On Tuesday, July 3rd the lifeguards at Covell’s Beach put their training to good use to rescue a 17 year old girl who became unresponsive in the water.  Lifeguard Ethan Sirhal was first on the scene along with Scott Baker -of Huntington, NY -a visiting physician’s assistant who had started CPR.  First Responders from the Centerville-Osterville-Marstons Mills Fire Department and Barnstable Police Department were pleased with the team effort put forth by the entire Covell’s Beach staff including the Beach Supervisor and gate attendants.

Pictured from left to right: Halle Rudman, Ethan Sirhal, Colleen Ellis, and Luka Powers.


Today at 2:00 PM Barnstable Police Chief Matthew Sonnabend to Host Cones with Cops

Come join Barnstable Police Officers enjoying some homemade ice cream at Katie’s Ice Cream on Main Street Hyannis today – Friday, July 6th from 2:00-3:00 PM at Katie’s Ice Cream, Main Street, Hyannis. All kids under 12 will receive a FREE ice cream cone courtesy of the Barnstable Police Association.

Chief Sonnabend was part of the 4th of July Bike Patrol.


Portion of Cotuit Bay Closed to Shellfishing Until Further Notice

The Division of Marine Fisheries has determined that a portion of the waters of Cotuit Bay, in the Town of Barnstable, no longer meets the established criteria for a status of “OPEN TO SHELLFISHING”, due to spillage of sewage from a toppled portable restroom at the Cotuit Town Dock.  “The waters and flats and all tributaries of Cotuit Bay in the Town of Barnstable, West of a line drawn between the Eastern most extremity of Handy Point and the Eastern most extremity of Bluff Point” are closed to shellfishing until further notice.  The full notice can be read on the Town’s website.


Fun to See Barnstable West Barnstable 4th of July Parade Featured on Front Page of the July 5, 2018 edition of the Wall Street Journal


Photo credit Liz Carson Rabideau


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. 
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** (**No activity on August 9th)
Contact Mark Boardley at 508-790-6345 ext.116 or


Planning Board Public Hearings on Marijuana
On Monday, June 25th, the Planning Board opened the Public Hearings for two separate zoning amendments for their discussion of regulations for adult use marijuana establishments in the Town of Barnstable. After lengthy public comment, the Planning Board moved to continue the Public Hearings to their next meeting on Monday, July 9, 2018, at 7:00 PM. The two zoning amendments propose different regulations related to adult use marijuana establishments:

·        Item 2018-163, proposes to create a Cannabis Overlay District and regulations for establishing and operating marijuana establishments, sponsored by Councilors Beedenbender, Cullum, and Schnepp.

·        Item 2018-159, proposes to prohibit non-medical marijuana establishments town-wide, sponsored by Council President Steinhilber.

The “Current Applications” section of the Planning Board website contains the full text of both proposals, supplemental materials, and a link to video of the Town Council and Board of Health’s joint workshop on Recreational Marijuana as well as Monday’s Planning Board meeting. Maps of the proposed overlay district can be found in the “Rec Marijuana Regulations” file.  The Planning Board Meeting will take place on Monday, July 9, 2018 at 7:00 PM in Barnstable Town Hall, 367 Main Street, 2nd Floor, Hearing Room, Hyannis, MA  02601. Comments may be made in person at the Planning Board Meeting or may be submitted via email to Principal Planner Paul.Wackrow@town.barnstable.ma.us

Board of Health to Host Tobacco/Nicotine/Second Hand Smoke Workshop on Thursday, July 12th at 3:00 PM
A Board of Health tobacco/nicotine/second hand smoke workshop will be held on Thursday July 12th at 3:00 PM at Barnstable Town Hall second floor Hearing Room.   Bob Collette of the Barnstable County Tobacco Control Program, will present multiple ideas that may need to be addressed or updated in regards to our current tobacco regulations.  For example at this time we do not regulate e-cigarettes, vaping, smoking outdoors at public properties and restaurant patios, increasing the age to age 21 for tobacco sales, prohibiting flavored blunt cigars, restricting the locations and number of establishments which can sell tobacco etc.

Town of Barnstable to Conduct Smoke Testing and Voluntary Building Inspections

In order to improve sewer service, on behalf of the Town of Barnstable, Weston & Sampson will be conducting smoke testing on portions of the sanitary sewer system within The Villages at Marston Mills (624 Osterville-West Barnstable Road) from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., on July 12, 2018, weather pending.  In addition, voluntary building inspections will be conducted on the same day.  These inspections are being conducted as part of the Town’s on-going sewer Infiltration and Inflow (I/I) Investigation project.  The purpose of smoke testing is to locate sources of rainwater entering the sanitary sewer. During the test, white smoke is introduced to the sanitary sewer system via a smoke-generating machine.  During this procedure, white smoke will be venting from holes in manhole covers located in the street and from plumbing vent pipes located on or near your roof surface. THIS IS NORMAL AND SHOULD NOT CAUSE ALARM. Smoke should not enter your premises unless there is either a dry trap in an unused fixture or a plumbing defect.  You may wish to pour two gallons of water down your basement floor drain or unused plumbing fixture to ensure that the drain trap will be effective. Should smoke be detected within your building, do not be alarmed.  The smoke is NON-TOXIC, NON-STAINING, and dissipates quickly through open windows.  IF YOU HAVE A LUNG AILMENT or RESPIRATORY CONDITION SUCH AS ASTHMA OR EMPHYSEMA, STAY AWAY FROM THE SMOKE.  Any smoke within a building should be immediately reported to the persons conducting the tests. Voluntary building inspections will be conducted by the town’s wastewater consultant, Weston & Sampson, in a “door-to-door” fashion.  The inspections will last about 10-15 minutes and will be performed by a two-person team who will carry proper identification.  The team will evaluate the basement or equivalent lowest level of each building to determine if any of the common sources of inflow such as sump pumps, floor drains, etc. are connected to the sewer system.  The exterior of each building will also be checked for potential inflow sources.  The Town of Barnstable is asking every homeowner within the study area to help by taking part in the Voluntary Building Inspection Program.  Weston & Sampson company vehicles are gray or black with the company name on the sides and smoke testing personnel will have current Weston & Sampson ID card.  Any questions should be directed to Weston & Sampson at (774) 251-3150. Please leave a message including your name, address, and telephone number and you will be responded to promptly.

Barnstable Police Department has Opening for Four Civilian Telecommunications Specialists/Jail Assistants
Job Description:  
The Barnstable Police Department has openings for four (4) Civilian Telecommunications Specialists/Jail Assistants (Police Dispatchers) to commence on or about mid-late Summer. The police department is the primary communications center in the Town, all 911 emergency calls for police, fire, or medical are directed there, as well as non-emergency calls.  Telecommunicators are responsible for answering telephone calls and sending response personnel to the scene.  Also serves as a department receptionist to assist visitors.  Jail assistants monitor all detainees who are held in the holding facility of the police station.
Minimum Qualifications:  Work is performed in a fast paced and stressful environment.  Requires excellent customer service skills and the ability to deal with all demographics. Telecommunicators work 8-hour shifts, 40 hours per week, 4 days on and 2 consecutive days off.  Shift coverage is 24/7, including weekends and holidays; scheduling is at the discretion of the department.  Must be able to work all shifts.  High school diploma or equivalent is required.  Must be at least 18 years of age.  Experience in a position involving extensive work with the public (customer service, etc.) or any equivalent combination of education and experience.  Moderate experience with computers is preferred. Must be able to successfully pass a fingerprint-based criminal records check, background investigation, psychological screening, physical, and drug screening prior to hire. Position may be subject to random drug testing. Must be able to adhere to the policies and procedures of the police department and complete duties as directed.  Must be able to adhere to the personal and professional standards set forth in the Civilian Code of Ethics; be trustworthy; and respectful of the police department and officers. CPR, AED, and First Aid trained or have the ability to become trained.  Commonwealth of Massachusetts 911 Telecommunicator certified, CJIS certified, EMD certified, and suicide prevention trained; otherwise must become certified/trained in these areas within six months of hire. $1,021.12 weekly + benefits. Apply at
www.townofbarnstable.us by 7/20/18 at 4:30 p.m. AA/EOE

Learn to Shellfish Classes! 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 three FREE shellfishing classes open to the public:

Wednesday, July 18th @ 10:00 AM at Bridge Street Landing, Osterville

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 elizabeth.lewis@town.barnstable.ma.us.

Change to Recycling – Effective July 1st
Due to changes in the global recycling markets, the Transfer Station & Recycling Center will be adjusting our operations in response to these changes. Effective July 1, 2018, residents will be required to separate cans in their recycling and place them in the “cans only” recycling containers, similar to the way corrugated cardboard is already separated. New signs will be placed to help with this change. We appreciate your cooperation and help to keep transfer station costs as low as possible for our customers.

Friendly Reminder: FY2019 Transfer Station Stickers Required July 1st

The Transfer Station’s FY19 stickers went on sale on May 1, 2018. The cost for the residential Transfer Station sticker is $250.00 for the first vehicle and $25.00 for the second vehicle. The residential Recycle Only sticker is available and is free of charge. Both stickers are available in the Office at the Transfer Station & Recycling Center, 7 days a week from 7:30 AM to 3:30 PM. You must be a resident of Barnstable with a valid vehicle registration to obtain either sticker. Additional documentation may be required for proof of residency. The new sticker is required by July 1, 2018.

Discover Barnstable Returns
Back by popular demand, the Gateway Greeter Program has once again partnered with various town departments in developing fun, free interactive talks and activities each week at the Welcome Center Lawn every Monday and Thursday in July and August! Families are invited to participate in a wide variety of organized and educational activities exploring services and programs which enhances our quality of life and supports the needs of our community.  This year’s participating departments include: Barnstable Municipal Airport, Village Libraries, Public Works, Natural Resources, Senior Services, Golf, Recreation, and Animal Control!  Where:  Bismore Welcome Center, 180 Ocean Street, Hyannis, MA.  When: July & August, 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.

Save the Date – Unity Day Returning – Friday, August 3rd


News from Marine & Environmental Affairs:

·        The Harbormaster’s Office will be adding names to the following waitlists:  Centerville River, Cotuit Bay Shores, Cotuit Cordwood/Oyster Co., East Bay and North Bay.  This is for a drawing to add 25 names to the each of the five waiting lists.    The drawing will be held on Friday, July 27th at 10:00 AM.  Please view details at www.townofbarnstable.us/HarborMaster.

·        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 Harbormasters 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 Pumpout@town.barnstable.ma.us 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.


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 www.townofbarnstable.us/TownManager.  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 Elizabeth.hartsgrove@town.barnstable.ma.us or call, 508-862-4670.


Color, Captured,” Painting Exhibition at Barnstable Town Hall

Featuring the work of Eastham artist, Joan Lockhart, July 2nd to August 3rd, 2018

The "Art on Loan" program displays the works of local artists on meeting room walls in Barnstable Town Hall.   “Color, Captured,” featuring the paintings of Joan Lockhart, will be on display from July 2 – August 3, 2018, and features landscapes, still life and figure paintings in the artist’s colorful and impressionistic style. Paintings are displayed in the Barnstable Town Hall Hearing Room and Selectmen's Conference Room, and the exhibition is open to the public.  Town Hall is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 PM-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. 

“I love color, the bolder and brighter the better, and I try to capture that beauty and energy in my paintings,” says Joan Lockhart, an Eastham resident and oil painter.  “Whether I am setting up a still life in my studio or painting a field of flowers en plein air, the intensity and juxtapositions of color in the scene are what inspire me. I enjoy painting many subjects, but the common element in all of my paintings is beautiful, intense color!”  A fine art major in college, Lockhart chose to spend her career in technology start-ups, many of which were in art-related fields. “I was so fortunate to have been around creative people in my work, and also to have had the opportunity to travel around the world. I was exposed to so many different geographies and cultures, which all left strong visual impressions.”  “Barnstable’s ‘Art on Loan’ program is such a great opportunity for an artist like me, who is not represented by a gallery, to be able to show a large selection of my work in a public space,” Lockhart states.  She has participated in several other group shows through this program. Lockhart retired to Cape Cod three years ago and found a vibrant and welcoming art community that she quickly embraced. She is an artist member of the Cape Cod Art Center in Barnstable, served on the Board of the Creative Art Center in Chatham, and is a member of the Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Castle Hill in Truro, the Cultural Center in Yarmouth and the Cape Cod Museum of Art in Dennis. She also paints with the Paul Schulenburg Studio Group, and recently organized an exhibition of the group’s work in Hyannis. When not painting, she manages the Eastham food pantry. Like many artists before her, she finds the scenery on Cape Cod inspiring, and describes the light on Cape Cod as prismatic -- reflecting and intensifying the colors found in nature.  “Everywhere I go on the Cape, I can find a subject I’d like to paint – the sunlight illuminating a vintage cottage, the purple shadows in the dunes or a beautiful garden.  And I often vacation with artist friends to new locations, so this show contains landscapes painted in Florida, Maine and Cape Ann, as well as Cape Cod.” Lockhart says: “I am often accused of painting with a big smile on my face, and to that I must answer, ‘guilty’!  I can’t think of a better way to spend my days than with a brush in hand, a colorful subject in front of me, and a palette loaded with brilliant dabs of paint.” She adds, “I hope the people who see my show will share in some of this joy.”  

The exhibition is open to the public and on display now through August 3rd , 2018 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 the artist, visit www.joanlockhart.com email joanlockhart@gmail.com or call 781-507-3845.                                                                     

For more information on this program email melissa.hersh@town.barnstable.ma.us Or call 508-862-4767   Program information available at: www.ArtsBarnstable.com.


Arts & Culture in the Town of Barnstable

Summer time fun is just around the corner! 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 www.artsbarnstable.com and on Facebook and Instagram as well.
Hyannis HyArts Artist Shanties:
The three shanties at the Harbor Overlook (corner of South and Ocean Street) and the seven shanties at Bismore Park are open for the season-seven days a week, from 11:00 AM, now through October 8th.  The Harbor Overlook will be open weekends in the fall.   Artists change weekly so it’s a must to visit our Cape Cod artists all the time.  Both are beautiful and breezy spots to visit at all hours…including lunch time, get out of the office and take in the sights and sounds outdoors.  Starting early July, on Mondays at the Harbor Overlook, and Fridays at Bismore Park, we have live music from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM for lunch time listening!   And, coming soon to the Harbor Overlook more lawn games and a variety of food and artist vendors.  Stay tuned for details. As you look through the upcoming happenings, new programs this year include:  On the Hyannis Village Green, Shakespeare Mondays and Salsa dancing and Latin music on Thursday nights. Fun movie themed crafts before the Tuesday night movies are sponsored by Discover Barnstable; and speaking of this program, check out all the new Town Department participants and programs at Bismore Park on Monday mornings and Thursday afternoons.   Music abounds downtown with more live music, more days.  Outdoor venues include:  Aselton Park, Bismore Park, Harbor Overlook, Hyannis Village Green, Hyannis Main Street and in Barnstable Village on the Courthouse stage.   On the HyArts Campus:  plenty of themed artist receptions at Gallery Artrio and at Guyer Barn, including all new plays and improv every week.  Of course, there are plenty of programs and events to keep active and entertained year round in all seven villages in the town of Barnstable and you can find many listings at
www.ArtsBarnstable.com.    Many of these programs are made possible in partnership/support from other Town of Barnstable Departments, and organizations including but not limited to:  the Main Street Business Improvement District, Cape Cod Art Center, Greater Hyannis Chamber of Commerce, Arts Foundation of Cape Cod, JFK Kennedy Museum and Love Live Local.


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


2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season Begins

Start of Hurricane Season is a Reminder to Prepare

June 1st marked the official start of the Atlantic Hurricane Season which runs through November 30th.  While historically the majority of tropical storms and hurricanes that have impacted our region occurred during the months of August and September, now is the time to begin preparing yourself, your family, your home and your business.  Throughout hurricane season, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) will share important preparedness information to help residents be aware of, and prepare for, the impacts of tropical storms and hurricanes.  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) seasonal outlook predicts a near, or above-normal number of hurricanes this season. Regardless of how many storms develop this year, it only takes one storm to severely impact an area.  In 2011, Tropical Storm Irene produced devastating flooding in Central and Western Massachusetts.  Irene was a reminder that hurricanes and tropical storms can impact the entire Commonwealth, not just coastal regions, and that all Massachusetts residents need to prepare for the possibility of hurricane impacts this season. To learn more about the hazards associated with hurricanes and tropical storms, visit MEMA’s hurricane webpage. Now is the time for all residents of the Commonwealth to prepare for the impacts of a tropical storm or hurricane,” said MEMA Director Kurt Schwartz.  “As hurricane season begins, residents should learn if they live or work in a hurricane evacuation zone, make an emergency plan, assemble an emergency kit, and stay informed.”

Know Your Evacuation Zone

Massachusetts has defined hurricane evacuation zones, designated as Zone A, Zone B and Zone C, for areas of the state at risk for storm surge flooding associated with tropical storms or hurricanes. If evacuations are necessary because of a tropical storm or hurricane, local or state officials will use the hurricane evacuation zones to call for people living, working or vacationing in these areas to evacuate. Even areas not directly along a coastline may be at risk for storm surge flooding during a tropical storm or hurricane. Find out if you live, work or vacation in a hurricane evacuation zone by visiting the ‘Know Your Zone’ interactive map located on MEMA’s website at www.mass.gov/knowyourzone.

Make an Emergency Plan

Develop a plan with the members of your household to prepare for what to do, how to find each other, and how to communicate in a tropical storm or hurricane. An emergency plan should include:

                  Meeting Locations

                  Emergency Contact Information

                  Evacuation Plans

                  Shelter-in-Place Plans

                  Considerations for Family Members with Access and Functional Needs, and Pets

For more information, see: https://www.mass.gov/service-details/make-a-family-emergency-plan.

Build an Emergency Kit

Build an emergency kit containing items that will sustain you and your family in the event you are isolated for three to five days without power or unable to go to a store. Emergency kits are particularly important during hurricane season, as there is the threat of extended power outages, flooding, and impassable debris-covered roads. While it is important to customize your kit to meet the unique needs of you and your family, every emergency kit should include bottled water, food, a flashlight, a radio and extra batteries, a first aid kit, sanitation items, and clothing. Depending on your family’s needs, emergency kits should also include medications, extra eyeglasses, medical equipment and supplies, children’s items such as diapers and formula, food and supplies for pets and service animals, and other items you or your family members might need during a disaster. For a complete emergency kit checklist, visit: https://www.mass.gov/service-details/build-an-emergency-kit.

Stay Informed

Receiving advance warnings and timely emergency alerts and information from public officials is critical to staying safe during a tropical storm or hurricane. Every family should have multiple methods for receiving emergency alerts. Learn more about different types of alerting and information tools including the Massachusetts Alerts Smartphone App, the Emergency Alert System, Wireless Emergency Alerts, NOAA Weather Radio, Social Media & Traditional Media, 2-1-1 Hotline, Local Notification Systems. For more information, please visit: https://www.mass.gov/service-details/be-informed-and-receive-emergency-alerts.

MEMA Hurricane Season Preparedness Activities In preparation for the 2018 hurricane season, MEMA has begun hurricane preparedness activities which will continue throughout the season:

  *   In early May, MEMA, FEMA and the National Hurricane Center hosted a "Hurricane Preparedness for Decision Makers" class for New England officials to learn about tropical cyclones, forecasts and evacuation decision making.

  *   In May, MEMA hosted hurricane preparedness webinars for 350 local, state, federal, private sector and non-profit partners to share information from the National Hurricane Center, National Weather Service, FEMA and MEMA about hurricane forecasting and emergency planning.

  *   In June, MEMA convened 12 functional hurricane preparedness working groups with representatives of the state’s Emergency Support Function (ESF) partner agencies to focus on air operations, distribution of critical commodities, communications, debris management, electricity restoration, evacuations, fuel supplies and distribution, sheltering, mass feeding, impact assessments, search and rescue, and operation of base camps and staging areas.


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 www.townofbarnstable.us/parking or feel free to contact: Barnstable Parking Management Program,

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


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. www.sandyneckbeachpark.com. 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 donna.bragg@town.barnstable.ma.us  

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 (www.BusinessBarnstable.com) 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 www.BusinessBarnstable.com or contact Economic Development Specialist, Mike Trovato at 508.862.4791 or Michael.Trovato@town.barnstable.ma.us

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:  council@town.barnstable.ma.us 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.


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.


Last Week’s Question: When did congress declare the 4th of July a national holiday? Jean Regazio was very quick to respond the year was 1870.  Celebrations of the Fourth of July became more common as the years went on and in 1870, Congress declared July 4 to be a national holiday as part of a bill to officially recognize several holidays, including Christmas.


This Week’s Question:  In the spirit of the Independence Day holiday, we ask, what Falmouth resident wrote “America the Beautiful”? Please email your answer here.