Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Tasks Continue

The Town Council will begin their Public Hearings for the FY2018 Budget on May 18th. For information on our fiscal year budgets, please view the town’s Open Budget website.  The FY2018 Budget document may be viewed here.


TODAY! - Community Development Block Grant Program 2017 Action Plan Public Comments Accepted through May 12th
The Town of Barnstable is preparing the One Year Action Plan for CDBG program year (July 1, 2017– June 30, 2018) and has updated the Citizens Participation Plan.  Drafts of the plans became available on April 12, 2017 on the Town’s website and in the Growth Management Office, 367 Main Street, 3rd Floor, Hyannis, MA 02601. These plans serve as the planning and strategic documents for the Town’s CDBG Program, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Estimated funding for this program year is $274,347, plus any carryover. The Town is seeking public input on the draft Action Plan, which outlines funding priorities for the upcoming program year.  Funding levels are estimated and subject to change. Comments on these documents may be submitted in writing to: Kathleen Girouard, Growth Management Department, 367 Main Street, 3rd Floor, Hyannis, MA 02601 or by email: with “CDBG Comments” in the subject line. Comments will be accepted through May 12, 2017 and included in the final plans submitted to HUD. 


Barnstable Public Schools Community Forum on School Start Time
From Superintendent of Schools Meg Mayo-Brown:

As you may be aware, a number of communities on the Cape and throughout the Commonwealth are exploring the idea of a later start time for high school students. The American Academy of Pediatrics and American Medical Association recommend a later start time for adolescents, based on research indicating delayed start time for high school students improves academic outcomes, as well as attendance and tardiness. Additionally, delayed start time is associated with improvements in mood, health, decision-making, and safety. Accordingly, members of the Barnstable Public Schools community began investigating the possibility of aligning our high school start time with recommendations from the medical field.  The Barnstable School Committee established a special subcommittee consisting of parents, teachers, administrators, students, and town officials to study the possibility of modifying the current start time of Barnstable High School. On May 3, 2017 the Barnstable School Committee was presented with the recommendations from the School Start Time Committee. In conjunction with a revised high school start time, the School Start Time Committee made recommendations regarding grade level spans and start times for Barnstable United Elementary School and Barnstable Intermediate School. I have included below the recommendations from the School Start Time Committee. In order to elicit feedback and input on the set of recommendations, we are launching a community conversation. We invite you to attend one of our upcoming Community Forums to learn more about the recommendations, ask questions, and offer input. Our goal is to collect and organize community feedback in order to report back to the School Committee as they consider the recommendations over the coming months. Recommendations from the School Start Time Committee:
                         •All elementary schools maintain current schedule, 9:00 – 3:35
                         •Barnstable High School, adjust times to 8:15 – 2:50
                         •Create two 4th – 7th grade schools at BIS and BUES, adjust times to 7:20 – 1:50
Community Forum:
•May 17 at 6:00 pm at Barnstable High School (Junior/Senior Café, enter Main Entrance)
For more information and to view the School Start Times presentation, please go



Beginning at 8:00 PM on Thursday, May 11, 2017, weather permitting, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation and Lawrence-Lynch Corp. will be performing improvements to Route 28 from Birchill Road to Ames Way in Centerville. Improvements include paving of 700 feet, full width of surface course of roadway.  The work is expected to be done during the evening hours from 9:00 PM through 1:00 AM, weather permitting.  While one lane will remain open to traffic at all times during the improvements, motorists are advised to seek alternate routes to avoid the construction work.  Motorists are urged to please slow down and use extreme caution when traveling through the road construction areas, and follow posted safety signs.



The Department of Public Works will be performing roadway improvements on Farm Hill Road, Harbor Hills Road, Mizzentop Road, Red Lily Pond Road and Soundview Road beginning on Monday, May 15, 2017. Improvements include street sweeping, drainage system repairs and new asphalt pavement surfaces. Work is expected to be completed by Friday, June 9, 2017, weather permitting.  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.


Hyannis Fire Department Breaks Ground on New Fire Station

A crowd gathered for the Hyannis Fire Department’s ground breaking ceremony for the new $18.5 million fire station and district headquarters on Monday, May 8th.   CTA Construction of Waltham is the general contractor.  Phase 1 construction which includes administrative offices, living quarters for firefighters, equipment bays and storage should be completed within 18 months.



May 7-13 is International Compost Awareness Week

A new video illustrating the wonders of food scrap composting "The Compost Story" has been released for this occasion by Kiss the Ground (a non-profit education/engagement org) and is being promoted by the US Composting Council.  In addition, the Barnstable County Department of Health and Environment has a new composting website under the programs and services tab.  The Town of Barnstable has initiated its own Food Waste/kitchen scraps collection program. You can now drop off any household food waste you have at the Transfer Station and Recycling Center in Marstons Mills. All you need is the free Recycling Sticker.


Marine & Environmental Affairs Educational Talks
Each year, the staff of our Marine and Environmental Affairs Division give 60+ educational wildlife and shellfish talks to schools, libraries, senior centers and private groups.  Sometimes we receive thank you notes!  Here are a couple of thank you notes we received from second graders at the Ezra Baker Innovation School.  Hope you enjoy them as much as we did!        



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  that you will need your vehicle registration at the time of purchase.

Barnstable High School Senior Art Show:  ARTic Freeze
On Friday, May 19th, from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at the Guyer Barn (250 South Street) in Hyannis, BHS Art Students would like to invite the public to an Art Opening celebrating the creations and accomplishments of students from across many different artistic disciplines.  Additionally, there will be open gallery hours at the Guyer Barn on Saturday, May 20th through Wednesday, May 24 from 2:30-5:00 PM.  This exhibit is completely created and curated by the students and includes work from the fine arts, graphic design, ceramics, animation, film making, woodworking, and fashion design classes at BHS.  Visitors to this open and free show will have the opportunity to see an array of work spanning the artistic scope from portraits painted in oil to a virtual reality installation.

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 are opening May 5th for weekends and mid-June for full weeks!         

·         Shanties open 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.  



The Bismore Park Welcome Center Open for the Season

If you are down on Ocean Street, be sure to stop by and say hello at the Bismore Park Welcome Center!



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.


Rabies Vaccine Distribution
The Cape Cod Oral Rabies Vaccination Program will again distribute rabies/vaccine bait packets in an effort to reduce rabies in wildlife. If you find a vaccine/bait packet, use a towel or gloves to pick it up and throw it into the woods where children and pets will not find it. If no suitable place is available, you can dispose of the bait in the trash. Wash your hands thoroughly after handling the vaccine/bait package. If your pet has eaten or had contact with a bait, it is not harmful to them, but please report the contact to the Cape Cod Rabies Program Coordinator Brian Bjorklund at (508) 476-2956. Staff will use that information to educate those distributing baits that their baits may not have made it to their target destination. Rabies is present in wildlife in all areas of Southeastern Massachusetts. Do not handle wildlife. Also, make sure your cats, dogs and other pets have received their rabies vaccinations. For more information on the Cape Cod Oral Rabies Vaccination program, call (508) 476-2956 or visit the project website.


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. 


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 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.


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

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 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. 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 6:30 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.


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.


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.


Last week’s question:  This year marks what would have been John Fitzgerald Kennedy’s 100th birthday.  For the month of May, we will ask JFK centric questions.  What year did the Kennedy Family start coming to Hyannis Port for their summer home?  The Kennedy Family rented a home in Hyannis Port in 1926.  It wasn’t long before they purchased their own property and the rest, as they say, is history!



This Week’s Question:   True or False? John F. Kennedy served as a U.S. Representative AND a U.S. Senator prior to being elected as our 35th President.