Congratulations to Assistant DPW Director Rob Steen

Department of Public Works (DPW) Director Dan Santos told us that congratulations are in order for Assistant Director of Public Works, Rob Steen, P.E. on his selection for the rank of Captain in the U.S. Naval Reserves. Rob is a Civil Engineer Corps officer and has proudly served his country for 28 years. He was promoted on Saturday, July 1st, at a ceremony that took place on the U.S.S. Constitution at the Charlestown Navy Yard in Boston. Rob currently serves as the Commanding Officer of the Naval Reserve European Command J4 staff based in Stuttgart, Germany. Congratulations, Rob, and thank you for your service! 



Dowses Flag Pole Dedication

On Monday, July 3rd, the Official Dedication for the Flag Pole and Flag donated to the Town of Barnstable was held at Dowses Beach in Osterville.  The Flag Pole and Installation were gifted by the Osterville Rotary Club and the Flag, from Peter Ders, was flown over the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. in honor of James T. Walsh, member of Congress.  Recreation Director Patti Machado served as emcee.  It was very moving to see patrons on the beach and in the water stand at attention while Dowses Beach Supervisor Jennifer Hudock raised the flag, the Pledge of Allegiance was recited and the National Anthem was sung by Lifeguard Colleen Ellis. Town Councilor Fred Chirigotis offered thanks from the Town of Barnstable to all who were involved. Recreation Commission Vice Chair Joe O’Brien attended the event.  A year ago July 1st, the Dowses Beach flag pole was struck by lightning and was declared a total loss.  Rebecca Richardson from the Osterville Rotary Club worked with the Club to fund a replacement flag pole. Our thanks go to the Osterville Rotary Club and Mr. Ders for their contributions.


WENY Diabetic Resource Center Opens at YMCA Cape Cod
The grand opening of the Weny Diabetes Resource Center (DRC) at the YMCA Cape Cod took place on Thursday, June 29th. On hand for the opening were State Representative and Barnstable Town Councilor Will Crocker and State Representative Tim Whelan.  Over 86 million people have prediabetes – only 9 million are aware of it.  The DRC hopes to help change the lives for the 20,000 diabetics we have in Barnstable County.  Congratulations to Roger Ludwig, Weny DRC Founder; Stacie Peugh, YMCA President & CEO; and all who worked to make the facility a reality.


Mark Your Calendars:  Unity Day Returns on Friday, July 28th from 4 to 7 PM

Following on the success of last year’s event, People of Action, the Barnstable Police Department and the Town of Barnstable will present Barnstable Unity Day “Celebrating Unity in Our Community” at the Hyannis Village Green on Friday, July 28, 2017, from 4-7 p.m.  The event is intended to engage the community and local police together in a free celebration including food, music, children’s activities and raffles. Andre and Jesse Barboza, two brothers from Hyannis, have reached out to Police Chief Paul MacDonald once again about holding a community gathering in light of events making headlines around the country.  Barnstable Unity Day is intended for all members of the community to join together peacefully with the Barnstable Police to show a mutual appreciation for one another while enjoying a fun day in the heart of the Town of Barnstable at the Hyannis Village Green. People of Action is a group formed by Jesse Barboza. It is a group of people who decided to come together and take action in making this community one of which we can all be proud. People of Action is addressing the issues head-on and working together to make a difference. Starting with the youth, People of Action is teaching them from their mistakes and trying to provide them with more resources and opportunities to be successful. Jesse Barboza said, "This is an opportunity for everyone to come together and celebrate our differences.  We may not always see eye to eye, but we must learn to build trust and respect amongst one another." Andre Barboza said, “We all want to create a solution for our issues, but we have to understand this community belongs to all of us and we must work together."  The event is open to all and will include free food, music and activities for all ages.  Please bring your own chairs and blankets.



Discover Barnstable—Fun, Interactive Talks and Activities

This summer visitors to Bismore Park Welcome Center at Hyannis Harbor, can ‘Discover Barnstable’ with a new outreach program this July and August.  This outreach program is designed to share with residents and visitors the wide range of resources the Town of Barnstable provides year round. Bismore Park Welcome Center is located at 180 Ocean Street, Hyannis. The programs will take place near the Hyannis HyArts Artist Shanties in the grassy area.  The artist shanties are open May through October each year, and showcase local artists who work and sell their wares right from their ‘seaside’ studios. Programs are each week, free of charge, handicapped accessible and are scheduled for Mondays, 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM and Thursdays, 4:30 PM-5:30 PM, beginning July 10th through August 24th, 2017. In addition, the Barnstable County Coastal Explorer Van joins the program for an extended day visit on July 13th and August 7th.  The free program includes: activities about the natural wildlife in town where visitors will have time to  hold stuffed skunks, owls and hawks, see live turtles and hear about the different species; step into a 31-foot custom built motorcoach to learn about Cape Cod’s coastal environment; turn a print of cyanobacteria into bracelets and bookmarks and identify which blooms are friends and foe;  practice putting with a golf pro; stay for library story time and crafts; and hula hoop for fun and fitness!




Art-FULL days around town!
There are plenty of ways to have an art-FULL day in the Town of Barnstable's two state designated Cultural Districts, Hyannis HyArts and Barnstable Village and in all seven villages in Town! 
Our ArtsBarnstable website feature all seven villages and links to the two cultural districts and the Kennedy Legacy Trail.   Find us on Facebook at ArtsBarnstable and @artsbarnstable on Instagram.

Of course, as you know, the amount of activities grows exponentially this time of year. 
Some of the happenings In the Hyannis HyArts Cultural District in

  • Hyannis HyArts Artist Shanties at Bismore Park, open seven days a week, 11:00am to at least 8:00pm.  Artists change weekly.

·         More music-longer shows, more days!  Music abounds downtown:   Outdoor venues include:  Aselton Park, Bismore Park, Hyannis Village Green, Hyannis Main Street and in Barnstable Village on the Courthouse Stage.

·         Music at the Bismore Park Hyannis HyArts Artist Shanties:  Singer-Songwriter Sessions Thursdays and Saturdays, 6:00pm-7:30pm AND ‘Live Lunch’ Fridays, 11:30am-1:30pm, now through end of August AND music at Aselton Park every Tuesday and Friday in July & August

·         Love Live Local, Love  Local Fest, Sunday, July 30 and August 27th

·         Main Street, Hyannis has Melody Mondays with a Singer Songwriter series along the street each week and Thursday night jazz!

·         At the Hyannis HyArts Campus, corner of Pearl and South Street, Hyannis:  Studio 46 features six artists sharing work space for the summer; Gallery Artrio is hosting many artist receptions, as well as a special JFK exhibit,  as a part of the birthday centennial celebrations around town; and New Classics Company, theater-in-residence at Guyer Barn, returns for another season with original plays and Improv.

·         Hyannis Village Green - Get your dose of healthy Green(s)!  Hyannis Main Street BID sponsors programs on the Town Green several days a week-from Tai-Chi and Yoga to Movies and Music. 
New to the line-up - Move and Groove Saturdays! Shake and Sparkle in the sun with cardio fit dance and last session is with hula hoops.

In the Barnstable Village Cultural District:

  • Art in the Village, Saturday and Sunday June 24th & 25th
  • Jailhouse Jams on the Courthouse Stage 6pm-7:30pm, Wednesdays, July 12th , 26th and August 2nd and 16th.
  • Summer Stroll , Wednesday August 16th and special concert with Sarah Swain and the Oh Boys
  • Annual vintage motorcycle show presented by the Greater Hyannis Area Chamber of Commerce, September 24th

Food Program “Food for Kids” at HYCC from June 26th through August 25th
Barnstable Recreation is very excited to partner with a summer food service program called "Kids' Summer Meals" to provide those in need between the ages of 1 and 18 with a free lunch and snack during the summer! Join us Mondays through Fridays from June 26 - August 25 at the Hyannis Youth & Community Center, 141 Bassett Lane, Hyannis MA 02601. Lunch will be served 12:15 - 1:00 PM and Snacks will be served 3:00 - 3:30 PM each weekday! For more information, please contact Mark Boardley at 508-790-6345 x116.

Town of Barnstable Open Space and Recreation Plan Survey

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



2017 Parking Permits/Beach Stickers Now on Sale at the HYCC
The Recreation Division 2017 Parking Permits are now available through walk-in process at the Hyannis Youth & Community Center, 141 Bassett Lane, Hyannis.  Hours are 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Saturday and 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM on Sundays/Holidays.  A friendly reminder:  you will need your vehicle registration at the time of purchase.

Transfer Station Stickers - Expiration/Renewal
It is that time of year to head to Town of Barnstable Transfer Station to purchase your annual Residential Transfer Station Sticker.  Residents must also renew their Free Recycle Only Sticker.  The fiscal year 2018 sticker cost $240 for one vehicle and $25 for a second vehicle per household. The new stickers are on sale now and are available at the Transfer Station office located at 45 Flint Street, Marstons Mills during normal business hours: 7:30 AM to 3:30 PM seven days a week.   To obtain a sticker, you must bring a copy of your valid vehicle registration showing a Barnstable street address, additional documents may be required. Stickers may be obtained through the mail using the form available on the Town of Barnstable Transfer Station.  The fiscal year 2018 transfer station sticker will be valid July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018.  Last year’s transfer station sticker allows you entry until June 30, 2017. 

Barnstable Residents – become involved in your town’s government, apply for a position on a board, committee or commission

 The Town of Barnstable has over 40 boards, committees, and commissions with approximately 291 seats. Our citizen participation is exemplary and the Town Council appreciates each and every member who serves. If you are a resident of Barnstable and are interested, please consider submitting an application. The appointments committee, made up of five Town Councilors, will interview applicants and make recommendations to the Town Council, who vote to appoint members at their regular meetings.  If you are a resident and registered to vote in the Town of Barnstable and are interested in serving on a board or committee, please visit our webpage linked from the town website and fill out the application. For a more detailed description and responsibilities of the committees listed, please contact the Town Council office:  or phone 508-862-4738. 


Looking for a Job?  The Town of Barnstable is a Great Place to Work.

You can now apply online by clicking on the job title you are interested in and clicking on the “Apply” link.  If this is the first time you are applying using our online job application, you will need to create an account and select a username and password.  After your account has been established, you can build an application by clicking on the “Build Job Application” link.  This application can be saved and used to apply for more than one job opening.  To see what positions are currently available, click here.


Are you interested in the Bids and Request for Proposals (RFPs) the Town of Barnstable puts out?
You will find all the Invitations for Bid and RFPs for the Town that are currently available to the public here.


Last week’s question:  When did congress declare the 4th of July a national holiday? Celebrations of the Fourth of July became more common as the years went on and in 1870, almost a hundred years after the Declaration was written, Congress first declared July 4 to be a national holiday as part of a bill to officially recognize several holidays, including Christmas.


This Week’s Question:   What is the name of the park on the southeast corner of South and Ocean Streets?  Email your answer here.