Sandy Neck Beach Park Operations Manager Donna Bragg shared this picture with us last week.


Recreation Director Patti Machado Inducted into BHS Athletic Hall of Fame
On Saturday, November 24th, the 2018 Barnstable High School Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony took place at the Ridge Club in Sandwich.  This year’s inductees included Recreation Director Patti Machado who received the W. Leo Shields Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award for her more than 40 years of service to the residents of the Town of Barnstable.   Congratulations, Patti!  Congratulations to all of this year’s inductees: Natalie Cohen (Class of 2007); Lorenzo Spencer Harris (Class of 1998); Kara Maloy (Class of 2002); Kourtney McNamara (Class of 2006); John Moreshead (Class of 1991); James “Jimmy” Sherman (Class of 1967); Todd Snell (Class of1986); Milton D. Speid (Class of 1998); Bryan Sweeney (Class of 2003); Christopher Uhlman (Class of 1986); and Lorraine Dunnett (Varsity Head Coach: Volleyball/Basketball).
Kara Maloy (Class of 2002)
Kourtney McNamara (Class of 2006)
John Moreshead (Class of 1991)
James “Jimmy” Sherman (Class of 1967)
Todd Snell (Class of 1986)
Milton D. Speid (Class of 1998)
Bryan Sweeney (Class of 2003)
Christopher Uhlman (Class of 1986)
Lorraine Dunnett - Varsity Head Coach: Volleyball/Basketball

Kara Maloy (Class of 2002)
Kourtney McNamara (Class of 2006)
John Moreshead (Class of 1991)
James “Jimmy” Sherman (Class of 1967)
Todd Snell (Class of 1986)
Milton D. Speid (Class of 1998)
Bryan Sweeney (Class of 2003)
Christopher Uhlman (Class of 1986)
Lorraine Dunnett - Varsity Head Coach: Volleyball/Basketball

Deadline Today - Barnstable Elderly & Disabled Taxation Aid Fund
The Barnstable Town Council has accepted Massachusetts General Law, Chapter 60, Section 3D which allows the Town to establish a fund to defray the real estate taxes of low income elderly and disabled persons.  Taxpayers contribute to the fund through a voluntary check off on their real estate tax bills.  The funds collected are distributed to needy individuals through an annual award process, which recipients need to meet eligibility requirements and complete and submit an application form.  Applications are available at the Barnstable Senior Center, on the Town of Barnstable website or call the Treasurer’s Office at 508-862-4656.  Applications will be accepted through November 30, 2018.  Awards will be announced by December 31, 2018 and applied directly to the applicant’s residential tax bill.


5-Year Financial Forecast
A copy of the 5 Year Financial Forecast is now available on the Town’s website for public viewing. This report is submitted annually to town council and the public. The purpose of this financial forecast is to identify factors that may impact the financial condition of the Town such as, revenue and expenditure trends and any long- or short-term actions that may be taken into account.


Recycling Notice

Over the past year, there have been significant changes to the global recycling market. The major outlets for U.S. recyclables have overhauled their regulations and increased their enforcement, with some outlets shutting down. This has created stricter standards in the acceptance of recyclables. Due to these changes, the Solid Waste Division has adjusted its operation on how recyclables are accepted at the Transfer Station & Recycling Center.  Beginning December 1, 2018, all recyclables disposed of at the Recycling Center will need to be separated into designated containers for:

  • Corrugated Cardboard (corrugated cardboard similar to shipping and Amazon boxes. Some items not accepted are soiled boxes or greasy pizza boxes)
  • Plastics (clean plastic jars, tubs, jugs and bottles. Some items not included are 5-gallon buckets, large kids toys, Styrofoam, plastic bags)
  • Mixed paper (paperboard, newspaper, mail, magazines, office paper)
  • Metal cans (clean aluminum, tin and steel food and beverage cans)
  • Glass (clean clear and colored glass bottles and jars. Some items not included are Pyrex, window and automotive glass).

Sticker holders will be responsible for separating their recyclable items and disposing of them into the respective containers. The largest concern with recyclables is contamination. Please clean and/or rinse any residue from all recyclables.  We will be installing updated signs and will have increased personnel in the Recycle Center to help with any questions and concerns.  We appreciate everyone’s patience and assistance. If sticker holders have questions on recycling they can visit our webpage and follow links or visit and use the "Recyclopedia: Can I Recycle This?" search box.


Proposed Updated Osterville Recreation Building Design to be shown at Osterville Village Association Meeting
The Town of Barnstable in collaboration with the Osterville Village Association (OVA) will show the updated renderings for the design of the proposed Osterville Recreation Building during the OVA’s monthly meeting on Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at 7:00 PM at the Osterville Village Library, 2nd Floor, 43 Wianno Avenue, Osterville.  The Town of Barnstable’s Mark Marinaccio (Town Architect) and Jean Paul Duhon (Design Architect) will provide the updates.  If you are unable to attend but would like to be kept informed of future meetings, please e-mail us at:

Transfer Station – Closed Wednesday, December 5th from 7:30 AM-12:30 PM

The Town of Barnstable Transfer Station & Recycling Center located at 45 Flint Street, Marstons Mills will be closed from 7:30 AM to 12:30 PM on Wednesday December 5, 2018 for annual Department-wide staff training. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Saturday, December 1st Christmas in Cotuit 8:00 AM-5:00 PM

Activities throughout the village, highlighted with Santa’s arrival by boat at the Cotuit Town Dock at 3:45 PM and the Tree Lighting on the Cotuit Village Green at 4:00 PM.  Craft fairs, food and festivities galore. Main Street, Cotuit

Saturday, December 1st HYCC Holiday Skating Show 12:00 PM


Saturday, December 1st Hyannis Village Main Street Stroll

10:00 AM-4:00 PM & Harbor Boat Parade 4:00-5:30 PM

Main Street, Harbor Overlook, HyArts Campus, Hyannis Harbor, Hyannis 

From Breakfast with Santa to the harbor boat parade with Santa’s arrival, a plethora of opportunities to Shop Local for the holidays, trolley and horse-drawn carriage rides,  sample cookies and snacks all up and down Main Street, Harbor Overlook Artist Shanties, Boat parade at 4:30 PM, open house on the HyArts Campus (5:00 PM-7:00 PM)


Sunday, December 2nd Centerville Christmas Stroll 

3:00-6:00 PM

Enjoy delicious snacks while celebrating the season with friends and neighbors and enjoying the entertainment and special events along Centerville’s Historic Main Street. Hosted for years by the Centerville Civic Association, neighbors have lined the streets offering the hundreds of attendees hot dogs, popcorn, marshmallows for roasting, hot chocolate, and cider.

Sunday, December 2nd Marstons Mills Village Christmas Stroll & Carols 

3:00-5:30 PM
Stroll the richly decorated Village center.  Free Goodies at Village shops! Free Hot Dogs at Liberty Hall! Santa at the Library! Hot Chocolate and Popcorn at the Community Church. Live Nativity Scene. Village Christmas Tree Lighting at 5:00 PM and Caroling!  Marstons Mills Village Stroll Facebook page

Sunday, December 2nd Festival of Lights:  Menorah Lighting
4:00-6:00 PM Cape Cod Mall

The Menorah represents light which symbolizes all the positive elements in the world. The nationwide Menorah lighting ceremonies and displays at town halls and shopping centers are meant to express the universal message of freedom for all people and for all faiths, the victory of good over evil and the triumph of hope over despair.


Sunday, December 2nd 26th Annual West Barnstable Tree Lighting
5:00-7:00 PM

West Barnstable Tree Lighting on the West Barnstable Green, just north of the 1717 Meetinghouse on Route 149. Gather round the huge fir, sing Christmas songs, welcome Santa as he arrives on a West Barnstable fire truck, and watch as the tree is lit. Next, waltz up the luminary lit path to the Meetinghouse, past the live nativity scene, to listen to the handbell choir and organ as the Christmas story is told. Soup, snacks and desserts at Jenkins Hall. The annual Tree Lighting and Carol Sing begins at 5:00 PM on Sunday.

Wednesday, December 5th Barnstable Village Stroll  
6:00-8:00 PM

The village stroll is the perfect time to enjoy festivities with family all along Main Street (Route 6A) in Barnstable Village.  Visit Santa, plenty of food:  chili, chowder, cider, cookies, popcorn, hotdogs, caroling, kids’ crafts, and face painting.

Friday, December 7th Osterville Christmas Open House & Stroll  
5:00-9:00 PM

Holiday festivities in the traditionally decorated village include horse-drawn carriage rides, trolley rides, a visit from Santa, carolers, refreshments, music and more!  Events include: live music, a visit from Santa, Mrs. Claus and one of Santa's elves, Corn Hole, tree lighting at the library and lots of good food and refreshments.


Barnstable Public Health Division Flu Clinic – Thursday, December 6th
The Town of Barnstable Public Health Division is pleased to announce that there will be one more influenza vaccination clinics open to Barnstable residents as follows:
               Thursday, December 6, 2018, 10:00 AM-12:00 Noon
at Hyannis Youth & Community  Center, 141 Bassett Lane Hyannis, in the front lobby.
Consent forms will be available at the Public Health Division Office and at the Senior Center. 
The fee is $3.00.


Board of Health Legal Notice

The Board of Health of the Town of Barnstable Massachusetts in accordance with and under the authority granted by Section 31 of Chapter 111 of the General Laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, hereby announces that during the public hearing held on November 27, 2018, the Board voted unanimously to adopt amendments to Chapter 371 of the Town of Barnstable Code, Smoking.   This Regulation now expands the definition of tobacco products to include any product(s) derived from tobacco or nicotine including e-cigarettes and vaping devices, increases the minimum legal sales age for tobacco products to 21, and bans tobacco product sales in educational institutions.  A tobacco sales permit will not be issued to any new applicant for a retail location within five hundred feet of a public or private elementary or secondary school.

This Regulation also bans smoking within ten feet of any municipal building entranceway accessible to the public, bans smoking at municipal-owned parks, playgrounds, beaches, and athletic fields, and bans smoking at public transportation waiting areas (i.e. bus and taxi waiting areas).  The use of e-cigarettes is prohibited wherever smoking is prohibited. This Regulation goes into effect on December 30, 2018.  Copies of the Regulation are available at the Public Health Division Office at 200 Main Street Hyannis and online at


Inside Barnstable Town Government Winter Classes

26th Session Now Accepting Applications

The twenty-sixth session of Inside Barnstable Town Government, A Citizens Leadership Academy will begin Tuesday, January 29, 2019. The academy is an 11-week commitment with the goal of educating the citizens of Barnstable about the operations of town government, while also obtaining valuable feedback and participation from those citizens participating in the Academy. The program is designed to advance understanding of and participation in civic affairs as well as to increase awareness of the challenges facing municipal government. Inside Barnstable Town Government began in 2003. To date, over 700 Barnstable residents and employees have participated in the program.  The classes will be on Tuesday evenings from 6:30-9:00 PM and will be held in various locations throughout the Town.  The Academy also includes a bus tour of the seven villages of the Town of Barnstable.  The classes will be conducted by Town staff and provide interactive learning experiences, group discussions, and site tours.  The program is free of charge and open to anyone who resides or works in the Town of Barnstable.   Class size is limited.  Please register early to avoid the waiting list.  Applications are available at the Town Manager’s Office, 367 Main Street, Hyannis or online here.  To receive an application by mail or fax, please call 508-862-4610.  For specific information, you may call Academy facilitators Susan French at 508-362-2864 or Arthur Caiado at 508-221-0412.

Time to Renew Your Burglar Alarm Registration with the Barnstable Police Dept.
All burglar alarm registrations within the Town of Barnstable will expire on December 31, 2018.   If you are an Alarm User, commercial or residential, monitored or non-monitored, you need to renew your Alarm Registration and get your 2019/2020 decal.  Please complete a 2019/2020 Alarm Registration renewal form and submit with a $25.00 registration fee.  Renewal forms are available at the Barnstable Police Department or online at  Please renew by the expiration date (12/31/2018) to avoid costly late fees and unregistered alarm fines.  If you have any questions regarding the renewal please call 508-778-3824.  Please familiarize yourself with the regulations by visiting our website.  Thank you for your continued assistance and diligence in reducing false alarms in our Town!  

The Barnstable Youth Commission is hosting its 3rd annual Youth Job Fair!

The Ready, Set, Work! Youth Job Fair is back again this coming year on March 6th, 2019 at the HYCC. If you are looking to hire summer employees between the ages of 14 and 18, we welcome you to come join the fair this coming year. Please contact Amy Harwood at 508-862-4638 or if you are interested.


Turkey Trot Provides Meals to 125 Homebound Seniors for Thanksgiving

On Wednesday, November 21st, the Senior Services Division staff and volunteers, led by Outreach Coordinators Claudia Borden and Judy Redd, prepared a delicious home cooked Thanksgiving meal at the Barnstable Senior that was delivered to 125 homebound seniors throughout Barnstable. We are grateful to everyone who helped out with this community effort, including our dedicated volunteers, the Friends of the Barnstable Council on Aging, Cape Cod Needy Fund, Coca Cola of Cape Cod, Trader Joe’s, Cumberland Farms, Centerville Pie Company, Guaranteed Fresh, Hyannis Food Service, and Girl Scouts.


Success Stories: Area Businesses Work with the Barnstable Disability Commission to Improve Accessibility

When the BDC partners with Barnstable businesses, they share a goal; accessibility for all.

The Barnstable Disability Commission’s (BDC) mission is to “advise and guide the Town of Barnstable, and the general public, regarding issues of accessibility in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Massachusetts Architectural Access Board (AAB).” While a mission statement functions as a way of describing an organization’s goals, it is the success stories of the BDC and the organizations with which they have consulted that work to illustrate its efforts within the business community of the Town of Barnstable.

·        Sea Street Café, Hyannis: When Michael Hamwey, owner of the Hyannis restaurant, was contacted by a BDC member regarding issues with accessible parking spaces, Hamwey did not try to explain or excuse the situation. What he did do was jump into action. Within 10 days, the parking lot was re-striped and new signage was installed.

·        Hyannis Youth & Community Center, Hyannis: Beginning with the very earliest stages of the design phase, the Town of Barnstable took a proactive approach in ensuring the new community center, which opened in 2009, would be accessible to everyone. Planners consulted with various user groups in the design phase of the project. They also worked with some disabled members of the town who provided access ideas during design and construction, for both the building and the parking lot, at no cost.  According to the BDC, the end result was a “huge success” in terms of accessibility.

·        Lowell Park, Cotuit: Increasing accessibility at Lowell Park, didn’t happen overnight. It took more than a decade. Beginning in 2003, all renovations to the ballpark considered accessibility. New restrooms, new larger grandstands, and the Arnold Mycock Press Box Building, which houses administrative offices and the team store, were all constructed to achieve ADA compliance. Lowell Park is now one of the best area ballparks in terms of accessibility.

Not only is it the law that all establishments serving the public be AAB and ADA compliant, it is a smart business practice. With Cape Cod’s large population of retirees, a demographic that typically has a higher percentage of people with mobility issues than the general population, a business with accessibility problems risks excluding a significant segment of patrons. At the other end of the demographic spectrum are millennials. Studies have shown that millennials consider social responsibility an important factor when choosing where to spend their money.


The Snowy Owls are Back on Sandy Neck!
The Snowy Owls have returned to Sandy Neck. Barrier beaches like Sandy Neck are regular hotspots for snowy owls during the winter months, due to the habitat similarities of the tundra which the owls are used to further north. If you decide to brave the elements and adventure out to catch a glimpse of this majestic creature in the wild, please keep the following in mind: 

-While hiking out on Sandy Neck, you must stay on the front beach and marked trails only! Going off-trail or through the dunes for any reason other than what is written in the rules and regulations is prohibited. 

-Feeding, harassing, or disturbing wildlife of any kind on Sandy Neck is prohibited. If a snowy owl can see you or flies away as you approach, you are too close!

While a chance to observe a beautiful creature like the Snowy Owl can be a rewarding and gratifying experience, it is important that we also respect these animals and allow them the space and protection they need in order for a chance to thrive during such a harsh time of year. By protecting our natural resources and all wildlife within, we can continue to provide these views and experiences for future generations to come.  Photo courtesy of Donna Bragg, Sandy Neck Beach Park Operations Manager

New Restaurant Startup Guide for Barnstable

Opening a restaurant can be a complicated undertaking that includes various permits, licenses and inspections. It can take multiple steps from ‘soup to nuts’ before an owner/chef can open the doors and welcome hungry diners. To help new or relocating restauranteurs navigate the ins and outs of required permits and inspections, the Town of Barnstable has developed its own Restaurant Startup Guide. “Restaurants are one of the harder businesses to get off the ground because they require multiple regulatory agency approvals. From Alcohol to Zoning and everything in between, an applicant needs these approvals to ensure public safety,” according to Barnstable Building Commissioner Brian Florence. With numerous food service establishments located in Barnstable — and more opening all the time — this new Restaurant Startup Guide is designed to help simplify the process for restaurant owners. The brochure is colorfully designed and laid out in a step-by-step fashion to assist the user. Economic Development Specialist Mike Trovato expands on the need for this guide: “Our goal is that this new permitting guide, specifically designed for entrepreneurs looking to open a food service establishment in Barnstable, will serve as an effective planning tool for people who have great culinary ideas and need guidance on how to make their vision a reality.” Copies of the guide will be distributed to the Greater Hyannis Chamber of Commerce, the Hyannis Main Street Business Improvement District (B.I.D.) and the village business associations, as well as local commercial real estate brokers. It will also be available at Town Hall and the Town’s Regulatory Offices located at 200 Main St, Hyannis. The guide is also downloadable on the Town’s economic development website for anyone who wishes to access it. The guide will also be made available in Spanish and Portuguese.  For more information about this program, contact Economic Development Specialist Mike Trovato at 508-862-4791 or

Barnstable Senior Center Introduces New Evening Programming
Fall is a mellow, cozy interval and a great time of year to indulge in some special time for yourself with any of the BSC’s educational, recreational or health and fitness and social opportunities for adults of all ages. Not able to take advantage of daytime offerings? We now have evening hours!  Learn to play the tin whistle, craft a gorgeous boxwood tree for the holidays (day or evening session), or dance your way to better health.  Get sewing or painting, learn French or Spanish, or improve your computer skills.  The entire array of offerings is online at   Or pick up a print copy of the December/January Compass at the BSC, town libraries and other locations for a complete list of enrichment resources as well as fee and registration information.


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

*NEW * SNEP Grant Stormwater – Three Bays Area in Cotuit, Marstons Mills and Osterville  

Horsley Witten Group will start site assessments at a variety of sites in the Three Bays Area. The sites will include but are not limited to the following locations: Bridge Street and South County Road in Osterville; South County Road in Marstons Mills; and Putnam Avenue/Captain Isiah’s Road in Cotuit. The project includes wetlands flagging, soil borings and survey work for possible green stormwater control infrastructure in the future. The work will start November 30th and is expected to be completed by the end of December.

*CONTINUES * SNEP Grant Stormwater - Cordwood Landing, Cotuit

SumCo continues their construction at Cordwood Landing (Cordwood Road) site in Cotuit. The project includes upgrading and additional green stormwater control infrastructure on site. Construction at Cordwood is expected to be completed by the end of December.

*CONTINUES*   National Grid Upgrading Natural Gas Mains

The Department of Public Utilities has shut down all National Grid projects until further notice.  We will update as information becomes available.

*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* Utility Pole Relocations along Route 149 in Marstons Mills

During Fall 2018, Verizon will be installing new utility poles in some locations along Route 149 between Route 28 and Lovell’s Lane, as well as on Main Street between Route 149 and the former elementary school.  After the new poles are installed, Eversource and Verizon will relocate their overhead lines to the new poles and remove the old poles.  This work is in preparation for the Town project to improve these sections of roadway.  DPW will announce the road construction start date when it is determined.  The utility pole relocations are not expected to interfere with traffic, although temporary lane closures with police details might be necessary in some locations.

*UPDATED* Sidewalk Repairs on Iyannough Road (Route 132) near Cape Cod Community College
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) has notified the Town of upcoming sidewalk on Route 132 (Iyannough Road) Cape Cod Community College.  The work will begin on Wednesday, December 5, 2018 and is scheduled to be completed on Friday, December 7, 2018, weather permitting.  Traffic during construction operations may be delayed and motorists are advised to seek alternate routes to avoid the construction work.  The work hours will be 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM, Monday through Friday.

*UPDATED* Roadway Improvements – Smith Street, Hyannis

The Department of Public Works has completed roadway improvements on Smith Street in Hyannis. 

*UPDATED* Roadway Improvements – Airport Road, Hyannis

The Department of Public Works will be making minor pavement repairs on Airport Road at the intersection with Route 132 in Hyannis during the week of December 3, 2018.  Work will include milling and paving a 100 ft. long section of Airport Road where it meets Route 132. Work is expected to be completed by Friday, December 7, 2018, weather permitting.  Vehicle access during this work will be restricted to one lane.  Motorists are advised to seek alternate routes to avoid the construction work. Operations will start promptly at 7:00 AM and run until 5:00 PM, after which time traffic will be opened back onto both lanes of these roadways.

*UPDATED* Roadway Improvements – West Main Street, Hyannis

The Department of Public Works is currently making pavement repairs on West Main Street in Hyannis. Work includes removing failed cobblestone median strips and replacing them with hot mix asphalt pavement to match the existing roadway elevations. Work is expected to be completed by Friday, November 30, 2018, weather permitting.  Vehicle access during this work may be restricted to one lane at times.  Motorists are advised to seek alternate routes to avoid the construction work. Operations will start promptly at 7:00 AM and run until 5:00 PM, after which time traffic will be opened back onto both lanes of these roadways.



Dredging of Cotuit Bay Entrance Channel and Western Tip of Sampson's Island

The Department of Public Works, in collaboration with Three Bays Preservation, Massachusetts Audubon, and Barnstable County, began operations for the dredging of the Cotuit Bay Entrance Channel and the western tip of Sampson's Island on the week of November 5, 2018. This phase of the project will widen the existing channel by approximately 130' and the dredged material will be utilized for beach nourishment purposes on the southern side of the eastern end of the island (Dead Neck Beach) and for a habitat enhancement areaWeather pending, dredging operations will be on-going, Monday through Saturday from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM until completion of this phase of the project. Dredging operations will be completed by January 15, 2019.  Boaters should use caution while navigating the waters around the dredging operation.

Lombard Site (West Barnstable)

Playground fencing and landscaping has been installed.  The site contractor is working with the landscaper to install trees. Asphalt sidewalks were installed this week.  Work to complete the ball field is underway.  The stone dust track along the outside edge of the ball field has been installed.  The contractor is working to install the infield material and outfield fence.   The new entrance off of Meetinghouse Way is open to traffic.  The ballfield, site improvements and the re-installation of Luke’s Love playground are expected to be completed in 2018.

Barnstable Dog Park

The dog park is open.  The three remaining Dog fountains are on order and are expected to arrive in three weeks.  Temporary water faucets have been installed.



Do you live north of Route 6 (Mid-Cape Highway)?

Is your home or business located in downtown Hyannis?

Is your home older than 75 years old?

If you answered yes to any of the above, exterior changes to your home or business may be subject to review by the Barnstable Old King’s Highway Historic District Committee, Hyannis Main Street Waterfront Historic District Commission, or the Barnstable Historical Commission. Please continue below for more information.

The Old King’s Highway Regional Historic District was established in 1973; it is the largest historic district in the nation. The district is designated as the area north of Route 6 (the Mid Cape Highway) from Sandwich to Orleans. Each Town has their own Historic District Committee. The Town of Barnstable’s Old King’s Highway Historic District Committee (OKH) reviews applications for any change in the exterior of buildings and structures, fences and signs, and applications for new construction or demolition. The OKH considers the historical value and significance of existing buildings, and all applications are reviewed for general design, proportion of building elements, texture, materials and color. Settings, site design and layout and relative size of buildings are also taken into consideration.  Applications are reviewed for their aesthetic appropriateness to the historic integrity of the district, neighborhood and setting.

     Hearings are held twice per month at the West Barnstable Community Building, 2377 Meetinghouse Way (Route 149), West Barnstable at 6:30 PM. Hearings are open to the public.  For questions, please contact OKH Administrative Assistant, Erin Logan, at 508.862.4787 or  You can access the OKH webpage here:

The Hyannis Main Street Waterfront Historic District Commission (HHDC) was created in 1996 as part of the ongoing efforts to address revitalization and historic preservation in downtown Hyannis. The HHDC promotes the preservation of the unique historic character of downtown Hyannis and Hyannis Inner Harbor. The Commission strives to create a desirable place to live, work and enjoy through the preservation, maintenance and improvement of historic vernacular. 

   Hearings are held twice per month at the Town Hall offices, located at 367 Main Street, Hyannis, 2nd floor, Selectmen’s Conference room at 6:30 PM. Hearings are open to the public.  For questions, please contact Hyannis Main Street Waterfront Historic District Commission Administrative Assistant, Karen Herrand at 508.862.4064 or can access the HHDC here:

The Barnstable Historical Commission (BHC) was established to assist the Town to preserve and protect historical buildings and settings throughout the Town and to continue to inform and educate the public about town history and its significance.  The Commission reviews applications for demolitions and partial demolitions of properties more than 75 years old, or are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, located outside of the Town’s two local historic districts, the Old King’s Highway Historic District and the Hyannis Main Street Waterfront Historic District. It is important to note that demolition can be something as minor as changing the header of a window or as major as requesting full demolition. All projects involving demolition shall first be reviewed by the BHC Chair for determination of significance.   When the Commission finds that the building is significant, demolition can be postponed for eighteen months. This process allows the property owner time to incorporate the present building into new plans or find other individuals who would be interested in purchasing the building and preserving it. Through the years, significant buildings have been preserved through the joint efforts of the Commission and the property owners.  Aside from overseeing partial and full demolitions, the Commission inventories historic properties and seeks to preserve significant properties. As part of the preservation program, the Town has 14 National Register Districts, plus 75 properties individually listed on the National Register. Significant changes or demolition of buildings listed on the National Register and contributing buildings located within a National Register District are also subject to review by the Cape Cod Commission.

   Hearings are held once per month at the Town Hall offices, located at 367 Main Street, Hyannis, 2nd floor, Selectmen’s Conference room, at 4:00 PM. Hearings are open to the public.  For questions, please contact BHC Administrative Assistant, Erin Logan, at 508.862.4787 or  You can access the BHC webpage here:


Friendly Reminder from Animal Control

Dogs must be on a leash at all times.  The leash must be in the hand of the person with the dog.  Officers may ask to see the dog’s license tag which by law must be on the dog’s collar.  Violators may receive a written citation.  We hope you and your dog enjoy your visit but please be considerate of others during your stay.  And don’t forget that you must pick up and properly dispose of any waste left by your dog.


Personal Flotation Devices Must Be Worn From September 15th through May 15th

A friendly reminder from Marine & Environmental Affairs that from September 15th through May 15th, a personal flotation device (PFD) must be worn while paddling.  All persons in a canoe or kayak are required to wear a PFD.


Building Department Public Service Announcement
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.


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.

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: What is the official Massachusetts state fruit? Must be because the holidays are upon us, we had a lot of correct responses to this one.    Oliver Cippolini was the first to respond with the correct answer – the cranberry!


This Week’s Question: Which village stroll in the Town of Barnstable precedes Nantucket’s stroll in its founding? Please email your answer here .