Sergeant Jason Sturgis, Barnstable Police Department

August 24, 1976 – July 6, 2019


It is with a heavy heart that the Barnstable Police Department announces the sudden and unexpected loss of Sergeant Jason Sturgis.

Sergeant Sturgis was a 19 year veteran of the Department and had previously been assigned to the Community Impact Unit before returning to the Patrol Division.

Sergeant Sturgis touched many lives at the Barnstable Police Department and out in his community. He was greatly respected and will be sorely missed by all that had the pleasure of knowing him.


The Badge

It is polished and shiny and looks so fine.           

Once you earn it you have to toe the line.

The minute you wear it upon your chest

it becomes a symbol that you are the best.

It means honesty, integrity, and fairness to all.

Your life is never your own, but at the publics call.

Night or day, any hour, it makes you a mark.

It doesn't protect you from a shot in the dark.

Over the years the shine starts to fade,

but brighter still is the man it’s made.

It is often what separates you from the crowd.

It is a second family of which you are proud.

Author unknown


A celebration of Sergeant Sturgis’ life will be held on Tuesday July 16th at 10 a.m. at Barnstable High School 744 West Main Street in Hyannis.




Beach Water Quality Updates can be found on the Town of Barnstable’s website.


Save the Date – Unity Day 2019 – Friday, August 2nd from 4:00-7:00 PM


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 lunch and snacks for all children age 18 and under. 
Food is served inside the Hyannis Youth & Community Center, 141 Bassett Lane, Hyannis.
Every Monday-Friday through August 23, 2019
Lunch: 12:00 PM-12:45 PM         Snack: 3:00-3:30 PM
Contact Mark Boardley at 508-790-6345 ext.116 or

Update on Water Quality Resource Management Efforts in Barnstable
Barnstable’s Channel 18 has prepared a YouTube playlist of pieces they have done on Water Quality Resource Efforts in the Town of Barnstable.  The pieces include Town Manager Mark Ells talking about Water Quality Planning, Herring Run 2019, Cotuit Bay Dredging, Barnstable at Work – Hyannis Water Supply Division, Water Quality Testing in the Three Bays and more.  At the January 3, 2019 Town Council meeting, DPW Director Dan Santos presented an Update on Wastewater Management Efforts in Barnstable.  We thought we would share this important information again in this week’s eNews.  Mr. Santos’ presentation can be viewed here. Additional updates have been provided at the February 28, 2019 Town Council Meeting, March 21, 2019 Town Council Meeting as well as the June 20, 2019 Town Council Meeting.

This week on the Town of Barnstable Channel 18

The draft plan for the comprehensive wastewater program was delivered to Town Council last month and the final plan is scheduled to be delivered by the state this fall. Finance Director Mark Milne joined us on Monday’s Barnstable Today to discuss how the town is allocating resources and equity for sewer and alternative solutions. On Friday’s show we talked to Assistant Harbormaster Derek Lawson and Aquatics Supervisor Tim McGrath about the recent unconfirmed shark sightings in Lewis Bay.

Missed an episode of Barnstable Today or a meeting on Channel 18? You can find all of our videos on our Video on Demand page.


Pumpout Boat in Service for the Boating Season

Through Columbus Day Weekend

The boating season is underway, and pumpout boats are running seven days a week.  The boats 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.  It is helpful to schedule pumpouts in advance.  The shore side pumpout will be available in Hyannis Harbor May through October as well as Barnstable Harbor.  To schedule pumpouts email: or call 508-790-6273. Pumpout Boat on Channel 18


2019 Beach Parking Permits Walk-up Sales at HYCC

The Barnstable Recreation Division’s 2019 Beach Parking Permits walk-up sales are underway at the Hyannis Youth & Community Center, 141 Bassett Lane, Hyannis.  Hours of operation are Monday-Saturday 9:00 AM-4:00 PM and Sundays & Holidays 9:00 AM-Noon.  The Resident/Taxpayer Sticker is $45.  You must have a valid car registration.  Leased vehicles must have valid lease agreement.  Resident Parking Permits are required January 1st to December 31st.  More information is available on the Town website or by calling 508-790-6345.


3rd Annual Discover Barnstable Program, Now Expanded!

Back by popular demand and now expanded to 3 days/week at Bismore Park and the Hyannis Harbor Overlook, the Gateway Greeter Program “Discover Barnstable” has once again partnered with various town departments in developing fun, free interactive talks and activities, 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.

“The staff was exceedingly enjoyable and we loved learning about programs we were unfamiliar with, at such a beautiful area!”

~ Family from East Meadow, NY

This year’s participating departments include: Animal Control, Arts & Culture, Barnstable Municipal Airport, Channel 18, Clean Water Coalition, Golf, Hyannis Public Library, Parking, Recreation, Senior Services, Town Clerk and Natural Resources!


Free parking is available at the Town Hall Lot or paid parking is available directly at Ocean Street Lot or Bismore Park.

Open and free to everyone!

No reservations required!

Check out what our Town is about!

For more information please visit the Bismore Welcome Center or online at



Discover Barnstable Schedule




As always please slow down and use extreme caution when traveling through the road construction areas and follow posted safety and detour signs.

*NEW* National Grid – New Customer hook-up
National Grid will have work crews at 11 Chole Court, Barnstable on Monday July 15, 2019.  National Grid will have work crews at 496 Starboard Lane, Osterville on Thursday & Friday July 18-19, 2019.   National Grid will also have work crews at 9 Winding Cove Road, Marstons Mills on Friday July 19, 2019.  National Grid will be installing the natural gas service piping that connects the main to the customer’s gas meters. Construction is expected to be completed by the end of the day, 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.  Reduce speed, and use caution. All scheduled work is weather dependent and/or may be impacted due to an emergency situation.

*UPDATED* Road Work on Sea Street, South Street, and Ocean Avenue in Hyannis

Construction is suspended for the summer and will resume after Labor Day.  The contractor is responsible for roadway maintenance over the summer including mowing, sweeping construction related debris, cleaning catch basins if necessary, and potentially addressing other items as needed.  Verizon is responsible for the continued installation of new utility poles along parts of the project area.

*UPDATED* Road Work on Route 149, Main Street, and River Road in Marstons Mills

Construction is suspended for the summer and will resume after Labor Day.  The contractor is responsible for roadway maintenance over the summer including mowing, sweeping, construction related debris clean-up, cleaning catch basins if necessary and potentially addressing other items as needed.  Utility companies will be transferring overhead wires to new utility poles along parts of the project area.  PLEASE NOTE:  Drivers who are traveling through the affected areas should reduce speed, and use caution. 

*CONTINUES* Coastal Pollutant Remediation Grant Project (River Road, Marstons Mills, Cotuit Library, Putnam Avenue, Cotuit)

Work continues at sites for future green storm water control infrastructure placement.  Field work can include but is not limited to site visits, survey, soil borings, pulling manhole covers and wetland delineation. This work will continue through 2019. PLEASE NOTE:  Drivers who are traveling through the affected areas should expect delays, reduce speed, and use caution. 

*UPDATED*  Ropes Beach, Old Shore Road, Cotuit

The project is closing up for the summer with the contractor demobilized, cleaned up and clearing the site. The project will remobilize after Labor Day 2019. SumCo has planted both Cordwood and Prince Ave. areas.



There’s lots going on at the Village Libraries of Barnstable

Barnstable Libraries’ Corner

Visit a Town of Barnstable Library today!

Sturgis Library in Barnstable Village


Centerville Public Library


Cotuit Library


Hyannis Public Library

Marstons Mills Public Library

Osterville Village Library

Whelden Memorial Library in West Barnstable

Vineyard Wind Office Hours at Centerville Public Library


Join us at the Centerville Public Library to learn more about our proposal to construct an offshore wind farm 35 miles south of Cape Cod and bring the power to shore in Barnstable, providing clean renewable energy to the Cape.
THURSDAY, JULY 18        4:00 - 6:00pm
RSVP here

THURSDAY, AUGUST 1   4:00 - 6:00pm
RSVP here

THURSDAY, AUGUST 15 4:00 - 6:00pm

RSVP here

THURSDAY, AUGUST 29 4:00 - 6:00pm
RSVP here
All events will be held at:
Centerville Public Library, 585 Main Street, Centerville, MA 02632  
This event is not sponsored or endorsed by the Centerville Public Library.
For more information, please contact Jen Cullen at


2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season is a Reminder to Prepare



Are You on the Town’s Reverse 911 System?
The Barnstable Police Department has an emergency notification system. 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: Which state was the first to recognize Independence Day?  John and Ellen Perry were the first to respond with the correct answer, Massachusetts!


This Week’s Question:  What year did the Kennedy Family start coming to Hyannis Port for their summer home? Please email your answer here.

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