Barnstable Little League U10 Continues to Win in Regional Championships!

Barnstable Little League’s U10 have continued their quest for more wins by playing in the regional championships.  As we went to press, they had won their games against Connecticut, New Hampshire, and Vermont. Last night they won against Maine 7-0.  They play for the New England Championship tonight at 7:30 PM.   You can follow the 2018 Little League Eastern Regional Championships on-line at:; Facebook; and Twitter - @9/10EasternRgnlPhoto courtesy of Nina Coleman.

Players:  #3 Caden Tambascia, #4 Grady Alger, #7 Brandon Gomes, #10 Reed Buckler, #11 Braden McCarthy, #13 Logan Our, #15 Jack Tarbox, #20 David Murphy, #23 Chris Heywood, #27 Finbar Coleman,
#34 Sladen Johnson, and #88 Eric Stanley. 
Coaches:  Steve Johnson, Steve Hoxie, Brandon Gomes, and David Murphy

Go Barnstable Little League! 
We’re rooting for you


TODAY! Barnstable Lifeguards Compete in 44th Annual Cape Cod Lifesaving Competition at Craigville Beach

The 44thAnnual Cape Cod Lifesaving Competition will be held today Friday, August 10th at Craigville Beach. 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.  Craigville Beach will remain open to the public during the event. 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 a number of years.  Good Luck, Barnstable Lifeguards!


Safety Tips to Prevent West Nile Virus
Since numerous Cape Cod towns including Barnstable have had 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:


Town Council Meeting – August 9th

Following last night’s Public Comment, Town Manager Mark Ells was invited by Town Council President Eric Steinhilber to address the actions being taken by the Town of Barnstable to address concerns of the residents of Commerce Road in Barnstable. President Steinhilber then began the meeting by accepting the withdrawal of Agenda Item #2019-009 Amending Chapter 240, the Zoning Ordinances to add regulations for establishing and operating registered recreational marijuana research facilities and independent testing laboratories and prohibiting all other non-medical marijuana establishments.   Agenda item 2019-015 Amending Chapter 240, the Zoning Ordinances to add regulations for establishing and operating registered recreational marijuana cultivators, research facilities and independent testing laboratories and prohibiting all other non-medical marijuana establishments was then referred to a Joint Public Hearing with the Planning Board on August 16, 2018. During Town Manager Communications Mr. Ells provided updates on: the commencing of work on the FY2020 budget; continued work with the Massachusetts Department of Fish & Wildlife; USGS, DEP Water Supply staff regarding future potential water supply wells – water sampling has been completed in the test wells on the Fish & Wildlife land – Perchlorate, PFAS and 1.4 Dioxane results were no detect or below standards, Iron and Manganese levels in some wells are high requiring treatment, on more set of heavy oil type contaminants is still due – expect to convene the full group in early fall; discussions continue with Vineyard Wind and we are in the final stages of developing a host agreement – Mr. Ells hopes to bring forward a Resolve to authorize the Town Manager to sign a host agreement soon.  The recycling market continues to change relative to solid waste management.  The lack of a market to dispose of single stream recyclables has made it necessary to resume source separation of recyclables, develop a more aggressive waste stream reduction program(s), and modify our operations at the Transfer Station.  More information will be coming in the near future. An update on the Dog Park was also provided.   Mr. Ells also invited everyone to Craigville Beach for the 44th Annual Cape Cod Lifesaving Competition.  Under Old Business, Appointments to the Golf Committee, Housing Committee, and Community Preservation Committee and Reappointments to the Land Acquisition and Preservation Committee and Youth Commission were approved. Under New Business, two grants for the Barnstable Police Department – a Fiscal Year 2018 Traffic Enforcement Grant award in the amount of $11,972 from the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, Highway Safety Division and a Fiscal Year 2018 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) in the amount of $57,360 from the U.S. Department of Justice were also approved.   A Workshop on the Town of Barnstable’s Municipal Dredge Program was presented by Town Manager Mark Ells.  Included in the presentation was an outline of the technical and permitting components, funding the program and action items.  Mr. Ells was joined by Finance Director Mark Milne, Assistant DPW Director Rob Steen, Marine & Environmental Affairs Director/Harbormaster Dan Horn, and Marina Manager/Assistant Harbormaster Derek Lawson.  The next regularly scheduled Town Council meeting is Thursday, August 16th at 7:00 PM in the Town Hall Hearing Room.


In Memoriam: Hyannis Fire Department Lt. Richard Knowlton

Hyannis Fire Department Lt. Richard A. Knowlton-Retired lost his long and courageous battle with occupational cancer and passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on August 4th, 2018.  Our sympathies go out to Lt. Knowlton’s family and colleagues during this difficult time.


Covell’s Beach Lifeguards Recognized at Recreation Commission Meeting
At Monday night’s Recreation Commission Meeting, the team of Ethan Sirhal, Halle Rudman, Colleen Ellis and Luka Powers, who rescued a 17 year old at Covell’s Beach in July were recognized for their efforts.   Missing from the group were Beach Supervisor Elizabeth Ells and Gate Attendant Victoria Richardson. Congratulations and Thank You!

Pictured from left to right: Rene King, Joe O’Brien, Ethan Sirhal, James Tenaglia, Halle Rudman, Kevin Turner,
Colleen Ellis, Luka Powers, Renee Dowling, Patti Machado, Tim McGrath and John Gleason.

Olde Barnstable Fairgrounds Golf Course Named One of the 2018 Winners of the Best in Northeast Golf
Congratulations to the entire staff of Barnstable Golf! For the 6th year in a row, Olde Barnstable Fairgrounds Golf Course (OBF) has received the distinction of being one of the “Best in Golf” as awarded by Northeast Golf. This award is based largely upon voting by the regional golfing public. This year OBF came in at #10 in the public course category for Massachusetts. This is a total team effort on everyone’s behalf. The knowledge, expertise, professionalism and tireless efforts shown by the staff have again paid off.  Congratulations to the staff at Barnstable Golf for this achievement!


Osterville Village Association Hosts Meeting on Proposed Osterville Recreation Building Design
The Town of Barnstable in collaboration with the Osterville Village Association (OVA) will present the proposed Osterville Recreation Building Design at OVA’s Annual Meeting on Wednesday, August 15th at 7:00 PM at the Osterville Village Library, 43 Wianno Avenue, Osterville.  Town Architect Mark Marinaccio and Design Architect John Paul Duhon will show renderings for the design of the proposed Osterville Recreation Building and seek community input.

Town of Barnstable Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG)
Notice of Document Availability, Public Meeting and Comment Period

The Town has completed the 2017 program year for the Community Development Block Grant program and is preparing Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report (CAPER) for the period July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018.  The Town was awarded $283,342 in federal funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to address the goals and objectives of the Town of Barnstable Consolidated Plan for 2015 – 2019.  The CAPER is a year-end report that outlines the accomplishments of the Town’s CDBG program and is available for review and comments before the Town submits to HUD for approval.

DOCUMENT AVAILABILITY: The Draft CAPER will be available for review as of Thursday, August 16, 2018 on the Town website: or in the Planning & Development Dept. (PDD), 367 Main Street, 3rd Floor, Hyannis, MA 02601 between the hours of 8:30 AM and 4:30 PM Monday through Friday. This location is handicap accessible.  
PUBLIC MEETING: The public is invited to attend a meeting to review the Draft CAPER on Wednesday, August 22, 2018 at 3:00 PM in the Planning and Development Dept. (PDD) Conference Room, 367 Main Street, 3rd Floor, Hyannis, MA 02601. This location is handicap accessible and reasonable accommodations are available upon advance request.  Comments received in the meeting will be summarized in the final submission to HUD.  Anyone unable to attend the meeting may submit written comments to the PDD office at the address below.
PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD:  Written comments received by the Planning & Development Dept. on or before September 7, 2018 will be included in the final submission to HUD.  Please submit written comments to:    ATTN:  CDBG

Planning & Development Dept.

367 Main Street, 3rd Floor

Hyannis, MA 02601

Or by email: with “CDBG Comments” in the subject line. 

CONTACT INFORMATION: Kathleen Girouard, Planning & Development Dept., 367 Main Street, 3rd Floor, Hyannis, MA 02601. Phone: 508-862-4678, TDD#508-790-9801.


Absentee Ballots for September 4th Primary Election Now Available

Town Clerk Ann Quirk has let us know that the Absentee Ballots are now available for the September 4th Primary Election.  If you or someone you know, like a student going off to school, won’t be around for the September 4th election, there is an opportunity to take out an Absentee Ballot.  The Town Clerk’s office on the first floor of Town Hall (367 Main Street, Hyannis) would be happy to help you.  Or call 508-862-4044.


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 meals and snacks for all children age 18 and under.  The program is serving a need for up to 60 kids a day who otherwise might not eat.
Hyannis Youth & Community Center, 141 Bassett Lane, Hyannis
Every Monday-Friday through August 24, 2018
Lunch: 12:00 PM-12:45 PM         Snack: 3:00-3:30 PM
Movie on Tuesdays 12:30 PM-2:30 PM*
(*ending time depends on movie length)
Fun with Food Activity on Thursdays 12:30 PM-1:30 PM

Contact Mark Boardley at 508-790-6345 ext.116 or


3rd Annual Unity Day a Success!

It takes a village or seven to make Unity Day a success.  Thank you to everyone who volunteered or attended this year’s event.  We couldn’t have done it without you!  We showed everyone that Barnstable is a special, unique place with strong community bonds.  Below are links to two articles with some great pictures of the event.

From the Cape Cod Times

Barnstable police, community stand together during Unity Day

HYANNIS — Across the Village Green Friday afternoon police officers and community members hugged, exchanged high-fives and chatted during the third annual Unity...

From the Barnstable Patriot
Mark your calendars for the 4th Annual Unity Day on Friday, August 2, 2019.

just some of the many volunteers from this year’s Unity Day.

Results from Mooring Wait Lists Drawings

Results from the Mooring Wait Lists Drawings can be found on the Town of Barnstable’s website. All names picked from the drawing will have until Wednesday, August 15, 2018 by 4:15 PM to submit the required $25 waiting list fee then these names will be added to the end of the currently active waiting list in chronological order as drawn. If not received at the Harbormaster’s Office by August 15, 2018 at 4:15 PM, the name will not be placed on the waiting list. All mooring regulations must be followed. 


Barnstable Disability Commission Elects New Officers

The Barnstable Disability Commission (BDC) elected new officers at its recent monthly meeting which was held on June 20th at the Hyannis Youth & Community Center. Replacing outgoing Chair Merrill Blum is Sabrina Kane. Also elected at the June 20th meeting were Sheila Mulcahy as vice chair, and Tammy Cunningham as secretary/treasurer. Additional members of the committee include: Paula Breagy, Denis Briand, Marc Brunco, Paul Logan, Linda McKinney, Sarah Nicholson and Steven Spillane. The mission of the Barnstable Disability Commission is to advise and guide the Town of Barnstable, and the general public, regarding issues of accessibility in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Massachusetts Architectural Access Board. The BDC also provides information and referral services to residents. In addition to working to educate business owners and the public on ADA compliance issues, the BDC works with individual businesses in the Town of Barnstable to address specific accessibility issues. The BDC also offers merit-based (students planning to study disability-related discipline in college) scholarships to high school seniors within the Town of Barnstable, and provides funding to facilitate accessibility improvements such as the portable handicapped accessible restrooms that are now available at Covell’s Beach and Loop Beach.


Attention Voters in Precincts 1, 10 and 12

The Town Clerk wants to notify all the voters in Precincts 1, 10 and 12 of their new voting locations.  Precinct 1 will be at the Zion Union Church at 805 Attucks Lane in Hyannis; Precincts 10 and 12 will now vote at the Seventh Day Adventist’s Community Building located at 2736 Falmouth Road (Route 28) in Marstons Mills.  We are very excited to have these new voting locations to meet the needs of our voters!


Change in Old King’s Highway Historic District Committee Meeting Schedule

The Barnstable Old King’s Highway Historic District Committee would like to inform you of some upcoming scheduling changes. While we strive to hold meetings consistently on the second and fourth Wednesday of every month, this is not always possible. Please make note of the schedule for the remainder of the calendar year: 
August 29th

*September 12th

October 10th & 24th

*November 14th

*December 12th

*Denotes one meeting that month

Please contact the Barnstable Old King’s Highway Administrative Assistant, Erin Logan, with any questions. Tele 508.862.4787  or email at


Discover Barnstable
Where:  Bismore Welcome Center, 180 Ocean Street, Hyannis, MA.  When:  Through August 23rd, Mondays 10:30 AM-11:30 AM and Thursdays 4:30 PM-5:30 PM.  Parking:  Free parking is available at the Town Hall Lot or Paid parking is available directly at Bismore Park. 


News from Marine & Environmental Affairs:

·        Blish Point Boat Ramp Barnstable, MA

Price:  $8.00      Weekdays           $10.00    Weekends/Holiday          $100.00 Season Pass

Hours of Operation:  5:00 AM-4:00 PM (hours may vary)

·        Call the Harbormaster’s Office at 508-790-6273 if you have any questions.

·        The Barnstable Pumpout Boats are in service for the boating season through Columbus Day.  The boats are running seven days a week and 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.  Please continue to schedule pumpouts by sending an email to or call the Harbormaster’s office at 508-790-6273.  It is helpful to schedule pumpouts in advance.  The shore-side pumpout is available in Hyannis Harbor as well as Barnstable Harbor through October.

·        As a reminder, no motorized vessel, no vessel greater than 12 feet in length overall and no vessel greater than 5 feet in beam may be placed on any Town Way to Water.  Any vessel must include owner contact information.  More details may be found here

·        Transient dockage is available at Town Owned Marinas.  Contact the Dockmasters:  Barnstable Harbor Marina 508-326-1836; Bismore Park Marina 508-790-6327; Gateway Marina 508-790-6327; The Marina at Prince Cove 508-420-3267; Harbormaster Office 508-790-6273.


Arts & Culture in the Town of Barnstable

Summer time fun is here! Events/ highlights for the 2018 music, theater, festivals and on-going programs scheduled for the next several months in both the Hyannis HyArts Cultural District and some of the many activities in Barnstable Village Cultural District are now available.  Events and programs are added throughout the season so updates will follow, on-line at and on Facebook and Instagram @artsbarnstable as well.
At the corner of South & Ocean, overlooking Hyannis Harbor:


Hyannis Harbor free concert series, Tuesdays and Fridays, in August
Bring your blankets, beach chairs and dancing shoes.    *performers subject to change.  No rain dates

All concerts:  6:00-7:30PM: 


August 14:          Johnny C and The Double D’s                                                                                              
August 21:          Gonzo Morelli

August 28:          Fred Clayton and the Blues All Stars


August 10:          Catie Flynn Band             
August 17:          Christian Trimarchi Band              
August 24:          Schulyer Grant  

180 Ocean Street/Bismore Park  AND  Hyannis Harbor Overlook, across from Ocean & South
Through October 8, 2018, Columbus Day, then Fall/winter weekends Oct-December

Browse among the seven colorful shanties featuring local artists and artisans who work and sell their wares right from their “seaside studios”.  Artwork varies and artists change weekly. Frequently artists open early and stay late. 

Through Oct 8th:  11:00 AM–at least 8:00 PM*
                                 * until Labor Day, then hours are until at least 6:00pm through Columbus Day
EXTENDED HOURS at Harbor Overlook Shanties:
WEEKENDS, October 12 through December 24, 2018  10:00 AM-3:00 PM*  hours & dates subject to

LIVE MUSIC at the HyArts Artist Shanties – Every Monday * Thursday * Friday* Saturday:
*performers subject to change. No rain dates except for the Live Lunch series
MONDAYS: LIVE LUNCH at the Shanties:

HYANNIS HARBOR OVERLOOK, 11:30 AM-1:30 PM   Now through August 27; *rain date, Thursdays

THURSDAYS:  LOVE LISTEN LOCAL:  Singer Songwriter Spotlight Series
HYANNIS HARBOR OVERLOOK,   6:00-7:30 PM   Now through August 23, 2018

August 16:   Jordan Renzi

August 23:  Molly Parmenter
FRIDAYS:  LIVE LUNCH at the Shanties:
BISMORE PARK, 11:30 AM-1:30 PM Now through August 24, 2018     *rain date, Thursdays
Aug. 10:  Sarah Burrill
17:   Ken Silvia         
Aug 24:   Kathleen Healy
Aug 31:   Bert Jackson              

SATURDAYS: LOVE LISTEN LOCAL:  Singer Songwriter Spotlight Series                                  

BISMORE PARK,   6:00-7:30 PM    Through August 26, 2018

August 11: Third Generation                                
August 18:  Caroline Brennan
August 25:  Catherine King

Moonlighters Big Band, “2nd Saturday Swing” -Hyannis Village Green Bandstand
Saturday, August 11, 7:00-8:30 PM
An 18-piece dance orchestra, their music spans the generations.


Movies on the Green in AUGUST:  DUSK (around 8:15-8:30 PM)
Bring blankets and chairs & enjoy a movie under the stars.

Discover Barnstable on the Hyannis Village Green Bandstand 7:00-8:00 PM
Before the movie on the big screen, spend time with fun crafts themed with each week’s movie.


Singer songwriter series along Main Street -5:30-7:00 PM 

Now through August 22, along the street: JFK Museum, near Palio’s Pizzeria and by the Carousel.

Hyannis Public Library Talks and Tunes at the Hyannis Public Library: 6:00-7:00 PM 
June through September 5:  speakers featured right at Hyannis Public Library pre-band concert.
Barnstable Town Band - Town Green Bandstand: 7:00-8:30 PM
Hometown music charm at its best!   Now through August 29, 2018, regular time, 7:00-8:30 PM
Salsa on the Green
: 6:30-8:30 PM
August  16  Salsa Dancing with Doug and Kimberlee McHugh of Ballroom Bliss. Try a mini-lesson and then dance the summer night away to a variety of Latin dance music. Open to all ages, kids are welcome too!  Not a dancer, come and listen to wonderful Latin music.
Jazzy music & Artisan stroll along Main Street: 7:00-9:00 PM Through August 23  
Wakenhammer’s Carousel & Arcade:  Now through August 11, 7:00-8:00 PM at the Carousel Stage:
August 11: Clayton Restaino Blues


Summer Trolley on Main Street Hyannis
Runs daily 10:30 AM-7:00 PM, approximately every 30 minutes with a large loop and stops along Main Street, harbor front, Kennedy Memorial, end of June through Labor Day. 
You don’t have to be at a stop—just flag it down and hop on. 

Kennedy  Legacy Walking Trail   Daily. Free. Year Round
This is a self-guided 10 stop walking tour of sites in downtown Hyannis significant to the Kennedy family.    The entire walking trail is 1.6 miles long and may be visited in any order.  Brochures with a map of the sites can be downloaded at, and are also available at the JFK Hyannis Museum at 397 Main Street, Hyannis.

HYANNIS HYARTS CAMPUS: Where art is ‘cultured’ -On the corner of Pearl and South Street
Community Art Space-Guyer Barn; artist work studios @ 46 & 50; Gallery Artrio
Open YEAR ROUND, hours vary

·        46 Pearl Street-STUDIO 46:  Artist in Resident Mellissa Morris    

·        Pottery Studio-BASS RIVER POTTERY:  Meet Potter Jean-Marie O’Clair who works from her campus studio creating a variety of fun and functional wares and tiles.

·        50 Pearl Street -GALLERY ARTRIO
Original fine art by award-winning and nationally recognized artists, as well as emerging artists. Oil, pastel, encaustics, hand-blown glass and hand wrought jewelry. 
Gallery special events:

o   Artist Reception: Boats, Beaches and Brews: Thursday August 16, 6:00-8:00 PM

o   September Soiree:  Saturday, September 8, 5:00-7:00 PM

o   Artist Reception:  Italy, Saturday, October 6, 5:00-7:00 PM

o   Holiday Taste of Port Celebration:  Saturday, December 1, 5:00-7:00 PM

·        GUYER BARN -250 South Street Hyannis, MA  02601  
This restored 1865 barn showcases artists in a variety of genres.  It serves as a community art space with year round exhibits, performing arts, art classes/workshops. 


August   *New Classics Theater Company

A summer of original theater and weekly Improv Comedy Shows. 


EVERY FRIDAY at 9:00 PM:                                              Friday Night Improv

August 10th, 7:00 PM one show left:                             Feathers and Teeth

August 16th-17th, 2:00 PM & 7:00 PM, 4 shows:          Weather Makers Dance Theatre

Every Sunday afternoon: time TBA on website:          Summer Workshop Series
2018  Barnstable Village Cultural District fun filled events
Find on Facebook at Barnstable Village Cultural District and on
Concerts on the Courthouse Stage
Wednesdays. 6:00-7:30 PM

August 22: Pam Pryor and Night Stage


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 or feel free to contact: Barnstable Parking Management Program, 508-862-4771, 200 Main Street, Hyannis, MA 02601.  We are happy to help!


State of Water Supply Conservation

The Hyannis Water Board, at their May 15, 2018 regularly scheduled Public Meeting, has determined that a potential for a water shortage exists due to the limited availability of water production wells and the need to purchase water from adjacent water systems.  The declaration of a State of Water Supply Conservation by the Hyannis Water Board is appropriate to ensure an adequate supply of water for drinking and fire protection is available, and to ensure compliance with the Water Management Act. The following restrictions limiting nonessential outdoor water use by water users are necessary to control the volume of water pumped each day:

1.       Odd / Even Day Outdoor Watering (including automatic lawn sprinklers):

Outdoor watering by water users with odd numbered addresses is restricted to odd numbered days. Outdoor watering by water users with even numbered addresses is restricted to even numbered days. Commercial, condominium and other multiple properties held under common ownership or management may, by written request of the property owner, be assigned an odd or even designation by the Water Supply Division.

2.       Outdoor Watering Hours (including automatic lawn sprinklers):

Outdoor watering is permitted only from 5:00 PM to 5:00 AM.

3.       Filling swimming pools:

Filling of swimming pools is prohibited

  • Please be aware of advance weather forecasts, and adjust your watering schedule accordingly.
  • Install rain shutoff devices on automatic irrigation systems.
  • Water conservation kits are available at no charge. 

The Hyannis Water Board will terminate the water use restrictions on nonessential outdoor water use when the condition requiring the State of Water Supply Conservation no longer exists. Please call the Hyannis Water System at (508) 775-0063 with any questions.


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.


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 or feel free to contact: Barnstable Parking Management Program,

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

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

*NEW* National Grid Upgrading Natural Gas Mains

National Grid will be replacing natural gas mains Neuco crews will be working at 6-46 Holmes Lane, Hyannis (through September 30, 2018)

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 between the hours of 9:00 PM and 5:00 AM, Monday through Thursday through the summer.

Town of Barnstable DPW- Drainage Improvements
The Department of Public Works continues drainage improvements on Cedar Street in West Barnstable.  Drainage system improvements are expected to take three weeks.  Motorists and pedestrians may be redirected around the construction operations when necessary. Both motorists and pedestrians are advised to seek alternate routes to avoid the construction work. Construction operations will start promptly at 7:00 AM and run until 3:30 PM Monday through Friday. 



Barnstable Dog Park

The dog park asphalt binder has been installed in the parking lot and the sidewalk has been graded.  Granite curbs are on site and installation is scheduled for this week.

Lombard Site (West Barnstable)

Playground installation continues.  The new stone entrance walls are installed.  Asphalt walkways for the playground were installed last week along with the new playground entrance masonry. The public should be aware that there will be limited access and parking for the West Barnstable Community Building, as well as no access to Luke’s Love Playground, the ball field or the Old Selectmen’s Building for the duration of the project. The re-construction of the ball field, additional site improvements and the re-installation of Luke’s Love are expected to be completed in the Summer of 2018.


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. 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  

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  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 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 ( 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’.
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 or contact Economic Development Specialist, Mike Trovato at 508.862.4791 or

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: 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: Sometimes, we just have to laugh at ourselves.  Numerous people let us know that we included the answer with last week’s question!  Which Wizard of Oz character spent time living in Barnstable? D. Dorothy – Judy Garland, the actress who played Dorothy, lived in Barnstable.


This Week’s Question:  This weekend marks the 33rd Annual Pops by the Sea concert.  What date was the original concert held?  Please email your answer here.