Town Manager Mark Ells smiles while Chief Matthew K. Sonnabend
is sworn into office by Town Clerk Ann Quirk. 
The Barnstable Town Council ratified the selection of Chief Sonnabend
by unanimous vote at last night’s Town Council meeting.

Congratulations Chief Sonnabend!


Town Council Meeting – June 7th

Last night’s Town Council meeting included the last items for the FY2019 Operating Budget.  Town Manager Mark Ells’ Communications included continued work with the Massachusetts Department of Fish & Wildlife; USGS, DEP Water Supply staff regarding future potential water supply wells; Vineyard Wind’s progress; the Town coordinating with the Friends of Barnstable Harbor on a Benthic Habitat Mapping Project through the Center for Coastal Studies; the Free Lunch and Snack program that will take place at the Hyannis Youth & Community Center this summer; the success of the OneLove program at Barnstable High School; and his appearance before the School Committee on Wednesday night to discuss the MOU relative to Appropriation Order 2018-064 for funding the Barnstable Public School High School Sports Field upgrade.  Mr. Ells asked Town Clerk Ann Quirk to speak about proposed new polling locations for precincts 1, 10 and 12 in upcoming elections.  President Eric Steinhilber began the Orders of the Day by taking agenda item 2018-160 out of order - Confirmation of appointment of Matthew K. Sonnabend as Barnstable Chief of Police.  The Town Council unanimously approved the appointment.   Following his appointment as Chief, Chief Sonnabend presented the FY19 Police Department Budget which was also unanimously approved.  Two grant items – a 2018 Sustained Traffic Enforcement Program Grant (STEP) award in the amount of $9,478.03 from the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, Highway Safety Division, and a Fiscal Year 2018 Grant in the amount of $5,622 for Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Enforcement and Equipment - were presented by the Police Department’s Anne Spillane and were unanimously approved.  Also taken out of order was the approval for an Appropriation and Transfer Order in the amount of $100,000 for the Fiscal Year 2018 Airport Enterprise Fund Capital Budget for the purpose of funding various Airport Capital Improvement projects.  This was Airport Manager Bud Breault’s last Town Council meeting prior to his retirement later this month.  It was also an opportunity for the Town Council to meet incoming Assistant Airport Manager Matt Elia (see item later in eNews).  Finance Director Mark Milne then presented the remaining twelve FY2019 Operating Budget items (Town Council; Town Manager; Administrative Services Department; Employee Benefits; General Fund Debt Service; Library and Tourism Grants; Reserve Fund; Insurance, Assessments, Transfers and Other Fixed Costs; Community Preservation Fund Administration Expenses and Program Set-Asides; Community Preservation Fund Debt Service Requirements; change to Chapter 86 Article III of the General Ordinances; and Revolving Fund Spending Limits) which were all approved. An Appropriation and Transfer order in the amount of $195,000 of Community Preservation Funds for creation and acquisition of a conservation restriction 2.18 acres +/-, 3600 Falmouth Road, Marstons Mills, Map 077, Parcel 005 passed as did a Conservation Restriction to be held by The Compact of Cape Cod Conservation Trusts over approximately 4.07 acres of land on Peppercorn Lane, Cotuit.  The Town Council then approved appointments to the Disability Commission and Youth Commission and reappointments to the Airport Commission, Comprehensive Financial Advisory Committee, Conservation Commission, Community Preservation Committee, Council on Aging, Disability Commission, Historical Commission, Housing Committee, Human Services Committee, JFK Memorial Trust Fund Committee, Library Committee, Old King’s Highway Historic District Commission, Planning Board, Water Quality Advisory Committee, Waterways Committee, and Zoning Board of Appeals.  The following items received First Readings and were moved to the June 21st Town Council meeting: Appropriation and Loan Order in the amount of $340,000 pursuant to Temporary Repair to Private Roads Program regarding Butler Avenue, Ocean Avenue, Clark Avenue, Prospect Avenue, Hotel Avenue, Summerbell Avenue, Lake Elizabeth Drive, Valley Avenue, Laurel Avenue, Vine Avenue in Centerville, MA; Repeal of Section 241-44.1 of the Town of Barnstable Administrative Code, Agricultural Commission; Repeal of §241-27 of the Town of Barnstable Administrative Code, Personnel Board and amendments to Chapter 242 of the Barnstable Code, Personnel and Chapter 401, Article VIII, Personnel Regulations; Repeal of Chapter 241-45.2 of the Town of Barnstable Administrative Code, Renewable Energy Commission; Repeal of Chapter 241-44.5 of the Town of Barnstable Administrative Code, Land Acquisition and Preservation Committee; and Amend §241-45.1A of the Administrative Code Amendment, Human Services Committee, by reducing the number of members from nine to seven. An order to amend the Zoning Ordinance to prohibit non-medical marijuana in all zoning districts within the Town of Barnstable was referred to the Planning Board as was an item Amending Chapter 240, Article III, of the Zoning Ordinances to create a Cannabis Overlay District-A and Cannabis Overlay District-B and district regulations for establishing and operating registered recreational marijuana dispensaries.  The Town Council accepted a $3,753,000 grant from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development MassWorks Infrastructure Program as presented by Planning & Development Director Elizabeth Jenkins.  Three additional items received first readings (Appointments to Board of Assessors, Board of Health, Planning Board and Sandy Neck Board; Reappointments to the Mid-Cape Cultural Council; and an item addressing term limits for chairs of multiple member boards) and will be moved to the next Town Council meeting on June 21, 2018 at 7:00 PM.


Highlights in Education at School Committee Meeting – June 6th

At Wednesday’s School Committee there were a number of highlights featuring students from Barnstable Public Schools including The Key Idea, Advanced Studies and Leadership Program, Future Problem Solvers, Destination Imagination and the BHS National Latin Exam Awards.  Lenore Lyons and students from Centerville Elementary School and Barnstable Intermediate School were on hand to share what they learned through The Key Idea.  A special student exhibit called “The Wisdom of Children“ is A National Exhibit of KeyStories created by thousands of children, ages 5-18 from across the United States including our own students will be on display at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod from  July 19 through August 5, 2018.

Advanced Studies and Leadership Program

Carrie Morse, Director of the Gateway Department, introduced a partnership that takes place each year with Cape Cod Collaborative and Massachusetts Maritime Academy that selects high achieving students for participation in the Advanced Studies Leadership Program.  This July, grade 7 and 8 students will attend a three week, overnight, learning experience emphasizing project-oriented instruction, team building, and leadership development.  Selected students in Barnstable represent the largest group from the Cape and Islands.  The students representing Barnstable this summer:  Nelson Andrews, Hunter Boulette, Alexis Briggs, Lillie Ells, Keegan Farrenkopf, Amber Fena, Leila Hoagland, Casey Holland, Zoe Hughes, Jordynn Johnson, Renna Kingsbury, Nikolas Lyons, Lily Pawsey, Taya Robillard, Willow Stulsky, Lanah Wallace, George Atsalis, Mateus Boemer, Kaelan Cassidy, Kaya Cormier, Ryann Edwards, Jacob Kinkead and Kelley Reardon.  Congratulations and enjoy your program!

Future Problem Solvers

Ms. Morse also recognized this year’s Future Problem Solvers competitors who traveled to Wisconsin representing Barnstable and Massachusetts in the international competition yesterday.  Future Problem Solving is a unique program encouraging critical and creative thinking as well as teamwork in students, starting in 4th grade and continuing to 12th grade.  Allison Carter is individually competing in Community Problem Solving.  Morgan Contrino is competing with three other students from around the globe in Scenario Writing.  Taylor Eastman, Stephanie Stiles, Adelaide Bsharah, and Alexis Papavasiliou are competing as a team in Global Issues Problem Solving.  Congratulations and good luck to these students and their coaches Christy Salley and Deb Contrino!

Destination Imagination

Ms. Morse also recognized the Destination Imagination (DI) program.  DI has bas been part of Barnstable’s Gateway program since the 1990’s for students in kindergarten through 12th grade.  DI is a fun, hands-on system of learning that fosters students’ creativity, courage, and curiosity through open-ended academic challenges in the fields of STEM (science, technologoy, engineering, and mathematics), fine arts and service learning.  The participants learn the collaborative problem-solving process, as well as flexibility and respect for others.  The members of the BHS Senior Team have participated in DI since second grade with a total of four State tournament competitions and two invitations to the Global Tournament among them.  Congratulations to Bevan Bsharah, Gage Flanagon, Michael Haydon, Harry McDonald, Courtney McEneaney and Emily Rice.  This experience was made possible because of the mentorship of the Team Managers, Sharon Haydon and Rick Bsharah.  We wish these students all the best as they venture beyond high school.

BHS National Latin Exam Awards

World Language Teacher Victoria Miklosky, along with World Languages Department Chair Grace Lytle and colleague Tianzhou Ye, was pleased to update the School Committee on the results of recent National Latin Exam.  This past March, 125 of Barnstable High School’s Latin students took the National Latin Exam – a rigorous standardized test of their Latin vocabulary, grammar, history, mythology and culture skills.  Of that group, a full third has won some sort of recognition for their performance.  Cum Laude Award (think of these as an Honorable Mention): Latin 1 - Owen Zimmerman; Latin 2 - William O’Dwyer, Chandler Matheson, Amy Kristofferson; Latin 3 - Taylor Eastman; AP - Megan Cazeault, Isabelle Barrett.  Magna Cum Laude (equivalent to third place): Latin 1 - Colin Fravel;  Latin 2 - Sopha Weinstock, Victoria Hall, Azora Magnus, Tia Noonan, Guilherme Souza; Latin 3 - Caroline Marczely; AP – Kristen Amiott, Nick Caprio.  Silver Medals: Latin 1- Nora Penni, Krystina Dumont, Atticus Cronin, Allison Nystrom, Nick Kallipolites, Livia Varetimos; Kaya Cormier; Latin 2-Camden Holloway, Rooba Shahzadi, Harold Marczely, Zach Boden, Audtrey Sawyer; Latin 3-Ethan Weiner, Christo Keller, Morgan Contrino, Drew Valentine, Jack Lyons, Wyatt Carbonell; AP: Lizzy Brown, Ethan Williams.  Gold Medals: Latin 1-Sean Cole, Alvin Torresedeleon, Hannah Clark, Lexi Varetimos, Eva Cotreau, Abby Mead; Latin 2-Aidan Luczkow, Dorian Funk, Jacob Pass, Alexis Papvasiliou; Advanced – Gabby Simpkins.  Gabby Simpkins was recognized for four straight years of Gold Medals.  Gabby has achieved something only a tiny fraction of exam takers accomplish: gold medals in Latin 1, Latin 2, Latin 3 and Advanced.  Technically there is no Advanced class so that meant Gabby did this test all on her own.  For this special recognition, Gabby received a special award given by the National Latin Exam, a plated Oxford Classical Dictionary.  Congratulations Gabby and all of our Latin Scholars!


Town Manager Mark Ells Welcomes STEEP Science Day to Barnstable

On Thursday, June 7, 2018, Town Manager welcomed the STEEP Superfund research team (University of Rhode Island, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Silent Spring Institute who work in partnership with the Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition (MBCC) and Sierra Club Cape Cod Group) back to the Town of Barnstable for STEEP Science Day! Members of the STEEP Superfund research center provided a full-day community event focused on the science of hazardous chemicals called PFSAs and their occurrence in U.S. drinking water supplies, including on Cape Cod.  The program will included project updates from the STEEP Team, a film screening, and a tour of the Hyannis Water System facility, among other activities.  You may visit the STEEP website for more information.


Deepest Sympathies to the Family of Ted Panitz

It is with great sadness that Ted Panitz' passing is announced. He died suddenly and unexpectedly of a heart attack on April 22. Family and friends are shocked as he was a vigorous and healthy man, and people keep saying they can't believe he's gone.  He was 71 years old. Ted served the Town of Barnstable in a number of capacities: as a Town Meeting Member from Precinct 4 from 1978 to 1988; a School Committee Member 1983-89; Town Councilor Precinct 4 – 1990, President Elect 1991, and Council President 1992. Ted's 36 year career in the Math Department at Cape Cod Community College was a highlight of his life and he always spoke fondly of the college and the many wonderful people he knew there. He leaves behind his wife of 48 years, Tricia; 2 sons, Michael of Washington state, and Andy of NJ; and 2 grandchildren, Cathy, 7, and Joey, 5, who were the apples of his eye.


Welcome Matt Elia - Assistant Airport Manager Select

It is with great pleasure that we welcome Matt to the team at Barnstable Municipal Airport!  Matt comes to us with a wealth of experience.  Below highlights a few key points:

·        He is a commercial pilot (both airplane single engine land and seaplane ratings);

·        He is a certified flight instructor and advanced ground instructor; and

·        He has held the following past positions removing snow (except in FL – that was alligator removal), completing airfield construction and maintenance, developing and conducting staff and tenant training as well as a number of other tasks that are too many to mention:

o   Airport Manager for the City of Tavares Seaplane Base in Tavares, FL

o   Assistant Airport Manager for New Bedford Airport in New Bedford, MA

o   Adjunct Faculty Member for Daniel Webster College teaching general aviation operations, airport operations, business/corporate aviation marketing

o   Assistant Airport Manager/Operations Manager for Mansfield Airport as well as flight Instructor and Fixed Based Operator Line Representative

Matt’s capabilities and aviation experience meet the requirements of the position and he will be a tremendous help in maintaining airfield facilities and working with staff to accomplish our safety related goals – this will be his focus.  Matt will also be assisting in developing the airport and finding its true potential. Over the past several years, the airport team has rebuilt the facility completing a number of projects that include:

·        Constructing a new Air Traffic Control Tower (2011);

·        Constructing a new Terminal Building (2011);

·        Constructing a new airport access road (2011);

·        Constructing a new automobile parking lot (2011);

·        Constructing a new commercial ramp (2013);

·        Relocation and reconstruction of Taxiway A, East Ramp and added solar arrays (2014);

·        Clearing of the Runway Visibility Zone (Tree Clearing – 20 acres) (2015/2016);

·        Realigning and reconstructing Taxiway C (2016);

·        Constructing a new 60,000 gallon capacity aboveground Fuel Farm (2017) with the option to expand to 100,000 gallons as well as removal of the 20-year underground 20,000 gallon tank;

·        Relocating/Rehabilitating Taxiway B, Partial Taxiway C/D and Runway 15/33 (2017);

·        Removing an underground diesel fuel tank and generator used for the airfield lighting vault and replacing with natural gas and new generator (2017);

·        Hangar II drainage improvements (to be completed in 2018); and

·        Terminal improvements (café patio addition) (to be completed in 2018).

Please join us in welcoming Matt to the Town of Barnstable!

Pictured from left to right:  Retiring Barnstable Airport Manager Bud Breault, Assistant Airport Manager Select Matt Elia and Incoming Airport Manager Katie Servis


State of Water Supply Conservation

The Hyannis Water Board, at their May 15, 2018 regularly scheduled Public Meeting, has determined that a potential for a water shortage exists due to the limited availability of water production wells and the need to purchase water from adjacent water systems.  The declaration of a State of Water Supply Conservation by the Hyannis Water Board is appropriate to ensure an adequate supply of water for drinking and fire protection is available, and to ensure compliance with the Water Management Act. The following restrictions limiting nonessential outdoor water use by water users are necessary to control the volume of water pumped each day:

1.       Odd / Even Day Outdoor Watering (including automatic lawn sprinklers):

Outdoor watering by water users with odd numbered addresses is restricted to odd numbered days. Outdoor watering by water users with even numbered addresses is restricted to even numbered days. Commercial, condominium and other multiple properties held under common ownership or management may, by written request of the property owner, be assigned an odd or even designation by the Water Supply Division.

2.       Outdoor Watering Hours (including automatic lawn sprinklers):

Outdoor watering is permitted only from 5:00 PM to 5:00 AM.

3.       Filling swimming pools:

Filling of swimming pools is prohibited

  • Please be aware of advance weather forecasts, and adjust your watering schedule accordingly.
  • Install rain shutoff devices on automatic irrigation systems.
  • Water conservation kits are available at no charge. 

The Hyannis Water Board will terminate the water use restrictions on nonessential outdoor water use when the condition requiring the State of Water Supply Conservation no longer exists. Please call the Hyannis Water System at (508) 775-0063 with any questions.


Barnstable Intermediate School to Host Presentation for Parents


Notice of Public Meeting Hyannis East End Roadway Improvements

June 14th at 5:30 p.m. – Barnstable Town Hall

The Town of Barnstable Departments of Public Works and Planning & Development invite the community to listening session on proposed roadway, streetscape and intersection improvements in Hyannis’ East End.  The meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 14, 2018 at Barnstable Town Hall, 367 Main Street, Hyannis.  Refreshments will be provided.  The meeting is to provide interested individuals an opportunity to share their thoughts about roadway, streetscape and intersection design in the following areas:  

·      Hyannis Main Street from Center Street to the Yarmouth town line, including the intersections of Main & Center Streets and Main St/Lewis Bay Road

·      Old Colony Boulevard between Main Street and South Street

·      The intersection of South Street/Old Colony/Ocean Street

The roadway and streetscape improvement project aims to improve the mobility of all roadway users, including pedestrians; improve access to the area; support existing businesses and new economic growth; and enhance the appearance of area.


West Barnstable Flag Day Celebration


Summer Eats – Free Meals for Kids & Teens – Cape Cod Kickoff – Saturday, June 16th


Advanced Notice:  Traffic Alert – Father’s Day Car Show – Sunday, June 17th
The 24th Annual Father’s Day Car Show will be held on Sunday, June 17th.  There are two road closures that we want to bring to your attention.  On Saturday, June 16th, Main Street from High School Road to Bassett Lane will be closed from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM.  On Sunday, June 17th, Main Street, Hyannis will be closed from the intersection of Main Street and Ocean Street to the intersection of Main Street and Stevens Street from 5:00 AM to 3:00 PM.


Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority & Cape Cod Councils on Aging Convene for Semi-Annual Coordination Meeting

As a result of an enhanced collaboration between the Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority (CCRTA) and Cape Cod Councils on Aging, one of the recently enacted reforms (semi-annual meetings) took place in the conference room at the Hyannis Transportation Center on Tuesday June 5th. Two years ago an editorial appeared in the local print media suggesting that due to the extraordinary number of seniors residing on Cape Cod and that number projected to grow prospectively, sufficient planning needed to be conducted in the areas of Housing, Health Care and Transportation. At that time, the CCRTA reached out to all the Cape’s Councils on Aging Directors in an effort to share ideas and engage in an ongoing dialogue intended to collectively improve senior mobility options in our region. After several months of discussion the CCRTA unveiled several reforms that most feel are significant and are making a difference. Although CCRTA and the Councils on Aging have long enjoyed a productive relationship, some of the new initiatives have shown marked improvements. CCRTA Administrator Tom Cahir stated, “The Council Directors have been enormously helpful in educating me and my staff on measures that could be beneficial in transporting seniors. The initiatives we have undertaken have proven to be very successful.”              The initiatives implemented include additional transportation support, improved senior travel safety and better communication:


·        $40,000 In New COA Funding To Increase Transportation for Seniors

·        Senior Friendly Accessible Vans Provided to COAs at No Cost

·        Additional Loaner Vehicles Provided to COAs For Added Senior Needs

·        Travel Training Geared Towards Unique Senior Transportation Needs

·        No-Cost COA Driver Safety and Senior Transportation Support Classes

·        Ongoing Efforts To Continually Improve Senior Transportation Options

· Direct Access to Senior Transportation Information

During the meeting, 13 of the 15 COA Director’s participated in a discussion pertaining to specific transportation challenges/issues they are facing in their respective Cape towns.  Several CCRTA staff members also spoke about safety, training, reporting and maintenance. At the conclusion of the meeting 9 COA’s were awarded new paratransit vans as part of a grant award that the CCRTA received. Mashpee’s COA Director Lynn Waterman and Barnstable’s Madeline Noonan co-chair Council’s on Aging Serving Together (COAST) and have been integral in the effective collaboration with the CCRTA. Ms. Noonan stated “ the strong and collaborative partnership that exists between the Cape COA’s and the CCRTA has improved transportation services for older persons throughout our 15 towns, linking them to vital resources so they can continue to age successfully and live independently on Cape Cod. We are proud of our ongoing commitment to ensure that we are meeting their transportation needs by getting them where they need to go as safely, efficiently and reliably as possible.”


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2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season Begins

Start of Hurricane Season is a Reminder to Prepare

June 1st marked the official start of the Atlantic Hurricane Season which runs through November 30th.  While historically the majority of tropical storms and hurricanes that have impacted our region occurred during the months of August and September, now is the time to begin preparing yourself, your family, your home and your business.  Throughout hurricane season, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) will share important preparedness information to help residents be aware of, and prepare for, the impacts of tropical storms and hurricanes.  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) seasonal outlook predicts a near, or above-normal number of hurricanes this season. Regardless of how many storms develop this year, it only takes one storm to severely impact an area.  In 2011, Tropical Storm Irene produced devastating flooding in Central and Western Massachusetts.  Irene was a reminder that hurricanes and tropical storms can impact the entire Commonwealth, not just coastal regions, and that all Massachusetts residents need to prepare for the possibility of hurricane impacts this season. To learn more about the hazards associated with hurricanes and tropical storms, visit MEMA’s hurricane webpage. Now is the time for all residents of the Commonwealth to prepare for the impacts of a tropical storm or hurricane,” said MEMA Director Kurt Schwartz.  “As hurricane season begins, residents should learn if they live or work in a hurricane evacuation zone, make an emergency plan, assemble an emergency kit, and stay informed.”

Know Your Evacuation Zone

Massachusetts has defined hurricane evacuation zones, designated as Zone A, Zone B and Zone C, for areas of the state at risk for storm surge flooding associated with tropical storms or hurricanes. If evacuations are necessary because of a tropical storm or hurricane, local or state officials will use the hurricane evacuation zones to call for people living, working or vacationing in these areas to evacuate. Even areas not directly along a coastline may be at risk for storm surge flooding during a tropical storm or hurricane. Find out if you live, work or vacation in a hurricane evacuation zone by visiting the ‘Know Your Zone’ interactive map located on MEMA’s website at<>.

Make an Emergency Plan

Develop a plan with the members of your household to prepare for what to do, how to find each other, and how to communicate in a tropical storm or hurricane. An emergency plan should include:

•                  Meeting Locations

•                  Emergency Contact Information

•                  Evacuation Plans

•                  Shelter-in-Place Plans

•                  Considerations for Family Members with Access and Functional Needs, and Pets

For more information, see:

Build an Emergency Kit

Build an emergency kit containing items that will sustain you and your family in the event you are isolated for three to five days without power or unable to go to a store. Emergency kits are particularly important during hurricane season, as there is the threat of extended power outages, flooding, and impassable debris-covered roads. While it is important to customize your kit to meet the unique needs of you and your family, every emergency kit should include bottled water, food, a flashlight, a radio and extra batteries, a first aid kit, sanitation items, and clothing. Depending on your family’s needs, emergency kits should also include medications, extra eyeglasses, medical equipment and supplies, children’s items such as diapers and formula, food and supplies for pets and service animals, and other items you or your family members might need during a disaster. For a complete emergency kit checklist, visit:

Stay Informed

Receiving advance warnings and timely emergency alerts and information from public officials  is critical to staying safe during a tropical storm or hurricane. Every family should have multiple methods for receiving emergency alerts. Learn more about different types of alerting and information tools including the Massachusetts Alerts Smartphone App, the Emergency Alert System, Wireless Emergency Alerts, NOAA Weather Radio, Social Media & Traditional Media, 2-1-1 Hotline, Local Notification Systems. For more information, please visit:

MEMA Hurricane Season Preparedness Activities In preparation for the 2018 hurricane season, MEMA has begun hurricane preparedness activities which will continue throughout the season:

  *   In early May, MEMA, FEMA and the National Hurricane Center hosted a "Hurricane Preparedness for Decision Makers" class for New England officials to learn about tropical cyclones, forecasts and evacuation decision making.

  *   In May, MEMA hosted hurricane preparedness webinars for 350 local, state, federal, private sector and non-profit partners to share information from the National Hurricane Center, National Weather Service, FEMA and MEMA about hurricane forecasting and emergency planning.

  *   In June, MEMA will convene 12 functional hurricane preparedness working groups with representatives of the state’s Emergency Support Function (ESF) partner agencies to focus on air operations, distribution of critical commodities, communications, debris management, electricity restoration, evacuations, fuel supplies and distribution, sheltering, mass feeding, impact assessments, search and rescue, and operation of base camps and staging areas.


News from Marine & Environmental Affairs:

·        Blish Point Boat Ramp Barnstable, MA Open for the Season:  May 18, 2018


$8.00      Weekdays         $10.00    Weekends/Holiday          $100.00 Season Pass

Hours of Operation:

5:00 AM-4:00 PM (hours may vary)

Call the Harbormasters Office at 508-790-6273 if you have any questions.

·        All Town-owned marinas are open and staffed as of the first week of May. 

·        As of May 1, 2018 all landside pumpout facilities are operational for the season (two in Hyannis inner harbor / Bismore Park Marina and the one at Barnstable Harbor Marina).

·        Seasonal Parking Passes for The Marina at Prince Cove are now available at the Harbormaster’s Office at: 1189 Phinney’s Lane, Centerville, MA  02632. 

·        As a reminder, no motorized vessel, no vessel greater than 12 feet in length overall and no vessel greater than 5 feet in beam may be placed on any Town Way to Water.  Any vessel must include owner contact information.  More details may be found here


2018 Season Hyannis HyArts Shanties  * TWO locations *

Two locations:  Bismore Park, Ocean St  AND Harbor Overlook, corner South & Ocean

The Hyannis HyArts Artist Shanties at Hyannis Harbor/Bismore Park, and Harbor Overlook/corner South & Ocean are open for the 2018 season.   Visitors will find something handmade or hand crafted by local artists.   The Town run program provides affordable rental space for Cape Cod artists and artisans to work and sell at these “seaside studios”.  This program provides prime visibility and opportunities for artists to gain and improve business, marketing and selling skills, connect with other artists and meet visitors from around the region and the world. 

New artists are featured EACH week, throughout the season. 

The shanties are located in two spots along Hyannis Harbor:  at Bismore Park, Ocean Street and at the Harbor Overlook, along the Walkway-to-the-Sea at the corner of South and Ocean Street.  The Bismore Park Shanties are named for the town’s seven villages and each shanty exterior features past and present images of the town of Barnstable’s seven villages.  The Harbor Overlook shanties are named for Town of Barnstable beaches:  Sandy Neck Beach, Craigville and Keyes.


The 2018 Hyannis HyArts Artist Shanties at both locations are open:

Weekends through Sunday June 10th:

Friday-Sunday:  11:00am - at least 6:00pm


Seven days a week: June 10th-October 8th, 2018

11:00am - at least 6:00pm through end of June

11:00am-at least 8:00pm, July & August

11:00am-at least 6:00pm, September through October  8th


Weekends, October 12th-December

Harbor Overlook location.

Over 95 artists will participate in the 2018 program. Artwork varies and includes photography, jewelry, painting, fiber arts, ceramics, rope work, mosaics, woodworking, window art, and more.  For updates and schedules, visit


FY2019 Transfer Station Stickers On Sale Now

The Transfer Station’s FY19 stickers went on sale on May 1, 2018. The cost for the residential Transfer Station sticker is $250.00 for the first vehicle and $25.00 for the second vehicle. The residential Recycle Only sticker is available and is free of charge. Both stickers are available in the Office at the Transfer Station & Recycling Center, 7 days a week from 7:30 AM to 3:30 PM. You must be a resident of Barnstable with a valid vehicle registration to obtain either sticker. Additional documentation may be required for proof of residency. The new sticker is required by July 1, 2018.


Swap Shop at Transfer Station Now Open

The Swap Shop at the Transfer Station is now open on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, weather depending. Please see the Transfer Station webpage for acceptable items.  The Transfer Station is located at 45 Flint Street, Marstons Mills, MA 02648.


Compost Now Available at Transfer Station

The Barnstable Transfer Station now has compost available for sticker holders (either trash or recycling).  For residents only. Not for commercial vendors.


Barnstable Parking Permits Available


First Tee at Hyannis Golf Course
The First Tee program of Massachusetts continues its offerings at the Hyannis Golf Course.  The First Tee emphasizes Nine Core Values: honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy and judgment.  Through golf and core values, your kids and teens will learn life skills like:  making proper introductions; managing emotions; resolving conflicts; setting up step-by-step goals; planning for the future; and appreciating diversity.  On-line registration information can be found here.

Complimentary 15-Minute Waiting Area at Bismore Park, Hyannis Harbor

In continued efforts towards balancing public safety with enhancing quality of life, the Town of Barnstable Parking Management Program introduced a newly created complimentary 15-minute waiting area at Bismore Park, Hyannis Harbor on April 20th. This designated area aims to alleviate congestion of personal vehicles, taxis, shuttle services and transportation network company (TNC) vehicles picking up or dropping off passengers at the ferry terminal.  Designated spaces closest to the ferry terminal are signed appropriately to assist guests in properly identifying the area eligible for the complimentary 15 minute spaces.

In order to ensure the 15 minute waiting area is successful, the Parking Management team will monitor and manage the area including any vehicle obstructing the waiting area stalls. Therefore, it is highly recommended any vehicle needing to park for longer than 15 minutes, including taxis and TNC, pay for parking or find an alternative, compliant parking area.  For more information about this new program please visit or feel free to contact: Barnstable Parking Management Program,

508-862-4771, 200 Main Street, Hyannis, MA 02601. We are happy to help!


As always, please slow down and use extreme caution when traveling through the road construction areas and follow posted safety signs.
Roadway Improvements
*NEW* Nighttime Pavement Milling and Paving – Main Street & West End Rotary, Hyannis

The Department of Public Works will be performing nighttime milling and paving operations on the west end of Main Street in Hyannis beginning on the evening of Monday, June 11, 2018. The limits of work include the entire west-end rotary and the full width of Main Street as far as the entrance to #760 Main Street. The top layer of existing pavement will be removed within the rotary and this section of roadway and replaced with new asphalt pavement. Work is expected to be completed by Wednesday, June 12, 2018, weather permitting.   Vehicles will be detoured around the construction operations.  Motorists will be directed by police details and/or detour signs for optional routes around the work zone. Operations will start promptly at 8 PM and run until 5 AM, after which time traffic will be opened back onto all lanes of Main Street and the rotary.

*UPDATED* Cotuit: Anchor Lane, Mariner Circle and Mooring Drive
The Department of Public Works will be wrapping up roadway improvements on Anchor Lane, Mariner Circle and Mooring Drive in Cotuit through early June. Remaining work consists of driveway aprons and site restoration.  Motorists are advised to seek alternate routes to avoid the construction work.  Operations will start promptly at 7 AM and run until 5 PM.  

Route 28 (Falmouth Road) at Bearse’s Way Continues

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) will continue their roadway improvements for the “Route 28 Intersection Improvements at Bearse’s Way.” The project includes traffic signal and pedestrian improvements, constructing retaining walls and medians, and road widening. The area is getting prepared for paving and all traffic should use caution. Saturday work may be approved to expedite the inconvenience. Traffic during construction operations will be delayed and motorists are advised to seek alternate routes to avoid the construction work.  Specific traffic detours will be communicated as the work progresses and as updated information becomes available. The work hours will be between the hours of 6:30 AM and 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday. Some work hours will be shifting to 9PM to 5AM through the summer.

*UPDATED* Town of Barnstable DPW- Drainage Improvements
The Department of Public Works is performing drainage improvements on Clifton Lane, Oak Neck Road and Pitcher’s Way. All spring work began on Monday, April 9, 2018 and will continue through July.  Motorists and pedestrians may be redirected around the construction operations when necessary. Both motorists and pedestrians are advised to seek alternate routes to avoid the construction work. Construction operations will start promptly at 7:00 AM and run until 3:30 PM Monday through Friday.

Roadway Improvements (Chip Seal)

Hyannis: Bay Shore Road, Channel Point Road, Daisy Bluff Lane, Daisy Bluff Road, Harbor Bluffs Road, Old Harbor Road, Fourth Avenue, Fifth Avenue, Sixth Avenue, and Seventh Avenue

Marstons Mills: Cardinal Lane, Cranberry Ridge Road, Dove Lane, Flicker Lane, Head of the Pond Lane, Mockingbird Lane, Oriole Lane, Woodcrest Road, and Wren Lane

The Department of Public Works will be performing roadway improvements (chip seal) within Hyannis and Marstons Mills villages through June. Motorists are advised to seek alternate routes to avoid the construction work.  Operations will start promptly at 7 AM and run until 5 PM.  



Barnstable Dog Park

The parking area is staked out and the contractor continues to bring fill material to the site.  Work is expected to be completed this summer.

Osterville Bay Tennis Courts

The Tennis court concrete surfacing was installed last week.  The contractor is working on installation of underground drains.  Work is expected to be complete the end of June.

Lombard Site (West Barnstable)

The work at Lombard Field and Parking Project is 72% complete.  The top soil has been placed on the field.  The irrigation system is installed.  The electric company has installed the new electric pole.  The playground has been graded and equipment is being installed.  The press box siding and trim are painted with interior finish work continuing.  Stone work at the new entrance will begin shortly.  The public should be aware that there will be limited access and parking for the West Barnstable Community Building, as well as no access to Luke’s Love Playground, the ball field or the Old Selectmen’s Building for the duration of the project. The re-construction of the ball field, additional site improvements and the re-installation of Luke’s Love are expected to be completed in the Summer of 2018.


Sandy Neck APP
The Sandy Neck APP has arrived! In order to keep the public informed of important changes at the beach, we have created an APP that can be downloaded to your smart phones. This new APP will give the public real time information regarding the status of Sandy Neck Beach Park. Easy to download, simple to navigate, it is a welcome addition to the ongoing efforts of everyone here at Sandy Neck to keep you informed! Please go to our website for instructions. www.sandyneckbeachpark.comm You can download the APP on Google Play. If you don’t have a Google Play account, it is easy to set up and it is free. Please email Donna with any questions at  

Building Department Public Service Announcementt
Re: Article VII Sign Regulations § 240-61 (N) Temporary Signs on Public Property

The Town of Barnstable Building Department would like to advise its citizens of a recent policy change concerning the existing temporary signs on public property ordinance.  The Department has reviewed and updated our guidelines as a result of the public’s expressed desire to maintain the quiet dignity and decorum of our memorial sites as well as to address safety concerns regarding motor vehicle traffic line of sight.  The revised policy includes restrictions on the number and placement of temporary signs on public property and a prohibition of temporary signs on memorial sites and traffic islands.  This revision was carefully and purposefully crafted to balance the need of the community to publicize special non-profit events while preserving the integrity of the memorial sites and to ensure traffic safety in each of the seven villages of Barnstable.  As always, applicants seeking to install signs on public property will need to register their event with the Building Department prior to placement of signage.  Forms are available online here or they may be obtained at the Building Department located at the 200 Main Street building.  The Sign Ordinance online link may be found here.  Staff is available to answer questions or to assist applicants with the registration process and can be reached at 508-862-4038.


Town of Barnstable Hyannis Main Street Vendor/Contractor Parking Permit

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The Town of Barnstable recognizes vendors and contractors are a critical component to our community’s economy and quality of life. Therefore, starting January 1, 2018 daily parking permits are available to qualifying vendors and contractors hired to service businesses and residents located on Main Street, Hyannis who need their vehicles in close proximity on the date of services rendered, parking beyond the 2-hour limitation on Main Street during the hours of 7:00 AM-7:00 PM Monday through Sunday.  Through an application process by the Parking Division, Vendor/Contractor parking permits are valid for one space per vehicle or trailer, for no more than five (5) calendar days per calendar month, and no more than three (3)  vendor/contractor parking permits per business or residency at any one time.  Applications must be submitted one business day prior to the date requested and payment of cash/check must be included with the application:

November 1st – March 31st                         $  5.00/day/space

April 1st – October 31st                                 $15.00/day/space

For more information about this new program and/or a copy of the application, please visit online at or feel free to contact:  Barnstable Parking Resources Division, 200 Main Street, Hyannis, MA 02601 or 508-862-4771. We are happy to help!


Town of Barnstable Tools for New Business Development

Economic Development Resource Tools for New Business Attraction and Development

The Town of Barnstable’s Planning & Development Department provides two economic development resource tools for new business attraction and development. The newly re-designed Business Barnstable website and the Barnstable Business & Permitting Guide were created for companies and entrepreneurs interested in opening a business in Barnstable, the commercial hub of Cape Cod. The Business Barnstable website ( provides an online comprehensive one-stop resource to assist with new business start-up or expansion, and sends a clear message that Barnstable is ‘Open for Business’. For more information about these tools or Barnstable’s economic development program in general, please visit or contact Economic Development Specialist, Mike Trovato at 508.862.4791 or

Adult Supportive Day Program at the Barnstable Senior Center

If you are a caregiver in need of respite, or a senior who may benefit from the Adult Supportive Day (ASD) Program, we would be happy to meet with you to discuss how we may meet your needs.  ASD offers the following:  assists elders in maintaining their independence and remain active while aging in place in the community; offers structured and stimulating activities in a safe environment, with a focus on socialization, cognitive skills and physical well-being; provides respite and peace of mind for caregivers and families; caregiver supports/referrals are available; and professional, caring and experienced staff.  For more information, call 508-862-4765 to schedule a tour and a Free Trial Day.

Caregiver Walking Program with Respitee
The Barnstable Senior Center and the Hyannis Youth and Community Center are working together to provide a free special program for caregivers.  The program began on March 6th, every Tuesday from 11:00 AM until Noon, family caregivers are invited to join us at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center Indoor Walking Track. Bring your walking shoes, wear comfortable clothes and enjoy an hour to yourself so that you can unwind and get some exercise! Can’t leave the person you care for alone? Respite care is available for adults only and pre-screening is required. Please call Donna Burns @ 508-862-4753 to register. So, lace up those shoes and join us – it is time to take care of YOU!!


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.


Barnstable Public Schools on Facebook

Barnstable Public Schools has a Facebook page.  You can follow them here. You may also want to follow Superintendent Meg Mayo-Brown on Twitter @meg_bps.  


Are You on the Town’s Reverse 911 System?
The Barnstable Police Department has an emergency notification system. This system was used during the recent winter storms.  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.


Last Week’s Question: Where is the location of the colony that has no running water or town electricity which is located on a Barnstable peninsula in Cape Cod Bay? This must have been an easy one as we very quickly had numerous correct responses!  Fred knew the answer is Sandy Neck.


This Week’s Question:   We had a wonderful intergenerational tea at the Barnstable Senior Center this week.  Based upon the 2010 Census, how many Barnstable residents are over 65? Please email your answer here.



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