Hello Neighbor – Greetings from the Old Stone Dock Association

Spring is taking its time making its way into Falmouth this year but there are signs that summer is not far off and the Surf Drive Beach will soon be enjoyed by many of us once again. I wanted to make you aware of several upcoming events and activities being organized by the Old Stone Dock Association (OSDA).

The OSDA Annual Beach Clean-up and Presentation of 2019 Beach House Flower Boxes on Surf Drive Beach will be held on Saturday, May 18, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to noon. We wanted to do a final cleanup before the Memorial Day Holiday weekend. Protect yourself by wearing long pants, shirts with sleeves, sunblock and use garden gloves.  We’ll have a membership promotion table and registration by the Ellen T Mitchell Bathhouse where refreshments will be provided and OSDA logo wear will be available for sale.  We will also be gathering for a light lunch afterwards so we will need to know if you will join us. If you are able to lend a hand, please RSVP toinfo@oldstonedock.com so we will know who’s coming.

Dues Renewal Notices are being mailed this week to 350+ new, current and past members.  Please support the OSDA by remitting your dues of $25.00 per family now to P. O. Box 835, Falmouth, MA  02541 for the current year of 06/01/19 to 05/31/20.  The membership renewal form can also be found on our website at oldstonedock.com if that is more convenient for you. We thank you in advance for participating in the neighborhood association and allowing us to pass along items and information which may be of interest to you and your neighbors.

Tuition Assistance Applications are available to children and grandchildren of Old Stone Dock Association members who will be freshmen at a 2 or 4 year college in September 2019.  Members must be paid up and current with their 2019/2020 dues.  Applications will be accepted between May 1, 2019 and June 23, 2019.  The quantity and amount of scholarships provided annually will be determined by the Board of Directors and recipients will be selected by the committee.  The Tuition Assistance Application can be opened on the OSD website (oldstonedock.com) as a fillable PDF form, saved and printed from your PC.  A copy is also attached to this email if you would like to print it and fill it in by hand.  Applications must be mailed to OSDA-Tuition Assistance, P.O. Box 835, Falmouth, MA  02541 and be postmarked by June 23, 2019.

Old Stone Dock Association Information is always available on the website at oldstonedock.com. Director Terry Saunders does a fantastic job updating the website with events and activities that are going on with the Association and documenting many of our events with photographs.  She also welcomes any information you might want to offer for the enjoyment of all.

Article of Interest  My wife, Polly, recently came across an interesting article in the BU Today online magazine. The article is written by food, travel and outdoor recreation writers Diane Blair and Pamela Wright. It is titled “Three Perfect Cape Cod Day Trips” and details three of the best day trips on the Cape. As you may have guessed, Falmouth is on the list. The section “Bike the Shining Sea” is a great description of Falmouth attractions and natural wonders near the bike trail. It reminded me of some of the many reasons that we are drawn to the Cape and Falmouth in particular. The article can be found at:  https://www.bu.edu/today/2019/cape-cod-day-trips/

Request from the Beach Breeze Inn  I wanted to repeat a request that I made last Fall regarding a unique opportunity in our neighborhood this Summer. Every year the Beach Breeze Inn sponsors three young women on J-1 student visas from overseas to live and work in Falmouth for the summer. As you probably are aware, there is quite a shortage of workforce housing in town and these students are always looking to improve their housing situation if possible. The Inn has asked if any of you would be interested in housing three J-1 students for the 2019 summer season. The time frame would be roughly from the beginning of June until the middle of September.

All of the young women that the Inn has sponsored in the past have been very polite, hardworking and do not require a lot of attention. Besides working for the Inn full time they might also carry another job somewhere else close by. They would require one room large enough for the three of them, bathroom facilities and minimal use of a kitchen.

This possibly may be an ideal fit for one our members looking for additional income and or companionship during the summer season. In addition I’m sure they would be willing to assist in cleaning or any other light tasks involved. They would be able to pay for housing but they are on a limited budget. If this sounds interesting to you and you would like some additional information, you can contact Walt Sullivan at the Beach Breeze Inn directly at 321 Shore St or at 508-548-1765.

Thank you for listening and I hope to see you in the neighborhood,

Jay K. Thayer