Countdown to July 4th, Greek Gyroscopes, Hydrangea Festival, City Notes



Visit the site or the city page A7 for a calendar of events for July 4th.

Know your sunscreen

Hawaii has banned the sale of sunscreens containing two harmful petrochemicals, avobenzone and octocrylene, due to their toxicity to human health, coral reefs and marine life.

Here is a list of reef safe sunscreens from the Barnstable Clean Water Coalition and the Center for Biodiversity to help make informed choices.

Hazardous waste collection

The Solid Waste Division of the Town of Barnstable Public Works Department, in conjunction with the County of Barnstable, is hosting a Household Hazardous Waste Collection at the Marstons Mills Transfer Station tomorrow (Saturday, June 26) between 9 a.m. and noon . Better get there early.

Participants must have a full, up-to-date transfer station sticker or show proof of year-round residency or residential ownership to participate in the pickup and pay a fee of $ 10 per visit.

Friendly rivals: GM Brian Guiney of the Hyannis Harbor Hawks and Bruce Murphy of the Cotuit Kettleers.

GHCA agents

The GHCA is due to hold its annual meeting on July 1 at Alberto’s. Leaders for 2021 include President Elizabeth “Betsy” Young, Treasurer Laura Cronin, Vice President Jake Dewey and Secretary Alan Feltham. The board members are: Tom Doherty, Deb Dagwan, Brad Pfeiffer, Larry Decker and Karen “Kim” McGuire.

City Manager Mark Ells began the June 15 GHCA meeting by thanking Deb Krau and posthumously Ralph Krau for their years of dedication to the community and their service as agents of the GHCA.

“Ralph has always kept us on an equal footing at GHCA meetings by reminding us of all ‘problems’ and ‘hey, remember —–, which may conflict with ___’, according to the minutes of the meeting. Still a friend of the Barnstable Patriot, Ralph’s humor and generosity will be sorely missed.

Cynobacteria Alerts

The city contracts with the Association to Preserve Cape Cod (APCC) to conduct routine monitoring and reporting of cyanobacteria in the lakes and ponds of Barnstable.

If you would like to receive an email notification, when a potentially toxic bloom is identified by APCC, please subscribe to APCC Toxic Alerts. Register on to receive email notifications. This link will take you to a web page, where you must enter your email in order to receive toxic alerts.

See also cyanoMAP to view recent APCC cyanobacteria monitoring results.

During the concession stand break, former Cape League president Judy Walden Scarafile greets Hyannis Harbor Hawks field manager Gary Calhoun and the players in Monday's home opener on the field baseball hat that bears his name.

Gyros to take away

Mark your calendar for a Flying Greek Gyros Festival presented by St. George’s Greek Orthodox Church on Cape Cod on Friday July 9 and Saturday July 10. The parish will sell gyros and pastries to take away from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. at 1130 Falmouth Road. in Centerville.

Friends in the stands: Judy and Will Crocker, with xxx and John Flores at Scarafile Field for the Harbor Hawks' home opener against Cotuit.

City Council Updates

Barnstable City Council is scheduled to meet on July 1. Council postponed until July 15 a hearing on a proposed zoning change allowing accessory housing units.

On June 16, Governor Baker signed a bill allowing public meetings to continue to be held at bay. In order to maximize opportunities for public participation, the public hearing on the ADU zoning changes has been postponed to July 15 and will be held remotely, via Zoom. Check the city’s website for more details.

Residents can submit comments to City Council by logging into the Zoom meeting; or by emailing Cynthia Lovell, at [email protected], or by sending comments in writing to: Town of Barnstable Town Council, attn :: Cynthia Lovell, 367 Main St., Hyannis MA 02601.

An octopus greets visitors to the Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce.  Download a digital version of the Sand Sculptures Trail Map online at:

Ahoy: whales

Children of all ages are invited to the Hyannis Public Library on July 7 at 11 a.m. for a family science program on whales. The program will take place on the back lawn. Good take-out bags for kids who register in advance by emailing [email protected] or calling 508-775-2280.

The current hours of the Hyannis Library are Monday, Thursday and Friday, 9:30 am to 5:00 pm; Tuesday and Wednesday, from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. closed Saturday and Sunday.

The library will participate in the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce Hydrangea Festival in July. Barnstable’s St. Mary’s Episcopal Church graciously and generously donated its beautiful grounds and gardens to the library for a fundraising event on Thursday July 15 and Friday July 16 from 10 am to 4 pm.

The hydrangea festival takes place July 9-18. Each garden costs $ 5 to visit, to be paid on site. Talk to your friends and spend some time visiting beautiful gardens on Cape Cod to support your local library and other nonprofits.

Four bilingual picture books for children in four languages ​​spoken by the community (Portuguese, Haitian Creole, Spanish and French), paired with English, are displayed on large panels, placed along the brick path Walkway-to- the-Sea starting near the base of Hyannis Village Green and looping to the Harbor Overlook.  In the photo, the storytellers are Antonio Rocha and Charlot Lucien.


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