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06-02-2018 OSD Members Beach and Roadway Cleanup on Surf Drive Beach

On Saturday, June 2, 2018 twenty-four members of the Old Stone Dock Association gathered at the Ellen T. Mitchell Bathhouse. The mission of the day was to pick up litter on Surf Drive Beach both beach side and street side.  Members also cleaned the Mill Street parking lot and up several of the side streets as well.

There was a table set up with membership information and Old Stone Dock Logo wear. Refreshments were provided to members and beachgoers who stopped by to say hello.  President Jay Thayer and Polly Thayer donated funds for the flower boxes this year and they were purchased at Soares Flower Garden Nursery.  Jay and Polly also had all the volunteers back to their home for a barbeque luncheon.  Beach Committee Chair was Terry Saunders.  Thanks to the following volunteers who helped make the event a success.  Katrina Anderson, Rebecca Bevilacqua, Sally Colacicco, Michael Denomy,  Anna dos Santos, Brian Doyle, Emily Doyle, Kevin Doyle, Jon Englund, Jim Fox, Kyle Goodell, Mike Herlihy, Pat Keck, Adele McConaghy, Jennifer McGovern, Michael McGovern, Carol Mills, Greg Mills, Steve Saunders,  Terry Saunders, Van Smick, Jay Thayer, Polly Thayer and Rich Worob.  Special thanks to Acting Beach Superintendent Bruce Mogardo who arranged for pick up and installation of the flower boxes and provided the crew with gloves and trash bags.

Submitted by:  Terry Saunders, Beach Cleanup Chair

June 6th, 2018|

05-15-18 E-mail to members from OSD President Jay Thayer

Hello Neighbor ~ Greetings from the Old Stone Dock Association,

After a brief Spring, Summer now appears close at hand and the Surf Drive Beach will 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 2018 Beach House Flower Boxes on Surf Drive Beach will be held on Saturday, June 2, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to noon.  Rain date is Sunday, June 3, 2018.   This year’s flowers will be donated by Jay & Polly Thayer.  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 a headcount. If you are able to lend a hand, please RSVP to info@oldstonedock.com so we will know who to expect.

Dues Renewal Notices are being mailed this week to 300+ 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 06/01/18 to 05/31/19.  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 year or a 4 year college in September 2018.  Members must be paid up and current with their 2018/2019 dues.  Applications will be accepted between May 1, 2018 and June 30, 2018.  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 30, 2018.

Website Information is always available 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 offer for the enjoyment of all.

Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself as the new Old Stone Dock Association President. My name is Jay Thayer and I took over for Kevin Doyle earlier this year. My wife Polly and I live at 255 Walker Street and have enjoyed Falmouth and our neighborhood since 2011. I plan to carry on Kevin’s tradition of keeping the membership informed of relevant issues in the Town and the neighborhood and I hope to see you at one of our events this year.



Beach clean – Please RSVP to info@oldstonedock.com to let us know if you will join us.
Dues renewal – notices and newsletters were mailed to 337 current and prior members on Saturday, 05/19/18.  Please return your renewal form and $25 annual dues upon receipt.
Tuition assistance – Applications may be remitted now.

May 20th, 2018|

02-25-18 Crossen Creek Signage in Honor of Past President Jim Crossen

“Crossen Creek” was formally established on February 1st. Paul Smith wanted to create a permanent recognition for the Founding President of the Old Stone Dock Association. He figured that if we talked about the rip-rap artery that cleans run-off water into Salt Pond as Crossen Creek, then after a year or so, we ought to be able to label it as such.

Founding President Jim Crossen was informed of our intention at the Annual Meeting at the Beach Breeze Inn in December 2017.  OSDA member Locust Sign Company made the sign to look like the sign that has long identified “Fresh River.”  Newly elected OSDA President Jay Thayer stepped up to prepare all the mounting materials to ensure an attractive and sound footing. He then led the team to erect the sign on a beautiful winter morning.

As soon as the sign was in place, the erecting committee of Board Member Paul Smith, President Jay Thayer and Immediate Past President Kevin Doyle went to Jim’s house to escort him down to Crossen Creek for inspection. Jim is delighted with the honor. The accompanying pictures tell the story. You are all encouraged to check out the sign for yourselves. We’re all proud of you Jim!

Featured picture:  Jay Thayer, Jim Crossen and Kevin Doyle.



February 25th, 2018|

12-03-17 Holiday Party at ShoreWay Acres – Recap of events (1-1-18)

On Sunday, 12/03/17 the day started out with Old Stone Dock members participating in the Falmouth Christmas Parade. Trent and Jacob Tessier (Kevin Doyle’s grandsons) carried the banner which was made in 2016 by OSD member Kathy Hall depicting the OSD Bicentennial (1817-2017). Members Kevin Doyle, Polly Thayer, Jay Thayer and Mike Herlihy proudly walked behind the banner and waved to parade goers along the way (see feature picture).

The Annual after the Parade Holiday Party hosted by OSD members Dorie and Greg Ketterer took place at ShoreWay Acres Inn from 2 to 4 p.m.  It was attended by over 100 members and guests including several public officials.   Dorie and Greg (see picture below) were the perfect hosts and there was a delicious buffet enjoyed by all.  The clam chowder bowls are always a favorite along with the most delicious sides and deserts.

Rebecca Bevilacqua, Cindy Lehtinen and Bob Lehtinen welcomed guests at the registration table. The children enjoyed face painting by OSDA member Kathy Hall and gingerbread house decorating sponsored by OSDA members Dorie & Greg Ketterer of ShoreWay Acres. The Charlie Jamieson Duo entertained the guests with popular tunes and Christmas favorites.

The Old Stone Dock Logo Wear table was manned by Steve Saunders and Terry Saunders and included new windbreakers, pink caps and green caps. Other items included T-shirts, sweatshirts, canvas bags, etchings of the dock and Old Stone Dock note cards.

Kevin Doyle reviewed many of the association’s accomplishments this past year, asked new members to stand and introduce themselves and announced the guests in attendance. Police Chief  Edward Dunn and Town Manager Julian Suso each addressed the crowd.  Jim Crossen was presented a ‘Crossen’s Creek’ sign that will be put in place soon.

The gavel was then turned over from Outgoing President Kevin Doyle to new President, Jay Thayer. Jay thanked outgoing president Kevin Doyle for all his efforts over the past several years.  Kevin was presented with an OSD windbreaker and cap as well as an autographed book that Anne Prior had picked out for him.

Committee Members Pat Keck, Polly Thayer and Terry Saunders had solicited the Falmouth Village Business in November and they were extremely generous in providing door prizes for our guests.  Below is a list of the donors and recipients.  This list of local business as well as others who assist us throughout the year can be found on the OSDA Events Page under “Local Business Supporters”.  Please be sure to shop or eat at these fine establishments and thank them for their assistance in making this year’s event so special.
























Door prizes and the lucky recipients

Falmouth Village Business
2017 Item

Anejo Mexican Bistro
Gift Certificate
188 Main Street
Donnie Cross

Atlantic Dry Goods
104 Palmer Ave
Carol Erhardt

Bean & Cod
Gift Certificate
145 Main Street
Amy Herlihy

Ben & Bills Chocolate
Gift Certificate
209 Main Street
Joanne Skudder

Caline for Kids
Gift Certificate
149 Main Street
Dave Hom

Cape Chic
Gift Certificate
176 Main Street
Josh Tolkoff

Cape Cleaners
Gift Certificate
241 Main Street
Sharon Butler

Country Fare
Gift Certificate
319 Main Street
Pamela Cronin

Cup Cake Charlies
Gift Cert – 6 cupcakes
153 Main Street
Cathleen Dunn

Eastman’s Ace Hardware
Craftsman Drill
150 Main Street
Bill Hough

Eight Cousins Books
Gift Certificate
189 Main Street
Michael Butler

Falmouth Chamber of Commerce
Falmouth Beach Towel
20 Academy Lane
Kevin Doyle

Falmouth Fire Works Committee
New 2018 Fundraiser Cap
P. O. Box 500
Rebecca Bevilacqua

Falmouth Jewelry Shop
Necklace Compass Rose
225 Main Street
Doug Reed

Ghelfi’s Candies & Ice Cream
Gift Certificate
228 Main Street
Suzanne Butler

Green Eyed Daisy
199 Main Street
Steve Saunders

Green Eyed Daisy
Gift Certificate
199 Main Street
David Cary

Hannoush Jewelers
Alex & Ani Silver Bracelet
352 Main St, #2
Anna dos Santos

Harvest of Barnstable
Sparkle Tree
261 Main Street
Donna Herlihy

Howlingbird Studio
Gift Certificate
91 Palmer Ave
Coleen Tessier

John’s Shoe Store
Gift Certificate
141 Main Street
Barbara Meissner

La Cucina sul Mare
Gift Certificate
237 Main Street
Brenda Campanella

Liam Maguire’s Irish Pub & Restaurant
Gift Certificate
273 Main Street
Lorraine Fox

Livin’ EZ Casual Wear
Gift Certificate
226 Main Street
Bob Pritchard

Maison Villatte Boulangere Patisserie
Food Gift Basket
267 Main Street
Timothy Cronin

MoLinos […]

January 2nd, 2018|

12-03-17 Holiday Party at ShoreWay Acres – E-mail to members 11-06-17

Hello Neighbor!

27 days and counting! Our 14th Annual Christmas Party is in view!

As always, Dorie and Greg Ketterer have prepared a menu and a venue that will put us all in the holiday spirit!

Many of us are “Regulars” – if you’re not, ask someone who is and we’ll all say the same thing, “Don’t miss it!”

A festive dining room, gaily decorated and featuring a wrap-around buffet table with every course from appetizers to deserts – or vice-versa if you choose to start at the far end!

The flyer tells it all (see below): music, food, door prizes, town leaders, OSDA gift items, face painting, gingerbread houses, and most importantly – good-hearted, holiday-spirit friendship!!

Thanks to many members who “gave a little extra” with their dues this year, we have been able to hold the price for the Christmas Party for the third or fourth year. You will note that payment and reservations should be made directly to ShoreWay. Phone calls will hold your spot, too.

Don’t forget the PARADE beforehand! All Dockers are encouraged to enjoy a “stroll” down Main Street starting at noon. Children and grandchildren are also invited to join in the spirit of the day. “Never were there nicer folk than in Falmouth-by-the-Sea” – Katherine Lee Bates had it absolutely right and it’s still true 150 years later! Come enjoy the parade as a marcher!

I’ll be reminding you of these events in the weeks ahead, but please keep the day in mind. Hope to see you there!!

Kevin Doyle

Falmouth Old Stone Dock Association’s – 14th Annual “After-the-Parade Christmas Party”
Please join us immediately following the Christmas Parade for the camaraderie of a good, old-fashioned neighborhood party!
Sunday, December 3, 2017 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm
ShoreWay Acres Inn, 59 Shore Street, Falmouth Village
Refreshments including: Cape Cod Clam Chowder in Bread Bowls,
Hearty Hors d’oeuvres, Assorted Holiday Cookies and Sweets, Egg Nog,
Mulled Apple Cider and Hot Chocolate….Plus the Inn’s B.Y.O.B. Bar
Festive Music by Charlie Jamieson
Fabulous Face Painting sponsored by OSDA Member, Kathy Hall
Kids’ Gingerbread House Decorating sponsored by OSDA member, ShoreWay Acres Inn

Unique “SHOP FALMOUTH FIRST” Ideas & Offers plus Great Door Prizes!
Old Stone Dock Association Logo items make great Christmas gifts!
Hats, T-Shirts, Sweat Shirts & Tote Bags will be available for sale.

Just $19.00 per person with advance payment by Nov. 24 (Children 12 and under – $6.00)
$24.00 per person with payment on Nov. 24 or later (Children 12 and under – $6.00)
Save $5.00 per ticket when purchased by November 24!

To assist OSDA and ShoreWay Acres in planning our event, please purchase tickets by telephone or in person at ShoreWay Acres’ front desk on or before November 24, 2017. Payment may be made by cash or check. For phone reservations, checks should be made payable to ShoreWay Acres Inn and sent to “OSDA Reservations” c/o ShoreWay Acres, P.O. Box 907, Falmouth, MA 02541.

Tickets will be emailed to you or may be picked up at the front desk at any time prior to the party. Tickets purchased on November 25 and later will be charged $24.00. ShoreWay Acres Inn: 508-540-3000

IMPORTANT: ShoreWay Acres’ unique B.Y.O.B. Bar will be open for guests who wish to bring their own wine, beer or other alcoholic beverages. The Inn will provide all mixers, setups, garnishes and bar service at no charge. Alcoholic beverages are not available for purchase. Parade goers attending the OSDA Party are welcome to check their beverages in at the bar on the way to the parade between 11:00 am & 12:30 pm. This avoids having to carry them to the parade or waiting in line at the bar following the parade. OSDA guests are welcome to park at […]

November 7th, 2017|

11-01-17 After the Storm E-mail to members – Pics 10-29-17 to 11-05-17

Hi Neighbor!

Many of you have “gone home” already, so you may have missed the aftermath of the storm that rolled up the coast over the weekend.  My son was in the cottage and took the photos that follow.   They are at the foot of Mill Road and across Surf Drive to look left, right, and center from the beach path.

Rebecca Bevilacqua and Terry Saunders also took some shots that are posted on the website: oldstonedock.com.  Falmouth Enterprise Editor Bill Hough went down to take pictures, too, so there should be a good spread in the paper on Friday.  I’ll try to find out what the plan is for remediation, and I’ll keep you posted if I hear anything of value.
ps  Don’t forget the Falmouth Christmas Parade and Old Stone Dock Association Christmas Party at ShoreWay Acres on Sunday, December 3rd.  More to follow soon  . . .     
Kevin M Doyle, President

Pictures from Kevin Doyle (taken by his son on 10/30/17)
Pictures from Rebecca Bevilacqua (taken on 10/31/17)
Pictures from Terry Saunders (taken on 10/31/17 dawn and dusk)
Pictures from Gabrielle Milne (taken on 11/01/17)
Pictures from Terry Saunders (taken on 11/05/17)


November 2nd, 2017|

10-06-17 Falmouth Art Center Opening Reception – Old Stone Dock Artwork and Prose

On Friday evening, October 6, 2017 The Falmouth Art Center at 137 Gifford Street, Falmouth held their opening reception from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. for their show – Reflecting on our Past: The Old Stone Dock Bicentennial. Artwork and Prose were by Falmouth High School Students. It was a full house and enjoyed by all who attended.

What a terrific tribute this was to recognize the spirit and talent of the Falmouth students. The students invested a lot of time and talent to help us celebrate the Bicentennial year of the Old Stone Dock.   The Old Stone Dock has played a central role in the life of the town for 200 years, yet few are aware of the lifeline it was for commerce to ports along the East Coast before it became the recreational asset is today.

Many thanks to their teachers for getting behind the initiative and inspiring their students to appreciate history and find creative ways to express it.  Thanks to Suzy Bergman and the Art Center for making time in the main gallery to showcase the students’ achievements and encourage their participation in the arts.

All of us in the Old Stone Dock Association applaud your partnership and thank you for all you have done to recognize this impressive historic milestone. The show will run from September 20, 2017 to October 16, 2017.

October 10th, 2017|

09-23-17 OSDA President Kevin Doyle spoke at Falmouth Museums on the Green

On Saturday, 09/23/17 at 3:00 p.m. OSDA President Kevin Doyle provided a presentation on the Old Stone Dock – History, Heroes and Hurricanes to a full house at the Falmouth Museum on the Green.  Typically there is an entry fee but it was waived on Saturday as the Museum was participating in Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day and was offering free entry to their buildings and generously offered free membership to this talk as well.

As guests arrived they were greeted by Board Member, Terry Saunders. She manned a table where Old Stone Dock note cards, caps and bags were available for sale.  There was also a poster board showing many of the activities the OSDA participated in during the past year as well as a handout listing the activities.  Jane Baker, Art Teacher at Falmouth High School loaned art work prepared by her students earlier in the year of the dock and other points of interest in Falmouth.  Board Member, Rebecca Bevilacqua discussed membership opportunities with guests as well.

Members who were in attendance and who contributed to the presentation were Bill Swift, Joel Peterson, Col Jim Tow and Karen Rinaldo.

The hosts, Falmouth Museum on the Green offered refreshments for all guests. Kevin had a nice mix of history and current events.  There were old and new photos, postcards, art work and documents.  The postcard collection of Robert C. Hunt is available on line via the Falmouth Public Library.  Kevin gave special thanks to Past President, Jim Fox’s daughter Jessica Fox who put the presentation together on PowerPoint.

A wonderful time was had by all. Everyone walked away knowing more about our neighborhood, the monuments and ‘The Old Stone Dock’ as it started out, changed and as it is today.  Thank you Kevin for sharing your enthusiasm for the Old Stone Dock and its 200th Anniversary 1817 – 2017.

September 25th, 2017|

09-16-17 OSDA Members participate in the Big Fix – Falmouth

Old Stone Dock Members, Van Smick, Pat Keck, Rich Worob, Jay Thayer, Polly Thayer, Steve Saunders and Terry Saunders as well as Lawrence-Lynch Corp employee Ken King participated in the Falmouth Big Fix held on Saturday, 09-16-17. The event was organized by the Housing Assistance Corporation (HAC).

The mission of the event is to help income-eligible senior citizens, veterans and disabled people with small home and yard projects. Three hundred volunteers worked on 18 homes. Everyone met at the Lawrence School and were organized in teams. Breakfast was provided and opening remarks were made.

Our group of 31 went to our assigned home at 9:00 a.m. Work was done both in and outside the house. Van and Rich painted and Polly tiled inside the home. Pat, Jay, Steve and Terry worked outside the home where a substantial amount of shrubs and trees were removed. The day started out overcast but the full sun was out before we finished up for the day around 1:00 p.m.

September 24th, 2017|

09-10-17 – Annual Meeting and Summer Social

The Old Stone Dock Associations annual meeting was held on Sunday, 09/10/17 at the Beach Breeze in on Shore Street from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Over 100 members and guests were in attendance.

Guests were welcomed at check in by Rebecca Bevilacqua and Sally Colacicco and each family received a 2017 – 2018 Roster.   Cindy Lehtinen provided assisted with name tags and provided other handouts.  Steve Saunders and Terry Saunders worked the OSD logo wear table.

Committee members who helped with set up, centerpieces and break down at the end of the day included Anne Prior, Carol Taylor, Millie McCormick, Kevin Doyle, Brian Doyle, Mike Herlihy, Bob Lehtinen, Rebecca Bevilacqua, Terry Saunders and Steve Saunders.

– Thanks to hosts Don Filiault and Walter Sullivan for offering their grounds and coordinating the day
– Sheriff Jim Cummings provided the tent, tent tables, and chairs
– Chef Sean Dailey’s Eat Your Heart Out Caterers prepared a fine dinner
– Beverages were provided by Tony from Murphy’s Liquor
– John Salerno entertained on the keyboard
– Smitty had ice cream for all

After welcoming all, President Kevin Doyle described the highlights of the prior year. See below for report.  He then welcomed special guests Tommy Leonard and Don Hoffer.  Each of the following invited guests also addressed the membership.

– Board of Selectmen Chair Susan Moran
– Town Manager Julian and Stephanie Suso
– Police Chief Ed and Melinda Dunne
– Deputy Chief Scott Thrasher & his wife
– Enterprise Editor Bill and Monica Hough
– Artist and OSDA Benefactor Karen Rinaldo
– Fireworks Chair Lois D’Amelio
– Friends of Nobska Light President Brian Nickerson

On behalf of the scholarship committee Terry Saunders announced the recipients of the three $500 awards for the 2017/2018 school year.  They were Meghan Doherty, Emily Doyle and Calvin Kinghorn (see separate story for details).

Thanks to all of you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to join us and to celebrate our successes this past year.

Old Stone Dock Association – President’s 2017 Annual Report – Kevin M. Doyle

Highlights of activities since the last Annual Meeting:

Ellen T. Mitchell Bathhouse: OSDA members continue to donate the cost of the flowerboxes as tributes to their families. In 2017, the McCormick Family donated the flowers in memory of our former Dock Master Bob McCormick, who is missed by all!

Beach Clean-up: Terry Saunders organized the annual event in June. A collation at Jay and Polly Thayer’s house capped it off. Thanks to the dozen members who participated!

Website / Email: Main communication for OSDA. Administrated by Terry Saunders, it is effective and efficient. We need your contact information to succeed. Please check out oldstonedock.com for neighborhood items of interest and links to Falmouth activities.

Community Watch: Constable Jim Crossen keeps his eye out the window and occasionally meets with Police Chief Dunne. A spurt of break-ins over the winter was stopped short when police apprehended the culprit. Quick work – thanks!

Walker Street improvements: Town Engineer Peter McConarty happily informed us that work is underway! It is an engineering challenge with the high water table, but he thinks they got it fixed.

Activity Planning: Don Filiault, host of our Annual/Summer Meeting at the Beach Breeze Inn, and Dorie Ketterer, host of the Christmas Party at ShoreWay Acres continue to add value to our gatherings. Both hosts are very gracious and supportive. We are a fortunate Association!

Falmouth Triathlon: Members arrive on their posts at 5:30am and direct Main Street traffic and beach control until about noon. Event organizers contribute $1,000 to our treasury for our service.

Lifeguard and Parking Lot Attendant Breakfast: Second annual event headed by Anne Prior to recognize ambassadors to our beaches. Town Manager Julian Suso and Beach Supt Bruce Mogardo join […]

September 24th, 2017|