Planning Board Chair Ray Lang Retires

On Monday, July 10th, Planning Board Chair Ray Lang announced that he was stepping down as a member of the Planning Board.  Mr. Lang served the Town of Barnstable for over 22 years.  The new leadership for the Planning Board  is Mary Barry, Chair; Stephen Helman, Vice Chair; and Steven Costello, Clerk.  Ms. Barry’s first order of business was to thank Mr. Lang for his years of service.  Paul Curley asked, “How do you thank someone who has been a guiding light for so long?”  Other members of the Board as well as Planning and Development Director Elizabeth Jenkins offered their thanks and appreciation for Ray’s leadership to improve the quality of life in the Town of Barnstable through the years.


Congratulations to Recreation Employees of the Year

On Monday, July 10th, the Recreation Commission recognized five seasonal employees for their outstanding performance the previous summer.  Recognized were:  Recreation Assistant -Shane Gardiner; Leisure Program Counselor - Beth McEntee; Beach Assistant - Liam Sives; Gate Attendant – Lauren Zent; and Lifeguard – Elexi “Picabo” Miskiv.  Congratulations and Thank YOU for your efforts!


WCVB’s Chronicle Visits Cape Cod Maritime Museum for Barnstable Recreation’s Boat Building Program

Our friends at the Cape Cod Maritime Museum (CCMM) were visited by Anthony Everett of WCVB’s Chronicle.  They were down to film a story about our collaborative Boat Building Program.  The program has been running since the spring of 2015.  We are blessed to have some amazing and skillful volunteers who work with our youth to build a boat.  The volunteers serve in many capacities from teachers to mentors to confidants and great friendships have been formed.  Through the program, we have built three sail boats, one row boat and are currently building a motorboat!  The John F. Kennedy Memorial Trust Fund Committee has partially funded the program since its inception. We do not have an air date for the segment yet.


Osterville Village Library Celebrates 135 Years

On Thursday, July 13th, the Osterville Village Library (OVL) celebrated “The Past, The Present & The Future” under the tent next to the library.  The passing thunderstorms couldn’t chase away the crowd on hand to celebrate.  A special tribute video was created for the occasion; Claudia Mahoney oversaw the video project, produced and edited by Tom Chartrand of Shoreline Media Productions and voiced by John Miller.  Anthony Sammarco, author of the Images of America Osterville Village Library book also was a part of the evening’s program.  Congratulations to the Osterville Village Library and here’s to the next 135 years!


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.


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.  “I wasn't born on the Cape, but I grew up here, and spent most of my idle time exploring the Cape woods and beaches. I was always out wandering since I was a kid, and in school I was voted most likely to get lost in the woods while eating wild blueberries. One day I thought to myself wouldn't it be neat to bring a camera along? That was the beginning of my lifelong photography problem. I was also into computers and digital art, I enjoyed fiddling with images more than computer games, and with my knowledge of Photoshop, began working in the Photo Department at the Cape Cod Times. After editing and color correcting many thousands of photos, and studying the works of famous photographers, I asked myself, "Well, why don't my photos look like that?" And so my photography addiction problem multiplied. For years, I would wake up at 3:30 in the morning, and drive around and hike before the sun would begin lighting the sky, to find that moment where I would find some sort of amazement or peace. And eventually, my photos started to get better, until one day I was offered a job with the Barnstable Patriot as a photographer. I am constantly trying to improve upon what I can do, I am always trying to push myself further so I don't just keep taking the same photo over and over. I use the camera both to connect and escape. A few hours hiking alone can erase feelings of negativity, and when I photograph people, the camera gives me the courage to be sociable.” 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 or call 508-862-4767.



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 15, 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. 


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 24, 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, 6:00 PM-7:30 PM AND ‘Live Lunch’ Fridays, 11:30 AM -1:30 PM, 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 30th 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:

  • Jailhouse Jams on the Courthouse Stage 6 PM-7:30 PM, Wednesdays, July 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 26th - August 25th 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.

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:  What is the name of the park on the southeast corner of South and Ocean Streets?  This must have been an easy one as a number of folks knew that the park is named Aselton Park.  It is named for Michael K. Aselton, a Barnstable Police Officer killed in the line of duty.  Aselton Park is a great place to view the busy activities of Hyannis Harbor and take in some great music through the Town of Barnstable’s Arts & Culture programming.


This Week’s Question:   The Town of Barnstable HyArts Artist Shanties are located on Bismore Park. How many shanties are there and what is the significance to the number?  Email your answer here