Veterans Day Parade & Ceremony

Beautiful fall weather welcomed this year’s Veteran’s Day Parade and Program. Hundreds of people lined South and Main Streets on Friday, November 11, 2016 for the parade, which was followed by a brief program. Barnstable Veterans Services Officer Scott Dutra served as Master of Ceremonies. Greetings were offered from Town Council President Jessica Rapp Grassetti. The Barnstable High School Chorale and Marching Band performed, and 3rd grader Nicolas Barcelo, read his poem entitled “My Dad is Fighting for Peace” while his father, Jian Barcelo, a returning Army National Guardsman, looked on. Two members of the local Boy Scout troop assisted veterans in the laying of the wreaths in honor of veterans from World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and the Gulf, Iraq and Afghanistan Wars. Thank you to all of our veterans for your service.


Annual Tax Allocation Set

On Thursday night, Barnstable Town Council voted on the annual tax allocation. Council voted in favor of a Factor of 1, which will continue to see residents and businesses taxed at the same rate, as opposed to a split tax. Council also voted to adopt a 20% residential exemption. The residential exemption does not change the overall money that will be raised through property tax, rather, it allows the Town to shift a portion of the tax levy between classes of property.


Sturgis Public Charter School Eyeing Armory

A Request for Proposals for the town-owned Armory building on South Street was issued earlier this year. The Town has received one proposal from Sturgis Charter Public School. We have taken this proposal under review, and a meeting with Sturgis officials to review the plan is scheduled for the week after Thanksgiving.


Salvation Army Kettle Campaign Kickoff

Community Services Director Lynne Poyant represented the Town of Barnstable at this year’s Salvation Army Kettle Kick-off on Friday, November 11th at the Cape Cod Mall.  Royden Richardson of Centerville is serving as this year’s Kettle Campaign Chairman.  The Salvation Army’s Music Ministry, dubbed the Salvation Sound Machine by CCM General Manager James Alexander provided the sounds of the season.  Ms. Poyant invited Piper Hunt of Centerville to present Salvation Army Major Cindy Brown with the Town’s check. 


Pictured: Piper Hunt of Centerville presents the Town’s check to Salvation Army Major Cindy Brown.





Shellfish Volunteer Recognition

On Thursday, November 17th, Marine and Environmental Affairs (MEA) Headquarters was the happening place to be. The annual Shellfish Volunteer Recognition event recognized more than 90 volunteers that assisted with the shellfish propagation program.The MEA division is extremely appreciative of the members of the Barnstable Association for Recreational Shellfishing (BARS), who assist annually with our shellfish relays. Golden Conch awards were presented to the youngest volunteers to date: Dillon and Jack McDonald, 9 and 11 years old. Dillon and Jack helped dig quahogs, sort quahogs, power wash gear, and even helped to shuck oysters and clams at the party. Golden Conch awards were also presented to Steve Hoxie and Bruce Blackman for their extreme dedication to quahog planting. When it came time to plant quahogs, we did not always experience a favorable tide, but Steve and Bruce never hesitated to flood their waders or just jump in the water to ensure the quahog netting was secure. We thank our volunteers for their dedication.





Civic Engagement: Citizens Leadership Academy Enrolling Now

The twenty-third session of Inside Barnstable Town Government, A Citizens Leadership Academy will begin Tuesday, January 31, 2017. 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. 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 here To receive an application by mail or fax, please call 508-862-4610.


Off-Season Vessel Storage Prohibited

The Harbormaster’s office would like to remind all boaters that no vessel shall be stored or placed on any Town property between November 15th and April 15th without written permission from the Harbormaster.  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.


Hyannis Parking Study: Open House Planned

A study of parking in and around downtown Hyannis is underway. Consultant Nelson-Nygaard has completed a meticulous data collection and analysis process. An internal working group comprised of Growth Management, Consumer Affairs, and Regulatory Services staff met with the consultant last week to review the analysis of the downtown Hyannis parking system and to look at strategies they have put together. An Open House to gather input and share plans will be held in the Town Hall Hearing Room on Wednesday, November 30 from 5:00 until 8:00 PM. The evening will include a presentation and an opportunity to share comments. Final Recommendations and an implementation strategy are expected by the end of the year.


Thanksgiving Day Football

The rivalry between Barnstable High School Red Raiders and the Falmouth Clippers is more than a century old, and this Thanksgiving the traditional game will be played at 10:00 AM at W. Leo Shields Memorial Field at Barnstable High School, 744 West Main Street, Hyannis. The longstanding rivalry always makes the traditional Thanksgiving Day game a treat. Go Red Raiders!


Barnstable Harvest Family Run-Walk: Saturday

The Greater Hyannis Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a self-timed 5k “Barnstable Harvest Family Walk-Run” this Saturday, November 19 starting at 10:00 AM to inaugurate funding to address student hunger in Barnstable Public Schools. Research proves that there are many teenagers who go hungry resulting in their inability to concentrate, perform or focus when this most basic need is not met. How can hungry students excel?  The goal of this event is to help address student hunger in Barnstable Public Schools.  Join the cause: 367 Main Street, Hyannis (Village Green), Saturday, November 19, 2016. Start at 10:00 AM. Runners and walkers are welcome.




Smile! The painters on the job at the Mary Dunn Water Two painting project had some fun while completing the checkerboard pattern on the tower. 


















Last week, we asked: 77 percent of Barnstable voters turned out for the 2016 Presidential Election. What percentage of voters turned out in 2012? We had several guesses, ranging  from 88 percent to 65 percent, but the answer is: 77 percent – that’s right, the same number of voters turned out in 2016 as did in 2012.

This Week’s Question: A checkerboard pattern is being painted on top of the Mary Dunn 2 water tower. Why are checkerboard patterns required for certain water towers? Email your answer here.

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