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 or IRMA 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.

Preliminary and Special Election – Tuesday, September 19, 2017 7:00 AM – 8:00 PM

The Preliminary Election is in Precinct 12 where three candidates for Town Council will be narrowed down to two.  The Special Town Election is in ALL PRECINCTS your polling locations will be open from 7:00 AM- 8:00 PM.

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.


Barnstable Senior Center Healthy Living Expo 2017


Town of Barnstable Celebrates PARK(ing) Day September 15th, 2017

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


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 for a fee. 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 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.


Open Streets Returns Sunday, September 17th from Noon to 5:00 PM

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 CLASS Monday,  September 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
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

16th:  Jeffrey Ashur Group, Pop, Funk and Jazz
23rd:  The Wicked Trio, Blues and Rock
30th:    Kareem Sanjaghi Trio, Jazz & Pop

Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG)

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 is now available 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 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. 

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/SLKYBYDThe deadline for the survey has been extended to Friday, September 22nd.


Notice of Public Hearing -Sea Street Improvements Project, Hyannis
The Town of Barnstable Department of Public Works invites interested individuals to attend a public hearing regarding planned improvements along portions of Sea Street and Ocean Avenue in Hyannis.  The hearing will be held at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 in the Town Council Hearing Room at Town Hall, 367 Main Street, Hyannis.  This state-funded project is planned to extend from Main Street to the entrance of Keyes Memorial Beach on Ocean Avenue.  The project objectives are to improve pedestrian and bicycle access and overall traffic safety, rehabilitate aging infrastructure, and enhance the streetscape.  The project scope is anticipated to include new ADA-compliant sidewalks on both sides of the road, new or resurfaced pavement, lane widths conducive to shared use with bicycles, improved drainage and lighting, and other streetscape elements such as plantings and benches where feasible.  Construction is planned to start in the spring of 2018 and is anticipated to continue through 2019, with construction breaks between Memorial Day and Labor Day, and over the winter.  The project limits, scope, and schedule are contingent on available funding and other factors. The hearing will include a presentation providing an overview of existing conditions and potential improvements along this corridor, with opportunities for questions and comments. Questions and comments may also be sent to Paul Graves, Town Engineer, at paul.graves@town.barnstable.ma.us.

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.

*NEW* Road Surface Milling and Paving Osterville-West Barnstable Road

The Department of Public Works will be performing roadway improvements on Osterville - West Barnstable Road in Marstons Mills between Rt. 28 and Flint Street beginning on Monday, September 18, 2017. Improvements include milling of the existing roadway surface and installation of new asphalt pavement. 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 9 AM and run until 3 PM, after which time traffic will be opened back onto both lanes of the roadway.

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.


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:  Sunday is Marstons Mills Village Day.  Who was Marstons Mills named after?  Marstons Mills was settled by Roger Goodspeed before 1653. His granddaughter Lydia married Benjamin Marston who developed the fulling mill and weaving operations along the River.  Originally there was an apostrophe in the name Marston’s Mills and it was eventually dropped.


This Week’s Question: With Tuesday, September 18th’s Preliminary and Special Elections, we thought we would ask a question related to elections.  The Town of Barnstable has thirteen precincts, approximately how many residents make up a precinct? Please email your Answer here.