Intergenerational Tea at Barnstable Senior Center Celebration
On Wednesday, June 7th, approximately 160 people came out for an Intergenerational Community Celebration and Presentation of the Boston Post Cane Award to our oldest citizen, 104 year old Dorothy Robinson. The presentation was part of an Intergenerational Tea held at the Barnstable Senior Center in partnership with the Barnstable Council on Aging, the Barnstable Youth Commission and Barnstable High School's Class of 2020.  Dorothy was joined by Mary Wasiersky (100) and Anastasia Drozd (103). Approximately 50 citizens over the age of 90, three of whom are over 100, were present for this very special opportunity for us to honor them. The Town of Barnstable currently has 582 citizens aged 90 and over!   Town Manager Mark Ells, Superintendent Meg Mayo-Brown, Town Councilor John Flores and Assistant Town Clerk Janet Murphy were on hand for the festivities which included a musical performance by the Barnstable High School Chorus. The Class of 2020 crafted questions for use in an intergenerational discussion.  We thought maybe you and your family would like to use them to learn more about your family and friends.  What is the most significant historical event that you lived through? What invention most excited you? What do you think has been the best change from when you were a kid to being a kid today? What is your favorite memory of all? What is something you have done to make the world a better place?




There were a lot of signs around the Town of Barnstable wishing graduates from all area high schools well.  We got a kick out of the sign at the Centerville-Osterville-Marstons Mills Fire Department’s Route 28 station.  We thought you would, too.



Bike Rodeo at HYCC on Saturday, June 10TH

The Hyannis Youth and Community Center (HYCC) will be hosting a Bike Rodeo on Saturday, June 10th from 11:00 AM-1:00 PM in the HYCC parking lot.  The first 50 kids will get a free helmet!  There will be bike inspections by Sea Sports, car seat inspections by the Hyannis Fire Department and appearances by the Barnstable Police Department, games and more!  There is no rain date for this event.  The Bike Rodeo is sponsored by the HYCC and Kiwanis International.


Public Hearing on Short Term Rentals Legislation on Monday, June 12th

On Monday, June 12th the Massachusetts Senate and House Joint Committee on Financial Services will host a hearing on short term rental legislation from 3:00 PM-6:00 PM at Barnstable Town Hall. The Joint Committee on Financial Services - chaired by Rep. Aaron Michlewitz (D-Boston) and Senator Jamie Eldridge (D-Acton).  Public hearing on House Bill 3454 "An Act regulating and insuring short-term rentals" will be at Barnstable Town Hall, Hearing Room – 2nd floor, 367 Main Street, Hyannis.

Conversation on Barnstable Public Schools Start Time Continues – A Third Community Forum has been Scheduled for Monday, June 19th at 9:30 AM
From Superintendent of Schools Meg Mayo-Brown:
As you may be aware, a number of communities on the Cape and throughout the Commonwealth are exploring the idea of a later start time for high school students. The American Academy of Pediatrics and American Medical Association recommend a later start time for adolescents, based on research indicating delayed start time for high school students improves academic outcomes, as well as attendance and tardiness. Additionally, delayed start time is associated with improvements in mood, health, decision-making, and safety. Accordingly, members of the Barnstable Public Schools community began investigating the possibility of aligning our high school start time with recommendations from the medical field.  The Barnstable School Committee established a special subcommittee consisting of parents, teachers, administrators, students, and town officials to study the possibility of modifying the current start time of Barnstable High School. On May 3, 2017 the Barnstable School Committee was presented with the recommendations from the School Start Time Committee. In conjunction with a revised high school start time, the School Start Time Committee made recommendations regarding grade level spans and start times for Barnstable United Elementary School and Barnstable Intermediate School. I have included below the recommendations from the School Start Time Committee. In order to elicit feedback and input on the set of recommendations, we are launching a community conversation. We invite you to attend one of our upcoming Community Forums to learn more about the recommendations, ask questions, and offer input. Our goal is to collect and organize community feedback in order to report back to the School Committee as they consider the recommendations over the coming months. Recommendations from the School Start Time Committee:
                         •All elementary schools maintain current schedule, 9:00 – 3:35
                         •Barnstable High School, adjust times to 8:15 – 2:50
                         •Create two 4th – 7th grade schools at BIS and BUES, adjust times to 7:20 – 1:50
Community Forum:
•Monday, June 19th at 9:30 AM at the Hyannis Youth & Community Center, 141 Bassett Lane, Hyannis.
For more information and to view the School Start Times presentation, please go

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. 

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 26 - August 25 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.

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 24th, 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!




Town of Barnstable Beaches

The Recreation Division has provided us with the following information regarding Barnstable beaches.  Beginning Memorial Day Weekend:  Craigville and Covell’s Beaches will have gate coverage Daily 9AM-3:45PM (bath house open 9AM-4:30PM).   Dowses, Veterans, Kalmus, and Keyes (Sea Street) beaches gates are open 9AM-3:45PM weekends only. Veterans’ bath house is open daily. We will be gearing up with lifeguards as our workers return from school.


Hyannis HyArts Artist Shanties at Hyannis Harbor are Open!
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!  Of course, as you know, the amount of activities grows exponentially this time of year.  Here is a snapshot of the 2017 music, theater, festivals and on-going art programs scheduled over the next several months in both the Hyannis HyArts and Barnstable Village Cultural Districts.


·         Shanties opened for FULL WEEKS as of Monday, June 12th, 2017.

·         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.

·         More music at the Bismore Park Hyannis HyArts Artist Shanties:  In addition to the popular Singer-Songwriter Sessions on Saturdays -now more music on Thursday evenings and during lunch time on Fridays.  Live Lunch on Fridays, 11:30 am -1:30pm; Thursdays and Saturdays, 6:00pm -7:30pm. 

·         Main Street, Hyannis is adding a Singer Songwriter series along the street  - look for the announcement for Monday Music Melodies!

·         New on 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.

Our ArtsBarnstable website and FB and Instagram feature all seven villages and links to the two cultural districts and the Kennedy Legacy Trail.  


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.

ROAD WORK:  Roadway Improvements

The Department of Public Works will continue performing roadway improvements on Farm Hill Road, Harbor Hills Road, Mizzentop Lane, Red Lily Pond Road, Sound View Road, Johnny Cake Road, Nickerson Road, Rolling Hitch Road, Scudder’s Lane, First Avenue (Osterville), Hyannis Avenue.  This work started on Monday, May 15, 2017 and is expected to be completed by Friday, June 16, 2017, weather permitting. Improvements include street sweeping, drainage system repairs and new asphalt pavement surfaces. Vehicle access during construction operations will be restricted to one lane.  Motorists are advised to seek alternate routes to avoid the construction work. Operations will start promptly at 7 AM and run until 5 PM, after which time traffic will be opened back onto both lanes of these roadways. As always, please slow down and use extreme caution when traveling through the road construction areas and follow posted safety signs.


ROAD WORK: National Grid Upgrading Natural Gas Main in Hyannis

Work will cause roadway disruption

National Grid and NEUCO continue their gas main replacement project in downtown Hyannis. Improvements include marking of underground utilities, excavation of the street, and installation of a new gas main. Work will be ongoing, weather permitting. Gas main infrastructure upgrade work will occur in the area of Seagate Lane, Nautical Road, Cammett Road and Pleasant Park Avenue. Work is expected to continue through June, 2017. Operations will start promptly at 7:00 AM and run until 4:30 PM Monday through Saturday.  As always, please slow down and use extreme caution when traveling through the construction areas and follow posted safety signs.


ROAD WORK: West Main Street (between the West End Rotary and LaFrance Ave.)

Hyannis Water Department continues their water main improvements for the ‘West Main Cleaning and Lining’ project as scheduled. Their work will continue through June 15th. Temporary lane restrictions and detours at times are probable.  Traffic during construction operations will be delayed and motorists are advised to seek alternate routes to avoid the construction work. The work hours will be between the hours of 7:00 AM and 4:00 PM. As always, please slow down and use extreme caution when traveling through the road construction areas and detour routes, and follow posted safety signs.


ROAD WORK: Continues Route 28 (Falmouth Road) and Bearse’s Way

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) continues their roadway improvements for the ‘Route 28 Intersection Improvements at Bearse’s Way’ as scheduled. Traffic during construction operations will be delayed and motorists are advised to seek alternate routes to avoid the construction work.  Work in this area will be suspended starting June 233rd for the duration of the summer season. Work will start again during the fall. The work hours will be between the hours of 6:30 AM and 5:00 PM.  As always, please slow down and use extreme caution when traveling through the road construction areas and detour routes, and follow posted safety and detour signs.


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::  The original Native American Village of “Coatuet” meaning “Long Fields”  was purchased from Native Americans by Myles Standish in 1648.  What was the price? Steve McCarthy was first to get through with the correct answer – A Kettle and a hoe!




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? Email your answer here