Intergenerational Storytelling at Barnstable Senior Center  

On the afternoon of Wednesday, January 9th, students from Barnstable High School’s Class of 2020 participated in a storytelling project at the Barnstable Senior Center. Fourteen (14) seniors and 12 students attended the program.  Storyteller Norah Dooley from Lesley University facilitated the program.  The seniors shared stories about growing up in a different time.  There was also an opportunity to celebrate the upcoming 106th birthday of the Town of Barnstable’s oldest resident, Dorothy Robinson.  The plan is to meet again on February 13th to tape the interviews with the students and seniors.


Update on Wastewater Management Efforts in Barnstable

At last week’s Town Council meeting, DPW Director Dan Santos presented an Update on Wastewater Management Efforts in Barnstable.  Mr. Santos was joined by Assistant DPW Director Rob Steen, Interim Town Engineer Amanda Ruggiero, and Interim Assistant Town Engineer Griffin Beaudoin who have been working on the planning internally.  We thought we would share this important information again in this week’s eNews.  Mr. Santos’ presentation can be viewed here.

Vineyard Wind Updates*
Vineyard Wind has leased a 160,000 acre area south of Martha's Vineyard, and 14 miles from the nearest shore.  The location was determined through a multi-year, inter-governmental task force process, which carefully considered scientific data and public input. The offshore wind project will consist of an array of wind turbines, spaced at least eight-tenths of a mile apart, that are each capable of generating over 8 MW of power.  Power from the turbines is collected by an offshore substation.  Submarine cables will be installed along a carefully designed route from the project site to a landing point on shore, buried up to six feet below the sea floor. The route has been designed after an extensive geological survey of the area to avoid as many sensitive areas as possible.  The upland cables will be buried along proposed routes in either Yarmouth or Barnstable. Federal and state regulators are again holding public comment periods for the proposed offshore wind development off the coast of Massachusetts known as Vineyard Wind.  The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has released its Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) establishing a preliminary assessment of the impact of the project.  The Bureau is accepting public comment on the DEIS until January 22.  The draft federal report and final state reports are on the headings of Vineyard Wind’s website:  The meeting schedule is also available here:
The BOEM schedule for public meetings is here:
The Hyannis meeting will be on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at the Double Tree Hotel, Cape Cod Room, 287 Iyannough Road, Hyannis, Massachusetts 02601.  Open House 5:00-8:00 PM with Presentation and Q&A at 6:00 PM. A forum is scheduled for March 12, 2019 at the Town Hall.  We will keep you informed as additional information becomes available.
*If the Federal Government shut down continues, this public meeting will be rescheduled.

Barnstable Public Health Division Flu Clinic – Thursday, January 17th
The Town of Barnstable Public Health Division will hold an influenza vaccination clinic at the Hyannis Youth & Community Center. This clinic is open to Town residents only. The fee is $3.00
                              Thursday, January 17, 2019, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
                              at the Hyannis Youth & Community Center, 141 Bassett Lane, Hyannis MA
Consent forms will be available at the following locations:  Barnstable Public Health Division Office, 200 Main Street Hyannis, and Barnstable Senior Center, Route 28, Hyannis.  For More Information: Call the Town of Barnstable Public Health Division at (508) 862-4644.

Town Census Mailing Should Arrive Next Week

The Town of Barnstable is mailing out the Census/Voter/Street Listing forms.  They should arrive at your mailing address sometime next week.  By responding to the census, you are providing proof of your residency to protect your voting rights.  If all the information on your census is correct, simply sign the bottom of the census and send it back to the Town Clerk’s office.  Even if there are no changes you need to sign the form and send it back.  Also, if someone has moved out of your household and is a voter – please give us their address, email or phone number so that we may contact them to obtain verification.  We cannot remove a voter without their verification; thus many people stay on the census for four (4) years until we can, by law, remove them.  If anyone has been added to your household, just put their information down on one of the blank lines.  Make any and all corrections on the form.  You cannot register to vote on the census form.  If you have computer access you can go directly to the Secretary of State’s website and register on line at  Then click on “Elections and Voting” to register to vote; or come in to the Town Clerk’s office and spend a few minutes with us as we enter your voter registration into our computer.  We are always pleased to see and work with our residents.  For those residents who live part of the time here in Barnstable, and part of the time in a warmer climate, you fill out the census form using the following guidelines: 

ü  You are a Town of Barnstable resident if:

o   This is your permanent address

o   This is where are you registered to vote

o   On your Massachusetts driver’s license you have a Town of Barnstable address

As always, if you have any questions, please call the Town Clerk’s office at 508-862-4044. We will be happy to help you!

Town of Barnstable Launches OpenCounter Zoning Portal
The Barnstable Zoning Portal, provided by OpenCounter, is an interactive, web-based mapping tool designed to make local zoning and other regulations accessible to the public. Barnstable Zoning Portal shows lot-by-lot land use details, including all overlay districts, to help applicants to understand what uses are allowed where.  The Barnstable Zoning Portal helps businesses understand how the Town’s Zoning Ordinance will impact site selection and project requirements. This tool is for research purposes only, and those interested in a property or opening a business should consult with the Town of Barnstable staff early in the planning process.
Interpreting the Results
We strive to provide accurate results with this new tool, but there is no substitute for talking with one of Barnstable’s knowledgeable planners, who are available to answer all questions related to starting a business in our community.  Any results you receive from the Zoning Portal should be checked with a Town Planner prior to taking any action on a property. 
Contact Information
Anna Brigham, Principal Planner,,  508-862-4682
Paul Wackrow, Principal Planner,,  508-862-4703
This project is part of a one-year collaborative pilot program with the contiguous communities of Mashpee and Yarmouth, and the Cape Cod Commission.

Spring ArtWeek 2019 -April 26th-May 5th  

ArtWeek features unexpected and creative experiences that are interactive or offer behind-the-scenes access.

On Wednesday, January 9, 2019, Arts & Culture Coordinator Melissa Hersh Chartrand welcomed Sue Dahling Sullivan, Chief Strategic Officer & ArtWeek Lead Champion, to the Guyer Barn on the HyArts Campus.  Sue gave an overview of ArtWeek to businesses, organizations and enterprises to share the excitement and details of how they can get involved.  This is the second year that ArtWeek will be statewide.  Last year over 50 events were held on Cape Cod. 


Now celebrated annually each spring across the state of Massachusetts, last year’s statewide expansion debuted over 525 events in 130 towns and neighborhoods representing every region in the Creative Commonwealth. The best part is that 70% of events were FREE and more than 90% were FREE or under $25. With over 70 statewide, regional, community, and media partners, ArtWeek is an award-winning ten-day festival that celebrates arts, culture, and creative communities. Presented by the Highland Street Foundation, this is a signature community program of the Boch Center, a regional nonprofit performing arts center located in Boston. Check out their website at:

ARTWEEK SESSION - Sponsored by: ArtsBarnstable & the Hyannis HyArts & Barnstable Village Cultural Districts; Hyannis Main Street Business Improvement District and the Greater Hyannis Chamber of Commerce. 

Sue Dahling Sullivan talks with Jane Walsh, Elizabeth Wurfbain, Cindy Dooley,

and Melissa Hersh Chartrand following her presentation.


“Infinite Worlds within this World” January 9th through February 28, 2019

A view of Sandy Neck through the eyes of Barnstable High School Art Students

on display Barnstable Town Hall Hearing Room AND Fine Arts 2 student exhibit “Individual Concentration” in the Selectman’s Conference Room

The "Art on Loan" program displays the works of local artists on meeting room walls in Barnstable Town Hall.  Works created by Barnstable High School students will be on display in the Town Hall Hearing Room and Selectmen’s Conference in Barnstable Town Hall, 367 Main Street, Hyannis, 2nd floor, January 9th through February 28th, 2019. The work, process and interviews from the Sandy Neck Beach house experience will be featured in a mini-documentary created by the Town of Barnstable’s Chris Ledda, Video Specialist and Stone Dow, Video Assistant, airing on Barnstable’s Channel 18. For more information on this program or the artist excursion program out at Sandy Neck Beach, email or call 508-862-4767.   Program information available at:



This past fall four students from Barnstable High School’s Fine Arts 4 class participated in a field trip out to the Sandy Neck House at the “Halfway Point,” so called because of its location half way down the inner rim of Sandy Neck. The building, more of a nature camp than a “house,” is nestled in the maritime forest perched above the Barnstable Great Marsh. It overlooks a thick matted patch of marsh grass, Osprey nesting sites and a cluster of bird houses opening up to a view of Barnstable Harbor.  Students Anthony Almas, Maria Grigio, Bijon Luczkow and Grace Sanford, were tasked with combining what they had previously researched regarding the ecology, history, topography, and conservation aspects of Sandy Neck with their experiences journeying out to the halfway point. Accompanying them were Town of Barnstable Sandy Neck Naturalist Andrea Higgins, and Barnstable High School art teachers Abby Fay-Smith and Matt Kemp. During the day the students observed baby diamondback terrapins saved by the town’s conservation efforts, multiple tracks from a range of Sandy Neck fauna, explored the trails snaking through the maritime forest, gathered materials, and created a series of plein air sketches.  The group created a range of artistic responses, utilizing a variety of techniques including photo collage, mixed media painting, traditional acrylic painting, printmaking, and sculpture. They tell the story of the interaction of two of Barnstable’s greatest resources - the natural beauty of Sandy Neck and the bright, talented, and inspiring students of Barnstable High School.

Filipe Miguel’s, Fine Arts 2 at Barnstable High School, students are encouraged to express themselves through a series of works called the “Individual Concentration” In this assignment, they are asked to develop three or more artworks over the course of the school year, that have a personal connection or interest. Students are asked to create these pieces for homework or between projects, in addition to regular classwork that often focuses more on skill building, technique and art applications. The works in this exhibition are examples of their individual concentrations. They are often more expressive and engaging than the average assignment. Each piece is unique to the artist. Students exercise their creative thinking skills and demonstrate an ability to communicate a cohesive idea. The goal is to offer students an opportunity to develop their own personal voice in art.

For the next few weeks we will feature a different ARTIST STATEMENT from a student.
Sandy Neck Beach Park art excursion:
Maria Grigio

Haha Shroom

Ceramics and wood

The SNK experience was a tranquil one; Having the naturalist, Andrea provide information and commentary as we traveled via pick-up truck through the dunes really deepened our previously established understandings of the vast ecosystem that exists there. When we were collectively free-writing outside the midway house, the circle of life became very apparent to me when I was noting my surroundings: dead trees sprawled out from in front of me to the horizon, empty shells left behind by crustaceans growing old, flourishing bundles of purple flowers, and diamondback terrapin turtles stepping out from their eggs to see the world for the first time provided a beautiful new perspective on how life comes and goes forever. My work was lightly inspired by artist Stephanie Kilgasts’ who molds tiny, brightly colored plants including mushrooms, succulents, grass, etc., into clusters on tin cans and old cameras. I appreciate art more when the concept stems from nature, since we as humans take the Earth we live on for granted so often, and I believe Kilgast feels the same way. The specific inspiration for my artwork was the miniature mushrooms from the cranberry patch at Sandy Neck. The two ceramic mushrooms, brightly painted oranges, and reds mounted on a slice of wood log, surrounded by tufts of grass and small insects.


Important Date Reminders from Marine & Environmental Affairs

Slip Renewal Deposit Invoices due: January 31st

Marina Waiting List Renewals due: February 15th

Mooring Permit Waiting List Renewals due: February 15th

Mooring Permit Renewals due: February 28th

All must be in the Marine & Environmental Affairs office, 1189 Phinney’s Lane, Centerville by 4:15 PM on the deadline date. Questions? Call 508-790-6273.


NOTICE: Town of Barnstable Commercial Shellfishing Regulation
For those interested in the availability of a commercial shellfishing permit within the Town of Barnstable

407-12:A2 New Commercial Shellfishing License Procedure

(a) New commercial shellfishing permits may be issued at the rate of one new permit for every one non-renewed permit, or permit that is void as a result of other causes (i.e., forfeiture, death, etc).

(b) To become eligible for a new commercial permit you must apply, pursuant to these regulations, within January 1st and January 31st and pay the non-refundable $5 application fee. Upon the hand delivery of a completed legitimate application, and payment of the fee, the applicant’s name will be entered into a lottery. On February 1, 2019, the applicant names will be drawn by lottery to determine the sequential chronological order that applicants acquire a permit. On February 1, 2019, the Natural Resources Office shall post on the bulletin board outside its building, on Phinney’s Lane, a chronological list of applicants as determined by lottery eligible for a commercial permit as determined by vacancy.

(c) If an existing commercial permit becomes void, during the calendar year (January 1 through December 31) for which the permit was issued, the next eligible applicant as determined by the lottery will be notified, by mail, of the availability of a permit. The applicant shall have ten (10) days from the date of notification to pay the balance of the permit fee or the permit will be offered to the next eligible applicant as determined by the lottery. The new permit shall be available within ten (10) days, thereafter, to be picked up. New permits shall be issued for a given commercial shellfishing permit year (April 1 through March 31). The applicant list shall be dissolved each year as of December 31st.

Note: If any dates stated in regulation 407-12A fall on a Saturday, Sunday or Holiday recognized by the Town of Barnstable, the next Marine and Environmental Affairs Department business day shall apply.


Follow-up to East End Hyannis Planning Meeting

The Community by Design project is a joint initiative to develop compact model housing designs that are appropriate for the distinct characteristics of the neighborhood while also serving the housing needs of the community.  The design team of Union Studios will be gathering community input on preferences for building forms, scale, height and styles at this workshop which will guide development of local implementation tools. Please take the survey to share your thoughts on creating housing solutions the community needs and supports.


DPW’s 2019 Snow & Ice Brochure
The 2019 Department of Public Works Snow and Ice Brochure is out. You can view the brochure here.

5-Year Financial Forecast
A copy of the 5 Year Financial Forecast is now available on the Town’s website for public viewing. This report is submitted annually to town council and the public. The purpose of this financial forecast is to identify factors that may impact the financial condition of the Town such as, revenue and expenditure trends and any long- or short-term actions that may be taken into account.


The Barnstable Youth Commission is hosting its 3rd Annual Youth Job Fair!

The Ready, Set, Work! Youth Job Fair is back again this coming year on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 from 2:30-5:00 PM at the HYCC. If you are looking to hire employees between the ages of 14 and 18, we welcome you to come join the fair this coming year. Please contact Amy Harwood at 508-862-4638 or if you are interested.


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


Sewer work at the intersection of Attucks Lane and Phinney’s Lane associated with the future Cape Cod Five Headquarters will begin on Thursday, January 10th and continue through Friday, January 18th as weather allows.  The anticipated work schedule is as follows:

Work on Thursday, January 10th and Friday, January 11th will occur between 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM and consist of pavement saw cutting, test pits, gravity sewer installation within the shoulder and temporary paving activities. 

Work from Monday, January 14th to Thursday, January 17th will be completed at night from 7:00 PM to 5:00 AM and will consist of gravity sewer installation crossing Phinney’s Lane.    

Work on Friday, January 18th will occur between 9:00 AM and 1:00 PM and will consist of paving activities. 

During active construction in the roadway there will be lane closures with police details to direct traffic.  Motorists are advised to seek alternate routes if possible to avoid construction work.  

*NEW* MassDOT District 5 – Roadway Work Notification
MassDOT District 5 will be performing vegetation, tree trimming and removal of hazardous tree operations in the median adjacent to the Route 6 westbound high speed lane between Exits 6 and 4 beginning on Monday, January 14th, 2019. The work is anticipated to continue for approximately 15 days, and will be performed between the hours of 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM Mondays through Friday. The roadway will be limited to one lane of travel to accommodate larger pieces of equipment needed for the work. Lane takings on Route 6 will be done in accordance with pre-approved traffic management plans. PLEASE NOTE ***Drivers who are traveling through the affected areas should expect delays, reduce speed, and use caution. All scheduled work is weather dependent and/or may be impacted due to an emergency situation.

*CONTINUES* Road Work on Sea Street in Hyannis
Construction activities from January 7th through January 18th are scheduled to include installation of drainage systems in and along Sea Street between Maple Avenue and Crescent Drive; construction of a shared use path (wide sidewalk) along the east side of Sea Street; survey staking/marking for construction; and associated work. During active construction in the roadway there will be lane closures with police details to direct traffic. Traffic may be delayed during lane closures and shoulder work, and motorists are advised to seek alternate routes to avoid the construction area.
*UPDATED* SNEP Grant Stormwater – Prince Avenue (next to Prince Cove Marina) in Marstons Mills  
Work has started on the new green stormwater retrofit with test pits, placement of sediment control and tree protection. Project work will start on the northern section at the outfall and work south towards the parking lot. The work is expected to continue as weather permits and to be completed with plantings in the spring 2019.
*UPDATED*SNEP Grant Stormwater - Cordwood Landing, Cotuit
Cordwood Landing (Cotuit) remaining work includes paving; site work for protection surfaces with erosion control and planting. The work is expected to continue as weather permits and to be completed with the plantings in the spring 2019.
*CONTINUES* National Grid Upgrading Natural Gas Mains
The Department of Public Utilities has shut down all National Grid projects until further notice.  We will update as information becomes available.
*CONTINUES* Route 28 (Falmouth Road) at Bearse’s Way 
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 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday.
*CONTINUES* Utility Pole Relocations along Route 149 in Marstons Mills
Verizon is installing new utility poles in some locations along Route 149 between Route 28 and Lovell’s Lane, as well as on Main Street between Route 149 and the former elementary school.  After the new poles are installed, Eversource and Verizon will relocate their overhead lines to the new poles and remove the old poles.  This work is in preparation for the Town project to improve these sections of roadway.  DPW will announce the road construction start date when it is determined.  The utility pole relocations are not expected to interfere with traffic, although temporary lane closures with police details might be necessary in some locations.

Are You on the Town’s Reverse 911 System?
The Barnstable Police Department has an emergency notification system. This system was used during the recent winter storms.  Make sure you are on our list. Sign up here today. What is CodeRED and why is it important to me? CodeRED is an emergency notification service by which town officials can notify Barnstable residents and businesses by telephone, cellular phone, text message, or electronic mail about time‐sensitive emergency situations or important community alerts. The system is capable of sending messages only to specific neighborhoods or the entire town.  Only authorized officials are allowed access to use the system.  Frequently asked questions can be reviewed here.  Be sure to take a moment to learn more about this important notification system.

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. 


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: In December, the Army Corps of Engineers and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) held public meetings on the Cape Cod Canal Bridge MRER Study.  So we thought this would be a good question to ask - How many miles in length is the Cape Cod Canal from bay to bay? The answer is 8 miles.


This Week’s Question: Inside Barnstable Town Government is currently gearing up for its next session, in what year was the program started?