Congratulations to Our Barnstable Lifeguards!

11th Consecutive Year of Placing First in Non-Surf Beach Category
The 45thAnnual Cape Cod Lifesaving Competition was held on Friday, August 2nd at Hardings Beach in Chatham. Ten teams from Cape Cod and one from Maine competed in Surf and Non-Surf Divisions. 
The Town of Barnstable’s lifeguards have been competing in the Cape Cod Lifesaving Competition

for over 30 years and have been successful in placing first in the non-surf beach category

for eleven consecutive years!  The Lifeguards joined  the Unity Day Celebrations where Aquatics Program Coordinator Tim McGrath presented this year’s trophy to Town Councilor Paula Schnepp.

 

Beach Water Quality Updates can be found on the Town of Barnstable’s website.

 

Ground Breaking Ceremony for Maher Filtration Plant Project

On Wednesday, August 7th, the Department of Public Works held the official Ground Breaking Ceremony for the Maher Filtration Plant Project.  Gary Moran, Deputy Commissioner of Operations, Mass DEP, joined Town Councilors James Crocker (President), John Flores (Vice President), Paul Hebert, Matthew Levesque, and Paul Neary, Town Manager Mark Ells, DPW Director Dan Santos, Hyannis Water System Supervisor Hans Keijser, as well as members of the Hyannis Water Board (Stephen O'Neil, Chair, and Harold Tobey and Mark Sexton), Hyannis Water System staff, and representatives from SUEZ, Tata & Howard, and Waterline Industries for the event.


Pictured from left to right:
Ashraf Gabour, Mass DEP; Town Councilor Paul Hebert; Maria Pinard, Mass DEP; David Akener, DEP; Paul Howard, Tata & Howard; Ralph Dumke, Waterline Industries; Gary Moran, Deputy Commissioner of Operations Mass DEP; Town Council President James Crocker; Town Council Vice President John Flores; Hyannis Water Board Members Harold Tobey, Mark Sexton, and Stephen O'Neil (Chair); Town Manager Mark Ells; Hyannis Water System Supervisor Hans Keisjer; Town Councilors Matthew Levesque and Paul Neary; DPW Director Dan Santos; and John Marcin, SUEZ.


Hyannis Water ANNOUNCES A $12 MILLION UPGRADE TO ITS WATER SYSTEM
The Hyannis Water System announces the construction of a new water filtration building at the Maher Water Treatment Plant.  The $12 million upgrade to the water system was recommended in the 2016 final conceptual design report and confirmed in the 2017 pilot test report. In addition to meeting new stricter federal and state regulations for the emerging contaminants PFAS and 1,4-Dioxane, the project will remove manganese and iron.  After much study the Hyannis Water Board recommended the construction of a new water filtration building near the Maher treatment plant. The Hyannis Water Board was created to provide citizen input and oversight for the Water Supply Division of the Department of Public Works. Mr. Stephen O’Neil, Chair of the Hyannis Water Board said “Our water system is over 100 years old and has serious capital needs we have been diligently addressing. The construction of this state of the art filtration plant will be a pro-active investment in the future of the Hyannis Water System.”  Mr. Daniel Santos, Director of Public Works, Town of Barnstable said “this project will allow the Hyannis Water system to continue to provide adequate supplies of drinking water  to businesses, residents, and visitors that meets all federal and state standards.”  The water filtration building at the Maher Treatment Plant has a design capacity of 1,500 gallons per minute. The plant will remove PFAS with activated carbon filtration, 1,4-Dioxane by advanced oxidation with peroxide and ultraviolet light (UV) and remove iron and manganese by greensand filtration. Construction of the Maher water filtration plant will begin immediately and follow an accelerated schedule.  The water filtration plant is expected to be operational by the fall of 2021.  Contractors for the project include Tata & Howard, providing engineering services; and Waterline Industries Corporation will construct the filtration building.  Financing for the water filtration project is provided by borrowing from the Massachusetts Department of Environment Protection’ State Revolving Fund (SRF) with principal forgiveness resulting in a lower interest rate to minimize financial impacts to the rate payers."  
About Hyannis Water The Hyannis Water System consists of four water treatment facilities, four storage tanks, 12 well pumping stations, and 107 miles of distribution system. The water system provides drinking water services to about 18,000 residents through 7,249 metered service connections to residential and commercial properties. Supplying its drinking water from ground sources, the Hyannis Water System draws about 2.77 million gallons per day (MGD) from wells with an annual production of 902 million gallons. 

Town Manager Attends Centerville Civic Association Summer Meeting

On Tuesday, August 6th, Town Manager Mark Ells, Barnstable Police Chief Matthew Sonnabend, Barnstable Deputy Chief Mark Cabral, DPW Director Dan Santos, and Centerville-Osterville-Marstons Mills Fire Chief Michael Winn shared updates with the Centerville Civic Association (CCA) at the Centerville Public Library.  Topics ranged from public safety, the Town’s Comprehensive Wastewater Management Plan, Vineyard Wind and more.  One of the highlights of the evening was Bill Bussiere presenting a scholarship to Elyse Graves who will be attending Lewis & Clark University in Portland, Oregon in a few short weeks.  CCA Secretary Miriam Loiselle provided a heartfelt message about how the Barnstable Police Department brings new police officers into the department.  It is approximately a 15 month process and truly does involve the whole family.  Ms. Loiselle’s son Liam is a relatively new Barnstable Patrol Officer.  Everyone was treated to the famous strawberry short cake with Four Seas Ice Cream. 

Pictured left to right in back row: COMM Chief Michael Winn, BPD Deputy Chief Mark Cabral, BPD Chief Matthew Sonnabend, Town Manager Mark Ells, Centerville Civic Association’s Jen McLaughlin, and DPW Director Dan Santos.

 

Tale of Two Villages-The North and the South View of our Town:
View historic photographs, on display now through October 15, 2019
The "Art on Loan" program displays the works of local artists and cultural organizations on the meeting room walls in Barnstable Town Hall.  The current exhibit, “A Tale of Two Villages” is on display in the Barnstable Town Hall 2nd floor meeting rooms now through October 15, 2019.   From the ever changing Main Street of Hyannis to the evolving uses of Barnstable Harbor, the history of these villages is explored with photographs of work and life.  This exhibit is a joint project of the Barnstable Historical Society and the Hyannis Historical Society:

Nancy Shoemaker, Town Historian, shares information about both historical societies:

About the Hyannis Historical Society: 

This organization celebrates the rich history of the Town of Barnstable’s central village.  Its members are committed to the “protection, preservation and promotion of our community’s unique and diverse historic fabric.”  The Hyannis Historical Society had been defunct for decades with only traces of their artifacts left at

the Hyannis Library. The Society was given a second life in May 2016. The Society is looking into a partnership with and home at the Hyannis Public Library.  “The purpose of the Society shall be to create and foster interest in the history of the Village of Hyannis; to promote historical research; to collect and provide care and custody of historical documents and artifacts; to provide educational opportunities; and to provide analysis or commentary to Town or other organizations about historic structures within the village.”

About the Barnstable Historical Society:

Barnstable Historical Society was founded in 1939 with a mission to preserve the cultural heritage and maritime history of the seven villages of the Town of Barnstable.  Barnstable Historical Society’s home, the Phinney/Jones House was built c.1834 by Sylvanus Bourne Phinney.  Phinney was the founder and publisher of The Barnstable Patriot, a local newspaper founded in 1830 and still published today. The collection includes memorabilia from Barnstable’s seafaring days, ships’ models, a quilt collection, kitchen tools, paintings, documents from the 17th to 20th centuries, a children’s room, treasures from Barnstable residents of years past, and Donald G. Trayser’s collection of photographs and documents. Trayser was a former editor of The Barnstable Patriot, as well as the author/editor of “The Seven Villages of Barnstable.”
The Barnstable Historical Society’s Phinney/Jones House, is open to visitors mid-June to mid-October, Wednesday-Saturday, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Find them on Facebook: Barnstable Historical Society

The Artwork on Loan program at Town Hall is free and open to the public.  The current exhibit is on display now through October 15, 2019 in the Barnstable Town Hall Hearing Room and Selectmen’s Conference Room, 2nd Floor, Barnstable Town Hall, 367 Main Street, Hyannis.  Free parking is available in the Town Hall Parking Lot. Town Hall is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 am-4:30 pm (except State and Federal holidays) and frequently opens during evening hours for scheduled meetings.  For more information on this program email melissa.chartrand@town.barnstable.ma.us 508-862-4767  
Program information available at:
www.ArtsBarnstable.com

There is Always Something Going on at the Barnstable Adult Community Center

Addiction and the Family

Thursday, August 15, 3:00-5:00 PM /Free program; register at 508-862-4750

Few of us haven’t been touched in some way by the epidemic of addiction. We’ll talk with experts from Gosnold, the Duffy Center and the Mashpee Substance Task Force, and discuss their organizational roles in the recovery process. Come, listen and ask questions.

Location: 825 Falmouth Road, Hyannis

Parking: free parking

Website: https://seniors.town.barnstable.ma.us

Free Summer Food Service Program at HYCC
The Barnstable Recreation Division and the Hyannis Youth & Community Center are again partnering with St. Mary’s Church, Barnstable to offer free lunch and snacks for all children age 18 and under. 
Food is served inside the Hyannis Youth & Community Center, 141 Bassett Lane, Hyannis.
Every Monday-Friday through August 23, 2019
Lunch: 12:00 PM-12:45 PM           Snack: 3:00-3:30 PM
Contact Mark Boardley at 508-790-6345 ext.116 or
mark.boardley@town.barnstable.ma.us.

Update on Water Quality Resource Management Efforts in Barnstable
Barnstable’s Channel 18 has prepared a YouTube playlist of segments they have created on Water Quality Resource Efforts in the Town of Barnstable.  The informative pieces include Town Manager Mark Ells talking about Water Quality Planning, Herring Run 2019, Cotuit Bay Dredging, Barnstable at Work – Hyannis Water Supply Division, Water Quality Testing in the Three Bays and more.  At the January 3, 2019 Town Council meeting, DPW Director Dan Santos presented an Update on Wastewater Management Efforts in Barnstable.  We thought we would share this important information again in this week’s eNews.  Mr. Santos’ presentation can be viewed here. Additional updates have been provided at the February 28, 2019 Town Council Meeting, March 21, 2019 Town Council Meeting as well as the June 20, 2019 Town Council Meeting.

This week on the Town of Barnstable Channel 18
Cyanobacteria are aquatic and photosynthetic, that is, they live in the water, and can manufacture their own food. Because they are bacteria, they are quite small and usually unicellular, though they often grow in colonies large enough to see. They have the distinction of being the oldest known fossils, more than 3.5 billion years old! It may surprise you then to know that the cyanobacteria are still around; they are one of the largest and most important groups of bacteria on earth. But when cyanobateria overproduce, the blue green algea found in some of our lakes and ponds can be harmful to our pets, and sometimes us.  Channel 18 tagged along with Karen Malkus-Benjamin, the Town of Barnstable's Coastal Health Resource Coordinator, to Lovell’s Pond and back to the lab to learn more.

 

Pumpout Boat in Service for the Boating Season

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. For more information, watch Pumpout Boat on Channel 18.

 

Arts at the Airport - Barnstable Municipal Airport – July & August 2019
A variety of Cape Cod artists and artisans featured each week

A new arts ‘pilot’ program is taking flight at the Barnstable Municipal Airport!  Every Thursday through Sunday until August 11th, 11:30 AM-1:30 PM, travelers can meet Cape Cod artists at vendor tables set up in the terminal at the main entrance.  Artwork is handmade, crafted or designed in a variety of mediums: fiber arts, jewelry, photography home accessories, painting and maritime themed items.  A variety of artists will rotate throughout the four week program. Barnstable Municipal Airport is for more than taking flights, it’s about the community in which it resides and offering both locals and visitors alike a sense of place on Cape Cod. Locals are encouraged to stop by and grab a treat at Cape Cod Coffee, serving pastries, lunch, beer and wine; watch the planes and visit the artists. 

Arts at the Airport featuring Cape Cod artists and artisans

Dates: 
August 8-August 11

Hours:
11:30 AM-1:30 PM

Location:
Barnstable Municipal Airport, main lobby 480 Barnstable Road, Hyannis

Parking:
Free parking (up to 30 minutes)

Websites:
www.ArtsBarnstable.com/events

https://airport.town.barnstable.ma.us/
About Barnstable Municipal Airport:
Located in Hyannis, Massachusetts, the airport is a vital transportation hub for Cape Cod and the region providing commercial and general aviation services to Boston, New York and the islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket.  JetBlue provides service from New York to Cape Cod June through August. 

The airport is owned by the Town of Barnstable and managed by the Barnstable Municipal Airport Commission and Management staff.  

margoT CHEEL: margo cheel AERIAL photography
Aug 8-Aug 11
Margo Cheel is an award winning aerial photographer, pilot, and arts educator.  She invites you to see the world from a unique perspective.   She has published two Aerial Photography books, “Sea & Sand from the Sky” with quotes from aviators and “What Do You See?” and “Finding Shapes from the Sky” with a story line about discovery for all ages.
JANET GAULAND
Aug 8-Aug 11
Janet works with semi-precious stones, fresh-water pearls, and unique beads to create wearable art. Inspired by the beauty of the natural world, Janet—a percussionist with the Cape Cod Concert Band, the Cape Community Orchestra and the Barnstable Town Band—believes there is an underlying rhythm to every piece of jewelry she creates. She sketches, works, revises and reworks until she uncovers the perfect arrangement of the elements to create a cohesive, harmonious—and stylish—design.
Website: 
https://www.janetgaulandstudio.com
GAIL MACIOROWSKI-BREWSTER AVENUE
Aug 8-Aug 11
A nautical extravaganza! All handcrafted: Home Design and Decor for the East Coast Home. Anything you can imagine finding in a nautical themed general store such as baby accessories, greeting cards, holiday ornaments, leather bags, wallets, key chains, banners, garlands, soaps, candles, etc.

3rd Annual Discover Barnstable Program, Now Expanded!

 

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.

*NEW* Bridge Street, Osterville   National Grid New Customer Hook-up
Construction is expected to occur Tuesday, August 13th, weather permitting.  National Grid is committed to completing this project promptly and with minimal disruption to the community. Visit ngrid.com/mainline to view a YouTube video on this gas main replacement process. A second video explaining the replacement of the service pipe to customer homes is available at ngrid.com/service line. National Grid will distribute written notifications to all affected constituents. Operations will start promptly at 7:00 AM and run until 4:30 PM Monday through Friday.  Reduce speed, and use caution. All scheduled work is weather dependent and/or may be impacted due to an emergency situation.

*NEW* Bumps River Road, Centerville   National Grid New Customer Hook-up
Construction is expected to occur Monday, August 12th, weather permitting.  National Grid is committed to completing this project promptly and with minimal disruption to the community. Visit ngrid.com/mainline to view a YouTube video on this gas main replacement process. A second video explaining the replacement of the service pipe to customer homes is available at ngrid.com/service line. National Grid will distribute written notifications to all affected constituents. Operations will start promptly at 7:00 AM and run until 4:30 PM Monday through Friday.  Reduce speed, and use caution. All scheduled work is weather dependent and/or may be impacted due to an emergency situation.

*NEW* Old Kings Road /Sampson’s Mill Road
The Towns of Mashpee and Barnstable will be replacing a culvert at the Santuit River on Sampson’s Mill Road (Mashpee)/Old Kings Road (Barnstable).  Work is scheduled to begin Monday, August 12, 2019 and will continue through November 2019.  Sampson’s Mill Road/Old Kings Road will be closed to traffic in both directions for the duration of the project.  The road closure will be between Willowbend Drive in Mashpee and at Abbey Gate Road in Barnstable.  Eastbound traffic will be detoured in Mashpee onto Cape Drive to Route 28.   Westbound traffic in Barnstable will be alerted via message boards to utilize Route 28 via Main Street.

*UPDATED* Holly Lane, Barnstable, National Grid Upgrading Gas Main
Construction is expected to be completed Monday, August 12th, weather permitting.  National Grid is committed to completing this project promptly and with minimal disruption to the community. Visit ngrid.com/mainline to view a YouTube video on this gas main replacement process. A second video explaining the replacement of the service pipe to customer homes is available at ngrid.com/service line. National Grid will distribute written notifications to all affected constituents. Operations will start promptly at 7:00 AM and run until 4:30 PM Monday through Friday.  Reduce speed, and use caution. All scheduled work is weather dependent and/or may be impacted due to an emergency situation.

*CONTINUES* Sea Street, South Street, and Ocean Avenue, Hyannis

Construction is suspended for the summer and will resume after Labor Day.  The contractor is responsible for roadway maintenance over the summer including mowing, sweeping construction related debris, cleaning catch basins if necessary, and potentially addressing other items as needed.  Verizon is responsible for the continued installation of new utility poles along parts of the project area.

*CONTINUES* Route 149, Main Street, and River Road in Marstons Mills

Construction is suspended for the summer and will resume after Labor Day.  The contractor is responsible for roadway maintenance over the summer including mowing, sweeping, construction related debris clean-up, cleaning catch basins if necessary and potentially addressing other items as needed.  Utility companies will be transferring overhead wires to new utility poles along parts of the project area.  PLEASE NOTE:  Drivers who are traveling through the affected areas should reduce speed, and use caution. 

*CONTINUES* River Road, Marstons Mills, Cotuit Library, Putnam Avenue, Cotuit (Coastal Pollutant Remediation Grant Project)
Work continues at sites for future green storm water 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. PLEASE NOTE:  Drivers who are traveling through the affected areas should expect delays, reduce speed, and use caution. 

*CONTINUES* Ropes Beach, Old Shore Road, Cotuit

The project is closing up for the summer with the contractor demobilized, cleaned up and clearing the site. The project will remobilize after Labor Day 2019. SumCo has planted and will maintain both Cordwood and Prince Avenue areas.

 

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

 

Vineyard Wind Office Hours at Covell’s Beach and Centerville Public Library

This event is not sponsored or endorsed by the Centerville Public Library.
For more information, please contact Jen Cullen at
jcullen@vineyardwind.com

 

Be Prepared - “Hurricane Preparedness”

For more information, visit the Hurricane Safety Tips section of MEMA’s website at https://www.mass.gov/service-details/hurricane-safety-tips.

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:  Earlier this week, WCVB’s “Chronicle” featured the village of Cotuit. That brings us to this week’s question.  The original Native American Village of “Coatuet” meaning “Long Fields” was purchased from Native Americans by Myles Standish in 1648.  What was the price?   Larry Thiel was the first to respond with the correct answer: One Great Brass Kettle and One Broad Hoe. And thus we have the Kettle-Ho Restaurant and the Cotuit Kettleers!  We wish the Kettleers good luck as they play against the Harwich Mariners for the Cape Cod Baseball League Championship at Lowell Park tonight at 4:00 PM.

 

This Week’s Question:  Pops by the Sea is celebrating its 34th concert this Sunday.  Who was the first celebrity guest conductor? Please email your answer here.

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