Graduates

Congratulations to all of our graduates!

We loved this picture taken at Centerville-Osterville-Marstons Mills Fire Department in 2017
and thought it was worth sharing again.

 

TRAFFIC ALERT: Best Buddies Ride on Saturday, June 2nd

The Annual Best Buddies Ride is this Saturday, June 2nd.  Please be careful of bicyclists on the road.  The area around Craigville Beach and Covell’s Beach will be heavily congested during the day.

Town Manager Mark Ells Recommends New Chief of the Barnstable Police Department
On Friday, May 25th, Town Manager Mark Ells announced he is moving forward with the appointment of Deputy Chief Matthew Sonnabend as the next Police Chief for the Town of Barnstable, subject to approval by Town Council.  Deputy Chief Sonnabend has served in the U.S. Army Military Police, Falmouth and Barnstable Police Departments spanning 21 years of law enforcement experience and advancing to his current position of Deputy Chief.  Deputy Chief Sonnabend was one of two candidates that placed first on the Police Chief Eligibility List resulting from the Assessment Center conducted in February as required by Civil Service and in following Civil Service procedures as required for the hiring of our Police Chief.  In making this decision Mr. Ells also took into consideration the results of a citizen survey, community stakeholder panel and an individual interview with the Town Manager.  Mr. Ells plans to bring forward for Town Council ratification Deputy Chief Sonnabend as our next Chief of Police on June 7, 2018.

2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season Begins

Start of Hurricane Season is a Reminder to Prepare

Today, June 1st, marks the official start of the Atlantic Hurricane Season which runs through November 30th.  While historically the majority of tropical storms and hurricanes that have impacted our region occurred during the months of August and September, now is the time to begin preparing yourself, your family, your home and your business.  Throughout hurricane season, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) will share important preparedness information to help residents be aware of, and prepare for, the impacts of tropical storms and hurricanes.  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) seasonal outlook predicts a near, or above-normal number of hurricanes this season. Regardless of how many storms develop this year, it only takes one storm to severely impact an area.  In 2011, Tropical Storm Irene produced devastating flooding in Central and Western Massachusetts.  Irene was a reminder that hurricanes and tropical storms can impact the entire Commonwealth, not just coastal regions, and that all Massachusetts residents need to prepare for the possibility of hurricane impacts this season. To learn more about the hazards associated with hurricanes and tropical storms, visit MEMA’s hurricane webpage. Now is the time for all residents of the Commonwealth to prepare for the impacts of a tropical storm or hurricane,” said MEMA Director Kurt Schwartz.  “As hurricane season begins, residents should learn if they live or work in a hurricane evacuation zone, make an emergency plan, assemble an emergency kit, and stay informed.”

Know Your Evacuation Zone

Massachusetts has defined hurricane evacuation zones, designated as Zone A, Zone B and Zone C, for areas of the state at risk for storm surge flooding associated with tropical storms or hurricanes. If evacuations are necessary because of a tropical storm or hurricane, local or state officials will use the hurricane evacuation zones to call for people living, working or vacationing in these areas to evacuate. Even areas not directly along a coastline may be at risk for storm surge flooding during a tropical storm or hurricane. Find out if you live, work or vacation in a hurricane evacuation zone by visiting the ‘Know Your Zone’ interactive map located on MEMA’s website at www.mass.gov/knowyourzone<http://www.mass.gov/knowyourzone>.

Make an Emergency Plan

Develop a plan with the members of your household to prepare for what to do, how to find each other, and how to communicate in a tropical storm or hurricane. An emergency plan should include:

•                  Meeting Locations

•                  Emergency Contact Information

•                  Evacuation Plans

•                  Shelter-in-Place Plans

•                  Considerations for Family Members with Access and Functional Needs, and Pets

For more information, see: https://www.mass.gov/service-details/make-a-family-emergency-plan.

Build an Emergency Kit

Build an emergency kit containing items that will sustain you and your family in the event you are isolated for three to five days without power or unable to go to a store. Emergency kits are particularly important during hurricane season, as there is the threat of extended power outages, flooding, and impassable debris-covered roads. While it is important to customize your kit to meet the unique needs of you and your family, every emergency kit should include bottled water, food, a flashlight, a radio and extra batteries, a first aid kit, sanitation items, and clothing. Depending on your family’s needs, emergency kits should also include medications, extra eyeglasses, medical equipment and supplies, children’s items such as diapers and formula, food and supplies for pets and service animals, and other items you or your family members might need during a disaster. For a complete emergency kit checklist, visit: https://www.mass.gov/service-details/build-an-emergency-kit.

Stay Informed

Receiving advance warnings and timely emergency alerts and information from public officials  is critical to staying safe during a tropical storm or hurricane. Every family should have multiple methods for receiving emergency alerts. Learn more about different types of alerting and information tools including the Massachusetts Alerts Smartphone App, the Emergency Alert System, Wireless Emergency Alerts, NOAA Weather Radio, Social Media & Traditional Media, 2-1-1 Hotline, Local Notification Systems. For more information, please visit: https://www.mass.gov/service-details/be-informed-and-receive-emergency-alerts.

MEMA Hurricane Season Preparedness Activities In preparation for the 2018 hurricane season, MEMA has begun hurricane preparedness activities which will continue throughout the season:

  *   In early May, MEMA, FEMA and the National Hurricane Center hosted a "Hurricane Preparedness for Decision Makers" class for New England officials to learn about tropical cyclones, forecasts and evacuation decision making.

  *   In May, MEMA hosted hurricane preparedness webinars for 350 local, state, federal, private sector and non-profit partners to share information from the National Hurricane Center, National Weather Service, FEMA and MEMA about hurricane forecasting and emergency planning.

  *   In June, MEMA will convene 12 functional hurricane preparedness working groups with representatives of the state’s Emergency Support Function (ESF) partner agencies to focus on air operations, distribution of critical commodities, communications, debris management, electricity restoration, evacuations, fuel supplies and distribution, sheltering, mass feeding, impact assessments, search and rescue, and operation of base camps and staging areas.

 

Nancy Viall Shoemaker of West Barnstable Named 2018 Mercy Otis Warren
Cape Cod Woman of the Year

ShoemakerThe Mercy Otis Warren Cape Cod Woman of the Year Selection Committee in partnership with the Barnstable County Commissioners is proud to announce that the winner of the 17th Annual Mercy Otis Warren Cape Cod Woman of the Year Award is NANCY VIALL SHOEMAKER of West Barnstable.  Nancy Shoemaker has been nominated several times over the years. This year she received multiple nominations from Betsy Wheeler and Marilyn Fuller, Dr. Melanie Barron, and Mindy Abbott.  In her nomination, Ms. Abbott described Nancy Shoemaker as having qualities “strikingly similar” to her early West Barnstable compatriot Mercy Otis Warren.  Ms. Abbott wrote:  “As historians, playwrights and publishers, they have used their literary talents and skills to promote awareness of contemporary and historical issues and by example, advocate for activism on current issues.” Dr. Barron noted in her nomination that Nancy Shoemaker co-teaches a writing class at the Academy for Lifelong Learning and regularly encourages class members to submit Letters to the Editors and Point of View in the Cape Cod Times. Dr. Barron wrote: “Similar to the political pamphlets written by Mercy Otis Warren, these (submissions) address crucial issues in our current body politic”.  Mrs. Shoemaker is the owner of West Barnstable Press and offers her talents free of charge to a number of nonprofits.  She has served on the Board of Trustees of the 1717 Meetinghouse Foundation since 2012 and has been instrumental on the History and Program Committees serving as the co-narrator for the 400th Anniversary of West Parish of Barnstable Historical Trolley Tour.  She researched the history of the Paul Revere Company bell that hangs in the 1717 Meetinghouse, located and recovered a chandelier that hung in the Meetinghouse in the 1800’s, and secures speakers for the 1717 Meetinghouse Lecture Series.  She also has donated her time and talent to the Town of Barnstable, narrating the Citizen’s Academy’s (Inside Barnstable Town Government) seven village tour for the last several years and led sessions on Town history.  Images from her photograph collection have appeared in numerous brochures, publications, and newsletters including those for the Town of Orleans, HyArts Cultural District, Harwich Conservation Trust, and many others.  Nancy co-authored “Barnstable at 350” with Fred Bodenseik and Marion Vuilleumier, the first Mercy Otis Warren Woman of the Year. Much of the material contained in the commemorative book on the Town of Barnstable’s 375th Anniversary was written by her. Nancy Shoemaker has served as a founding member and past president of the West Barnstable Historical Society and is a current board member of the Barnstable Historical Society, giving lectures for that organization’s popular Little Crime Before Dinner series. She was a past president of Tales of Cape Cod and as a former Coast Guard Reservist, is on the Board of the Coast Guard Heritage Museum.  She is a sought after speaker on a number of historical topics. Mrs. Shoemaker is perhaps most proud of her role in preserving meadow land in West Barnstable that Mercy Otis Warren wrote of playing on as a young girl. In their joint nomination, Betsy Wheeler and Marilyn Fuller pointed out that Nancy Shoemaker’s contributions are “quietly” made and that “as each generation becomes further removed from...history…the more important becomes the contribution of a resident like Nancy…whose mission in life is to preserve what went before”.  The Mercy Otis Warren Selection Committee was blessed to have received nominations of many stellar candidates from all over the Cape.  Because of the quality of nominees, the choice was difficult but in the end, the Committee proudly and unanimously chose Nancy Viall Shoemaker as this year's Mercy Otis Warren Cape Cod Woman of the Year. Nancy Shoemaker’s name was placed into nomination by the Barnstable County Commissioners and approved by that body on May 9, 2018. Nancy will receive the award on Tuesday, June 5th at 7:00 PM at Tales of Cape Cod, Olde Colonial Courthouse, 3046 Main Street, Barnstable Village.  Congratulations, Nancy!

 

STEEP Science Day! – “Protect Your Water, Tap Into Science”

STEEP Science Day! Members of the STEEP Superfund research center will be back in Hyannis for a full-day community event focused on the science of hazardous chemicals called PFSAs and their occurrence in U.S. drinking water supplies, including on Cape Cod will be held on Thursday, June 7th from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM at Barnstable Town Hall, Hearing Room, 2nd Floor, 367 Main Street, Hyannis.  The program will include project updates from the STTEP Team, a film screening, and a tour of the Hyannis Water System facility, among other activities.  The annual event is an opportunity for members of the Cape Cod community to connect with STEEP scientists, learn about research on PFSAs, ask questions and voice their concerns. The STEEP Superfund research team (University of Rhode Island, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Silent Spring Institute) works in partnership with the Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition (MBCC) and Sierra Club Cape Cod Group.  You may visit the STEEP website for more information about Science Day.

 

Notice of Public Meeting Hyannis East End Roadway Improvements

June 14th at 5:30 p.m. – Barnstable Town Hall

The Town of Barnstable Departments of Public Works and Planning & Development invite the community to  listening session on proposed roadway, streetscape and intersection improvements in Hyannis’ East End.  The meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 14, 2018 at Barnstable Town Hall, 367 Main Street, Hyannis.  Refreshments will be provided.  The meeting is to provide interested individuals an opportunity to share their thoughts about roadway, streetscape and intersection design in the following areas:  

·      Hyannis Main Street from Center Street to the Yarmouth town line, including the intersections of Main & Center Streets and Main St/Lewis Bay Road

·      Old Colony Boulevard between Main Street and South Street

·      The intersection of South Street/Old Colony/Ocean Street

The roadway and streetscape improvement project aims to improve the mobility of all roadway users, including pedestrians; improve access to the area; support existing businesses and new economic growth; and enhance the appearance of area.

 

Town Councilors at Memorial Day Remembrances

Memorial Day

Barnstable Town Councilors were in attendance at Monday’s Memorial Day Activities including the annual parade in Centerville and the John F. Kennedy Memorial.  The parade ended with a program at the Beechwood Cemetery.  Pictured from left to right: Town Councilors Paul Neary, Philip Wallace, Paul Hebert, Matthew Levesque, Debra Dagwan, Paula Schnepp, Britt Beedenbender, State Representative Will Crocker, and Jessica Rapp Grassetti. 

 

Barnstable Youth Commission Brings One Love Program to Barnstable High School

The Barnstable Youth Commission (BYC) brought the One Love program to graduating seniors at Barnstable High School (BHS) on Thursday, May 31st.  The program focuses on the subject recognizing the differences between healthy and unhealthy relationships and what to do when relationships begin to go wrong.  Last week, Youth Commissioners and student leaders along with adult advisors from the Town of Barnstable’s Recreation Division, Police Department, and Community Services Department, as well as the District Attorney’s Office, Barnstable County Sheriff’s Department and Independence House were trained to facilitate the conversation after viewing One Love’s film “Escalation.”  

High School

 

Barnstable Village Streetscape Project  

The Department of Public Works (DPW) conducted a public meeting on Wednesday, May 30, to inform interested individuals about the proposed improvements and to receive public comments regarding the Barnstable Village Streetscape Project.  About 100 members of the public attended.  DPW Director Dan Santos provided a presentation outlining the project objectives and elements of the project designed to address the objectives.  The project area will include Main Street (Route 6A) from west of Rendezvous Lane to Millway, and Millway from Main Street to Barnstable Harbor Marina. Project objectives are to improve pedestrian access and safety, update aging infrastructure, and enhance the streetscape – essentially, refreshing the visual appearance and providing a more user-friendly experience.  This will be achieved by resetting the brick sidewalks, repaving asphalt sidewalks, installing ADA-compliant curb ramps, reusing granite curbs, planting trees and providing grassed areas where feasible, installing tasteful wayfinding signs and decorative street lighting in the village center, providing additional benches, improving the drainage system, resurfacing the pavement, installing distinctive crosswalks, and making traffic signal improvements.  Measures to reduce vehicle speeds for improved safety will include maintaining narrow travel lanes, creating some raised crosswalks, and adding treatments at each end of the project such as medians and textured pavement designed to heighten driver awareness as they approach the village center.  Construction is scheduled to begin in fall 2018 and will be completed in 2019. 

Help Remove Blue & Black Ribbons
Now that Memorial Day has passed, it is time to remove the ribbons from the utility poles and street signs. It would be very helpful if you could assist with their removal.
From the Yarmouth Police Dept.’s Facebook Page:
Following Sgt. Sean M. Gannon’s death, Yarmouth and the Cape Cod Community have honored Sean and supported his family and the Yarmouth Police Department with the visible display of more than 1,000 blue and black ribbons all over Yarmouth, Barnstable and beyond. They have been such beautiful way to show respect. We thank all police family members, volunteers and citizens who made them and put them in place.
Now that Memorial Day has passed, it is time to remove the ribbons from utility poles and street signs.  It would be very helpful if you could assist with their removal.  If you plan to help with removal, please keep the following in mind:
               * Partner with a friend or organization to help with the removal.
               * Only remove the ribbons from utility poles and street signs.
               * Ribbons on private property are the responsibility of the property owners.  It is their                                     discretion when or if they choose to remove them.
               * Please consider your safety when removing the ribbons.
               * If you bag the discarded ribbons, you can drop them off at the Yarmouth Police                                               Headquarters and we will dispose of them.
The blue lights that have been displayed at businesses and homes is encouraged as a great way to display your continued support for Sgt. Sean M. Gannon, Sean’s Family, the Yarmouth Police Department and all Law Enforcement Agencies.
I thank you again for your unwavering support during this difficult time.
Respectfully,
Chief Frank G. Fredericksont is time to remove the ribbons from the utility poles and street signs. It would be very helpful if you could assist with their removal. If you plan to help with removal, please keep the following in mind:
• Partner with a friends or organization to help with the removal.
• Only remove the ribbons from utility poles and street signs.
• Ribbons on private property are the responsibility of the property owners. It is their discretion when or if they choose to remove them.
• Please consider your safety when removing the ribbons.
• If you bag the discarded ribbons, you can drop them off at the Yarmouth Police Headquarters and we will dispose of them.
The blue lights that have been displayed at businesses and homes is encouraged as a great way to display your continued support for Sgt. Sean M. Gannon, Sean’s family, the Yarmouth Police Department and all Law Enforcement Agencies.
I thank you again for your unwavering support during this difficult time.
Respectfully,
Chief Frank G. Frederickson

New Changing Area at Craigville Beach 

Bathhouse

News from Marine & Environmental Affairs:

·        Blish Point Boat Ramp Barnstable, MA Open for the Season:  May 18, 2018

Price:

$8.00      Weekdays         $10.00    Weekends/Holiday          $100.00 Season Pass

Hours of Operation:

5:00 AM-4:00 PM (hours may vary)

Call the Harbormasters Office at 508-790-6273 if you have any questions.

·        All Town-owned marinas are open and staffed as of the first week of May. 

·        As of May 1, 2018 all landside pumpout facilities are operational for the season (two in Hyannis inner harbor / Bismore Park Marina and the one at Barnstable Harbor Marina).

·        Seasonal Parking Passes for The Marina at Prince Cove are now available at the Harbormaster’s Office at: 1189 Phinney’s Lane, Centerville, MA  02632. 

·        As a reminder, no motorized vessel, no vessel greater than 12 feet in length overall and no vessel greater than 5 feet in beam may be placed on any Town Way to Water.  Any vessel must include owner contact information.  More details may be found here

 

Summer High School Sports Leagues and Hockey Skills Clinics at the HYCC

The popular High School Summer Sports Leagues at the Hyannis Youth & Community Center (HYCC) are shaping into form with some exciting teams that will represent every corner of the Cape and beyond!  Athletes will again converge in Hyannis on week nights to compete in boys and girls basketball and hockey leagues as well girls volleyball in various divisions made up of different age groups and skill levels. 

BASKETBALL – Boys teams will play Tuesday and Thursday evenings and girls teams will play Wednesday and Thursday evenings from June 26 – August 9 in a six week league with two divisions (large and small schools).  The top four teams in each division will advance during the last week for a play off season, culminating in divisional championship games.  The fee includes free entry to high school open gym during the season for players to practice, game shirts, officials, as well as championship trophy and shirts for the winning team in each division.  For more information, contact Mark Boardley, Youth Center Manager at 508.790.6345 x116 or mark.boardley@town.barnstable.ma.us.

HOCKEY – Cape Cod Summer Hockeyfest is again offering a league with boys and girls divisions and a co-ed no-checking skill development junior high school division during an eight week program from June 25 – August 22 (no games during the week of July 1-7).  Boys and junior high school teams will play on Monday nights and girls teams will play on Tuesday nights with Championship games during the final week.  All players must be members of USA Hockey.  No Walk-ons.  Fee includes team jersey, officials and ice time.  An Offense/Defense Skills Clinic for Squirts and Peewees will take place on Tuesday nights from 6:00-7:50 PM July 10-August 21 and a Wednesday night skills clinic will take place with Mites starting at 6:00 PM, followed by Squirts and Peewees at 7:00 PM.  Registration and details are available by visiting http://ccshockeyfest.tripod.com  

VOLLEYBALL – Open to all girls who are on a high school team, this six week, 12-game regular season followed by two weeks of play-offs and a championship game is split into two divisions, Varsity and JV.  Matches are held on Monday nights from June 25 – August 13 from 6-9PM.  The fee includes free entry to high school open gym volleyball during the season for players to practice, team shirts, championship shirts and trophy for the winners in each division.  Participants are expected to officiate games as well with assignments for upper and lower officials, line judges and scorer which will be clearly marked on the schedule distributed at the beginning of the season.  For more information, contact Mark Boardley, Youth Center Manager at 508.790.6345 x116 or mark.boardley@town.barnstable.ma.us.  Admission to the games is free and spectators are always welcome!  Play-offs and Championship games at the end of the summer are always exciting!  Look for game schedules and updates at www.townofbarnstable.us/hycc . The Hyannis Youth & Community Center is owned and operated by the Town of Barnstable.  

 

2018 Season Hyannis HyArts Shanties  * TWO locations *

Two locations:  Bismore Park, Ocean St  AND Harbor Overlook, corner South & Ocean

Shanties

The Hyannis HyArts Artist Shanties at Hyannis Harbor/Bismore Park, and Harbor Overlook/corner South & Ocean are open for the 2018 season.   Visitors will find something handmade or hand crafted by local artists.   The Town run program provides affordable rental space for Cape Cod artists and artisans to work and sell at these “seaside studios”.  This program provides prime visibility and opportunities for artists to gain and improve business, marketing and selling skills, connect with other artists and meet visitors from around the region and the world. 

New artists are featured EACH week, throughout the season. 

The shanties are located in two spots along Hyannis Harbor:  at Bismore Park, Ocean Street and at the Harbor Overlook, along the Walkway-to-the-Sea at the corner of South and Ocean Street.  The Bismore Park Shanties are named for the town’s seven villages and each shanty exterior features past and present images of the town of Barnstable’s seven villages.  The Harbor Overlook shanties are named for Town of Barnstable beaches:  Sandy Neck Beach, Craigville and Keyes.

HOURS:

The 2018 Hyannis HyArts Artist Shanties at both locations are open:

Weekends through Sunday June 10th:

Friday-Sunday:  11:00am - at least 6:00pm

AND open Monday, Memorial Day, May 28, 2018

 

Seven days a week: June 10th-October 8th, 2018

11:00am - at least 6:00 pm through end of June

11:00am-at least 8:00pm, July & August

11:00am-at least 6:00pm, September through October  8th

 

Weekends, October 12th-December

Harbor Overlook location.

Over 95 artists will participate in the 2018 program. Artwork varies and includes photography, jewelry, painting, fiber arts, ceramics, rope work, mosaics, woodworking, window art, and more.  For updates and schedules, visit www.artsbarnstable.com

 

FY2019 Transfer Station Stickers On Sale Now

The Transfer Station’s FY19 stickers went on sale on May 1,recycle 2018. The cost for the residential Transfer Station sticker is $250.00 for the first vehicle and $25.00 for the second vehicle. The residential Recycle Only sticker is available and is free of charge. Both stickers are available in the Office at the Transfer Station & Recycling Center, 7 days a week from 7:30 AM to 3:30 PM. You must be a resident of Barnstable with a valid vehicle registration to obtain either sticker. Additional documentation may be required for proof of residency. The new sticker is required by July 1, 2018.

 

Swap Shop at Transfer Station Now Open

The Swap Shop at the Transfer Station is now open on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, weather depending. Please see the Transfer Station webpage for acceptable items.  The Transfer Station is located at 45 Flint Street, Marstons Mills, MA 02648.

 

Compost Now Available at Transfer Station

The Barnstable Transfer Station now has compost available for sticker holders (either trash or recycling).  For residents only. Not for commercial vendors.

 Compost

 

Barnstable Parking Permits Available

Sandy Parking

 

A Sure Sign of Spring

Windsurfing

Photo contributed by Paula Hersey, Channel 18 Assistant Station Manager

 

First Tee at Hyannis Golf Course
The First Tee program of Massachusetts continues its offerings at the Hyannis Golf Course.  The First Tee emphasizes Nine Core Values: honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy and judgment.  Through golf and core values, your kids and teens will learn life skills like:  making proper introductions; managing emotions; resolving conflicts; setting up step-by-step goals; planning for the future; and appreciating diversity.  On-line registration information can be found here.

Complimentary 15-Minute Waiting Area at Bismore Park, Hyannis Harbor

In continued efforts towards balancing public safety with enhancing quality of life, the Town of Barnstable Parking Management Program introduced a newly created complimentary 15-minute waiting area at Bismore Park, Hyannis Harbor on April 20th. This designated area aims to alleviate congestion of personal vehicles, taxis, shuttle services and transportation network company (TNC) vehicles picking up or dropping off passengers at the ferry terminal.  Designated spaces closest to the ferry terminal will be signed appropriately to assist guests in properly identifying the area eligible for the complimentary 15 minute spaces.

 Bismore

In order to ensure the 15 minute waiting area is successful, the Parking Management team will monitor and manage the area including any vehicle obstructing the waiting area stalls. Therefore, it is highly recommended any vehicle needing to park for longer than 15 minutes, including taxis and TNC, pay for parking or find an alternative, compliant parking area.  For more information about this new program please visit www.townofbarnstable.us/parking or feel free to contact: Barnstable Parking Management Program,

508-862-4771, 200 Main Street, Hyannis, MA 02601. We are happy to help!

 

ROAD WORK UPDATES
As always, please slow down and use extreme caution when traveling through the road construction areas and follow posted safety signs.
Roadway Improvements
Cotuit: Anchor Lane, Mariner Circle and Mooring Drive
The Department of Public Works will be performing roadway improvements on Anchor Lane, Mariner Circle and Mooring Drive in Cotuit beginning on Monday, April 23, 2018. Improvements include road reclamation, fine grading and compacting, drainage structure adjustments and new asphalt pavement road surfaces. Work is expected to be completed by Friday, June 6, 2018, weather permitting.  Vehicle access during construction operations will be restricted to one lane.  Motorists are advised to seek alternate routes to avoid the construction work.  Operations will start promptly at 7 AM and run until 5 PM, after which time traffic will be opened back onto both lanes of these roadways.  

Route 28 (Falmouth Road) at Bearse’s Way Continues

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) will continue their roadway improvements for the “Route 28 Intersection Improvements at Bearse’s Way.” The project includes traffic signal and pedestrian improvements, constructing retaining walls and medians, and road widening. The area is getting prepared for paving and all traffic should use caution. Saturday work may be approved to expedite the inconvenience. Traffic during construction operations will be delayed and motorists are advised to seek alternate routes to avoid the construction work.  Specific traffic detours will be communicated as the work progresses and as updated information becomes available. The work hours will be between the hours of 6:30 AM and 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday. Some work hours will be shifting to 9PM to 5AM through the summer.

Route 6 (Mid-Cape Highway) - Fabrication and Installation of Ground Mounted Guide and Traffic Signs

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) has begun their roadway ‘Fabrication and Installation of Ground Mounted Guide and Traffic Signs’ along Route 6. This project is estimated to be completed by May 24, 2018. The work will consist of replacing the existing directional signs along Route 6 from Sandwich to Eastham. There are no proposed lane closures. All work will be performed on the highway’s shoulder accompanied by a police officer. The work hours will be between the hours of 7:00 AM and 3:30 PM, Monday through Friday.

*UPDATED* Town of Barnstable DPW- Drainage Improvements
The Department of Public Works is performing drainage improvements on Clifton Lane and Oak Neck Road. All spring work began on Monday, April 9, 2018 and will continue through early June.  Motorists and pedestrians may be redirected around the construction operations when necessary. Both motorists and pedestrians are advised to seek alternate routes to avoid the construction work. Construction operations will start promptly at 7:00 AM and run until 3:30 PM Monday through Friday.

 

CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS

Barnstable Dog Park

The water retention berm and first lift of fill has been installed.  Work is expected to be completed this summer.

Osterville Bay Tennis Courts

Tennis court concrete surfacing will be installed this week, fence posts and sleeves for net hardware have been installed.

Lombard Site (West Barnstable)

The work at Lombard Field and Parking Project is 72% complete.  The top soil has been placed on the field.  The irrigation system is installed.  The playground has been graded and equipment installation has begun.  The press box siding and trim are being painted.  Paving is expected to begin over the next few weeks.  The public should be aware that there will be limited access and parking for the West Barnstable Community Building, as well as no access to Luke’s Love Playground, the ball field or the Old Selectmen’s Building for the duration of the project. The re-construction of the ball field, additional site improvements and the re-installation of Luke’s Love are expected to be completed in the Spring/Summer of 2018.

 

Sandy Neck APP
The Sandy Neck APP has arrived! In order to keep the public informed of important changes at the beach, we have created an APP that can be downloaded to your smart phones. ThisSandy App new APP will give the public real time information regarding the status of Sandy Neck Beach Park. Easy to download, simple to navigate, it is a welcome addition to the ongoing efforts of everyone here at Sandy Neck to keep you informed! Please go to our website for instructions. www.sandyneckbeachpark.com. You can download the APP on Google Play. If you don’t have a Google Play account, it is easy to set up and it is free. Please email Donna with any questions at donna.bragg@town.barnstable.ma.us  

Building Department Public Service Announcement
Re: Article VII Sign Regulations § 240-61 (N) Temporary Signs on Public Property

The Town of Barnstable Building Department would like to advise its citizens of a recent policy change concerning the existing temporary signs on public property ordinance.  The Department has reviewed and updated our guidelines as a result of the public’s expressed desire to maintain the quiet dignity and decorum of our memorial sites as well as to address safety concerns regarding motor vehicle traffic line of sight.  The revised policy includes restrictions on the number and placement of temporary signs on public property and a prohibition of temporary signs on memorial sites and traffic islands.  This revision was carefully and purposefully crafted to balance the need of the community to publicize special non-profit events while preserving the integrity of the memorial sites and to ensure traffic safety in each of the seven villages of Barnstable.  As always, applicants seeking to install signs on public property will need to register their event with the Building Department prior to placement of signage.  Forms are available online here or they may be obtained at the Building Department located at the 200 Main Street building.  The Sign Ordinance online link may be found here.  Staff is available to answer questions or to assist applicants with the registration process and can be reached at 508-862-4038.

 

Town of Barnstable Hyannis Main Street Vendor/Contractor Parking Permit

SpacerThe Town of Barnstable recognizes vendors and contractors are a critical component to our community’s economy and quality of life. Therefore, starting January 1, 2018 daily parking permits are available to qualifying vendors and contractors hired to service businesses and residents located on Main Street, Hyannis who need their vehicles in close proximity on the date of services rendered, parking beyond the 2-hour limitation on Main Street during the hours of 7:00 AM-7:00 PM Monday through Sunday.  Through an application process by the Parking Division, Vendor/Contractor parking permits are valid for one space per vehicle or trailer, for no more than five (5) calendar days per calendar month, and no more than three (3)  vendor/contractor parking permits per business or residency at any one time.  Applications must be submitted one business day prior to the date requested and payment of cash/check must be included with the application:

November 1st – March 31st                         $  5.00/day/space

April 1st – October 31st                                 $15.00/day/space

For more information about this new program and/or a copy of the application, please visit online at www.townofbarnstable.us/parking or feel free to contact:  Barnstable Parking Resources Division, 200 Main Street, Hyannis, MA 02601 or 508-862-4771. We are happy to help!

 

Town of Barnstable Tools for New Business Development

Barnstable BusinessEconomic Development Resource Tools for New Business Attraction and Development

The Town of Barnstable’s Planning & Development Department provides two economic development resource tools for new business attraction and development. The newly re-designed Business Barnstable website and the Barnstable Business & Permitting Guide were created for companies and entrepreneurs interested in opening a business in Barnstable, the commercial hub of Cape Cod. The Business Barnstable website (www.BusinessBarnstable.com) provides an online comprehensive one-stop resource to assist with new business start-up or expansion, and sends a clear message that Barnstable is ‘Open for Business’. For more information about these tools or Barnstable’s economic development program in general, please visit www.BusinessBarnstable.com or contact Economic Development Specialist, Mike Trovato at 508.862.4791 or Michael.Trovato@town.barnstable.ma.us.

Adult Supportive Day Program at the Barnstable Senior Center

If you are a caregiver in need of respite, or a senior who may benefit from the Adult Supportive Day (ASD) Program, we would be happy to meet with you to discuss how we may meet your needs.  ASD offers the following:  assists elders in maintaining their independence and remain active while aging in place in the community; offers structured and stimulating activities in a safe environment, with a focus on socialization, cognitive skills and physical well-being; provides respite and peace of mind for caregivers and families; caregiver supports/referrals are available; and professional, caring and experienced staff.  For more information, call 508-862-4765 to schedule a tour and a Free Trial Day.

Caregiver Walking Program with Respite
The Barnstable Senior Center and the Hyannis Youth and Community Center are working together to provide a free special program for caregivers.  The program began on March 6th, every Tuesday from 11:00 AM until Noon, family caregivers are invited to join us at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center Indoor Walking Track. Bring your walking shoes, wear comfortable clothes and enjoy an hour to yourself so that you can unwind and get some exercise! Can’t leave the person you care for alone? Respite care is available for adults only and pre-screening is required. Please call Donna Burns @ 508-862-4753 to register. So, lace up those shoes and join us – it is time to take care of YOU!!

 

Barnstable Residents – become involved in your town’s government, apply for a position on a board, committee or commission

The Town of Barnstable has over 40 boards, committees, and commissions with approximately 291 seats. Our citizen participation is exemplary and the Town Council appreciates each and every member who serves. If you are a resident of Barnstable and are interested, please consider submitting an application. The appointments committee consists of five Town Councilors who interview applicants and make recommendations to the Town Council.  All Councilors then vote to appoint members at the Town Council meetings.  If you are a resident and registered to vote in the Town of Barnstable and are interested in serving on a board or committee, please visit our web page linked from the Town website and fill out the application. For a more detailed description and responsibilities of the committees listed, please contact the Town Council office:  council@town.barnstable.ma.us or phone 508-862-4738. 

 

Looking for a Job?  The Town of Barnstable is a Great Place to Work.

To see what positions are currently available, click here.   Apply online by clicking on the job title you are interested in and click the “Apply” link.  If this is the first time you are applying using the online job application, you need to create an account and select a username and password.  After your account has been established, you can build an application by clicking on the “Build Job Application” link.  This application can be saved and used to apply for more than one job opening. 

 

Are you interested in the Bids and Request for Proposals (RFPs) the Town of Barnstable puts out?
Find all the Invitations for Bid and RFPs for the Town that are currently available to the public here.

 

Barnstable Public Schools on Facebook

Barnstable Public Schools has a Facebook page.  You can follow them here. You may also want to follow Superintendent Meg Mayo-Brown on Twitter @meg_bps.  

 

Are You on the Town’s Reverse 911 System?
The Barnstable Police Department has an emergency notification system. This system was used during the recent winter storms.  Make sure you are on our list. Sign up here today. What is CodeRED and why is it important to me? CodeRED is an emergency notification service by which town officials can notify Barnstable residents and businesses by telephone, cellular phone, text message, or electronic mail about time‐sensitive emergency situations or important community alerts. The system is capable of sending messages only to specific neighborhoods or the entire town.  Only authorized officials are allowed access to use the system.  Frequently asked questions can be reviewed here.  Be sure to take a moment to learn more about this important notification system.

 

e-News TRIVIA
Last Week’s Question: What is the difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day? Dianne Patitucci was quick to respond that Memorial Day is a day to honor those who died in battle or as a result of wounds sustained in battled.  Veterans Day – November 11th – honors everyone who served honorably in the military.

 

This Week’s Question:   Where is the location of the colony that has no running water or town electricity which is located on a Barnstable peninsula in Cape Cod Bay? Please email your answer here.

 

    

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