Rescue at Craigville Beach
While working at Craigville Beach on Tuesday, August 1st at about 4:30pm, Jake Avery was called to duty to perform the Heimlich maneuver on a baby, who was choking. Centerville-Osterville-Marstons Mills (COMM) Chief Mike Winn said, "I received verbal praise from our EMS Crews for your lifeguard who performed the Heimlich maneuver yesterday at Craigville Beach. The words used included “calm” “effective” and “professional” to describe your lifeguard. Nice work!!" Our aquatics staff receive tremendous training from Recreation Director Patti Machado, Assistant Director John Gleason, Aquatics Program Coordinator Tim McGrath and others to ensure that our staff is well trained. On Thursday, August 3rd, the Caporale Family returned to Craigville Beach for a visit with their favorite lifeguard!

Richard Scali state appointment
Regulatory Services Director Richard Scali has been selected to participate in the State Alcohol Task Force convened by State Treasurer Deborah Goldberg. The Task Force consists of appointees selected by Treasurer Goldberg, Governor Charlie Baker, Senate President Stan Rosenberg and Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo. Scali says, “It is a great honor to be chosen out of 130 candidates and I look forward to working with this group on ABCC Operations and Resources over the next few months.”  The purpose of the working groups is to encourage a diverse coalition of stakeholders to openly discuss issues presented to the Task Force through website submissions, position papers and letters, and our six state-wide public hearings in Waltham, Foxborough, Leominster, Northampton, Bourne and Andover.   Working group members are expected to actively participate in discussions designed to generate recommendations and proposed action items to improve our state alcohol laws. Each working group will consist of members representing consumers, industry and health care professionals, public officials, business owners and trade groups. Members are expected to take part in 4-6 meetings by the end of September at times and locations to be determined by your working group chair. If you are unable to attend in person, we will provide you with dial-in information for a conference call so you can participate remotely. If you are unable to commit to all meetings, please let us know.

Unity Day wrap up
Thank you to all who turned out to help us celebrate the Town of Barnstable's Second Annual Unity Day. It was a picture perfect day! We are grateful to the People of Action, Barnstable Police Department, the Kiwanis of Barnstable and Yarmouth, Coca-Cola Bottling of Cape Cod, Cape Cod Potato Chips, Shepley Wood Products, Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream, Cape Cod Inflatable Park, Barnstable's Marine and Environmental Affairs and Recreation Divisions, Cape Air, Spilt Milk, Torino, Tap City Grille, Eclectic Café, Barber Lounge, Mid-Cape Home Centers, YMCA Y Achievers, MSPCC, Barbara Gleason of, Mike's Pizza and all of the volunteers who worked to make it such a success.  You can check out a video of the day here.

Korean War Memorial
We were honored to join members of the Korean War Veterans Association Cape Cod & Islands Chapter 1, Inc. as “We Remember the Forgotten War 1950-1953” on Thursday, July 27th at 10:00 AM.  The program was led by Commander Stan Jones and Larry Cole.  Speaking on behalf of the Town was Town Council Vice President Jim Crocker.  Also present were State Representative Will Crocker, Town Councilors John Flores and Phil Wallace, Town Manager Mark Ells, Assistant Town Manager Andy Clyburn, Town Treasurer Debra Blanchette Watson and Trust Fund Advisory Committee Members William “Bo” Murdoch (chair) and Jayne Scanlon. The Town of Barnstable received funds from Barnstable County on behalf of the Korean War Veterans Association for perpetual care of the Memorial. The funds are held by the Town in a Trust. DPW’s Structures & Grounds and the KWVA have shared responsibility for the care and maintenance of the Memorial.  The thoughtful and moving program may be viewed here

Hyannis Youth & Community Center Welcomes Cranberry Open - August 9-12
The Yarmouth Ice Club is pleased to host the 2107 Cranberry Open at the Hyannis Youth & Community Center (HYCC) next week! For more information and ticket pricing, please visit
2017 Cranberry Open Events:
Wednesday, August 9th
Performance Enhancement Program (PEP)
Thursday, August 10th
Singles - Boys and Girls Short Programs and Free Skate
Friday, August 11th
Singles and Pairs Short Programs and Free Skate
Saturday, August 12th
Singles and Pairs - Dance, Jump, Spin Challenges and Compulsory Moves

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.

Barnstable Police Department Citizens’ Police Academy
Attention - Town of Barnstable residents, business owners and workforce! This is your last chance to get your applications in for the 30th session of the Barnstable Police Citizens Police Academy. Selections will be made in August for an academy start date sometime in mid to late September. For more information and for an application follow the link here to visit the Citizens Police Academy homepage.

Town of Barnstable Open Space and Recreation Plan Survey
The Town of Barnstable’s Planning and Development Department is updating the Town’s Open Space and Recreation Plan.  We are conducting a survey to better understand the needs and concerns of Barnstable residents as they think about open space protection and recreational opportunities and facilities.  Please take a moment to complete the survey and let us know what is important to you.  If you do not have internet access, please visit your local library’s public computers.  The survey can be accessed at  through August 15, 2017. If you have comments about Open Space protection or Recreation in Barnstable or would like to participate in the process, please contact Anna Brigham, Principal Planner with the Town of Barnstable Planning and Development at (508) 862-4682 or  Also, please visit our webpage for more information about the Open Space and Recreation Plan. 

Discover Barnstable—Fun, Interactive Talks and Activities
This summer visitors to Bismore Park Welcome Center at Hyannis Harbor, can ‘Discover Barnstable’ with a new outreach program this July and August.  This outreach program is designed to share with residents and visitors the wide range of resources the Town of Barnstable provides year round. Bismore Park Welcome Center is located at 180 Ocean Street, Hyannis. The programs will take place near the Hyannis HyArts Artist Shanties in the grassy area.  The artist shanties are open May through October each year, and showcase local artists who work and sell their wares right from their ‘seaside’ studios. Programs are each week, free of charge, handicapped accessible and are scheduled for Mondays, 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM and Thursdays, 4:30 PM-5:30 PM through August 24, 2017. In addition, the Barnstable County Coastal Explorer Van joins the program for an extended day visit on August 7th.  The free program includes: activities about the natural wildlife in town where visitors will have time to hold stuffed skunks, owls and hawks, see live turtles and hear about the different species; step into a 31-foot custom built motorcoach to learn about Cape Cod’s coastal environment; turn a print of cyanobacteria into bracelets and bookmarks and identify which blooms are friends and foe;  practice putting with a golf pro; stay for library story time and crafts; and hula hoop for fun and fitness!


Art-FULL days around Town!
There are plenty of ways to have an art-FULL day in the Town of Barnstable's two state designated Cultural Districts, Hyannis HyArts and Barnstable Village and in all seven villages in Town!  Our ArtsBarnstable website feature all seven villages and links to the two cultural districts and the Kennedy Legacy Trail.   Find us on Facebook at ArtsBarnstable and @artsbarnstable on Instagram.  Of course, as you know, the amount of activities grows exponentially this time of year.  Some of the happenings In the Hyannis HyArts Cultural District are:

  • Hyannis HyArts Artist Shanties at Bismore Park, open seven days a week, 11:00 AM to at least 8:00 PM.  Artists change weekly.
  • More music-longer shows, more days!  Music abounds downtown:   Outdoor venues include:  Aselton Park, Bismore Park, Hyannis Village Green, Hyannis Main Street and in Barnstable Village on the Courthouse Stage.
  • Music at the Bismore Park Hyannis HyArts Artist Shanties:  Singer-Songwriter Sessions Thursdays and Saturdays, 6:00 PM-7:30 PM AND ‘Live Lunch’ Fridays, 11:30 AM -1:30 PM, now through end of August AND music at Aselton Park every Tuesday and Friday in July & August
  • Love Live Local, Love  Local Fest, Sunday, July 30th and August 27th
  • Main Street, Hyannis has Melody Mondays with a Singer Songwriter series along the street each week and Thursday night jazz!
  • At the Hyannis HyArts Campus, corner of Pearl and South Street, Hyannis:  Studio 46 features six artists sharing work space for the summer; Gallery Artrio is hosting many artist receptions, as well as a special JFK exhibit, as a part of the birthday centennial celebrations around town; and New Classics Company, theater-in-residence at Guyer Barn, returns for another season with original plays and Improv.
  • Hyannis Village Green - Get your dose of healthy Green(s)!  Hyannis Main Street BID sponsors programs on the Town Green several days a week-from Tai-Chi and Yoga to Movies and Music. 
    New to the line-up - Move and Groove Saturdays! Shake and Sparkle in the sun with cardio fit dance and last session is with hula hoops.

In the Barnstable Village Cultural District:

  • Jailhouse Jams on the Courthouse Stage 6:00 PM-7:30 PM, Wednesdays, August 2nd and 16th.
  • Summer Stroll, Wednesday August 16th and special concert with Sarah Swain and the Oh Boys
  • Annual vintage motorcycle show presented by the Greater Hyannis Area Chamber of Commerce, September 24th


Food Program “Food for Kids” at HYCC through August 25th
Barnstable Recreation is very excited to partner with a summer food service program called "Kids' Summer Meals" to provide those in need between the ages of 1 and 18 with a free lunch and snack during the summer! Join us Mondays through Fridays until August 25th at the Hyannis Youth & Community Center, 141 Bassett Lane, Hyannis MA 02601. Lunch will be served 12:15 - 1:00 PM and Snacks will be served 3:00 - 3:30 PM each weekday! For more information, please contact Mark Boardley at 508-790-6345 x116.

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 or call 508-862-4767.

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:  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:  August is just around the corner and that means the Annual Pops by the Sea concert.  What date was the original concert held?
The first Pops by the Sea concert was held on Sunday, August 31, 1986 – the Sunday of Labor Day weekend.  It moved to the second Sunday in August in 1989, although over its 32 year history it spent a number of years between the first and second Sunday in August.

This Week’s Question:  Centerville Old Home week is celebrating the what (fill in a number) anniversary this year? Email your answer here