Barnstable Lifeguards Win Cape Cod Lifesaving Competition
Non-Surf Division 10 Years in a Row!

The 44thAnnual Cape Cod Lifesaving Competition was held at Craigville Beach on Friday, August 10th. Town Manager Mark Ells was on hand to welcome teams from all over Cape Cod and one team from Ogunquit, Maine.   Eleven teams competed 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.  Congratulations, Barnstable Lifeguards!

Back Row (left to right): Clay Glennon, Tim  DeCosta, Ben Steen, Tyler Caron, Mark McLaughlin, Thatcher Drake, Alex Damiecki, Ted Ells

Front Row (left to right): Kerry Breshnahan, Alexa Wilson, Nika Dadoly, Maggie Murray, Mackenzie Connor, Morgan Dardia, Molly Rudman, Hannah Geoffrion, Colleen Ellis, Halle Rudman, Catherine Goodearl, Emma Eastman


Barnstable Little League U10 New England Champions!

Barnstable Little League’s U10 team had a great run in their quest for the 9-10 year old New England Little League Championship. It was great to follow this team and their coaches during the exciting championship games. This team is definitely one to watch in the future!  Photo 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

Congratulations on a great job, Barnstable Little League!


Town Council Meeting – August 16th

Tonight’s Town Council Meeting began with recognition of the Town of Barnstable lifeguards who worked to save a 17 year old Hyannis girl on July 3, 2018 at Covell’s Beach. Town Manager Mark Ells and Town Council President Eric Steinhilber recognized lifeguards Ethan Sirhal, Colleen Ellis and Halle Rudman.  Also recognized but not present were lifeguard Luka Powers, Gate Attendant Victoria Richardson and Beach Supervisor Elizabeth Ells.  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; discussions continue with Vineyard Wind and we are in the final stages of developing a host agreement – Mr. Ells has brought forward a Resolve to authorize the Town Manager to sign a host agreement for a first reading tonight.  The recycling market continues to change relative to solid waste management – he has spoken with DEP regarding the recycling market change and DEP is actively working with communities and vendors to identify markets for various recyclable products recognizing that the single stream approach is no longer working in this market.  More information will be coming in the near future. The Dog Park project continues to progress with a planned completion date in October 2018. As a follow up to the workshop on the Municipal Dredge Program, we did receive an opinion from Bond Council that use  of the special revenue fund for sewer and private roads is an acceptable source of funding for this program.  We also received an opinion from the Department of Revenue that in certain circumstances Community Preservation Funds would be an eligible funding source for the program.  An Emergency Preparedness tabletop exercise is taking place on August 17th with the Barnstable Police Department, DPW, Fire Departments and other town officials to prepare for the operation of our Emergency Response Center for a Category 3 Hurricane.  Following up on the concerns of the residents of Commerce Road and Maraspin Creek area that were presented at the last Town Council meeting, Mr. Ells presented an outline of action taken to date, future activities and FEMA and Hurricane surge maps relative to the issue. (You can view the FEMA Interactive Flood Zone maps here on the Town’s website.)  The Orders of the Day began with a Joint Meeting of the Town Council and Planning Board for

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.  The Public Hearing was opened.  After the public comment, both the Town Council and Planning Boards voted to close the Public Hearing.  The Planning Board then moved to the Selectmen’s Conference Room to deliberate the item.   Under Old Business, an Appropriation and Loan Order in the amount of $1,000,000 for the purpose of funding the Cotuit Bay Entrance Channel Dredging Project as outlined in the Fiscal Year 2019 Fiscal Year 2023 Capital Improvement Plan was moved to the September 6, 2018 Town Council meeting. An item Authorizing the Town Manager to execute a Regulatory Agreement between the Town of Barnstable and Seashore Homes, Inc. located at 185 Ridgewood Avenue, Hyannis, MA was approved.  The Town Council approved an Appropriation Order in the amount of $11,438.30 for the purpose of addressing the impact of transportation network services on the Town of Barnstable transportation infrastructure. An Appropriation Order for $80,000 Community Preservation Funds for passive recreation shared use pedestrian and bicycle path Phase 4 was approved.  The Planning Board returned to the Town Council with the recommendation to adopt Agenda Item 2019-015.  The Town Council discussed the item and a Charter Objection was called prior to the vote, so the item has been moved to the September 6, 2018 meeting.  The Town Council approved $200,000 Community Preservation Funds for Community Housing Creation Housing Assistance Corporation (HAC), 57 Ridgewood Avenue, Hyannis.  Agenda item 2018-159 An Order to amend Zoning Ordinance to prohibit non-medical marijuana in all zoning districts within the Town of Barnstable was moved to a Public Hearing on September 6, 2018.  Under New Business, a Resolve seeking letter of support for Declaration of September 27 as Cape Cod Independence Day was approved.  A Transfer Order of $300,000 for the emergency repairs and design of the long-term solution for the Hyannis West Elementary School roof truss repairs was also approved.  A Regulatory Agreement with Big Pink Limited Partnership for 49 Elm Avenue, Hyannis, MA was referred to a Public Hearing on September 6, 2018.  First readings were held for a Resolve Authorizing the Town Manager to execute a host community agreement with Vineyard Wind LLC for the project currently pending before the Commonwealth’s Department of Public Utilities in D.P.U. 18-18 and 18-19, and with the Energy Facilities Siting Board in EFSB 17-05; Appointments to the Airport Commission, Community Preservation Committee, Hyannis Main Street Waterfront Historic District Commission, Infrastructure and Energy Committee, Licensing Authority and Youth Commission and Reappointments to the Community Preservation Committee and Recreation Commission. The next regularly scheduled Town Council meeting is Thursday, September 6th at 7:00 PM in the Town Hall Hearing Room.

Pictured from left to right: Town Manager Mark Ells, Aquatic Program Coordinator Tim McGrath, Recreation Director Patti Machado, Lifeguards Halle Rudman, Colleen Ellis and Ethan Sirhal, and Town Council President Eric Steinhilber.


Sunday, August 19th - Learn to Shellfish Class! Open to All Ages

Have you ever wanted to learn how to shellfish? Have you been before, but you’re still looking for more tips? Here is your chance!

Barnstable’s Natural Resources Program will offer last the shellfishing class of the summer:

Sunday, August 19th @ 1:00 PM at Bridge Street Landing, Osterville

«  Natural Resources staff and town shellfish volunteers will be available to assist anyone who wants to learn to dig or just a few more pointers!

«  Be prepared to get wet!  The shellfish live in wet sand that gets covered by saltwater when the tide is high.  Waders, hip boots or knee boots would be helpful.  Protective gloves are necessary.

«  Shellfish may be taken by hand or rake.  Small (garden) hand rakes and trowels will be allowed for children only.

«  Shellfish that are legally harvested with a valid permit may be taken home.


For more information, call Natural Resources during office hours Monday-Friday from 8:30 AM to 4:15 PM at 508-790-6272 or direct your questions via email to


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.


Last Week for the 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: 12:00-12:45 PM Snack: 3:00-3:30 PM
Movie on Tuesdays 12:30-2:30 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


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!


Corps of Engineers, MassDOT announce Bourne Bridge maintenance schedule; MOU also announced regarding Bourne, Sagamore Bridges

The New England District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) are announcing that scheduled maintenance on the Bourne Bridge over the Cape Cod Canal is being shifted to the spring season next year.  In addition, the USACE and MassDOT are announcing the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to continue to facilitate ongoing conversations, a sharing of information and collaborative decision-making regarding the inspection of the Bourne and Sagamore Bridges, scheduled maintenance and future project development.  “We’re pleased to have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers so we can continue to have regular conversations to support the Army Corps’ plans for the Sagamore and Bourne Bridges,” said Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack.  “An example of the MOU is the announcement that the Corps will be shifting intensive maintenance work on the Bourne from the fall to the spring which will keep the Bourne fully open during the tourist season which continues into November.  This decision benefits visitors, residents and members of the business community who need the Bourne and Sagamore Bridges both open when so many people need to use them.”   "The New England District is continuing our close collaboration with Mass DOT as we work together on the long term plan for the Cape Cod Canal bridges," said Col. William Conde, commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District.  “MassDOT has been pleased to support efforts by the USACE during necessary maintenance work on the Bourne and Sagamore Bridges,” said Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver.  “These bridges are essential to the economic livelihood and quality of life for the Commonwealth’s residents, business leaders and visitors and MassDOT is grateful for the opportunity to formalize an agreement in which we will have regular, ongoing conversations and information-sharing about maintenance, nearby transportation infrastructure needs and how best to plan for future Cape Cod Canal crossings.”  The MOU, signed on June 27, 2018, acknowledges that under the Cape Cod Canal Federal Navigation Project, the Bourne and Sagamore Bridges are owned by the USACE which has the responsibility to operate and maintain them.   And as it is MassDOT’s responsibility to operate and maintain the state highway system, including the highways and infrastructure approaching these bridges, the USACE and MassDOT agree to engage in a collaborative approach to discuss and exchange information concerning a coordinated public process for future projects, including public outreach, environmental permitting, identification of financing and funding sources, evaluation of project delivery methods, and ongoing repair and maintenance.  The first example of collaboration under the MOU is the announcement of when scheduled comprehensive maintenance will be done on the Bourne Bridge.  Instead of proceeding as previously announced with repair activities starting in September 2018, the USACE has worked with MassDOT to refine the timeline to lessen the impact on travel during the fall tourist season.  If any Bourne maintenance activities need to be done in 2018, those activities will only be done in off-peak hours.  Extensive several-week-long maintenance is now scheduled to occur in the spring 2019.  The new timeline for maintenance is in keeping with the MOU which states, in part, that the USACE and MassDOT will “coordinate their respective designs, project schedules, maintenance/construction activities, and traffic management to enhance efficiency and minimize impacts to the traveling public to the maximum extent possible.”  In addition, the USACE and MassDOT agree to share information and work cooperatively during construction projects, particularly when activities are scheduled to be performed concurrently, and agree to make the best effort possible to coordinate and minimize impacts to the traveling public, including but not limited to, identifying efficiencies and cost savings related to traffic setups, lane closures, access restraints, police details, labor, equipment and materials.  Earlier this year, starting the week of April 2, and ending weeks ahead of schedule, (on May 2), prior to Memorial Day weekend, the USACE conducted a large-scale maintenance project seven days a week on the Sagamore Bridge.  During the maintenance, travel was limited to one lane in each direction.  In addition to closely coordinating public communication concerning the upcoming maintenance work on the Bourne Bridge, the USACE and MassDOT will continue to have conversations concerning the finalization of two important reports:  USACE’s Major Rehabilitation multi-year study on the bridges and MassDOT’s Cape Cod Canal Area Transportation Study.  Members of the public who wish to learn more about the status of MassDOT’s study may visit the following website:


Discover Barnstable
Where:  Bismore Welcome Center, 180 Ocean Street, Hyannis, MA.  When:  Through August 23rd, Mondays 10:30-11:30 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.  The August 23rd event will highlight Barnstable Municipal Airport and will include Cape Cod Coffee, Michelle Kennedy Studios, Allies Aviation, Rectrix Aviation, Cape Air, and MassDOT Aeronautics.


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: 

TUESDAYS IN AUGUST:                             
August 21:          Gonzo Morelli

August 28:          Fred Clayton and the Blues All Stars

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 6:00 PM 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 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 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 18:  Caroline Brennan
August 25:  Catherine King



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
Jazzy music & Artisan stroll
along Main Street: 7:00-9:00 PM Through August 23  

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   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 17th, 2:00 PM & 7:00 PM, 2 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


Art on Loan in Barnstable Town Hall Features Artwork by Mara Araujo

The "Art on Loan" program displays the works of local artists on meeting room walls in Barnstable Town Hall.   Paintings and photographs by Mara Araujo are on display in Barnstable Town Hall, now through end of September in Barnstable Town Hall Hearing Room and Selectmen’s Conference Room.  The exhibition is open to the public.  Town Hall is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM-4:30 PM (except State and Federal holidays) and frequently opens during evening hours for scheduled meetings.  Town Hall is located at 367 Main Street, Hyannis.  ABOUT THE ARTIST: Mara Araujo is a painter, graphic designer, and photographer who was born in a little town in Minas Gerais, Brazil. It was there that her love for the visual arts began via the stick figures she would scribble in her mother’s recipe books. Now her work spans many different subjects and settings, although her passion is still portraiture. Her work is as varied as her travels highlighting the grandeur and beauty of both the urban and the suburban, the expected and the unexpected. Common elements of her work include portraiture, architecture, and nature. Her mediums are similarly varied ranging from graphite, to acrylics, to digital paint, to digital film. She has exhibited in both the Cotuit Center for the Arts and the Provincetown Art Association and Museum. She has also designed and/or painted two murals for the town of Barnstable. “What’s Your Story?” is located in Barnstable High School and “Welcome” is found at the Hyannis Bismore Park.  Mara is a fierce proponent of time travel—to travel through extraordinary places, narratives, and perspectives—all while looking at a single still image.

ABOUT THE EXHIBIT: The exhibition is open to the public and on display now through end of September, in the Barnstable Town Hall Hearing Room and Selectmen’s Conference Room. 

Town Hall is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM-4:30 PM (except State and Federal holidays) and frequently opens during evening hours for scheduled meetings.  For more information on this program email or call 508-862-4767   Program information available at:                                                                                       


Barnstable Senior Center Offerings

Solar Energy and What You Need to Know

Considering solar energy for your home?  Learn how to protect yourself in transactions with solar energy suppliers and businesses.   Attorney Marie Clougher of the Cape Cod Consumer Assistance Council will present a free program at the Barnstable Senior Center, 825 Falmouth Road, Hyannis, on Monday, August 20, at 1:30 PM.

Good Evenings!

We know many residents would like to take part in the outstanding enrichment opportunities at the Barnstable Senior Center, but aren’t able to attend during the day.  That’s why we’re excited to announce that evening programming will begin this fall. We’ll keep you posted on the offerings starting in October, including Tai Chi, Pilates, Chakra Yoga and swing dancing; plus lots of arts and craft selections.  Call our front desk at 508-862-4750 if you have questions


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:


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. 
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 be completed by Aug. 24th, 2018.  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 and granite curbs have been installed.  Concrete sidewalks are being installed this week. 
Lombard Site (West Barnstable)

Playground installation continues.  The new entrance stone walls, playground walks, playground masonry entrance were installed over the past few weeks.  The site contractor is working to prepare the site for storm water system component installation.  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 playground are expected to be completed in 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: This weekend marks the 33rd 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 33 year history it spent a number of years between the first and second Sunday in August before finding its home on the second Sunday in August.


This Week’s Question:  This weekend celebrates West Barnstable Village Day.  Can you name two famous West Barnstable residents from the 1700 or 1800’s? Please email your answer here.