December 7th Town Council Meeting

Last night’s Town Council meeting began with Town Council President Eric Steinhilber offering a moment of silence for those who lost their lives during Pearl Harbor as well as for Natural Resources Supervisor Doug Kalweit who passed away on November 27th.   Cape Cod Tech School Committee Members representing the Town of Barnstable Ann Williams and Len Gobeil were on hand at Public Comment to introduce three of the eleven Barnstable students who received the John and Abigail Adams Scholarships.  More information about the recipients is featured in another article in this newsletter.  President Steinhilber welcomed new Councilors Britt Beedenbender, Matthew Levesque, Paul Neary and Paula Schnepp.  Town Manager Mark Ells’ Communications included updates on the FY19 budget process, discussion with the Massachusetts Department of Fish and Wildlife and Vineyard Wind, a policy for temporary signs in the public way and progress made by the Barnstable Police Department regarding 911 Dispatch services.  Department of Public Works Director Dan Santos provided a Snow and Ice Overview.  Under Old Business:  the Allocation of Tax Levy Fiscal Year 2018 – Tax Factor was approved as a Factor of One and the Allocation of Tax Levy FY18 – Residential Exemption was also approved.  An order to approve the contract change under the MGL 30B, Uniform Procurement Act, Section 12, paragraph (b), which would allow the Olde Barnstable Fairgrounds Golf Course Golf Car contract to be extended from three (3) years to five (5) years was approved.  A first reading was held for a Resolve in support of an Intermunicipal Agreement between Barnstable, Sandwich, and Mashpee for the purpose of Popponesset Bay watershed permitting.  Nominations for Town Council President (Eric Steinhilber) and Vice President (James Crocker) were taken.  With only one candidate for each position, a motion to suspend the rules allowed for the official vote to be taken last night.  Congratulations to President Steinhilber and Vice President Crocker on their re-election to office.  The next Town Council meeting is scheduled for December 21, 2017 at 7:00 PM.

 

Town of Barnstable Employees Recognized for Years of Service

The Town of Barnstable celebrated its Years of Service for 15 Retirees and 70 Employees today (Friday, December 8, 2017) with Town Manager Mark Ells, Town Council Vice President James Crocker with Town Councilors Dr. Debra Dagwan, John Flores, Paula Schnepp and James Tinsley. Natural Resources Officer Sean Kortis paid tribute to Doug Kalweit.  Congratulations and Thank You to the following Employees:

Retired

Robert Bain (41 years) DPW Highway; Creighton Brown (31 years) DPW Highway; Jo Anne Miller Buntich (10 years) Planning & Development; Christopher Challies (19 years) Police; Barbara Childs (29 years) DPW Water Pollution Control; Mary Enos (11 years) Senior Services; Michael Field (20 years) DPW Structures & Grounds; Nancy Finch (11 years) Assessing; Kevin Foster (16 years) Information Technology; Valerie Hemmila (26 years) Police; Roger Parsons (10 years) DPW Administration; Richard Poole (16 years) DPW Structures & Grounds; Irene Rochette (19 years) Police; Paul Roma (13 years) Building; and Jeffrey Rudziak (11 years) Assessing.

5 Years of Service

Blake Buddensee, DPW Water Pollution Control; Margaret Flynn, Consumer Affairs; Joseph Green, Police; Bryan Lauzon, DPW Structures & Grounds; Cynthia Lovell, Town Council; Bradley Milley, DPW Highway; Ryan Mulligan, Golf; Christopher Nappi, Marine & Environmental Affairs; Joseph Orciuch, DPW Administration; and Susan Ricci, Assessing.

10 Years of Service

Michele Arigo, Recreation; Matthew Blondin, Police; JoAnna Callahan, Treasury; Deborah Childs, Finance; Nancylee Cormier, DPW Engineering; Kip Diggs, DPW Engineering; Peter Ginnetty, Police; Susan Griffin, Senior Services; Melissa Hersh, Planning & Development; Karen Malkus-Benjamin, Health; Mark Marinaccio, DPW Administration; Joseph Marshall, DPW Highway; Marybeth McKenzie, Health; Brandon Milley, DPW Solid Waste; Rebecca Nickerson, DPW Engineering; James Parziale, Health; Robert Perreault, Golf; Taryn Peterson, Information Technology; William Plikaitis, Airport; Theresa Santos, Purchasing; Marcia Sellitto, DPW Water Supply; Keith Sexton, Police; David Sheret, Golf; and James Tinsley, Town Council.

15 Years of Service

William Amara, Building; Johanna Boucher, Purchasing; Mark Butler, Police; Mark Cabral, Police; Jean Challies, Police; Tammy Cunningham, Human Resources; Thomas Harmon, Police;  Ross Lloyd, Police; Debra McKenna, Senior Services; Madeline Noonan, Senior Services; Douglas Palmer, Police; Scot Robbins, DPW Solid Waste; Danielle St. Peter, Police; M. Leslie Steers, Town Clerk; Marjorie Sullivan, Senior Services; John Wilbur, DPW Structures & Grounds; and Scott Wright, Police.

20 Years of Service

David Anderson, DPW Engineering; James Barrie, Airport; Patrick Fallon, Police; James Melia, Police;  Mark Milne, Finance; Brian Morrison, Police; and Matthew Sonnabend, Police.

25 Years of Service

Suzanne Kennedy, Airport; Jay Ruhr, Airport; and Christopher White, Golf.

30 Years of Service

Richard Adler, DPW Highway; Joseph Cairns, Police; Thomas Chevalier, Police; Donna Miorandi, Health; Richard Norkus, Airport; and John York, Police.

35 Years of Service

Sean Sweeney, Police

 

Barnstable Police Department Takes 911 Cell Emergency Calls
We were advised by the state that as of midnight Friday, December 8th, all 911 cell emergency calls will be coming directly to the Barnstable Police Department.  These calls will no longer be routed through State Police Middleborough thus eliminating one transfer and providing a much faster emergency response.

 

Eleven Cape Cod Tech Students from Barnstable Receive John and Abigail Adams Scholarships

Ann Williams and Len Gobeil, Barnstable’s Representatives to the Cape Cod Regional Technical High School Committee, were at last night’s Town Council meeting to introduce students from the Town of Barnstable who are recipients of the John and Abigail Adams scholarship.  The students are:  Daniel Avallone, Cotuit; Erin Daley, Centerville; Gregory Dardia, Jr., West Barnstable; Christopher Edwards, Hyannis; Scott Hanson, Marstons Mills; Cassandra Hughes, Centerville; Matthew Ledoux, Marstons Mills; Olivia Mattheson, Centerville; Pedro Miranda, Centerville; Claudia Rodriguez, Marstons Mills; and Bradley Rogaliski, Marstons Mills.  Students qualify for the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship by scoring, at the least: (a) in the Advanced category in English Language Arts or Mathematics and Advances or Proficient in the other subject area on the grade 10 MCAS assessment; and (b) in the top 25% of the students in the district on those tests.  There is no application for the Adams scholarship award.  Students receive a tuition waiver to Massachusetts state colleges and universities that they can use for any eight semesters within six years after high school graduation.  Congratulations to all the recipients!

 

Town Manager Approves Calendar Year Fees

On December 6th, 2017, Town Manager Mark Ells approved the proposed fee(s) changes and or new fees requested in the Community Services Department (Golf and Marinas) and the Consumer Affairs Division (Parking Management & Resources, Use of Town Property and Gateway Greeter Program).  The fees can be viewed here.

 

Ten-Year Financial Forecast

Finance Director Mark Milne has prepared the Town of Barnstable’s Ten-Year Financial Forecast.  Long-term financial forecasting allows the town to consider its financial future beyond the current and immediate subsequent fiscal year. This offers the opportunity for better management of the community’s fiscal health as long-term imbalances can be identified and strategies to counteract them can be developed. It is a strategic process that varies significantly between communities as well as the annual budget process.  As with any long-range forecast, the 10-year forecast should not be interpreted as a spending plan for the next 10 years. Decisions regarding the allocation of resources and spending priorities can change from year-to-year. Any adjustments to priorities should take into account key financial data.  Decisions made locally and at the state level in the next six months could substantially influence the revenue and expense amounts reflected in this report.  The focus of the Ten-Year Forecast is concentrated on the trends illustrated over the past 10 years and how those may be replicated over the next 10 years as well as how this report can be connected to the Town’s other planning documents such as the Annual Operating Budget, Capital Improvements Plan, and the Town Council’s Strategic Plan.  These plans are all interconnected. You may view the Ten-Year Financial Forecast here.

 

Cape Wind Formally Abandons Development Rights

The Cape Wind case was successfully concluded on Friday, December 8th. Cape Wind filed a notice with the Department of the Interior to formally abandon its development rights and to surrender its lease to Horseshoe Shoals. As a result, Barnstable and Nantucket Sound have been spared the risk of enormous environmental and economic damage that might have occurred if Cape Wind had proceeded with a project so close to shipping lanes and the shore.  The fight that Barnstable has led has resulted in a thoughtful approach to siting these projects well south of Martha’s Vineyard.  We look forward to supporting these projects as long as the developers can clearly demonstrate that they will pose no threat to Nantucket Sound and Barnstable’s critical public water supplies.

 

Town Manager Meets with Consul General of Brazil from Boston

On Thursday, December 7th, Town Manager Mark Ells and Community Services Director Lynne Poyant were invited to meet with Glivania Maria deOliveira, the Consul General of Brazil from Boston.   The invitation was extended by Carlos Barbosa, Vice Chair of the Community Action Committee of Cape Cod & Islands, Inc. (CAC).  A group of Brazilian entrepreneurs and church leaders were joined by representatives from CAC, the District Attorney’s Office, the Town, media and others to discuss partnerships that are in existence and that they hope to create in the future.

 

Barnstable Police Department Welcomes Four New Patrol Officers
On Friday, December 1st, Barnstable Police Chief Paul B. MacDonald was pleased to announce the addition of four new patrol officers to the force.  The officers were sworn in by Town Clerk Ann Quirk at the Barnstable Police Department.  The new officers 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.  Meet the officers:  Patrol Officer Jian Barcelo was born in Brazil and immigrated to the United States in 2005, achieving citizenship in 2012.  Officer Barcelo is a member of the Massachusetts Army National Guard and holds the rank of staff sergeant.  He resides in Hyannis with wife and son.  Patrol Officer Dennis Reddy is a lifelong resident of Barnstable and a former Barnstable Community Service Officer.  Officer Reddy was a squad leader for the 64th Recruit Officer Class at the Academy.  Officer Reddy received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Westfield State University.  Officer Reddy resides in Hyannis with his girlfriend.  Patrol Officer Cailin White is a lifelong resident of Barnstable.  Officer White received the top Physical Fitness Award and the 100% Award for the 64th Recruit Officer Class at the Academy.  Officer White resides in Osterville with her husband and four children.  Patrol Officer Wanessa Pizaia (pronounced “Vanessa”) was born in Brazil and immigrated to the United States in 2001, achieving citizenship in 2013.  Officer Pizaia is a member of the Cape Cod Young Professionals organization.  She resides in Hyannis with her husband.  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!

 

DPW’s 2018 Snow & Ice Brochure
The 2018 Department of Public Works Snow and Ice Brochure is out. You can view the brochure here.

 

‘Tis the Season for Giving

On Wednesday, December 6th, the EJ and Terry Jaxtimer Family donated Christmas trees for any family who may need a tree this season.  The trees were all quickly taken! We are grateful to the Jaxtimer Family for their generosity during this holiday season.

 

Barnstable Employees Collect 356 for Toys for Tots

The Barnstable Municipal Employee Association (BMEA) and AFSCME Local 3003 once again participated in the annual Toys for Tots campaign.  This year 356 toys were collected and have been added to the Stuff-A-Bus stationed at Toys R Us.  The Barnstable Police Department will be making their delivery of toys some time over the weekend.

  

HYCC Giving Tree Accepting Donations until December 31st

On Saturday, December 2nd the 6th Annual Holiday Skating Show was presented by participants of the Learn-to-Skate program at the Hyannis Youth & Community Center (“HYCC”).  Skaters of all ages and abilities performed programs set to holiday music that featured the skills they learned during the Fall Session.  Winter classes are enrolling now! You can register by visiting www.townofbarnstable.us/hycc.  As part of the holiday tradition, the HYCC Giving Tree is the focal point in the Main Lobby during the month of December.
Donations of gently used coats, mittens and (new) hats that benefit Cape Cod Child Development will be accepted until December 31st.

 

New “Art on Loan” - Travel through the Eyes of Artist Betsy Payne Cook!

on display at Barnstable Town Hall - Hearing Room and Selectman's Conference Room now through January 15th, 2018

The "Art on Loan" program displays the works of local artists on meeting room walls in Barnstable Town Hall.  Pastel plein air painter, Betsy Payne Cook, is exhibiting a selection of her travelogue paintings in both the Hearing Room and Selectmen's Conference Room on the 2nd floor in Barnstable Town Hall, 367 Main Street, Hyannis.  About the exhibit:  Betsy is an avid plein air painter and travels with her pastel supplies allowing her to paint on location when opportunities present themselves.  She also takes many photographs to use as reference for continuing her painting adventure when she returns home. Betsy lived in Wales, Great Britain for nine years, returning to the states in 1994.  The paintings in her series bridge the places she has visited on both sides of the Atlantic. Her paintings are a reminder of the times she has stood in the dunes of Cape Cod or on the side of a mountain in Vermont, admired the vista of the Welsh coastline, or the harbors of St Ives England. About the artist:  Betsy Payne Cook paints exclusively with pastels, and is honored to be a juried associate artist member of the Pastel Society of America and to have achieved signature membership status of the Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod( PPSCC). Betsy is also acknowledged as a juried Master Artist at the Cape Cod Art Association. www.betsypaynecook.com    email: Betsy@betsypaynecook.com.  Betsy records her thoughts and experiences as an artist in her e-newsletter "Painting In and Out".  Her hope is to provide inspiration and insight while sharing her love of pastels and her life as an artist. Betsy teaches pastel workshops and classes, and is on the faculty of the Falmouth Arts Center and the Cultural Center of Cape Cod; and welcomes opportunities to provide art demonstrations.  Betsy organizes Cape Cod plein air workshops at the House at the Halfway Point on Sandy Neck Beach and is expanding to include destination plein air painting workshops, most recently she spent a week teaching in Cardiff, Wales, Great Britain, her home for nine years. Betsy's pastel paintings have been exhibited in many competitive local and national juried exhibitions, having won numerous awards including Best of Show at the PPSCC National Juried Exhibition in 2013.  She was honored to have one of her paintings on display in the Senate Lobby of the State House in Boston as part of a 2014 Invitational Exhibition. Her paintings are represented by Gallery Artrio in the HyArts District which has received several annual awards in the "Best Gallery" category for Cape Cod Life magazine and was featured in a segment on Chronicle.  The Artwork on Loan program provides a venue for local artists to display their work.  Visitors who use the meeting rooms will discover an inviting and attractive environment and have an opportunity to learn about some of the Cape's local artists.  For more information on this program or the artist excursion program out at Sandy Neck Beach, email melissa.hersh@town.barnstable.ma.us  Or call 508-862-4767   Program information available at: www.ArtsBarnstable.com.

 

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 –Waiting List

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 www.townofbarnstable.us.  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 (www.BusinessBarnstable.com) provides an online comprehensive one-stop resource to assist with new business start-up or expansion, and sends a clear message that Barnstable is ‘Open for Business’. 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 www.BusinessBarnstable.com or contact Economic Development Specialist, Mike Trovato at 508.862.4791 or Michael.Trovato@town.barnstable.ma.us.

First Time Home Buyers – Hyannis Home Buyer Assistance Program

 

 

ROAD WORK

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 Road, Cotuit; Great Bay Road, Osterville; West Bay Road at Crosby Circle, Osterville; and Clifton Lane, Centerville. Work will began 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, Hyannis, and Overlook Drive, Centerville started 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 includes new drainage, new traffic signals, pedestrian improvements and new pavement. The majority of the work was 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.

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.

 

CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS

Osterville Bay School Demolition

Workers are on site this week removing remaining portions of the existing building and foundations.  Additional building ornaments and bricks 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.  Once the building and debris are removed from the site the contractor will begin backfilling and grading the site.  It is expected that work will be complete in three weeks.

Lombard Site (West Barnstable)

The ball field lighting and light poles have been installed.  This week the contractor is continuing to grade the ball field in preparation of top soil installation.  Once the top soil is installed, piping for the irrigation system will be installed.  Work in coming weeks includes installation of sod, new fencing, and scoreboard.  The foundation has been installed for the new press box and the press box is being framed.  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 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. 

 

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.  

 

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.

 

e-News TRIVIA
Last week’s question:  What village stroll in the Town of Barnstable pre-dates the Nantucket Christmas Stroll?  Bronwen Walsh was the first to respond with the correct answer.  The answer is the village of Osterville’s Stroll which is being held today and tonight is celebrating its 48th year!

 

This Week’s Question:  What Family Foundation is sponsoring public skating at the Hyannis Youth & Community Center? Please email your Answer here.