Barnstable Community Substance Abuse Prevention Forum
Front Row (L to R): Youth Commissioners Morgan Contrino, Lily Beal, Connor Levesque, Piper Hunt,
Ethan Sirhal, and Recreation Director Patti Machado.
Back Row (L to R): Adult Advisor Lt. Jean Challies, Officer Dennis Stampfl, Gosnold’s Kevin Rosario, Officer Corey Frederickson, Officer Brian Jenkins, Adult Advisor Kippy Diggs, Youth Commissioner George Cole,
 and Cape Cod Healthcare’s Derek Lamphier.


Important Information from the Town Clerk’s Office: Early Voting
As a reminder from Town Clerk Ann Quirk, the Town Clerk’s Office is sending out absentee ballots daily, so please stop by and you can vote right now in the office, your ballot will be taken to the polling locations to be counted on Election Day, November 6th. If you are requesting an Early Voting Ballot by mail, the Town Clerk’s Office started mailing those ballots out on October 22nd (the first day of early voting).  Then you will have to return them to us no later than November 2nd to be counted.  Early Voting started on October 22nd at the Town Clerk’s Office and takes place during regular business hours (8:30 AM to 4:30 PM) Monday through Friday.  Expanded Early Voting hours will take place on Tuesday, October 23, 2018 and October 30, 2018 until 8:00 PM and Saturday, October 27th from 8:00 AM to 12:00 Noon. Early Voting ends on Friday, November 2, 2018 at 4:30 PM.  The Town Clerk’s Office will be the centralized tabulation facility for early voting ballots.  Early voting information will be published in the Cape Cod Times.  Questions? Please call the Town Clerk’s Office at 508-862-4044.


Sandy Neck ORV Beach Closing at Curfew Friday, October 26th

Due to the impending Nor’easter the Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) beach will be closed at curfew (11:00 PM) on Friday, October 26th. The pheasant hunt will continue but no vehicles will be allowed out on the ORV beach. We will be accessing the ORV beach on Monday, October 29th and will send out another notification when the ORV beach re-opens.


Halloween Carnival and Skate at HYCC Friday, October 26th


Halloween Activities in the Town of Barnstable

Barnstable Village

Due to the forecasted inclement weather, Barnstable Village Halloween festivities have been moved to Sunday, October 28th from 4:00-6:00 PM at the Barnstable County Complex. 


Halloween Safety Day at the West Barnstable Fire Department
Sunday, October 28th 11:00 AM-1:00 PM

Family Fun at the West Barnstable FD. Wear your Halloween Costume. Kid Games. Candy. Pumpkin Bowling. Refreshments. Face Painting. The NOT-SO-SCARY-MAZE!

Halloween Safe Trick-or-Treat, Main Street, Hyannis, Wednesday, October 31st, 4:00-6:00 PM

The street will be closed to traffic for a safe trick or treating experience for everyone!

Safe Trick or Treat Event, Cape Cod Mall, Wednesday, October 31st, 4:00-6:00 PM

Osterville Halloween Parade, Main St, Osterville, Wednesday, October 31st, 4:00-5:00 PM

A Halloween Parade down Main Street Osterville for kids, starting outside Claire Murray and ending at Osterville Library for snacks and a story. Sponsored by Osterville Rotary Club.


Join Us for the Ribbon Cutting for Barnstable Dog Park

Wednesday, October 31st at 3:00 PM

The Town of Barnstable is pleased to announce the official ribbon cutting for the “Barnstable Dog Park.” Thanks to funding from the Stanton Foundation for design and construction of the Dog Park, as well as contributions and provisions for maintenance from the Friends of Barnstable Dog Parks, the Town of Barnstable’s Dog Park, a first class, no fee dog park is now open to the public. The Stanton Foundation, located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, encourages positive dog/human relationships and provides grants to support the creation of enclosed dog parks in cities and towns in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.   The newest dog park is located on Phinney’s Lane in the vicinity of Hathaway’s Pond. The official ribbon cutting will be held: Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at 3:00 PM at the Barnstable Dog Park, 1431 Phinney’s Lane, Barnstable, MA on site of Hathaway’s Pond. Assistant Town Manager Andy Clyburn presided over a Public Hearing for the Dog Park Regulations on Thursday, October 25th at 10:00 AM at Barnstable Town Hall.  The Draft Regulations are available on the Town’s website.  It is anticipated that the a determination will be made by October 30th.


Sandy Neck Winders Lean-to Ribbon Cutting and Dedication

On Saturday, October 20th, Sandy Neck Staff was joined by the scouts of Troop 54, as well as other dedicated volunteers, and the family and friends of Norman J. Fontaine for the dedication of the Winders Lean-to.   Mr. Fontaine, was known for his long Sandy Neck beach excursions.  Family and friends along with his employer Cape Cod Truck Service in Orleans made generous donations to Sandy Neck for the project.  The Lean-to was built in phases and started by Eagle Scout Thatcher Drake and the scouts of Troop 47 and completed by Troop 54 and volunteers.


Town Manager Mark Ells Welcomes International Broadcasters’ at
2018 IdeaBank Conference

On Sunday, October 21st, Town Manager Mark Ells was on hand to greet over 200 broadcasters for the International Broadcasters IdeaBank Fall 2018 Conference. Mr. Ells’ welcome was so well received, he was invited to do a number of interviews over the course of the conference.  One of the interviewers was Ray Auger - Mr. Everything of My fm Media. Additional Town staff interviewed were Community Services Director Lynne Poyant, Arts & Culture Coordinator Melissa Hersh Chartrand, and Barnstable Golf Pro Jesse Schectman. A special thanks to the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce and their Vice President of Sales Patti Lloyd for working with the Town on this event.


Parking Permit Volunteers Thanked for their Efforts

The Recreation Division hosted a Volunteer Breakfast to thank the volunteers who worked from May through August selling parking permits (beach stickers).  Twenty-four volunteers contributed to the over $1 million in parking permit sales.  Barnstable is the only town on the Cape that sells parking permits using volunteers.  A lot of our volunteers have been helping us out for over 10 years and Marie Boy has been helping us for 24 years!  THANK YOU!  We couldn’t do it without you!

Front Row (L to R):

Sue Davenport, Nan Connell, Ginny Johnson, Shirley Cronig, Doris Kendall, Bea Smith, Marie Boy, Linda Kelly

Second Row (L to R)

Marilyn Williams, Linda Michaelson, Michele Kegley, Michael Epstein, Tim Mara, Sandy Pendergast, Christine Cummings, Sandra Dorey, Barbara Gallagher, Patti Machado, Monica Gutierrez, Nancy McDonald, John Gleason, Jackie Michelove, Leon Michelove, Steve Bloom, Michele Arigo, Trisha Otto


Community Substance Abuse Prevention Forum Provides Important Information for Families
The Barnstable Youth Commission, Barnstable Police Department, Barnstable Recreation were pleased to join with Gosnold of Cape Cod and Cape Cod Healthcare to present a Community Substance Abuse Prevention Forum at the Hyannis Youth & Community Center on Wednesday, October 24, 2018.  Officer Corey Frederickson provided information on what parents should be looking for with substance abuse and “hiding in plain sight” including alcohol, marijuana, and more.  An outstanding panel, with emcee Youth Commissioner Ethan Sirhal, provided testimony on recovery.  The panel featured Kevin Rosario, Gosnold of Cape Cod Director of Recovery Outreach; Derek Lamphier, Cape Cod Healthcare PHO Navigator; Officer Brian Jenkins, Barnstable Police Department; and Dr. Debbie Ciavola, Cape Cod Healthcare Clinical Psychologist and Family Therapist.  Recreation Director Patti Machado introduced Officer Dennis Stampfl who showed items that have been confiscated in the schools in recent weeks.  We were joined by members of the Barnstable, Yarmouth and Sandwich Police Departments. Special thanks to Town Councilors Matthew Levesque and Jennifer Cullum for attending.  We hope to keep this dialogue going in the future.


Save the Date:  Oyster Season Opens November 3, 2018
Effective Saturday, November 3, 2018, the Scudder Lane Recreational Shellfishing Area in Barnstable Harbor is open for the recreational harvest of shellfish, except for a portion(s) of the area defined and marked by yellow buoys, which will remain closed for shellfish propagation projects and/or scientific research project protection. (For more details see related notices of shellfish management closures for said projects.).Effective Monday, April 1, 2019, the Scudder Lane Recreational Shellfishing Area in Barnstable Harbor will be closed to the harvest of all shellfish. The Scudder Lane Recreational Shellfishing Area extends from the sign post near the beach house west of the Scudder Lane Landing to the Barnstable Yacht Club pier, and extends to the Huckins Island tidal flat.


Effective Saturday, November 3, 2018, Town of Barnstable waters currently open to the harvest of soft shell clams and quahogs are open for the recreational harvest of oysters. Effective Monday, April 1, 2019, the recreational harvest of oysters will be prohibited throughout the Town of Barnstable.

LEGAL SIZE OYSTER: Minimum legal harvest size is three (3) inches longest length.

RECREATIONAL HARVEST LIMIT: Not more than 1/2 peck (5 quarts dry measure) per calendar week.

SHELLFISH MANAGEMENT:  The Natural Resources Office reserves the right to prohibit the harvest of shellfish at any time in any area of the Town for management purposes.


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





Parking Management continues efforts towards identifying opportunities within public parking areas to creatively improve quality of life for our residents and guests while supporting the economic vitality of our community. To support and accommodate our residents, public parking rates and times have adjusted to the following rates: 


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 October/November Compass at the BSC, town libraries and other locations for a complete list of enrichment resources as well as fee and registration information.


Recycling Changes for Barnstable Transfer Station & Recycling Center

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 and changing the process on how recyclables are accepted at the Transfer Station & Recycling Center.  Beginning October 1, 2018, all recyclables disposed of at the Recycling Center need to be separated into designated containers for cardboard, plastics, mixed paper, metal cans and glass. Sticker holders are responsible for separating their recyclable items and disposing of them into the respective containers. To aid in the transition from single stream to separation, there will continue to be two (2) containers for single stream recycling. These two containers will only be available until November 30th to allow sticker holders to adjust to the recycling changes. 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 in transitioning from single stream to source separated.

The Town of Barnstable Public Health Division is pleased to announce that there will be two more influenza vaccination clinics open to Barnstable residents as follows:
               Wednesday, November 7, 2018, 3:00-5:00 PM at St. George Greek Orthodox Church Community                        Center,               Route 28 Centerville;
               Thursday, December 6, 2018, 10:00 AM-12:00 Noon at Hyannis Youth & Community  Center,                                      141 Bassett Lane Hyannis, in the front lobby.
Drive-thru service will be available on November 7th at St. George Greek Orthodox Church, Route 28 Centerville. Consent forms will be available at the Public Health Division Office and at the Senior Center.  The fee is $3.00.

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.


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

*UPDATED*   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 Continues
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.

*UPDATED* Utility Pole Relocations along Route 149 in Marstons Mills

During October, 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.

*CONTINUES* Sewer Work- Attucks Lane, Hyannis

Sewer work along Attucks Lane, Hyannis associated with the future Cape Cod Five Headquarters began in September and continue through the fall.  The sewer work will involve the installation of approximately 1,300 LF of sewer force main and approximately 650 LF of gravity sewer along the western portion of Attucks Lane.  Traffic during construction operations will be delayed and motorists are advised to seek alternate routes to avoid construction work. 

*NEW* Sidewalk Repairs on Route 6A and on Route 132
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) has notified the Town of upcoming sidewalk repairs on Route 6A (Main Street) between #2760 & #2772, and on Route 132 (Iyannough Road) near the Park & Ride lot at #2145.  The work is scheduled to begin on Monday, November 5, 2018 and is scheduled to be completed on Thursday, November 8, 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* Water Works Construction on Main Street in Hyannis

The Town of Barnstable Department of Public Works’ Water Supply Division is continuing a water works construction project that will improve the water quality and fire flows for customers of the Hyannis Water System in the Main Street area.  This project will clean and line approximately 1,700 feet of 12-inch water main on Main Street from the Barnstable Road intersection to School Street. Included in the project are the replacement of valves, fire hydrants and customer water services up to the property line. A temporary water bypass system is installed to maintain a continuous supply of water during this project. The major work is anticipated to be done this fall and final paving to be completed in the spring of 2019. For questions relative to this project call Michael Gorenstein, Project Manager, at (508) 775-0063.

*UPDATED* Roadway Improvements - Mistic Drive, Marstons Mills

The Department of Public Works will continue roadway improvements on Mistic Drive in Marstons Mills.  Remaining improvements include driveway apron installations and site restoration. Work is expected to be completed by Friday, November 2, 2018, weather permitting.  Vehicle access during restoration work may 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 – Smith Street, Hyannis

The Department of Public Works will continue roadway improvements on Smith Street in Hyannis. Remaining improvements include sidewalk restoration, driveway apron installations, drainage structure adjustments, paving final top course on the roadway, line striping and site restoration. Work is expected to be completed by Friday, November 9, 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.

*NEW* Roadway Improvements – Airport Road, Hyannis

The Department of Public Works will be making minor pavement repairs on Airport Road at the intersection with Rt. 132 in Hyannis during the week of November 5, 2018.  Work will include milling and paving a 100 ft long section of Airport Road where it meets Rt. 132. Work is expected to be completed by Friday, November 9, 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.

*NEW* Roadway Improvements – West Main Street, Hyannis

The Department of Public Works will be making pavement repairs on West Main Street in Hyannis during the week of November 19, 2018.  Work will include 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 Wednesday, November 21, 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.

*UPDATED* Town Roads – Paving Improvements

The Department of Public Works is in the process of making pavement improvements on Emerson Way, Longfellow Drive and Smith Street in Hyannis and Mistic Drive in Marstons Mills (public portion of the street only). Work began on September 12, 2018 and is expected to be completed by October 31, 2018.  Limits of work include the entire length of these streets within the public right-of-way. Motorists are advised to seek alternate routes to avoid the construction. 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.



Barnstable Dog Park

The final two gates were fabricated wrong and are being modified to fit the gate openings.  The Dog drinking fountains are on order and will arrive in four weeks.  Temporary water faucets have been installed.

Lombard Site (West Barnstable)

Poured in place rubber surfacing has been installed at the playground.  The site contractor is working with the landscaper to prepare areas for tree planting and asphalt sidewalks. The chain link fence has been installed on two sides of the playground.  The wood fence and gates are scheduled to be installed this weekend.  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.


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.


Call to artists for the 2019 Hyannis HyArts Artist Shanties.
TWO locations on Ocean Street, Hyannis:  Bismore Park & Harbor Overlook
Applications available on line at

The Town of Barnstable is currently accepting applications for artists and artisans interested in participating in the 2019 Hyannis HyArts Cultural District Artist Shanty program.

Applications are received on a rolling basis until all spots are filled.
Applications received by the fourth Friday in October of each year (this year October 26th) are reviewed for first round consideration for the following season.   After this date, applications continue to be accepted on a rolling basis until all spots are filled.
Applications can be downloaded from

Artist shanties are located in the Hyannis HyArts Cultural District, at Bismore Park/Ocean Street, Hyannis and steps away at the Harbor Overlook, 51 Ocean Street, at the corner of South and Ocean Street, overlooking Aselton Park and Hyannis Harbor.   The expansion of the Hyannis HyArts Artist Shanty program to two locations creates an additional attraction for visitors walking from Main Street to Hyannis Harbor through the Hyannis Village Green along the Walkway-to-the-Sea, and at the same time provides affordable selling space and increased exposure for local artists and artisans. The Hyannis HyArts Artist Shanty Program began in 2005, as the first in a series of arts oriented strategies designed to provide opportunities and exposure for local artists; enliven the economic climate in downtown Hyannis; and establish an important vibrant backdrop for year round residents and visitors.  The shanties are open weekends May through mid-June and then seven days a week through Columbus Day.   The Harbor Overlook supports extended weekends in the fall through December holiday festivities.  Work is handmade or hand crafted, and all artists are from Cape Cod.   A variety of work is represented including jewelry, paintings, photography, visual art, woodcarving, fiber arts, ceramics, rope work, glass work, literary art, mixed media, and more.   This artist program is made possible in cooperation with the Town of Barnstable, and its Cultural District partners including the Cape Cod Art Center (CCAC), Hyannis Main Street Business Improvement District (BID), the Greater Hyannis Area Chamber of Commerce and the JFK Hyannis Museum and Cape Cod Maritime Museum.

Town Manager Approves Use of Town Property Guidebook

The Town of Barnstable welcomes and celebrates events that promote Barnstable’s quality of life and unique character of the seven villages of the Town. Town properties and facilities within the seven villages are available for use with an event permit that offers unique opportunities to complement and enhance your event.  Barnstable Town Manager Mark Ells has adopted a Special Event on Town Property Guidebook containing procedures to assist with navigating through the permitting process. In addition, beer and wine is now permissible for special events through an enhanced permit application for the Hyannis Village Green, Hyannis Harbor Overlook and the HyArts Campus buildings. Whether a small family gathering or a large production, our team is committed to working with our resident and visitor event organizers to ensure a streamlined process providing a positive experience from start to finish. To obtain your copy of the guidebook please visit our website at  Planning an event on Town Property? Need assistance in understanding the special event permitting process, timeframes, etc.? Please contact Assistant Director of Planning & Development Liz Hartsgrove via email at or call, 508-862-4068.


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.


Tools for New Business Development

Economic Development Resource Tools for New Business Attraction and Development

The Town of Barnstable’s Planning & Development Department provides two economic development resource tools for new business attraction and development. The Business Barnstable website and the Barnstable Business & Permitting Guide were created for companies and entrepreneurs interested in opening a business in Barnstable, the commercial hub of Cape Cod: The Business Barnstable website ( provides an online comprehensive one-stop resource to assist with new business start-up or expansion, and sends a clear message that Barnstable is ‘Open for Business’.
Barnstable Business & Permitting Guide is a user-friendly tool for assisting small businesses looking to locate in the Town of Barnstable through the permitting, licensing and zoning process.
For more information about these tools or Barnstable’s economic development program in general, please visit or contact Economic Development Specialist, Mike Trovato at 508-862-4791 or

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 famous West Barnstable resident was Herman Melville’s father-in-law?  Lemuel Shaw - who served as Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.  Some of Chief Justice Shaw’s rulings still stand today.


This Week’s Question: Our beloved Boston Red Sox are in the World Series.  There are fourteen Cape Cod Baseball League alumni in the Series (both on the Sox and LA Dodgers).  Three of those players played for either Hyannis or Cotuit.  Can you name them?  Please email your answer here .