Lt. Governor Karyn Polito Visits Hyannis

 

Pictured from left to right front row: Mike Lauf, Cape Cod Healthcare; Alisa Galazzi, Housing Assistance Corporation; Wendy Northcross, Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce; Mike Kennealy, Housing and Economic Development Secretary; Lt. Governor Karyn Polito; John Flores, Barnstable Town Council Vice President; back row: Tom Cahir, Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority; Mark Ells, Barnstable Town Manager; Paul Hebert, Barnstable Town Council;
Rob Brennan, CapeBuilt Development; and Paula Schnepp, Barnstable Town Council.

 

On Thursday, April 24th, Lt. Governor Karyn Polito and Housing and Economic Development Secretary Mike Kennealy joined Barnstable Town Manager Mark Ells and regional leaders to highlight the pressing need to improve and increase housing supply on Cape Cod and the Town’s commitment and achievements towards this goal.  Barnstable is a designated “Housing Choice” community under the Baker-Polito’s Housing Choice Initiative, a comprehensive effort to create 135,000 new housing unit in the Commonwealth by 2025 through incentives and grants to municipalities. Cape Cod Healthcare CEO Mike Lauf, Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce CEO Wendy Northcross, Housing Assistance Corporation CEO Alisa Galazzi, and Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority Administrator Thomas Cahir joined CapeBuilt Development President Rob Brennan at 255 Main Street in Hyannis in addressing the housing challenges faced by many individuals and businesses in the Town of Barnstable and on Cape Cod.  The Town of Barnstable was repeatedly cited as a great partner for working with businesses to find solutions to address some of the hurdles that are currently in place.  The community partners expressed strong support for An Act to Promote Housing Choices, legislation filed by Governor Baker in February that calls for targeted zoning reform to advance new housing production in Massachusetts.  

 

Town Council Meeting – April 25, 2019

 Town Council President James Crocker opened last night’s Town Council Meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance. The Moment of Silence was asked for Barnstable Village resident Bill Ford who recently passed away by Town Council Vice President John Flores and Town Council President James Crocker asked that former longtime Town of Barnstable employee Sheila Geiler be remembered. Next was Public Comment.  Town Manager Mark Ells provided updates on the following items for the period of April 5-25, 2019 during Town Manager Communications:

1.      We are proceeding with the tasks in the budget action calendar for FY 2020 as scheduled.  We continue with the second reading of the FY 2020 Capital Improvement Program this evening.  We did note on Page 55 of your FY2020 Capital budget book that Attucks Lane Pump Station Area would be brought forward out of our normal capital budget cycle.  We also received notification from the state that this sewer expansion project would be eligible for State Revolving Funds.  After further review we have determined that a modified sewer expansion project would allow for all planned connections to occur either through expanded sewer lines with manholes and/or defined connection points along said sewer lines. We plan to request at a future meeting a reallocation of previously approved sewer design funds for the physical expansion of the sewer system to allow for said connections.  We will request that the state consider a modification to our SRF project request to be reallocated to the sewer line under design and planned for installation to coincide with the Vineyard Winds cable installation project.  We will keep you advised of this effort.  For information on our fiscal year budgets please view the town’s Open Budget website at http://budget.townofbarnstable.us.

2.      Mr. Ells provided an update to the presentation regarding the Armory that was presented to Town Council on June 21, 2018. 

3.      We continue our discussions with Fish & Wildlife regarding the future potential to site water supply wells on the 250 acre parcel owned by the Commonwealth that directly abuts the Hyannis public water supply.  The Town continues work with Mass Fish & Wildlife to finalize an agreement that would enable the Town to install public water supply wells on the 250-acre Hyannis Ponds Wildlife Management Area (WMA).  On Thursday morning, Mr. Ells heard from Commissioner Amidon that he has approved the installation of test wells on the Fish & Wildlife parcel pending completion of an access agreement that is under development by Town and State staff.  We plan to conduct testing later this calendar year.  We will keep you advised of our progress on this important effort.

4.      We have completed our New Source Alternatives Evaluation Report.  We anticipate proceeding with public discussion of this report and accomplishment of associated tasks to identify and secure future potential public water supply locations with the Town of Barnstable.  This will include installation and testing of wells on identified parcels of land within the report.  As we progress through this effort we anticipate the establishment of both internal working teams including DPW, Planning, Health, Conservation, Legal and all others as needed.  In addition we anticipate the reestablishment of a town-wide task force consisting of town staff, state agencies, water purveyors, abutting communities, county agencies and all others as needed.  In my recent meetings with the Department of Environmental Protection we have discussed the opportunity to create an expedited permitting process for the siting of future potential water supply wells and state officials have been supportive of such an effort.  We will keep you advised of our progress on this important effort.

5.      The Town of Barnstable has been in active discussions with Barnstable County regarding the Barnstable County Fire Training Academy (BCFTA).  It is Mr. Ells’ understanding, after discussions with Barnstable County Administrator Jack Yunits, we are in a transitional period as the County plans to cease use of the BCFTA and relocate to Joint Base Cape Cod (JBCC).  We recognize the need to provide our first responders with a facility to training and through the Barnstable Assistant Town Manager have provided direct support toward this outcome.  We will now shift our focus to the cleanup of the BCFTA.  We have begun discussions with senior officials at the Department of Environmental Protection regarding this effort.  We will keep you advised of our progress on this important effort.

6.      On April 17, 2019 we received an important updated information regarding MassDEP’s efforts to address Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) and provides guidance on health protective limits for these chemicals in drinking water. The Town through its DPW Water Supply Division relative to the Hyannis Water System notified MassDEP of our ongoing and additional action to address any concerns related to PFOS.  Mass DEP will continue to work us as they progress through their review of the PFOS standard.  The process will continue for months if not a year.  We made changes to our system operation to meet the states proposed goal and we will continue to provide drinking water that meets all state and federal standards.

7.      On Friday, April 19, 2019, the proposed revisions to the Massachusetts Contingency Plan (310 CMR 40.0000) were made available and a Public Hearing Notice will be published in the Massachusetts Register. This will kick-off an extended 3-month long public comment period that will end July 19, 2019, and will include four public hearings at MassDEP Offices across the state and additional meetings as needed/requested.  The purpose of the proposed revisions is to update and clarify existing provisions for the notification, assessment and cleanup of oil and/or hazardous material contamination in the environment to ensure that actions are performed in a timely manner, are appropriately monitored and documented, and achieve of a level of No Significant Risk that is protective of public health and the environment.  The proposals include, but are not limited to:

·   clarification and modification of provisions related to notification, Imminent Hazards, Tier Classification and Extensions, Remedial Additives, Status Reports, Remedial Monitoring Reports, Temporary Solutions, Active Exposure Pathway Mitigation Measures, Exposure Point Concentrations, Activity and Use Limitations, and public involvement;

·   new adequately regulated provisions for disposal sites with Radioactive Materials;

·   updates to Reportable Concentrations (RCs) and numerical cleanup standards (Method 1) for a limited number of chemicals; and

·   the addition of RCs and Method 1 standards for six perfluoroalkyl substances—Perfluoroheptanoic Acid (PFHpA), Perfluorohexanesulfonic Acid (PFHxS), Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA), Perfluorooctane Sulfonate (PFOS), Perfluorononanoic Acid (PFNA) and Perfluorodecanoic Acid (PFDA)—emerging contaminants of concern for exposure in drinking water.

The amendments are available on MassDEP’s website at https://www.mass.gov/lists/2019-proposed-mcp-revisions. ,MassDEP encourages participation by all over the next few months as they toward finalizing these changes.  Questions about the public comment process, the meetings/hearing and/or the proposals may be emailed to bwsc.information@mass.gov.

8.      The Planning & Development Department is hosting a Downtown Hyannis Parking open house on Monday, May 6, 2019 from 5:00-7:00 PM in the Hearing Room (see below for more information). 

9.    The Town Welcome Center at Bismore Park officially opens for the 2019 season tomorrow Friday April 26th (see below for more information).

10.   Mr. Ells joined Lt. Governor Karyn Polito and Housing and Economic Development Secretary Mike Kennealy to celebrate Barnstable’s participation in the Administration’s Housing Choice Initiative.  We were joined by community leaders who spoke of the importance that improving and increasing housing supply has to our economy and who spoke in favor of the Governor’s Housing Choice legislation that calls for targeted zoning reform to advance new housing production in Massachusetts and support the administration’s goal to produce 135,000 new housing units by 2025.  The Town of Barnstable was selected as a Housing Choice Community in May of 2018, received a grant of $250,000 in October 2018 that was accepted by the Town Council in November 2018.  Today’s event was focused on the announcement of that grant (see below for more information).

11.   MassDOT is preparing the next five-year capital plan that will guide investment in the state’s transportation system between 2020 and 2024.  Public meetings are planned in May and June. 

12.   Hyannis Open Streets is scheduled for Sunday, April 28th and Sunday, May 19th from noon to 5:00 PM (see below for more information). 

13.   Anne Van Vleck of Housing Assistance Corporation provided an update of the upcoming Big Fix event (see below for more information).  

Assistant Town Manager Andy Clyburn was invited to the podium where the presence of his father Phil Clyburn who is Town Council President in Greenfield, OH was recognized.  The Orders of the Day began with Mr. Clyburn setting the stage for Agenda Item 2019-080 Authorization for the Airport Commission to enter into a Forty-Nine year lease for the property identified as Map 311, Parcel 092 and addressed as 790 Iyannough Road/Route 132, Hyannis, MA which was presented by Airport Manager Katie Servis and Louis Masciello, Senior Vice President of Development for WS Development.  The Town Council gave the project team a standing ovation for their efforts.  Airport Manager Servis provided a timeline of the project.   The item was approved.  New Business Agenda Item 2019-192 Authorize the Town Manager to execute a Memorandum of Understanding with WS Landing at Hyannis LLC to accept a housing contribution in the amount of $2,500,000 was taken out of order and approved.  Another standing ovation followed the completion of those two agenda items.  DPW Director Dan Santos was joined by soon-to-be Interim Town Engineer Griffin Beaudoin, for the presentation of the remaining  CIP Agenda Items which were all approved:  2019-130 Appropriation and Transfer Order in the amount of $600,000 for the purpose of funding the Effluent Flow Meter Evaluation, Design, and Construction Project; 2019-131 Appropriation and Loan Order in the amount of $380,000 for the purpose of funding the Sewer System Evaluation Surveys Project. Agenda Item 2019-190 Acceptance of Fiscal Year 2019 Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Enforcement and Equipment Grant in the amount of $7,160 from the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, Office of Grants and Research, Highway Safety Division was taken out of order. Barnstable Police Chief Matthew Sonnabend presented the rationale for the item which was accepted.  The CIP items then continued with 2019-132 Appropriation and Loan Order in the amount of $1,160,000 be appropriated for the purpose of funding the Rendezvous Lane Pump Station Replacement Project; 2019-133 Appropriation and Loan Order in the amount of $1,125,000 for the purpose of funding the Bearse’s Way Vacuum Sewer Replacement Project; 2019-134 Appropriation and Loan Order in the amount of $4,019,000 for the purpose of funding the South Street Sewer Rehabilitation Project; 2019-135 Appropriation and Loan Order in the amount of $1,050,000 for the purpose of funding the Pipe Replacement and Upgrade Project;  2019-136 Appropriation and Transfer Order in the amount of $200,000 for the purpose of funding the Wells, Pump Stations, and Treatment Plant Repair & Upgrade Project; 2019-137 Appropriation and Transfer Order in the amount of $75,000 for the purpose of funding the purchase of a Valve Maintenance Trailer System. Mr. Santos was joined by Hyannis Water Supply Division Supervisor Hans Keijser for Agenda Item 2019-138 Appropriation and Transfer Order in the amount of $220,000 for the purpose of funding the Wells Treatment Options Evaluation which was approved. Mr. Santos was joined by Solid Waste Division Supervisor Patrick Kelliher for Agenda Items 2019-139 Appropriation and Transfer Order in the amount of $60,000 for the purpose of funding the Repair and Upgrade of Five Compactor Units; 2019-140 Appropriation and Transfer Order in the amount of $80,000 for the purpose of funding the Replacement of an All-Terrain Litter Vacuum and Kubota Rough Terrain Vehicle;  2019-141 Appropriation and Transfer Order in the amount of $100,000 for the purpose of funding the Roll off Trailer Replacement which were approved. Mr. Beaudoin rejoined Mr. Santos for the remaining CIP items: 2019-142 Appropriation and Transfer Order in the amount of $612,000 for the purpose of funding the Marstons Mills School Pump Station and Associated RT 28 Collection System Preliminary Design; 2019-143 Appropriation and Transfer Order in the amount of $938,000 for the purpose of funding the Long Pond Area Sewer Expansion Final Design and Permitting; 2019-144 Appropriation and Transfer Order in the amount of $612,000 for the purpose of funding the Marstons Mills River Treatment System Design and Permitting; 2019-145 Appropriation and Transfer Order in the amount of $735,000 for the purpose of funding the Phinney’s Lane Sewer Expansion Final Design and Permitting; 2019-146 Appropriation and Loan Order in the amount of $797,000 for the purpose of funding the Osterville Field Construction and Site Improvement Project; 2019-147 Appropriation and Loan Order in the amount of $300,000 for the purpose of funding the Design and Permitting of Commerce Rd. Improvements in Barnstable Village; 2019-148 Appropriation and Loan Order in the amount of $996,000 for the purpose of funding the Improvements to the School Administration Building Project; 2019-149 Appropriation and Transfer Order in the amount of $125,000 for the purpose of funding the Design and Permitting of a New Municipal Pier Project;  2019-150 Appropriation and Transfer Order in the amount of $75,000 for the purpose of funding the Design and Permitting to Extend the Cotuit Town Dock.  Under New Business, 2019-191 Appointments to a Board/ Committee/Commission: Infrastructure and Energy Committee; Mid Cape Cultural Council; Planning Board; and Zoning Board of Appeals received a first reading.  The next Town Council meeting will be held on Thursday, May 2, 2019 at 7:00 PM in the Town Hall Hearing Room, 367 Main Street, Hyannis.

Update on Water Quality Resource Management Efforts in Barnstable
Barnstable’s Channel 18 has prepared a YouTube playlist of pieces they have done on Water Quality Resource Efforts in the Town of Barnstable.  The 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.  Mr. Santos was joined by Assistant DPW Director Rob Steen, Interim Town Engineer Amanda Ruggiero, and Interim Assistant Town Engineer Griffin Beaudoin who have been working on the planning internally.  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 and March 21, 2019 Town Council Meeting.

Town Welcome Center at Bismore Park Opens Today, April 26th

The Town Welcome Center at Bismore Park officially opens for the 2019 season tomorrow Friday, April 26th. Open seven (7) days a week and creating a positive first impression for over 50,000 visitors a season, our courteous and knowledgeable Gateway Greeter team provides access to current information on points of interest, events, museums, performance venues, galleries, shopping, restaurants and town-wide services including parking, beach information, activities at Town facilities and information regarding all Town of Barnstable departments.

 

 

The Town of Barnstable Celebrates ArtWeek

Barnstable Cultural District

SoulCollage Workshop Friday, April 26th 1:00-3:00 PM

Do you ever wonder why you are drawn to certain images as you browse through a magazine? They are touching some aspect in your life, whether it is apparent or hidden, asking you to pay attention. SoulCollage® is a fun, creative process which helps you access your inner wisdom by creating beautiful cards from those images that tap into your imagination and intuition. In the Introduction to SoulCollage® workshop, you will create personal cards that have special meaning just for you by gathering and piecing together images that speak to your soul. As you consult your cards and ask questions, you listen to answers hidden deep within your heart. Through this process of self-exploration amazing insights are revealed to you.   Cape Cod Art Center

3480 Route 6A, Barnstable 02630 https://capecodartcenter.org/

 

Hyannis Open Streets This Sunday, April 28th Celebrates ArtWeek

Hyannis Open Streets closes Main Street to traffic and opens it to musicians, magicians, dancers and more with free outdoor events for all ages! This event has been held on four Sundays annually since 2016 and will feature even more interactive activities for ArtWeek 2019. There will be an art scavenger hunt where works by Barnstable High School art students can be tracked down by intrepid art appreciators. Closed to cars, Main Street becomes a big dance floor for those ready to move to the sounds of live bands at every corner, playing many varieties of music. And new this year, plein air painters drawn to Cape Cod's seascapes are invited to set up their easels and capture the vibrant street scene!  Ample free parking is available behind buildings on both sides of Main Street, and many shops and restaurants will be open.

 

The HYCC will be CLOSED from April 29th – May 5th

The Hyannis Youth & Community Center (HYCC) will be closed from Sunday, April 29th through Sunday, May 5th for required maintenance.  Access will be restricted from the entire building, except for the Main Lobby , where Barnstable Recreation will be open for business during regular hours, Monday-Friday 8:30 AM-4:00 PM.  Starting on Monday, May 6th parking permits (beach stickers) will be available for sale.

 

Housing Assistance Corporation Big Fix-A-Thon Returns to Barnstable

Housing Assistance invites interested participants to a free Big Fix-a-Thon Kick-Off on Tuesday, April 30, at 5 pm at Shepley Showcase at 75 Benjamin Franklin Way in Hyannis. This month’s kick-off will provide details on how residents and business owners can get involved in the annual day of service event, which will be held on October 5, 2019 in several Barnstable villages. During the Big Fix-a-Thon, volunteers make a difference in the lives of their neighbors: seniors, veterans and disabled people who need help with home repairs, yard clean-ups and other projects. More information can be found here.


Public Input Sought for Downtown Hyannis Parking Implementation Strategies
Town of Barnstable will hold a public meeting Monday, May 6th to present and receive input about downtown Hyannis parking, connectivity and public space priorities. 

Monday, May 6, 2019

5:00 – 7:00 PM

Barnstable Town Hall, 367 Main St, Hyannis

2nd Floor Hearing Room

Do you live, work, shop or dine in downtown Hyannis? Are you interested in learning about and providing feedback on potential implementation strategies to increase parking availability, enhance connections between parking facilities and downtown destinations, and improve signage?  Please join the Town of Barnstable and its consultant Nelson\Nygaard for a public meeting on Monday, May 6 from 5:00-7:00 PM at Barnstable Town Hall, 367 Main Street, Hyannis.  Consultant Nelson\Nygaard will present an overview of the Hyannis Parking Plan recommendations and discuss potential implementation strategies developed as part of this process. Following the presentation, attendees are encouraged to participate in an interactive open house and provide feedback at stations each focused on different implementation topics. The open house format provides an opportunity to interact with the project team; learn more about the pros, cons and/or tradeoffs of different implementation strategies; and identify community priorities to achieve downtown parking goals and outcomes.  Implementation strategies to be highlighted include employee parking program options; demand-based strategies including parking time-limits and rate alternatives; shared parking options and opportunities; public space and infrastructure enhancements; and more.  The goal of the meeting is to identify key implementation priorities and strategy options to best achieve the community goals identified and evaluated during the 2017 parking study process.  Feedback received from the meeting will assist the project team in the development of the final implementation framework.

 

Creative Hands Gallery Group Art Exhibit at Barnstable Town Hall, 2nd Floor meeting rooms- April 22 through May 31, 2019

A multi-artist exhibit featuring: Carl Lopes, Carol Flax, Judith Freeman Clark, Richard Pawlak, Candice Ronesi, Andrea Kuehn and Bob Singer
The "Art on Loan" program displays the works of local artists on meeting room walls in Barnstable Town Hall.   Seven of the Creative Hands Gallery represented artists have work on display in the Barnstable Town Hall, until May 31, 2019.  This exhibit features a varied range of styles and mediums. Creative Hands is a contemporary Cape Cod gallery of Fine Crafts and more located 812 Main Street, Unit 2, Osterville. It provides local and visiting patrons of Cape Cod a place to view and/or purchase one-of-a-kind handcrafted artwork for everyday use and enjoyment in a formal gallery setting.  The Gallery features the works of an eclectic cross section of both established and emerging artists: glass blowers, jewelry makers, potters, wood turners, furniture makers, print makers, photographers, painters, sculptural artists and more.  Each piece of artwork is displayed in a manner so as to give it space to be viewed and enjoyed individually.  Jim Irvine, the owner of Creative Hands Gallery, is a long time potter. Having grown up in Lincoln, Rhode Island, and having attended art school in Providence, he participated in many Fine Art and Craft Festivals throughout the years.  The next logical step in his career was to open a Fine Art and Craft Gallery, giving him a place to show his own work as well as that of other very talented artists he's met at the various craft shows and throughout his life.  The exhibition is open to the public and on display until May 31, 2019, in the Barnstable Town Hall Hearing Room and Selectmen’s Conference Room.  2nd Floor, Barnstable Town Hall, 367 Main Street, Hyannis.  There is complimentary parking 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 or call 508-862-4767   Program information available at: www.ArtsBarnstable.com
Participating Artists:
Carl Lopes: His  paintings are a respectful nod to centuries of influential African design and tradition. Colors, patterns and compositions pay tribute to ancestral heritages and cultures, yet maintain a direct contemporary vibe. Masks, portraits, birds, and fish are embellished with geometric motifs and designs that visually pop. Airbrushed acrylics, holographic papers, glass beads, and jewelry are attached to wood panels and coated with high gloss poly-resin. The paintings appear as if they are stained glass, and lit from behind. The intentional stunning appearances leave viewers amazed and intrigued.
Carol Flax: Carol Flax has a BA in English from Heidelberg College and an MA in Speech & Theater from the University of Michigan. She has worked in theater, film, and, for the past 20 years, in marketing and communications.  When she moved to Cape Cod in 2013, Carol revived a technique of representational collage that she originally developed in her twenties. She calls her work “Cut Paper Mosaics” as she uses cut reclaimed paper, applied in brush-stroke-like patterns, which reference the natural shapes and movement in the landscapes they depict. She uses her art-making as a lens through which to view her beautiful surroundings, in varying degrees of representation and abstraction. Carol is also an Associate Member of Audubon Artists, Inc., a member of the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod, the Sandwich Arts Alliance and president of the Society of Cape Cod Craftsmen -- one of the oldest professional fine craft organizations in New England.
Judith Freeman Clark: Raised in central Massachusetts, she was encouraged by her grandmother to "be artistic."  Accordingly, she attended The Vesper George School of Art in Boston after high school and has been painting in transparent watercolors for 40 years.  She draws inspiration from the watercolors of Winslow Homer and John Singer Sargent, from the Wyeths, and from the works of the late Loring Coleman.
Although she occasionally ventures into an impressionistic style, her work reflects an appreciation for contemporary realism, as well as long-time interest in illustration. She has studied with Robert J. O'Brien, (VT), Richard Stevens (AR), Tony van Hasselt (ME), and JoEllen Reinhardt (MA). Recently, one of her paintings was used as cover art for Vermont author Sonja Hakala's third novel, "The Dazzling Uncertainty of Life."  For Judith, “painting is a solitary, yet deeply satisfying, endeavor. And while I occasionally paint en plein aire, I work most comfortably in my studio where I can enjoy fresh-brewed coffee, listen to classical music, and lose myself in the creative process.”
Richard Pawlak: "I have been blessed with the privilege of studying drawing and painting under the late Oliver Balf and Paul Scott. Both were students of Hans Hofmann and were exacting and proficient mentors."
Richard Pawlak was born in Chelsea, MA. He attended New England School of Art in Boston and graduated Montserrat School of Art in 1981.  Pawlak developed a mastery of many artistic mediums and approaches to achieve an end result. Consequently the combination of technical skills, life experience and the good fortune of learning under excellent teaching, has emerged in the production of a growing body of work.  His paintings have been on display in galleries on Cape Cod,  Martha's Vineyard, Boston and Chelsea. They are also included in many private collections. Richard and his wife Jan live in Mashpee on Cape Cod. They have two children, Jesse and Hannah, and granddaughter, Aliyah. 
Candice Ronesi:  Candice Ronesi, a lifelong art lover, has been a resident of Cape Cod since 2001.  Originally from upstate New York, her life before Cape Cod included degrees in psychology and public administration and nearly 30 years as an administrator for a public pension fund.  Candice's paintings are inspired by the wonderful clarity of light and depth of shadows on the Cape.  A frequent traveler of the Cape's hidden paths and byways, she paints to capture the effects of light and shadow on small, undiscovered places.  Candice has been painting since 2004.  She takes classes on a regular basis with several Cape Cod artists.  She works in watercolor, pastel, oil and her preferred medium, acrylic.
Andreas Kuehn:  After 15 years of working in New York City as a commercial photographer, German born Andreas Kuehn lives now with his family on beautiful Cape Cod.  While still pursuing his career in the commercial world, Andreas started 'Andreas Kuehn Photography', which specializes in contemporary portrait and landscape/fine art photography.  His portrait images have a reportage and candid feel to them...he works to capture spontaneity rather than anything too posed. Andreas’s method of spending time with you creates a level of comfort...relaxed, true moments shine thru and are captured for you to keep.
Besides shooting portraits and kids, he has been working on his landscape/fine art portfolio...his first love in photography...exploring Cape Cod and its beauty.
Bob Singer:  Named one of Cape Cod Art Center's first Juried Master Artists, Bob is a fine art photographer and instructor at Cape Cod Art Center and Cotuit Center for the Arts.  His traditional and contemporary images hang in homes and offices across the United States, in Canada, and in Europe, and have been exhibited at the Cahoon Museum of Art, Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, Cape Cod Art Center, Cotuit Center for the Arts, Creative Hands Gallery, Mass Audubon Long Pasture and Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuaries, Osterville Fine Art, Samuell-Day Gallery, Soho Arts, and Florida's Abbacino Galleria, and Venice Art Center.  Bob's images have appeared in and on the covers of national magazines and newspapers, in advertising, annual reports, video productions and online.  He has presented programs at photography conferences and camera clubs, led classes and workshops, and judged competitions from Maine to Florida for over 30 years, and is a recipient of NECCC's prestigious MNEC appellation, awarded for his achievements in photography and his contributions to photographers in New England.  A multi-star exhibitor in PSA International Pictorial and Nature Salons, he has earned hundreds of acceptances and awards around the world including the CCCW Photographic Society of America Nature Division Bronze Medal.  His images have been awarded top honors in the CCAC All Cape Cod, All New England, and National exhibitions.  Bob founded four New England camera clubs, Cape Cod's highly successful series of spring photography seminars featuring world class photographers, and is co-creator of Cape Cod's large annual fall Click! photography conference.

Board of Health to Hold Workshop on Proposal to Ban the Sale of Flavored Tobacco Products including Products Used in Electronic and Vaping Devices

The Board of Health will be holding a workshop on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 3:00 PM at the Town Hall, in the second floor Hearing Room, 367 Main Street, Hyannis, Massachusetts.  This workshop is open to the public.  Bob Collett, Director of the Cape Cod Regional Tobacco Control Program, and Cheryl Sbarra, Senior Staff Attorney for the Massachusetts Association of Health Boards (MAHB) will provide a presentation. The Board of Health encourages participation from all sectors.   The discussion topic will be concerning a proposal to ban the sale of flavored tobacco products, sale of flavored nicotine products, including flavored products that are used in electronic devices and vaping devices.

 

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.

NEW Small Vessel Storage Permits

Required for all small vessels stored on Town owned land!  This decal enables better tracking of all vessels stored on Town owned land as well as an added resource for emergency contact should a vessel go adrift.

Permit decals are available for purchase Monday through Friday 8:30 AM-4:15 PM at the Marine and Environmental Affairs Department located at 1189 Phinney's Lane, Centerville. Any questions please contact the Harbormaster’s Office at: 508-790-6273 Fee:$25.00 for mooring permit holders; $50.00 for non-mooring permit holders.

 

Barnstable Transfer Station Now Accepting Credit Cards

The Town of Barnstable Department of Public Works Solid Waste Division will now be accepting credit and debit cards as a form of payment for all services, including annual stickers.  American Express, Discover, MasterCard and Visa credit and debit cards are accepted.  Cash or checks, will also continue to be acceptable forms of payment at the Transfer Station and Recycling Center. For questions about this project, call P.J. Kelliher at 508-420-2258 or refer to the Town’s website.

 

Barnstable Public Schools Kindergarten Registration Is Open!

To enroll your child in kindergarten for September 2019 please visit our district website to begin the online registration process!  PRE-REGISTER AT www.barnstable.k12.ma.us.

Requirements for Enrollment:

·        Students must be 5 years of age on or before September 1, 2019.

·        You must be a full-time resident of Barnstable.

·        If you are in the process of moving to Barnstable, you may begin the pre-registration process. Registration will be completed once you are residing in Barnstable and provide the required documentation.

·        After you complete the online process use the online scheduler to make an appointment with the school your child will be attending.

·        At your appointment, please bring all required documents and a valid photo ID.  Registration appointments completed by May 1st will be entered into a drawing to win a book gift basket for your kindergartener.

·        If your child currently attends Enoch Cobb Early Learning Center, they are already registered for Kindergarten. 

Prescreening Dates:

 (After you register your child he/she will be screened at their school on the following date):

Barnstable West Barnstable: May 10, 2019

West Villages: May 17, 2019

HyWest: May 20, 2019

Centerville: May 22, 2019

Barnstable Innovation School: May 28, 2019

 

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* Sewer Infrastructure Improvements (Pleasant Street, Main Street, Center Street, Hyannis)

Starting April 30th, the Town of Barnstable Department of Public Works contractor will be performing a sewer improvement project on Pleasant Street (between Main Street and South Street), Main Street (between Yarmouth Road and Center Street) and Center Street (between Willow Avenue and Main Street) Hyannis.  Work will include camera inspections of the existing sewer infrastructure, cleaning of the existing sewer pipes and relining of the existing sewer pipes by the cured-in-place-pipe (CIPP) method.  All work will be performed at night between 10:30 PM and 5 AM.  Construction is anticipated to be on-going for 2-3 nights a week for approximately 3 weeks as weather allows.  Police details will direct motorists around the work.  Motorists can expect altered traffic patterns and minor delays during the inspection period.

*NEW* National Grid Upgrading Natural Gas Mains - Centerville
5-135 First Avenue, Hyannis.   The work will include marking underground utilities, excavating utility trenches, installing new gas mains, backfilling the trenches and repaving.  As part of this project, National Grid will also replace the natural gas service piping that connects the main to the customer’s gas meters. Construction is expected to occur within the dates listed above, weather permitting. National Grid has committed to complete 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.  Work should be completed Monday, April 29, 2019.   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* Water Works Construction on Main Street in Hyannis

The Town of Barnstable Department of Public Works’ Water Supply Division will be finalizing a water works construction project that improved the water quality and fire flows for customers of the Hyannis Water System in the Main Street area.  This project cleaned and lined approximately 1,700 feet of 12-inch water main on Main Street from the Barnstable Road intersection to School Street. Included in the project were the replacement of valves, fire hydrants and customer water services up to the property line. The major work was done last fall and final paving is to be completed this spring, starting May 6th. Construction is anticipated to take approximately 4 weeks, weather permitting. For questions relative to this project call Michael Gorenstein, Project Manager, at (508) 775-0063.

*UPDATED* 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, is 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* Crosswalk Improvements Main Street, School Street, High Street & Ocean View Avenue

Crosswalk improvements in Cotuit are ongoing.  Remaining activities include new paved crosswalk surfaces; installation of signage; restoration of disturbed areas and installation of a new 3-way stop traffic pattern at the intersection of Main Street and Ocean View Avenue.  Normal work hours will be between 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday.  Construction is scheduled to continue through until May 23, 2019.  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.

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

Construction activities during April 26-May 3 are scheduled to include adjusting catch basins, manholes, and valve covers in the paved areas; installing curbs, sidewalks, and driveways; and other associated work.  In addition, Verizon is installing new utility poles along much 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 will 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 during April 26-May 3 are scheduled to include installing curbs, sidewalks, and driveways; constructing off-road stormwater treatment systems that will be landscaped later in the project; constructing a retaining wall on the east side of Route 149 opposite the gas station; installing new guardrail on both sides of Route 149 adjacent Mill Pond; and other associated work.  Businesses and residences along the work zones will remain accessible to traffic throughout the work. During active construction in the roadway there will 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.

*CONTINUES* Overhead Utility Line Relocations 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 will 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.

*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.

*UPDATED*Coastal Pollutant Remediation Grant Project (River Road, Marstons Mills, Cotuit Library, and 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 may start the week of April 29 and will run to June 29. PLEASE NOTE:  Drivers who are traveling through the affected areas should expect delays, reduce speed, and use caution. 

*UPDATED* National Grid Upgrading Natural Gas Mains – Centerville Project expected completion date is Monday April 29, 2019
21 to 369 South Main Street, Centerville.   The work will include marking underground utilities, excavating utility trenches, installing new gas mains, backfilling the trenches and repaving.  As part of this project, National Grid will also replace the natural gas service piping that connects the main to the customer’s gas meters. Construction is expected to occur within the dates listed above, weather permitting. National Grid has committed to complete 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.  Work should be completed Monday, April 29, 2019.   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* 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 Road, Strawberry Hill Road, Route 28 (crossing), Wequaquet Lane, Phinney’s Lane, Route 132 (crossing), Attucks Lane and Independence Drive.

*CONTINUES* Vineyard Wind Upland Route Borings

Stantec as consultants for Vineyard Wind’s power duct bank project in Barnstable will have a boring crew on the streets of Barnstable next week for 3-4 days, to collect geotechnical data along the proposed route.  The duct bank route includes Craigville Beach Road, Strawberry Hill Road, Route 28 (crossing), Wequaquet Lane, Phinney’s Lane, Route 132 (crossing), Attucks Lane and Independence Drive.

*UPDATED* Pavement Improvements on Various Public Roadways in the Town of Barnstable

Pavement improvements began during the week of April 15, 2019 on various public roads in the Town of Barnstable. The list of roads includes the following:

Marstons Mills:                Cinderella Terrace

High View Circle

West Barnstable:             Bursley Path

Cedar Street

Locust Avenue

Lothrups Lane

The Town’s contractor for this project is MCE Dirtworks.  The construction activities include clearing of overgrowth along the road sides, street sweeping, pavement milling, and placement of new pavement surfaces and restoration of disturbed areas.  Normal work hours will be between 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday. Construction is scheduled to continue through until June 14, 2019.   Through traffic will be maintained on these roads throughout construction.  Any lane closures will be supported 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* Bourne Bridge work to shifted to next phase on or about April 17; motorists to see change to travel patterns; Sidewalk to be closed for about 2 ½ weeks
Repair work on the Bourne Bridge, spanning the Cape Cod Canal in Bourne, Mass., is proceeding on schedule, according to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District officials. The contractor began the next phase of the repair work on or about the afternoon of Wednesday, April 17, 2019.  During this phase, sidewalk access to cross the bridge will be closed for safety reasons as the contractor will be repairing the walking surface. Pedestrians and bicyclists who intend to use the bridge sidewalk for crossings are advised to seek alternate routes or use alternate means of crossing such as public transportation, ride share, or vehicle for hire services until this phase of rehabilitation work is completed. Barring unforeseen complications, the sidewalk will remain closed for approximately 2 ½ weeks. During this time, travel lanes are reduced to ONE LANE OF TRAFFIC IN EACH DIRECTION AND NO WIDE LOADS are permitted to cross the bridge. State and local police will be on duty at all times work is being performed to assist the motoring public.  This bridge work is critical to maintaining the structural integrity of the bridges, which are a vital component to the transportation system of Cape Cod, the Islands and southeastern Massachusetts.  Traffic signs, message boards and bridge work alert emails are used to help inform motorists about pending lane restrictions and bridge work. 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 on Facebook; on Twitter; and Instagram. Or visit the District website.


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.

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: Who was Marstons Mills named after?  Marstons Mills was settled by Roger Goodspeed before 1653. His granddaughter Lydia married Benjamin Marston who developed the fulling mill and weaving operations along the River.  Originally there was an apostrophe in the name Marston’s Mills and it was eventually dropped.

 

This Week’s Question:  Today is Arbor Day.  In Barnstable we celebrate Arbor Week.  Do you know why? Please email your answer here.

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