Our thoughts and prayers continue to go out to those affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
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.

September 7th Barnstable Town Council Meeting
Town Manager Mark Ells’ communications included a brief presentation by Cape Cod Commission Executive Director Paul Niedzwiecki with an update on the reauthorization of the Growth Incentive Zone.   Under Old Business at last night’s Town Council meeting, Appointments to the Cultural Council, Human Services Committee, Planning Board and Youth Commission were approved with the addition of an appointment to the Board of Assessors as were Reappointments to the Community Preservation Committee, Comprehensive Financial Advisory Committee, Library Committee and Zoning Board of Appeals.   They also voted to approve three Community Preservation items ($200,000.00 for Community Housing Support, $84,284.00 for restoration work to the Burgess House and Barn in Marstons Mills, and $78,024.00 for the Sturgis Library’s preservation of the historic Barnstable Patriot Newspaper).  Under New Business: An item to repeal Chapter 115 of the General Ordinances, Hours of Operation of Businesses was referred to a Public Hearing on September 28, 2017; an item to accept Easements for Bearse Road Widening and Public Sidewalk was approved; and an item Amending Chapter 240:16.1 of the Zoning Ordinance Massachusetts Affordable Housing (MAH) Residential District was referred to the Planning Board.  The next Town Council meeting will be on Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 7:00 PM.


Helen Harris, Barnstable Town Council 1989-1991

We were sorry to learn of the passing of Helen Harris.  Helen, a retired school teacher, served on the first Barnstable Town Council from 1989 to 1991.  Our sympathies go out to Helen’s family and friends.


TRAFFIC ALERT: Triathlon on Saturday, September 9th

The Annual Hyannis Sprint Triathlon is this Saturday, September 9th.  Please be careful of bicyclists on the road.  The area around Craigville Beach and Covell’s Beach as well as the Four Corners in Centerville will be heavily congested during the morning.


Absentee Ballots are Now Available at the Town Clerk’s Office

If you are a voter in the Town of Barnstable, and will not be here for the Preliminary and Special Election on September 19th, please come over to the Town Clerk’s office and vote by Absentee Ballot.  If your son or daughter is away at college and is registered to vote in Barnstable, come on over to fill out a request for an absentee ballot.  We will send them out right away.


September 11th Observances

8:00 AM The Cotuit Fire Department will start their September 11th Remembrance with Assembly at Cotuit Fire, followed by Apparatus roll out of bays to appropriate location in front of station at 8:55 AM.  At

9:00 AM all available Fire Department personnel and any guests assemble at attention in front of apparatus and maintain silence prior their program. The Cotuit Fire Department is located at 64 High Street, Cotuit.
8:15 AM The West Barnstable Fire Department participates with Cape Cod Community College in their ceremony by bringing their ladder truck and raising the flag.  Cape Cod Community College is located at 2240 Iyannough Road, West Barnstable.

9:45 AM The Centerville-Osterville-Marstons Mills Fire Department will be holding a remembrance of the events of September 11, 2001 on Monday, September 11, 2017 at 0945 hrs at Station 1, 1875 Falmouth Road, Centerville.

9:55 AM The Barnstable Fire Station will hold its traditional ceremony on Monday, September 11th at the Barnstable Fire Station, 3249 Main Street, Barnstable Village. This will include music by Trinity Christian Academy and special prayers and reflection by the Barnstable Fire Department.

10:00 AM The Hyannis Fire Department will be hosting its 16th Annual Memorial Service in honor of those who lost their lives resulting from the terrorist attacks upon the United States that occurred on September 11, 2001.  The event will begin promptly at 10:00 AM and will last approximately 50 minutes. Hyannis Fire Department Headquarters, 95 High School Road Extension, Hyannis. 

4:00 PM A joint ceremony/ service with the Barnstable Fire Station and St Mary's Episcopal Church will begin at the fire station and then process 1/4 mile up Main Street to the church. The procession will be led by Dave Knauer on bagpipes, the Barnstable Police Honor Guard and Cape Cod Cub Scout Pack 54. A Barnstable fire truck will also participate.  A special service at St. Mary's at 4:30 PM will feature patriotic music, prayers and keynote speakers Rev. Dr. Libby Gibson and Rabbi Deborah Mangan. They will discuss "Shalom and Peace in a Post- 9/11 Judeo-Christian America.”  A reception will follow in the lovely church garden. All are invited. All donations collected will go to aiding the hurricane Harvey victims in Texas and Louisiana.


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 for 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 Celebrates PARK(ing) Day September 15th, 2017

10:00 AM-2:00PM *  Bismore Park, Ocean Street, Hyannis

Consumer Affairs, Gateway Greeters and Parking Division, Town of Barnstable celebrates PARK(ing) Day, Friday, September 15th, 10:00 AM-2:00 PM, Bismore Park, Ocean Street, Hyannis, in front of the Harbor Master Building.  Free activities for all ages.   Park(ing) Day was created in 2005 by Rebar Group, Inc. and has blossomed into a global experiment occurring annually in hundreds of cities, dozens of countries on every permanently-inhabited continent on earth” www.rebargroup.com The concept behind this international celebration day is to repurpose parking spaces into park-like areas for artistic expression, recreation and social exchange.  The September 15th event includes:

  • Explore a tee-pee and take time to create textiles made from re-used fabrics;
  • Weaving on a hula-hoop, arm crocheting and a dress up area with costume item;
  • Buckets of colorful chalk for individual art creations;
  • Discover Barnstable information;
  • Enjoy the lido deck of the SS Barnstable with cruise music and wading pool for ducks;
  • Try your luck with “Parking Plinko” game, win a parking pass; and,
  • relax in the space usually occupied by a vehicle.

For more information, contact Mona Solmonte, Town of Barnstable Parking Division, 508-862-4613 or email at:  mona.solmonte@town.barnstable.ma.us


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.

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.


Notice of Public Informational Session - Town-wide Comprehensive Field Study

The Town of Barnstable Department of Public Works invites interested individuals to attend a public informational session regarding the town-wide comprehensive field study. The Town would like your feedback regarding your existing and future use of the Town’s fields and courts!  The meeting will be held at 5:30 PM on Thursday, September 21, 2017 at Town of Barnstable Senior Center, 825 Falmouth Road (Route 28) in Hyannis. The purpose of the study is to determine the types of athletic fields that will be needed in the future based on demographics and input from user groups, and then integrate that information into the inventory and condition of existing fields and available parcels for future field development. That integration will result in a draft plan for capital expenditure and recommendations for future field development. The meeting will include a presentation on the project and an opportunity for public input by questions and comments. Those who are unable to attend the meeting but would like to offer feedback, please complete the survey with this link:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SLKYBYD.  The deadline for the survey has been extended to Friday, September 22nd.

Governor Baker Proclaims September to be “Emergency Preparedness Month”

Individuals and Families Encouraged to Prepare

Governor Charlie Baker has proclaimed September 2017 to be Emergency Preparedness Month to highlight the importance of emergency preparedness and planning for individuals, families and communities. The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and the Department of Public Health (DPH) will promote public preparedness throughout the month. These efforts are part of a nationwide preparedness campaign to encourage all Americans to take simple steps to better prepare themselves, and their friends and families, for emergencies at home, work and school, and in their communities. “Events like Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Louisiana and the disasters we have experienced here in the Commonwealth over the last decade are reminders of the importance of emergency preparedness and public safety,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Preparedness reduces casualties, property damage and the economic impacts of disasters, and helps improve the recovery process for our families and communities.” “The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, Department of Public Health and other public safety agencies work with our communities in Massachusetts and partners from all levels of government to strengthen our preparedness for the next emergency,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “We encourage residents take steps to prepare their families and homes well in advance to best ensure their safety.” “Emergency Preparedness Month in September is a time to focus on preparedness” said MEMA Director Kurt Schwartz. “Before the next disaster strikes, individuals and families should ensure that they will receive emergency alerts and information, build emergency plans and kits, and get involved in community efforts to build resilience.” 

To help individuals and families prepare during Emergency Preparedness Month, MEMA will promote four key preparedness messages: 1) Be Informed, 2) Develop an Emergency Plan, 3) Build an Emergency Kit, and 4) Get Involved in community preparedness and resilience.  MEMA will also stress the importance of considering the unique preparedness needs of children, pets, seniors and people with access and functional needs.   MEMA’s website, www.mass.gov/mema, features resources to help prepare for emergencies and information about the hazards common in Massachusetts. MEMA will also share emergency preparedness tips on Twitter and Facebook and will support various emergency preparedness events across the state.


road constructionROAD WORK

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

Road Surface Milling and Paving - Mitchell's Way & Pleasant Pines Avenue

The Department of Public Works is performing roadway improvements on Mitchell's Way in Hyannis and Pleasant Pines Avenue in Centerville.  Work began 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.  

Route 28 (Falmouth Road) at Strawberry Hill Road

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

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.


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 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 -6:00 PM, now through October 9th, Columbus Day

September Sounds at the Shanties:
Saturday, 2:00 PM-3:30 PM. Through September 30th, 2017
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

Marstons Mills 28th Annual Village Day – Sunday, September 10th

Main Street in Marstons Mills will be closed on Sunday, September 10th from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM for the28th Annual Marstons Mills Village Day.  Festivities include live music with Rose Martin & Michael Webber, Marstons Mills Historical Society presentation – learn “Who put the Mills in Marstons Mills?”, pony rides, face painting, moonwalk, balloon art, a hamburger or hot dog lunch, and more.  Parking is available behind the former Marstons Mills Elementary School.


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:  Where was Grover Cleveland’s Summer White House? 

Gray Gables was an estate in Bourne, Massachusetts owned by President Grover Cleveland and served as his Summer White House.


This Week’s Question: Sunday is Marstons Mills Village Day.  Who was Marstons Mills named after?  Please email your Answer here.