March for Our Lives

Held on Saturday, March 24th on the Hyannis Village Green

Pictured above:  Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School sophomore Natalie Breyer
told her story about being in the school during the shooting that killed 14 students and 3 teachers.
Congratulations to the students who coordinated this effort.

(Photo courtesy of Patrick Murphy)

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 Recreation’s Egg-stravaganza!

 

Exemption Applications Due in Assessor’s Office by April 2nd

FY2018 statutory exemption applications, including residential exemptions, are due in the Assessor’s office by Monday, April 2nd.  More information can be found on the Assessor’s page of the Town’s website.

 

Fiscal 2019 Budget Process: 

Capital Improvement Plan Public Hearings Begin at April 5th Town Council Meeting

Finance Director Mark Milne shared an overview of the FY 2019 Capital budget and FY 2019 to FY 2023 Capital Improvements Plan which was submitted to the Town Council on Monday, February 26th and received a first reading at the March 15th Town Council meeting.  The proposed budget for FY 2019 includes 35 projects totaling $18.4 million.  Funding for the plan includes $6.1 million in cash reserves, $10.6 million in new borrowing authorizations, $1.3 million in anticipated grant funding and $443,000 from balances remaining in completed projects. The plan is available on the Town’s website. Public hearings will begin on April 5th.

 

2018 Household Hazardous Waste Collection – First Collection is April 7th

 

Artists and Muses,” featured group art exhibit at Barnstable Town Hall

A multi-artist exhibit featuring 30 Cape Cod artists. The group gathers weekly to paint together at the studio of nationally acclaimed artist, Paul Schulenburg.
Meet the Artist reception - Friday, April 13th, 2018 - 5:00-6:30 PM

The "Art on Loan" program displays the works of local artists on meeting room walls in Barnstable Town Hall.   “Artists and Muses,” is on display in the Barnstable Town Hall, through April 20th, 2018.  This exhibit features portraits, figure paintings, drawings and sculpture, in a wide range of styles and mediums. The public is invited to attend a reception in the Town Hall Hearing Room to meet the artists on Friday, April 13th, 2018 from 5:00-6:30 PM. Town Hall is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM-4:30 PM (except State and Federal holidays) and frequently opens during evening hours for scheduled meetings.  For more information on this program email: melissa.hersh@town.barnstable.ma.us or call 508-862-4767. Program information available at: www.ArtsBarnstable.com

 

 Land Acquisition and Preservation Committee presents Spring Walking Weekend

Friday, April 13th through Monday, April 16, 2018

Friday - April 13th 10:00 AM - Woods to Great Marsh in Barnstable led by Elissa Crowley: 508-362-5062;     ejcrowley181@gmail.com

Saturday - April 14th 10:00 AM - Tour du Barnstable Village led by Farley Lewis: 508-737-6983;                  farlewis@comcast.net

Sunday - April 15th: 8:30 AM - Santuit Preserve Walk in Cotuit led by Phyllis Miller: phylliscotuit@aol.com    and Steve Gould: osrcotuit@yahoo.com

               12:00 PM (Noon) - Old Neck Land Walk in Barnstable led by Kris Clark: 508-776-7522;                kris@meganet.net

 Monday - April 16th:  7:00 AM - Hathaway’s Pond in Hyannis led by Naturalist Mary Richmond: 508-737-       8861; capecodartandnature@gmail.com

               10:00 AM - A Swamp Walk in Cotuit led by Will Holden: 508-771-2585; 978-833-4375

For more information contact Farley Lewis: farlewis@comcast.net  or Ann Canedy: acanedy@comcast.net  or visit Land Acquisition and Preservation Committee website

 

Barnstable’s Best Dog Contest

Now is the time to send in your photos of your family dog in order to enter Barnstable's Best Dog Contest for 2018Barnstable’s Best Dog Contest, starting April 1st, send your dog’s photo (with your name and address on the back);  a stamped self-address envelope;· Include a check for $7 for a spayed or neutered animal or $10 for a male or female dog; a copy of the current rabies certificate (if it has been updated recently); and mail all of the above to:  Town Clerk, 367 Main St., Hyannis, MA 02601.  The winner of Barnstable’s Best Dog will receive the #1 tag and his/her photo will be on the Barnstable website for the coming year. We will accept photos until noon on the 1st of May.  We will return the photo and new dog tag when the contest is over.  The winner will be announced on May 4th.  So remember to come in and vote during that time for your favorite dog. All dog owners have until July 1, 2018 to get their 2018 license. Order early so you won’t forget.

 

Caregiver Walking Program with Respite
The Barnstable Senior Center and the Hyannis Youth and Community Center are working together to provide a special program for caregivers.  The program began on March 6th, every Tuesday from 11:00 AM until Noon, family caregivers are invited to join us at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center Indoor Walking Track. Bring your walking shoes, wear comfortable clothes and enjoy an hour to yourself so that you can unwind and get some exercise! Can’t leave the person you care for alone? Respite will be available, but you must call and pre-register for that person. (Please note: Respite care is for adults only and pre-screening is required. Please call Donna Burns @ 508-862-4753) So, lace up those shoes and join us – it is time to take care of YOU!!

First Tee at Hyannis Golf Course
The First Tee program of Massachusetts continues its offerings at the Hyannis Golf Course.  The First Tee emphasizes Nine Core Values: honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy and judgment.  Through golf and core values, your kids and teens will learn life skills like:  making proper introductions; managing emotions; resolving conflicts; setting up step-by-step goals; planning for the future; and appreciating diversity.  On-line registration information can be found here.

Vietnam Veterans Recognition Ceremony held at Barnstable Senior Center
On Thursday afternoon, the Cape Cod Vet Center hosted their annual Vietnam Veterans Recognition Ceremony at the Barnstable Senior Center. In 2012, President Obama issued a presidential proclamation declaring March 29th as Vietnam Veterans Day and last year President Trump signed into law an act of Congress designating it as National Vietnam War Veterans Day, commemorating the day the last troops left Vietnam on March 29, 1973. Town Councilors John Flores and Phil Wallace were in attendance. Today, one in three men over the age of 65 in the United States served in the Vietnam War. Many of the veterans who attended the event bravely shared their personal experiences. An MIA chair was present for the ceremony to honor all the POW’s who never returned home.   Students from Cape Cod Regional Technical High School in Harwich provided refreshments for the event and helped with the set up and clean up.

 

2nd Annual Ready, Set, Work! Job Fair a Success
On Tuesday, March 27th, the Barnstable Youth Commission‘s 2nd Annual Youth Job Fair was a big success drawing 136 students from Plymouth to Eastham (and one student from Lawrence!). Young people between the ages of 14-18 were encouraged to stop by and visit with employers who were ready to hire eager young workers.  Warren Rutherford from the Executive Suite was on hand to help them prepare to ask questions about how to get a work permit, practice interviewing and getting familiar with the process of getting their first job.  The Y Achievers program (Molly Sproul, Lt. Jean Challies and Tatiana) added a new component in helping the applicants learn the proper way to write thank you notes for their interviews.  Thank you to the participating businesses: Barnstable Recreation; Ben & Jerry’s; BJ’s Wholesale Club; Cape Cod Times; Cape Wildlife Center; Catania Hospitality including - Cape Codder Resort, Daniel Webster Inn, Hearth & Kettle, and John Carver Inn;  Capt’n Frosty’s;  Chik-Fil-A; The Club at New Seabury; Kandy Korner; Katie’s Ice Cream;  Polar Cave Ice Cream; Ryan Amusements; Stop ‘n Shop; and YMCA of Cape Cod.

 

Mercy Otis Warren Cape Cod Woman of the Year: Nominations Open

The Mercy Otis Warren Cape Cod Woman of the Year is a woman who has made significant contributions to the arts, business, education, and/or is deeply involved in the community.  Last year’s recipient was Delores DaLuz of Hyannis.  Past recipients from the Town of Barnstable include Eugenia Fortes, Felicia Penn, Ann Williams, Judy Walden Scarafile, Susan French, Dorothy Savarese, and Lynne Poyant.  Nominations for the 2017 application are now being accepted.  Application forms are available across Cape Cod at local town halls, libraries, community centers, and online at https://www.barnstablecounty.org/affiliated-organizations/nominate-someone/ Nominations are due on Patriot’s Day, Monday, April 16, 2018.

 

Sandy Neck APP has arrived!

The Sandy Neck APP has arrived! In order to keep the public informed of important changes at the beach, we have created an APP that can be downloaded to your smart phones. This new APP will give the public real time information regarding the status of Sandy Neck Beach Park. Easy to download, simple to navigate, it is a welcome addition to the ongoing efforts of everyone here at Sandy Neck to keep you informed! Please go to our website for instructions. www.sandyneckbeachpark.com. You can download the APP on Google Play. If you don’t have a Google Play account, it is easy to set up and it is free. Please email Donna with any questions at donna.bragg@town.barnstable.ma.us  

 

2018 Parking Permits/Beach Stickers

The Recreation Division 2018 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, applications are no longer sent via mail.  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. 2018 Parking Permits/Beach Stickers will be available in person at the HYCC beginning May 7th.  Operating hours will be Monday-Saturday 9:00 AM-4:00 PM and Sundays & Holidays 9:00 AM-Noon.

 

ROAD WORK UPDATES

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

*NEW* SIDEWALK REPAIRS – Main Street, Pearl Street, South Street and Ocean Street, Hyannis

The Department of Public Works is performing sidewalk repairs on Main Street, Pearl Street, South Street and Ocean Street in Hyannis which began on Monday, April 2, 2018 and will continue through May 17, 2018. The work is limited to the following sections of these streets:

Main Street:  Main Street at the intersection with Pine Avenue

Pearl Street: from Main Street to South Street

South Street: from Pearl Street to Ocean Street

Ocean Street: from South Street to Nantucket Street

The work includes repair of failed curb and sidewalk sections, correction of tripping hazards in existing sidewalk areas, repair of broken tree grates, complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act standards and improving aesthetics. Motorists and pedestrians may be redirected around the construction operations when necessary. Both motorists and pedestrians are advised to seek alternate routes to avoid the construction work. Construction operations will start promptly at 7 AM and run until 5 PM.

Travel lane restrictions scheduled for Sagamore Bridge; Bourne Bridge work set to start in the fall of 2018 - Work to start on April 2nd

Replacement of Damaged Roadway Joints on the Sagamore Bridge spanning the Cape Cod Canal in Bourne, Mass., is scheduled to start on April 2, 2018 and continue through about May 25, 2018, according to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), New England District officials.  During the scheduled times for work, travel over the Sagamore Bridge will be reduced from two lanes in each direction to ONE WIDER 12-FOOT LANE IN EACH DIRECTION. State and local police will be on duty at all times work is being performed to assist the motoring public. Motorists planning to use the Sagamore Bridge during this timeframe should be aware that travel delays are likely to occur during the morning and afternoon peak travel periods each day.  The $1,695,000.00 contract for replacement of damaged and worn roadway joints was awarded to R. Zoppo Corporation of Stoughton, MA. The contractor will work 7 days a week with double shifts in order to complete this work prior to the peak summer travel season. Additionally, similar work on the Bourne Bridge is scheduled to be conducted in the fall of 2018. Bourne Bridge work is scheduled to start on September 6th and continue through about November 28th. This bridge work is critical to maintaining the structural integrity of the bridges, which are a vital component to the transportation system of Cape Cod, the Islands and southeastern Massachusetts.  Work will include the replacement of bridge joints on the roadway, repair of corroded steel and concrete supports at the affected joints, patching of damaged pavement surfaces, and replacement of deteriorated waterproof membranes along the roadway curbs. In addition, USACE work crews will conduct various periodic maintenance activities on the bridge lighting and structure during this timeframe.  Traffic signs, message boards and bridge work alert emails will be used to help inform motorists about pending lane restrictions and bridge work. To sign up for bridge work alert emails send an email to CapeCodCanalBridges@usace.army.mil with the subject title “Bridge Work Alerts.”  An email alert is sent when there is a major change to the bridge work status or schedule. Additionally, updates are available from the Corps’ New England District via Facebook and Twitter: on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/CorpsNewEngland; on Twitter: http://twitter.com/CorpsNewEngland. Or visit the District website at http://www.nae.usace.army.mil.

National Grid Upgrading Natural Gas Main

National Grid and NEUCO continue their gas main replacement project. Improvements include marking of underground utilities, excavation of the street, and installation of a new gas main. Work will be ongoing, weather permitting. Their scheduled work along Route 6A (two crews) in Barnstable Village and Overlook Drive in Centerville Village will continue. Operations will start promptly at 7:00 AM and run until 4:30 PM Monday through Friday. 

Route 28 (Falmouth Road) at Bearse’s Way Continues

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. Southbound lane of Bearse’s Way south of Route 28 will continue to be detoured until Friday, April 6th. The work hours will be between the hours of 6:30 AM and 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday.

Route 6 (Mid-Cape Highway) - Fabrication and Installation of Ground Mounted Guide and Traffic Signs

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) will begin their roadway ‘Fabrication and Installation of Ground Mounted Guide and Traffic Signs’ along Route 6 beginning February 20, 2018. This project is estimated to be completed by May 24, 2018. The work will consist of replacing the existing directional signs along Route 6 from Sandwich to Eastham. There are no proposed lane closures. All work will be performed on the highway’s shoulder accompanied by a police officer. The work hours will be between the hours of 7:00 AM and 3:30 PM, Monday through Friday.

 

CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS

Osterville Bay School Demolition

Demolition of the building is complete.  Tennis court construction bids are expected April 29th.

Lombard Site (West Barnstable)

Work on parking lot areas has slowed due to wet conditions.  The contractor will be continuing work on the ball field, and press box.  The public should be aware that there will be limited access and parking for the West Barnstable Community Building, as well as no access to Luke’s Love Playground, the ball field or the Old Selectmen’s Building for the duration of the project. The re-construction of the ball field, additional site improvements and the re-installation of Luke’s Love are expected to be completed in the Spring/Summer of 2018.

 

Building Department Public Service Announcement

Re: Article VII Sign Regulations § 240-61 (N) Temporary Signs on Public Property

The Town of Barnstable Building Department would like to advise its citizens of a recent policy change concerning the existing temporary signs on public property ordinance.  The Department has reviewed and updated our guidelines as a result of the public’s expressed desire to maintain the quiet dignity and decorum of our memorial sites as well as to address safety concerns regarding motor vehicle traffic line of sight.  The revised policy includes restrictions on the number and placement of temporary signs on public property and a prohibition of temporary signs on memorial sites and traffic islands.  This revision was carefully and purposefully crafted to balance the need of the community to publicize special non-profit events while preserving the integrity of the memorial sites and to ensure traffic safety in each of the seven villages of Barnstable.  As always, applicants seeking to install signs on public property will need to register their event with the Building Department prior to placement of signage.  Forms are available online here or they may be obtained at the Building Department located at the 200 Main Street building.  The Sign Ordinance online link may be found here.  Staff is available to answer questions or to assist applicants with the registration process and can be reached at 508-862-4038.

 

Town of Barnstable Hyannis Main Street Vendor/Contractor Parking Permit

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The Town of Barnstable recognizes vendors and contractors are a critical component to our community’s economy and quality of life. Therefore, starting January 1, 2018 daily parking permits are available to qualifying vendors and contractors hired to service businesses and residents located on Main Street, Hyannis who need their vehicles in close proximity on the date of services rendered, parking beyond the 2-hour limitation on Main Street during the hours of 7:00 AM-7:00 PM Monday through Sunday.  Through an application process by the Parking Division, Vendor/Contractor parking permits are valid for one space per vehicle or trailer, for no more than five (5) calendar days per calendar month, and no more than three (3)  vendor/contractor parking permits per business or residency at any one time.  Applications must be submitted one business day prior to the date requested and payment of cash/check must be included with the application:

November 1st – March 31st                           $  5.00/day/space

April 1st – October 31st                                  $15.00/day/space

For more information about this new program and/or a copy of the application, please visit online at www.townofbarnstable.us/parking or feel free to contact:  Barnstable Parking Resources Division, 200 Main Street, Hyannis, MA 02601 or 508-862-4771. We are happy to help!

 

Town of Barnstable Tools for New Business Development

Economic Development Resource Tools for New Business Attraction and Development

The Town of Barnstable’s Planning & Development Department provides two economic development resource tools for new business attraction and development. The newly re-designed Business Barnstable website and the Barnstable Business & Permitting Guide were created for companies and entrepreneurs interested in opening a business in Barnstable, the commercial hub of Cape Cod. The Business Barnstable website (www.BusinessBarnstable.com) provides an online comprehensive one-stop resource to assist with new business start-up or expansion, and sends a clear message that Barnstable is ‘Open for Business’. For more information about these tools or Barnstable’s economic development program in general, please visit www.BusinessBarnstable.com or contact Economic Development Specialist, Mike Trovato at 508.862.4791 or Michael.Trovato@town.barnstable.ma.us.

 

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.

 

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:  council@town.barnstable.ma.us 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.

 

Barnstable Public Schools on Facebook

Barnstable Public Schools has a Facebook page.  You can follow them here. You may also want to follow Superintendent Meg Mayo-Brown on Twitter @meg_bps.  

 


Last Week’s Question:  The “new” Barnstable Town Hall has served many purposes since it was built in 1897?  What year did it become the “new” Town Hall?   The official dedication of the New Town Hall was September 29, 1979.

 

This Week’s Question:  What other purposes did the building now called the Town Hall serve prior to becoming Town Hall? Please email your answer here.

 

 

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