On Tuesday, July 23, 2019 tornado warnings were issued throughout Cape Cod. 
Areas of the Town of Barnstable (especially Hyannisport and Osterville) suffered severe damage.
 MEMA has created a new "Cape Cod Tornado" website with information specific to the recent event. 
More information can be found on the Town of Barnstable’s website.
We want to take a moment to say THANK YOU to all the crews who have worked so hard

 and are continuing to work to clear our roadways in the storm’s aftermath. 
We know it will take a while to get back to normal.  Your efforts on our behalf are greatly appreciated.
To our neighboring towns, we hope you are all safe and wish you a speedy recovery.

Pictured: Some of the severe damage (photo courtesy of CH18 Assistant Station Manager Paula Hersey).

Our lifeguard staff from Veteran’s Beach, Keyes Beach and Kalmus Beach came to Barnstable Town Hall for shelter.  

Are You on the Town’s Reverse 911 System?

When we received notice about a Tornado Warning Tuesday morning, the Barnstable Police Department Activated the Town’s Reverse 911 system. Make sure you are on our list. Sign up here. 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.

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

Barnstable Municipal Airport Public Meeting to Present Draft Public Involvement Plan on Monday, July 29, 2019 at 6:00 PM
The Airport will hold a public meeting on Monday, July 29, 2019, at 6:00 PM in the Barnstable Municipal Airport Terminal, First Floor Conference Room, to present its Draft Public Involvement Plan (PIP), describing ongoing activities related to evaluating sources of contamination associated with perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and 1,4-dioxane.  Free parking is available in the main Airport parking lot with your ticket validated at the meeting.  Site assessment activities at the Airport are regulated by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection under the Massachusetts Contingency Plan (310 CMR 40). These regulations include provisions for local residents to request, via a petition, a PIP to learn more about the investigations and ask questions about the ongoing work.  In response to a citizen petition requesting the PIP, the Airport has developed a Draft Plan that is now available for review.  Presentations at the meeting will include:

Q  An overview of the Airport’s environmental management practices, including a discussion on the historic use of firefighting foam which is one known source of PFAS compounds. The firefighting foam used at the airport is the only Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved foam for airports.  Although the FAA is seeking alternatives, none presently exist.  The FAA requires that airports certificated under Federal Aviation Administration Regulations (FAR) Part 139 use and store such firefighting foams to meet certification requirements for the maintenance and operation of the airport for air carriers.  Foam is no longer used in any drills or training exercises at the Airport;

Q  A presentation on investigations that have been ongoing since 2016 to investigate PFAS compounds and 1,4-dioxane in soil and groundwater at the Airport; and 

Q  Information on the water supplies that serve Hyannis and ongoing practices to ensure the water provided to Hyannis residents meets the state’s drinking water standards and guidelines. 

Comments on the Draft Public Involvement Plan are encouraged and may be submitted at the meeting or by writing to:

                                                            Barnstable Municipal Airport

                                                            Attention: Public Involvement Plan

                                                            480 Barnstable Road

                                                            Hyannis, MA 02601

Comments may also be emailed to Sue Kennedy at Sue.Kennedy@town.barnstable.ma.us. Comments should be submitted by 6:00 PM, Monday, August 19, 2019.  The Airport will issue a final draft PIP no later than Tuesday, September 17, 2019.


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

The Town of Barnstable, People of Action, and the Barnstable Police Department are proud to announce the 4th Annual Barnstable Unity Day Celebration on the Hyannis Village Green on Friday, August 2, 2019, from 4:00-7:00 PM.  The event is intended to engage the community and local police together in a free celebration including food, music, children’s activities, Isabella’s Kindness Rocks and more. Come show everyone that Barnstable is a special, unique place with strong community bonds. The event is open to all and will include free food, music and activities for all ages.  Please bring your own chairs and blankets.

Chronicle to Feature the Village of Cotuit on Monday, July 29th

WCVB Channel 5 in Boston will air Chronicle's award-winning "Main Street and Back Roads" show on Monday, July 29, 2019 at 7:30 PM featuring Cotuit.  Among the organizations that will be featured are the:

Cotuit Kettleers; Cotuit Center for the Arts; Cahoon Museum; Cotuit Historical Society; Cotuit Oysters; Cotuit Fresh Market; and Cotuit Harbor Tours.  Make sure you watch your TV or set your DVR's and don't miss out on a feature of the Town of Barnstable's smallest village, Cotuit.

Congratulations on Your Retirement, Ptl. Mark Delaney!

Ptl. Mark Delaney started at the Barnstable Police Department the in summer of 1980, he has provided the citizens with 40 years of dedicated service. After 40 years he is retiring today Thursday July 25, 2019. Mark Delaney will be missed in our everyday life. We hope that he has a fantastic retirement resting and relaxing with his wife Carol, his daughter, son, and grandchild.  Ptl. Mark Delaney is pictured with recently retired Det. Reid Hall.

New BPS Family and Community Engagement Center at HYCC

BPS student registration is open and is at the NEW Family and Community Engagement Center at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center, 141 Bassett Ln, Hyannis. Come in and meet our new staff, Terriann Morin and Aline Gomes!


Cape Cod Potato Chips Celebrates Re-opening of Factory Tour

On Wednesday, July 25th, Town Council Vice President John Flores, Town Manager Mark Ells, State Representative Tim Whelan, Community Services Director Lynne Poyant, and Planning & Development’s Economic Development Coordinator Gloria McPherson and Economic Development Specialist Mike Trovato were on hand to celebrate the re-opening of Cape Cod Potato Chips Factory Tour.  Vice President Flores read a resolve from the Town Council for all they contribute to the Town of Barnstable and its many visitors.

NCWM conference in Milwaukee

Congratulations to Jane Zulkiewicz, Town of Barnstable, Sealer of Weights and Measures, who was selected as the Presiding Officer for Day one of National Weights and Measures (NCWM) Conference, held in Milwaukee, WI July 14 to 18, 2019. The NCWM is the national organization which brings together the regional representatives, state directors, local communities and national, state and local business organizations and companies to hear and vote on changes to regulations and policy in the market place for gas dispensers, scales, item pricing, price verification, meters etc.  Thirty-nine state Division of Standards Directors and 71 delegates from the states attended and voted on the agenda items which affect our daily lives in how we purchase goods and services.  Weights and Measures Representatives from Nigeria, American Samoa, Canada and other countries attended to bring USA information back to their organizations. Both Jane Zulkiewicz and Richard Scali, Licensing Director, were two of the 71 state delegates from around the country.


Love is in the Air at Barnstable Municipal Airport

“Love is in the air,” a big congratulations to Joe & Marisa who got engaged at the airport on Thursday, July 25th in the afternoon.  Our friends at Cape Air helped organize the whole thing. After she said yes, the couple joined their families in the airplane, a surprise to the bride-to-be, and they all took off for a weekend on Nantucket!

Be Prepared - “Hurricane Preparedness”

For more information, visit the Hurricane Safety Tips section of MEMA’s website at https://www.mass.gov/service-details/hurricane-safety-tips.


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 segments they have created on Water Quality Resource Efforts in the Town of Barnstable.  The informative 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.

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: pumpout@town.barnstable.ma.us or call 508-790-6273. For more information, watch 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.


Arts at the Airport - Barnstable Municipal Airport – July & August 2019
A variety of Cape Cod artists and artisans featured each week

A new arts ‘pilot’ program is taking flight at the Barnstable Municipal Airport!  Every Thursday through Sunday, July 18 - August 11, 11:30 AM-1:30 PM, travelers can meet Cape Cod artists at vendor tables set up in the terminal at the main entrance.  Artwork is handmade, crafted or designed in a variety of mediums: fiber arts, jewelry, photography home accessories, painting and maritime themed items.  A variety of artists will rotate throughout the four week program. Barnstable Municipal Airport is for more than taking flights, it’s about the community in which it resides and offering both locals and visitors alike a sense of place on Cape Cod. Locals are encouraged to stop by and grab a treat at Cape Cod Coffee, serving pastries, lunch, beer and wine; watch the planes and visit the artists. 

Arts at the Airport featuring Cape Cod artists and artisans

July 18-July 21     *      July 25-July 28    *    August 1-August 4   *    August 8-August 11

11:30 AM-1:30 PM

Barnstable Municipal Airport, main lobby 480 Barnstable Road, Hyannis

Free parking (up to 30 minutes)


About Barnstable Municipal Airport:
Located in Hyannis, Massachusetts, the airport is a vital transportation hub for Cape Cod and the region providing commercial and general aviation services to Boston, New York and the islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket.  JetBlue provides service from New York to Cape Cod June through August. 

The airport is owned by the Town of Barnstable and managed by the Barnstable Municipal Airport Commission and Management staff.  

July 25-July 28
Meg is a local mixed media artist who also creates unique stained glass jewelry and home decor.  Much of her work is fed by her love of travel and new experiences - thus the adventure-inspired name, Rose Colored Compass.  Website:
RoseColoredCompass.com  Instagram: @rose_colored_compsss
CAPE COD maritime museum
July 25-July 27 & Aug 1
Cape Cod Maritime Museum preserves and celebrates Cape Cod’s maritime heritage.  Learn all the museum has to offer, sign up for a sail on the cat boat Sarah, and shop from a sampling of their gift shop items offering a wide selection of nautical gifts, including collectables, jewelry, and more.  Website: 

Aug 1-Aug 4
Marie is a natural light photographer who finds inspiration in nature and the famous Cape Cod light.   She enhances her photographs with digital processing, as well as hand painting techniques, to create the finished images.  The images are printed on a variety of products including traditional prints, wall décor, pillow covers, scarves, tote bags and more.
mariegradypalcic.smugmug.com Facebook: Marie Grady Palcic Photography Instagram: Marie Grady Palcic
Aug 1-Aug 4
Dawn works with wire and sheet metal and has a new line, Hearts Desire Keepsake Collection.
A collection of pieces made with love and customized with a photo of your hearts desire.
Her other pieces are funky with a classic side. She creates with natural and recycled metals and materials as well as antique and exciting new semiprecious stones, shells and glass. Website: 
https://www.DawnRosell.com Facebook: stylewithoutsacrifice1
Aug 1-Aug 4
Margo offers original designs of beach bags, large totes, pillow covers, runners, place mats and other assorted fabric items.
margoT CHEEL: margo cheel AERIAL photography
Aug 8-Aug 11
Margo Cheel is an award winning aerial photographer, pilot, and arts educator.  She invites you to see the world from a unique perspective.   She has published two Aerial Photography books, “Sea & Sand from the Sky” with quotes from aviators and “What Do You See? and, “Finding Shapes from the Sky” with a story line about discovery for all ages.
Aug 8-Aug 11
Janet works with semi-precious stones, fresh-water pearls, and unique beads to create wearable art. Inspired by the beauty of the natural world, Janet—a percussionist with the Cape Cod Concert Band, the Cape Community Orchestra and the Barnstable Town Band—believes there is an underlying rhythm to every piece of jewelry she creates. She sketches, works, revises and reworks until she uncovers the perfect arrangement of the elements to create a cohesive, harmonious—and stylish—design.
Aug 8-Aug 11
A nautical extravaganza! All handcrafted: Home Design and Decor for the East Coast Home. Anything you can imagine finding in a nautical themed general store such as baby accessories, greeting cards, holiday ornaments, leather bags, wallets, key chains, banners, garlands, soaps, candles, etc.


ArtsBarnstable has a lot to offer!


3rd Annual Discover Barnstable Program, Now Expanded!

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

*NEW* Samoset Road, Marstons Mills

Pavement and drainage improvements are scheduled to begin on Samoset Road in Marstons Mills during the week of August 5, 2019. The work includes milling the existing pavement surface, adjusting drainage structure frames and grates as needed, and repaving a new top roadway surface. Work is expected to take 1-2 weeks to complete, weather dependent. As always please slow down and use extreme caution when traveling through the road construction areas and follow posted safety and detour signs.

*CONTINUES* Sea Street, South Street, and Ocean Avenue, 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.

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

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. 

*CONTINUES* 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 and will maintain both Cordwood and Prince Avenue 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 Covell’s Beach and Centerville Public Library
Vineyard Wind will be available at Covell’s Beach to answer questions from beachgoers on Friday, July 26th and Saturday August 10th (assuming no inclement weather).

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, AUGUST 1    4:00-6:00 PM
RSVP here

THURSDAY, AUGUST 15  4:00-6:00 PM

RSVP here

THURSDAY, AUGUST 29 4:00-6:00 PM
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


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.


Last Week’s Question:  Where on the “Cape Cod arm” is Barnstable located? 

We had a number of guesses, but did not receive the answer we were looking for.  Barnstable is the bicep on the Cape Cod arm.

This Week’s Question:  During Tuesday’s weather event, what was the highest wind speed at Kalmus Beach?  Please email your answer here.

Thank you for receiving and reading e-news each week!