Our hearts are heavy…our thoughts and prayers are with Yarmouth Police Officer Sean Gannon’s family and  friends as well as the Yarmouth Police Department, Barnstable Police Department, Centerville-Osterville-Marstons Mills Fire Department and all who put their lives on the line for us every day. Words can not express our sorrow.  Or our gratitude.


Red Cross Heroes Breakfast

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me,
‘Look for the helpers.  You will always find people who are helping.’”
~Mr. Rogers

Each year, the Cape Cod Chapter of the American Red Cross (ARC) hosts its annual Heroes Breakfast.  This morning’s program was somber and inspiring at the same time.  Officer Sean Gannon’s sacrifice was remembered with members of the Brian Boru bagpipers rendition of “Amazing Grace” by a stunned  and solemn crowd.  The program featured  ARC Executive Director Hilary Greene and Board Chair Lisa Maiden and was hosted by Doug Meehan of WCVB Channel 5.  Congratulations to our Town of Barnstable Heroes who were recognized during the program: Melissa Averinos of West Barnstable; Jake Avery, Town of Barnstable lifeguard;  Mark Corliss of Spilt Milk Gallery and Tattoo Studio in Hyannis; Austin Davis of Hyannis; and Thomas H. Lanman, III of Cotuit and the Hyannis Fire Department.  Channel 18’s Barnstable Today will feature the Heroes Breakfast in an upcoming program which we will share here next week.



Inside Barnstable Town Government Session #25 Graduation

The 25th Session of Inside Barnstable Town Government graduated 31 participants on Thursday, April 12th The academy is an 11-week commitment with the goal of educating the citizens of Barnstable about the operations of town government, while also obtaining valuable feedback and participation from those citizens participating in the Academy.  The program is designed to advance understanding of and participation in civic affairs as well as to increase awareness of the challenges facing municipal government and is facilitated by Sue French and Arthur Caiado.  On hand for last night’s graduation were Town Councilors Debra Dagwan, Paul Hebert and Jessica Rapp Grassetti and Town Manager Mark Ells. 
Thank You for taking the time to learn about your Town and Congratulations!

Pictured is this session’s graduating class. 
The members of this year’s class are:  David Buckley, Diane Caggiano, Carol Charpentier, Art Coyle, Jane Crosby, Lucy Cundiff, Mary Davidson, Violeta Donahue, Dionne Dupuis, Peter Eleftherakis, Susan Eleftherakis, Carolann Gillard, Hector Guenther, John Gild, Frank Guzma, Jonathan Hamelburg, Wil Holden, Monique Ladner, Judy Liuzza, Albert Lucier, Megan Mahoney, Priscilla Merritt, William Merritt, Janet Milkman, Nora Monteiro, Mellissa Morris, Cindy Nickerson, Sarah Nicholson, Angela Ranney, Rodrigo Sena, Dionne Tarr, Doug Tarr, and Bronwen Howells Walsh.


School Committee Highlights in Education

At the April 3rd School Committee meeting, the Barnstable High School Chamber Choir and Vocal Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Marcia Wytrawl sang selections that they were singing in the UMASS Amherst Jazz Competition last Saturday. It was a great way to start off the meeting. You can view their performance before the School Committee here


Barnstable Public Schools Last School Day for 2018

Assistant Superintendent Kristen Harmon reported that the last day of school for 2018 is Wednesday, June 20th with the exception of Centerville Elementary School which will have Thursday, June 21st as its last day.  Both June 20th and June 21st will be half days.


Town Manager Mark Ells and Superintendent Meg Mayo-Brown Participate in JFK Hyannis Museum’s 4th Annual Ambassadorship Day
Civic Engagement: Public Service

The agenda was filled with incredible opportunities for the 80 students and 16 teachers who attended the Friday, April 5th Ambassadorship Day event.  Out of the 17 Cape and Islands High Schools invited, 16 including Barnstable High School attended. There were three panels, one for each breakout session.  Students had the opportunity to meet with all of the panelists:

  • Local Appointed Officials:  Mark Ells, Barnstable Town Manager, Meg Mayo-Brown, Superintendent, Barnstable Public Schools Bud Dunham, Sandwich Town Manager
  • Local Elected Officials:  Barbara Dunn, School Committee Member, Town of Barnstable,  Mark Forest, Selectman, Town of Yarmouth, Joe Tierney, School Committee Member, Dennis-Yarmouth Regional School District
  • State Elected Officials:  Senator Julian Cyr, District Attorney Michael O’Keefe, Representative Sarah Peake, Representative Tim Whelan

Town Manager Mark Ells, Sandwich Town Manager Bud Dunham and Barnstable Superintendent Meg Mayo-Brown meet with students during the JFK Hyannis Museum’s 4th Annual Ambassadorship Day.


“Volunteers Make the World a Brighter Place”
National Volunteer Week April 15-21, 2018

National Volunteer Week this year is recognized during April 15-21, 2018.  This year’s theme is “Volunteers Make The World A Brighter Place.”  We would like to publicly thank all of those volunteers who give countless hours to serve on our various boards, committees and commissions.   And where would we be without the dedicated volunteers who work with our Recreation Division’s Beach Sticker/Parking Permit program? Or our Senior Services volunteers who do everything from greeting visitors at the front desk to driving the Silver Express van and Nissan Leaf to helping prepare taxes during this time of year? Or those volunteers who work assisting our staff with our Shellfish propagation program?  The Barnstable Police Department’s Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) is widely recognized as an outstanding volunteer program with volunteers serving at the front desk and as couriers and they are a vital part of the Hyannis Main Street and West Villages Police Substations.  Barnstable Public Schools have hundreds of volunteers on a daily basis.  We are truly grateful for all of you who give back to your community and we hope that you will continue to do so.  Thank you for your service!


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.


Artist Reception Tonight!

Artists and Muses,” featured group art exhibit at Barnstable Town Hall

A multi-artist exhibit featuring 30 Cape Cod artists. The group gathers weekly to paint together at the studio of nationally acclaimed artist, Paul Schulenburg.
Meet the Artist reception - Friday, April 13th, 2018 - 5:00-6:30 PM

The "Art on Loan" program displays the works of local artists on meeting room walls in Barnstable Town Hall.   “Artists and Muses,” is on display in the Barnstable Town Hall, through April 20th, 2018.  This exhibit features portraits, figure paintings, drawings and sculpture, in a wide range of styles and mediums. The public is invited to attend a reception in the Town Hall Hearing Room to meet the artists on Friday, April 13th, 2018 from 5:00-6:30 PM. 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.hersh@town.barnstable.ma.us or call 508-862-4767. Program information available at: www.ArtsBarnstable.com


This Weekend!
Land Acquisition and Preservation Committee presents Spring Walking Weekend

Friday, April 13 - Monday, April 16, 2018

Friday - April 13th 10:00 AM - Woods to Great Marsh in Barnstable led by Elissa Crowley: 508-362-5062;     ejcrowley181@gmail.com

Saturday - April 14th 10:00 AM - Tour du Barnstable Village led by Farley Lewis: 508-737-6983;                  farlewis@comcast.net

Sunday - April 15th: 8:30 AM - Santuit Preserve Walk in Cotuit led by Phyllis Miller: phylliscotuit@aol.com    and Steve Gould: osrcotuit@yahoo.com

               12:00 PM (Noon) - Old Neck Land Walk in Barnstable led by Kris Clark: 508-776-7522;                kris@meganet.net

Monday - April 16th:  7:00 AM - Hathaway’s Pond in Hyannis led by Naturalist Mary Richmond: 508-737-       8861; capecodartandnature@gmail.com

               10:00 AM - A Swamp Walk in Cotuit led by Will Holden: 508-771-2585; 978-833-4375

For more information contact Farley Lewis: farlewis@comcast.net or Ann Canedy: acanedy@comcast.net or visit Land Acquisition and Preservation Committee website.


This Weekend!
HYCC Hosts 24th Annual Coast Guard Hockey Organization Commandant’s Cup
The 24th Annual Coast Guard Hockey Organization Commandant's Cup Ice Hockey Tournament is being held at the Hyannis Youth & Community Center this week and the Championship Game is on Saturday, April 14th at 3:00 PM in the Kennedy Rink.  Eight teams are competing for the Cup with players and their families representing stations from all over the country participating in the event that has taken place at the HYCC since 2010.  Admission is FREE and the Scudder Family Café operated by The Casual Gourmet will be open for business!  Stop by the Silent Auction and bid on one of the many sports memorabilia items!  All proceeds help to sustain the a 501(c)(3) nonprofit USCG Hockey Organization, and tournaments like the Commandant’s Cup which support the morale of our troops.  For more information, visit www.uscghockey.com.


Barnstable Recreation Patriots Day Race – Monday, April 16th


April School Vacation Week at the Hyannis Youth & Community Center
Lots of opportunities for age-appropriate, supervised play that the whole family will enjoy is planned for next week at the HYCC.  The staff is looking forward to seeing you!  Public skating and open gym is scheduled every day and the Game Room will be open at noon each day for K-12 school-aged kids only.  Annual Memberships are available for $20 ($40 Non-Residents) and give access to the Youth Center, Walking Track and scheduled Open Gym times.  Guest Day Passes are just $5.  Rink activities are available for a separate fee.  See www.townofbarnstable.us/hycc for updated schedules and pricing information.


Closes Monday, April 16th - Mercy Otis Warren Cape Cod Woman of the Year: Nominations Open
The Mercy Otis Warren Cape Cod Woman of the Year is a woman who has made significant contributions to the arts, business, education, and/or is deeply involved in the community.  Last year’s recipient was Delores DaLuz of Hyannis.  Past recipients from the Town of Barnstable include Eugenia Fortes, Felicia Penn, Ann Williams, Judy Walden Scarafile, Susan French, Dorothy Savarese, and Lynne Poyant.  Nominations for the 2017 application are now being accepted.  Application forms are available across Cape Cod at local town halls, libraries, community centers, and online at https://www.barnstablecounty.org/affiliated-organizations/nominate-someone/ Nominations are due on Patriot’s Day, Monday, April 16, 2018.

Rabies Clinic - Sunday, April 22nd from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

The Cape Cod Rabies Task Force has provided information about upcoming rabies clinics sponsored by Cape Cod Veterinary Offices and the Cape Cod Rabies Task Force.  Barnstable Animal Hospital (157 Airport Road, Hyannis, MA) will host the Barnstable Clinic on Sunday, April 22nd from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  One-year rabies vaccinations are $10 CASH ONLY (some other clinics are $12*).  With official proof of current vaccination, a three-year booster will be available.  Dogs need to be on leashes and cats and ferrets must be in carriers.  A complete list of all clinics is available on the Cape Cod Rabies Task Force Facebook page.


Renewable Energy Commission to Host Seth Pickering of the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources on April 23rd


Energy Facilities Siting Board to Conduct Public Comment Hearing on Vineyard Wind – Tuesday, April 24th at 7:00 PM
The Energy Facilities Siting Board (“Siting Board”) will conduct a public comment hearing on the Petitions of Vineyard Wind LLC (“Vineyard Wind”) for approval (1) to install a total of approximately 27 miles of new onshore and offshore 220-kilowatt (“kV”) electric transmission line, which would come ashore in Barnstable or Yarmouth, and then travel underground to a new electric substation in Barnstable; (2) to construct the proposed new substation in Barnstable; and (3) to install a 0.1 mile underground 115 kV transmission line connecting the new substation to the existing Barnstable Substation in Barnstable, Massachusetts (the “Transmission Project”).  The Siting Board will conduct its public comment hearing on the proposed Transmission Project on Tuesday, April 24, 2018, beginning at 7:00 PM, at the Barnstable High School Knight Auditorium, 744 West Main Street, Hyannis, MA  02601.  The Siting Board invites your attendance at and participation in the public comment hearing.  Additionally, the Siting Board welcomes written comments on the proposed Project, which are due by 5:00 PM on May 8, 2018, and can be sent by email or email attachment to: (1) dpu.efiling@state.ma.us and (2) Kathryn.Sedor@state.ma.us.  Alternatively, written comments may be sent by U.S. mail to

                                                            M. Kathryn Sedor, Esq., Presiding Officer
                                                            MA Energy Facilities Siting Board

                                                            One South Station
                                                            Boston, MA  02110


Notice of Public Information Meeting - Marstons Mills Streetscape Project
Wednesday, April 25, 2018

The Town of Barnstable Department of Public Works invites interested individuals to attend a public information meeting regarding planned improvements along Route 149 between Route 28 and Lovell's Lane in Marstons MillsThe meeting will be held at 6:30 PM on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at Liberty Hall, 2150 Main Street, Marstons MillsThe purpose of this meeting is to provide residents an opportunity to review the proposed improvements and to learn about the projected timeframe for constructionIn addition to Route 149 between Route 28 and Lovell's Lane, this state-funded project will include portions of Main Street and River Road near Route 149.  The project objectives are to improve pedestrian and bicycle access and overall traffic safety, rehabilitate aging infrastructure, and enhance the streetscape.  The project scope will include new/improved sidewalks, landscaping, decorative street lighting, new or resurfaced pavement, improved crosswalks, a boardwalk along Mill Pond, additional parking, and drainage improvements.  Construction is planned to start in the fall of 2018 and is anticipated to continue through 2019, with construction breaks between Memorial Day and Labor Day, and over the winter.  The project limits, scope, and schedule are contingent on available funding and other factors.


Advance Notice – the HYCC will be Closed from April 29th-May 13th

The Hyannis Youth & Community Center (HYCC) will be closed from Sunday, April 29th through Sunday, May 13th for required maintenance.  The lobby will be open on Monday, May 7th for the sale of parking permits (aka beach stickers).


Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program
2018 Action Plan and Citizens Participation Plan Document Availability
The Town of Barnstable is preparing the One Year Action Plan for the 2018 CDBG program year (July 1, 2018– June 30, 2019) and has updated the Citizens Participation Plan.  Drafts of the plans are now available on the Town website:  www.townofbarnstable.us/CDBG and in the Planning and Development Department, 367 Main Street, 3rd Floor, Hyannis, MA 02601.  These plans serve as the planning and strategic documents for the Town’s CDBG Program, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Estimated funding for this program year is $285,000 plus any carryover.  PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD:  The Town is seeking public input on the draft Action Plan, which outlines funding priorities for the upcoming program year; and the Citizen Participation Plan that describes the public process.  Funding levels are estimates and subject to change.  Comments on these documents may be submitted in writing to: Kathleen Girouard, Planning and Development Department, 367 Main Street, 3rd Floor, Hyannis, MA 02601 or by email: kathleen.girouard@town.barnstable.ma.us with “CDBG Comments” in the subject line.  Comments will be accepted through May 7, 2018 and included in the final plans submitted to HUD.  CONTACT INFORMATION: Kathleen Girouard, Planning and Development Department. 367 Main Street, Hyannis, MA 02601. Phone: 508-862-4678, TDD#508-790-9801, kathleen.girouard@town.barnstable.ma.us with questions about the CDBG program.

Barnstable’s Best Dog Contest

Now is the time to send in your photos of your family dog in order to enter Barnstable's Best Dog Contest for 2018Barnstable’s Best Dog Contest, starting April 1st, send your dog’s photo (with your name and address on the back);  a stamped self-address envelope;· Include a check for $7 for a spayed or neutered animal or $10 for a male or female dog; a copy of the current rabies certificate (if it has been updated recently); and mail all of the above to:  Town Clerk, 367 Main St., Hyannis, MA 02601.  The winner of Barnstable’s Best Dog will receive the #1 tag and his/her photo will be on the Barnstable website for the coming year. We will accept photos until noon on the 1st of May.  We will return the photo and new dog tag when the contest is over.  The winner will be announced on May 4th.  So remember to come in and vote during that time for your favorite dog. All dog owners have until July 1, 2018 to get their 2018 license. Order early so you won’t forget.

Caregiver Walking Program with Respite
The Barnstable Senior Center and the Hyannis Youth and Community Center are working together to provide a 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 will be available, but you must call and pre-register for that person. (Please note: Respite care is for adults only and pre-screening is required. Please call Donna Burns @ 508-862-4753) So, lace up those shoes and join us – it is time to take care of YOU!!

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.

A Sure Sign of Spring…

Floats going in at Blish Point in Barnstable Village and the Gary Brown boat ramp in Hyannis.


Sandy Neck APP has arrived!

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. This 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  


2018 Parking Permits/Beach Stickers

The Recreation Division 2018 Parking Permits are now available through our mail-in process.  For those of you that supplied Barnstable Recreation with your e-mail address, you should be receiving your application via e-mail.  If you do not receive it, or did not supply an e-mail address, applications may be downloaded from our website.  In order to reduce our postage costs, applications are no longer sent via mail.  If you do not have access to a printer and need an application mailed to you, please feel free to submit your request in writing (please include a self-addressed stamped envelope so we can mail the application to you) to: Town of Barnstable – Parking Permits, 141 Bassett Lane, Hyannis, MA  02601. 2018 Parking Permits/Beach Stickers will be available in person at the HYCC beginning May 7th.  Operating hours will be Monday-Saturday 9:00 AM-4:00 PM and Sundays & Holidays 9:00 AM-Noon.



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

SIDEWALK REPAIRS – Main Street, Pearl Street, South Street and Ocean Street, Hyannis

The Department of Public Works is performing sidewalk repairs on Main Street, Pearl Street, South Street and Ocean Street in Hyannis which began on Monday, April 2, 2018 and will continue through May 17, 2018. The work is limited to the following sections of these streets:

Main Street:  Main Street at the intersection with Pine Avenue

Pearl Street: from Main Street to South Street

South Street: from Pearl Street to Ocean Street

Ocean Street: from South Street to Nantucket Street

The work includes repair of failed curb and sidewalk sections, correction of tripping hazards in existing sidewalk areas, repair of broken tree grates, complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act standards and improving aesthetics. 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 AM and run until 5 PM.

Travel lane restrictions scheduled for Sagamore Bridge

Replacement of Damaged Roadway Joints on the Sagamore Bridge spanning the Cape Cod Canal in Bourne, Mass., began on April 5, 2018 and will continue through about May 25, 2018, according to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), New England District officials.  During the scheduled times for work, travel over the Sagamore Bridge will be reduced from two lanes in each direction to ONE WIDER 12-FOOT LANE IN EACH DIRECTION. State and local police will be on duty at all times work is being performed to assist the motoring public. Motorists planning to use the Sagamore Bridge during this timeframe should be aware that travel delays are likely to occur during the morning and afternoon peak travel periods each day.  The $1,695,000.00 contract for replacement of damaged and worn roadway joints was awarded to R. Zoppo Corporation of Stoughton, MA. The contractor will work 7 days a week with double shifts in order to complete this work prior to the peak summer travel season. Additionally, similar work on the Bourne Bridge is scheduled to be conducted in the fall of 2018. Bourne Bridge work is scheduled to start on September 6th and continue through about November 28th. To sign up for bridge work alert emails send an email to CapeCodCanalBridges@usace.army.mil with the subject title “Bridge Work Alerts.”  An email alert is sent when there is a major change to the bridge work status or schedule. Additionally, updates are available from the Corps’ New England District via Facebook and Twitter: on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/CorpsNewEngland; on Twitter: http://twitter.com/CorpsNewEngland. Or visit the District website at http://www.nae.usace.army.mil.

National Grid Upgrading Natural Gas Main

National Grid and NEUCO continue their gas main replacement project. Improvements include marking of underground utilities, excavation of the street, and installation of a new gas main. Work will be ongoing, weather permitting. Their scheduled work along Route 6A (two crews) in Barnstable Village, Communication Way and Sea Street Extension in Hyannis Village will continue. Operations will start promptly at 7:00 AM and run until 4:30 PM Monday through Friday. 

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. 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. Southbound lane of Bearse’s Way south of Route 28 will be detoured from April 17th to April 20th.  The work hours will be between the hours of 6:30 AM and 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday.

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.

Town of Barnstable DPW- Drainage Improvements
The Department of Public Works is performing drainage improvements on Mariner Circle, Cotuit. Work began on Monday, April 9, 2018 and will continue through April 20th. 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.



Osterville Bay School Demolition

Demolition of the building is complete.  Tennis court construction bids were receive on March 29th and a contractor selected.  Work is expected to begin shortly.

Lombard Site (West Barnstable)

Work on parking lot areas has slowed due to wet conditions.  The contractor will be continuing work on the ball field, and press box.  Installation of top soil and irrigation system will begin next week.  The scoreboard has been installed.  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.



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

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The 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

Economic 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.


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.  


Notice of Town Office Closures for the Patriots’ Day Holiday

Town offices will be closed on Monday, April 16th for the observance of the Patriots’ Day Holiday.


Last Week’s Question:  Since we are in budget season here at Town Hall, we will ask a budget question.  How many Enterprise Funds does the Town of Barnstable have?  Extra points if you can name them! Jean Regazio was quick to answer that the Town of Barnstable has nine Enterprise Funds and named them: Airport, Golf Course, Marina, Sandy Neck Park, Solid Waste Facility, Water Supply, Water Pollution Control, Hyannis Youth & Community Center, Public, Education, & Government cable access.


This Week’s Question:  As we observe Patriots’ Day Weekend, can you name four famous West Barnstable residents known for their patriotism?  Please email your answer here.



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