Kick Off to Kindergarten

Barnstable Public Schools is hosting a Kick Off to Kindergarten. The kick-off event will include fun and engaging activities for children and information for parents/guardians regarding the online Kindergarten Registration Process. A representative from transportation will also be available to answer questions. Students registering must be 5 years of age on or before September 1, 2017. The event is open to all incoming Kindergarten students who will be attending Barnstable Public Schools in the fall of 2017. The Kick Off to Kindergarten will be held at Hyannis West Elementary School (549 West Main Street, Hyannis, MA 02601) on Saturday, March 18th, 2017 from 10 AM to 12 PM.


Congratulations to Patti Machado, Director of Leisure Services!

Patti Machado was awarded the Peter C. O’Brien Humanitarian Award by Massachusetts Recreation and Park Association (MRPA) on Wednesday, March 15th during their annual meeting. The award recognizes a park and recreation professional who has demonstrated the advancement of the park and recreation industry, is a respected member of the community, and maintains a strong dedication and passion to park and recreation in Massachusetts.  From the program:  For more than 40 years, Patti Machado has been deeply involved within eation professional who has demonstrated the advancement of the park and recreation industry, is a respected member of the community, and maintains a strong dedication and passion to park and recreation in Massachusetts.Barnstable’s community of seven distinct villages where she grew up, starting out in 1976 as a lifeguard, coach and office assistant and working her way up through the Park & Recreation Department doing what she loves… As a member of MRPA and NRPA (National Recreation and Park Association) since 1985, Patti’s many contributions to the region include a bevy of accomplishments and awards. In 1985 she coordinated and was instrumental in forming the Cape & Islands Recreation and Beach Manager Coalitions, which meet regularly and offer opportunities for networking - sharing information and resources. In 1987 she was honored by The American Red Cross with a Hero Award for saving a resident’s life performing CPR (before AED’s). Also in 1987, the NRPA gave her a Distinguished Service Award. She received the United States Figure Skating Membership Award (1985-2005). Patti has been a member of the MRPA Conference Committee from time to time over the past 32 years and has been the Board’s Aquatic Representative for the past three years. She was named MRPA Professional of the Year in 2000 and was a member of the Town of Barnstable Building Committee for the $27M Hyannis Youth & Community Center project, for which she accepted the MRPA Facility Design of the Year Award in 2010.  Our CONGRATULATIONS go out to Patti on this well-deserved honor!  Pictured from left to right:  Nancy White of Playground Inspections of New England, and Patti Machado, Town of Barnstable Leisure Services Director.


Hyannis West Named Massachusetts School Breakfast Challenge Champions!

Barnstable’s Hyannis West Elementary School has been named Massachusetts School Breakfast Challenge Champions from the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education! This is a statewide competition among schools and districts aimed to increasing and sustaining student participation in the School Breakfast Program. Barnstable is among the first 47 districts across Commonwealth with schools that have achieved the goals of the Mass School Breakfast Challenge. Barnstable will be posted on their website.   More accolades for Hyannis West will be presented at the Massachusetts State House on Thursday, April 27th when they receive a 2017 Healthy Start Award! Congratulations and Well Done!


Prince Cove Marina Reconstruction Project Has Begun

Work has begun on the reconstruction of the Prince Cove Marina bulkhead. The area closed on March 13th, 2017 and will remain closed until approximately May 1st, 2017. The bulkhead will be reconstructed with sheet pilings, concrete and other facilities. No access to the bulkhead will be available during construction. The boat ramp and associated parking will remain open during construction. Residents should avoid the bulkhead construction area. Questions regarding marine activities in the area should be directed to the Marine and Environmental Affairs Division at 508-790-6273. Project related questions should be directed to Roger D. Parsons, P.E., Town Engineer at 508-790-6302.




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. The next phase of work will begin March 20th and end March 31st in the eastbound lane of Route 28 between 267 & 307 Falmouth Road.

Starting March 20, 2017, the eastbound lane of Route 28 will be detoured at the intersection of Route 28 and Bearse’s Way.  Traffic will be directed south on Bearse’s Way, then directed northeast up Walton Avenue. The end of the detour will occur as traffic migrates back to Route 28. Traffic to local businesses will be allowed access.  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 6:30AM 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 Recreation to Offer Waterfront and Lifeguard Training

The Barnstable Recreation Division is teaming up with the Cape Cod YMCA to offer Waterfront and Lifeguard Training. Waterfront and Lifeguard Training will be available for ages 15 to 18 at a cost of $180. Junior Lifeguard Training will be available for ages 13 to 18 at a cost of $60. Both programs begin March 28th. You can learn more about the program here.


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

We will provide an update on last night’s 3rd Annual Community Substance Abuse Prevention Forum and 7th Grade Youth Summit with Chris Herren in next week’s edition of e-news.   Thanks to the generosity of the Lyndon Paul Lorusso Charitable Foundation, the Community Substance Abuse Prevention Forum was open to public and free of charge.


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 for FY2018 and public hearings on the proposed projects will begin at the April 6th Town Council Meeting. A total of 34 projects will be presented. 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.


Eversource to Hold Rate Hearings
Eversource Energy submitted a proposal to the Department of Public Utilities to update the company’s electric rates. The proposal requests a net increase in annual delivery revenue of $60.2 million, representing a 7 percent increase in those revenues to support electric distribution operations. Eversource’s request addresses increases in operating and maintenance costs and capital costs associated with investments in the electrical network.  A public hearing on the proposed rate increase will be held at the Barnstable County Complex in the Harborview Conference Room (3195 Main Street, Barnstable, MA 02630) on Monday, April 3rd, 2017 at 7 PM.


Barnstable Youth Commission to Host Job Fair

Employers looking for help still have time to be a part of the Barnstable Youth Commission’s upcoming Job Fair. The Job Fair will be held Wednesday, April 12th, 2017 from 2:30 PM to 5:00 PM at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center. Youth 18 and under will have free admission. This will be a great opportunity for kids to learn how to prepare for an interview, to learn about the importance of a resume and how to write one, as well as how to complete a job application. To learn more contact Amy Harwood at the HYCC.


Friendly Reminder to Return the Town Census

Town Census forms were mailed earlier this year. When you receive your census form please look it over, make any changes necessary. 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, 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  026


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.


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 93-420 South Street; 70-110 High School Road; 10-50 Ocean Street; 500 Old Colony Road, Hyannis. They have completed work on Route 149, and are moving to Main Street Cotuit and Salten Point Road. 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.


Last week’s question:  An individual donated a parcel of land that became the public beach on Sandy Neck. What is his name?   


Several residents knew that in 1920 John Bodfish conveyed to the Town of Barnstable a parcel of land that is now the bathing beach on Sandy Neck.  John Bodfish named the park after his father Benjamin Bodfish.  The beach is now known as Benjamin Bodfish Memorial Park.



This Week’s Question:   When did St. Patrick’s Day become a holiday in the United States? Email your answer here. 

Wishing you a Happy St. Patrick’s Day from the Barnstable Senior Center!