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Making Hyannis Clean Again In The Morning

Making Hyannis Clean Again
Written by Brian Tarcy


HYANNIS – Downtown Hyannis is mostly clean and litter free. There is a reason, and even a quiet hero to the story.

For five hours in the morning, David Jones, 79, a laborer for the Town of Barnstable, makes Hyannis a cleaner place.

Making Hyannis Clean Again

David Jones

Maybe the town isn’t all that dirty or littered in the first place because in the morning a vacuum cleaner is taken through the West End parking lot, and other parking lots, and up and down downtown sidewalks.

It’s a little thing that, perhaps, no one notices except the few early morning in-town workers who stop to say a friendly hello to Jones.

He takes the vacuum to a lot of places through town, and stops and picks up bigger litter by hand.

“I vacuum the sidewalks when I can get down them,” said Jones, a man of few words and a lot to do in the morning. “They got them all tore up,” he said of the sidewalks on Main Street.

Jones, of Hyannis, works part time. He said he has worked for the town for 15 years. And then he headed off to do his quiet and mostly unnoticed heroic work.

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About the author

Brian Tarcy

Brian Tarcy is co-founder of Cape Cod Wave. He is a longtime journalist who has written for the Boston Globe, Boston magazine, the Cape Cod Times and several other publications. He is the author of "YOU CAN'T SELL RIGHT FIELD; A Cape Cod Novel." He is also the author or co-author of more than a dozen mostly non-fiction books, including books with celebrity athletes Cam Neely, Tom Glavine and Joe Theisman. His previous book was, "ALMOST: 12 Electric Months Chasing A Silicon Valley Dream" with Hap Klopp,who created the iconic brand, The North Face.
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