REMINDER:  Town Offices will be closed on Thursday, November 23 and Friday, November 24, 2017 in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday.


November 16th Barnstable Town Council Meeting

Last night’s Town Council meeting began with Town Council President Eric Steinhilber and Immediate Past Town Council President Jessica Rapp Grassetti expressing the Town Council’s gratitude for the service of outgoing Town Councilors Fred Chirigotis, Will Crocker, Sara Cushing and John Norman.  Town Councilor Debra Dagwan, also a Past Town Council President, shared her thoughts on her time with each of the departing Councilors.  Town Manager Mark Ells echoed his appreciation of their service during his Town Manager Communications. Under Old Business, the item authorizing the Town Manager to execute a Regulatory Agreement between the Town of Barnstable and CapeBuilt Pleasant Street, LLC was taken out of order and introduced by Town Manager Mark Ells.  The public hearing on this item had been continued from the last meeting and almost 20 people expressed their thoughts, both pro and con, on the proposal.  The item passed.  Airport Manager Bud Breault and Assistant Airport Manager Katie Servis presented an item for Fiscal Year 2018 Airport Enterprise Fund Operating Budget Reduction and Transfer from Reserves.  The item passed.  Item #2018-039 an Order Pursuant to Temporary Repairs to Private Roads Program regarding Waquoit Road in Cotuit passed. Under New Business, four grants - one in the amount of $14,460 from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency for a Federal Fiscal Year 2017 Emergency Management Performance Grant; a Fiscal Year 2018 911 Department Support & Incentive Grant in the amount of $177,282 from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Executive Office of Public Safety; a Fiscal Year 2018 State 911 Department Training and Emergency Medical Dispatch (EMD) Grant in the amount of $169,907.40 from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security; and a Federal Fiscal Year 2017 Bulletproof Vest Partnership grant in the amount of $19,167.25 from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs - were approved.  Two items (2018-044 Allocation of Tax Levy Fiscal Year 2018 – Tax Factor; 2018-045 Allocation of Tax Levy FY18 – Residential Exemption) were introduced by Finance Director Mark Milne and Assessing Director Ed O’Neil.  The public hearing for those items will be held at the next Town Council Meeting.  Item 2018-046 Order to Approve Term of Contract Change under the MGL 30B, Uniform Procurement Act, Section 12, paragraph (b) which would allow the Olde Barnstable Fairgrounds Golf Course Golf Car contract to be extended from three (3) years to five (5) years with the approval of the Town Council was also referred to a public hearing at the next Town Council meeting on December 7th at 7:00 PM.  


Thank You Councilors Chirigotis, Crocker, Cushing and Norman

Last night’s Town Council meeting was an opportunity for many to thank Town Councilors Fred Chirigotis, Will Crocker, Sara Cushing and John Norman for their years of service to the Town Council.  Councilor Chirigotis had the distinction of serving as Town Council President from 2009 to 2013.  Councilor Crocker completed his term and continues his work representing the Town of Barnstable in his role as State Representative.  Thank You, Fred, Will, Sara and John for your service to the residents of your individual precincts (4, 6, 10, and 12) and the residents of the Town of Barnstable!


First Annual Veterans Town Hall

THANK YOU to the VETERANS who shared their stories for the First Annual Barnstable Veterans Town Hall.  Almost 100 people attended the event to hear “Ten Minute Testimonies of Combat Veterans: Veterans Tell the Community What It Felt Like to Go to War” last Saturday, November 11th at Barnstable Town Hall.  It was an opportunity to listen respectfully and demonstrate interest genuinely.  The event’s concept was created by Sebastian Junger, Journalist, Author and Veterans Advocate and supported by Congressman Seth Moulton, former Marine and Iraq Veteran.  Those in attendance commented that it was a very moving experience and that a larger room will be needed next year.  You may view the Barnstable Veterans Town Hall here.


A Reminder from the Harbormaster’s Office to All Boaters

Unless a vessel owner secures written permission from Harbormaster staff for a proven need and that the vessel be actively used, no vessel shall be stored or placed on any Town property between November 15 and April 15. Any vessel placed or remaining between those dates shall be considered abandoned property under this regulation, and will be scrapped or otherwise disposed of by the Town. The Town of Barnstable shall not be responsible for damage to or theft of any vessel placed neither at this parcel nor for loss of property considered abandoned under this regulation.


Recreation Division Winter Programs Registration Began on November 15th

The Recreation Division new Winter Programs brochure is hot off the press.  Programs include:  After School Futsal Soccer, Intro to Fencing, Street Hockey, Mysteries of Magic with Richard Archer, Girls’ Basketball, Boys’ Basketball, Sunset Adventures, After School Program, and more! Resident registration began on Wednesday, November 15th.  On-line registration is ongoing and available 24/7 and walk-in registration runs from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM.  Non-resident registration begins on Wednesday, November 22nd.  You can view the new brochure on the Town’s website.  You can view how to register online here.


Licensing Renewal Time
The following business licenses have a Filing Deadline for November 22, 2017:  All Alcohol/Beer & Wine; Amphibious Tours/Bus; Class I, II Auto Dealer; Common Victualler; Entertainment; and Lodging House.  Forms can be found online or at the Licensing Division Office, 200 Main Street, Hyannis.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact 508-862-4778 and we will be happy to assist you.


Barnstable Elderly & Disabled Taxation Aid Fund
The Barnstable Town Council has accepted Massachusetts General Law, Chapter 60, Section 3D which allows the Town to establish a fund to defray the real estate taxes of low income elderly and disabled persons.  Taxpayers contribute to the fund through a voluntary check off on their real estate tax bills.  The funds collected are distributed to needy individuals through an annual award process, which recipients need to meet eligibility requirements and complete and submit an application form.  Applications are available at the Barnstable Senior Center, on the Town of Barnstable website or call the Treasurer’s Office at 508-862-4656.  Applications will be accepted through November 30, 2017.  Awards will be announced by December 31, 2017 and applied directly to the applicant’s residential tax bill.


Advanced Notice:  Saturday, December 2nd Holiday Celebrations
on the Hyannis HyArts Campus,
corner of Pearl & South Street, Hyannis


Gallery Artrio, Bass River Pottery, Studio 46-Mellissa Morris, Guyer Barn

The Hyannis HyArts Campus, at the corner of Pearl and South Streets is celebrating the December holiday season with a campus-wide event, Saturday, December 2nd from 5:00 PM-7:00 PM.  In addition, the artists at the Guyer Barn are offering extended hours from 3:00 PM-8:00 PM. This campus event coordinates with the Hyannis Main Street Holiday Stroll and Hyannis Harbor Boat Parade and provides another stop to visit while in downtown Hyannis.  Free parking available in the Guyer Barn and Town Hall parking lots.  Visitors can celebrate the season and explore artful creations in four unique settings all on the Hyannis HyArts Campus:  The Guyer Barn~ 250 South Street. 

Festive Artists’ Show & Holiday Sale, 3:00 PM-8:00 PM

Join Three Brewster Artists at a colorful holiday reception and sale featuring new original works by Painter/Designer/Card Maker Amy Mason of Stony Brook Design, Painter/Printmaker Liz Perry of Blue Jacket Studio, and Jewelry Designer/Collage Artist Acqua Hildebrand of Acqua Divine.
The barn will be full of colorful abstract paintings and prints, semi-precious stone jewelry, collages, cards, and textile goods. Stop in for refreshments, a painting demonstration, creative holiday gifts and meet with the artists.


Gallery Artrio - 50 Pearl.  Open event, 5:00-7:00 PM
“After Dinner Delights" Wine Tasting Seminar

(5:30 PM-6:15 PM)

Gallery Artrio is a fine art gallery featuring original paintings, blown glass and hand wrought jewelry. The Gallery and Cape Cod Package Store of Centerville get in the spirit with a holiday reception at the gallery. The evening features “After Dinner Delights”, a wine seminar on how to pair dessert wines and ports with cheese, chocolate and sweets! Learn how to put a noble last note on your evening with friends. The event also features a tasty selection of special ‘small works’ by the gallery artists.  Diane Slater, wine expert from Cape Cod Package Store and Gallery Artrio artist will be your guide for the seminar.  The “After Dinner Delights” seminar will be 5:30 PM – 6:15 PM only, so make sure you arrive early. The reception continues to 7:00 PM with light refreshments.


 Mellissa Morris - Studio 46 Pearl.  5:00 PM-7:00 PM

HyArts Campus Artist-in-Resident Mellissa Morris opens the doors to her charming studio to share her latest works.  Stop into her hand cut paper snowflake gallery special for this evening event and enjoy cookies and hot chocolate.  Mellissa Morris is an expressive abstract artist working with painting, collage, drawing and printmaking techniques. 


Bass River Pottery - 50 Pearl.  5:00 PM-7:00 PM

Potter Jeanmarie O’Clair will be on hand to demonstrate her pottery process at her open working studio.  Receive a complimentary small cup (while supplies last) to fill with refreshments while you visit.

Her pottery reflects the beauty of the ocean that surrounds the Cape.  From functional stoneware and hand cut artisan tiles, all of her distinctive handcrafted items, including the original Mermaid Mug, will be available for sale. 

PLEASE NOTE:  On Friday, December 1st, Bass River Pottery is hosting an open studio night from 4:00 PM-6:00 PM. Make a holiday ornament while getting a jump on the holiday shopping. Price $20.00.

The HyArts Campus located at the corner of Pearl and South Street provides community art space, working artist studios and a professional artist gallery which support and promote the arts through instruction, events, exhibits and performances; the campus includes Gallery Artrio, Bass River Pottery, Studio 46-Mellissa Morris and the Guyer Barn.  For more information, visit and on Facebook at hyartsdistrict and artsbarnstable.


Hyannis Village Christmas Stroll will be Saturday, December 2nd


This year’s Hyannis Village Christmas Stroll will be Saturday, December 2nd, rain or shine.  Activities will revolve around major events on Main Street and the Waterfront.  For updates before and during the event, check the Hyannis Main Street Facebook page and website  Saturday’s events kick off with a 9:00 AM and 10:30 AM seating with the family favorite “Breakfast with Santa” at the British Beer Company. Tickets are available at the British Beer Company and at the Greater Hyannis Chamber of Commerce for $8.00 each and must be purchased in advance. Breakfast with Santa is sponsored by the Greater Hyannis Chamber of Commerce.   A very exciting addition to this year’s stroll is the “Little Lorusso Skating Rink”!  Lace up your own skates or choose from the collection of (free) loaners and experience outdoor skating on the Street!  Warm up with a cup of hot cocoa in “The Daily Paper” warming house; an inflatable structure serving up both goodies and warmth!  Watch as a local artist, “Chip” carves ice sculptures at the JFK Hyannis Museum, take a break and listen as members of the Hyannis Rotary Club read Christmas stories, watch a candy cane demonstration and write letters to Santa at Kandy Korner!  Listen to the sounds of Sturgis Charter School’s “Jam Band” who will be performing electronic/rock versions of Christmas classics.  Santa will be arriving at noon by antique fire truck in front of Rockland Trust and Bella of Cape Cod. Santa will be meeting and greeting children outside Bella of Cape Cod until 1:00 PM before heading over to Katie’s Ice Cream from 1:30 PM- 2:30 PM for another meet and greet session.  There will be a variety of free activities throughout the day including the annual Cookie Stroll Contest in which visitors can vote for their favorite cookie from participating businesses and Santa’s Reindeer Roundup, a scavenger hunt to find all of Santa’s hidden reindeer with prizes for participants. Cranberry Shores Carolers and a new addition this year is Centertonix, an a cappella group from Cotuit Center for the Arts, will be singing throughout the street & there will be food sampling from various restaurants. Face painting, plenty of children’s arts and crafts activities throughout the street and Trolley rides will be offered to take visitors around the downtown.   Enjoy the fun custom wreaths on the street poles along Main Street that have been designed by the talented children of the Barnstable High School special needs program.  Santa’s Boat Parade will immediately follow the stroll. Beginning at 3:15 PM, there will be chowder, hot chocolate, coffee and cookies for sale, holiday music by Cool 102, and children’s arts and crafts at the harbor. At 4:30 PM, weather permitting, everyone will gather at Bismore Park at the docks to enjoy the beautifully decorated boat parade. See the boats enter the harbor as harbor businesses and homes light up to welcome Santa. There will be free parking near Bismore Park, plus food, drinks and music. At 5:00 PM Santa will arrive by boat and make his way to the Visitor Center where he will meet and greet children. Winners of the Best Decorated Boat will be announced at 5:30 PM. If there is inclement weather, check the Hyannis Main Street BID Facebook page for updates on the boat parade.  Visit for a detailed program of events. Presented by The Hyannis Main Street Business Improvement District, The Greater Hyannis Chamber of Commerce, The Greater Hyannis Civic Association and The Hyarts District with The Town of Barnstable and by a number of local businesses and organizations. 


Inside Barnstable Town Government Winter Classes The twenty-fifth session of Inside Barnstable Town Government, A Citizens Leadership Academy will begin Tuesday, January 30, 2018. The academy is an 11-week commitment with the goal of educating the citizens of Barnstable about the operations of town government, while also obtaining valuable feedback and participation from those citizens participating in the Academy. The program is designed to advance understanding of and participation in civic affairs as well as to increase awareness of the challenges facing municipal government. Inside Barnstable Town Government began in 2003 and is celebrating its 25th session. To date, over 700 Barnstable residents and employees have participated in the program.  The classes will be on Tuesday evenings from 6:30-9:00 PM and will be held in various locations throughout the Town.  The Academy also includes a bus tour of the seven villages.  The classes will be conducted by Town staff and provide interactive learning experiences, group discussions, and site tours.  The program is free of charge and open to anyone who resides or works in the Town of Barnstable.   Class size is limited.  Please register early to avoid the waiting list. Applications are available at the Town Manager’s Office, 367 Main Street, Hyannis or online at  To receive an application by mail or fax, please call 508-862-4610.  For specific information, you may call Academy facilitators Susan French at 508-362-2864 or Arthur Caiado at 508-221-0412.


Town of Barnstable Releases Tools for New Business Development

Economic Development Resource Tools for New Business Attraction and Development

The Town of Barnstable’s Planning & Development Department announces the release of 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 ( 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’. Sections within this easily-navigable site include: “The Barnstable Advantage”; “Business Development and Permitting”; and “Business Assistance and Resources” and contain links to key resources at the Town, State and Federal levels.  The Barnstable Business & Permitting Guide is a user-friendly printed reference publication to help small businesses looking to locate within Barnstable navigate through the municipal permitting, licensing and zoning process.  This interdepartmental collaboration answers many commonly asked questions when opening such businesses as retail, food establishments, service and office entities. It contains information about licensing, permits, regulatory review, and business certificates, as well as checklists and key contact information.  “These business resource tools are easy to navigate and offer pertinent information for anyone looking to do business in Barnstable, from the small ‘mom & pop’ shops to a corporate enterprise” said Mike Trovato, the Town’s Economic Development Specialist.  “While Hyannis is our commercial hub, there are areas in each of the seven villages of Barnstable that are unique from each other, offering a diversified palette of opportunities for business owners to choose from.” Under the direction of Planning & Development Director Elizabeth Jenkins, the Town is developing a progressive marketing plan with a goal to draw attention to Barnstable and its seven villages as a viable location for a number of different business models including the creative and blue economies, healthcare, financial services, light manufacturing, as well as tourism-based hospitality, retail and food establishments.  For more information about these tools or Barnstable’s economic development program in general, please visit or contact Economic Development Specialist, Mike Trovato at 508.862.4791 or

First Time Home Buyers – Hyannis Home Buyer Assistance Program



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


DPW will be installing a new four-way stop at Strawberry Hill Road at Old Craigville Road, Centerville.  This work is scheduled for the week of November 20th, subject to weather.  Advance warning signs will also be installed as well as temporary red flags and reflective strips on the sign posts to alert drivers to the new stop signs where there were none before. Stop signs exist on Old Craigville Road. Those signs will be modified to alert drivers of the all-way stop.

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, October 23, 2017 and will continue through Tuesday, November 22, 2017. Work will continue again in the Spring to complete improvements to the Legacy Trail. The work is limited to the following sections of these streets:

Main Street: from Sea Street to Center Street and Old Colony Road

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.
ROAD WORK: 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 (from 2641 Main Street, Barnstable to 2701 Main Street, Barnstable and from 3512  Main Street, Barnstable to 3625 Main Street, Barnstable) and Scudder’s Lane in Barnstable Village began early November and is expected to be complete by Thanksgiving. Their fall schedule is expected to continue until snow begins. Operations will start promptly at 7:00 AM and run until 4:30 PM Monday through Friday. 

Route 28 (Falmouth Road) at Strawberry Hill Road Continues

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) continues their roadway improvements for the “Route 28 (Falmouth Road) at Strawberry Hill Road” project. The project will include new drainage, new traffic signals, pedestrian improvements and new pavement. The majority of the work will be completed by December 1st. Final paving will occur Friday, November 17, 2017. 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 3:30 PM, Monday through Friday.

*UPDATED* 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. Eastbound traffic along Route 28 will be detoured at Bearse’s Way south to Walton Avenue. This detour will occur at 7:00 AM Monday, November 20, 2017 through Friday, December 1, 2017. No construction work will occurred after 12:00 PM Wednesday, November 22, 2017 through Sunday, November 26, 2017. The work hours will be between the hours of 6:30 AM and 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday.

Construction Projects

Osterville Bay School Demolition

During demolition operations additional hazardous materials were discovered concealed within two walls of the building.  Workers will be removing that material over the next week.  Once the additional material is removed demolition operations will continue.  The ornamental cast book, West Barnstable Bricks, and additional building ornaments were salvaged and delivered to the Osterville Historical Museum.  As the building is torn down materials are being categorized, separated, and trucked off site.  Demolition work is expected to be completed in the middle of December.

Lombard Site (West Barnstable)

The General Contractor has received the building permit and construction is fully underway. The site contractor is in the process of reconstructing the entire ball field including adding under-field drainage, replacement sod, new fencing, upgraded field lighting and scoreboard and a new 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.


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: 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.

Our thoughts and prayers continue to go out to those affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose and Maria.
Ways to help through national organizations are:
American Red Cross is accepting donations on its website.
AmeriCares takes medicine and supplies to survivors.
Catholic Charities provides food, clothing, shelter and support services for all religious backgrounds.


Last week’s question:  What is the difference between Veterans Day and Memorial Day? We were grateful to have a lot of correct responses.  Warin Dexter was the first to respond, “Memorial Day honors those who died in battle while Veterans Day recognizes all who served honorably!”


This Week’s Question:  We think we are throwing you a softball here.  What is the name of the Native American tribe that greeted the Pilgrims upon their arrival in the New World?  Please email your Answer here.