Welcome Assistant Town Manager Andy Clyburn!

Our new Assistant Town Manager Andy Clyburn hit the ground running on Monday, May 22nd.  Among his first activities was the opening of the John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum’s centennial exhibit “JFK at 100: Life & Legacy.”  You can watch Andy’s interview with Channel 18 News Coordinator Sara Mannal here.


Memorial Day Activities in the Town of Barnstable

The Town of Barnstable’s Annual Memorial Day Parade will be held on Monday, May 29, 2017.  The parade will form at 9:30 am at the Centerville Library and kick off sharply at 10:00 am and proceed down Main Street to Monument Square for a brief program, then up Old Stage Road to Beechwood Cemetery for the main program. This year’s Keynote Speaker 1ST Lieutenant Glen Beasley served in Vietnam and Cambodia as a Combat Platoon Leader with the 2nd Bn. / 8th Calvary, First Cavalry Division.  The public is invited to bring pictures with them to the event of a family member, friend or acquaintance who has passed away and was a veteran.  The parade will not reform but streets will remain blocked to allow safe foot traffic back to the Library. 

JFK Memorial:  The John F. Kennedy Memorial Trust Fund Committee annual Memorial Day Ceremony will take place at approximately 12:15 p.m., Monday, May 29th, at the John F. Kennedy Memorial on Ocean Street (located next to Veterans Beach).  The annual Ceremony will celebrate the centennial of John F. Kennedy’s birth.  Assisting the John F. Kennedy Memorial Trust Fund Committee will be a group of Cub Scouts from Pack 54, the Barnstable Police Department Honor Guard and other special guests.  It is at this ceremony that the 2017 JFK Memorial Trust Fund Scholarship will be awarded to this year’s recipient, a 2017 Barnstable High School Graduate.  This year’s scholarship winner of $2,500 is Daniel Loiselle.  Three finalists were considered for the scholarship.  All finalists had incredible academic and extracurricular activity records.  These students are a wonderful tribute to our community and its school system.  All are welcome to attend.


Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Tasks Continue

The Town Council will continue their Public Hearings on the FY18 Operating Budget on June 1st. For information on our fiscal year budgets, please view the Town’s Open Budget website.  The FY2018 Budget document may be viewed here.


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.


Silent Spring Community Meeting

On Wednesday, May 24th, Silent Spring hosted a community meeting on Chemicals of Concern in Drinking Water.  Scientists are seeking input on a proposed study to test children in Hyannis for past exposure to highly fluorinated chemicals in drinking water and to assess the potential for health effects.  To view the presentation, please click here.


Officer Ed Landers on the National Peace Officers’ Memorial
Several Barnstable Police Department (BPD) Officers made the trip to Washington, D.C. for National Peace Officers’ Memorial Day to honor BPD Officers Michael K. Aselton and Edward T.R. Landers.  Officer Landers’ death was only recently recognized as a death in the line of duty.  His name has now been placed on the Peace Officers’ Memorial.



Community Shade Structure Dedication

Sunday, May 21st was a picture perfect day to dedicate the Community Shade Structure donated to the Town of Barnstable by the Glenna Kohl Fund for Hope.  Over 500 people participated in the 8th Annual Piggy Trot which followed the dedication



John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum Exhibit

Town Manager Mark Ells was on hand when the John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum officially opened their centennial exhibit, “JFK at 100: Life & Legacy” on Monday, May 22nd. The exhibit tells John F. Kennedy’s story from childhood through Election Day.  “The exhibit considers how President Kennedy influenced the full hundred years after his birth – not just the first 46 years he was with us.”



Barnstable Police Department and Barnstable Youth Commission Help Angel House and A Baby Center

Following a recent seizure of illegally procured items, Barnstable Police Chief Paul MacDonald reached out to the Barnstable Youth Commission for help in the distribution of approximately $40,000 worth of various convenient store items (skin care, baby and child products, feminine care, fragrances, soap and body washes, toothpaste, paper goods, laundry products and other miscellaneous items). The Youth Commission decided that babies, youth and women would benefit the most from these products.  They chose A Baby Center and Angel House as the beneficiaries.  Youth Commission members Brendan Clark, Lily Sethares and Caleb Sonnabend joined Recreation Director Patti Machado in making the deliveries on Tuesday, May 23rd.  You may recall that the Youth Commission met with Sen. Julian Cyr and Representatives Will Crocker and Randy Hunt last week.  You can view a piece about their State House impressions here.




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.


·         Hyannis HyArts Artist Shanties at Bismore Park opened May 5th for weekends and mid-June for full weeks!         

·         Shanties open for weekends the FIRST weekend in May, Friday May 5th at 11:00am, begin FULL WEEKS as of Monday, June 12th, 2017.

·         Bismore Park 'Discover Barnstable' Outreach program: free fun interactive talks and activities each week. 

·         ‘Discover Barnstable', Bismore Park, 180 Ocean Street, Hyannis. Free of charge, handicapped accessible.

·         July 10th through August 24th:  Mondays, 10:30 am - 11:30am; Thursdays, 4:30pm -5:30pm.

·         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.  



Watercolors by Ellen Moran on display at Barnstable Town Hall Now through    

July 14th, 2017

The "Art on Loan" program which displays the work of local artists on the meeting room walls in Barnstable Town Hall, currently features the works of painter Ellen Moran. Works on display in the Selectmen’s Conference Room and the Town Hall Hearing Room, located on the 2nd floor in Barnstable Town Hall, now through July 14th, 2017. Ellen Moran, has made Cape Cod her home since 1973. After graduating with a BFA in Art Education from UMass Amherst, she taught art in the Falmouth Public Schools for 32 years and has been selling her creations for an even longer time. Her personal artistic expression, whether through calligraphy or watercolors, has often been inspired by the simple things in life and her love of the natural beauty of the Cape’s landscapes and people.  Ellen lives in West Barnstable with her husband Rick, a talented furniture maker, her son, Adam, and her black lab, Shadow. The Artwork on Loan program provides a venue for local artists to display their work.  Visitors who use the meeting rooms will discover an inviting and attractive environment and have an opportunity to learn about some of the Cape’s local artists.  For more information on the program, email melissa.hersh@town.barnstable.ma.us or call 508-862-4767.        



Food Program “Food for Kids” at HYCC from June 26th through August 25th

Thanks to the efforts of Assistant Recreation Director John Gleason and Youth Center Manager Mark Boardley, Barnstable Recreation will be offering a food program called “Food for Kids” (Project Bread and with St. Mary's Church – Ruth Campbell) at the Hyannis Youth & Community Center from June 26th through August 25th.  The program will offer lunch from 12:15-1pm and a free snack from 3-3:30pm Monday-Friday.  We are thrilled to be bringing this program to Barnstable Youth during the summer months.

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.

The Bismore Park Welcome Center Open for the Season

If you are down on Ocean Street, be sure to stop by and say hello at the Bismore Park Welcome Center!



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.


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: 
council@town.barnstable.ma.us  or phone 508-862-4738. 



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 9, 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.  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.


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.


Last week’s question:  What John F. Kennedy quote surrounds the pool at the JFK Memorial on Ocean Street in Hyannis?  “I believe it is important that this country sail and not lie still in the harbor.”


This Week’s Question:   We decided to end our JFK trivia on an easy note.  What year was John F. Kennedy born?