Ropes Beach Re-Opens for Swimming

UPDATE: July 22, 2021

Ropes Beach has re-opened for swimming. The beach water was re-sampled and analyzed at the County Laboratory today. The results meet the standards set by Massachusetts Bathing Beach Regulations.


Ropes Beach in Cotuit is closed to swimming due to an exceedance of the geomean standard for Enterococci bacteria discovered by the County laboratory late yesterday afternoon.   This exceedance does not meet the standards contained within Massachusetts Bathing Beach Regulations, 105 CMR 445.000.  Ropes beach was posted with no swimming signs late yesterday as required.

A second sample will be obtained for analysis at the laboratory on Thursday, July 22, 2021

This beach will be required to remain closed for several days or longer depending upon future testing results.

Town-wide Beach Status Updates HERE

Preregister for a COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment



Mass Vaccination Sites

  • Sites at Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, Fenway Park, Boston, Reggie Lewis Center,Boston, DoubleTree, Danvers, Eastfield Mall, Springfield, Natick Mall, and former Circuit City,Dartmouth
  • High volume, large venue sites offer the most appointments
  • Availability updated every Thursday

Preregister HERE

COVID-19 Vaccines are FREE

How to preregister

To preregister beginning March 12 and be notified about available vaccine appointments at mass vaccination locations, you will need the following: 

  • Name
  • Address
  • Date of birth
  • Contact information
  • Preferred method of communication; email, text, or phone call
  • Option to ask for help scheduling over the phone
  • Information about eligibility (living situations, medical conditions, occupations)

To help older people and others who are unable to use the form, family members, caregivers, or other companions can fill out the form on behalf of someone else. People who do not have internet access or someone to fill the form out for them can call 2-1-1 to preregister.

If you are not yet eligible and you sign up, your signup will be valid but you will not be offered appointments until you are eligible. There is no advantage to preregistering before you are eligible.

Massachusetts receives a limited supply of COVID-19 vaccine doses from the federal government each week. Due to high demand and very limited supply, there are a limited number of appointments available for eligible people. Please keep in mind that it could take several weeks or longer to be contacted with an opportunity to schedule your appointment.

What happens next

After you fill out the preregistration form, your information will be saved and you’ll receive a confirmation through your preferred method of communication (email, text message, or phone call).

Each week, you will receive a weekly status update to:

  • Confirm you are still on the list
  • Give you a chance to opt out if you have scheduled an appointment elsewhere

The opportunity to schedule appointments will be offered to eligible people on a rolling basis. If you are eligible, you will receive appointment notifications based on when you sign up and the availability in your area.  

Once notified, you have 24 hours to schedule an appointment.

When an appointment is available for you, you will be contacted through your preferred method of communication. 

  • If it’s text message or email, you’ll be sent a link to choose an appointment at one of the 7 mass vaccination locations.
  • If it’s a phone call, you’ll receive a call with information about how to schedule your appointment at one of the 7 mass vaccination locations.
  • You’ll have 24 hours to schedule an appointment. If the appointment is not accepted within 24 hours, you will go back onto the list to wait for another appointment.

*****Please note COVID-19 Vaccines are FREE. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts will never ask you for your bank account number, password, or other financial information.


FY 2022 Capital Budget & Improvement Plan


2021-108 Ocean View Avenue & Popponesset Road Milling & Repaving

2021-110 No Bottom Pond Storm Water Improvements

2021-111 Santuit River Bridge at School Street Maintenance

Deferred Projects: Cotuit Bay Entrance Dredging, Evaluation of Little River Fish Passage Restoration, Main & School Streets Raised Crosswalks (3), Cotuit Memorial Park Restoration, Private Road Repair (Banfield Road), Mosswood Cemetery Building Improvements, Cotuit Elementary School Demolition.


National Weather Service Boston/Norton MA
316 AM EST Sun Feb 7 2021

Northern Bristol MA-Western Plymouth MA-Eastern Plymouth MA-
Southern Bristol MA-Southern Plymouth MA-Barnstable MA-
Southeast Providence RI-Western Kent RI-Eastern Kent RI-
Bristol RI-Washington RI-Newport RI-
Including the cities of Taunton, Brockton, Plymouth, Fall River,
New Bedford, Mattapoisett, Chatham, Falmouth, Provincetown,
Providence, Coventry, West Greenwich, East Greenwich, Warwick,
West Warwick, Bristol, Narragansett, Westerly, and Newport
316 AM EST Sun Feb 7 2021


* WHAT…Heavy snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 4 to 8 inches. Winds gusting as high as 40 mph.

* WHERE…Portions of southeastern Massachusetts and northern and southern Rhode Island.

* WHEN…From 7 AM this morning to 1 AM EST Monday.

* IMPACTS…Travel could be very difficult. Wet snow may result in isolated power outages if the higher amounts are realized.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Snow overspreads the region this morning and continues through the afternoon. The snow may begin as a brief period of rain before changing to snow.


If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.


Upcoming Precinct 7 & Town Council Meetings February 2021

View Legally Posted Agendas HERE

Cotuit Fire District Cotuit School Committee – Thursday February 4, 6pm

Town Council Meeting – Thursday February 4, 7pm, REMOTE

Town Council Zoning & Regulatory Review Committee – Tuesday February 9, 5:30pm, Remote

Cotuit Fire Commission – Tuesday February 9, 5:30pm, Remote

Precinct 7 Monthly Open Meeting at Library– Cancelled until Further Notice (email or call Jessica w/ concerns)

Town Council Appointments Committee – Tuesday February 16, 5:30pm, REMOTE

Town Council Asset Management Advisory Committee – Wednesday February 17, 5:30pm, Remote

Town Council Meeting – Thursday February 18, 7pm, REMOTE

Cotuit Prudential Committee – Monday February 22, 5:30pm, Remote

Cotuit Water Commission – Wednesday February 24, 5:45pm, REMOTE

Cotuit Fire District Cotuit School Committee – Thursday February 25, 3pm

Cotuit Fire District By-Laws Committee TBD

Cotuit Fire District Policy Advisory Committee-Next Month

Town Council Homelessness Committee – TBD

Town Council Roads Committee – Inactive  



Alarm Registration Expired December 31, 2020

Reminder To avoid a Late Fee, Renew your Burglar Alarm Registration with the Barnstable Police Department prior to January 31, 2021

All burglar alarm registrations within the Town of Barnstable will expire on December 31, 2020. If you own a house or business in the Town of Barnstable that is equipped with an active burglar alarm, monitored or non-monitored, you need to renew your Alarm Registration and get your 2021/2022 decal. Please complete a 2021/2022 Alarm Registration form and submit with a $25.00 registration fee. For more information call (508) 778-3824 Electronic registration and payment or downloadable forms available  HERE 
Drop off to:
Barnstable Police Department
1200 Phinney’s Lane
Hyannis, MA 02601
or Mail completed form along with a self-addressed stamped envelope to:
Barnstable Police Department
Attn.: Alarm Administrator
P.O. Box B
Hyannis, MA 02601