The Barnstable Police Department would like to thank Caoimhe (Keeva) and her family
for coming to roll call on Thursday, January 24, 2019 and presenting our officers with special
St. Michael medals to keep them safe.  Caoimhe has been visiting Police Departments
on the Cape presenting special medals to local Officers. 
It was a true honor for our officers to meet Caoimhe and accept her kind gift.


Community Resiliency by Design Survey – Deadline for Responses January 30, 2019

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.


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.


Cape Cod Culinary Incubator Receives State Urban Agenda Grant

With support from the Town of Barnstable, Cape Cod Culinary Incubator recently received a $10,000 grant for a Food Service Educational Program For At-Risk Youth from the Commonwealth’s Urban Agenda Grant Program which is focused on promoting economic vitality and cultivating safer, stronger urban neighborhoods across Massachusetts.  Cape Cod Culinary Incubator (CCCi) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide a shared use kitchen and educational programs primarily for food entrepreneurs to create food products or enter various sectors of the food industry. This Urban Agenda Grant will allow CCCi to start an educational program targeting at-risk teens interested in developing the necessary skills to work in the restaurant, catering, hospitality and food manufacturing businesses. This will also help develop a much needed workforce in our tourism based community.  The Barnstable Police Department will assist CCCi by recommending participants who can benefit from this educational program, monitoring their progress and giving assistance to assure their success in securing employment. Many of these individuals are school drop-outs, have family-related issues, or are getting into difficult situations who can benefit from a pathway to a skills training program and help with job placement.  Barnstable is eligible for the Urban Agenda Grant program as a community that meets the household income requirements of the program. The Urban Agenda program offers grant funding for local partnerships to implement projects and programming that are based on creative collaborative work models with the goal of achieving economic progress. Projects and programming leverage existing economic assets to respond to and deliver on defined economic development and quality of life goals.  

Pictured left to right:  Cape Cod Culinary Incubator President Harry Henry; Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito;

 and Planning & Development’s Economic Development Specialist Mike Trovato

Cape Cod Barbershop at McLean’s Ribbon Cutting
Matt Kundel, owner of Cape Cod Barber Shop on Route 132 in Hyannis, recently purchased McLean’s Barbershop in downtown Hyannis. McLean’s originally opened in 1923, and was owned and operated for the past 68 years by the late Stan McLean Sr., an iconic figure in the downtown Hyannis business community. Kundel named his new shop Cape Cod Barbershop at McLean’s in tribute to the McLeans and their 96 year old family-owned business. Town Council President James Crocker, Town Manager Mark Ells and Economic Development Specialist Mike Trovato were among those on hand for the recent ribbon cutting ceremony.

 Update on Wastewater Management Efforts in Barnstable
At the last 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.

Text to 9-1-1 Is Available in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts


HR Director Bill Cole Presenter at MMA Annual Meeting
Last Friday at the Massachusetts Municipal Association’s Annual Meeting in Boston, Human Resources Director Bill Cole co-presented a session entitled “#MeToo at Town Hall: Creating a Safe and Respectful Workplace”.  The well-attended session provided a roadmap to elected and appointed officials on how to set and maintain a respectful and professional tone in their organizations.  Bill is pictured here with Keynote Speaker Anna Maria Chavez.  During her speech, Anna highlighted examples of the good work the Town of Barnstable’s Human Resources Department was doing in the areas of recruitment, diversity, and inclusion.


Please Return Your Town Census

The Town of Barnstable mailed out the Census/Voter/Street Listing forms.  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!


Stay Informed during a Storm
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 508-862-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 2019 Department of Public Works Snow and Ice Brochure has been updated. You can view the brochure here.


“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.

This is final student ARTIST STATEMENT we are featuring.
Sandy Neck Beach Park art excursion:
Grace Sanford

The Door to the falling away of the doors. 

Ink, tea, plant material, rice paper and collage

In this particular visit to Sandy Neck I felt like my mind was much more open than it had been in previous visits. I felt content, and my mind was ready to take in whatever it did take in within that piece of earth. Every single inch of the earth is its own infinitely detailed world, and there are infinite ways that a conscious being could perceive that one specific piece of earth. When I truly listen to nature, I begin to experience it differently, the labels and ideas that I had put onto everything begin to fall away. Nature reminds me that ultimately, everything is equally beautiful. Life and death are equally beautiful and equally important. In my art piece, I covered a piece of a plant I had taken from Sandy Neck with black ink, and then I covered it with a few layers of rice paper. This made me think of seeing veins underneath someone's skin.  Also, in the bottom right corner of my art piece I drew part of an image that I saw on an old oven mitt that was inside the Midway House on Sandy Neck. The cloth of the oven mitt was quite old, and falling apart. This made me think of how you often see nature flourishing in the same location where you would see human-made items decaying. I find that very beautiful, and heartwarming, in a way.


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.


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.

*NEW* Ropes Beach, Old Shore Road connection with Putnam Avenue, Cotuit

Work to repair/retrofit the existing stormwater wetland pockets along the road shoulder, is in the process of a site and pipe review. Manhole covers will be opened and checked this week, with flow testing though the pipes starting next week.  PLEASE NOTE ***Drivers who are traveling through the affected areas should expect delays, reduce speed, and use caution.
*NEW* MassDOT District 5 – Roadway Work Notification
MassDOT District 5 will be performing vegetation, tree trimming and removal of hazardous tree operations in the shoulder adjacent to the low speed lane on Route 6 between Exits 4 and 6 beginning on Thursday, January 24th, 2019.  Work is expected to begin on the westbound side of Route 6, with work on the eastbound side to follow when the westbound work is complete.  The work will be performed between the hours of 9:00 am to 3:00 pm Mondays through Friday, and it is anticipated to continue for approximately 25 days.  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* 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 began 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.
*CONTINUES* Sewer Work – Attucks Lane / Phinney’s Lane, Hyannis
Sewer work at the intersection of Attucks Lane and Phinney’s Lane associated with the future Cape Cod Five Headquarters began on Thursday, January 10th and is anticipated to continue through Friday, February 1st as weather allows.  The anticipated work schedule is as follows:

               Work from Tuesday, January 22nd to Friday, February 1st will be completed during daytime hours     and        will consist of gravity sewer installation within the shoulder of Attuck’s Lane.

               Work from Monday, January 28th to Friday, February 1st will be completed at night between 7:00       PM and 5:00 AM and will consist of gravity sewer installation within the intersection of Phinney’s             Lane and Attuck’s Lane.

Paving work is anticipated on Friday’s between 9:00 AM and 1:00 PM. 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. 
*UPDATED* Road Work on Sea Street, Ocean Avenue, and South Street in Hyannis
Construction activities from January 25th through February 9th are scheduled to include installation of drainage systems in and along Sea Street from Lantern Lane to Keyes Memorial Beach, and possibly in Sea Street from Main Street to South Street; construction of a shared use path (wide sidewalk) along the east side of Sea Street including removing some trees, shrubs, fences, and other items where necessary, excavating, and placing gravel base; survey staking/marking for construction; and associated work. In addition to weekdays, construction will also occur on Saturdays unless prohibited due to holidays or community events. 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* Road Work on Route 149, Main Street, and River Road in Marstons Mills
Construction activities from January 25th through February 8th are scheduled to include survey staking/marking for construction, installing construction signage, installing tree protection, installing erosion controls, removing some trees where necessary, other selective clearing, saw cutting pavement, installing drainage structures, excavating some sidewalks, starting boardwalk construction at the pond, and other 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.
*CONTINUES* Overhead Utility Line Relocations along Route 149 and Main Street in Marstons Mills
Verizon has installed 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. Eversource and Verizon will be relocating their overhead lines to the new poles, and when that is completed they will remove the old poles. This work is in conjunction with the Town project to improve these sections of roadway. The overhead utility relocations are not expected to interfere with traffic, although temporary lane closures with police details might be necessary in some locations.
*CONTINUES* National Grid Upgrading Natural Gas Mains
21-369 South Main Street, Centerville.   The work will include marking underground utilities, excavating utility trenches, installing new gas mains, backfilling the trenches and repaving.  As part of this project, National Grid will also replace the natural gas service piping that connects the main to the customer’s gas meters. Construction is expected to occur within the dates listed above, weather permitting. National Grid has committed to complete this project promptly and with minimal disruption to the community. Visit to view a YouTube video on this gas main replacement process.  A second video explaining the replacement of the service pipe to customer homes is available at line. National Grid will distribute written notifications to all affected constituents. Operations will start promptly at 7:00 AM and run until 4:30 PM Monday through Friday.  Reduce speed, and use caution. All scheduled work is weather dependent and/or may be impacted due to an emergency situation.
*CONTINUES* SNEP Grant Stormwater – Prince Avenue (next to Prince Cove Marina) in Marstons Mills  
Stormwater work continues in the sand filter area and the sediment forebay towards the parking lot. The work is expected to continue as weather permits and to be completed with plantings in the spring. Traffic may be delayed during shoulder work. PLEASE NOTE ***Drivers who are traveling through the affected areas should expect delays, reduce speed, and use caution.

*CONTINUES* SNEP Grant Stormwater - Cordwood Landing, Cotuit
Remaining work includes paving the area around the board drips which is expected to continue as weather permits. The plantings will be completed in the spring.  Area remains open to foot passage, except during paving. Once paving is completed the area will open to vehicles.
*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.

Storm Damage Repair Project at Blish Point, Barnstable

The Department of Public Works is repairing storm-related erosion damage at Blish Point in Barnstable began on Wednesday, January 16, 2019. The focus of the repair work is to replace sand along the dune area northwest of the Millway Beach parking area. Materials and equipment will be staged temporarily in the parking lot for the Blish Point boat ramp while the work is ongoing. The project is expected to be completed by Friday, February 1, 2019, weather permitting.  Vehicle access to the Blish Point boat ramp and parking lot will be maintained during the construction operations; however, a portion of the parking lot will be sectioned off for delivery and offloading of replacement sand, staging of materials and operation of equipment.  Users of the boat ramp are advised to use extreme caution while using the facilities. Operations will start promptly at 7:00 AM and run until 5:00 PM.   As always, please slow down and use extreme caution when traveling through the road construction areas and follow posted safety signs.


Ice forming off Scudder’s Lane in Barnstable Village Last Weekend

Photo courtesy of Dan Horn, Marine & Environmental Affairs Director and Harbormaster

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: As we observe Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, January 21, 2019, we thought we would ask, where was MLK’s “I Have A Dream” speech delivered? Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his “I Have A Dream” speech during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on August 28, 1963, in which he called for civil and economic rights and an end to racism in the United States.


This Week’s Question: Who is the Lombard property named after (full name, please)? 




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