The Future is Bright at the Barnstable Adult Community Center

While the sun may not have been in the sky last Friday, July 21st, it was certainly radiating the room as over 350 people attended the 20th anniversary of the Barnstable Senior Center. The cheerful sounds of the Cape Cod Ukulele Club got the event off to an upbeat start.  It truly was a community celebration as participants of all ages reflected on the past, present and future of the facility and the valuable impact the programs and services have had on older adults in our community over the past two decades.  The future looks bright as during the event it was officially announced that the facility has been renamed as the Barnstable Adult Community Center and the new logo and tagline “Thrive with us!” were unveiled, as guests toasted to the future success of the facility as a welcoming place for all.  It was also revealed that the Town of Barnstable has been accepted into the World Health Organization’s Global Network of Age-Friendly Communities.  The Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority (CCRTA) enhanced the celebratory mood by presenting the Council on Aging with a new handicapped accessible vehicle complete with a giant bow.  Special recognition was given to the Barnstable Council on Aging, Friends of the Barnstable Council on Aging and the Sunshine Crafters for their longtime support of the Senior Center.  Attendees were also introduced to Barnstable Neighbor to Neighbor, a new non-profit “village” organization that will be launching next year with the goal of helping our older residents safely age in place.  We were pleased to be joined by Senator Julian Cyr; Representative Will Crocker; Mike Jackman from Congressman Keating’s Office; Amanda Bernardo from the Executive Office of Elder Affairs; Antron Watson of AARP Massachusetts; CCRTA Administrator Tom Cahir; Town Council President Jim Crocker; Town Council Vice President John Flores; Town Councilors Paul Hebert and Matt Levesque; and Town Manager Mark Ells.  Town Council President James Crocker was proud to receive the Town of Barnstable’s official designation as an Age-Friendly Community from Antron Walker of AARP Massachusetts.  The impressive “Breakaway X-Grill” was onsite to grill the burgers; the Pineapple Caper and Four Seas Ice Cream were on hand to feed the crowd thanks to the generosity of the Friends of the Barnstable Council on Aging. Thanks to the generous sponsorship of the Friends of the Barnstable Council on Aging, guests were treated to a delicious cookout while enjoying entertainment by Bart Weisman’s Smooth Jazz Group featuring Steve Hambleton on guitar, Ron Ormsby on bass, and Bart Weisman on drums.  Thanks also to the volunteers from the Osterville Rotary Club! All in attendance seemed in agreement that the future looks very bright at the Barnstable Adult Community Center. Pictured above Marketing and Special Events Coordinator Judith Reppucci brought the sunshine to the 20th Anniversary Celebration.  Pictures courtesy of Channel 18 Assistant Station Manager Paula Hersey.


Notice of Town Office Closure for the Independence Day Holiday

Town offices will be closed on Thursday, July 4th for the observance of the Independence Day Holiday.   


4th of July Activities in the Town of Barnstable


DPW Director Dan Santos at Barnstable Clean Water Coalition’s Open House

On Thursday, June 27th, DPW Director Dan Santos was part of a panel at the Barnstable Clean Water Coalition’s (BCWC) Open House.  BCWC Executive Director Zenas Crocker set the stage for the program with the pilot program work BCWC has done to date.  Additional speakers included Sara Burns, Water Resource Scientist at The Nature Conservancy, and Tim Gleason of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Research and Development.  Mr. Santos provided an update on the Town of Barnstable’s Comprehensive Wastewater Management Plan and the recent $21 million in infrastructure investments that have been approved by the Town Council which includes an $8.5 million project with Vineyard Wind that is scheduled to begin this fall. 


Summer Art Exhibit at Barnstable Town Hall, 2nd Floor meeting rooms.
A multi-artist exhibit: on display now through August 2, 2019
Select works from participants in the 2019 Hyannis HyArts Artist Shanty program: Leslie Altman, Rick Branscomb, Coastal Glass Infusion, Danza, Dri Rossi Paper Art,  Fran Henderson, Bett McCarthy, Mijiza Images, David Riina, Joyce Sullivan, Betty Wiley

The "Art on Loan" program displays the works of local artists on the meeting room walls in Barnstable Town Hall.  The exhibit includes artists participating in the 2019 Hyannis HyArts Artist Shanty season.  Artwork displayed features a varied range of styles and mediums. Town Hall is located steps away from the two artist shanty locations along the Walkway-to-the-Sea to Hyannis Harbor.  Several artists featured in this exhibit are scheduled for shanty weeks during the months ahead.  The full schedule of artists is on line at:
About the Hyannis HyArts Artist Shanty program:
The Town run program provides affordable rental space for Cape Cod artists and artisans to work and sell at these “seaside studios” near Hyannis Harbor. There are two locations in downtown Hyannis along the Walkway-to-the-Sea: the Harbor Overlook, 51 Ocean Street and Bismore Park, 180 Ocean Street.  The artist shanty 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.  Artists change weekly throughout the season.  The Bismore Park Shanties are named for the Town’s seven villages and the Harbor Overlook shanties are named for some of the Town’s public beaches.  The shanties are open daily, from 11:00 AM now through October and then shanties are open select weekends through December.   The Artwork on Loan program at Town Hall is free and open to the public.  The current exhibit is on display now through August 2, 2019 in the Barnstable Town Hall Hearing Room and Selectmen’s Conference Room, 2nd Floor, Barnstable Town Hall, 367 Main Street, Hyannis.  Free parking is available in the Town Hall Parking Lot. Town Hall is open Monday through Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm (except State and Federal holidays) and frequently opens during evening hours for scheduled meetings.  For more information on this program email 508-862-4767  
Program information available at:
Leslie Altman:
Leslie works in her studio in Yarmouth Port and en plein air.  Her work has been exhibited at the Cape Cod Art Center, the Cultural Center of Cape Cod, and the Chatham Creative Arts Center, and can be seen on Mondays during the summer at the Dennis Green.   Award-winning paintings include “Sea Turtle,” ” Bone Hill Road,” and “Misty Morning.” Hyannis HyArts Shanty dates:  July 15- 21
Rick Branscomb:
Rick is a Fine Arts Photographer, based in Hyannis and while he specializes in landscapes and seascapes, his one love is night photography, both urban and astrophotography.  “I try to see colors and shapes and lines and visual relationships at their purest.”  Hyannis HyArts Shanty dates:  August 19-25
A Harwich native working as a designer and printmaker she attended the Massachusetts College of Art & Design in Boston studying graphic design. Her studies not only spawned an interest for the graphic arts, but also for photography, printmaking and book binding. After returning to the Cape five years ago she began linocut printing. Her entire process is by hand, from the drawing to the carving and printing. Her subject matter is generally objects or creatures that are inspired by her life or experiences. She strives to create unique pieces that combine simplicity to charismatic design. Hyannis HyArts Shanty dates: June 17-June 30
Dri Rossi Paper Art:
Adriana Rossi is a Yarmouth based artist who has been a paper lover since she was a child living in Brazil. She started practicing the art of Origami twenty years ago and has been selling her work and teaching this Japanese technique to people of all ages during the last fifteen. She developed a modern jewelry line incorporating cork as well as paper into unique collage pieces. Among her other works are cards, magnetics, still life and more; all featuring her paper creations. Hyannis HyArts Shanty dates: July 1-7, July 22-28, Aug. 19-25 through October.
Fran Henderson:
Fran is an oil painter and paints on canvas as well as recycled materials. She is a graduate of The Art Institute of Boston and has exhibited throughout the United States for over 45 years. When you visit Fran in the shanties, expect to find her painting throughout the day! Hyannis HyArts Shanty dates: September 23 – 29
Bett McCarthy:
Creating art had always been part of her life as a casual hobby. After viewing a Wyeth exhibit painting became a serious endeavor.  The brilliance of color and the freedom of expression are what attracted Bett to watercolor. She also knits scarves from luxury imported fibers inspired by her colorful garden and the incredible vistas of Cape Cod.  Hyannis HyArts Shanty dates: August 19-25
Beverley Roberts:
Beverley Roberts has been working with fabrics for over 25 years, creating much sought after pieces, which incorporate her flair for design and her photographer's eye for perspective.  Beverley weaves together her vibrant sense of color and textures with imaginative designs. She prefers to work with natural fibers and pigments.  She garners her inspiration from the beautiful vistas of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, where she makes her home. Hyannis HyArts Shanty dates: July 1-14, September 2-29
David Rina:
“My art is a reflection of my deep love of the outdoors, and my passion for the ocean and all the life it gives. I've been a catch and release fisherman since I was a little kid, when I used to take my dog and fly rod and go chase tiny little native brook trout behind my house where I grew up in Westchester County, New York. The older I got, the bigger the fish got, and once I was old enough to venture out on my own and explore the surrounding coastline, I was instantly "hooked" for life." Hyannis HyArts Shanty dates: July 15-22, July 22-28, and July 29-August 4
Joyce Sullivan:
“I am a native of Massachusetts and have been involved in many forms of art all of my life. Now living on beautiful Cape Cod, I find inspiration at every turn.  I find inspiration from the ocean, hiking outdoors, kayaking and spending time in my gardens on Cape Cod, my family and my travels abroad. My letterpress work is done in conjunction with my daughter in California using old print blocks from the 1800’s that were formally the property of the Barnstable Patriot Newspaper.  They are truly a treasure from days gone by.” Hyannis HyArts Shanty dates:  July 17-23, July 29-Aug 4, August 12-18
Betty Wiley:
Betty Wiley is an award-winning free-lance photographer and instructor who resides on Cape Cod in Massachusetts.  She leads photography workshops and teaches post-processing classes on Cape Cod and at many other venues in New England.  Her classes and workshops have received many accolades from her students and she is well known for her skill in the darkroom.  Her images frequently appear in a various publications.  Hyannis HyArts Shanty dates: July 1-7, July 22-28, August 5-18, August 26-September 1, September 9-15, September 30-October 14

Update on Water Quality Resource Management Efforts in Barnstable
Barnstable’s Channel 18 has prepared a YouTube playlist of pieces they have done on Water Quality Resource Efforts in the Town of Barnstable.  The pieces include Town Manager Mark Ells talking about Water Quality Planning, Herring Run 2019, Cotuit Bay Dredging, Barnstable at Work – Hyannis Water Supply Division, Water Quality Testing in the Three Bays and more.  At the January 3, 2019 Town Council meeting, DPW Director Dan Santos presented an Update on Wastewater Management Efforts in Barnstable.  We thought we would share this important information again in this week’s eNews.  Mr. Santos’ presentation can be viewed here. Additional updates have been provided at the February 28, 2019 Town Council Meeting, March 21, 2019 Town Council Meeting as well as the June 20, 2019 Town Council Meeting.

3rd Annual Discover Barnstable Program, Now Expanded!

Back by popular demand and now expanded to 3 days/week at Bismore Park and the Hyannis Harbor Overlook, the Gateway Greeter Program “Discover Barnstable” has once again partnered with various town departments in developing fun, free interactive talks and activities, in July and August! Families are invited to participate in a wide variety of organized and educational activities exploring services and programs which enhances our quality of life and supports the needs of our community.

“The staff was exceedingly enjoyable and we loved learning about programs we were unfamiliar with, at such a beautiful area!”

~ Family from East Meadow, NY

This year’s participating departments include: Animal Control, Arts & Culture, Barnstable Municipal Airport, Channel 18, Clean Water Coalition, Golf, Hyannis Public Library, Parking, Recreation, Senior Services, Town Clerk and Natural Resources!


Free parking is available at the Town Hall Lot


Paid parking is available directly at Ocean Street Lot or Bismore Park.

Open and free to everyone!

No reservations required!

Check out what our Town is about!

For more information please visit the Bismore Welcome Center or online at


Free Summer Food Service Program at HYCC
The Barnstable Recreation Division and the Hyannis Youth & Community Center are again partnering with St. Mary’s Church, Barnstable to offer free lunch and snacks for all children age 18 and under. 
Food is served inside the Hyannis Youth & Community Center, 141 Bassett Lane, Hyannis.
Every Monday-Friday through August 23, 2019
Lunch: 12:00 PM-12:45 PM         Snack: 3:00-3:30 PM
Contact Mark Boardley at 508-790-6345 ext.116 or


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.


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.

- 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.

*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

Construction is suspended for the summer and will resume after Labor Day.  The contractor is responsible for roadway maintenance over the summer including mowing, sweeping, construction related debris clean-up, cleaning catch basins if necessary and potentially addressing other items as needed.  Utility companies will be transferring overhead wires to new utility poles along parts of the project area.  PLEASE NOTE:  Drivers who are traveling through the affected areas should reduce speed, and use caution. 

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

Work continues at sites for future green storm water control infrastructure placement.  Field work can include but is not limited to site visits, survey, soil borings, pulling manhole covers and wetland delineation. This work will continue through 2019. PLEASE NOTE:  Drivers who are traveling through the affected areas should expect delays, reduce speed, and use caution. 

*UPDATED* Ropes Beach, Old Shore Road, Cotuit

The project is closing up for the summer with the contractor demobilized, cleaned up and clearing the site for the summer. The project will remobilize after Labor Day 2019. SumCo has planted both Cordwood and Prince Ave. areas. PLEASE NOTE:  Drivers who are traveling through the affected areas should expect delays, reduce speed, and use caution. 


There’s lots going on at the Village Libraries of Barnstable

Barnstable Libraries’ Corner

Visit a Town of Barnstable Library today!

Sturgis Library in Barnstable Village


Centerville Public Library


Cotuit Library


Hyannis Public Library

Marstons Mills Public Library

Osterville Village Library

Whelden Memorial Library in West Barnstable

Vineyard Wind Office Hours at Centerville Public Library


Join us at the Centerville Public Library to learn more about our proposal to construct an offshore wind farm 35 miles south of Cape Cod and bring the power to shore in Barnstable, providing clean renewable energy to the Cape.
THURSDAY, JULY 18        4:00 - 6:00pm
RSVP here

THURSDAY, AUGUST 1   4:00 - 6:00pm
RSVP here

THURSDAY, AUGUST 15 4:00 - 6:00pm

RSVP here

THURSDAY, AUGUST 29 4:00 - 6:00pm
RSVP here
All events will be held at:
Centerville Public Library, 585 Main Street, Centerville, MA 02632  
This event is not sponsored or endorsed by the Centerville Public Library.
For more information, please contact Jen Cullen at


2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season is a Reminder to Prepare


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: Cape Cod has a prognosticator (like Punxsutawney Phil for days of winter) for days of summer.  Can you name him?  Oliver Cipollini (with a three-peat) and Cynthia Tobey were quick to respond that Doug the Quahog is Cape Cod’s prognosticator of summer.  Last Friday, Doug boldly predicted 75 days of sunny beach weather!


This Week’s Question:  In the spirit of the Independence Day holiday, we ask, what Falmouth resident wrote “America the Beautiful”? Please email your answer here.

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