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:
The 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 to those from all religious backgrounds.


September 28th Barnstable Town Council Meeting

Last night’s Town Council meeting included the annual Joint Meeting of the Town Council and Barnstable School Committee for the Update on the Town’s Financial Condition presented by Finance Director Mark Milne.  Among the information presented were the General Fund and Enterprise Fund Budget Performance, as well as a look at some of the revenue and spending trends impacting the Town’s General Fund budget.   Major budget influences for the next ten years were also presented.  DPW Director Dan Santos and Finance Director Mark Milne presented information regarding a Maintenance Dredge Permit for the Town along with the financial impact and potential funding sources.  Accompanying Mr. Santos and Mr. Milne were Marine & Environmental Affairs Director Dan Horn and project consultant Christine Player from CLE Engineering.  During Town Manager Mark Ells’ Communications, Mr. Ells thanked Maureen Makkay for the Makkay Family donation of the Korean War Memorial Statuette to the Town (see related item below); provided an update on the potential for siting future water supply wells on Fish and Wildlife property in Hyannis; discussed staff development of a customer service policy to be implemented this fall as well as the timeline for Growth Incentive Zone (GIZ) reauthorization.  Mr. Ells asked Planning & Development’s Housing Coordinator Arden Cadrin to update the Town Council on a new First Time Home Buyer Program for Hyannis (see flyer below).  Mr. Ells also asked Planning & Development’s Economic Development Specialist Mike Trovato to walk the Town Council through the newly redesigned Business Barnstable website.  Mr. Trovato also presented the Town Council with a Barnstable Business & Permitting Guide which will help people looking to start a business in Barnstable understand the permitting, licensing and zoning process.  The Guide will be available to the public soon.  Under Old Business, the Town Council voted 0-12 on the Repeal of Chapter 115 of the General Ordinances, Hours of Operation of Businesses.  Under New Business, appointments to the Cultural Commission, Historical Commission, Renewable Energy Commission and Youth Commission as well as reappointments to the Comprehensive Financial Advisory Committee, Disability Commission, Sandy Neck Board, Shellfish Committee and Public Works Commission received a first reading.  The next Town Council meeting will be on Thursday, October 5th at 7:00 PM.


Makkay Family Donates Korean War Memorial Statuette to Town of Barnstable
On Tuesday, September 26th, Maureen Makkay and her son Al Makkay visited Barnstable Town Hall to present the statuette of the Korean War Memorial  by Sculptor Robert Schur to State Representative/Town Councilor Will Crocker, Town Manager Mark Ells and Assistant Town Manager Andy Clyburn. Mrs. Makkay's husband Al was a significant participant in the creation and fundraising for the Korean War Memorial at Veterans Park Beach in Hyannis. Mr. Makkay passed away earlier this year and after attending the Korean War Memorial program on July 27th, Mrs. Makkay felt it was appropriate to gift the statuette to the Town. We are grateful to the Makkay Family for this generous donation.  The picture on the right shows the statuette in its new home.


Important Election Information from Town Clerk Ann Quirk

The last day to register to vote for the October 24, 2017, Cape Cod Regional Technical School Election, is Wednesday, October 4, 2017.  Any person who is currently registered to vote does not have to re-register.

Only individuals who have moved into town, or within the Town of Barnstable, or have changed their address, mailing address or name, need to contact the Town Clerk’s office by October 4th. The Town Clerk’s office, according to Town Clerk, Ann Quirk, will be open on October 4th until 8 p.m. only for voter registration issues.  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 any 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.


Advanced Notice - Public Health Division Influenza (FLU) Vaccination Clinics
The Town of Barnstable Public Health Division will hold two (2) Flu Clinics at the St. George Greek Orthodox Church Community Center (Route 28, Centerville) on Wednesday morning, October 11th from 9:00 to 11:00 AM and Wednesday afternoon, November 8th from 3:00 to 5:00 PM.  These clinics are 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.


Be Prepared – A Reminder that Governor Baker Declared September “Emergency Preparedness Month”

With Tropical Storm Jose making his presence known this past week and with a watchful eye on Hurricane Maria, we want to make sure that you take the necessary steps to prepare yourselves and your property. 

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. 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.


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. That work is expected to take two weeks to complete, weather permitting.

Barnstable Dog Park
Town Architect Mark Marinaccio has also informed us that 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 as it becomes available.

Art-FULL days around Town!
There are plenty of ways to have an art-FULL day in the Town of Barnstable.  The ArtsBarnstable.com 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. 
Barnstable Village Cultural District - PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS :
WALKING TOUR:  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:        
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).

180 Ocean Street/Bismore Park, Hyannis  Open through October 9th, 2017, Monday, 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.
September Sounds at the Shanties:
Saturday September 30th AND Saturday, October 7th:   2:00 PM-3:30 PM.
Sept 30th:    Kareem Sanjaghi Trio, Jazz & Pop Oct 7th:  Wicked Trio with Bert Jackson

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 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. Starting in October, their work will begin on Kennesaw Avenue in Centerville. 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. 

Road Surface Reclamation Lombard Avenue, West Barnstable

The Department of Public Works is performing roadway improvements on Lombard Avenue in West Barnstable.  Improvements include reclamation of the existing roadway surfaces and installation of new asphalt pavement along the entire lengths of both roads. Work is expected to be completed by Friday, October 6, 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.


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.

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.


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.


Cape Cod Oral Rabies Vaccine Baiting Program:
Cape Cod Rabies Task Force Collaborate with United States Department Of Agriculture-Wildlife Services, Public Agencies and Volunteers to Reduce Raccoon Rabies on Cape Cod

In cooperation with the Cape Cod Rabies Task Force (CCRTF), the United States Department of Agriculture-Wildlife Services (USDA) is continuing to support the Cape Cod Oral Rabies Vaccine (CCORV) Program to help reduce and eliminate raccoon rabies on Cape Cod.  The rabies vaccine is contained in baits that have a strong fish smell that is especially attractive to raccoons and unpleasant to humans.  Raccoons that consume a vaccine-bait unit will be vaccinated against this fatal disease.  Vaccine containing baits are distributed from cars along the roadside in wooded, brush covered, and wetland areas where raccoons are likely to find and eat them.  Driveways, lawns, buildings, schools and agricultural fields are avoided.  Studies have shown that most baits are eaten within four days and almost all baits are gone in one week.  If baits are not found, the bait will dissolve, exposing the vaccine packet.  Sunlight inactivates the vaccine quickly, as does exposure to air. Although, the vaccine will not harm domestic animals, people are urged to keep their dogs leashed to prevent them from scavenging the baits and vaccine packets.  Humans who encounter the bait should dispose of them in brushy areas where children and dogs are not likely to find them and wash their hands thoroughly.  The Commonwealth of Massachusetts requires people to vaccinate their dogs and cats for rabies to protect both animals and humans.  People can also protect themselves from contracting rabies by following these simple guidelines: avoid contact with wildlife and do not offer food; dispose of food and trash properly; secure garbage cans tightly and report any wildlife behaving oddly to local Natural Resources, Animal Control or health officials.  Members of the public are advised to contact their local boards of health with any questions or concerns about vaccinating pets and the Cape Cod Oral Rabies Vaccine Program.  


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:  This question is courtesy of the Marstons Mills Historical Society.  The Grist Mill, located in Marstons Mills on the right side of Route 149, just after crossing Route 28, was first built in what year?  Bob from Hyannis and Oliver from Marstons Mills were quick to respond that the year was 1717.


This Week’s Question: What iconic West Barnstable building is also celebrating its 300th Anniversary this year? Please email your Answer here.