New Parking Rules for Town Hall Lot

Next week, a new maximum parking limit will go into effect in the Town Hall parking lot. Effective Tuesday, July 12, the Town Hall Parking Lot adjacent to Town Hall, the School Administration Building, and the JFK Hyannis Museum will be subject to 6 (six) hours maximum parking with no overnight parking. This new limit is being put into place to maximize utilization of our parking facilities, improve access to municipal buildings, and to curb misuse of the municipal lot. The parking limit will be enforced 24/7. Any violation to the rules and regulations is subject to fines and potential towing at the vehicle owner’s expense. Please direct all questions regarding these changes to the Consumer Affairs Parking Division at 508-862-4771.


Health Advisory Lifted for Hyannis Water System

On Friday, July 1, 2016, The Town of Barnstable Department of Public Works received results from recent testing of the Hyannis Water System for perfluorinated compounds. The test results showed levels of perfluorinated compounds in the system below the U.S. Environmental Protection (DEP) Agency’s Health Advisory level of .07 parts per billion.  Following that news, the Department of Public Works, with the concurrence of DEP, lifted the Health Advisory for the Hyannis Water System.  The third carbon treatment system for the Mary Dunn wellfield is on-site, connected, and undergoing testing. Work continues to establish an interconnection with the C-O-M-M Water Department. DPW will continue to monitor and sample the system to ensure that we remain below the Health Advisory level.


Special Police Officers Sworn In

This Friday, I welcomed two members of the Barnstable Police Department (BPD) to my office to be sworn in as Special Police Officers. Chief of Police Paul MacDonald joined Nancy M. Blanchard of West Barnstable and Craig A. Tamash of Osterville for the swearing-in, held on Friday, July 8. These Special Police Officers are essential to our force and provide key support to the BPD.


Village Associations Host Civic Picnic

I was pleased to attend the annual Marstons Mills Village Association (MMVA) and West Barnstable Civic Association (WBCA) joint “Potluck Civic Picnic” on Tuesday, July 5th.   MMVA President Donna Lawson, MMVA Vice President Debbie Lavoie and WBCA President Hank Farnham along with numerous members were gracious hosts who provided a tasty buffet.  Town Councilors Phil Wallace and Will Crocker were in attendance.  The event was held at the Burgess House on Route 149 in Marstons Mills and provided a great opportunity for us to see progress on work on the Barn at the Burgess House.


Joshua’s Pond Site Improvement Project Introductory Meeting

In partnership with the Osterville Village Association, the Town of Barnstable hosted an introductory meeting about the Joshua’s Pond Site Improvement Project. Town Engineer Roger Parsons, Community Services Director Lynne Poyant and Leisure Services Director Patti Machado along with project consultants Tim Brown, RLA and Ashley Iannuccilli from Birchwood Design Group, LLC and Paul Carlson, PE of InSite Engineering Services, LLC provided an overview of existing conditions.  Approximately 30 people attended the meeting and provided input into what they felt were key elements that need to be addressed including parking, accessibility, beach nourishment, surrounding conservation trails and more.  The consultants will now take the input they received and work to create some concept plans to present at a later date.



Barnstable Beach Staff in Action for Swim and Safety Week

Head to the beach this week to check out our hardworking beach staff! Beginning on Monday, July 11, 2016, Barnstable Recreation Seasonal Beach Staff will be demonstrating their skills at six beaches around town. The public is welcome to stop by, observe, ask questions, and offer encouragement and support to the employees who help keep visitors and residents safe while they enjoy their time at public beaches this summer. Demonstrations will be taking place during beach hours on the days and locations listed in the schedule below. Questions? Call Patti Machado at 508-790-6345 or email







Let music and art fill your weekend!


Tonight, Friday July 8, check out bluesman George Gritzbach as he rocks out at Aselton Park. The music begins at 6. Bring a blanket, beach chair, or just your dancing shoes to enjoy George’s R&B rooted in blues and funk.  Saturday, July 9, the LoveLiveLocal Singer Songwriter Spotlight Series is back. Head down to the HyArts Shanties at Bismore Park for Still Willow.


And of course, the HyArts Artist Shanties at Bismore Park are open seven days a week from 11:00 AM until at least 8:00 PM.  Browse among the seven colorful shanties featuring local artists and artians who work and sell their wares right from their “seaside studios”.  Artwork varies and artists change weekly.


This Weekend: Through July 10

Barnstable (Light Blue): Jewelry by Amanda McHugh

Marstons Mills (Green): Nature-Inspired Art by Mitali Chakraborty

Centerville (Red): Fine Art Photography by Beth Higgins

Cotuit (Blue): Fabric Arts by Beverly Roberts

Osterville (Orange): Woodcrafts by Wayne Shepard

Hyannis (Yellow): Marlinspike Art by Chris Letsche

West Barnstable (Dark Blue): Paper Crafts by Adriana Rossi


Coming Week: July 11-17

Barnstable (Light Blue): Clay beadwork by Christine Esperson & Jewelry by Jean Esperson Golden

Marstons Mills (Green): Cape Cod Marine Artist Sandy Boudreauu

Centerville (Red): Photography by Don Parkenson / Artful Beadwork by Kim Collins

Cotuit (Blue): Fabric Arts by Beverly Roberts

Osterville (Orange): Painting by Sandy Myatt

Hyannis (Yellow):  All Things Nautical by Lauren Elias

West Barnstable (Dark Blue): Artisan Soaps by Jacquie McEvoy


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Last week, we asked: How many Independence Day parades will be held in Barnstable this Fourth of July? Six parades were held in Barnstable this Fourth of July! Thanks to all our e-news readers who wrote in. We hope you enjoyed  this year’s festivities.


This Week’s Question: Next week is Swim and Safety Week. This summer, Barnstable increased coverage by adding lifeguards at a location that was previously un-guarded.

Which beach now has a lifeguard on duty?  Email your answer here.  





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Week in Review

July 5-8, 2016


Tuesday, July 5, 2016


Our week began with Chief of Police Paul MacDonald, who reported a busy, full, and incident-free Fourth of July.  Author Felice Cohen discussed her book 90 Lessons For Living Large in 90 Square Feet or MoreState Representative Tim Whelan talked with us about recent action on Beacon Hill regarding non-compete contracts and clauses, and reflected on the Independence Day holiday.  Director of Public Works Dan Santos provided information on the recent lifting of the Health Advisory for the Hyannis Water System.


Wednesday, July 6, 2016


Greater Hyannis Chamber of Commerce CEO Jessica Sylver joined us for this week’s Business Barnstable segment to discuss a great start to the summer season. Director of Finance Mark Milne discussed the Town’s Open Budget software. Director of Senior Services Madeline Noonan shared information about a pair of support groups for grandparents. We learned about important drone rules and regulations with Barnstable Municipal Airport Manager Bud Breault and Assistant Airport Manager Katie Servis.


Thursday, July 7, 2016


This week’s Community Profile segment featured Hyannis Library Terrific Tuesdays. Cape Cod Commission Director of Technical Services Glenn Cannon joined us live in-studio for a discussion on the Unified Planning Work Program, the Transportation Improvement Program, and planned improvements to Route 28 in Cotuit. State Representative Brian Mannal discussed issues pertaining to the State budget.  Len Gobeil talked with Cotuit Kettleers General Manager Bruce Murphy.

Friday, July 8, 2016


Our Arts & Culture segment this week shone a spotlight on the John F Kennedy Hyannis Museum’s new exhibit: Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy: Mother of a President. Next, we visited with Swim Program Coordinator Lindsey Partin, who told us all about the upcoming Swim and Safety week. We heard an update from Hyannis Youth and Community Center General Manager Joe Izzo. Sandy Neck Beach Park Manager Nina Coleman talked with us about terrapins on Sandy Neck, and a busy 4th of July at the beach. Brittany Pickul of the MSPCA brought us three adorable adoptables: Cameilla the baby bunny, Buddy the senior Shih Tzu, and Sal the kitten.


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