Category Archives: Voices of the Village Task Forces

Voices of the Village supports Early Literacy Initiative

The Greater Hyannis Civic Association has adopted the traffic island at the corner of South and Pleasant Streets.   There are spring bulbs which brighten the area as winter fades away, and during the summer, the volunteers, led by Milt Berglund, continue to maintain the triangular garden, lush with perrenials.   The garden is a welcome site, providing needed color and beauty to the area.  Drop an email to greathyannis@aol.com if you would like to help maintain this garden.
The Supporting Our Youth Task Force will be collecting new, and like-new, children’s books forchildren aged 2-8 to support our Early Literacy Initiative, partnering with the Barnstable Early Learning/Head Start program and Hyannis West Elementary School. You can drop them at the Annual Harbor Lighting (by Santa) in Bismore Park in Hyannis on December 3rd between 4-7pm or at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center’s United Cultures Resource Room (first door on right) between 3-5:30pm Mondays-Thursdays and Tuesdays from 6-7pm.
The Supporting Our Youth Task Force will be collecting new, and like-new, children’s books for children aged 2-8 to support our Early Literacy Initiative, partnering with the Barnstable Early Learning/Head Start program and Hyannis West Elementary School. You can drop them at the Annual Harbor Lighting (by Santa) in Bismore Park in Hyannis on December 3rd between 4-7pm or at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center’s United Cultures Resource Room (first door on right) between 3-5:30pm Mondays-Thursdays and Tuesdays from 6-7pm.

Help Students With Their Homework

Best Decorate House – Richard Grade – Pine Island Yacht Club (Houseboat)

Best Decorated Boat
First Place – Never Ends captained by Troy Wood
Second Place – Outcast captained by Rex Bristol
Honorable Mention –Hyannis Fire Boat entered by Chief Brunelle
Hyannis Yacht Club captained by Jared Wallin

Best Decorated Business –
The Black Cat

STROLL Cookie Winner –
tie Beech Tree Gallery and Boardinghouse

Store Windows
Most Creative – Boardinghouse
Most Classic – Cape Jewelry
Special Mention – Embargo
Best Decorate House – Richard Grade – Pine Island Yacht Club (Houseboat)

Best Decorated Boat
First Place – Never Ends captained by Troy Wood
Second Place – Outcast captained by Rex Bristol
Honorable Mention –Hyannis Fire Boat entered by Chief Brunelle
Hyannis Yacht Club captained by Jared Wallin

Best Decorated Business –
The Black Cat

STROLL Cookie Winner –
tie Beech Tree Gallery and Boardinghouse

Store Windows
Most Creative – Boardinghouse
Most Classic – Cape Jewelry
Special Mention – Embargo
The Supporting Our Youth Task Force also needs your help.   They have started a Homework Help Program that holds sessions on Monday to
Thursday from 2:30 to 6 pm at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center in the United Cultures Resource Room.  Students in Grades 4 to 12 can attend the sessions.  Homework Volunteers are still needed.  The commitment is only 2 sessions per month with a session running from
2:30 to 4:30 PM and another  session running from 4-6 PM.   Even if you can not commit the 2 sessions per month you can still sign up to be a sub.  They are also in the need of supplies.  You can check out their needed supplies on http://www.capecodvolunteers.org/.  There is also a need for some computers that
can do basic word processing and have access to the Internet.  If you would like more information about
being a Homework Helper or if you have a computer that can be donated, contact
us at GreatHyannis@aol.com.

Voices of the Village Followup Meeting

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.
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


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


On Tuesday October 25th,
the Voices of the Village Follow-up will present the results of their work efforts over the past five months.
The meeting will be held at 7 pm at Hyannis West on West Main St.  These task forces took your concerns and issues from the April meeting and have created programs to address your issues.  Come support their efforts and learn of the progress they have made on these issues.   Volunteers can make a difference.  It is essential that we again show the support that started the Voices of the Village program last April.

Neighborhood Task Force News – Update

“Neighbors Helping Neighbors”
Pat Richards and Lili Seely

From Day One we adopted neighborhood watch groups as one of our primary goals. As we learned more we realized that our energy would be best directed in educating ourselves, and then applying that information to assist groups in developing their own groups. We are ready to deliver!

Police Chief Paul MacDonald spoke to our group in July and outlined important features of watch groups. This gave us the structure and insight to support John Lagarde, one of our task force members, in initiating a pilot program in the Compass Circle neighborhood.

A flyer was distributed to neighborhood residents, which resulted in better-than-hoped-for attendance. Again, Chief MacDonald was the speaker and offered facts about the neighborhood as well as his expertise and guidance. “You are the eyes and ears of your community” and “You know your areas better than the police” were key features of his message. He encouraged the group to report suspicious behavior including, but not limited to, unfamiliar cars patrolling the neighborhood.

The Compass Circle residents will hold their second watch meeting in early September and have compiled a list of concerns. A manual was presented to Mr. Lagarde, who, with our assistance and support will train block captains to achieve their goals.

A “Train the Trainer” step-by-step guide will also be offered to neighborhoods asking for assistance to better their communities and bring people together. The training program will assist neighborhoods to achieve goals such as neighborhood debris and cleanup, curb appeal to better property values, street lighting, stop signs and speed bumps, slow children signs, and noise control as well as the aforementioned neighborhood crime watches.

We are grateful to Chief MacDonald for his mentoring assistance. And thanks also to Roger Parsons from the Public Works Department who has initiated the beginning evaluation of the need for speed bumps on Sea Street, which was suggested by Task Force member, Russ Laporte. Co-chairs Jeanne Stevens and Pat Richards, along with NTF Facilitator, Ralph Krau, met with Mr. Parsons, and will add his information to the manual guide.

Enough said! We are on our way, and look forward to offering our services to any neighborhoods asking for our assistance. Feel free to join us at our next NTF meeting on Wednesday, September 14th, at 4:00 PM at The Federated Church in Hyannis on Main St.

If you are interested in starting a neighborhood watch group in your area, please contact us via email at GreatHyannis@aol.com. For more information check our web site at www.hyanniscivic.com 

Coordinating Committee – 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.