Barnstable High School Graduation on Saturday, June 1st

On Tuesday, May 28th, the 2019 Senior Recognition Night was held in the Performing Arts Center at Barnstable High School.  Around three hundred thousand dollars was awarded in scholarships to the Class of 2019!  Congratulations and best wishes to the 355 Barnstable High School students who will be graduating this Saturday.  58% of our students plan on attending a four-year college and 24% plan on attending a two-year college.  11 students have committed to joining the military upon graduation.  We are proud of all you have accomplished to get you to this point and look forward to seeing what the future holds for you. Picture courtesy of Kathleen Thut of the Centerville-Osterville-Marstons Mills Fire Department.

 

TODAY! Hyannis Fire Deputy Chief Dean Melanson to Retire on May 31st

After 34 years and 5 months on the Hyannis Fire Department Deputy Chief Dean L. Melanson will retire on Friday, May 31, 2019.  The Hyannis Fire Department invites you to stop by anytime between 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM to share some coffee and memories and to wish the “Dep” farewell, Godspeed, health and happiness as he embarks on this next chapter in his life.  His career spans the following achievements and promotional history:  Hired on HyFD as Lieutenant, Fire Prevention Officer in 1985.  He was subsequently promoted to Shift Lieutenant, Shift Captain, Deputy Chief (under Chief Harold Brunelle), served as Acting Chief of Department (January 8, 2017 – July 23, 2017) before returning to Deputy Chief position.  Prior Fire Service included:  

Acton Auxiliary FD, Acton Call FD and Stow FD (Auxiliary and Call FF).  In his announcement to the members of the department, the Deputy stated, “Working for the Hyannis Fire Department has been the best experience of my life. This job is awesome because of all of you, the current and past members of the Department, who work tirelessly every day to provide service and care to everyone in Hyannis. It is because of your hard work that the Hyannis Fire Department is such a well-respected and professional department … During my thirty-four years, I believe we have worked very hard to continue those efforts producing a modern, strong and professional department. There is still much work to be done and I know that all of you are the right people to continue this work.  You will continue to provide a strong foundation for the future of this Department and will continue to take it to great places, of this, I am sure.”

 

TRAFFIC ALERT: Best Buddies Ride on Saturday, June 1st 

The Annual Best Buddies Ride is this Saturday, June 1st.  Please be careful of bicyclists on the road.  The area around Craigville Beach and Covell’s Beach will be heavily congested during the day.

 

Barnstable Police Department Community Service Officers Return June 3rd

The Community Service Officers (CSO) are returning to Main Street, Hyannis for their fourth season.  Commencing June 3rd, ten CSOs will report for 40 hours of training at the Barnstable Police Department.  Seven young men and three young women will spend the week participating in physical training, as well as receiving instruction in topics such as CPR, First Aid, Narcan®, Community Policing, Mental Health First Aid, and Defensive Tactics. The CSOs will again be working in conjunction with the Community Impact Unit, acting as liaisons between sworn police personnel and the Main Street businesses, tourists, and residents.  The CSOs are scheduled to hit the streets in their unmistakable lime green shirts on Saturday, June 8th and will remain through Labor Day.  

 

Town Manager Mark Ells Guest at Greater Hyannis Civic Association Annual Meeting

Town Manager Mark Ells along with State Representative Will Crocker and Hyannis Fire Chief Peter Burke were the guest speakers for the Greater Hyannis Civic Association’s Annual Meeting on Tuesday, May 28th.  Town Council Vice President John Flores and Town Councilor Jen Cullum were also present.  Mr. Ells, Rep. Crocker and Chief Burke addressed the Barnstable County Fire Training Academy as well as their accomplishments and vision for the coming year.  Laura Cronin received the Citizen’s Involvement Award that was presented in Memory of Allen Goddard.

 

Seen Around Town over the Memorial Day Weekend

 

Pumpout Boat in Service for the Boating Season

Memorial Day Weekend through Columbus Day Weekend

The boating season is underway, and pumpout boats are running seven days a week.  The boats can be easily identified.  Both boats are white center console vessels with the lettering “HARBORMASTER” on both sides.  The Pumpout boats monitor VHF Channels 16 and 09 during operating hours.  It is helpful to schedule pumpouts in advance.  The shore side pumpout will be available in Hyannis Harbor May through October as well as Barnstable Harbor.  To schedule pumpouts email: pumpout@town.barnstable.ma.us or call 508-790-6273.

 

Notice on Cotuit Town Dock Trash Receptacles

As part of a Town of Barnstable initiative to address illegal and excessive trash disposal problems in environmentally sensitive areas, the Cotuit Town Dock will now be considered a pack-in/pack-out location, and will no longer have trash receptacles. Please take your trash with you when using this Town way to water.   We appreciate your help in keeping our waterways and the Town of Barnstable clean.

 

Friendly Reminder from Animal Control:
Pursuant to the Town Manager’s Dog Control Regulations, “no person owning or having the care, custody or control of any dog shall allow said dog on any Town Beach or Recreation area from May 15 to September 15 without the written authorization of the Town Manager or official in control of said Beach or Recreation area.”  Please note:  Dogs are not allowed in your car in the parking lot.  Any questions, please call 508-790-6274.

 

2019 Beach Parking Permits Walk-up Sales at HYCC

The Barnstable Recreation Division’s 2019 Beach Parking Permits walk-up sales are underway at the Hyannis Youth & Community Center, 141 Bassett Lane, Hyannis.  Hours of operation are Monday-Saturday 9:00 AM-4:00 PM and Sundays & Holidays 9:00 AM-Noon.  The Resident/Taxpayer Sticker is $45.  You must have a valid car registration.  Leased vehicles must have valid lease agreement.  Resident Parking Permits are required January 1st to December 31st.  More information is available on the Town website or by calling 508-790-6345.

 

There’s lots going on at the Village Libraries of Barnstable

Barnstable Libraries’ Corner

Visit a Town of Barnstable Library today!

Sturgis Library in Barnstable Village
www.sturgislibrary.org

 

Centerville Public Library

www.centervillelibrary.org

 

Cotuit Library

www.cotuitlibrary.org

 

Hyannis Public Library

www.hyannislibrary.org

Marstons Mills Public Library
www.mmpl.org

Osterville Village Library
www.ostervillevillagelibrary.org

Whelden Memorial Library in West Barnstable

www.wheldenlibrary.org

 - Promotion of veteran telecommunicator Ross Lloyd to our lead supervisor for the unit. Supervisor Lloyd takes great pride in developing and supervising our new staff.

- Worked through a 6 week complete renovation of our center in a less than ideal temporary room.

- Became a wireless direct answering point by being the first place to pick up the phone when you call 911 on your cell phone in the Town of Barnstable. This saves time and confusion by eliminating transfers from an off Cape call center to us.

- Several of our dispatchers received awards and recognition for a job well done.

- Development and implementation of a Training program currently being used to train new hires with our own qualified staff.

- Finally, probably the largest undertaking of all, was the successful collaboration with the Hyannis Fire Department as we began complete dispatch services for them last summer.

You may find it hard to thank them in person as they work around the clock, tucked away within the walls of the Barnstable Police Department. On behalf of all of the sworn officers of the BPD -- I thank you for your hard work, exceptional customer service and professionalism.

 

There is a lot to see and do in the Hyannis HyArts Cultural District

ROAD WORK UPDATES
As always please slow down and use extreme caution when traveling through the road construction areas and follow posted safety and detour signs.

*CONTINUES* Road Work on West Bay Road and Crosby Circle in Osterville

Construction activities are scheduled to include installing and modifying drainage structures; removing and replacing pavement; and other associated work.  The work area includes the north side of the intersection of West Bay Road & Crosby Circle and the section of Crosby Circle from this intersection north to the bend.  During active construction in and along the roadway there may be lane closures and detours with police details to direct traffic.  Traffic may be delayed during this work, and motorists are advised to seek alternate routes to avoid the construction area.  As always, please slow down and use extreme caution when traveling through the road construction areas, and follow posted safety and detour signs.

*UPDATED* Road Work on Sea Street, South Street, and Ocean Avenue in Hyannis

Construction activities are scheduled to include curb and sidewalk adjustments in some sections along the west side of Sea Street; restoring disturbed areas along the roadway edges; and other associated work.  In addition, Verizon is installing new utility poles along parts of the project area.  Businesses and residences along the work zones will remain accessible to traffic throughout the work.  During active construction in and along the roadway there may be lane closures and detours with police details to direct traffic.  Traffic may be delayed during this work, and motorists are advised to seek alternate routes to avoid the construction area.  As always, please slow down and use extreme caution when traveling through the road construction areas, and follow posted safety and detour signs.

*UPDATED* Road Work on Route 149, Main Street, and River Road in Marstons Mills

Construction activities may include restoring disturbed areas along the roadway edges; trimming branches to clear sidewalks; and other associated work.  The work may require brief, isolated lane closures with police details or flaggers to direct traffic.  As always, please slow down and use extreme caution when traveling through the road construction areas, and follow posted safety signs.

*CONTINUES* Overhead Utility Line Relocations on Route 149 & Main Street Marstons Mills

Verizon has installed new utility poles in some locations along Route 149 between Route 28 and Lovell’s Lane, as well as on Main Street between Route 149 and the former elementary school.  Eversource and Verizon will be relocating their overhead lines to the new poles, and when that is completed they will remove the old poles.  This work is in conjunction with the Town project to improve these sections of roadway.  During active work on these lines there may be lane closures and detours with police details to direct traffic.  Traffic may be delayed during this work, and motorists are advised to seek alternate routes to avoid the construction area.  As always, please slow down and use extreme caution when traveling through the road construction areas, and follow posted safety signs.

*CONTINUES* Route 28 (Falmouth Road) at Bearse’s Way

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.  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 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday.

*CONTINUES* Water Department Work at Several Route 6A (Main Street) Intersections in Barnstable Village

Starting April 29th, Barnstable Fire District’s Water Department, with their contractor, were scheduled to replace water valves in the following intersections:

     Route 6A @ Bragg’s Lane                      Route 6A @ Railroad Avenue

     Route 6A @ Commerce Road               Route 6A @ Millway

     Route 6A @ Mary Dunn Road

Scheduled work hours will be 7:00 AM-3:30 PM.  Schedule updates will be provided to residents via additional media releases.  Through traffic will be maintained on these roads throughout construction.  During active construction in the roadway, there will be lane closures with police details to direct traffic. Motorists are advised to seek alternate routes to avoid the construction work.  As always, please slow down and use extreme caution when traveling through the road construction areas, and follow posted safety and detour signs.

*CONTINUES*Coastal Pollutant Remediation Grant Project (River Road, Marstons Mills, Cotuit Library, Putnam Avenue, Cotuit)

Work continues at new sites for future green stormwater control infrastructure placement.  Field work can include but is not limited to site visits, survey, soil borings, pulling manhole covers and wetland delineation. This work will continue through 2019.

*UPDATED* Ropes Beach, Old Shore Road, Cotuit

Work on the retrofit stormwater system located in front of the sea wall continues and will run until June 29, 2019. PLEASE NOTE:  Drivers who are traveling through the affected areas should expect delays, reduce speed, and use caution. 

*UPDATED* Spring Road Work Program

Roadway milling and paving work began on Abbey Gate Road, Buckingham Way, Oxford Drive and Queen Anne Lane in Cotuit on May 28, 2019 and will continue through June 14, 2019. Traffic during construction operations may 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 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday.

*UPDATED* Vineyard Wind Upland Route Survey

Feldman Land Surveyors (Feldman) as surveyors for Vineyard Wind’s power duct bank project in Barnstable, will have a survey crew (using a Feldman truck with yellow flashing lights) on the streets of Barnstable next week for 3-4 days, to establish right of way lines and to obtain supplement mapping. The duct bank route includes Craigville Beach parking lot, Craigville Beach Road, Strawberry Hill Road, Route 28 (crossing), Wequaquet Lane, Phinney’s Lane, Route 132 (crossing), Attucks Lane and Independence Drive.


Are You on the Town’s Reverse 911 System?
The Barnstable Police Department has an emergency notification system. 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.

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.

 

e-News TRIVIA
Last Week’s Question: What John F. Kennedy quote surrounds the pool at the JFK Memorial on Ocean Street in Hyannis?  It didn’t take long for us to get a correct answer.  John and Ellen Perry knew that the JFK quote around the JFK Memorial’s pool is, “I believe it is very important this country sail and not lie still in the harbor.”

 

This Week’s Question:  Over the years, Barnstable High School has been the springboard for quite a few people who have gone on to national and international fame.  How many can you name?  Please email your answer here.

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