This morning Town Manager Mark Ells and members of the John F. Kennedy Memorial Trust Fund Committee joined with the students and staff of the Barnstable Community Horace Mann Charter Public School (BCHMCPS) in celebrating Flag Day.  The JFK Memorial Trust Fund Committee's Vice Chair Bob Jones presented the school with a flag that had flown over the Capitol in Washington, D.C. and was part of the ceremonies at the JFK Memorial on Memorial Day.  The students did an outstanding job reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, singing the National Anthem, Grand Old Flag, Three Cheers for the Red White and Blue as well as giving the history of the Flag and Flag Day!  We thank the students of BCHMCPS for starting Flag Day out on such a high note!


Youth Commission says Thank You and Best Wishes to Our Recent Graduates


At Tuesday night’s Youth Commission meeting, the Youth Commission said thank you and best wishes to our recent graduates as they continue with their education.   Chair Matthew McCauley will be attending Northeastern University; George Cole is attending Georgetown University; Sean Dowling will be attending Bridgewater State University; and Ethan Sirhal will be attending Tulane University!  These students have left their mark on the Youth Commission and we can’t wait to see what the future holds for them.  Pictured: (Seated) Sean Dowling and Matthew McCauley; (Standing) Connor Levesque (newly elected Vice Chair); Lucas McCauley (newly elected Chair); Luc-Andre Sader (hopeful future Youth Commissioner); Youth Commissioners Piper Hunt; and Jenna Schmidt.


Traffic Alert – Father’s Day Car Show – Sunday, June 16th
The 25th Annual Father’s Day Car Show will be held on Sunday, June 16th.  There are two road closures that we want to bring to your attention.  On Friday, June 14th from 5:45-6:15 PM, Main Street Hyannis will be closed for a road race.  On Saturday, June 15th, there are no closures, however, there will be a picnic on the Hyannis Village Green from 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM.  On Sunday, June 16th, Main Street Hyannis will be closed from the intersection of Main Street and Ocean Street to the intersection of Main Street and Sea Street from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM.


Barnstable Police Lt. Mark Cabral Promoted to Deputy Chief

Barnstable Police Chief Matthew K. Sonnabend is pleased to announce the promotion of Lieutenant Mark J. Cabral to the rank of Deputy Chief.  Deputy Chief Cabral is a 17-year veteran of the Department, having been assigned to the Patrol Division to supervise the midnight shift for the past seven years.  Deputy Chief Cabral has been an Adopt-A-School Officer and a Field Training Officer since 2011, and commander of the Adopt-A-School Unit since 2012.  Deputy Chief Cabral was appointed Director of the Citizens Police Academy in 2014 as a Sergeant. In 2018 Deputy Chief Cabral was designated as the Lieutenant in Charge of Communications, and was instrumental in the merger of Barnstable Police Dispatch with Hyannis Fire Dispatch, a significant undertaking for both agencies. Deputy Chief Cabral holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Western New England University and a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice from Curry College. Deputy Chief Cabral was sworn in on Friday, June 14, 2019 at the Barnstable Police Department and assigned as the Commander of the Field Services Bureau. Pictured below: Deputy Chief Mark Cabral is sworn in by Town Clerk Ann Quirk under the watchful eye of Chief Matthew Sonnabend.


Application Deadline is Today! Housing Assistance Corporation Big Fix-A-Thon Returns to Barnstable

There are still a few openings for Housing Assistance Corporation’s annual Big Fix-a-Thon event. Applications are due Friday, June 14. Housing Assistance is encouraging Hyannis and Centerville senior, veteran and disabled homeowners to apply now.  The Big Fix-A-Thon is a fundraising day of service that mobilizes over 200 volunteers who will make small home repairs for income-eligible homeowners on Saturday, October 5, 2019.  “We’ve repeatedly seen the impact the Big Fix-a-Thon has on the lives of our neighbors,” said Housing Assistance Director of Development and Planning David Quinn. “It’s a great example of what it means to be a community and the difference people can make when they give back to others.” Over the course of a roughly three-hour period, Big Fix-a-Thon volunteers will conduct a variety of home repair projects. In the past, these projects have included yard clean-ups; repair or replacement of fences, walkways, and exterior stairs; interior and exterior painting; replacement of doors and windows; roofing and siding repairs; replacement of light fixtures; and light electrical and plumbing work. Residents interested in applying for these free home repairs can do so by clicking here for more information. 


You are Invited to Help Us Celebrate 20 Years of the Barnstable Senior Center!


Hyannis Water Supply Supervisor Hans Keijser Panelist at National Conference

Hyannis Water Supply Division Supervisor Hans Keijser was a panelist at the “Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances: Second National Conference,” which was held at Northeastern University in Boston this week. The conference was in response to the significant growth in the number of contaminated sites, public awareness, community organizing, public policy, advisories and regulation, scientific research, and media attention. Hans was part of a panel addressing “Drinking Water Treatment and Remediation” with Dr. Laurel Schaider of Silent Spring Institute and Chris Higgins of the Colorado School of Mines. 


Draft Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Report

The Town of Barnstable is a participant in the Commonwealth’s Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) program.  On Tuesday, June 11th, Planning & Development Director Elizabeth Jenkins presented the priority actions that were previously determined through a day-long workshop on March 29, 2019.  The MVP program provides support for towns in Massachusetts to plan for and implement projects that mitigate the impacts of climate change and natural hazards. The goal of the MVP planning process is to raise awareness about the dangers posed from natural hazards and identify priority actions to improve resilience to the significant natural hazards that the community faces.  Communities that complete the MVP program become certified as an "MVP community" and are eligible for State grant funding and other opportunities.    The draft findings from the MVP workshop and more information on climate resilience planning efforts can be found here on the Planning & Development website.



Channel 18 Station Manager Sarah Beal Graduates from Leadership Cape Cod

Congratulations to Channel 18 Station Manager Sarah Beal for graduating from Leadership Cape Cod.  Sarah participated in the five month, 14 session program which covered topics such as The Cape Economy, Government, Healthcare, Media, Environment, and more. The participants in Leadership Cape Cod 2019 were selected by the Board of Directors of the Community Leadership Institute of Cape Cod and the Islands.  Selection was based on completed applications and personal interviews.  Preference was given to candidates who, in addition to their potential for leadership, contributed to the overall diversity and strength of the class.  It is imperative that participants made the time and had the resources to commit to this program, as well as future community service. Congratulations, Sarah!



Ribbon Cutting for Judy Walden Scarafile Field at McKeon Park

The official ribbon cutting ceremony for Judy Walden Scarafile Field at McKeon Park took place on Monday, June 11th prior to the first Hyannis Harbor Hawks game of the season. Town Manager Mark Ells and Community Preservation Committee Chair Lindsey Counsell joined Judy and Peter Scarafile, Hyannis Harbor Hawks President Brad Pfeifer, Joyce Landscaping’s Christopher Joyce and Joe Scott and more for the celebration. The Cape Cod Surftones sang the Armed Services Medley and the National Anthem. Stay tuned to Barnstable Channel 18 for an upcoming feature on the event. Congratulations!


Hyannis HYARTS Artist Shanties Open Daily; Free Activities, Live Music as well as New and Returning Programs

The information included here is specific to Hyannis HyArts and Barnstable Village Cultural Districts.
These listings are highlights with updates always posted to the website at and social media pages @artsbarnstable.

Please note this list includes town run programs as well as many more events & programs produced by a variety of organizations, we help share the information in these calendars!


PARK and WALK in Hyannis HyArts
It is easy to spend art-FULL days in downtown Hyannis HyArts Cultural District.  Complimentary and metered parking lots are steps away from Main Street and Hyannis Harbor. 
Visit the artist shanties, Main Street Hyannis, museums, memorials, walking trails, shops, restaurants and more, all walkable from the surrounding public parking lots. 

- Worked through a 6 week complete renovation of our center in a less than ideal temporary room.

- Became a wireless direct answering point by being the first place to pick up the phone when you call 911 on your cell phone in the Town of Barnstable. This saves time and confusion by eliminating transfers from an off Cape call center to us.

- Several of our dispatchers received awards and recognition for a job well done.

- Development and implementation of a Training program currently being used to train new hires with our own qualified staff.

- Finally, probably the largest undertaking of all, was the successful collaboration with the Hyannis Fire Department as we began complete dispatch services for them last summer.

You may find it hard to thank them in person as they work around the clock, tucked away within the walls of the Barnstable Police Department. On behalf of all of the sworn officers of the BPD -- I thank you for your hard work, exceptional customer service and professionalism.


Two locations!  Follow the Walkway to the Sea from Main Street through Hyannis Village Green to Hyannis Harbor.  Artists sell their wares at the Harbor Overlook and Bismore Park locations.

Always open from 11:00 AM. Frequently artists come in early and stay late.

Artists change weekly. Plan to visit often to meet a variety of Cape Cod artists throughout the season. Work varies and includes painting, photography, fiber arts, glass, ceramics, wood turning, mosaics, rope work and more.  OPEN SEVEN DAYS A WEEK.

Both shanty locations are beautiful and breezy spots to visit at all hours…including a fabulous lunch time spot to get outdoors and take in the sights and sounds of a working waterfront.

Going on NOW:  every Monday and Friday, LIVE LUNCH music!  11:30 AM-1:30 PM, Harbor Overlook
Musicians rotate throughout the season till the end of August.

Bring your own lunch, take-out from a wide variety of restaurants along Main Street and Hyannis Harbor

OR it is lunch made easy with The Little Sandwich Shop, on-hand at the Harbor Overlook serving up snacks and sandwiches for purchase.  Play corn hole or table games while enjoying a beautiful breeze and view and hearing the melodious sounds of several Cape musicians, rotating throughout the season. Have a sweet tooth, look for the Nicolena's Cheesecake truck at the Harbor Overlook popping up weekends through June and throughout the summer various dates.

DRUM CIRCLE:  Every Saturday, weather permitting now through end of August at the Harbor Overlook.

Facilitated by Sam Holmstock, co-founder of the world fusion ensemble, ENTRAIN.  Drumming and rhythm is fun and accessible to all.  Drop in for all or part of the fun. Free to participate!  Drums provided.  No experience necessary. Reduce stress, increase mindfulness and have fun!

MUSIC ABOUNDS DOWNTOWN: with live music, several days a week.

Outdoor venues include:  Aselton Park, Bismore Park, Harbor Overlook, Hyannis Village Green, Hyannis Main Street and in Barnstable Village on the Courthouse stage.


Shake and shimmy with Zumba on Tuesdays; Get your Zen on with Tai Chi Thursday mornings and high energy workout with Quench fitness on select Thursdays.


Meet a few players on site to play catch, sign autographs and answer all your Cape Cod Baseball League questions.  Tuesday, June 25 * Wednesday, July 3 * Friday, July 12 * Friday, July 19 * Tuesday, July 23

HYARTS CAMPUSGuyer Barn and theater-in-residence, New Classics Company offers up a fresh season of new plays and improv every week.

OUTDOOR MOVIES:  In July and August, Tuesday night movies on the Hyannis Village with free fun crafts prior to the start of the movie, in collaboration with the Gateway Greeters and the Discover Barnstable program.  And speaking of Discover Barnstable, check out all the new Town Department participants and programs at Bismore Park on Monday and Thursday afternoons and at Harbor Overlook on Wednesday afternoons.

TOWN BAND:  Hometown charm at its best on Hyannis Village Green with Barnstable Town Band concerts every Wednesday and guest announcers.

There are plenty of programs and events to keep active and entertained year round in all seven villages in the town of Barnstable and you can find many listings at

Take part in talks, tunes, theater and more.  Work a visit to the Friday farmers market at Osterville Historical Museum; watch the painters during the Cahoon Museum Great Brush Off. Go on an eco-tour, nature walk or take a ghost walk in Barnstable Village, catch one of the matinee movies and exhibit at the Centerville Historical Museum.  There is non-stop action at Cotuit Center for the Arts; celebrate the Cahoons as well as rotating contemporary exhibits at the Cahoon Museum.  Step back in time and trace history at one of the village historical societies, hike conservation paths, explore town beaches and recreation areas. 
Our village libraries have a wide variety of programs for everyone’s taste.  Endless possibilities!


Free Lunch Program Returns to HYCC

- Promotion of veteran telecommunicator Ross Lloyd to our lead supervisor for the unit. Supervisor Lloyd takes great pride in developing and supervising our new staff.

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


June 9, 2019 through June 23, 2019

The Town of Barnstable Highway division will be repainting the double yellow centerlines, the white edge lines and transition lines into stop bars and crosswalks on all Town main roads that have yellow and white lines.  The Work will begin June 9, 2019 and continue through June 23, 2019.   The work hours will be between the hours of 10:00 PM and 5:00 AM, Sunday through Thursday, weather permitting.  The public should take notice and stay off the lines.  The paint will be dry enough to cross after 15 minutes.  Traffic during painting operations will be delayed and motorists are advised to seek alternate routes to avoid the work. As always, please slow down and use extreme caution when traveling through the road areas. 

*UPDATED* Road Work on Sea Street, South Street, and Ocean Avenue in 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.

*UPDATED* Road Work on Route 149, Main Street, and River Road in Marstons Mills

Installation of street lights is scheduled during June 17-21 and 24-28.  The contractor is required to perform this work entirely off-road, without traffic disruptions.  Other than that, 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.  Utility companies are responsible for transferring overhead wires to new utility poles along parts of the project area.
*CONTINUES* Route 28 (Falmouth Road) at Bearse’s Way

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.  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 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday.
*CONTINUES* Coastal Pollutant Remediation Grant Project (River Road, Marstons Mills, Cotuit Library, Putnam Avenue, Cotuit)

Work continues at new sites for future green stormwater 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

Work on the retrofit stormwater system located in front of the sea wall continues and will run to the end of July. 

*UPDATED* Cordwood Landing (Cotuit) and Prince Avenue (Marstons Mills)

Clean up and adjustment of stormwater systems will be occurring; with the remaining work including the plantings to be completed this month. PLEASE NOTE:  Drivers who are traveling through the affected areas should expect delays, reduce speed, and use caution. 

*UPDATED* Spring Road Work Program

Roadway milling and paving work on Abbey Gate Road, Buckingham Way, Oxford Drive and Queen Anne Lane in Cotuit is complete. Restoration work will continue through this Friday, June 14, 2019. Traffic may be delayed and motorists are advised to seek alternate routes.  Work hours will be 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday.

*CONTINUES* Vineyard Wind Upland Route Survey

Feldman Land Surveyors (Feldman) as surveyors for Vineyard Wind’s power duct bank project in Barnstable, will have a survey crew (using a Feldman truck with yellow flashing lights) on the streets of Barnstable next week for 2-3 days, to establish right of way lines, locate additional utility markings and to obtain drainage structure inverts. The duct bank route includes Craigville Beach Road, Strawberry Hill Road, Route 28 (crossing), Wequaquet Lane, Phinney’s Lane, Route 132 (crossing), Attucks Lane and Independence Drive.


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


2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season Begins

Hurricane Season is a Reminder to Prepare


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: or call 508-790-6273.


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.

Are You on the Town’s Reverse 911 System?
The Barnstable Police Department has an emergency notification system. 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.

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.


Last Week’s Question: We observe Flag Day each June 14th.  What President officially declared Flag Day?  Oliver Cipollini was quick to respond that Woodrow Wilson was the President who declared Flag Day.  It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States on June 14, 1777 by resolution of the Second Continental Congress.  Bernard Cigrand, a small-town Wisconsin teacher, originated the idea for an annual flag day in 1885.  It wasn’t until 1916 that Flag Day was officially declared.  In 1949 National Flag Day was established in Congress, but it is not a federal holiday.


This Week’s Question:  As we look forward to celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Barnstable Senior Center next week, Dianne Francis asked the following question, “What is the name of the pond located behind the Barnstable Senior Center?”  Please email your answer here.

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