September 11, 2018

Barnstable High School remembered September 11, 2001 with this field of flags representing the lives lost.

Photo courtesy of Paula Hersey.


Congratulations to Weights & Measures Staff

Congratulations to both Kevin Friel and Jane Zulkiewicz for being selected yesterday to represent Massachusetts as the Massachusetts Weights and Measures Association’s 2018-2019 President (Kevin Friel, pictured below) and Secretary/Treasurer (Jane Zulkiewicz), respectively.   The Massachusetts Association represents all cities and towns throughout the state with regards to weights and measures issues, policies and regulations that are then sent to the Northeastern Weights and Measures organization and then on to the National Weights and Measures conference in July. Weights and Measures in all towns monitors, seals and investigates and enforces complaints on scales, gas dispensers, oil trucks, price verifications and items pricing in their jurisdiction. Barnstable Weights and Measures represents 10 towns on the Cape. Jane Zulkiewicz is the Sealer of Weights and Measures and had worked for the Town for 32 years. She is the past president of the Eastern Mass Weights and Measures Association and the past Chairperson of Northeastern Weights and Measures Specifications and Tolerances Committee and served on the National Conference on Weights and Measures Specifications and Tolerances committee for five years. .  Kevin has been a Weights and Measures inspector for 8 years and is past President of the Eastern Mass Weights and Measures and serves on the Board of Massachusetts Weights and Measures Association.

 

“Emergency Preparedness Month”

Individuals and Families Encouraged to Prepare

To help individuals and families prepare during Emergency Preparedness Month, MEMA will promote four key preparedness messages: 1) Be Informed and Receive Emergency Alerts, 2) Plan for Emergencies and Disasters, 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. During September, MEMA will also share emergency preparedness tips on Twitter and Facebook, partner with MassDOT to feature signage along highways, and will support various emergency preparedness events across the state.

Be Informed

Massachusetts is susceptible to many natural hazards, including floods, hurricanes and tropical storms, severe winter weather, tornadoes, coastal storms, thunderstorms, earthquakes, lightning, extreme temperatures, and man-made disasters, including hazardous materials incidents, nuclear power plant incidents, power outages, transportation accidents, water supply problems, terrorism and more. If you live or work in a coastal community, you should learn whether you are in a designated hurricane evacuation zone. To learn whether your home, business, or school is in a hurricane evacuation zone, use the interactive "Know Your Zone" map on MEMA’s website. Being aware of, and understanding the different types of emergencies and disasters that can occur is a critical part of being prepared and staying safe.

Receive Emergency Alerts

Receiving advance warnings for severe weather, timely emergency alerts, and information during a disaster is critical to staying safe during an emergency. Every family should have multiple methods for receiving emergency alerts, including at least one with an audible alert to wake you in the middle of the night. Some of the primary ways to get information during an emergency include:

  • Local notification systems such as “Reverse 9-1-1” or “Code Red.” MEMA urges residents to contact their local Emergency Management Director to find out about local notification systems and how to enroll.
  • MEMA’s Massachusetts Alerts smartphone app.
  • The Emergency Alert System (EAS) which broadcasts information via radio and television.
  • Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEAs) which deliver emergency alerts via cellphone
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radios.
  • Traditional media such as TV and radio stations.
  • MEMA’s Twitter or Facebook accounts and the social media accounts of public safety agencies in your community.
  • MEMA's website: www.mass.gov/mema and local government websites.
  • Massachusetts 2-1-1 is the Commonwealth's primary telephone information call center during emergencies. Call 2-1-1 for information about the location of open shelters, transportation or other restrictions due to a declared state of emergency, post disaster assistance, ways to volunteer or donate, or other services you or your family may need.
  • A teletypewriter (TTY) device, which allows individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech-impaired use the telephone to communicate.
  • U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Broadcasts are used for maritime weather and safety broadcasts.
  • MassDOT variable message boards and private sector digital billboards can be used to provide information during emergencies.

More information about emergency alerting systems can be found online at: https://www.mass.gov/service-details/be-informed-and-receive-emergency-alerts.   Over the coming weeks, MEMA will issue additional information to promote the themes of: Plan for Emergencies and Disasters, Build an Emergency Kit, and Get Involved in community preparedness and resilience. Governor Baker recently signed bipartisan legislation to authorize over $2.4 billion in capital allocations for investments in safeguarding residents, municipalities and businesses from the impacts of climate change, protecting environmental resources, and improving recreational opportunities. The legislation enables critical environmental investments at the state and local levels and will put into law essential components of Governor Baker’s Executive Order 569 establishing an integrated strategy for climate change adaptation across the Commonwealth, including the Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness grant program and the Statewide Hazard Mitigation and Adaptation Plan.

 

Town of Barnstable Celebrates PARK(ing) Day

September 21st, 2018, 2:00 PM-5:00 PM Main Street, Hyannis

 

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 Town of Barnstable and 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.

 

Saturday Sounds at Hyannis Harbor.  Enjoy waterfront views, local artists and musicians and delightful sights and sounds.
Free live music at the Hyannis HyArts Artist Shanties, Bismore Park, Ocean Street
September 1st -October 6th, 2018 * 2:00 PM-3:30 PM

Bring your beach chairs or blankets down to the Hyannis HyArts Artist Shanties at Bismore Park, Saturday afternoons 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM, in September and first Saturday in October for free live, music! Kareem Sanjaghi Trio, The Wicked Trio, Jeffrey Ashur Trio, Donn Legge Band, Bert Jackson and The Skiffs, are scheduled to each play once during the series.  The free, hour and half concerts begin at 2:00 PM. The Bismore Park Artist Shanties are located at 180 Ocean Street, Hyannis, next to the Bismore Park Visitor Center.  There are no rain dates. Free parking available in Town Hall Lot. (367 Main Street). Other pay for parking public lots including lots on Ocean Street and at Bismore Park are easy walking in and around the HyArts Cultural District.  http://townofbarnstable.us/parkingdivision/ Visitors to the seven harbor side shanties (180 Ocean, Bismore Park) and at the Harbor Overlook (51 Ocean Street) will meet artists and artisans, many who work on their craft right at their ‘seaside studios’.  Artists and work varies each week.  The shanties feature a variety of artwork, handmade and hand crafted.  Shanties are open seven days a week, from 11:00 AM through Monday, Columbus Day, October 8th.   The Harbor Overlook will be open weekends throughout the fall.   Information about the artists and the artist shanty program is available on line at www.ArtsBarnstable.com<http://www.ArtsBarnstable.com>

Spend a swinging September Saturday afternoon with four sensational bands:

Sept 15th:  Jeffrey Ashur Trio, jazz

Sept 22nd:  Donn Legge Band, pop/rock

Sept 29th:   Bert Jackson Trio, jazz/Latin

Oct 6th:      The Skiffs, A Celtic Americana Stew of Roots, Rock, Blues & Greens

SATURDAY SOUNDS AT THE SHANTIES: BISMORE PARK, 2:00-3:30 PM. September 1-29 and October 6, 2018

Wings of Freedom Tour at Barnstable Municipal Airport September 24th-26th

 

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, October 10, 2018, from 9:00 -11:00 AM at St. George Greek Orthodox Church                                              Community Center, Route 28 Centerville;

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 October 10th and 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.

 

ROAD WORK UPDATES
As always please slow down and use extreme caution when traveling through the road construction areas and follow posted safety signs.
*New* National Grid Gas Night Work- Route 28, Hyannis

National Grid gas main improvements will be starting Monday night, September 17, 2018, at 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* Sewer Work - Attucks Lane, Hyannis

Sewer work along Attucks Lane, Hyannis associated with the future Cape Cod Five Headquarters will begin on September 14th and 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. 

*UPDATED* Town Roads – Paving Improvements

September 12, 2018 through October 10, 2018

The Department of Public Works will be 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 beginning on September 12, 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.

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

This fall, 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.

*UPDATED* Timber Piers Inspection in Hyannis Inner Harbor

A consultant for the Town is scheduled to inspect the condition of timber piers in Hyannis Inner Harbor on September 25, pending suitable weather.  This will be managed to avoid impacts on use of the harbor.  Boaters are asked to be mindful of these activities and exercise extra caution when maneuvering in the harbor during this work.

*Updated* National Grid Upgrading Natural Gas Mains

National grid crews will be paving on South Street Osterville, Charles Street Hyannis and Betty’s Pond Road Hyannis.

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.

National Grid Upgrading Natural Gas Mains

15-60 Charles Street, 123-135 Barnstable Road and 40 Washington Avenue Ext., Hyannis (through September 30, 2018)  112 Redwood Lane, Hyannis (through September 30, 2018) 151-161 3rd Avenue and 91-112 Ocean Street, Hyannis (through September 30, 2018) 160-190 Pine Lane and 11-23 South Street, Osterville (through September 30, 2018) 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 customer’s 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.
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.

 

CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS

Barnstable Dog Park

Fence post and grass seed installation is occurring this week at the site.  Installation of the concrete dog area curb will be installed next week followed by the completion of the fence.  Dog park area surfacing has been delivered to the site.

Lombard Site (West Barnstable)

Playground equipment installation continues and will be completed once the poured in place rubber surfacing gets installed sometime in October.  The site contractor has completed installation of storm water basins below grade and is working to complete rough grading of the parking lot.  The binder coat of asphalt will be installed the end of next week or the beginning of the week after while the West Barnstable Community building is closed for maintenance.  Once the binder is installed the granite curbs can be placed.  The ball field, site improvements and the re-installation of Luke’s Love playground are expected to be completed in 2018.

 

Safety Tips to Prevent West Nile Virus
Since numerous Cape Cod towns including Barnstable have continued confirmation of West Nile virus (WNV) found in mosquitoes, we thought we would share these important safety tips:

WNV is most commonly transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito.  The mosquitoes that carry this virus are common throughout the state, and are found in urban as well as more rural areas. While WNV can infect people of all ages, people over the age of 50 are at higher risk for severe infection.  By taking a few, common-sense precautions, people can help to protect themselves and their loved ones:

Avoid Mosquito Bites:

·             Be Aware of Peak Mosquito Hours - The hours from dusk to dawn are peak biting times for many mosquitoes. Consider rescheduling outdoor activities that occur during evening or early morning. If you are outdoors at any time and notice mosquitoes around you, take steps to avoid being bitten by moving indoors, covering up and/or wearing repellant.

·             Clothing Can Help reduce mosquito bites. Although it may be difficult to do when it’s hot, wearing long-sleeves, long pants and socks when outdoors will help keep mosquitoes away from your skin.

·             Apply Insect Repellent when you go outdoors. Use a repellent with DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide), permethrin, picaridin (KBR 3023), IR3535 or oil of lemon eucalyptus [p-methane 3, 8-diol (PMD)] according to the instructions on the product label. DEET products should not be used on infants under two months of age and should be used in concentrations of 30% or less on older children. Oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children under three years of age.  Permethrin products are intended for use on items such as clothing, shoes, bed nets and camping gear and should not be applied to skin. 

Mosquito-Proof Your Home:

·             Drain Standing Water – Many mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water. Limit the number of places around your home for mosquitoes to breed by either draining or getting rid of items that hold water. Check rain gutters and drains. Empty any unused flowerpots and wading pools, and change water in birdbaths frequently. 

·             Install or Repair Screens - Some mosquitoes like to come indoors. Keep them outside by having tightly-fitting screens on all of your windows and doors.

The Town of Barnstable Public Health Division will continue to work closely with the MDPH and other agencies.  Information about WNV and reports of current and historical WNV virus activity in Massachusetts can be found on the MDPH website at: www.mass.gov/dph/mosquito.

 

First Tee at Hyannis Golf Course
The First Tee program of Massachusetts continues its offerings at the Hyannis Golf Course.  The First Tee emphasizes Nine Core Values: honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy and judgment.  Through golf and core values, your kids and teens will learn life skills like:  making proper introductions; managing emotions; resolving conflicts; setting up step-by-step goals; planning for the future; and appreciating diversity.  On-line registration information can be found here.

 

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, 508-862-4670.

 

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 newly re-designed 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.

 


Last Week’s Question: With Marstons Mills Village Day on Sunday, we thought we would ask a Marstons Mills question. When did the town purchase Burgess Park in Marstons Mills? The year was 1989.

 

This Week’s Question: In what year did Channel 18 launch a daily news program? Please email your answer here.