2019-2020 Barnstable Youth Commission Prepares for the Year Ahead

On Tuesday, August 20th, the 2019-2020 Barnstable Youth Commission gathered at the Kalmus Beach Snack Bar to welcome our new Youth Commissioners (Luc-Andre Sader, Lily Atwell, Nina Barrette, and J.J. Janvier) and share the program of work for the coming year.  Youth Commission Chair Lucas McCauley was joined by current Youth Commissioners Piper Hunt and Jenna Schmidt.  Plans are already underway for the 6th Annual 7th Grade Youth Summit on March 14, 2020, OneLove Program, Ready, Set, Work! Job Fair and more.  We’re looking forward to a great year for the Barnstable Youth Commission!

Pictured from left to right: Jenna Schmidt, Piper Hunt, Lily Atwell, Adult Advisor Kip Diggs, Barnstable Youth Commission Chair Lucas McCauley, Adult Advisor Barnstable Police Lt. Jean Challies, J.J. Janvier, Luc-Andre Sader, Nina Barrette, and Recreation Director Patti Machado.


School is Back in Session on Wednesday, August 28th
It is backpacks and books for students in Barnstable Public Schools as our students in grades 1-12 head back to school Wednesday, August 28, 2019.  Kindergarten begins on Thursday, August 29, 2019.   We wish all students, teachers and staff an inspiring, successful year ahead.  We remind our residents to take even more care and remain alert when driving around town especially near school zones.  Check out Barnstable Public Schools new logo below.

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

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Saturday, August 24, 2019

The Town of Barnstable Department of Public Works Solid Waste Division in collaboration with Barnstable County is holding a Household Hazardous Waste Collection at the Transfer Station located at 45 Flint Street Marstons Mills.  Hazardous Waste Collections are FREE to Barnstable Residents.  Participants must have either a paid household trash sticker or free recycling sticker to participate.  Stickers are available during normal business hours at the transfer station, including on the collection day.  The hours of the hazardous waste collection are 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM. For questions about this project, call the Transfer Station at 508-420-2258, or refer to the Town’s Website or to the County’s website for Household Hazardous Waste at www.loveyourlocalwater.org.


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, June 20, 2019 Town Council Meeting as well as the August 15, 2019 Town Council Meeting.

Town of Barnstable Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG)

Notice of Document Availability, Public Meeting and Comment Period

The Town has completed the 2018 program year for the Community Development Block Grant program and is preparing Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report (CAPER) for the period July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019.  The Town was awarded $287,173 in federal funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to address the goals and objectives of the Town of Barnstable Consolidated Plan for 2015 – 2019.  The CAPER is a year-end report that outlines the accomplishments of the Town’s CDBG program and is available for review and comment before the Town submits it to HUD for approval.

The Draft CAPER will be available for review as of Thursday, August 29, 2019 on the Town website: https://www.townofbarnstable.us/CDBG or in the Planning & Development Department (PDD), 367 Main Street, 3rd Floor, Hyannis, MA 02601 between the hours of 8:30am and 4:30pm Monday through Friday. This location is handicap accessible.  
The public is invited to attend a meeting to review the Draft CAPER on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at 2:00 pm in the Planning and Development Department Conference Room, 367 Main Street, 3rd Floor, Hyannis, MA 02601. This location is handicap accessible and reasonable accommodations are available upon advance request.  Comments received in the meeting will be summarized in the final submission to HUD.  Anyone unable to attend the meeting may submit written comments to the PDD office at the address or email below.
Written comments received on or before September 16, 2019 will be included in the final submission to HUD.  Please submit written comments to:


Planning & Development Dept.

367 Main Street, 3rd Floor

Hyannis, MA 02601

Or by email: kathleen.girouard@town.barnstable.ma.us with “CDBG Comments” in the subject line. 

CONTACT INFORMATION: Kathleen Girouard, Planning & Development Dept., 367

Main Street, 3rd Floor, Hyannis, MA 02601. Phone: 508-862-4678, TDD#508-790-9801.


Barnstable Recreation Recognized by Youth StreetReach

On Sunday, August 18, 2019 Barnstable Recreation was recognized for their support of the Youth StreetReach (YSR) Program.  This program gives a chance for teens to interact with people who have or are still dealing with being homeless.  The YSR Mission is to integrate education, worship, and outreach in order to make youth more aware of injustice and to respect the dignity of all people, especially the lonely, lost and disenfranchised. The Youth hear firsthand how each life’s path may lead to unexpected circumstances and how a community can help change lives. Thank You, Youth StreetReach! Congratulations, Barnstable Recreation! Pictured below: Youth StreetReach’s Marilyn Lariviere and Recreation Director Patti Machado.


Town Manager Mark Ells and TFAC Present Kirkman Trust Funds to Libraries

On Thursday, August 22, 2019, Town Manager Mark Ells joined Trust Fund Advisory Committee (TFAC) Chair Bo Murdoch and TFAC Members Fran Parks, Jayne Scanlon and Treasurer / Collector Debra Blanchette in distributing $100,000 of the Kirkman Trust Fund to the Town of Barnstable’s seven village libraries.  The meeting was held at the Osterville Village Library (OVL).   OVL Executive Director Cyndy Cotton gave attendees a tour of the library prior to start of the meeting.  Mr. Murdoch and Mr. Ells both spoke to the changing dynamic of library services.   Each library was afforded the opportunity to share highlights from their library.  Pictured below from left to right:  Cyndy Cotton (Osterville Village Library), Lucy Loomis (Sturgis Library), Carol Saunders (Hyannis Public Library), Victoria Allard (Whelden Memorial Library), Stacie Hevener (Marstons Mills Public Library), Town Manager Mark Ells, Treasurer / Collector Debra Blanchette, TFAC Chair Bo Murdoch, TFAC Members Jayne Scanlon and Fran Parks.


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.

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:


There is Always Something Going on at the Barnstable Adult Community Center
Upcoming programs include:

Meet Boston Red Sox Ambassador Dick Flavin Thursday, August 29, 11:00 AM

Dick Flavin is the poet laureate and senior ambassador of the Boston Red Sox and Voice of Fenway Park, serving as public address announcer for Red Sox day games. His television commentaries won seven New England Emmy Awards. He is a nationally known speaker, and is a member of the Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame.  He wrote and starred in According to Tip, the acclaimed one-man play about legendary Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill. The Quincy resident is the New York Times bestselling author of Red Sox Rhymes: Verses and Curses, a collection of sixty-four humorous and nostalgic poems celebrating the Boston Red Sox.

Wills, Why You Need One Wednesday, September 4, 1:30 PM

Don’t have a will?  Do you really want probate to determine what happens to your estate, rather than making decisions for yourself?  Learn what happens if you don’t take this important step.  Presenter:  Anastasia Welsh Perrino, Esq. Barnstable Family and Probate Court Registrar

Senior Learning Network:

Women in Art: A HERstory of Pioneering Women Artists Thursday, September 5, 1:30 PM

Examine works by pioneering American Artists, and discover the women who led the way in diverse media, breaking stylistic ground, and leaving their marks on the art world.  Meet Texan artists and educators Lauren Cross and Diane Durant, members of the Fort Worth Area Carter Community.

Location: 825 Falmouth Road, Hyannis

Parking: free parking

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


ArtsBarnstable has a lot to offer!


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

*NEW* Gleneagle Drive, Centerville

Pavement and drainage improvements began on Gleneagle Drive in Centerville on August 20, 2019 and are expected to be completed by September 27, 2019, weather dependent. The work includes expansion of existing drainage systems, installation of a new drainage system, reclamation of the existing paved road surface and sidewalk, repaving the sidewalk and roadway with new hot mix asphalt and general restoration. As always please slow down and use extreme caution when traveling through the road construction areas and follow posted safety and detour signs.

*NEW* Main Street (Route 6A) and Mill Way in Barnstable Village

Construction is scheduled to start on September 3, 2019 and will continue through May 2020.  Normal work hours will be 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM, Monday through Friday.  The project area is Main Street (Route 6A) from Rendezvous Lane to Mill Way, and Mill Way from Main Street to Barnstable Harbor Marina.  The project objectives are to improve pedestrian access and overall traffic safety, rehabilitate aging infrastructure, and enhance the streetscape.  The project scope includes new/improved sidewalks, landscaping, decorative street lighting in the village center, drainage, pavement, crosswalks, median islands, and traffic signals.  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.  Traffic delays may occur during lane closures.  When required, detours will be posted and communicated with local businesses and residents.  As always, please slow down and use extreme caution when traveling through the road construction areas, and follow posted safety and detour signs.

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

Construction is scheduled to resume on September 3, 2019 and is scheduled to continue through December 2019.  Normal work hours will be from 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM, Monday through Friday.  The project area is Route 149 from Mill Pond to Lovell’s Lane, Main Street from Route 149 to the former elementary school, and River Road from Route 149 to the post office drive.  Work this fall will include constructing additional stormwater management systems; replacing temporary sidewalks with permanent sidewalks; planting trees and installing other landscaping; constructing textured and raised crosswalks; placing the top layer of asphalt on roads and driveway aprons; and installing pavement markings and traffic signs.  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.  Traffic delays may occur during lane closures.  When required, detours will be posted and communicated with local businesses and residents.  As always, please slow down and use extreme caution when traveling through the road construction areas, and follow posted safety and detour signs.

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

Construction is scheduled to resume on September 3, 2019 and is scheduled to continue through December 2019.  Normal work hours will be 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM, Monday through Saturday.  The project area is Sea Street from Main Street to Ocean Avenue, Ocean Avenue from Sea Street to Keyes Memorial Beach, and the intersection of Sea Street & South Street.  Work this fall will include sidewalk reconstruction and wheelchair ramps; installation of decorative street lights and planting street trees; new traffic signal equipment at Sea Street & South Street; placing the top layer of asphalt on the roads, sidewalks, and driveway aprons; and installing pavement markings and traffic signs, including crosswalks.  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.  Traffic delays may occur during lane closures.  When required, detours will be posted and communicated with local businesses and residents.  As always, please slow down and use extreme caution when traveling through the road construction areas, and follow posted safety and detour signs.

*CONTINUES* Road Work Notice from MassDOT for Intersection Work at Falmouth Road (Route 28) at Osterville-West Barnstable Road

Beginning September 5th, MassDOT will commence work on the intersection at Falmouth Road (Route 28) at Osterville West Barnstable Road.  The road has been redesigned to include exclusive left turn lanes and improve bicycle and pedestrian accommodation as part of the proposed safety improvement work. The work to be done consists of furnishing and installing of new traffic signal equipment at the intersection including emergency vehicle pre-emption system, bicycle and vehicles loop detectors, construction of ADA compliant wheelchair ramps, sidewalks, and driveways, box widening, pavement milling and resurfacing, new pavement markings and signs, drainage improvements, water distribution modifications, existing utility pole relocations, installation of granite curbing and loam and seeding.  Hours of Operation (Day/Night):   Monday through Friday 7:00 AM-3:30 PM.  The initial work shall be done in four phases to allow access to local businesses for both vehicles and pedestrians. Traffic control will include all required signage, channeling devises for lane shifts and alternating one way traffic as required. Police details/ flaggers will be used as needed. 
*CONTINUES* Old Kings Road /Sampson’s Mill Road
The Towns of Mashpee and Barnstable are replacing a culvert at the Santuit River on Sampson’s Mill Road (Mashpee)/Old Kings Road (Barnstable).  Work 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.
*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 has been closed 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


Centerville Public Library



Cotuit Library



Hyannis Public Library


Marstons Mills Public Library

Osterville Village Library

Whelden Memorial Library in West Barnstable



Vineyard Wind Office Hours at Covell’s Beach and Centerville Public Library
Vineyard Wind will be available at Covell’s Beach to answer questions from beachgoers on Friday, August 23rd (assuming no inclement weather).

Join us at the Centerville Public Library to learn more about our proposal to construct an offshore wind farm 35 miles south of Cape Cod and bring the power to shore in Barnstable, providing clean renewable energy to the Cape.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 29 4:00-6:00 PM
RSVP here
All summer office hours will be held at:
Centerville Public Library, 585 Main Street, Centerville, MA 02632  
This event is not sponsored or endorsed by the Centerville Public Library.
For more information, please contact Jen Cullen at


Pumpout Boat in Service for the Boating Season

Through Columbus Day Weekend

The boating season is well 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 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.


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.


Last Week’s Question:  With the West Barnstable Village Festival tomorrow, we thought we would ask - can you name at least two of West Barnstable’s famous former residents?  We didn’t have any takers for last week’s question. The Otis Family which included James Otis, Jr. (was also called “The Patriot” and stated that “Taxation without representation is tyranny”) and his sister Mercy Otis Warren who wrote an eyewitness account of the American Revolution and was called the “Mother of the Bill of Rights”; Lemuel Shaw - who served as Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (some of Chief Justice Shaw’s rulings still stand today) and was Herman Melville’s father-in-law; and Captain “Mad Jack” Percival who captained the U.S.S. Constitution (a.k.a. Old Ironsides) to name a few.


This Week’s Question:  With school starting this week, we thought we would ask – the former Hyannis East Elementary School has a new name.  Can you name it? Please email your answer here.

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