Hyannis Marathon Sunday, February 26th – Important Traffic Notification
The Barnstable Police Department wants all residents to be advised that the 34th running of the Hyannis Marathon is this Sunday, February 26th at 10:00 AM.  The race will have an adverse impact on traffic throughout the morning.  Motorists can expect long delays in the following areas:
                Hyannis:  The areas of Sea Street / Gosnold Street / Old Colony Road and Ocean Street.
                Hyannisport:  The intersection of Smith Street / Marstons Avenue and Scudder Avenue
                Centerville:  The areas of Craigville Beach Road / Main Street / Old Stage Road / Pine Street and  
               Strawberry Hill Road       
Motorists are encouraged to avoid travel in these areas.  Most intersections along the route will be closed for extended periods of time.  Thank you for your patience and cooperation during this event.

Friendly Reminder from the Marine & Environmental Affairs Office

The following deadline is fast approaching:

Mooring Permit Renewals due: February 28th

Renew early to avoid missing the deadlines.  Any questions see our webpage or call our office at (508) 790-6273.


Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program 2017 Annual Action Plan Public Meeting
The Town of Barnstable’s Growth Management Department will conduct a public meeting:  Wednesday, March 1, 2017 3:00 pm in the Growth Management Conference Room, 367 Main Street, 3rd Floor, Hyannis, MA 02601. This location is accessible.  If you need reasonable accommodations including translation services, please contact the Growth Management Department at 508-862-4702, TDD# 508-790-9801 by February 23, 2017. The purpose of the hearing is to obtain the comments and views of citizens, public agencies, community organizations, and other interested parties on the Town of Barnstable’s housing and community development needs for the Annual Action Plan and recommended allocation levels for program activities.  The Action Plan serves as the planning document for the Community Development Block Grant program which is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  Estimated 2017 Allocation for the CDBG Program is $274,347 plus any carryover funds. Information obtained from the meeting will be considered in the preparation of the Draft 2017 Annual Action Plan.  Anyone unable to attend the meeting may submit written comments or questions on before 2:30pm, March 1, 2016, to the Growth Management Dept., 367 Main Street, 3rd Floor, 367 Main Street, Hyannis, MA 02601 ATTN:  Kathleen Girouard or by email to kathleen.girouard@town.barnstable.ma.us with “CDBG Comments” in the subject field please.  


Barnstable Youth Commission Prepares for 3rd Annual Community Substance Abuse Prevention Forum and 7th Grade Youth Summit

The Barnstable Youth Commission has been working hard on preparations for the 3rd Annual Community Substance Abuse Prevention Forum and 7th Grade Youth Summit which will be held on Thursday, March 16th and Friday, March 17th.Sponsors of this year’s events are the Lyndon Paul Lorusso Charitable Foundation, the John F. Kennedy Memorial Trust Fund Committee and First Student Inc.  This year’s featured speaker is Chris Herren, a basketball legend from Fall River, Massachusetts, who dreamed of one day playing for his hometown team, the Boston Celtics.  An All-American, Chris broke scoring records, was recruited by top colleges, featured in Sports Illustrated and became the focus of an acclaimed book, Fall River Dreams.  Herren realized his lifelong dream of playing in the NBA when he was drafted by the Denver Nuggets in 1999 and was traded to the Boston Celtics after his rookie season, but lost it all due to substance abuse.   Alcohol and drug-free since August 1, 2008, he has refocused his life to put his sobriety and family above all else.  He shares his harrowing story of abuse and recovery in his memoir, Basketball Junkie, as well as in numerous interviews throughout the Emmy nominated ESPN Films documentary Unguarded, of which he is the subject. Please join us for an inspiring presentation featuring former NBA professional basketball player, Chris Herren.  A tale of descent into addiction, a miraculous recovery and his new life mission:  to share his story with audiences in the hopes of reaching at least one person and making a difference in their life.   The Community Substance Abuse Prevention Forum will be held on Thursday, March 16th at 5:30 PM at the Cape Cod Community College, Tilden Arts Center, 2240 Iyannough Road, West Barnstable.  Thanks to the generosity of the Lyndon Paul Lorusso Charitable Foundation, the event is open to public and free of charge.



Opportunity to Provide Input to Mass Moves

Mass Moves is embarking on a public engagement initiative to create a statewide transportation vision, and they need your input. As part of the State Senate’s 2017 Commonwealth Conversations tour, Mass Moves is facilitating nine public workshops across the state.  They want to hear your views on values, actions, and priorities for the Commonwealth’s transportation future. A report summarizing the results from the workshops will provide state, regional and local transportation decision makers with your views about the future direction of transportation in the Commonwealth.  All members of the public are invited to these workshops.  The meeting for the South Shore will be on Tuesday, February 28th at Quincy City Hall, 1305 Hancock Street in Quincy and Southeast MA will be on Tuesday, March 7th. Location for the March 7th event is not yet on their website however they are accepting reservations.


MassDOT hosts Open House for Massachusetts Freight Plan

We have been asked to share this information for communities that may be especially interested in or particularly impacted (positively or negatively) by freight issues in their communities.  MassDOT is hosting the second Open House for the Massachusetts Freight Plan on Thursday, March 9, from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM at The Conference Center at Bentley University, Room 325ABC (Third Floor), 175 Forest Street, LaCava Campus Center #300, Waltham, MA. View the meeting flyer for more information.  The second Freight Advisory Committee (FAC) meeting will take place immediately before the open house on March 9 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM at the same location and is open to the public. Additional information, including materials from the first Open House and FAC meeting are available on the project website at http://www.massdot.state.ma.us/planning/Main/StatewidePlans/FreightPlan.aspx.


Fiscal year 2018 Budget Tasks Continue

We are proceeding with the tasks in the budget action calendar for FY2018.  We have completed the proposed Capital Improvements Plan Projects for FY2018 and will submit to the Town Council by March 15, 2017.  We are actively reviewing the proposed FY2018 operating budget with departments with an anticipated submittal to the Town Council by May 4, 2017.  For information on our fiscal year budgets please view the Town’s Open Budget website.


Road Work Continues Route 28 (Falmouth Road) and Bearse’s Way

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) continues their roadway improvements for the ‘Route 28 Intersection Improvements at Bearse’s Way’ as scheduled. While there are no detours currently scheduled, traffic during construction operations may be delayed and motorists are advised to use caution through the construction work area. The work hours will be between the hours of 7:00 AM and 5:00 PM. As always, please slow down and use extreme caution when traveling through the road construction areas and detour routes and follow posted safety and detour signs.


Friendly Reminder to Return the Town Census

Town Census forms were mailed this week. When you receive your census form please look it over, make any changes necessary and send it back to this office.  You can mail it or drop it off in the Town Clerk’s office.  Even if there are no changes you need to sign the form and send it back.  This will make your voting easier this year and keep you up-to-date in the Voter Registration System.  The census form must be completed by all residents (not just citizens or voters) residing in the Town of Barnstable.  This is in accordance with the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  You cannot register to vote on the form.  If you wish to register to vote or make any other changes to your voter status, you can register on-line at www.sec.state.ma.us, or pick up a mail-in form at any of our local libraries or at the Town Clerk’s Office.  You will receive a confirmation letter once the change in voter status is complete.


2017 Parking Permits/Beach Stickers

The Recreation Division 2017 Parking Permits are now available through our mail-in process.  For those of you that supplied Barnstable Recreation with your e-mail address, you should be receiving your application via e-mail.  If you do not receive it, or did not supply an e-mail address, applications may be downloaded from our website.  In order to reduce our postage costs, we will not be sending out applications via the postal system.  If you do not have access to a printer and need an application mailed to you, please feel free to submit your request in writing (please include a self-addressed stamped envelope so we can mail the application to you) to: Town of Barnstable – Parking Permits, 141 Bassett Lane, Hyannis, MA  02601.


Looking for a Job?  The Town of Barnstable is a Great Place to Work.

You can now apply online by clicking on the job title you are interested in and clicking on the “Apply” link.  If this is the first time you are applying using our online job application, you will 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.  To see what positions are currently available, click here.


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.


National Grid Upgrading Natural Gas Main in Hyannis

Work will cause roadway disruption

National Grid and NEUCO have begun a gas main replacement project in downtown Hyannis. Improvements include marking of underground utilities, excavation of the street, and installation of a new gas main. Work will be ongoing, weather permitting. Gas main infrastructure upgrade work will occur in the area of 93-420 South Street; 70-110 High School Road; 10-50 Ocean Street; 500 Old Colony Road, Hyannis. Work began on November 30 and is expected to continue through June, 2017. Operations will start promptly at 7:00 AM and run until 4:30 PM Monday through Saturday.  As always, please slow down and use extreme caution when traveling through the construction areas and follow posted safety signs.


Stay Informed During a Storm
The Town of Barnstable has numerous ways we communicate with residents during a storm event.  The Storm Alert feature our website will be activated and the DPW will share actual road plowing activities through FleetSphere.  Also available to residents is a storm information line, accessed by dialing 508-862-INFO (4636). The phone line is updated with the same information provided by the DPW.  Our Town’s social media sites on Facebook and Twitter are also updated during a storm event.  The 2017 Department of Public Works Snow and Ice Brochure is out. You can view the brochure here.

Last week’s question:   This week is school vacation week and the Hyannis Youth and Community Center (HYCC) will be abuzz with activity.  The HYCC is how many square feet?  A number of folks knew that the HYCC is 105,000 square feet and is home to two NHL size ice rinks, gymnasium, youth center, walking track, community rooms, café and much, much more!


This Week’s Question:  There are two town-owned marinas in the village of Hyannis.  Can you name them? Email your answer here.