Barnstable County Human Rights Commission Recognizes Barnstable Police Department Community Impact Unit and Department of Public Works on International Human Rights Day

On Saturday, December 9th, the Barnstable County Human Rights Commission celebrated International Human Rights Day with their annual breakfast. Members of the Town of Barnstable’s Police Department’s Community Impact Unit and the Department of Public Works Homeless Camp Clean-up Crews received the Rosenthal Award. Theresa Santos, the Town of Barnstable’s representative to Human Rights Commission, presented the award recognizing “these two teams work together in a true attempt to break the cycle of homelessness and secure the connection to much needed services for a incredibly vulnerable population. The remarkable compassion and efforts put forth over the past several years has evolved into an endeavor resulting in the he reduction of numbers of camps overall. The strides that have been made reflect the teams’ intent to make sure all people realize that they do matter.” Barnstable Town Councilors John Flores and Paula Schnepp were also at the event. Representing the Police Department: Sgt. Jennifer Ellis, Sgt. Jason Sturgis and Ptl. Brian Jenkins Representing the DPW: Chris Gonnella, Chris Holden and Mike Engelsen Rep. David Vieira and Robert Isadore made presentations on behalf of the Massachusetts House and Senate and Congressman William Keating.



Barnstable Police Department Wins Toy Cup at Toys for Tots Stuff-A-Bus
The Barnstable Police Department (BPD) won the Public Safety Toy Cup with a total of 4,712 toys for this year’s Toys for Tots’ Stuff-A-Bus! Officer Brian Morrison accepted the Toy Cup on behalf of the BPD. The real winners - all the kids who will receive a toy this Christmas and all of YOU who made donations. Congratulations and THANK YOU!


Senior Center Hosts Annual Holiday Luncheon

On Wednesday afternoon, the Barnstable Senior Center got into the spirit of the season with their annual Holiday Luncheon and Craft Fair. Among the many guests who attended were Town Councilors John Flores and Paula Schnepp. Santa also took time out of his busy schedule to pay a surprise visit and mingle with the guests! This year’s event had an ugly sweater theme and Cindy Loring of Hyannis was chosen as the winner by Santa. Thanks to the staff and volunteers at the Senior Center who prepared a delicious turkey and ham meal, the Friends of the Barnstable Council on Aging for co-sponsoring the event, the Pavilion Rehab and Nursing Center in Hyannis for donating delicious desserts, and to ARS Restoration Services in South Yarmouth for helping to serve the meals and clean up after the event. Following the luncheon, students from the Barnstable High School Class of 2020 came by the Senior Center to offer free gift wrapping for seniors.


Town of Barnstable Employees Recognized for Years of Service

The Town of Barnstable celebrated its Years of Service for 15 Retirees and 70 Employees  on 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 our Employees!  We posted a photo album from the ceremony on the Town of Barnstable’s Facebook page


Barnstable School Committee Seat Available

The Barnstable School Committee has an opening for a four year term for one seat.  According to our Town Charter, there is a 30 day window of opportunity. Anyone interested in the position should reach out to the School Committee or to your own Town Councilor to express interest. 


Town Manager’s eNews will Have a New Name in 2018

When eNews returns in 2018, it will no longer be called the Town Manager’s eNews but “Barnstable eWeekly.”   We are grateful for our faithful readers and look forward to sharing more about Barnstable’s Town Government in the coming year.


Town Manager Hearing on Proposed Amendments to Existing Shellfish Regulations Scheduled for Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at 9:00 AM

Town Manager Mark Ells will hold a hearing on Proposed Amendments to Existing Shellfish Regulations on Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at 9:00 AM in the Town Hall Hearing Room, 2nd Floor, 367 Main Street, Hyannis.  The proposed changes including rationale can be found on the Town’s website


Stay Informed During a Storm
Weather forecasts are calling for some wintry weather this weekend, with a Nor’easter expected to arrive on Saturday.  We are continuing to watch the forecast, and Barnstable is prepared!  In the event of a winter storm, the Town will re-activate the Storm Alert feature on our website.  The Department of Public Works will share actual road plowing activities.  Also available to residents is a storm information line that can be accessed by dialing 508-863-INFO (4636), which will be updated with the same information from the DPW.  Our Town’s social media site on Facebook and Twitter will also be updated during any storm event.  The 2018 Department of Public Works Snow and Ice Brochure has been updated. You can view the brochure here.


HYCC Giving Tree Accepting Donations until December 31st

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.



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 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 Monday through Friday.
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 Overlook Drive, Centerville will start Tuesday, December 19, 2017 and they continue their work on Route 6A in Barnstable Village. 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 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 remaining portions of the existing building and foundations.  As the building is torn down materials are being categorized, separated, and trucked off site.  Demolition work is expected to be completed next week.  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 two to 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 and stabilize the embankments.  The press box is under construction.  Within two weeks the contractor will begin creating the new curb cut off of Meetinghouse Way and installing the stone retaining walls.  The side walk path will be rough graded with stone dust as part of the sidewalk relocation.  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.


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.


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.    email:  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 or call 508-862-4767. Program information is available at:


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 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/i> 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


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: 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.


Notice of Town Office Closures for the Holidays

Town offices close at noon next Friday, December 22rd for the Christmas Holiday. Offices will be closed Monday, December 25th for the observance of Christmas Day and Monday, January 1st for the observance of New Year’s Day.


Last week’s question:  What Family Foundation is sponsoring public skating at the Hyannis Youth & Community Center?  We received a couple of guesses on this one- the correct answer is the Bilezikian Family Foundation!


This Week’s Question:  The next substantive eNews will be in the new year and so we are not asking a question this week.