Sergeant Jason Sturgis, Barnstable Police Department

August 24, 1976 – July 7, 2019

In a true show of support, the Sturgis Family and the Barnstable Police Department Family were embraced by the community during Sgt. Jason Sturgis’s Memorial Service at the Performing Arts Center at Barnstable High School on Tuesday.  We will continue Sgt. Sturgis’s legacy of helpfulness, kindness and laughter and will continue to support the Sturgis Family and all of our First Responders in the future.


Beach Water Quality Updates can be found on the Town of Barnstable’s website.

Town Council Meeting – July 18, 2019
Last night, Barnstable Town Council President James Crocker invited the Barnstable Police Department Honor Guard and Chief Matthew Sonnabend to offer the Pledge of Allegiance to begin the Town Council Meeting. Chief Sonnabend offered a heartfelt Moment of Silence in honor of Sgt. Jason Sturgis.  Next was Public Comment.   The Town Council then held a joint meeting with the Barnstable Housing AuthorityPursuant to Section 3-6 of the Barnstable Charter, the Town Council and the Barnstable Housing Authority will hold a joint meeting to discuss and vote on the filling of the vacant seat on the Barnstable Housing Authority for the balance of the unexpired term of Richard Cross. During the joint meeting, applicant Ms. Michelle Mendes was interviewed and approved as the newest Housing Authority member.  Town Manager Ells provided updates on the following items for the period June 21-July 18, 2019 during Town Manager Communications:

  1. We closed out FY 2019 with all General Fund and Enterprise Fund operations came within their respective budgets. Total returned appropriations for the General Fund are approximately $1.8 million against a budget of $169 million.  Actual General Fund revenue exceeded budget estimates by approximately $3.2 million. The largest contributors to the surplus in revenue included Motor Vehicles Excises Taxes which came in $945,000 over budget estimates; interest and penalties on the late payment of taxes which came in $420,000 over budget estimates; a one-time payment of $518,000 from the Cape Cod Municipal Health Group for Medicare Part D reimbursements; and investment earnings exceeding budget estimates by $400,000.  All enterprise fund operations met their respective revenue estimates with the exception of Sandy Neck and the PEG Access Channel funds.  However, returned appropriations in both enterprise funds exceeded the revenue shortfalls resulting in a positive overall budget variance.
  2. An update From Treasurer/Collector Office is as follows:
    1. All backlogged payment postings for Real Estate, Personal Property, Motor Vehicle and Sewer bills are now current.
    2. Motor Vehicle refunds were issued on July 9th for fiscal years 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019.  FY2017 and 2018 Personal Property refunds have been issued.
    3. Fire Districts have been invoiced for their share of the Real Estate and Personal Property refunds.
    4. The Billing and Collection Supervisor position created by the consolidation has been filled by a promotion within the Collector’s office.
    5. 2020 Preliminary Real Estate and Personal Property bills were mailed on June 28th including an updated and improved insert.
    6. Working with online payment company to change program so that taxpayers can pay bills online past the due date.
    7. Motor Vehicle and Sewer bills are now coded to be processed through Lockbox to improve the timeliness of posting payments.
    8. Website has been updated including streamlining the process for taxpayers to pay their bills online to improve customer service.
  3. We continue our coordination with Fish & Wildlife regarding the future potential to site water supply wells on the 250 acre parcel owned by the Commonwealth that directly abuts the Hyannis public water supply.  The Town continues work with Mass Fish & Wildlife to finalize an agreement that would enable the Town to install public water supply wells on the 250-acre Hyannis Ponds Wildlife Management Area (WMA).  Fish & Wildlife did communicate with us today that the access agreement for installation of test wells is acceptable to MassWildlife and that the Town and MassWildlife have reached final agreement pending signature of the agreement by both parties and MassWildlife’s receipt and approval of the site-specific drilling protocol to be developed by the Town’s consultant and later attached to the agreement as an Exhibit.  Mr. Ells has signed the agreement and we shall return to F&W for signature.  We plan to conduct testing on this and other parcels later this summer.  We will keep you advised of our progress on this important effort.
  4. On July 18, 2019 the towns of Barnstable, Mashpee, Falmouth, Bourne and Sandwich met with Joint Base Cape Cod (JBCC) to discuss the regional efforts to evaluate JBCC for potential future use for wastewater treatment and disposal.  We discussed the completion of the updated “Shared Wastewater Management Study” completion scheduled for August 2019 and subsequent presentation of the study.  Another matter discussed was the May 28, 2019 Letter of Intent submitted by the Town of Barnstable in response to the Statement of Need issued for JBCC regarding the Town’s interest in water and wastewater facilities at JBCC and the subsequent July 12, 2019 response letter.  We have taken this response letter under advisement.
  5. The Barnstable Municipal Airport (BMA) will hold a public meeting on July 29, 2019, at 6:00 PM in the BMA Terminal, First Floor Conference Room, to present its Draft Public Involvement Plan (see  item below in eNews), describing ongoing activities related to evaluating sources of contamination at the BMA.  The meeting will respond to the request for public involvement and will highlight the following:
    1. Environmental Management that has occurred to date at the Airport
    2. Management of Fire Fighting Foam and use of Fire Fighting Foam
    3. Overview of PFAS and 1,4-dioxane Investigations
    4. Protection and Management of Drinking Water for the Hyannis Water District
    5. Next Steps in the Public Involvement Process
  6. The Town Council appointed the Town Manager as its representative on the Cape Cod & Islands Water Protection Fund Board.  Our second meeting was held on June 26, 2019 at 4:00 PM.  At our June 26, 2019 meeting the CCIWPFB received a presentation from the Massachusetts Department of Revenue (summary attached).  The website for the Board has been created by the Cape Cod commission staff and the link to the current webpage.  We will keep you advised on the progress of this Board.
  7. On July 9, 2019, Mr. Ells met with the Golf Committee to discuss the change in operation and maintenance at our municipal golf courses.  We discussed how and why this change was requested and committed to good communications during this transition.  Mr. Ells explained that he is working with staff to transition our golf courses in a manner that reflects the sensitivity of the underlying water resource while protecting the municipal golf courses located on top of our drinking water supply.  This may be a difficult transition, operationally and financially, but one that is needed to protect both assets.  We will keep you advised of our progress on this matter.
  8. On Monday July 15, 2019, The Town of Barnstable in coordination with the Cape Cod Commission submitted an application for the U.S. Department of Transportation’s BUILD Grant program.  The BUILD Grant application materials can be found on the project website here:  The project, entitled Hyannis Access Phase II project: Building a Complete Streets Connection to the Heart of Cape Cod shall be considered for a $35M BUILD Grant of which $10M is a local match.  This project would complete the section of Willow Street from the Exit 7 improvements that occurred several years ago to the upcoming improvements at the intersection of Willow Street and Route 28.  We will keep you advised of this important transportation improvement project.
  9. On Monday July 15, 2019 Mr. Ells met with Mike Lauf, CEO of Cape Cod Healthcare, at which time we discussed planned improvements at the Cape Cod Hospital and other relevant issues as they related to our community.  We discussed such matters as financial support to the match for the above referenced BUILD grant, expanded police support in and around Cape Cod Hospital, and efficiencies that might be gained in continued care for patients with mental health and dependency challenges.  It was a productive discussion and Mr. Ells expects they will meet in the near future to further discuss these and other issues.

Mr. Ells invited Recreation Director Patti Machado to provide the Town Council with an update of the activity on our beaches and water life so far this summer.  Robert R. Steen, P.E.; Assistant Director, Department of Public Works, then provided an Update on Comprehensive Field Evaluation.   Town Councilor Britt Beedenbender was invited to make a presentation to the Centerville Library (see item below in eNews).  The Town Council then proceeded with the Orders of the Day which began with OLD BUSINESS.  DPW Director Dan Santos presented Agenda Items 2019-212 Appropriation and Loan Order in the amount of $1,000,000 for the Construction of Water Infrastructure and 2019-215 Appropriation and Loan order in the amount of $3,000,000 for the design, purchase and construction of interim activated carbon filtration units at the Straightway and Mary Dunn wellfields which were approved. Also approved were Agenda items 2019-216A Appointments to a Board/ Committee/Commission: Airport Commission; Comprehensive Financial Advisory Committee; Golf Committee; Jane Eshbaugh Community Service Award Committee; Youth Commission and 2019-217 Reappointments to Boards / Committees / Commissions: Airport Commission; Board of Health; Community Preservation Committee; Comprehensive Financial Advisory Committee; Conservation Commission; Council on AgingDisability Commission; Elderly & Disability Taxation Aid Committee; Golf Committee; Historical Commission; Hyannis Main Street Waterfront Historic District Commission; Infrastructure and Energy Committee; JFK Memorial Trust Fund; Land Acquisition and Preservation; Licensing Authority; Old Kings Highway; Planning Board; Recreation Commission; Sandy Neck Board; Shellfish Commission; Trust Fund Advisory Committee; Waterways Committee; Youth Commission; and Zoning Board of Appeals.  NEW BUSINESS began with Sgt. Jennifer Parkas-Ellis presented Agenda Item 2020-001 Acceptance of a Grant in the amount of $50,000 to the Barnstable Police Department from Massachusetts Department of Mental Health which was approved.  Agenda Items 2020-002 Appropriation and Loan Order in the amount of $975,000 for the construction of roadway and sewer work and 2020-003 Appropriation and Loan Order in the amount of $1,300,000 for the purpose of funding the construction of sewer infrastructure on Rt. 28 near the Yarmouth Rd. intersection were referred to Public Hearings on August 15, 2019. Planning & Development’s Arts & Culture Coordinator Melissa Chartrand and Cape Cod Art Center Executive Director Roberta Miller presented Agenda Item 2020-004 Barnstable Village Cultural District Renewal which was approved.  The Town Council approved Agenda Item 2020-005 Resolve allowing Mark S. Ells, Town Manager to continue teaching at Cape Cod Community College Under Section 8 of the Town Manager Contract.  Agenda Item 2020-006 Authorizing the Town Treasurer, upon the approval of the Town Manager to enter into a Lease-To-Purchase Agreement to acquire Five (5) marked Police vehicles was referred to a Public Hearing on August 15, 2019. Planning & Development Director Elizabeth Jenkins presented Agenda Item 2020-007 Acceptance of a MassTrails Grant in the amount of $62,772 from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts which was approved.  The following items were referred to the August 15th Town Council meeting:  Agenda Item 2020-008 Order to create a stabilization fund for Comprehensive Water Management, Wastewater Management and for Community Housing; 2020-009 Appointments to a Board/ Committee/Commission: Historical Commission; Hyannis Main Street Waterfront Historic District Commission; Infrastructure and Energy Committee; 2020-010 Acceptance of Sewer Easements for Business Lane and Thornton Drive; and 2020-011 Appropriation Order in the amount of  $162,180.00 of Community Preservation Funds for creation of open space at Barnstable Hollow Field located at 0 Millway, Barnstable - Map 299, Parcel 039. The next Town Council meeting will be held on Thursday, August 15, 2019 at 7:00 PM in the Town Hall Hearing Room, 367 Main Street, Hyannis.

MEMA Encourages Residents to Stay Safe During Extreme Heat

Hot temperatures combined with high humidity levels are expected to create dangerous heat conditions, with the most oppressive conditions expected Saturday. High temperatures Friday-Sunday are forecast to be in the 90s to lower 100s, and dew points in the low to mid 70s. Heat index values are expected to reach the mid to upper 90s Friday, 100 to 110 Saturday, and 97 to 105 Sunday, with the highest values occurring on Saturday in eastern Massachusetts and parts of the Connecticut River valley. The hot temperatures and high heat indices can lead to serious heat related-illnesses.  “MEMA urges residents to take precautions during the upcoming extreme heat. Never leave children or pets alone in a closed vehicle, find an air-conditioned public space, cooling center, or other cool spot for relief, and watch for heat-related illnesses,” said Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) Director Samantha Phillips. “Please check on your family, friends, or neighbors to make sure they are safe during the extreme heat.”

Extreme Heat Safety Tips

·        Never leave children or pets alone in a closed vehicle. Even with the windows cracked open, interior temperatures can rise almost 20°F within 10 minutes.

·        Slow down and avoid strenuous activity.

·        Drink plenty of fluids — even if you are not thirsty. Avoid alcoholic beverages and liquids high in sugar or caffeine. If your doctor generally limits the amount of fluid you drink, ask how much you should drink during hot weather.

·        Wear lightweight, loose-fitting, light-colored clothing. Light colors reflect heat and sunlight, and help maintain normal body temperature.

·        Stay indoors as much as possible and limit exposure to the sun. Do not leave pets outside for extended periods of time.

·        If you must be outdoors, limit your outdoor activity to the morning and evening hours. Try to rest often in shady areas so your body temperature will have a chance to recover. Use sunscreen with a high SPF and wear a wide-brimmed hat.

·        If you do not have air conditioning, stay on your lowest floor, out of the sun. Use fans to stay cool and avoid using your stove and oven. Consider spending time in air-conditioned public spaces, such as schools, libraries, theaters, and other community facilities.

·        Check with your local authorities or Call 2-1-1 to find locations of cooling centers or shelters near you.

·        On hot days, more people cool off around bodies of water. Playing in and around water can increase the risk of drowning. Learn how to keep yourself and your children safe in and around water with these Water Safety Tips.

·        If there are power outages during warm weather, you may need to take additional precautions or go to a cooling center or emergency shelter to stay cool.

·        Know the symptoms of and watch out for heat-related illnesses. Call 9-1-1 to report emergencies.

·        Be a good neighbor. Check on family, friends, and neighbors, especially the elderly, those who live alone, those with medical conditions, those who may need additional assistance, and those who may not have air conditioning.

Types of Heat-related Illnesses

During extreme heat, people are susceptible to heat-related illnesses. Learn how to recognize and respond to them:

Heat cramps are muscular pains and spasms caused by heavy sweating.

·        Symptoms: Muscular pains and spasms that usually occur in the legs or abdomen

·        Treatment: Get the person to rest in a comfortable position in a cooler place. Give the person water     or fluids with electrolytes help them rehydrate.
Heat exhaustion typically occurs when people overexert themselves in a warm, humid place, and often affects those doing strenuous work in hot weather. Body fluids are lost through heavy sweating and blood flow to the skin increases, causing blood flow to vital organs to decrease. This results in a form of mild shock.  

·        Symptoms:  Cool, moist, pale or flushed skin, nausea, dizziness, headache, weakness, and/or exhaustion

·        Treatment: Get the person to rest in a comfortable position in a cooler place. Remove or loosen   tight clothing and apply cool, wet cloths, such as towels or sheets. If the person is conscious, give them half a glass of cool water or fluids with electrolytes every 15 minutes, making sure the person                drinks slowly. Watch the person carefully for changes in his or her condition and call 9-1-1 if it         doesn’t improve.
Heat stroke is the most serious heat emergency and is life-threatening. Heat stroke develops when systems in the body begin to stop functioning due to extreme heat. Heat stroke may cause brain damage or death if the body is not cooled quickly.  

·        Symptoms: Extremely high body temperature, hot and red skin (dry or moist), loss of consciousness, changes in level of responsiveness rapid and weak pulse, rapid and shallow breathing, vomiting, confusion, and/or seizures.

·        Treatment: A person suffering from heat stroke needs immediate assistance. Call 9-1-1 and move the person to a cooler place. Immerse the individual in a cool bath, wrap in cold wet sheets, or cover the person in bags of ice.

For more information on heat-related illnesses and graphics, see

MEMA is the state agency charged with ensuring the state is prepared to withstand, respond to, and recover from all types of emergencies and disasters, including natural hazards, accidents, deliberate attacks, and technological and infrastructure failures. MEMA's staff of professional planners, communications specialists and operations and support personnel is committed to an all hazards approach to emergency management. By building and sustaining effective partnerships with federal, state and local government agencies, and with the private sector - individuals, families, non-profits and businesses - MEMA ensures the Commonwealth's ability to rapidly recover from large and small disasters by assessing and mitigating threats and hazards, enhancing preparedness, ensuring effective response, and strengthening our capacity to rebuild and recover. For additional information about MEMA and Emergency Preparedness, go to

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Department of Public Works Transfer Station and Recycling Division Swap Shop

Due to the excessive heat forecast this weekend, the Swap Shop will not be open this Saturday, July 20, 2019. For questions, call P.J. Kelliher at 508-420-2258, or refer to the Town’s website.


Barnstable Municipal Airport Public Meeting to Present Draft Public Involvement Plan on Monday, July 29, 2019 at 6:00 PM

The Airport will hold a public meeting on Monday, July 29, 2019, at 6:00 PM in the Barnstable Municipal Airport Terminal, First Floor Conference Room, to present its Draft Public Involvement Plan (PIP), describing ongoing activities related to evaluating sources of contamination associated with perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and 1,4-dioxane.  Free parking is available in the main Airport parking lot with your ticket validated at the meeting.  Site assessment activities at the Airport are regulated by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection under the Massachusetts Contingency Plan (310 CMR 40). These regulations include provisions for local residents to request, via a petition, a PIP to learn more about the investigations and ask questions about the ongoing work.  In response to a citizen petition requesting the PIP, the Airport has developed a Draft Plan that is now available for review.  Presentations at the meeting will include:

Q  An overview of the Airport’s environmental management practices, including a discussion on the historic use of firefighting foam which is one known source of PFAS compounds. The firefighting foam used at the airport is the only Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved foam for airports.  Although the FAA is seeking alternatives, none presently exist.  The FAA requires that airports certificated under Federal Aviation Administration Regulations (FAR) Part 139 use and store such firefighting foams to meet certification requirements for the maintenance and operation of the airport for air carriers.  Foam is no longer used in any drills or training exercises at the Airport;

Q  A presentation on investigations that have been ongoing since 2016 to investigate PFAS compounds and 1,4-dioxane in soil and groundwater at the Airport; and 

Q  Information on the water supplies that serve Hyannis and ongoing practices to ensure the water provided to Hyannis residents meets the state’s drinking water standards and guidelines. 

Comments on the Draft Public Involvement Plan are encouraged and may be submitted at the meeting or by writing to:

                                                            Barnstable Municipal Airport

                                                            Attention: Public Involvement Plan

                                                            480 Barnstable Road

                                                            Hyannis, MA 02601

Comments may also be emailed to Sue Kennedy at Comments should be submitted by 6:00 PM, Monday, August 19, 2019.  The Airport will issue a final draft PIP no later than Tuesday, September 17, 2019.


Centerville Public Library Celebrates 150 Years

During last night’s Town Council, Town Councilor Britt Beedenbender read a proclamation acknowledging the Centerville Public Library’s 150th Anniversary.  Councilor Beedenbender was joined by the Centerville Library Board of Trustees members Dominick Gautrau, Karen McDonald (President) and Jim Lane.  A celebration of the Library’s 150 years will be held on Sunday, August 4th from 1:00-5:00 PM.


Go Barnstable 11-Year Old Little League All Stars!

The Barnstable 11 Year Old Little League All Stars won the Sectional Championship earlier this week 10-0 against Norwell.  The game was played at our own Lorusso Fields.  Reed Buckler had a walk off homerun to win the game in the 5th inning.  The boys will be defending their State championship title this weekend in Salem.  Go Barnstable!


Governor Baker Proclaims “Hurricane Preparedness Week”

Residents Encouraged to Prepare Now

Governor Charlie Baker has proclaimed July 14-20, 2019, to be Hurricane Preparedness Week to emphasize the Commonwealth’s vulnerability to tropical storms and hurricanes and the importance of preparing for the potential impacts on the state’s residents, homes, businesses and infrastructure.  “Planning in advance for a tropical storm or hurricane will help mitigate damage to your property, better protect your family and reduce the burden on public safety personnel in an emergency situation,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Our administration encourages residents in every region of the Commonwealth to develop an emergency plan, prepare emergency supplies and stay informed throughout hurricane season.”   “Our administration is committed to working with cities and towns across the Commonwealth to enhance their readiness and raise awareness before the next hurricane or tropical storm,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “We join MEMA in encouraging all residents to take the time to prepare in advance for this hurricane season.”  “While it’s been many years since we’ve seen a hurricane in New England, it only takes one storm to cause major damage,” said Public Safety and Security Secretary Thomas Turco, “Atlantic hurricanes that have hit states and territories in the Southeast are reminders of the devastation caused by hurricanes and tropical storms.”  “We encourage all residents to prepare for the impacts of a tropical storm or hurricane,” said MEMA Director Samantha Phillips. “Tropical systems can cause storm surge in coastal areas and heavy inland rainfall, flooding, and destructive winds in all parts of the state.”

For more information, visit the Hurricane Safety Tips section of MEMA’s website at


Save the Date – Unity Day 2019 – Friday, August 2nd from 4:00-7:00 PM


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

Update on Water Quality Resource Management Efforts in Barnstable
Barnstable’s Channel 18 has prepared a YouTube playlist of segments they have created on Water Quality Resource Efforts in the Town of Barnstable.  The informative 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.

This week on the Town of Barnstable Channel 18
The first in a series of planned nature-based stormwater treatment systems were recently completed in the Three Bays watershed in Barnstable. A new rain garden at Cordwood Landing in Cotuit and a sand filter at Prince Cove Marina. Both systems maximize removal of bacteria that causes beach and shellfish closures as well as removal of nitrogen that results in coastal algal blooms and fish kills. These “green infrastructure” systems do this by using native plants, specific soils, and design conditions that filter and break down pollutants from stormwater before it flows into the bays. The systems were designed and constructed as part of a project managed by the Association to Preserve Cape Cod (APCC) in partnership with the Town of Barnstable Department of Public Works (DPW), Horsley Witten Group, Barnstable Clean Water Coalition and the Barnstable Land Trust.  In addition to creating new stormwater treatment systems, APCC and the Town of Barnstable have partnered through Channel 18 to create a series of informational videos. The goal of the series is to educate and inform members of the public about what they can do to help keep our waters clean. The first video in the series, Stormwater 101, provides an introduction to stormwater management.

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. For more information, watch Pumpout Boat on Channel 18.


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.


Arts at the Airport - Barnstable Municipal Airport – July & August 2019
A variety of Cape Cod artists and artisans featured each week

A new arts ‘pilot’ program is taking flight at the Barnstable Municipal Airport!  Every Thursday through Sunday, July 18 - August 11, 11:30 AM-1:30 PM, travelers can meet Cape Cod artists at vendor tables set up in the terminal at the main entrance.  Artwork is handmade, crafted or designed in a variety of mediums: fiber arts, jewelry, photography home accessories, painting and maritime themed items.  A variety of artists will rotate throughout the four week program. Barnstable Municipal Airport is for more than taking flights, it’s about the community in which it resides and offering both locals and visitors alike a sense of place on Cape Cod. Locals are encouraged to stop by and grab a treat at Cape Cod Coffee, serving pastries, lunch, beer and wine; watch the planes and visit the artists. 

Arts at the Airport featuring Cape Cod artists and artisans

July 18-July 21     *      July 25-July 28    *    August 1-August 4   *    August 8-August 11

11:30 AM-1:30 PM

Barnstable Municipal Airport, main lobby 480 Barnstable Road, Hyannis

Free parking (up to 30 minutes)

About Barnstable Municipal Airport:
Located in Hyannis, Massachusetts, the airport is a vital transportation hub for Cape Cod and the region providing commercial and general aviation services to Boston, New York and the islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket.  JetBlue provides service from New York to Cape Cod June through August. 

The airport is owned by the Town of Barnstable and managed by the Barnstable Municipal Airport Commission and Management staff.  

July 18-July 21

Sue will be featuring her original all Cape Cod seashell wreaths and mirrors, some which are suitable for outside display. She loves working with polymer clay which is transformed into interesting mermaid creations, one of a kind faces, and black and white designs. Website:

July 18-July 21

Joyce’s paintings are primitive interpretations of life on Cape Cod many years ago.  They are painted on masonite using acrylic or oil paints.  Her letterpress work is done using old print blocks from the 1800’s that were formerly the property of the Barnstable Patriot Newspaper.  Other items, hand painted tiles, tea towels and hand painted shell ornaments.

July 25-July 28
Meg is a local mixed media artist who also creates unique stained glass jewelry and home decor.  Much of her work is fed by her love of travel and new experiences - thus the adventure-inspired name, Rose Colored Compass.  Website:  Instagram: @rose_colored_compsss
CAPE COD maritime museum
July 25-July 27 & Aug 1
Cape Cod Maritime Museum preserves and celebrates Cape Cod’s maritime heritage.  Learn all the museum has to offer, sign up for a sail on the cat boat Sarah, and shop from a sampling of their gift shop items offering a wide selection of nautical gifts, including collectables, jewelry, and more.  Website:

Aug 1-Aug 4
Marie is a natural light photographer who finds inspiration in nature and the famous Cape Cod light.   She enhances her photographs with digital processing, as well as hand painting techniques, to create the finished images.  The images are printed on a variety of products including traditional prints, wall décor, pillow covers, scarves, tote bags and more.
Website: Facebook: Marie Grady Palcic Photography Instagram: Marie Grady Palcic
Aug 1-Aug 4
Dawn works with wire and sheet metal and has a new line, Hearts Desire Keepsake Collection.
A collection of pieces made with love and customized with a photo of your hearts desire.
Her other pieces are funky with a classic side. She creates with natural and recycled metals and materials as well as antique and exciting new semiprecious stones, shells and glass. Website: Facebook: stylewithoutsacrifice1
Aug 1-Aug 4
Margo offers original designs of beach bags, large totes, pillow covers, runners, place mats and other assorted fabric items.
margoT CHEEL: margo cheel AERIAL photography
Aug 8-Aug 11
Margo Cheel is an award winning aerial photographer, pilot, and arts educator.  She invites you to see the world from a unique perspective.   She has published two Aerial Photography books, “Sea & Sand from the Sky” with quotes from aviators and “What Do You See? and, “Finding Shapes from the Sky” with a story line about discovery for all ages.
Aug 8-Aug 11
Janet works with semi-precious stones, fresh-water pearls, and unique beads to create wearable art. Inspired by the beauty of the natural world, Janet—a percussionist with the Cape Cod Concert Band, the Cape Community Orchestra and the Barnstable Town Band—believes there is an underlying rhythm to every piece of jewelry she creates. She sketches, works, revises and reworks until she uncovers the perfect arrangement of the elements to create a cohesive, harmonious—and stylish—design.
Aug 8-Aug 11
A nautical extravaganza! All handcrafted: Home Design and Decor for the East Coast Home. Anything you can imagine finding in a nautical themed general store such as baby accessories, greeting cards, holiday ornaments, leather bags, wallets, key chains, banners, garlands, soaps, candles, etc.


ArtsBarnstable has a lot to offer!


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 agencies and divisions 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 a short walk away at the Town Hall Lot or 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


Discover Barnstable Schedule



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

*CONTINUES* Sea Street, South Street, and Ocean Avenue, 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.

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

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. 

*CONTINUES* Ropes Beach, Old Shore Road, Cotuit

The project is closing up for the summer with the contractor demobilized, cleaned up and clearing the site. The project will remobilize after Labor Day 2019. SumCo has planted both Cordwood and Prince Ave. areas.


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 Covell’s Beach and Centerville Public Library

Vineyard Wind will be available at Covell’s Beach to answer questions from beachgoers on Friday, July 26th and Saturday August 10th (assuming no inclement weather).

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, AUGUST 1   4:00-6:00 PM
RSVP here

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

RSVP here

THURSDAY, AUGUST 29 4:00-6:00 PM
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


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: What year did the Kennedy Family start coming to Hyannis Port for their summer home? State Representative Will Crocker was the first to respond that the Kennedy Family rented a home in Hyannis Port in 1926.  It wasn’t long before they purchased their own property and the rest, as they say, is history!


This Week’s Question: Where on the “Cape Cod arm” is Barnstable located?  Please email your answer here.

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