This beautiful sunrise at Sandy Neck was taken
by Sandy Neck Beach Park Operations Manager Donna Bragg.

 

Our thoughts and prayers go out to those affected by Hurricane Michael
Ways to help through national organizations are:
American Red Cross is accepting donations.
AmeriCares takes medicine and supplies to survivors.

 

Registering to Vote. Absentee Ballots. Early Voting. Oh My!
Important Information from the Town Clerk’s Office

As a reminder from Town Clerk Ann Quirk, the last day to register to vote for the November 6, 2018 Election is Wednesday, October 17, 2018.  The Town Clerk’s Office is sending out absentee ballots daily, so please stop by and you can vote right now in the office, your ballot will be taken to the polling locations to be counted on Election Day, November 6th. If you are requesting an Early Voting Ballot by mail, the Town Clerk’s Office will start mailing those ballots out on October 22nd (the first day of early voting).  Then you will have to return them to us no later than November 2nd to be counted.  Early Voting at the Town Clerk’s Office will take place during regular business hours (8:30 AM to 4:30 PM) Monday through Friday, starting on October 22nd.  Expanded Early Voting hours will take place on Tuesday, October 23, 2018 and October 30, 2018 until 8:00 PM and Saturday, October 27th from 8:00 AM to 12:00 Noon. Early Voting ends on Friday, November 2, 2018 at 4:30 PM.  The Town Clerk’s Office will be the centralized tabulation facility for early voting ballots.  Early voting information will be published in the Cape Cod Times.  Questions? Please call the Town Clerk’s Office at 508-862-4044.

 

Notice of Recycling Change for Barnstable Transfer Station & Recycling Center

Over the past year, there have been significant changes to the global recycling market. The major outlets for U.S. recyclables have overhauled their regulations and increased their enforcement, with some outlets shutting down. This has created stricter standards in the acceptance of recyclables. Due to these changes, the Solid Waste Division has adjusting its operation and changing the process on how recyclables are accepted at the Transfer Station & Recycling Center.  Beginning October 1, 2018, all recyclables disposed of at the Recycling Center need to be separated into designated containers for cardboard, plastics, mixed paper, metal cans and glass. Sticker holders are responsible for separating their recyclable items and disposing of them into the respective containers. To aid in the transition from single stream to separation, there will continue to be two (2) containers for single stream recycling. These two containers will only be available for 60 days to allow sticker holders to adjust to the recycling changes. We will be installing updated signs and will have increased personnel in the Recycle Center to help with any questions and concerns.  We appreciate everyone’s patience and assistance in transitioning from single stream to source separated.

 

Barnstable Senior Center Introduces New Evening Programming
Fall is a mellow, cozy interval and a great time of year to indulge in some special time for yourself with any of the BSC’s educational, recreational or health and fitness and social opportunities for adults of all ages. Not able to take advantage of daytime offerings? We now have evening hours!  Learn to play the tin whistle, craft a gorgeous boxwood tree for the holidays (day or evening session) , or dance your way to better health.  Get sewing or painting, learn French or Spanish, or improve your computer skills.  The entire array of offerings is online at http://www.townofbarnstable.us/SeniorServices.   Or pick up a print copy of the October/November Compass at the BSC, town libraries and other locations for a complete list of enrichment resources as well as fee and registration information. Here’s a sampling:
Repurpose Old Jewelry, Tuesday, October 16th, 5:30 PM Recycle those cast-asides and create a stunning new design for yourself.
Survival Skills for the Sandwich Generation, Wednesday, October 17th, 5:30 PM This presentation is uniquely designed for the adult child caring for a parent while raising a family.  Coping skills, strategic planning, and more are offered in this empowering lecture.
Have You Heard of Coaching? Wednesday, October 24th, 5:30 PM Are you going through a transition that requires some new thinking? A coach partners with you to support growth through discussions of challenges and dilemmas, helping you to gain new insights and practice new behaviors.  Find out how coaching can you focus on your goals and outcomes.


ADVANCE NOTICE – Flu Clinics
The Town of Barnstable Public Health Division is pleased to announce that there will be three influenza vaccination clinics open to Barnstable residents as follows:

Wednesday, November 7, 2018, 3:00-5:00 PM at St. George Greek Orthodox Church Community                       Center, Route 28 Centerville;

Thursday, December 6, 2018, 10:00 AM-12:00 Noon at Hyannis Youth & Community Center,  141                      Bassett Lane Hyannis, in the front lobby.

Drive-thru service will be available on November 7th at St. George Greek Orthodox Church, Route 28 Centerville. Consent forms will be available at the Public Health Division Office and at the Senior Center.  The fee is $3.00.

 

Mid-Cape Cultural Council Grant Application Deadline is October 15, 2018

The Mid-Cape Cultural Council is taking applications from organizations, schools and individuals to award grant money to support activities in the Cultural, Humanities and Science disciplines in the Town of Barnstable and the Town of Yarmouth Massachusetts. This may include a variety of exhibits, festivals, artists residences, performances in schools, workshops and lectures. All grant applications are subject to Massachusetts Cultural Council guidelines, which along with applications, may be obtained online at www.mass-culture.org. All applications must be posted online by October 15, 2018.

 

Save the Date: Free Presentation of Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age Thursday, October 18th at 7:00-9:00 PM at Barnstable High School Performing Arts Center

Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw that with her own kids and learned that the average kid spends 6.5 hours a day looking at screens. She wondered about the impact of all this time and about the friction occurring in homes and schools around negotiating screen time—friction she knew all too well.
Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance.  Presented by the Barnstable County Cooperative Extension, the Barnstable Recreation Division and the Barnstable Youth Commission.  Barnstable High School is located at 744 West Main Street, Hyannis.

 

Save the Date: Community Substance Abuse Prevention Forum

Set for October 24th at 6:30 PM at the HYCC

 

Inside Barnstable Town Government Winter Classes

26th Session Now Accepting Applications

The twenty-sixth session of Inside Barnstable Town Government, A Citizens Leadership Academy will begin Tuesday, January 29, 2019. The academy is an 11-week commitment with the goal of educating the citizens of Barnstable about the operations of town government, while also obtaining valuable feedback and participation from those citizens participating in the Academy. The program is designed to advance understanding of and participation in civic affairs as well as to increase awareness of the challenges facing municipal government. Inside Barnstable Town Government began in 2003. To date, over 700 Barnstable residents and employees have participated in the program.  The classes will be on Tuesday evenings from 6:30-9:00 PM and will be held in various locations throughout the Town.  The Academy also includes a bus tour of the seven villages of the Town of Barnstable.  The classes will be conducted by Town staff and provide interactive learning experiences, group discussions, and site tours.  The program is free of charge and open to anyone who resides or works in the Town of Barnstable.   Class size is limited.  Please register early to avoid the waiting list.  Applications are available at the Town Manager’s Office, 367 Main Street, Hyannis or online here.  To receive an application by mail or fax, please call 508-862-4610.  For specific information, you may call Academy facilitators Susan French at 508-362-2864 or Arthur Caiado at 508-221-0412.

 

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

*Continues*National Grid Upgrading Natural Gas Mains

South Main Street, Centerville.   The work will include marking underground utilities, excavating utility trenches, installing new gas mains, backfilling the trenches and repaving.  As part of this project, National Grid will also replace the natural gas service piping that connects the main to the customers’ gas meters. Construction is expected to occur within the dates listed above, weather permitting. National Grid has committed to complete this project promptly and with minimal disruption to the community. Visit ngrid.com/mainline to view a YouTube video on this gas main replacement process.  A second video explaining the replacement of the service pipe to customer homes is available at ngrid.com/service line. National Grid will distribute written notifications to all affected constituents. Operations will start promptly at 7:00 AM and run until 4:30 PM Monday through Friday.

*Continues* National Grid Gas Night Work- Route 28, Hyannis

National Grid gas main improvements will be working 9:00PM to 5:00 AM on Route 28 from #121 Route 28 (near Yarmouth Road) to the Yarmouth Town Line.  Work will continue Sunday nights through Friday mornings and is expected to be completed in three weeks, weather permitting.  Traffic during this time will be alternating lanes; minor delays are expected.   Motorists are advised to seek alternate routes to avoid the construction.

*New* National Grid Gas Night Work- Iyannough Road, Hyannis

National Grid gas main improvements will be working 9:00PM to 5:00 AM on Iyannough Road.  Work will continue Tuesday night through Thursday morning.  Traffic during this time will be alternating lanes; minor delays are expected.   Motorists are advised to seek alternate routes to avoid the construction.

*Continues* 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 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday.

*Continues* Utility Pole Relocations along Route 149 in Marstons Mills

During October, Verizon will be installing new utility poles in some locations along Route 149 between Route 28 and Lovell’s Lane, as well as on Main Street between Route 149 and the former elementary school and on River Road between Route 149 and the post office drive.  After the new poles are installed, Eversource and Verizon will relocate their overhead lines to the new poles and remove the old poles.  This work is in preparation for the Town project to improve these sections of roadway.  DPW will announce the road construction start date when it is determined.  The utility pole relocations are not expected to interfere with traffic, although temporary lane closures with police details might be necessary in some locations.

*Continues* Sewer Work- Attucks Lane, Hyannis

Sewer work along Attucks Lane, Hyannis associated with the future Cape Cod Five Headquarters began in September and will continue through the fall.  The sewer work will involve the installation of approximately 1,300 LF of sewer force main and approximately 650 LF of gravity sewer along the western portion of Attucks Lane.  Traffic during construction operations will be delayed and motorists are advised to seek alternate routes to avoid construction work. 

*Continues* Water Works Construction on Main Street in Hyannis

The Town of Barnstable Department of Public Works’ Water Supply Division will be starting a water works construction project immediately after Labor Day that will improve the water quality and fire flows for customers of the Hyannis Water System in the Main Street area.  This project will clean and line approximately 1,700 feet of 12-inch water main on Main Street from the Barnstable Road intersection to School Street. Included in the project are the replacement of valves, fire hydrants and customer water services up to the property line. A temporary water bypass system will be installed to maintain a continuous supply of water during this project. The major work is anticipated to be done this fall and final paving to be completed in the spring of 2019. For questions relative to this project call Michael Gorenstein, Project Manager, at (508) 775-0063.

*UPDATED* Roadway Improvements - Mistic Drive, Marstons Mills

The Department of Public Works will continue roadway improvements on Mistic Drive in Marstons Mills. Remaining improvements include drainage structure adjustments, installation of the final asphalt pavement road surface and site restoration. Work is expected to be completed by Friday, October 19, 2018, 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 these roadways.

*UPDATED* Roadway Improvements - Smith Street, Hyannis

The Department of Public Works began roadway improvements on Smith Street in Hyannis on Tuesday, October 9, 2018. Remaining work includes drainage structure adjustments, installation of new granite curb, sidewalk surfaces, and final pavement road surface and site restoration. Work is expected to be completed by Friday, October 26, 2018, 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 these roadways.

*Continues* Town Roads – Paving Improvements

Through October 19, 2018

The Department of Public Works is in the process of making pavement improvements on Emerson Way, Longfellow Drive and Smith Street in Hyannis, Mistic Drive in Marstons Mills (public portion of the street only) and Pond Street in Osterville. Work began on September 12, 2018 and is expected to be completed by October 19, 2018. Limits of work include the entire length of these streets within the public right-of-way. Motorists are advised to seek alternate routes to avoid the construction. 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 these roadways.

 

CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS

Barnstable Dog Park

Asphalt top coat has been installed along with the shed, waste receptacles, stone dust path, and grass.  Next week the fence gates and fence will be completed.  Dog drinking fountains are expected to arrive the week of October 22nd.

Lombard Site (West Barnstable)

Playground equipment installation is complete.  Poured in place surfacing is scheduled for installation Saturday, October 13th.  The contractor has installed granite curbs and the rough coat of asphalt.  The new entrance off of Meetinghouse Way is open to traffic.  The ballfield, site improvements and the re-installation of Luke’s Love playground are expected to be completed in 2018.

 

Friendly Reminder from Animal Control

Dogs must be on a leash at all times.  The leash must be in the hand of the person with the dog.  Officers may ask to see the dog’s license tag which by law must be on the dog’s collar.  Violators may receive a written citation.  We hope you and your dog enjoy your visit but please be considerate of others during your stay.  And don’t forget that you must pick up and properly dispose of any waste left by your dog.

 

Personal Flotation Devices Must Be Worn From September 15th through May 15th

A friendly reminder from Marine & Environmental Affairs that from September 15th through May 15th, a personal flotation device (PFD) must be worn while paddling.  All persons in a canoe or kayak are required to wear a PFD.

 

Call to artists for the 2019 Hyannis HyArts Artist Shanties.
TWO locations on Ocean Street, Hyannis:  Bismore Park & Harbor Overlook
Applications available on line at
www.ArtsBarnstable.com

The Town of Barnstable is currently accepting applications for artists and artisans interested in participating in the 2019 Hyannis HyArts Cultural District Artist Shanty program.

Applications are received on rolling basis until all spots are filled.
Applications received by the fourth Friday in October of each year (this year October 26th) are reviewed for first round consideration for the following season.   After this date, applications continue to be accepted on a rolling basis until all spots are filled.
  
Applications can be downloaded from
www.ArtsBarntsable.com

Artist shanties are located in the Hyannis HyArts Cultural District, at Bismore Park/Ocean Street, Hyannis and steps away at the Harbor Overlook, 51 Ocean Street, at the corner of South and Ocean Street, overlooking Aselton Park and Hyannis Harbor.   The expansion of the Hyannis HyArts Artist Shanty program to two locations 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 at the same time provides affordable selling 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 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 Harbor Overlook supports extended weekends in the fall through December holiday festivities.  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 Center (CCAC), Hyannis Main Street Business Improvement District (BID), the Greater Hyannis Area Chamber of Commerce and the JFK Hyannis Museum and Cape Cod Maritime Museum.


 

200 Main Street Public Parking Pilot Program

In continued efforts towards identifying opportunities within public parking areas to creatively improve quality of life for our residents and guests while supporting the economic vitality of our community, the Town of Barnstable Parking Management Program is proud to announce starting July 1, 2018 the revised public parking weekend rates and times at the 200 Main Street Lot in Hyannis.

Located directly on the east end of Hyannis Main Street, the 37 space lot provides a convenient location for the public to Park Happy with easy access to local businesses on Main Street, the Hyannis Harbor as well as various transportation options nearby during the weekends.  In order to ensure parking is available for town employees and office patrons during office hours, the Parking Management team will continue to actively monitor and manage the area.  Vehicles remaining parked in the 200 Main Street lot after 10:00 PM on Sunday evening will be towed at owners’ expense.  For more information about this and the many other programs we offer, please visit www.townofbarnstable.us/parking or feel free to contact: Barnstable Parking Management Program, 508-862-4771, 200 Main Street, Hyannis, MA 02601.  We are happy to help!

 

Complimentary 15-Minute Waiting Area at Bismore Park, Hyannis Harbor

In continued efforts towards balancing public safety with enhancing quality of life, the Town of Barnstable Parking Management Program introduced a newly created complimentary 15-minute waiting area at Bismore Park, Hyannis Harbor on April 20th. This designated area aims to alleviate congestion of personal vehicles, taxis, shuttle services and transportation network company (TNC) vehicles picking up or dropping off passengers at the ferry terminal.  Designated spaces closest to the ferry terminal are signed appropriately to assist guests in properly identifying the area eligible for the complimentary 15 minute spaces.

In order to ensure the 15 minute waiting area is successful, the Parking Management team will monitor and manage the area including any vehicle obstructing the waiting area stalls. Therefore, it is highly recommended any vehicle needing to park for longer than 15 minutes, including taxis and TNC, pay for parking or find an alternative, compliant parking area.  For more information about this new program please visit www.townofbarnstable.us/parking or feel free to contact: Barnstable Parking Management Program,

508-862-4771, 200 Main Street, Hyannis, MA 02601. We are happy to help!


Sandy Neck APP

In order to keep the public informed of important changes at the beach, we have created an APP that can be downloaded to your smart phones. This new APP will give the public real time information regarding the status of Sandy Neck Beach Park. Easy to download, simple to navigate, it is a welcome addition to the ongoing efforts of everyone here at Sandy Neck to keep you informed! Please go to our website for instructions. www.sandyneckbeachpark.com. You can download the APP on Google Play. If you don’t have a Google Play account, it is easy to set up and it is free. Please email Donna with any questions at donna.bragg@town.barnstable.ma.us  

Town Manager Approves Use of Town Property Guidebook

The Town of Barnstable welcomes and celebrates events that promote Barnstable’s quality of life and unique character of the seven villages of the Town. Town properties and facilities within the seven villages are available for use with an event permit that offers unique opportunities to complement and enhance your event.  Barnstable Town Manager Mark Ells has adopted a Special Event on Town Property Guidebook containing procedures to assist with navigating through the permitting process. In addition, beer and wine is now permissible for special events through an enhanced permit application for the Hyannis Village Green, Hyannis Harbor Overlook and the HyArts Campus buildings. Whether a small family gathering or a large production, our team is committed to working with our resident and visitor event organizers to ensure a streamlined process providing a positive experience from start to finish. To obtain your copy of the guidebook please visit our website at www.townofbarnstable.us/TownManager.  Planning an event on Town Property? Need assistance in understanding the special event permitting process, timeframes, etc.? Please contact Assistant Director of Planning & Development Liz Hartsgrove via email at Elizabeth.Hartsgrove@town.barnstable.ma.us or call, 508-862-4068.

 

Building Department Public Service Announcement
Re: Article VII Sign Regulations § 240-61 (N) Temporary Signs on Public Property
The Town of Barnstable Building Department would like to advise its citizens of a recent policy change concerning the existing temporary signs on public property ordinance.  The Department has reviewed and updated our guidelines as a result of the public’s expressed desire to maintain the quiet dignity and decorum of our memorial sites as well as to address safety concerns regarding motor vehicle traffic line of sight.  The revised policy includes restrictions on the number and placement of temporary signs on public property and a prohibition of temporary signs on memorial sites and traffic islands.  This revision was carefully and purposefully crafted to balance the need of the community to publicize special non-profit events while preserving the integrity of the memorial sites and to ensure traffic safety in each of the seven villages of Barnstable.  As always, applicants seeking to install signs on public property will need to register their event with the Building Department prior to placement of signage.  Forms are available online here or they may be obtained at the Building Department located at the 200 Main Street building.  The Sign Ordinance online link may be found here.  Staff is available to answer questions or to assist applicants with the registration process and can be reached at 508-862-4038.

 

Tools for New Business Development

Economic Development Resource Tools for New Business Attraction and Development

The Town of Barnstable’s Planning & Development Department provides two economic development resource tools for new business attraction and development. The Business Barnstable website and the Barnstable Business & Permitting Guide were created for companies and entrepreneurs interested in opening a business in Barnstable, the commercial hub of Cape Cod: The Business Barnstable website (www.BusinessBarnstable.com) provides an online comprehensive one-stop resource to assist with new business start-up or expansion, and sends a clear message that Barnstable is ‘Open for Business’.
The
Barnstable Business & Permitting Guide is a user-friendly tool for assisting small businesses looking to locate in the Town of Barnstable through the permitting, licensing and zoning process.
For more information about these tools or Barnstable’s economic development program in general, please visit www.BusinessBarnstable.com or contact Economic Development Specialist, Mike Trovato at 508-862-4791 or Michael.Trovato@town.barnstable.ma.us

Are You on the Town’s Reverse 911 System?
The Barnstable Police Department has an emergency notification system. This system was used during the recent winter storms.  Make sure you are on our list. Sign up here today. What is CodeRED and why is it important to me? CodeRED is an emergency notification service by which town officials can notify Barnstable residents and businesses by telephone, cellular phone, text message, or electronic mail about time‐sensitive emergency situations or important community alerts. The system is capable of sending messages only to specific neighborhoods or the entire town.  Only authorized officials are allowed access to use the system.  Frequently asked questions can be reviewed here.  Be sure to take a moment to learn more about this important notification system.


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 web page 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.

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.

 

e-News TRIVIA
Last Week’s Question: Water quality is important to all of our residents and visitors. How many pump stations and miles of sewer lines does the Town of Barnstable currently have?  The answer is 30 sewage pump stations and 55 miles of sewer lines.

 

This Week’s Question: Election Day is less than a month away.  The Town of Barnstable has thirteen precincts, approximately how many residents make up a precinct? Please email your answer here .