At Tuesday, July 30, 2019 afternoon’s Barnstable Municipal Airport Commission Meeting, the Commission unanimously approved the Agreement between the Town of Barnstable, acting by and through the Barnstable Municipal Airport Commission, and WS Landing at Hyannis LLC for certain property located at 790 Iyannough Road/Route 132 in Hyannis, Massachusetts, commonly known as Capetown Plaza.  Representing WS Development were Dick Marks, Partner and Executive Vice President, and Victoria Maguire, Development Manager.  Also on hand were Town Council President James Crocker, Town Council Vice President John Flores, and Town Manager Mark Ells. The Town, Barnstable Municipal Airport Commission and the developer, WS Development, are all extremely pleased to have achieved this very important milestone towards the redevelopment of the Capetown Plaza into The Landing at Hyannis. A redevelopment of this scale will require a significant amount of planning and due diligence as the plans for the property are refined. During this process, WS will seek feedback from residents, town officials, existing and new tenants, and other community stakeholders before formally submitting plans for regulatory permitting.  Town staff was recognized for their efforts - especially Airport Manager Katie Servis, Assistant Airport Manager Matt Elia, Assistant Town Manager Andy Clyburn, Finance Director Mark Milne, Town Attorney Ruth Weil, Assistant Town Attorney Charles McLaughlin, Chief Procurement Officer Johanna Boucher, Director of Property and Risk Management David Anthony, and Planning & Development Director Elizabeth Jenkins.  The Barnstable Municipal Airport Commission is comprised of: John T. Griffin, Jr. (Chair), Elizabeth Young (Vice Chair), Norman Weill, James Dellamorte, Zachary Lesinski, and Wendy Bierwirth.

Beach Water Quality Updates can be found on the
Town of Barnstable’s website.

Today’s the Day! 4th Annual Unity Day 2019 Friday, August 2nd 4:00-7:00 PM


The Town of Barnstable, the Barnstable Police Department, and People of Action are proud to announce the 4th Annual Barnstable Unity Day Celebration on the Hyannis Village Green on Friday, August 2, 2019, from 4:00-7:00 PM.  The event is intended to engage the community and local police together in a free celebration including food from Breakaway’s X-Grill and Coca-Cola, music, children’s activities, Isabella’s Kindness Rocks Project, Kiwanis, NAACP/Women’s Coalition, JT’s Chronicles, Cape Cod Youth Sports, Barnstable Police Department’s K-9 Unit, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Barnstable Recreation, Barnstable Adult Community Center, Marine & Environmental Affairs Critter Trailer, Gateway Greeters and more. Come show everyone that Barnstable is a special, unique place with strong community bonds. The event is open to all and will include free food, music and activities for all ages.  Please bring your own chairs and blankets.


TODAY! Barnstable Lifeguards Compete in 45th Annual Cape Cod Lifesaving Competition at Hardings Beach in Chatham

The 45thAnnual Cape Cod Lifesaving Competition will be held today Friday, August 2nd at Hardings Beach in Chatham. Opening Ceremonies begin at 9:30 AM with the competition beginning at 10:00 AM.  Ten teams from Cape Cod and one from Maine will compete in Surf and Non-Surf Divisions.  The Town of Barnstable’s lifeguards have been competing in the Cape Cod Lifesaving Competition for over 30 years and have been successful in placing first in the non-surf beach category for ten consecutive years!  Good Luck, Barnstable Lifeguards!


Storm Update

We continue to have the Storm Update box on front page of the Town of Barnstable’s website.  It has information we have received about special programs during the recovery.  During last Tuesday's weather event, one of the rescue boards at Covell's Beach blew away.  It was recovered in Chilmark on Martha's Vineyard by USCG Station Menemsha!  The board was retrieved last Friday by Harbormaster Division Supervisor Derek Lawson and Marina Maintenance Worker Eric Shufelt (pictured below with USCG Menemsha Station Watch Commander Joel Behr). We wonder what kind of adventures the board experienced on its trip to the Vineyard. The board was retrieved by lifeguards Alex Mackey (Head Guard) and Lucas McCauley (Youth Commission Chair).  In other news, The Centerville-Osterville-Marstons Mills Fire Department is hosting MEMA Volunteers Team Rubicon who are here to assist with the clean-up following the tornado.   We’re grateful for the help we’ve received from near and far. Your efforts on our behalf are greatly appreciated. To our neighboring towns, we continue to wish you a speedy recovery.   


Ballot for Local November Election Set

Town Clerk Ann Quirk has certified the candidates listed below for the November 5, 2019 Election.

VOTE FOR ONE (in your precinct):


Name of Candidate


Office Seeking

John G. Flores


Town Council

Gordon Starr


Town Council

Paul E. Hebert


Town Council

James H. Crocker


Town Council

David W Bogan


Town Council

Jessica Rapp Grassetti


Town Council

Tracy E. Shaughnessy


Town Council

Christopher J. Kehoe


Town Council

Steven Xiarhos


Town Council

Kristine Clark


Town Council

Philip Wallace


Town Council

Jennifer Cullum


Town Council




Kathleen Bent


School Committee

Michael Judge


School Committee

Joseph Nystrom


School Committee




Deborah G. Converse


Housing Authority


There is Always Something Going on at the Barnstable Adult Community Center

Barnstable Clean Water: Challenges and Opportunities

Tuesday, August 6, 2:00-3:00 PM/Free program; register at 508-862-4750

Discover how the town’s four watersheds, its sole source aquifer and all waters – drinking, fresh, brackish and salt – are connected. Our homes and properties play a critical role in the health of our waters: learn about what’s being done to restore and preserve Barnstable’s clean water.

Addiction and the Family

Thursday, August 15, 3:00-5:00 PM /Free program; register at 508-862-4750

Few of us haven’t been touched in some way by the epidemic of addiction. We’ll talk with experts from Gosnold, the Duffy Center and the Mashpee Substance Task Force, and discuss their organizational roles in the recovery process. Come, listen and ask questions.

Location: 825 Falmouth Road, Hyannis

Parking: free parking



Free Summer Food Service Program at HYCC
The Barnstable Recreation Division and the Hyannis Youth & Community Center are again partnering with St. Mary’s Church, Barnstable to offer free lunch and snacks for all children age 18 and under. 
Food is served inside the Hyannis Youth & Community Center, 141 Bassett Lane, Hyannis.
Every Monday-Friday through August 23, 2019
Lunch: 12:00 PM-12:45 PM         Snack: 3:00-3:30 PM
Contact Mark Boardley at 508-790-6345 ext.116 or

Update on Water Quality Resource Management Efforts in Barnstable
Barnstable’s Channel 18 has prepared a YouTube playlist of segments they have created on Water Quality Resource Efforts in the Town of Barnstable.  The informative pieces include Town Manager Mark Ells talking about Water Quality Planning, Herring Run 2019, Cotuit Bay Dredging, Barnstable at Work – Hyannis Water Supply Division, Water Quality Testing in the Three Bays and more.  At the January 3, 2019 Town Council meeting, DPW Director Dan Santos presented an Update on Wastewater Management Efforts in Barnstable.  We thought we would share this important information again in this week’s eNews.  Mr. Santos’ presentation can be viewed here. Additional updates have been provided at the February 28, 2019 Town Council Meeting, March 21, 2019 Town Council Meeting as well as the June 20, 2019 Town Council Meeting.

Pumpout Boat in Service for the Boating Season

Through Columbus Day Weekend

The boating season is underway, and pumpout boats are running seven days a week.  The boats can be easily identified.  Both boats are white center console vessels with the lettering “HARBORMASTER” on both sides.  The Pumpout boats monitor VHF Channels 16 and 09 during operating hours.  It is helpful to schedule pumpouts in advance.  The shore side pumpout will be available in Hyannis Harbor May through October as well as Barnstable Harbor.  To schedule pumpouts email: or call 508-790-6273. For more information, watch Pumpout Boat on Channel 18.


Arts at the Airport - Barnstable Municipal Airport – July & August 2019
A variety of Cape Cod artists and artisans featured each week

A new arts ‘pilot’ program is taking flight at the Barnstable Municipal Airport!  Every Thursday through Sunday until August 11th, 11:30 AM-1:30 PM, travelers can meet Cape Cod artists at vendor tables set up in the terminal at the main entrance.  Artwork is handmade, crafted or designed in a variety of mediums: fiber arts, jewelry, photography home accessories, painting and maritime themed items.  A variety of artists will rotate throughout the four week program. Barnstable Municipal Airport is for more than taking flights, it’s about the community in which it resides and offering both locals and visitors alike a sense of place on Cape Cod. Locals are encouraged to stop by and grab a treat at Cape Cod Coffee, serving pastries, lunch, beer and wine; watch the planes and visit the artists. 

Arts at the Airport featuring Cape Cod artists and artisans

August 1-August 4   *    August 8-August 11

11:30 AM-1:30 PM

Barnstable Municipal Airport, main lobby 480 Barnstable Road, Hyannis

Free parking (up to 30 minutes)

About Barnstable Municipal Airport:
Located in Hyannis, Massachusetts, the airport is a vital transportation hub for Cape Cod and the region providing commercial and general aviation services to Boston, New York and the islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket.  JetBlue provides service from New York to Cape Cod June through August. 

The airport is owned by the Town of Barnstable and managed by the Barnstable Municipal Airport Commission and Management staff.  

Aug 1-Aug 4
Marie is a natural light photographer who finds inspiration in nature and the famous Cape Cod light.   She enhances her photographs with digital processing, as well as hand painting techniques, to create the finished images.  The images are printed on a variety of products including traditional prints, wall décor, pillow covers, scarves, tote bags and more.
Website: Facebook: Marie Grady Palcic Photography Instagram: Marie Grady Palcic
Aug 1-Aug 4
Dawn works with wire and sheet metal and has a new line, Hearts Desire Keepsake Collection.
A collection of pieces made with love and customized with a photo of your hearts desire.
Her other pieces are funky with a classic side. She creates with natural and recycled metals and materials as well as antique and exciting new semiprecious stones, shells and glass. Website: Facebook: stylewithoutsacrifice1
Aug 1-Aug 4
Margo offers original designs of beach bags, large totes, pillow covers, runners, place mats and other assorted fabric items.
margoT CHEEL: margo cheel AERIAL photography
Aug 8-Aug 11
Margo Cheel is an award winning aerial photographer, pilot, and arts educator.  She invites you to see the world from a unique perspective.   She has published two Aerial Photography books, “Sea & Sand from the Sky” with quotes from aviators and “What Do You See?” and “Finding Shapes from the Sky” with a story line about discovery for all ages.
Aug 8-Aug 11
Janet works with semi-precious stones, fresh-water pearls, and unique beads to create wearable art. Inspired by the beauty of the natural world, Janet—a percussionist with the Cape Cod Concert Band, the Cape Community Orchestra and the Barnstable Town Band—believes there is an underlying rhythm to every piece of jewelry she creates. She sketches, works, revises and reworks until she uncovers the perfect arrangement of the elements to create a cohesive, harmonious—and stylish—design.
Aug 8-Aug 11
A nautical extravaganza! All handcrafted: Home Design and Decor for the East Coast Home. Anything you can imagine finding in a nautical themed general store such as baby accessories, greeting cards, holiday ornaments, leather bags, wallets, key chains, banners, garlands, soaps, candles, etc.


ArtsBarnstable has a lot to offer!


3rd Annual Discover Barnstable Program, Now Expanded!


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

*NEW* Holly Lane, Barnstable -  National Grid Upgrading Natural Gas Main
The work will include marking underground utilities, excavating utility trenches, extending gas main, backfilling the trenches and repaving.  Construction is expected to occur Wednesday, August 7th and run through Friday, August 9th, weather permitting.  National Grid is committed to completing this project promptly and with minimal disruption to the community. Visit 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 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.  Reduce speed, and use caution. All scheduled work is weather dependent and/or may be impacted due to an emergency situation.

Sea Street, South Street, and Ocean Avenue, Hyannis

Construction is suspended for the summer and will resume after Labor Day.  The contractor is responsible for roadway maintenance over the summer including mowing, sweeping construction related debris, cleaning catch basins if necessary, and potentially addressing other items as needed.  Verizon is responsible for the continued installation of new utility poles along parts of the project area.

Route 149, Main Street, and River Road in Marstons Mills

Construction is suspended for the summer and will resume after Labor Day.  The contractor is responsible for roadway maintenance over the summer including mowing, sweeping, construction related debris clean-up, cleaning catch basins if necessary and potentially addressing other items as needed.  Utility companies will be transferring overhead wires to new utility poles along parts of the project area.  PLEASE NOTE:  Drivers who are traveling through the affected areas should reduce speed, and use caution. 
River Road, Marstons Mills, Cotuit Library, Putnam Avenue, Cotuit (Coastal Pollutant Remediation Grant Project)

Work continues at sites for future green storm water control infrastructure placement.  Field work can include but is not limited to site visits, survey, soil borings, pulling manhole covers and wetland delineation. This work will continue through 2019. PLEASE NOTE:  Drivers who are traveling through the affected areas should expect delays, reduce speed, and use caution. 
*CONTINUES* Ropes Beach, Old Shore Road, Cotuit

The project is closing up for the summer with the contractor demobilized, cleaned up and clearing the site. The project will remobilize after Labor Day 2019. SumCo has planted and will maintain both Cordwood and Prince Avenue areas.

*UPDATED* Samoset Road, Marstons Mills

Pavement and drainage improvements on Samoset Road are now complete. Restoration work along the road shoulders is expected to be completed by August 9, 2019. As always please slow down and use extreme caution when traveling through the road construction areas and follow posted safety and detour signs.


There’s lots going on at the Village Libraries of Barnstable

Barnstable Libraries’ Corner

Visit a Town of Barnstable Library today!

Sturgis Library in Barnstable Village


Centerville Public Library


Cotuit Library


Hyannis Public Library

Marstons Mills Public Library

Osterville Village Library

Whelden Memorial Library in West Barnstable


Vineyard Wind Office Hours at Covell’s Beach and Centerville Public Library
Vineyard Wind will be available at Covell’s Beach to answer questions from beachgoers on Saturday, August 10th (assuming no inclement weather).

Join us at the Centerville Public Library to learn more about our proposal to construct an offshore wind farm 35 miles south of Cape Cod and bring the power to shore in Barnstable, providing clean renewable energy to the Cape.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 15 4:00-6:00 PM

RSVP here

THURSDAY, AUGUST 29 4:00-6:00 PM
RSVP here
All summer office hours will be held at:
Centerville Public Library, 585 Main Street, Centerville, MA 02632  
This event is not sponsored or endorsed by the Centerville Public Library.
For more information, please contact Jen Cullen at


Be Prepared - “Hurricane Preparedness”

For more information, visit the Hurricane Safety Tips section of MEMA’s website at


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: 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:  During Tuesday’s weather event, what was the highest wind speed at Kalmus Beach?  Wow!  We received a lot of answers to this question.  Christie Murphy was the first to guess correctly with 90 mph!


This Week’s Question:  Earlier this week, WCVB’s “Chronicle” featured the village of Cotuit. That brings us to this week’s question.  The original Native American Village of “Coatuet” meaning “Long Fields” was purchased from Native Americans by Myles Standish in 1648.  What was the price?   Please email your answer here.

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