508-775-2282 or email her at bc.klimm@comcast.net.
  • The other way to help is to buy some of the summer reading books and give them to the Library or to the Hyannis Youth and Community Center. Many of the summer reading books do not change year-to-year so a purchase made this year would be usable in future years. To see the books and their costs, go to www.barnstable.k12.ma.us/summerreading.  Choose books from grades 4-8.
The Voices of the Village Supporting Our Youth Task Force would like to support students in grades 4-8 in Hyannis with the summer reading program. You can help out in the following ways:
  • Volunteer a single day or more as a Mentor/Reader with the kids. You do not have to have pre-read the books. Just
    show up and read to, or along with, the kids and then ask them about what they read.

    • Opportunities exist Monday through Thursday at the Hyannis Library from 11-12 or at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center from 4 to 5. (Urgent help is needed Wednesday and Thursday at the library and Monday and Wednesday at the Youth Center.)
    • You will need to fill out a CORI form at one or both places depending on where you are volunteering, but you can
      begin reading just as long as they have the form.
    • For more information or to volunteer call Moira Bundschuh at 508-827-4045 or email her at moirabundschuh@gmail.com or Barbara Klimm at 508-775-2282 or email her at bc.klimm@comcast.net.
  • The other way to help is to buy some of the summer reading books and give them to the Library or to the Hyannis Youth and Community Center. Many of the summer reading books do not change year-to-year so a purchase made this year would be usable in future years. To see the books and their costs, go to www.barnstable.k12.ma.us/summerreading.  Choose books from grades 4-8.

Come join the Greater Hyannis Civic Association at our annual picnic at Veteran’s Beach.  The Party will start at 5pm.  Bring your own supper but drinks watermelon  and desserts will be provided.  There will be games for kids.  It’s a great time to get caught up on each other’s summer, the progress of the Voices of the Village and enjoy a great summer evening at one of Hyannis’s great beaches.  You do not need to be a member of the civic association to attend.  All persons interested in Hyannis are welcome.

Photos by The Barnstable Enterprise

Float Wins Award

Learn more about us at our next meeting — Agenda will be available August 3rd
The Greater Hyannis Civic Association entry in the Town’s 4th of July Parade won a prize for the best depiction of the parade theme – Family, Fun and Freedom.

 

Supporting Our Youth Taskforce Meetings

The Supporting Our Youth Taskforce meets every Tuesday at 6pm at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center in the United Cultures Resource Room. (We will not meet July 5th or the day after Labor Day.) Contact Moira Bundschuh for more information.