In Memoriam - Doug Kalweit, Natural Resources Supervisor

It is with a heavy heart, that we inform you of the passing of Doug Kalweit on Monday, November 27th. Doug was a 44 year employee of the Town of Barnstable starting as a Deputy Conservation Officer in February of 1973.  Doug then worked as shellfish warden, shellfish constable, natural resource officer, and senior natural resource officer. In July of 1992, Doug became the Natural Resource Supervisor.  Doug was a colleague, a friend, and a wonderful person.  He was a man who bravely battled pancreatic cancer for two years and, until just recently, came to work every day.  He was very heroic and will be missed by all.  Recently, Doug was recognized for his years of services at the annual Shellfish Volunteer Appreciation Day.  You can view a video of the event here.  Our deepest sympathies go out to Doug’s family, coworkers and friends.


Newly Elected Officials Sworn In on November 20th

On Monday, November 20th, Town Clerk Ann Quirk was sworn in to her second term in office by Justice of the Peace and Assistant Town Clerk Janet Murphy. Town Clerk Quirk resumed her role in swearing in Michael Sweeney to his seat on the Barnstable Housing Authority. Four new Town Councilors were also sworn in: Britt S. Beedenbender (Precinct 4); Paul C. Neary (Precinct 6); Matthew P. Levesque (Precinct 10); and Paula K. Schnepp (Precinct 12). Congratulations!  We look forward to working with you.


Barnstable Police Department Welcomes Four New Officers
Today, Barnstable Police Chief Paul B. MacDonald is pleased to announce the addition of four new patrol officers to the force.  The officers will be sworn in at the Barnstable Police Department later today after having completed twenty-four weeks of recruit officer training at the Plymouth Academy.  The officers will begin three months of field training prior to being cleared for solo patrol.  The new officers are Patrol Officer Jian Barcelo, Patrol Officer Wanessa Pizaia, Patrol Officer Dennis Reddy, and Patrol Officer Cailin White.  Officer Barcelo and Officer Pizaia have the distinct honor of being the first Barnstable Police Officers who are naturalized citizens.  We look forward to seeing all of these officers around the Town of Barnstable and sharing more information about the ceremony in next week’s eNews!


New Federally-funded Superfund Research Center Focusing on Contaminants in Drinking Water to Host Community Kick-off at Barnstable Town Hall on Monday, December 4th
Members from the University of Rhode Island (URI), Harvard University and Silent Spring Institute - the newly-formed STEEP (Sources, Transport, Exposure and Effects of PFASs) Superfund research center - will be in Hyannis to provide an overview of the project and the critical involvement of Cape Cod communities in the new center.  The five-year STEEP project, led by URI, will address the emerging problem of highly fluorinated chemicals called PFASs in drinking water – how these chemicals move through our environment, how we are exposed through our drinking water, and how they affect our health.  The kick-off will take place on Monday, December 4th 1:30-3:00 PM in the 2nd floor Hearing Room at Barnstable Town Hall, 367 Main Street, Hyannis.  Barnstable Town Manager Mark Ells and Cheryl Osimo of Silent Spring Institute and the Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition (MBCC) will offer welcoming remarks.


A Visit to Barnstable from Across the Pond
In September of 2014, a group of Barnstable and Cape Cod residents took part in a trip to Barnstaple, England as part of the Town of Barnstable’s 375th Celebrations.  The trip organized by Karyn Wendell and the 375th Committee was a tremendous success thanks in large part to the tour guide in England.  We were pleased to welcome Tony Abbott (Registered Blue Badge Guide with South West Tourism in England) and his wife Jude to Barnstable this week!  Tony and Jude were able to meet former Town Council President and 375th Committee Chair Jessica Rapp Grassetti, Town Manager Mark Ells, Town Clerk Ann Quirk, and historian Nancy Viall Shoemaker during his visit.  Tony and Jude took in visits to the John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum, JFK Memorial, The Dolphin Restaurant in Barnstable Village, the James Otis and Mercy Otis Warren Statues, Cape Cod Beer, and the Historical Society of Cotuit & Santuit.  A special thank you to Jim and Joan Ellis of Barnstable Village for offering a Barnstable Village welcome to our visitors as well as Joyce Ginouves and Karyn Wendell for their hospitality.


Barnstable Youth Commission Attends "Ask the Professor, Speaker Event"

On Tuesday, November 28th, the Barnstable Youth Commission attended the "Ask the Professor, Speaker Event" at Bridgewater State College’s South Yarmouth Campus.  Dr. Meghan McCoy presented most recent information available on “Bullying & Cyberbullying: Recognition, Prevention, & Intervention” in this lecture. The Commissioners spent a lot of time with Dr. McCoy engaging her with many questions and answers after the presentation.


Barnstable Public Schools is Now on Facebook!

Barnstable Public Schools now has a Facebook page.  You can follow them here. You may also want to follow Superintendent Meg Mayo-Brown on Twitter @meg_bps.  


Turkey Trot Provides Meals to 125 Homebound Seniors for Thanksgiving

On Wednesday, November 22nd, the Senior Services Division staff and volunteers, led by Outreach Coordinators Claudia Borden and Judy Redd, prepared a delicious home cooked Thanksgiving meal at the Barnstable Senior that was delivered to 125 homebound seniors throughout Barnstable. We are grateful to everyone who helped out with this community effort, including our dedicated volunteers, the Friends of the Barnstable Council on Aging, Cape Cod Needy Fund, Coca Cola of Cape Cod, Trader Joe’s, Cumberland Farms, Centerville Pie Company, Guaranteed Fresh, Hyannis Food Service, 4-H Club, Girl Scouts, and the Academy of Early Learning.


The Snowy Owls are back!
This week, Sandy Neck staff observed 5 different snowy owls moving in throughout the park. Barrier beaches like Sandy Neck are regular hotspots for snowy owls during the winter months, due to the habitat similarities of the tundra which the owls are used to further north. If you decide to brave the elements and adventure out to catch a glimpse of this majestic creature in the wild, please keep the following in mind: 

-While hiking out on Sandy Neck, you must stay on the front beach and marked trails only! Going off-trail or through the dunes for any reason other than what is written in the rules and regulations is prohibited. 

-Feeding, harassing, or disturbing wildlife of any kind on Sandy Neck is prohibited. If a snowy owl can see you or flies away as you approach, you are too close!

While a chance to observe a beautiful creature like the Snowy Owl can be a rewarding and gratifying experience, it is important that we also respect these animals and allow them the space and protection they need in order for a chance to thrive during such a harsh time of year. By protecting our natural resources and all wildlife within, we can continue to provide these views and experiences for future generations to come.  Snowy Owl photo courtesy of Natural Resource Officer Sean Kortis.


Saturday, December 2nd – Christmas in Cotuit - 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Christmas in Cotuit will be held this year on Saturday, December 2.  Activities include Arts and Crafts Fairs at the Cotuit Center for the Arts, Christmas in Cotuit’s 18th Annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Festival at Freedom Hall, Historical Society end of season sale, Cotuit Kettleers Store at Lowell Park, Sixteenth Annual Small Works Art Show & Sale, Cotuit Fresh Market Main Street Tastings, Cotuit Fire Station has free Firehouse Chili, horse drawn carriage rides starting at the Post Office, Skip Daniels the Magician at the Cotuit Library, and more! Activities run from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.  Santa’s Arrival by Boat at the Town Dock is scheduled for 3:45 PM. A complete schedule is available on-line.


Saturday, December 2nd Hyannis Holiday Celebrations


Visit for a detailed program of events. Presented by The Hyannis Main Street Business Improvement District, The Greater Hyannis Chamber of Commerce, The Greater Hyannis Civic Association and The Hyarts District with The Town of Barnstable and by a number of local businesses and organizations. 

     On the Hyannis HyArts Campus, corner of Pearl & South Street, Hyannis


Gallery Artrio, Bass River Pottery, Studio 46-Mellissa Morris, Guyer Barn


The Hyannis HyArts Campus, at the corner of Pearl and South Streets is celebrating the December holiday season with a campus-wide event, Saturday, December 2nd from 5:00 PM-7:00 PM.  In addition, the artists at the Guyer Barn are offering extended hours from 3:00 PM-8:00 PM. This campus event coordinates with the Hyannis Main Street Holiday Stroll and Hyannis Harbor Boat Parade and provides another stop to visit while in downtown Hyannis.  Free parking available in the Guyer Barn and Town Hall parking lots.  Visitors can celebrate the season and explore artful creations in four unique settings all on the Hyannis HyArts Campus The Guyer Barn~ 250 South Street. 

Festive Artists’ Show & Holiday Sale, 3:00 PM-8:00 PM


Join Three Brewster Artists at a colorful holiday reception and sale featuring new original works by Painter/Designer/Card Maker Amy Mason of Stony Brook Design, Painter/Printmaker Liz Perry of Blue Jacket Studio, and Jewelry Designer/Collage Artist Acqua Hildebrand of Acqua Divine. 
The barn will be full of colorful abstract paintings and prints, semi-precious stone jewelry, collages, cards, and textile goods. Stop in for refreshments, a painting demonstration, creative holiday gifts and meet with the artists.


Gallery Artrio - 50 Pearl.  Open event, 5:00-7:00 PM
“After Dinner Delights" Wine Tasting Seminar

(5:30 PM-6:15 PM)

Gallery Artrio is a fine art gallery featuring original paintings, blown glass and hand wrought jewelry. The Gallery and Cape Cod Package Store of Centerville get in the spirit with a holiday reception at the gallery. The evening features “After Dinner Delights”, a wine seminar on how to pair dessert wines and ports with cheese, chocolate and sweets! Learn how to put a noble last note on your evening with friends. The event also features a tasty selection of special ‘small works’ by the gallery artists.  Diane Slater, wine expert from Cape Cod Package Store and Gallery Artrio artist will be your guide for the seminar.  The “After Dinner Delights” seminar will be 5:30 PM – 6:15 PM only, so make sure you arrive early. The reception continues to 7:00 PM with light refreshments.


 Mellissa Morris - Studio 46 Pearl.  5:00 PM-7:00 PM

HyArts Campus Artist-in-Resident Mellissa Morris opens the doors to her charming studio to share her latest works.  Stop into her hand cut paper snowflake gallery special for this evening event and enjoy cookies and hot chocolate.  Mellissa Morris is an expressive abstract artist working with painting, collage, drawing and printmaking techniques. 


Bass River Pottery - 50 Pearl.  5:00 PM-7:00 PM

Potter Jeanmarie O’Clair will be on hand to demonstrate her pottery process at her open working studio.  Receive a complimentary small cup (while supplies last) to fill with refreshments while you visit.

Her pottery reflects the beauty of the ocean that surrounds the Cape.  From functional stoneware and hand cut artisan tiles, all of her distinctive handcrafted items, including the original Mermaid Mug, will be available for sale. 

PLEASE NOTE:  On Friday, December 1st, Bass River Pottery is hosting an open studio night from 4:00 PM-6:00 PM. Make a holiday ornament while getting a jump on the holiday shopping. Price $20.00.

The HyArts Campus located at the corner of Pearl and South Street provides community art space, working artist studios and a professional artist gallery which support and promote the arts through instruction, events, exhibits and performances; the campus includes Gallery Artrio, Bass River Pottery, Studio 46-Mellissa Morris and the Guyer Barn.  For more information, visit and on Facebook at hyartsdistrict and artsbarnstable.


Sunday, December 3rd – Centerville Christmas Stroll - 3:00-6:00 PM

The Centerville Christmas Stroll is sponsored by the Centerville Civic Association.  Enjoy delicious snacks while celebrating the season with friends and neighbors and enjoying the entertainment and special events along Centerville’s Historic Main Street.


Sunday, December 3rd – Marstons Mills Village Celebration & Carols - 3:00-5:00 PM
Meet your neighbors as you stroll through the heart of Marstons Mills at Christmastime. There will be special treats and giveaways. There will be a tree lighting ceremony with carol singing. Caroling begins at 4:30 PM.


Sunday, December 3rd – West Barnstable Tree Lighting - 5:00 PM

West Barnstable Tree Lighting on the West Barnstable green, just north of the 1717 Meetinghouse on Route 149. Carols accompanied by trumpeter Jeremy Cadrin and the West Parish of Barnstable Handbell Choir. Santa Claus will arrive on a WB fire truck. Immediately following the tree lighting there will be an informal gathering in Jenkins Hall with lots of food and friends. For more info, contact Joanne Wallace at 508-362-5139. Please bring dog or cat food for Cape Cod DART (Disaster Animal Rescue Team).


Wednesday, December 6th – Barnstable Village Stroll - 6:00-8:00 PM

The village stroll is the perfect time to enjoy festivities with family all along Main Street (Route 6A) in Barnstable Village.


Friday, December 8st – Osterville Stroll - 10:00 AM-8:00 PM

48th Annual Christmas Stroll

Holiday festivities in the traditionally decorated village include horse-drawn carriage rides, trolley rides, a visit from Santa, carolers, refreshments, music and more!  Events include: live music, a visit from Santa, Mrs. Claus and one of Santa's elves, Corn Hole, tree lighting at the library and lots of good food and refreshments.


Transfer Station and Recycling Center Closed – Wednesday, December 6 from
7:30 AM to 12:00 PM

The Town of Barnstable Transfer Station & Recycling Center located at 45 Flint Street, Marstons Mills, will be closed from 7:30 AM to 12:00 PM on Wednesday December 6, 2017 for the annual Department-wide staff training. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.


Flu Clinic on Thursday, December 7th

The Town’s Public Health Division will host a Flu Clinic on Thursday, December 7th from 2:00 PM-4:00 PM at the Hyannis Youth & Community Center.  The Clinic is open to all Town residents.  The cost is $3.00. For More Information: Call the Town of Barnstable Public Health Division at (508) 862-4644.


A Reminder from the Harbormaster’s Office to All Boaters

Unless a vessel owner secures written permission from Harbormaster staff for a proven need and that the vessel be actively used, no vessel shall be stored or placed on any Town property between November 15 and April 15. Any vessel placed or remaining between those dates shall be considered abandoned property under this regulation, and will be scrapped or otherwise disposed of by the Town. The Town of Barnstable shall not be responsible for damage to or theft of any vessel placed neither at this parcel nor for loss of property considered abandoned under this regulation.


Inside Barnstable Town Government Winter Classes The twenty-fifth session of Inside Barnstable Town Government, A Citizens Leadership Academy will begin Tuesday, January 30, 2018. 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. Inside Barnstable Town Government began in 2003 and is celebrating its 25th session. To date, over 700 Barnstable residents and employees have participated in the program.  The classes will be on Tuesday evenings from 6:30-9:00 PM and will be held in various locations throughout the Town.  The Academy also includes a bus tour of the seven villages.  The classes will be conducted by Town staff and provide interactive learning experiences, group discussions, and site tours.  The program is free of charge and open to anyone who resides or works in the Town of Barnstable.   Class size is limited.  Please register early to avoid the waiting list. Applications are available at the Town Manager’s Office, 367 Main Street, Hyannis or online at  To receive an application by mail or fax, please call 508-862-4610.  For specific information, you may call Academy facilitators Susan French at 508-362-2864 or Arthur Caiado at 508-221-0412.


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 of 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 ( 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’. Sections within this easily-navigable site include: “The Barnstable Advantage”; “Business Development and Permitting”; and “Business Assistance and Resources” and contain links to key resources at the Town, State and Federal levels.  The Barnstable Business & Permitting Guide is a user-friendly printed reference publication to help small businesses looking to locate within Barnstable navigate through the municipal permitting, licensing and zoning process.  This interdepartmental collaboration answers many commonly asked questions when opening such businesses as retail, food establishments, service and office entities. It contains information about licensing, permits, regulatory review, and business certificates, as well as checklists and key contact information.  “These business resource tools are easy to navigate and offer pertinent information for anyone looking to do business in Barnstable, from the small ‘mom & pop’ shops to a corporate enterprise” said Mike Trovato, the Town’s Economic Development Specialist.  “While Hyannis is our commercial hub, there are areas in each of the seven villages of Barnstable that are unique from each other, offering a diversified palette of opportunities for business owners to choose from.” Under the direction of Planning & Development Director Elizabeth Jenkins, the Town is developing a progressive marketing plan with a goal to draw attention to Barnstable and its seven villages as a viable location for a number of different business models including the creative and blue economies, healthcare, financial services, light manufacturing, as well as tourism-based hospitality, retail and food establishments.  For more information about these tools or Barnstable’s economic development program in general, please visit or contact Economic Development Specialist, Mike Trovato at 508.862.4791 or

First Time Home Buyers – Hyannis Home Buyer Assistance Program



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

Town of Barnstable DPW- Drainage Improvements
The Department of Public Works is performing drainage improvements on Mashpee Road at Crockers Neck, Cotuit; Great Bay Road, Osterville; West Bay Road at Crosby Circle, Osterville; and Clifton Lane, Centerville. Work will begin Tuesday, December 5, 2017 and will continue as weather allows. Work will continue again in the Spring to complete improvements. 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 5:00 PM.
ROAD WORK: 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 Old Harbor Road, Hyannis, Charles Street and Overlook Drive, Centerville will start Monday, December 4, 2017. Their fall schedule is expected to continue until snow begins. Operations will start promptly at 7:00 AM and run until 4:30 PM Monday through Friday. 

Route 28 (Falmouth Road) at Strawberry Hill Road Continues

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) continues their roadway improvements for the “Route 28 (Falmouth Road) at Strawberry Hill Road” project. The project will include new drainage, new traffic signals, pedestrian improvements and new pavement. The majority of the work will be completed by December 1st. Traffic during construction operations will be delayed and motorists are advised to seek alternate routes to avoid the construction work.  The work hours will be between the hours of 6:30 AM and 3:30 PM, Monday through Friday.

*UPDATED* 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. The work hours will be between the hours of 6:30 AM and 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday.



Osterville Bay School Demolition

Workers are on site this week removing asbestos containing debris with methods approved by the abatement consultant and the Department of Environmental Protection.  Clean-up will take an estimated three (3) days.  Once abatement work is completed, the demolition of remaining portions of the building will continue.  The ornamental cast book, West Barnstable Bricks, and additional building ornaments were salvaged and delivered to the Osterville Historical Museum.  As the building is torn down materials are being categorized, separated, and trucked off site.  Demolition work is expected to be completed in the middle of December.

Lombard Site (West Barnstable)

This week the contractor is installing new ball field lighting.  The site contractor continues reconstruction of the entire ball field including under-field drainage, replacement sod, new fencing, and scoreboard.  The foundation has been installed for the new press box.  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.


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 commissionn

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: 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.

Our thoughts and prayers continue to go out to those affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose and Maria.
Ways to help through national organizations are:
American Red Cross is accepting donations on its website.
AmeriCares takes medicine and supplies to survivors.
Catholic Charities provides food, clothing, shelter and support services for all religious backgrounds.


Last week’s question:  We think we are throwing you a softball here.  What is the name of the Native American tribe that greeted the Pilgrims upon their arrival in the New World?  We THOUGHT we were throwing a softball, however, we had a couple of responses that we thought we would share.  The first response said, “Original Pilgrims were not greeted by an Indian Tribe.”  Laurie Crowley was the first to respond with the answer we were looking for - Pokanoket of the Wampanoag Nation.


This Week’s Question:  What village stroll in the Town of Barnstable pre-dates the Nantucket Christmas Stroll? Please email your Answer here.