Shellfishing Reopens on South Side

UPDATE: 9/10/21

After three rounds of water quality sampling conducted by the Division of Marine Fisheries, Barnstable Harbor remains CLOSED TO SHELLFISHING UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
All other areas previously in open status prior to the September 2, 2021 closure are now once again open to shellfishing. 

UPDATE: 9/7/21

Popponessett Bay, Cotuit Bay, West Bay and Barnstable Harbor remain closed until further notice.

The Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries has closed the state of Massachusetts to the harvest of shellfish until further notice due to excessive rainfall amounts across the state. As soon as shellfishing is re-opened, you will be notified.
If you have any questions please call Natural Resources: 508-790-6272

Attention Dog Owners

RABIES BAIT DISTRIBUTION Begins on September 13 via helicopter and September 17 via ground vehicles

Information for Dog Owners

Beginning next week, oral rabies vaccine (ORV) baits for wildlife will be distributed throughout southern Plymouth County and Mainland Barnstable County. Once that has been completed, operations will be shifted to the Upper-, Mid-, and Lower-Cape in efforts to prevent the spread of terrestrial rabies across the Cape once again.

Follow Cape Cod & Southeast Massachusetts Rabies Task Force for updates!

On the map below, the orange area will be treated with two black and red USDA helicopters beginning Monday, September 13. The exact finish date is weather dependent. Due to areas of high human density, the portion noted in yellow will be treated by vehicles and foot beginning Friday, September 17. Bait stations in selected areas will be filled this coming Monday as well. The ground-based distribution is expected to last between 1 and 2 weeks. During this time frame, you will see two low-flying helicopters, as well as several town, county, and federal vehicles, distributing baits.We ask that you keep your dogs on leash, obeying your town’s leash laws. While the baits are generally safe for your pets, the fishmeal coating may cause your pet to experience an upset stomach. Additionally, every bait that a dog consumes is one that we consider a lost dose that could have gone to an unvaccinated raccoon.This expanded campaign is in response to the first case of terrestrial rabies on the Cape in over 8 years. In May, a raccoon from Hyannis tested positive for the virus.

ORV Distribution Area, 2021

Mid-Cape Cultural Council Grant Cycle Opens

Grant $$

The grants cycle opened September 1st, and online applications will be accepted through October 15th at  The application site is open.

Arts, Humanities, and Interpretive Sciences. LCC funds may only be used to support programs in the arts, humanities, and sciences in Massachusetts. This definition includes the study, pursuit, performance, exhibition, and appreciation of cultural activities in the broadest sense.

How does Mass Cultural Council define the arts, humanities, and sciences?

  • Arts refer to the creation of work in the crafts and performing, visual, media, folk, design, literary, and inter-disciplinary arts. In addition, they also include the presentation and preservation of, and education about works in these disciplines.
  • Humanities are types of learning that deal with human values and aspirations, human thought and culture, language, and creativity. Examples include, but are not limited to, history, social studies, philosophy, criticism, and literature.
  • Sciences are types of learning that deal with nature, science, and technology in ways that explain how they relate to people’s lives. Some organizations that conduct this type of activity include aquariums, botanical gardens, nature centers, natural history museums, planetariums, and science centers.

Public Benefit. LCC funds must be used to support activities that contribute to the cultural vitality of the community as a whole, rather than benefiting any private individual or group; however, this does not mean that a large crowd of people needs to participate in order to satisfy the public benefit requirement. For example, an artist working with a small group of teens is a valid public benefit. Whenever possible, activities funded by LCCs should be available to the general public by exhibit, performance, demonstration, reading, or other means.

Non-Discrimination. In accordance with state law, LCCs may not discriminate against applicants on the basis of race, gender, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, disability, sexual orientation or age, nor may they fund projects that discriminate on the basis of these attributes.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires that persons with disabilities have access to public programs or services on an equal basis with the rest of the general public. Furthermore, federal law mandates that any programs or service that receives federal or state funding must be accessible to persons with disabilities. Therefore, all events and programs funded by the LCCs must be accessible to persons with disabilities, including the facility or event location as well as the content of the program. See our Accessibility Guide for a background and ideas about how to ensure that your projects can still take place while being accessible. 

Local Criteria. LCCs are authorized to develop additional council priorities and may give different weight to their criteria in order to reflect local concerns and community cultural needs. Because LCC funding is not intended to be used as the sole source of funding for projects of a continuing nature, LCCs are encouraged to formulate local policies regarding matching funding or funding limits over time in order to ensure that funding remains broadly available to the widest range of community cultural needs

We are also always available on our social sites, dm’s, etc.: and

The Mid-Cape Cultural Council currently has openings for both towns, to apply, you must be a resident of the Town of Barnstable or Yarmouth, and you apply directly to the Town. To reach the Council directly with any questions, to attend a meeting, etc., our email is, or have anyone feel free to reach out to co-Chair, Sarah Thornington 508-776-2773.

Upcoming Precinct 7 & Town Council Meetings September 2021

View Legally Posted Agendas HERE

Town Council Meeting – Thursday September 2, 7pm, REMOTE

Precinct 7 Monthly Open Meeting – Wednesday September  8, 3-4:30pm, Cotuit Library

Cotuit Fire Commission –  Monday September 13, 4:30pm, Freedom Hall & Remote

Cotuit Fire District Policy Advisory Committee – Monday September 13, 6pm, Freedom Hall

Cotuit Water Commission – Wednesday September 15, 5:45pm, Freedom Hall & Remote

Cotuit Fire District Cotuit School Committee – Thursday September 16, 6pm, Remote Cancelled

Town Council Meeting – Thursday September 16, 7pm, REMOTE

Town Council Appointments Committee – Tuesday  September 21, 4:45pm, REMOTE

Cotuit Prudential Committee – Monday September 27, 6pm, Freedom Hall & Remote

Attention Drivers

Pavement improvements are scheduled to commence during the week of September 6, 2021 on
Oceanview Avenue & Popponesset Road, Cotuit

The Town’s contractor for this project is Lawrence Lynch Corp. The various construction activities may include clearing of overgrowth along the road sides, street sweeping, drainage improvements, replacement of curb sections, installation of new pavement surfaces, and restoration of disturbed areas.

Normal work hours will be between 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday. Construction is scheduled to continue through November 23, 2021.

Through traffic will be maintained on these roads throughout construction. Any lane closures will be supported with police details to direct traffic. Motorists are advised to seek alternate routes to avoid the construction work
As always, please slow down and use extreme caution when traveling through the road construction areas, and follow posted safety and detour signs.