Today’s the Day! Unity Day Returns to the Hyannis Village Green from 4 to 7 PM


Hyannis Fire Department Welcomes New Chief Peter J. Burke, Jr.

Hyannis Fire Chief Peter J. Burke, Jr. was sworn in at an Assumption of Command Ceremony on Monday, July 24th.  Chief Burke began his fire service career as a junior firefighter in Swansea, MA, his hometown. He joined the nearby Seekonk Fire Department as a career Firefighter/EMT in 2002. During his tenure in Seekonk he developed and coordinated several programs within the department including numerous training efforts to improve firefighter safety.  In 2012 Chief Burke accepted the position as Deputy Fire Chief in Barnstable Village. Chief Burke holds a Bachelor’s Degree in fire Science from Providence College and a Master’s Degree in Emergency Management from Massachusetts Maritime Academy.  He is a graduate of the Chief Fire Officer Program jointly conducted by the Firefighting Academy and UMASS Boston’s Collins Institute.  Chief Burke becomes the 11th Hyannis Fire District Chief since 1896. Chief Burke lives in Barnstable with his wife Jess and three children Brendan, Grace, and Jack.


Korean War Memorial

On Thursday, July 27th at 10:00 AM, the Cape & Islands Chapter of the Korean War Veterans Association (KWVA) held their annual “We Remember the Forgotten War 25 June 1950 - 7 July 1953” event with the transfer of the memorial to the Town of Barnstable.  Over 75 people attended the event including State Representative and Town Councilor Will Crocker, Barnstable Town Council Vice President James Crocker, Barnstable Town Councilors John Flores, James Tinsley and Phil Wallace, Town Manager Mark Ells, Assistant Town Manager Andy Clyburn, Town Treasurer Debra Blanchette and Trust Fund Advisory Committee (TFAC) Chair William “Bo” Murdoch and TFAC member Jayne Scanlon. The Town of Barnstable received funds from Barnstable County on behalf of the Korean War Veterans Association for perpetual care of the Memorial. The funds are held by the Town in a Trust. DPW’s Structures & Grounds (particular mention and appreciation was given to Grounds Foreman Chris Gonnella) and the KWVA have shared responsibility for the care and maintenance of the Memorial.  The Significance of July 27th and 10 AM - The Armistice Agreement for the Restoration of the South Korean State This armistice signed on July 27, 1953, formally ended the war in Korea. North and South Korea remain separate and occupy almost the same territory they had when the war began. The Korean War, which began on June 25, 1950, when the North Koreans invaded South Korea, officially ended on July 27, 1953.  10:00 AM, which is the time (in the Far East) when the armistice was signed, with the cease fire going into effect at 10:00 PM.  

Governor’s Council to Address Aging Hears from Cape Residents

On Tuesday morning, over 150 people attended the Governor’s Council to Address Aging Listening Session at the Barnstable Senior Center. In response to Massachusetts’s rapidly aging population, Governor Baker established the 24-member council in April with the goal of making the Commonwealth the most age-friendly state in the nation for people of all ages. Council members, including Secretary for Elder Affairs Alice Bonner, listened intently as senior citizens, elder advocates, and aging service providers from across Cape Cod and Southeastern Massachusetts spoke about issues that impact the quality of life for senior citizens and shared suggestions on how to make Massachusetts more age friendly. The importance of supporting the needs of seniors across the state was echoed by the state legislators in attendance, including Cape and Islands Senator Julian Cyr who serves as Vice Chair of the Joint Committee of Elder Affairs, Representative Danielle Gregoire who serves as Chair of the Joint Committee on Elder Affairs, Representative Will Crocker, and Representative Sarah Peake.  Among the wide range of topics raised during the session were transportation, housing, social isolation, economic security, and caregiving. The feedback received at the four listening sessions being held across the state will assist the council in developing a plan to improve public and private efforts to support healthy aging in Massachusetts. The Council is expected to deliver a preliminary report to the Governor by the end of 2017.


Barnstable Police Department – Officer Danielle St. Peter – Cops for Kids with Cancer

In March of this year, Officer Danielle St. Peter found out that a three year old Barnstable resident by the name of Isaac Shrauger was battling Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. The treatments for this terrible disease meant that Isaac had to spend many days and nights in Boston area hospitals and away from home and family. Officer St. Peter donated her time to take trips to visit with Isaac and check on his family. Officer St. Peter also contacted Cops for Kids with Cancer (CFKWC) and told them about Isaac and his family. CFKWC is a charitable organization that has undertaken the mission of trying to help as many young kids and their families as possible that are battling cancer. This month the organization has given $45,000 to various families around New England and over the years more than $ 2.5 million has been given through their efforts.  Last Friday, July 21st, representatives from CFKWC along with Officer St. Peter and other members of the BPD presented Isaac and his family with a $5,000 donation.

Barnstable Municipal Airport Adds New Peter Pan Bus Lines Stop

Peter Pan Bus Lines added a new stop at the Barnstable Municipal Airport in their popular daily express service to Boston South Station and Logan Airport. The bus will originate daily from the Hyannis Transportation Center and will also service the Barnstable and Sagamore park-and-ride lots.Peter Pan Bus Line’s passengers who depart from the airport will also be able to take advantage of safe and convenient parking with Republic Parking located in front of the airport for a discount rate.  Passengers will show their Peter Pan Bus Lines printed or mobile ticket for a discounted parking rate of $6 per day.  Fares are $9 to Boston-South Station and $24 to Logan Airport. Commuters will also be able to purchase a 10 ride commuter book at the Hyannis Transportation Center for $68. Buses will be departing Hyannis at 5:10 a.m., 6:25 a.m., 7:40 a.m., 12:25 p.m., 2:10 p.m. and 7:40 p.m. “Peter Pan Bus Lines is pleased to provide our passengers with a convenient pick up location for our daily express service to Boston’s South Station and Logan Airport,” said Frank Dougherty, Vice President of Operations of Peter Pan Bus Lines. “By partnering with the Barnstable Municipal Airport, we can offer passengers safe and secure parking options at a discounted rate.”  “We are thrilled to be able to give our customers and the residents of Cape Cod who commute to Boston a terrific option to consider with Peter Pan Bus Lines,” says Bud Breault, Barnstable Municipal Airport Manager. “Parking is an issue for many people who commute – the airport has a very viable option for them”.  The bus line began service at the new Barnstable Municipal Airport stop on Tuesday, July 25.


Centerville Recreation Building Playground Tree Removal
As a result of the storm on July 7th, a large limb broke off the White Oak tree located in the middle of the Centerville Recreation Building playground.  As part of a response to the cleanup of the limb-fall, the Tree Warden/arborist conducted an inspection of the tree. The inspection identified a large cavity at the attachment point of a major section of the crown as well as a significant amount of rot. It was the opinion of the Tree Warden that the tree was significantly stressed and susceptible to future failures.  Given that this tree is located in the middle of a children’s playground, it presented a significant safety hazard.  The tree was removed on Friday, July 21st and Saturday, July 22nd. The playground reopened on Monday July 24th.
Pictured below:  Jerimiah Pearson - Tree Warden; Justin Zacek –Laborer; Andrew Kellet –Laborer; and
Michael White –Arborist.


Wayward Buoy Retrieved from Barnstable Harbor

There are lots of aids to navigation in the waters of the Town of Barnstable and elsewhere.  One thing you might not be aware of is how big they are.  An old United States Coast Guard buoy was retrieved from Barnstable Harbor this week. This particular buoy had been bouncing around Barnstable Harbor submerged and hidden for quite some time.  It could have done some serious damage to vessels in the area. Marine & Environmental Affairs staff was finally able to get a line on it and bring it to shore and DPW’s Highway Division assisted with the removal.  You can see just how big these aids to navigation are in comparison to the DPW equipment. 


Eversource Distribution Rate Review Public Hearings

On January 17, 2017, Eversource Energy submitted a proposal to the Department of Public Utilities (DPU) to update the company's electric rates. The proposal requests a net increase in annual delivery revenue of $60.2 million, representing a 7 percent increase in those revenues to support our electric distribution operations.  On June 1, 2017, Eversource filed a revised rate design proposal with the DPU that shifts revenues between Eastern and Western Massachusetts as compared to the original proposal. This has the potential to change customer bill impacts. Eversource's request addresses increases in operating and maintenance costs and capital costs associated with investments in the electric network since the last decision by the DPU approving a general distribution rate increase in 2006. The DPU will review our request, conduct public hearings in Eversource's service area, and then make a decision by December 29, 2017 for new rates to become effective January 1, 2018.

August 2 at 7 p.m.
Cape Cod Community College
Main Theatre, Tilden Arts Center
2240 Iyannough Road
West Barnstable, MA 02668

For More Information Visit the Electric Distribution Rate Review page on Use our online General Comment Form for comments or questions. Residential customers can also call 800-592-2000 while Business customers can call 800-340-9822.

Election Schedule for “Massachusetts School Building Authority Project at Cape Cod Regional Technical High School”



Barnstable Police Department Citizens’ Police Academy
Attention - Town of Barnstable residents, business owners and workforce! This is your last chance to get your applications in for the 30th session of the Barnstable Police Citizens Police Academy. Selections will be made in August for an academy start date sometime in mid to late September. For more information and for an application follow the link here to visit the Citizens Police Academy homepage.


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 through August 24, 2017. In addition, the Barnstable County Coastal Explorer Van joins the program for an extended day visit on 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 are:

  • Hyannis HyArts Artist Shanties at Bismore Park, open seven days a week, 11:00 AM to at least 8:00 PM.  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 6:00 PM-7:30 PM, Wednesdays, 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 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 until 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.

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.   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.


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 only village to frequently appear on television weather maps?   Donna Burns was quick to reply that the answer is Hyannis.  Next time you are watching a local television weather forecast, let us know if you see “Barnstable” or another community’s village on the map.


This Week’s Question:  August is just around the corner and that means the Annual Pops by the Sea concert.  What date was the original concert held? Email your answer here.