This is National Peace Officers Memorial Week
and on National Peace Officers Memorial Day (Tuesday, May 15th),
state and local officials gathered to dedicate the flagpole on the roundabout at Route 149 and to dedicate the Route 149 Overpass as First Responders Overpass. 
Photo courtesy of Nancy Viall Shoemaker

 

Town Council Meeting - Thursday, May 17th

Last night’s Town Council meeting began with Town Council President Eric Steinhilber introducing Town Councilor Britt Beedenbender for the recognition of a Barnstable Hometown Community Hero.  The award was presented to Lenore Lyons of The Key Idea, Inc.  More information about Ms. Lyons’ program is featured further in this newsletter.   Town Manager Mark Ells’ Communications included updates on a meeting with MASS DOT regarding upcoming road improvements and the move of the Registry of Motor Vehicles to Hyannis; the Comprehensive Financial Advisory Committee’s Operating Budget report; work continuing with Mass Department of Fish & Wildlife regarding future potential water supply wells; proceeding with the hiring process for the position of Chief of Police; continuing discussions with Vineyard Wind; notification of our community’s designation as a Housing Choice Community (more information featured further in this newsletter); and a draft letter for Town Manager and Town Council President signature expressing support of House Bill 4045 and Senate Bill 2300 – these bills include much needed funding for two key items - $1.6 million for restoration work at the Hyannis Armory and $41 million for a new Science and Technology Building at Cape Cod Community College. Mr. Ells asked DPW Director Dan Santos to share state recognition of the Town’s management of the Hyannis Water System (more information featured further in this newsletter).  Mr. Ells also introduced Planning & Development’s Economic Development Coordinator Peter Lent to the Town Council for a discussion on stakeholder engagement as we move forward with our Economic Development program.  During Town Council Communications, Barnstable Public Schools Superintendent Meg Mayo-Brown gave an update on the issues related to the closing of Centerville Elementary School on Friday, May 18th due to the high volume of student and staff illness. The Orders of the Day began with Town Council President Steinhilber taking an Acceptance of a Fiscal Year 2018 Legislative Earmark grant in the amount of $25,000 from the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development for the purpose of funding direct homeless outreach services provided by 10 Community Services Officers.  The Barnstable Police Department’s Director of Finance and Support Services Anne Spillane provided the rationale for the grant which was unanimously approved.  The Appropriation and Loan Order in the amount of $1,000,000 for the purpose of funding the Cotuit Bay Entrance Channel Dredge project was continued to the August 16, 2018 Town Council Meeting.  The Town Council then proceeded with Public Hearings on the FY2019 Operating Budget.   The Town Council approved the budgets for the Airport Enterprise Fund, Barnstable Public Schools, Public Works General Fund, Public Works Solid Waste Enterprise Fund, Public Works Water Pollution Control Enterprise Fund, Public Works Water Supply Enterprise Fund, Marine & Environmental Affairs General Fund, Sandy Neck Park Enterprise Fund, Marina Enterprise Fund, Licensing Department, Inspectional Services Department, Community Services Department General Fund, Cable Television Public Education & Government Access Enterprise Fund, Golf Enterprise Fund and the Hyannis Youth & Community Center Enterprise Fund.   The remaining budget items (#2018-111, 2018-126 through 2018-137) were moved to Public Hearings at the June 7th Town Council meeting.   The public can view information about the Town’s current year and prior year budgets through Open Budget on the Town’s website.  For those who might not want to delve into the entire 601-page budget book, a Budget Summary is also available on the Town’s website.  New Business began with an Appropriation and Transfer Order in the amount of $100,000 for the Fiscal Year 2018 Airport Enterprise Fund Capital Budget for the purpose of funding various Airport Capital Improvement projects being moved to a Public Hearing on June 7th.  The Town Council acceptance a gift of $9,079 from the Friends of the Barnstable Council on Aging to support the Transportation Program at the Barnstable Senior Center.  An Appropriation and Transfer order in the amount of $195,000 of Community Preservation Funds for creation and acquisition of conservation restriction 2.18 acres+/-, 3600 Falmouth Road, Marstons Mills, Map 077, Parcel 005 was moved to a Public Hearing on June 7th.  Appointments to a Board/Committee/Commission (Disability Commission and Youth Commission) as well as Reappointments to a Board/Committee/Commission (Airport Commission, Comprehensive Financial Advisory Committee, Conservation Commission, Community Preservation Committee, Council on Aging, Disability Commission, Historical Commission, Housing Committee, Human Services Committee, JFK Memorial Trust Fund Committee, Library Committee, Old Kings Highway Historic District Commission, Planning Board, Water Quality Advisory Committee, Waterways Committee and Zoning Board of Appeals) received first readings.  The next regularly scheduled Town Council is Thursday, June 7th at 7:00 PM.

 

Town Council Recognizes Barnstable Hometown Community Hero - Lenore Lyons
Town Councilor Jennifer Cullum wanted to find an opportunity for the Town Council to reconnect to the community.  She proposed a Barnstable Hometown Community Hero Award which could highlight the good works people in the Town of Barnstable are doing – especially through programs that emphasize positive reinforcement with children.   Town Councilor Britt Beedenbender nominated Lenore Lyons of The Key Idea, Inc.  The Key Idea™ gives a voice​to those who need to be heard. The Key Idea, Inc. offers creative, interactive The Key Idea™ experiences for fun-loving people of all ages, 1-100+.  Both simple and profound, The Key Idea™ was designed to be accessible to all. Since The Key Idea™ began in 2015, nearly 6,000 adults and children have participated in this unique art and writing project where everyone, of every age uses the same materials and does the exact same project.  The Key Idea, Inc. is collecting and exhibiting across America.  View KeyStories from individuals struggling with mental health issues, their caretakers and first responders:  Osterville Village Library  May 2018; Orleans Snow Library  June 2018; and ​Mashpee Public Library   July 2018.  The Wisdom of Children - A National Exhibit of KeyStories created by thousands of children, ages 5-18 from across the United States will be at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod from July 19 - August 5, 2018. For more information on The Key Idea™, visit www.thekeyidea.org.  Congratulations, Lenore!

 

Hyannis Water System Receives State Recognition
During last night’s Town Council meeting, DPW Director Dan Santos shared the news of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) recent recognition for outstanding performance in 2017 for our efforts on long term planning to improve the Hyannis Water System, changing plans to mitigate emerging contaminants, and for planning, financing, and constructing corrective measures.  In 2005, the Town of Barnstable purchased the Hyannis Water System from a private water company.  The Town contracted with an engineering firm to prepare a Water System Master Plan which was completed in April, 2007.  The Master Plan projected phased improvements over 30 years totaling $33.5 million, not adjusted for inflation.  The Town implemented the plan, and constructed significant improvements to the sources, treatment, distribution, storage, and operations of the Hyannis Water System.  Since 2015, the Town has installed temporary treatment, which was converted to permanent treatment; negotiated, installed and activated interconnections with neighboring water systems (Centerville-Osterville-Marstons Mills (COMM) Water Department and the Town of Yarmouth); installed chemical treatment at the COMM interconnection; conducted pilot treatment studies; initiated investigations into new sources; and is currently preparing plans for further treatment.

Pictured from left to right:

Stephen Ryan, Executive Director New England Water Works Association (NEWWA)

Hans Keijser, Supervisor DPW Water Supply Division, Town of Barnstable

Marcia Sellitto, Administrative Assistant, DPW Water Supply Division, Town of Barnstable

Michael Gorenstein, Project Manager, DPW Water Supply Division, Town of Barnstable

Martin Suuberg, Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP)

 

Baker-Polito Administration Celebrates Municipal Housing Efforts Across Commonwealth
Barnstable Designated as Housing Choice Community
As part of Municipal Month, the Baker-Polito Administration announced two milestones for communities in Massachusetts under the Administration’s Housing Choice Initiative, a comprehensive new effort to create 135,000 new housing units by 225.  The initiative, announced in December 2017, includes a new set of incentives and reward for municipalities committed to sustainable housing growth in their communities.  Lt. Governor Karyn Polito announced the designation of 67 communities as Housing Choice Communities, and in partnership with MassHousing, awarded Planning for Housing Production technical assistance grants to 15 municipalities.  Bother announcements will support communities in their efforts to substantially increase housing production across the Commonwealth.  The Housing Choice Initiative is a multi-pronged effort, which includes today’s Housing Choice Designation, new technical assistance through MassHousing, and proposes legislative changes, through An Act to Promote Housing Choices, to deliver smart, effective zoning at the local level.

 

Hyannis Open Streets

Come to Hyannis and play in the street! The last spring event is this Sunday, May 20th from 12-5PM on Main Street Hyannis.  Hyannis Open Streets will feature FREE music, entertainment, and activities for all ages! Come out and enjoy local food, shops, and culture. Traffic Note:  No Parking will be allowed on Main Street from 10AM-5PM Main Street will be closed to traffic from 12-5PM (Barnstable Road to Sea Street) so that you can safely enjoy the entertainment and activities throughout the day!

 

Notice of Public Information Meeting - Barnstable Village Streetscape Project

The Town of Barnstable Department of Public Works invites interested individuals to attend a public information meeting regarding planned improvements in Barnstable Village along Main Street (Route 6A) from west of Rendezvous Lane to Millway, and along Millway from Main Street to Barnstable Harbor Marina.  The meeting will be held at 6:30 PM on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 in the Harbor View Conference Room at the Barnstable County Complex, 3195 Main Street (Route 6A), Barnstable Village.  The purpose of this meeting is to provide residents an opportunity to review the proposed improvements and to learn about the projected timeframe for construction.  The project objectives are to improve pedestrian access and overall traffic safety, rehabilitate aging infrastructure, and enhance the streetscape.  The project scope will include new/improved sidewalks, landscaping, decorative street lighting in the village center, new/resurfaced pavement, new/improved crosswalks, median islands, and traffic signal improvements.

Construction is planned to start in the fall of 2018 and is anticipated to continue through 2019, with construction breaks between Memorial Day and Labor Day, and over the winter.  The project limits, scope, and schedule are contingent on available funding and other factors.

 

Friendly Reminder from Animal Control:
Pursuant to the Town Manager’s Dog Control Regulations, “no person owning or having the care, custody or control of any dog shall allow said dog on any Town Beach or Recreation area from May 15 to September 15 without the written authorization of the Town Manager or official in control of said Beach or Recreation area.”  Please note:  Dogs are not allowed in your car in the parking lot.  Any questions, please call 508-790-6274.

 

News from Marine & Environmental Affairs:

·        Blish Point Boat Ramp Barnstable, MA Open for the Season:  May 18, 2018

Price:

$8.00      Weekdays          $10.00    Weekends/Holiday         $100.00 Season Pass

Hours of Operation:

5:00 AM-4:00 PM (hours may vary)

Call the Harbormasters Office at 508-790-6273 if you have any questions.

·        All Town-owned marinas will be open and staffed the first week of May. 

·        As of May 1, 2018 all landside pumpout facilities are operational for the season (two in Hyannis inner harbor / Bismore Park Marina and the one at Barnstable Harbor Marina).

·        Seasonal Parking Passes for The Marina at Prince Cove are now available at the Harbormaster’s Office at: 1189 Phinney’s Lane, Centerville, MA  02632. 

·        As a reminder, no motorized vessel, no vessel greater than 12 feet in length overall and no vessel greater than 5 feet in beam may be placed on any Town Way to Water.  Any vessel must include owner contact information.  More details may be found here

 

2018 Season Hyannis HyArts Shanties  * TWO locations *

Two locations:  Bismore Park, Ocean St  AND Harbor Overlook, corner South & Ocean

The Hyannis HyArts Artist Shanties at Hyannis Harbor/Bismore Park, and Harbor Overlook/corner South & Ocean are open for the 2018 season.   Visitors will find something handmade or hand crafted by local artists.   The Town run program provides affordable rental space for Cape Cod artists and artisans to work and sell at these “seaside studios”.  This program provides prime visibility and opportunities for artists to gain and improve business, marketing and selling skills, connect with other artists and meet visitors from around the region and the world. 

New artists are featured EACH week, throughout the season. 

The shanties are located in two spots along Hyannis Harbor:  at Bismore Park, Ocean Street and at the Harbor Overlook, along the Walkway-to-the-Sea at the corner of South and Ocean Street.  The Bismore Park Shanties are named for the town’s seven villages and each shanty exterior features past and present images of the town of Barnstable’s seven villages.  The Harbor Overlook shanties are named for Town of Barnstable beaches:  Sandy Neck Beach, Craigville and Keyes.

HOURS:

The 2018 Hyannis HyArts Artist Shanties at both locations are open:

Weekends through Sunday June 10th:

Friday-Sunday:  11:00am - at least 6:00pm

AND open Monday, Memorial Day, May 28, 2018

 

Seven days a week: June 10th-October 8th, 2018

11:00am - at least 6:00 pm through end of June

11:00am-at least 8:00pm, July & August

11:00am-at least 6:00pm, September through October  8th

 

Weekends, October 12th-December

Harbor Overlook location.

Over 95 artists will participate in the 2018 program. Artwork varies and includes photography, jewelry, painting, fiber arts, ceramics, rope work, mosaics, woodworking, window art, and more.  For updates and schedules, visit www.artsbarnstable.com

 

FY2019 Transfer Station Stickers On Sale Now

The Transfer Station’s FY19 stickers went on sale on May 1, 2018. The cost for the residential Transfer Station sticker is $250.00 for the first vehicle and $25.00 for the second vehicle. The residential Recycle Only sticker is available and is free of charge. Both stickers are available in the Office at the Transfer Station & Recycling Center, 7 days a week from 7:30 AM to 3:30 PM. You must be a resident of Barnstable with a valid vehicle registration to obtain either sticker. Additional documentation may be required for proof of residency. The new sticker is required by July 1, 2018.

 

Swap Shop at Transfer Station Now Open

The Swap Shop at the Transfer Station is now open on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, weather depending. Please see the Transfer Station webpage for acceptable items.  The Transfer Station is located at 45 Flint Street, Marstons Mills, MA 02648. Picture courtesy of Paula Hersey

 

 

 

Barnstable Parking Permits Available

 

Art on Loan Program Features Artwork by Anne Tochka

Anne Tochka is a visual artist living on Cape Cod, Massachusetts.  Anne earned her BFA in Communications Design with a focus in Illustration and a minor in Art History from Pratt Institute in 2007.  Since then, she has had a career in a variety of art and design fields including visual merchandising, product design, illustration, as well as pursuing her personal painting and sculpture.  Anne has shown in galleries in New York City, Boston, and internationally. She has also completed artist residencies with Dacia Gallery in Sibiu, Romania and with Arquetopia in Puebla, Mexico.  Anne has been an artist her entire life, and will likely continue with this pursuit until someone is able to pry the paintbrush out of her cold metallic cyborg claw centuries from now.  When she is not in the studio you can find her ambling through the dunes with her dog Sneaky Pete or beach combing up and down the Cape.  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

 

Complimentary 15-Minute Waiting Area at Bismore Park, Hyannis Harbor

In continued efforts towards balancing public safety with enhancing quality of life, the Town of Barnstable Parking Management Program introduced a newly created complimentary 15-minute waiting area at Bismore Park, Hyannis Harbor on April 20th. This designated area aims to alleviate congestion of personal vehicles, taxis, shuttle services and transportation network company (TNC) vehicles picking up or dropping off passengers at the ferry terminal.  Designated spaces closest to the ferry terminal will be signed appropriately to assist guests in properly identifying the area eligible for the complimentary 15 minute spaces.

In order to ensure the 15 minute waiting area is successful, the Parking Management team will monitor and manage the area including any vehicle obstructing the waiting area stalls. Therefore, it is highly recommended any vehicle needing to park for longer than 15 minutes, including taxis and TNC, pay for parking or find an alternative, compliant parking area.  For more information about this new program please visit www.townofbarnstable.us/parking or feel free to contact: Barnstable Parking Management Program,

508-862-4771, 200 Main Street, Hyannis, MA 02601. We are happy to help!

 

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.

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* Work at Bay Street Boat Ramp

A Department of Public Works contractor is scheduled to perform work on the Town landing at 240 Bay Street in Osterville on Monday, May 21, 2018.  The work will involve cleaning and sealing cracks and joints in the concrete boat ramp.  This will help to prolong the useful life of the boat ramp, which was constructed in 2017. The boat ramp will remain open during the work.  The contractor’s crew will temporarily cease work and move out of the way when boaters are launching or landing.  In the interests of safety, please exercise caution when approaching the boat ramp during the course of this work.
ROADWAY IMPROVEMENTS

Barnstable:    Brentwood Lane

Centerville:    Bayberry Lane, Crosby Circle, Glenwood Avenue, Highland Street

The Department of Public Works is performing roadway improvements on Brentwood Lane in Barnstable and Bayberry Lane, Crosby Circle, Glenwood Avenue and Highland Street in Centerville began on Monday, April 23, 2018. Remaining improvements include final restoration. Work is expected to be completed by Friday, May 18, 2018, 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.

ROADWAY IMPROVEMENTS
Cotuit: Anchor Lane, Mariner Circle and Mooring Drive
The Department of Public Works will be performing roadway improvements on Anchor Lane, Mariner Circle and Mooring Drive in Cotuit beginning on Monday, April 23, 2018. Improvements include road reclamation, fine grading and compacting, drainage structure adjustments and new asphalt pavement road surfaces. Work is expected to be completed by Friday, May 18, 2018, 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.  

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. The area is getting prepared for paving and all traffic should use caution. Saturday work may be approved to expedite the inconvenience. 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 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) has begun their roadway ‘Fabrication and Installation of Ground Mounted Guide and Traffic Signs’ along Route 6. 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.

*UPDATED* Town of Barnstable DPW- Drainage Improvements
The Department of Public Works is performing drainage improvements on Emerson Way, Centerville and Longfellow Drive. All spring work began on Monday, April 9, 2018 and will continue through the end of May.  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 7:00 AM and run until 3:30 PM Monday through Friday.

 

CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS

Barnstable Dog Park

The contractor is working on a revised construction schedule.  Fill material is being brought to the site.  Work is expected to be completed this summer.

Osterville Bay

The tennis courts are under construction.    The tennis courts are scheduled to be complete by the end of June.

Lombard Site (West Barnstable)

The contractor is continuing work on the ball field, and press box.  This week’s work includes top soil installation, fence post and irrigation system installation.  The playground has been graded and equipment installation will begin next week.  The existing gas line has been relocated. The scoreboard has been installed.  Paving is expected to begin over the next few weeks.  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.

 

Sandy Neck APP
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  

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.

Caregiver Walking Program with Respite
The Barnstable Senior Center and the Hyannis Youth and Community Center are working together to provide a free 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 care is available for adults only and pre-screening is required. Please call Donna Burns @ 508-862-4753 to register. So, lace up those shoes and join us – it is time to take care of YOU!!

 

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.  

 

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.

 


Last Week’s Question: An individual donated a parcel of land that became the public beach on Sandy Neck. What is his name?   Sue King was fast to respond that the public beach was a gift from John Bodfish and is named after Benjamin Bodfish. 

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