Our thoughts and prayers go out to those affected by Hurricane Harvey.
Ways to help through National organizations are:
The American Red Cross is accepting donations on its website. You can also text HARVEY to 90999 to donate $10.
AmeriCares takes medicine and supplies to survivors.
Catholic Charities provides food, clothing, shelter and support services to those from all religious backgrounds.

Students Return to Barnstable Public Schools for Start of 2017-2018 School Year

Students returned to Barnstable Public Schools on Wednesday, August 30th.  On Monday, August 28th, over 500 administrative staff, teachers and support staff gathered for their annual convocation. Superintendent Meg Mayo-Brown welcomed everyone with an inspirational video that highlighted that the hopes of students and teachers are aligned for the coming year.  School Committee Chair Margeaux Weber, Town Manager Mark Ells and Barnstable Teacher’s Association President Brooke Styche also offered welcoming remarks.  We wish everyone a great 2017-2018 School Year.   


Connecticut High School Senior Appreciates Hyannis

On Monday, August 28th, the Cape Cod Times printed a letter from Paul Alderete, a high school senior from Winsted, Connecticut.  Paul was appreciative of the Town of Barnstable Police Department’s Community Service Officers and Consumer Affairs’ Gateway Greeters who offered his family assistance during their stay.  It is nice when someone notices something positive and takes the time to write. Thank You, Paul!


Massachusetts Cultural Council Renews HyArts Cultural District’s State Designation

On Tuesday, August 29, 2017, the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) voted to renew the HyArts Cultural District’s state designation. The district is one of 10 other districts in the Commonwealth to successfully achieve renewal status for another five year designation, and one of 43 designated cultural districts statewide. The designation was renewed thanks to successful compliance with annual reporting requirements and a recommitment by the Town of Barnstable for another five years.  Congratulations and kudos to Arts & Culture Coordinator Melissa Hersh and Planning and Development Director Elizabeth Jenkins for their  leadership, the progress that has been made, the partnership, as well as to those who took part in renewing the district’s designation this year.  The MCC will celebrate the renewing districts’ successes at the statewide convening on October 17. 


Barnstable Today Returns on Tuesday, September 5th

Barnstable Today returns on Tuesday, September 5th with Sarah Beal as host.  We look forward to continuing our programming that informs residents of Barnstable on issues important to you.


Fall Recreation Program Registration Begins Wednesday, September 6th

The Recreation Division will be distributing the Fall Recreation Program brochures this week and next.  Registration begins Wednesday, September 6th. A link to the Fall brochure can be viewed here.



The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) will begin 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. 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.


ROAD WORK - ROUTE 28 (Falmouth Road) at BEARSE’S WAY

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) will continue their roadway improvements for the ‘Route 28 Intersection Improvements at Bearse’s Way’ starting Tuesday, September 5th. 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. 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.



The Department of Public Works will be performing roadway improvements on Mitchell's Way in Hyannis and Pleasant Pines Avenue in Centerville beginning on Wednesday, September 6, 2017. Improvements include milling of the existing roadway surfaces, adjustment of drainage structures and installation of new asphalt pavement along the entire lengths of both roads. Work is expected to be completed by Friday, September 22, 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 7:00 AM and run until 5:00 PM, after which time traffic will be opened back onto both lanes of the roadway.  As always, please slow down and use extreme caution when traveling through the road construction areas and follow posted safety signs.


Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) – Notice of Document Availability, Public Meeting (September 13th) and Comment Period

The Town of Barnstable has completed the 2016 program year for the Community Development Block Grant program and is preparing Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report (CAPER) for the period July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017.  The Town was awarded $274,347 in federal funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to address the goals and objectives of the Town of Barnstable Consolidated Plan for 2015 – 2019.  The CAPER is a year-end report that outlines the accomplishments of the Town’s CDBG program and is available review and comments before the Town submits to HUD for approval. DOCUMENT AVAILABILITY: The Draft CAPER will be available for review as of Tuesday, September 12, 2017 on the Town website: http://www.townofbarnstable.us/CDBG or in the Planning & Development Dept. (PDD), 367 Main Street, 3rd Floor, Hyannis, MA 02601 between the hours of 8:30 AM and 4:30 PM Monday through Friday. This location is handicap accessible.   PUBLIC MEETING: The public is invited to attend a meeting to review the Draft CAPER on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at 3:00 PM in the Planning and Development Dept. (PDD) Conference Room, 367 Main Street, 3rd Floor, Hyannis, MA 02601. This location is handicap accessible and reasonable accommodations available upon advance request. Comments received in the meeting will be summarized in the final submission to HUD.  Anyone unable to attend the meeting may submit written comments to the PDD office at the address below. PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD:  Written comments received by the Planning & Development Dept. on or before September 27, 2017 will be included in the final submission to HUD.  Please submit written comments to: Kathleen Girouard, Planning & Development Dept., 367 Main Street, 3rd Floor, Hyannis, MA 02601. Or by email: kathleen.girouard@town.barnstable.ma.us with “CDBG Comments” in the subject line. 


Town of Barnstable Field Study Survey

The Town of Barnstable has been working with consultants Weston & Sampson on a Strategic Master Plan for the fields and courts for the Town.  Please use and distribute the link to the Master Plan survey to all coaches, league representatives, users and other interested parties to provide direct input. This will help maximize resident responses and clarify the most compelling field and court needs on a town-wide basis.  The deadline for responses is September 14, 2017.

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.


Art-FULL days around Town!
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!  The ArtsBarnstable.com website features all seven villages and links to the two cultural districts and the Kennedy Legacy Trail.   Find us on Facebook at ArtsBarnstable and @artsbarnstable on Instagram. 
Barnstable Village Cultural District PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS :
Annual vintage motorcycle show
 Sunday, September 24th, 2017 10:00 AM-2:00 PM presented by the Greater Hyannis Area Chamber of Commerce
Historical Lecture Series/Tales of Cape Cod
Every Monday, Now through September 25th, 2017 

7:00 PM -Olde Colonial Courthouse, Route 6A & Rendezvous Lane, Barnstable Village
Barnstable Village self-guided Historic Walking Tour:
Trace history as you stroll through the self-guided tour.  Experience the rich historical heritage of this area on the Old King’s Highway.  Walk from the Barnstable House, just beyond Rendezvous Lane to the Unitarian Church and cemeteries.  Start at any point on the map and follow in either direction. 
Free maps – on line artsbarnstable.com/resources and Cape Cod Art Association and area businesses.

Hyannis HyArts Cultural District PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS:
Hyannis Village Green
Hyannis Main Street BID sponsors programs continues through mid September (weather permitting) with African Drum and Dance and Tai Chi:
                African Drum and Dance CLASSES Monday,  September 11th and 18th:
drop ins welcome, fun to watch! Now through –September 18th,  2017 6:00 PM-7:00 PM drum class         AND   7:00 PM-8:30 PM-dance class
                Tai Chi: Thursday, September 7th and 14th, Tai Chi, 10:00 AM-11:00 AM, FREE classes, 
Open Streets:  Main Street
, Sunday September 17th and October 22nd    Noon-5:00 PM 
Come to Hyannis Main Street and play in the street!  Music, entertainment, activities, food, shops, and more for all ages.  Main Street closed to vehicular traffic (Barnstable Road to Sea Street).
LOVE LOCAL FEST, last Sunday of the month  
Sunday, September 24th, 2017 11:00 AM-dusk,
Free family fun event, live music all day, vendors, food trucks + more!

180 Ocean Street/Bismore Park, Hyannis  Open through October 9th, 2017, Columbus Day.
Browse among the seven colorful shanties featuring local artists and artisans who work and sell their wares right from their “seaside studios”.  Artwork varies and artists change weekly.
OPEN SEVEN DAYS A WEEK, 11:00 AM -8:00 PM, now through September 3rd, 2017:
HOURS CHANGE to 11 AM-6:00 PM, Labor Day, September 4th (Labor Day) through October 9th, Columbus Day

September Sounds at the Shanties:
Saturday, 2:00 PM-3:30 PM. September 2nd-30th, 2017
2nd:    Ron Ormsby Trio-Latin & Brazilian Standards                        
9th:    John Salerno Band-Traditional and Classic jazz                   
16th:  Jeffrey Ashur Group, Pop, Funk and Jazz
23rd:  The Wicked Trio, Blues and Rock
30th:    Kareem Sanjaghi Trio, Jazz & Pop

Save the Date! Park(ing) Day Barnstable 2017 to be Celebrated September 15th



Historic Vintage World War II Aircraft to Visit Cape Cod - Aircraft scheduled for the weekend of September 15

Barnstable Municipal Airport on Cape Cod will be hosting the Collings Foundations’ WINGS OF FREEDOM TOUR next month. The Collings Foundation will be bringing four vintage aircraft for the event. Hitting 110 cities in more than 35 states and showcasing living history on the ground and in the skies, the tour brings extremely rare bomber and fighter aircraft – including the North American B-25 Mitchell “Tondelayo”, Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress “Nine O Nine” WWII Heavy Bomber, Consolidated B-24 Liberator “Witchcraft” WWII Heavy Bomber and P-51 Mustang fighter – to the Cape from Friday, September 15 through Sunday, September 17.  The enduring planes will be exhibited at the Airport’s East Ramp with free parking on Mary Dunn Way. Ground tours as well as a one-of-a-kind 30-minute flight experience will be available to interested patrons. WWII veterans can tour through the aircraft at no cost! The Collings Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit educational foundation devoted to organizing “living history” events that allows people to learn more about their heritage and history through direct participation. During this “layover” event in Hyannis, patrons have the rare opportunity to visit, explore, and learn more about these unique and rare treasures of aviation history. Specifically, the B-25 is best known for flying the Doolittle Raid, the B-17 is one of only eight still in flying condition in the United States, while the B-24J and Full Dual Control P-51C Mustang, also known as the bombers “Little Friend,” are the sole remaining examples of their type flying in the world today.  Visitors are invited to explore the aircraft inside and out at a cost of $15 for adults and $5 for children under 12. These fees grant you access to up-close viewing and tours through the inside of the aircraft. They also allow the Foundation to continue their work of both restoring and preserving the aircraft for future generations. Discounted rates are also available for school groups. Hours of ground tours and display are: 2:00 PM through 5:00 PM on Friday, September 15;  9:00 AM through 5:00 PM on Saturday, September 16; and 9:00 AM through 5:00 PM on Sunday, September 17. Visitors may also experience the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of actually taking a 30-minute flight aboard these rare aircraft. Flights on either the B-17 or B-24 are $450 per person. P-51 flights are $2,200 for a half hour and $3,200 for a full hour. For reservations and information on flight experiences call 800-568-8924.


Community Garden in Long Pond Conservation Area

Town of Barnstable Conservation Agent Martin Wunderly recently shared some images of The Community Garden in the Long Pond Conservation Area.  The photos were taken by Donna Lawson of Marstons Mills who is the keeper of the Community Garden. One of the recent activities in the garden was a story time for children.


Prepare Your Property for a Hurricane - Prepare Your Home and Boat Before the Next Storm

During hurricane season, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is reminding residents of steps they can take to protect their homes and boats from the damaging winds, torrential rainfall, and flooding that hurricanes or tropical storms can bring. “There are many steps residents can take before a storm threatens to make our homes and boats more storm resistant,” said MEMA Director Kurt Schwartz. “Planning and pre-storm preparation can reduce injuries and property damage from tropical storms and hurricanes.”
Prepare Your Home for the Hazards of a Tropical Storm or Hurricane Damaging winds and flooding:

·        Learn whether your home is at risk of flooding during a tropical storm or hurricane by determining if your home is in a pre-designated hurricane evacuation zone (see Know Your Zone) and reviewing the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) flood maps.

·        If your home is at risk of flooding during a tropical storm or hurricane, make sure that your furnace, water heater, electric panel and other mechanical components are high enough off the floors to ensure that they are not damaged by flood waters.

·        Clear clogged rain gutters to allow water to flow away from your home.

·        Elevate items stored in the basement to minimize damage from basement flooding.

·        If the basement or lower level of your property are prone to flooding, buy and install sump pumps with back-up power supplies. If you already have a sump pump, check regularly to make sure it is functioning properly.

·        Consider installing check valves in sewer traps to prevent floodwater from backing up into the drains in your home.

·        Remove dead or rotting trees and branches around your home.

·        If you don’t have storm shutters, make temporary plywood covers for windows and glass doors and store them in a readily accessible place.

·        If you live in a coastal community, review the Homeowners Handbook to Prepare for Coastal Hazards   Prepare for possible power outages:

o   Ensure your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working and have fresh batteries.

o   Consider purchasing a generator to provide back-up power. Follow manufacturer’s instructions and know how to use it safely before an outage.

Protect Your Property with Insurance

Property insurance can provide you with coverage in case your home or possessions are damaged during an emergency or disaster.

·        Review your insurance policies to see if you have adequate coverage. If you are not sure you have enough coverage, talk to your agent or company.

·        Flood losses typically are not covered under renter and homeowner’s insurance, so consider purchasing flood insurance through the National Flood Insurance Plan (NFIP)  Flood insurance is available whether or not your building is in an identified flood-prone area, and can be purchased through insurance agents in most communities. There is a 30-day waiting period before it takes effect.

·        Maintain a current written inventory of your possessions.  Back up your inventory by videotaping or photographing each room in your house.

·        Keep insurance policies, your household inventory and other important papers together in a safe and secure place. Consider sending copies of these documents to a trusted friend or family member living outside your area, or storing copies at your place of work.

Boat owners in Massachusetts can reduce the risk or extent of storm damage to their boats:

·        Monitor the weather forecast for your boating area.

·        Have an emergency plan that includes how, when and where you will move your boat prior to a tropical storm or hurricane to ensure its safety.

·        Take photos or videos of your boat and all valuable items in and on your boat. Store these records in a safe place

·        Review the boat’s insurance policy to determine your coverage and liability.

·        Keep important paperwork in a secure place away from the boat. This can include insurance policies, boat registrations, a recent photograph and description of the vessel, gear inventory, marina or storage lease agreements, and important telephone numbers.

·        Discuss storm plans with your harbormaster or local marina to learn about procedures and resources before a storm approaches.

For more information, see MEMA’s Hurricane Safety webpage.


Photographs of Alan Belanich on display at Barnstable Town Hall now through October 15th,  2017

The "Art on Loan" program displays the works of local artists on meeting room walls in Barnstable Town Hall. The works of photographer Alan Belanich are on display in the Selectmen’s Conference Room and the Town Hall Hearing Room now through October 15th, 2017.  Both meeting rooms are located on the 2nd floor in Barnstable Town Hall. Currently employed with the Barnstable Patriot, Alan Belanich is passionate about his work.   The Artwork on Loan program provides a venue for local artists to display their work.  Visitors who use the meeting rooms will discover an inviting and attractive environment and have an opportunity to learn about some of the Cape’s local artists.  For more information on the program, email melissa.hersh@town.barnstable.ma.us or call 508-862-4767.


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: 
council@town.barnstable.ma.us  or phone 508-862-4738. 


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.


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.


Last week’s question:  We will be observing Labor Day next week, under which President did Labor Day become a national holiday?  Bob and Doug were quick to respond that Grover Cleveland was President when Labor Day became a national holiday in 1894.


This Week’s Question:  Where was Grover Cleveland’s Summer White House?  Please email your Answer here.