Town Council Meeting

Prior to the continuation of the FY2018 Operating Budget items at last night’s Town Council meeting, the Town Council began the orders of the day by taking up New Business. The first item was an appropriation and transfer order in the amount of $35,500 from the Fiscal Year 2017 Community Services Department Personnel Budget to the Community Services Department Fiscal Year 2017 Capital Outlay Budget for the purpose of funding the purchase of a van for the Recreation Division.  First readings for board, committee and commission appointments and reappointments took place. The Town Council accepted two grants for the Barnstable Police Department ($2,500 from the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, Office of Grants and Research, Highway Safety Division for pedestrian and bicycle safety and equipment and $4,976.18 for an Underage Alcohol Enforcement Grant from the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, Highway Division which will be directed towards overtime for enforcement hours for compliance checks, sting operations, cops in shops, and surveillance patrols.  A proposed zoning amendment prohibiting the establishment of group homes was moved to the Planning Board.  A Community Preservation Committee appropriation order for the reconstruction of the Barnstable West Barnstable Playground was also moved to the June 15th meeting.  A resolve for the acceptance of a conservation restriction to be held by the Conservation Commission for 200 Communication Way, Barnstable, MA; Map 314, Parcel 308; appropriation orders for two Community Preservation Committee items ($175,000 for the acquisition of a conservation restriction 3.47 acres, O Church Street, Barnstable, MA; Map 176, Parcel 006, from Barnstable Land Trust Incorporated; $243,496 for restoration and preservation exterior and limited interior of the U.S. Custom House Carriage House, located at 3353 Main Street (Route 6A), Barnstable, MA; $49,500); appropriation and loan orders for three Private Road programs  ($49,500 for Crosby Circle, Osterville; $125,500 for Pine Ridge Road, Cotuit; and $79,950 for Woodland Avenue, Osterville); an appropriation and transfer order in the amount of $65,500 from the Fiscal Year 2017 Public Works Department Personnel Budget to the Public  Works Department Fiscal Year 2017 Operation Budget for the purpose of funding Hyannis Youth and Community Center (HYCC) maintenance and repairs were approved.  A resolve to join the Cape Light Compact Joint Powers Entity (JPE) and to authorize the Town Manager to execute the Joint Powers Agreement of the Cape Light Compact was moved to the June 15th meeting.  The Town Council also approved an amendment of the Zoning Ordinance and map of the Town of Barnstable, Massachusetts to amend and expand the Marine Business A-1 District to include Parcels 093/024, 093/025 and 093/028. The Town Council then continued with the FY2018 Operating Budget items.  The Town Council was able to approve the following budget items:  Regulatory Services; Building Services; Department of Public Works (General Fund and three Enterprise Funds); Town Council; Town Manager; Administrative Services; Employee Benefits; Debt Service; Library and Tourism Grants; Insurance, Assessments, Transfers and Other Fixed Costs; Community Preservation Fund Administration Expenses; and Community Preservation Fund debt service.   The next Town Council will be held on Thursday, June 15th at 7:00 PM.


Barnstable High School Graduation on Saturday, June 3rd

On Tuesday, May 30th, the 2017 Senior Recognition Night was held in the Performing Arts Center at Barnstable High School.  Over three hundred fifty thousand dollars was awarded in scholarships to the Class of 2017!  Congratulations and best wishes to the 348 Barnstable High School students who will be graduating this Saturday.  55% of our students plan on attending a 4 year college and 25% plan on attending a 2 year college.  10 students have committed to joining the military upon graduation.  We are proud of all you have accomplished to get you to this point and look forward to seeing what the future holds for you.


TRAFFIC ALERT: Best Buddies Ride on Saturday, June 3rd

The Annual Best Buddies Ride is this Saturday, June 3rd.  Please be careful of bicyclists on the road.  The area around Craigville Beach and Covell’s Beach will be heavily congested during the day.


Dolores Holden DaLuz – 2017 Mercy Otis Warren Cape Cod Woman of the Year

This year’s Mercy Otis Warren Cape Cod Woman of the Year is Dolores Harden DaLuz of Hyannis.  Ellen Chahey, who nominated Mrs. DaLuz for this Award, noted that Mrs. DaLuz was an actor, storyteller, poet, singer and songwriter.  She is also a reliable and knowledgeable chronicler of African American and Cape Verdean life and history on Cape Cod having authored a booklet about both communities for the Town of Barnstable and the United States Bicentennial.  Mrs. DaLuz, who proudly states her age as 82 years old, is a founding member of the Zion Union Heritage Museum, a founding member and past officer of the Cape Cod NAACP, the organizer of the immensely popular and successful annually held Sepia Fashion Show which earns thousands for scholarships, an early supporter of the Council of Churches and organizer of the Baby Center, and a board member of the Hyannis Library. Mrs. DaLuz's soon -to -be husband Joe was a student from New England on a full football scholarship at Delaware State College where she grew up.  He drove a bus part-time and delivered children to Booker T. Washington High School which was next door to Mrs. DaLuz's childhood home.  They eventually married and had been married for 64 years at the time of his death last fall. The DaLuzes moved in with Joe's father in Osterville on Cape Cod when they were unable to find a place to live elsewhere  in segregated New England.  As a veteran, Joe was able to qualify for a VA loan and they moved into their first home on General Patton Way in Hyannis.  They raised three boys and three girls. Dolores DaLuz immediately became associated with the NAACP and Fair Housing issues, becoming friends with Judy Barnet, Jane Vonnegut, Eugenia Fortes and Margaret Mosley.  She says:  “We stood on their shoulders. They were our anchors." The Mercy Otis Warren Cape Cod Woman of the Year Award will be presented on Monday, June 5th at the Tales of Cape Cod.  The 7 PM program features Linda Myer as Abigail Adams in Abigail Adams and Mercy Otis Warren: Patriots, Parents, Pen Pals.  Mrs. DaLuz will receive her award immediately following the program. 


Please be our guest at the plaque dedication ceremony in the Memorial Garden at Barnstable High School on Thursday, June 8th 2017 at 5:30pm.  This ceremony, featuring poetry and music, will honor Staff and Students lost during their time at BHS or shortly thereafter. Refreshments will be served. In case of heavy rain, the event will take place in the Knight Auditorium.  Memorial Garden at Barnstable High School
this year’s honorees are:
Todd Charles Blazis (1963-1999); Olivia M. Brodt (1996-2017); William F. Butler III (1946-2016); Edward Bolton (1928-2016); Christina M. Canning (1951-2016); Robert Merle Cookson (1948-1969); Frederick N. Curtis (1948-1969); Kraig A. Diggs (1996-2016); Michael Donohoe (1981-2016); Nicole Dutra (1974-2016); Molly Fratantonio (1981-2017); Jordan Galvin-Jutras (1997-2016); Richard M. Goldman (1933-2016); John Lewis Lango (1946-2017); Yvette M. Malenfant (1920-2015); Denise A. Parent (1966-2015); Thomas J. Russell, Jr. (1990-2016); and Charles Shark (1939-2016).




This summer visitors to Bismore Park Welcome Center at Hyannis Harbor, can ‘Discover Barnstable’ with a new outreach program this July and August.  This outreach program is designed to share with residents and visitors the wide range of resources the Town of Barnstable provides year round. Bismore Park Welcome Center is located at 180 Ocean Street, Hyannis. The programs will take place near the Hyannis HyArts Artist Shanties in the grassy area.  The artist shanties are open May through October each year, and showcase local artists who work and sell their wares right from their ‘seaside’ studios. Programs are each week, free of charge, handicapped accessible and are scheduled for Mondays, 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM and Thursdays, 4:30 PM-5:30 PM, beginning July 10th through August 24th, 2017. In addition, the Barnstable County Coastal Explorer Van joins the program for an extended day visit on July 13th and August 7th.  The free program includes: activities about the natural wildlife in town where visitors will have time to  hold stuffed skunks, owls and hawks, see live turtles and hear about the different species; step into a 31-foot custom built motorcoach to learn about Cape Cod’s coastal environment; turn a print of cyanobacteria into bracelets and bookmarks and identify which blooms are friends and foe;  practice putting with a golf pro; stay for library story time and crafts; and hula hoop for fun and fitness!




Town of Barnstable Beaches

The Recreation Division has provided us with the following information regarding Barnstable beaches.  Beginning Memorial Day Weekend:  Craigville and Covell’s Beaches will have gate coverage Daily 9AM-3:45PM (bath house open 9AM-4:30PM).   Dowses, Veterans, Kalmus, and Keyes (Sea Street) beaches gates are open 9AM-3:45PM weekends only. Veterans’ bath house is open daily. We will be gearing up with lifeguards as our workers return from school.


Hyannis HyArts Artist Shanties at Hyannis Harbor are Open!
There are plenty of ways to have an art-FULL day in the Town of Barnstable's two state designated Cultural Districts, Hyannis HyArts and Barnstable Village and in all seven villages in Town!  Of course, as you know, the amount of activities grows exponentially this time of year.  Here is a snapshot of the 2017 music, theater, festivals and on-going art programs scheduled over the next several months in both the Hyannis HyArts and Barnstable Village Cultural Districts.


·         Hyannis HyArts Artist Shanties at Bismore Park opened May 5th for weekends and mid-June for full weeks!         

·         Shanties opened for weekends the FIRST weekend in May, Friday May 5th at 11:00am, begin FULL WEEKS as of Monday, June 12th, 2017.

·         Bismore Park 'Discover Barnstable' Outreach program: free fun interactive talks and activities each week. 

·         ‘Discover Barnstable', Bismore Park, 180 Ocean Street, Hyannis. Free of charge, handicapped accessible.

·         July 10th through August 24th:  Mondays, 10:30 am - 11:30am; Thursdays, 4:30pm -5:30pm.

·         More music-longer shows, more days!  Music abounds downtown:   Outdoor venues include:  Aselton Park, Bismore Park, Hyannis Village Green, Hyannis Main Street and in Barnstable Village on the Courthouse Stage.

·         More music at the Bismore Park Hyannis Hyarts Artist Shanties:  In addition to the popular Singer-Songwriter Sessions on Saturdays -now more music on Thursday evenings and during lunch time on Fridays.  Live Lunch on Fridays, 11:30 am -1:30pm; Thursdays and Saturdays, 6:00pm -7:30pm. 

·         Main Street, Hyannis is adding a Singer Songwriter series along the street  -  look for the announcement for Monday Music Melodies!

·         New on the Hyannis HyArts Campus, corner of Pearl and South Street, Hyannis:  Studio 46 features six artists sharing work space for the summer; Gallery Artrio is hosting many artist receptions, as well as a special JFK exhibit,  as a part of the birthday centennial celebrations around town; and New Classics Company, theater-in-residence at Guyer Barn, returns for another season with original plays and Improv.

·         Hyannis Village Green - Get your dose of healthy Green(s)!  Hyannis Main Street BID sponsors programs on the Town Green several days a week-from Tai-Chi and Yoga to Movies and Music.  New to the line-up - Move and Groove Saturdays! Shake and Sparkle in the sun with cardio fit dance and last session is with hula hoops.

Our ArtsBarnstable website and FB and Instagram feature all seven villages and links to the two cultural districts and the Kennedy Legacy Trail.  



Watercolors by Ellen Moran on display at Barnstable Town Hall Now through    

July 14th, 2017

The "Art on Loan" program which displays the work of local artists on the meeting room walls in Barnstable Town Hall, currently features the works of painter Ellen Moran. Works on display in the Selectmen’s Conference Room and the Town Hall Hearing Room, located on the 2nd floor in Barnstable Town Hall, now through July 14th, 2017. Ellen Moran, has made Cape Cod her home since 1973. After graduating with a BFA in Art Education from UMass Amherst, she taught art in the Falmouth Public Schools for 32 years and has been selling her creations for an even longer time. Her personal artistic expression, whether through calligraphy or watercolors, has often been inspired by the simple things in life and her love of the natural beauty of the Cape’s landscapes and people.  Ellen lives in West Barnstable with her husband Rick, a talented furniture maker, her son, Adam, and her black lab, Shadow. 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 the program, email or call 508-862-4767



Food Program “Food for Kids” at HYCC from June 26th through August 25th

Thanks to the efforts of Assistant Recreation Director John Gleason and Youth Center Manager Mark Boardley, Barnstable Recreation will be offering a food program called “Food for Kids” (Project Bread and with St. Mary's Church – Ruth Campbell) at the Hyannis Youth & Community Center from June 26th through August 25th.  The program will offer lunch from 12:15-1pm and a free snack from 3-3:30pm Monday-Friday.  We are thrilled to be bringing this program to Barnstable Youth during the summer months.

2017 Parking Permits/Beach Stickers Now on Sale at the HYCC
The Recreation Division 2017 Parking Permits are now available through walk-in process at the Hyannis Youth & Community Center, 141 Bassett Lane, Hyannis.  Hours are 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Saturday and 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM on Sundays/Holidays.  A friendly reminder:  you will need your vehicle registration at the time of purchase.


The Department of Public Works will continue performing roadway improvements on Farm Hill Road, Harbor Hills Road, Mizzentop Lane, Red Lily Pond Road, Sound View Road, Johnny Cake Road, Nickerson Road, Rolling Hitch Road, Scudder’s Lane, First Avenue (Osterville), Hyannis Avenue.  This work started on Monday, May 15, 2017 and is expected to be completed by Friday, June 9, 2017, weather permitting. Improvements include street sweeping, drainage system repairs and new asphalt pavement surfaces. Vehicle access during construction operations will be restricted to one lane.  Motorists are advised to seek alternate routes to avoid the construction work. Operations will start promptly at 7 AM and run until 5 PM, after which time traffic will be opened back onto both lanes of these roadways. As always, please slow down and use extreme caution when traveling through the road construction areas and follow posted safety signs.


ROAD WORK: National Grid Upgrading Natural Gas Main in Hyannis

Work will cause roadway disruption

National Grid and NEUCO continue their 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 Seagate Lane, Nautical Road, Cammett Road and Pleasant Park Avenue. Work 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.


ROAD WORK: West Main Street (between the West End Rotary and LaFrance Ave.)

Hyannis Water Department continues their water main improvements for the ‘West Main Cleaning and Lining’ project as scheduled. Their work will continue through June 15th. Temporary lane restrictions and detours at times are probable.  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 7:00 AM and 4:00 PM. As always, please slow down and use extreme caution when traveling through the road construction areas and detour routes, and follow posted safety signs.


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. 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 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.


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, made up of five Town Councilors, will interview applicants and make recommendations to the Town Council, who vote to appoint members at their regular 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 webpage 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.

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.


Are you interested in the Bids and Request for Proposals (RFPs) the Town of Barnstable puts out?
You will find all the Invitations for Bid and RFPs for the Town that are currently available to the public here.


Last week’s question:  We decided to end our JFK trivia on an easy note.  What year was John F. Kennedy born?  Patrick McNamara of Marstons Mills was very quick to respond!  JFK was born on May 29, 1917. 


This Week’s Question:   The original Native American Village of “Coatuet” meaning “Long Fields”  was purchased from Native Americans by Myles Standish in 1648.  What was the price?   Email your answer here.  


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