Tis the Season for Reduction in Lifeguard Staff at Town Beaches
With fall sports, college and school quickly approaching, the beaches continue to lose staff which means not all beaches will have lifeguard staff leading up to the Labor Day Weekend. Because of this, we strongly encourage the buddy system when going for a swim in case there is an emergency situation. Remember to be aware of your swimming abilities and observe the water for changes that may result in danger.  A big thank you to all Town of Barnstable Aquatic and Beach Staff for their vigilance and assistance in keeping our residents and visitors safe on the beaches this summer.


The Town of Barnstable Department of Public Works Solid Waste Division in collaboration with Barnstable County is holding a Household Hazardous Waste Collection at the Transfer Station located at 45 Flint Street Marstons Mills. Hazardous Waste Collections are FREE to all Barnstable Residents. Participants must have either a paid household trash sticker or free recycling sticker to participate. Stickers are available during normal business hours at the transfer station, including on the collection day. The hours of the hazardous waste collection are 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM. For questions about this project, call P.J. Kelliher at 508-420-2258, or refer to the Town’s website or to the County’s website for Household Hazardous Waste.  There is one additional 2017 Household Hazardous Product Collection date: September 23, 2017 at the Barnstable Transfer Station.


Barnstable High School Summer Graduation
On Monday, August 21st, the following students joined the graduating Class of 2017 during a special summer Graduation Ceremony in the Cobb Astro Park at Barnstable High School: Jessica Berry, Sierra Beverly, Melissa Ferreira, Fabian Fraser, Xavier Jones, Oliver Kuehne, Kelsey Lawrence, Josue Machado-Guerra, Noor Malik, Tarah Mendes, Faizon Shepard, Thiago Silva, and Doug Tejada.  Congratulations and Best Wishes for continued success.


Stone Park Dedication
Lillian Stone, her daughter Martha Stone, granddaughter Emily Williams, great grandchildren Amaya and Deven Williams, were joined by family and friends for the dedication of Stone Park on Saturday, August 19th. The park was dedicated to her husband Al and his parents and family. In 2014, the Town of Barnstable agreed to acquire the former Stone's Antiques property for a downtown Hyannis pocket park. Work on the park was done by the Town's Department of Public Works' Structures and Grounds Division. Thanks to Structures and Grounds' Steve Sundelin, Chris Gonnella, Mike Englesen, Colin Delorey, Chris Holden, Dan Karnes, Bob Lovell, Nick Branton, Bradd Todd, Rick Sussan, and Erik Cabral for their efforts. Pictured below Lillian Stone (seated) surrounded by family and friends.

Barnstable Today on a brief hiatus - returning Tuesday, September 5th

Barnstable Today will be taking a brief hiatus for the next week and will return with Sarah Beal as host on Tuesday, September 5th.  We look forward to continuing our programming that informs residents of Barnstable on issues important to you.


Fall Recreation Program Registration

The Recreation Division will be distributing the Fall Recreation Program brochures this week and next.  Registration begins Wednesday, September 5th. A link to the Fall brochure can be viewed here.


Town of Barnstable Field Study Survey

The Town of Barnstable has been working with consultants Weston & Sampson on a Strategic Master Plan for the fields and courts for the Town.  Please use and distribute the link to the Master Plan survey to all coaches, league representatives, users and other interested parties to provide direct input. This will help maximize resident responses and clarify the most compelling field and court needs on a town-wide basis.  The deadline for responses is September 14, 2017.


Battle of the Badges
The Barnstable Police Department went head to head with officers from the Dennis Police Department in a fun competition to help the local community.  Each department hosted a Cape Cod Healthcare Battle of the Badges Blood Drive.  The Dennis Police Department won bragging rights this time around by just two pints.  Every pint of blood donated stays on Cape Cod to serve your community and save the lives of friends, family and neighbors. Thank you to everyone who came out. 



The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) will begin their roadway improvements for the “Route 28 (Falmouth Road) at Strawberry Hill Road” project. The project will include new drainage, new traffic signals, pedestrian improvements and new pavement. The majority of the work will be completed by December 1st. Traffic during construction operations will be delayed and motorists are advised to seek alternate routes to avoid the construction work.  The work hours will be between the hours of 7:00 AM and 3:30 PM, Monday through Friday. As always, please slow down and use extreme caution when traveling through the road construction areas and detour routes and follow posted safety and detour signs.


ROAD WORK - ROUTE 28 (Falmouth Road) at BEARSE’S WAY

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) will continue their roadway improvements for the ‘Route 28 Intersection Improvements at Bearse’s Way’ starting Tuesday, September 5th. 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 6:30 AM and 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday. As always, please slow down and use extreme caution when traveling through the road construction areas and detour routes and follow posted safety and detour signs.

Help Name the Newest County Dredge
The County is purchasing a new dredge and you have the opportunity to help name the new vessel.  During the second phase of the naming contest, the public will be able to vote on those top ten names from August 23rd to August 31st. The winner will be announced on the Barnstable County website on September 1st. To vote, go to the County website here. The existing dredge is named the “Codfish”.  

Election Schedule for “Massachusetts School Building Authority Project at Cape Cod Regional Technical High School”


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.


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 features 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.  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.

               Hyannis Harbor free concert series from 6:00 PM-7:30 PM

               Friday, August 25th          Christian Trimarchi: Classic Rock

               Tuesday, August 29th       Open jam session with Clayton-Restaino project with blues, rock soul and funk

               Bismore Park – Live Lunch at the Shanties 11:30 AM-1:30 PM

               Friday, August 25th          Kathleen Healy

               Love Listen Local Singer Songwriter Spotlight Series 6:00 PM-7:30 PM

               Saturday, August 26th     Caroline Brennan:  Irish, country

·        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.

               Wednesday, August 30th  Barnstable Town Band   from 7:00 PM-8:30 PM

In the Barnstable Village Cultural District:

  • Annual vintage motorcycle show presented by the Greater Hyannis Area Chamber of Commerce, September 24th


Save the Date! Park(ing) Day Barnstable 2017 to be Celebrated September 15th



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 melissa.hersh@town.barnstable.ma.us 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: 
council@town.barnstable.ma.us  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:  We decided to try something different this week.  Do YOU have a trivia question you would like us to ask?  Please email your Question AND Answer here. You may see your question in a future edition of the Town Manager’s eNewsletter.  We had no takers, but hope that someone might come up with an interesting trivia question for us to ask in the future.


This Week’s Question:  We will be observing Labor Day next week, under which President did Labor Day become a national holiday? Please email your Answer here.