Barnstable Police Department Community Impact Unit Receives Recognition

On Friday, October 6, 2017, Sergeant Jennifer Ellis and Officer Jason Sturgis of the Barnstable Police Department Community Impact Unit were awarded an Official Citation from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Senate for The Excellence in Behavioral Service Award. The citation was presented on behalf of the Behavioral Health Provider Coalition of Cape Cod and the Islands by Senator Julian Cyr at the 5th Annual Behavioral Health Summit at the Hyannis Resort and Conference Center.  The Community Impact Unit collaborates with multiple local and state agencies to address issues related to homelessness, mental illness, and substance abuse.  Sergeant Ellis and Officer Sturgis were recognized for their dedication, contributions, and positive impact on the Cape and Islands Community. Sergeant Ellis and Officer Sturgis have taken a leadership role in creating a comprehensive systematic approach to increasing the quality of life for their community and bridging the gap between communities and police, ultimately enhancing public safety through cooperation, collaboration and building trust. Pictured below: Sgt. Jennifer Ellis, Officer Jason Sturgis and Lt. Jeanne Challies.


Massachusetts Law Enforcement Memorial Service at State House

This week the Barnstable Police Department attended the Massachusetts Law Enforcement Memorial Service at the State House.  The Department was honoring Officer Edward T.R. Landers as his name was permanently etched into the Memorial.  Lt. Mark Cabral read the honor roll of officers added to the Memorial.  Officer Landers gave his life while serving the Town of Barnstable on October 17, 1984.


Important Election Information from Town Clerk Ann Quirk

The absentee ballots are in.  You may vote in the Town Clerk’s office or request an absentee ballot if you are not going to be here on Election Day, are shut in, or for religious reasons cannot vote at the polling place.  If you have questions on the elections or your registration, please contact the Clerk’s office at 508-862-4044.



Election Schedule for “Massachusetts School Building Authority Project at Cape Cod Regional Technical High School”



More information on “Massachusetts School Building Authority Project at Cape Cod Regional Technical High School” can be found on the Town’s web site here.


First Time Home Buyers – Hyannis Home Buyer Assistance Program

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.


The Barnstable Police Department is a donation station for relief in Puerto Rico through today – Friday, October 13th.  Please donate only new/unopened items: Personal – shampoo/conditioner, soap/body wash, toothbrush/toothpaste, wipes, senior/children diapers, tampons/pads, razors/shaving cream, toilet paper; Baby – diapers/wipes, baby food/formula, bottles, any size clothes; Clothing – any size underwear/socks, any size summer clothes/shoes; Food – water, canned foods, cereal, peanut butter/jelly, granola bars/crackers; Home – blankets/towels, flashlights/batteries, towels/washcloths.  Items can be dropped off in the Police Department lobby at 1200 Phinney’s Lane, Hyannis.


Public Health Division Influenza (FLU) Vaccination Clinics
The Town of Barnstable Public Health Division will hold one more Flu Clinic at the St. George Greek Orthodox Church Community Center (Route 28, Centerville) on Wednesday, November 8th from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM.  The clinic is open to Town residents only.  The fee is $3.00.  Consent forms will be available at the following locations:  Barnstable Public Health Division Office, 200 Main Street, Hyannis and the Barnstable Senior Center, 825 Falmouth Road (Route 28), Hyannis.  For more information, call the Health Division at 508-862-4644.


Construction Projects:

Lombard Site (West Barnstable)

Town Architect Mark Marinaccio has informed us that construction is underway at the Lombard site.  The public should be aware that there is 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 contractor has taken possession of a portion of the site by erecting a fence that cuts off the access road from the parking lot to the playground and Old Selectmen’s Building. In addition, DPW has begun restoration work on Lombard Avenue adjacent to the West Barnstable Community Building. Work is expected to take two weeks to complete, weather permitting.

Barnstable Dog Park
Town Architect Mark Marinaccio informed us construction is underway at the Barnstable Dog Park on the property of Hathaway’s Pond off of Phinney’s Lane, Hyannis.  More information will be posted when available.

road constructionROAD WORK

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


*NEW* Road Surface Improvement- Seaview Avenue, Osterville

The Department of Public Works is performing roadway improvements on Seaview Avenue in Osterville.  Improvements include mill and pavement overlay of the existing roadway surfaces. Work is expected to be completed by Friday, October 20, 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. 

*NEW* FROM THE TOWN OF MASHPEE – Notice of Road Construction – Quinaqisset Avenue

The Town of Barnstable would like to inform its residents that the Town of Mashpee will be replacing a culvert on Quinaquisset Avenue at Quaker Run.  Work began on Monday, October 9, 2017 and will continue through Friday, October 27, 2017.  Motorists should expect traffic delays during the work hours of 6:30 AM and 5:00 PM. Questions on the project can be directed to the Mashpee DPW at 508-539-1420 or

*UPDATED* 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. Paving of Kennesaw Avenue and Stanley Way, Centerville will occur over the next two weeks. Their schedule work along Route 6A will begin in November. 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) has begun 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. 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 3:30 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. The work hours will be between the hours of 6:30 AM and 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday.


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.


Call to artists for the 2018 Hyannis HyArts Artist Shanties.
New this year, two locations:  Hyannis Harbor and Walkway-to-the-Sea

Applications available on line at

The Town of Barnstable is currently accepting applications for artists and artisans interested in participating in the 2018 Hyannis HyArts Cultural District Artist Shanty program.  Applications should be submitted by the fourth Friday in October of each year for the following season:  for 2018, first round applications are due Friday, October 27, 2017.  Subsequent applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis following this date for any remaining spots for the 2018 season and will be filled based on need and availability.  Applications can be downloaded from the home page at   Artist shanties are located in the Hyannis HyArts Cultural District, at Bismore Park/Ocean Street, Hyannis and NEW for the 2018 season, three shanties will be located along the Walkway-to-the-Sea, at the corner of South and Ocean Street, overlooking Aselton Park, Hyannis.  Expansion of the Hyannis HyArts Artist Shanty program creates an additional attraction for visitors walking from Main Street to Hyannis Harbor through the Hyannis Village Green along the Walkway-to-the-Sea, and provides affordable incubator space and increased exposure for local artists and artisans.  The Hyannis HyArts Artist Shanty Program began in 2005, as the first in a series of arts oriented strategies designed to provide opportunities and exposure for local artists; enliven the economic climate in downtown Hyannis; and to establish an important vibrant backdrop for year round residents and visitors.  The shanties are open weekends May through mid-June and then seven days a week through Columbus Day.   The new shanties will have extended weekends in the fall. Work is handmade or hand crafted, and all artists are from Cape Cod.   A variety of work is represented including jewelry, paintings, photography, visual art, woodcarving, fiber arts, ceramics, rope work, glass work, literary art, mixed media, and more.   This artist program is made possible in cooperation with the Town of Barnstable, and its Cultural District partners including the Cape Cod Art Association (CCAA), Main Street Business Improvement District (BID), Arts Foundation of Cape Cod (AFCC), Greater Hyannis Area Chamber of Commerce and the Cape Cod Maritime Museum.    

Art-FULL days around Town!
There are plenty of ways to have an art-FULL day in the Town of Barnstable.  The website features all seven villages and links to the Kennedy Legacy Trail and our two state designated cultural districts, Hyannis HyArts and Barnstable Village.   Find us on Facebook at ArtsBarnstable and @artsbarnstable on Instagram. 
Hyannis HyArts Cultural District - PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS:    


Open Streets:  Main Street, Sunday, October 22nd    Noon-5:00 PM
Come to Hyannis Main Street and play in the street!   Plenty of music, activities, and fun for all ages. 
Main Street closed to vehicular traffic (Barnstable Road to Sea Street).  Jan Karolczak will be carving pumpkins (see picture below) from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM.  There will be a pumpkin decorating event for kids - from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM – all supplies including pumpkins will be provided.


Mellissa Morris selected as the new ‘Artist-In-Residence’ (AIR) at Studio 46
on the Hyannis HyArts Campus-Town of Barnstable

The Town of Barnstable is pleased to announce artist Mellissa Morris as the new Studio 46 Artist-in-Resident at 46 Pearl Street, Hyannis, on the Hyannis HyArts Campus.  Morris intends to offer meditation and yoga classes, monthly drawing and painting workshops. The Hyannis HyArts Campus Artist-in-Residence program is an opportunity for members of the creative economy to rent a professional working artist studio space and gallery. Studio 46 Pearl is situated on a small arts campus setting, which includes a gallery (Gallery Artrio), pottery studio (Bass River Pottery) and the Guyer Barn, a community art space.  The Town of Barnstable encourages and supports local artists with a variety of opportunities to advance in their work and interact with the public.  The artist in residence program is one of many arts oriented town programs in the Hyannis HyArts Cultural District contributing to a lively cultural destination where working artists engage residents and visitors alike in cultural activities.


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 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. 


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.


Last week’s question:  Who is the Lombard property named after (full name, please)?  The Lombard property is named after Parker Lombard. The Parker Lombard Trust is the second oldest trust in the United States and is dedicated to “serving the needs of the poor in the Town of Barnstable”.


This Week’s Question:  Who founded the village of Marstons Mills in 1648? Please email your Answer here.