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07-11-19 Community forum on litter

OSD Member Anne Prior shared a Facebook posting by Jay Zavala.  He advised that a Community Forum on Litter will be held on Thursday, 07/11/19 from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm in the Hermann Foundation Room of the Falmouth Public Library at 300 Main Street.  This is being sponsored by the Falmouth Litter Reduction Team.  If you have any interest in this issue, please be sure to attend.

If you’d like to know more about “Talking Trash…” see the story published by The Falmouth Enterprise on Friday, 06/21/19.

July 9th, 2019|

06-23-19 OSDA Members sell t-shirts and collect donations for Falmouth Fireworks Committee

On 06/23/19 OSDA Members Rebecca Bevilacqua, Terry Saunders and Steve Saunders sold t-shirts and collected donations for the Falmouth Fireworks committee from 9 am to noon at the Ellen T Mitchell Bathhouse.  Terry Saunders and Steve Saunders also manned the table on Sunday, 06/29/19 from 10:30 am to 2:00 pm.

Pictured from left to right:  Artist and t-shirt designer Karen Rinaldo, OSD Members Rebecca Bevilacqua, Terry Saunders, Steve Saunders and Arthur Ratsy, one of the Founding Falmouth Fireworks Committee member 39 years ago.

July 9th, 2019|

06-23-19 Flower Boxes – Funds received in memory of Eileen & Palo Peirce

The OSDA was notified by the estate of Palo Peirce that he had made a donation to the OSDA.  Funds were received and were put towards the purchase of flowers at the Ellen T Mitchell Bathhouse this spring.  The Peirce family explained to President Jay Thayer that their parents enjoyed seeing the floral display over the years and the work that the OSDA did in the neighborhood.  The plaque reads “2019 Fondly Remembering Eileen and Palo Peirce”.

July 9th, 2019|

06-28-19 Email to Membership from OSDA President Jay Thayer

Old Stone Dock Association June-July Activities

Hello Neighbor – Greetings from the Old Stone Dock Association,

Summer is here, and activities of all kinds for all ages are picking up in the village and in the neighborhood. The year-round population of Falmouth is just over 32,000 but the population has recently been estimated to increase to 105,000 in the summer months. This has the added benefit of supporting a wide mix of commercial, professional, artistic and cultural offerings making Falmouth feel like a larger town all year round.

The Falmouth Fireworks Display Thursday, July 4 at dusk with a rain date of Friday, July 5. Voted one of the 10 best fireworks displays in the country by Travel and Leisure Magazine! Held each year at the Falmouth Heights beach, this is a classic Cape Cod summer event supported entirely by local donations. More information and event details, parking and traffic information can be found at: falmouthpolice.com/events/falmouth-fire-works/ .

The Friends of Falmouth Station have also invited us to an Ice Cream Social on Saturday, July 6 from 2:00 – 4:00PM at the Falmouth Station, 59 Depot Ave. Hot dogs, ice cream and entertainment on the Holiday weekend afternoon! Details are attached.

The Falmouth Village Street Fair Wednesday July, 10, 2019 –  The annual Street Fair/Arts and Crafts Festival is coming up and promises to be a main attraction of the Summer season. Hosts, The Falmouth Village Association indicate there will be over 200 artists and artisans set up along Main St that day. Be aware of changes in Main Street area traffic pattern adjustments that day.

The Falmouth Triathlon Sunday July, 14, 2019 – The annual Falmouth Triathlon will be held once again with events centered at the Surf Drive beach. Improvements this year include a new road cycling course which takes cyclists off of Woods Hole road. This change was initiated last year, and participants and residents agreed that it worked well. The event organizers communicate to their participants that there is NO PARKING on neighborhood streets and this has generally worked well. To help make this happen, Old Stone Dock members work with the Falmouth Police and the Sheriff’s department on traffic control and parking directions in several key locations on the morning of the event. The event organizers have generously supported the Old Stone Dock Association in the past and will continue that support this year. This financial support goes towards the OSDA Tuition Assistance Program that I discussed in my last letter.

If you are interested in lending a hand this year from about 5:30AM until 9:30AM on Sunday morning, July 14 please RSVP to info@oldstonedock.com so we will know who to expect. We will let you know exactly where to be that morning once we know how many volunteers we have.

The Falmouth Road Race Sunday August 19, 2018 – The 47th running of the Falmouth Road race is set to go off on Sunday morning August 18. Although the OSDA does not take an active role in the event, the course does put 13,000+ runners down Surf Drive on a Sunday morning and they are accompanied by many pedestrians and spectators along the race course. Plan your travel around Falmouth that day accordingly.

OSDA Membership Renewal – The annual OSDA membership drive is coming to a close with a very successful response from you and your neighbors. We thank over 250 of you for participating in the neighborhood association and allowing us to keep our neighborhood visible to Town leaders and pass along items and information which may be of interest to you and your neighbors. If for some reason you have not renewed […]

July 9th, 2019|

05-10-19 Email from President Jay Thayer to members

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 […]

May 22nd, 2019|

05-18-19 OSDA held their annual beach and roadway cleanup

The OSD annual beach cleanup and membership drive was held at Surf Drive Beach on Saturday, May 18, 2019 from 10:00 am to noon. Fourteen members and friends participated and gathered at the Ellen T Mitchell Bath House.  We cleaned the beach and both sides of Surf Drive as well as the corners of Mill Road, Bywater, Walker and Shore. The Mill Road parking lot was cleaned as well. We took a group picture before heading out.

Those in the picture:

*Seated left to right: Terry Saunders, Judy Labins, Rebecca Bevilacqua and Carol Reed

*Standing left to right: Bob Lehtinen, Jack Driscoll, Polly Thayer, Jay Thayer, Ed Jackson, Lenny, Steve Saunders and Cindy Lehtinen

*Late comers who participated but were not in the picture were: Kathleen McGoey, Louise Mitchell, Laura Puopolo and Scott Puopolo

Rebecca Bevilacqua and Steve Saunders manned the registration and logo wear table. We sold men’s and ladies t-shirts and sweatshirts, baseball caps, winter hats, bags and notecards. As neighbors and visitors walked by they explained that the OSDA members were cleaning up the area and provided brochures to those interested. Light refreshments were provided to participants and those who visited our table to hear more about the association.

After the cleanup we enjoyed a delicious luncheon at the home of Jay & Polly Thayer.

It was decided that the evenings were still a little cool to install the flower boxes at the Ellen T Mitchell Bath House so they’ll be put up in the next couple of weeks. At that time we’ll share with you the individual that made a contribution towards the purchase of the flowers this year.  A plaque will also be put up recognizing the family.

Terry Saunders, Beach Cleanup Committee Member
Other Committee Members: Jay Thayer, Polly Thayer

May 22nd, 2019|

05-18-19 OSDA to hold their annual beach and roadway cleanup

Hello Members and Friends of the Old Stone Dock Association

We are pleased to announce that our annual beach cleanup and membership drive will be held at Surf Drive Beach on Saturday, May 18, 2019 from 10:00 am to noon.  There will be a rain date of Sunday, May 19, 2019 if there is heavy rain.   If we should need to reschedule the cleanup to Sunday, an email will go out to those who preregister.

Remember to wear sunblock, long pants, shirts with sleeves and gloves to protect yourself from the elements.  Bags will be provided.  You may want to bring a small rake or pick if you’ll be working along the brush.  We’ll have registration and a logo wear table with men’s and ladies t-shirts and sweatshirts, baseball caps, winter hats, bags, notecards, etc. so bring cash or a check if you are interested in purchasing any of these items.  We’ll also have applications for new members and renewing members available.    Light refreshments will be provided beforehand to participants and those who visit our table.

We hope to have the flower boxes in place at the Ellen T Mitchell Bath House by the 18th as well.  At that time we’ll share with you the individual that made a contribution towards the purchase of the flowers this year.  We’ll take a group picture before heading out to clean both the beach and street side.

An email will go out to the full membership shortly as well as a follow up notice to past participants.   Please RSVP to info@oldstonedock.com to let us know if you will be able to help that day and who will be coming with you.  Thank you and we look forward to seeing you on the 18th.

Committee Members:
Terry Saunders, Jay Thayer, Polly Thayer

Picture above – participants May 2018 – thanks to all.


May 5th, 2019|

12-19-18 Holiday Party & Parade 12-09-18, update after event

On Sunday, 12/09/18 Old Stone Dock members marched in the Falmouth Christmas Parade. Members Jay Thayer, Kevin Doyle and Paul Smith 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.   There was a delicious buffet enjoyed by all.

Cindy Lehtinen, Bob Lehtinen and Jennifer McGovern 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. Liz Saunders and Ted Jellinek 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 winter caps. Other items included pink caps and green caps, T-shirts, sweatshirts, canvas bags, etchings of the dock and Old Stone Dock note cards.

Jay Thayer reviewed the association’s accomplishments this past year, introduced the officers and board of directors and asked new members to stand be recognized. Town Manager Julian Suso, Police Chief Edward Dunn and Deputy DPW Director Peter McConarty each addressed the crowd.

Committee Members Pat Keck, Polly Thayer and Terry Saunders 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.
























Falmouth Village & Others
2018 Gifts

Anejo Mexican Bistro
188 Main Street
Gift Certificate
Sandy Smith

Atlantic Dry Goods
104 Palmer Ave
Spice Jar – add liquor
Anne Prior

Bean & Cod
145 Main Street
Gift Certificate
Kate Harding

Ben & Bills Chocolate
209 Main Street
Kids- Gift Certificate
Michael Butler

Caline for Kids
149 Main Street
Gift Certificate
Stephanie Suso

Celebrations of Cape Cod
210 Main Street
Kids- Coggy Brain Teasers
Celia Scharmer

Celebrations of Cape Cod
210 Main Street
Kids- Elf on Shelf Kit
Eliza Scharmer

Celebrations of Cape Cod
210 Main Street
Kids- Holiday Flashing Necklaces
Jay Barrass

Celebrations of Cape Cod
210 Main Street
Kids – Holiday Flashing Necklaces
Anna Wilson

Celebrations of Cape Cod
210 Main Street
Kids- Unicorn String Art
Suzanna Butler

Country Fare Restaurant
319 Main Street
Gift Certificate
Maureen Sullivan

Cup Cake Charlies
153 Main Street
Gift Cert – 6 cupcakes
Grace Rakeman

Eastman’s Ace Hardware
150 Main Street
Gift Certificate
Lorraine Fox

Eight Cousins Books
189 Main Street
Kids- Gift Certificate
Lily Hopewood

Falmouth Chamber
20 Academy Lane
Falmouth Beach Towel
Betsy Jackson

Falmouth Jewelry Shop
225 Main Street
Sterling Silver CC Necklace
Cindy McConarty

Ghelfi’s Candies & Ice Cream
228 Main Street
Kathleen Dunn

Green Eyed Daisy
199 Main Street
Gift Certificate
Kathleen Doyle

Hannoush Jewelers
352 Main Street #2
Alex & Ani Gold Puzzle Bracelet
Denise Reed

Hannoush Jewelers
352 Main Street #2
Alex & Ani Silver Dove Bracelet
Pat Keck

Harvest of Barnstable
261 Main Street
Sparkle Tree
Brian Doyle

Highfield Hall & Gardens
Highfield Drive
Annual Membership-Advocate
Jim Crossen

Howlingbird Studio
91 Palmer Ave
Gift Certificate
Ann Tolkoff

John’s Shoe Store
141 Main Street
Gift Certificate
Jim Fox

La Cucina sul Mare
237 Main Street
Gift Certificate
Kate Cary

Liam Maguire’s Irish Pub
273 Main Street
Gift Certificate
Ginny Pimentel

Livin’ EZ Casual Wear
226 Main Street
Falmouth Sweatshirt
Robert Pritchard

Maison Villatte Boulangere
267 Main Street
Food Gift Basket
Amy Herlihy

Martha’s Restaurant
281 Main Street
Gift Certificate
Steve Saunders

Martha’s Restaurant
281 Main Street
Gift Certificate
Jen Rakeman

Molly’s Tea Room
227 Main Street
Gift Certificate
Ed Rakeman

Old Stone Dock Association

Gift Certificate
Pat Doyle

Port Cargo
156 Main Street
Gift Certificate
Cindy Lehtinen

Puritan Clothing Cape Cod
199 Main Street
Gift Certificate
Kevin Doyle

Ryans Amusement Center
23 Town Hall Sq
Kids- Gift Certificate
Shane Harding

Settings – Home Décor
143 Main Street
Canvas Cutlery Holders – 10
Christine Marguerite

Settings – Home Décor
143 Main Street
Canvas Cutlery Holders – 10
Brenda Campanelli

Settings – Home Décor
143 Main Street
Canvas Cutlery Holders – 10
Sharon Butler

Settings – Home Décor
143 Main Street
Canvas […]

December 20th, 2018|

12-09-18 Holiday Party at ShoreWay Acres, 11-26-18 E-mail from President Jay Thayer

Greetings from the Old Stone Dock Association,

I hope that you all had a Happy Thanksgiving!  I wanted to remind you that there are less than two weeks to go until the 55th Annual Falmouth Parade and the 15 Annual “After-the-Parade” Old Stone Dock Association Christmas Party at the ShoreWay Acres Inn. If you have decided to come we look forward to seeing you there on December 9th. If you have not decided yet there is still time to get your tickets and join the fun with your friends and neighbors.

The weekend of December 8 and 9 will be busy in Falmouth with the Falmouth Holiday Stroll on Saturday the 8th with fun activities for all throughout the downtown area. Details and times can be found at:  web.falmouthchamber.com/events/HOLIDAY-STROLL-IN-THE-VILLAGE-5147/details

The Friends of Falmouth Station have also invited us to stop by while “strolling” to see firsthand the recently completed restoration of our historic train station. Details of the Station activities have been provided to us by OSDA member and Director, Jim Fox. See https://www.facebook.com/FriendsOfFalmouthStation  for more information.

If you are in Falmouth for the Holidays we hope to see you at the Old Stone Dock Association Christmas Party on Sunday, December 9th at 2:00pm after the Parade!

Jay Thayer

President, OSDA

December 8th, 2018|

09-09-18 OSDA Annual Meeting and Summer Social

The OSDA Annual Meeting was held at Beach Breeze Inn on Sunday, 09/09/18 at 3:00 p.m. OSD President Jay Thayer, Committee Member Polly Thayer and Board of Director Steve Saunders covered the tables and set up the chairs before the event.  Polly Thayer (a garden club member in her home town) grew many of the flowers in the arrangements she put together that were placed on all of the tables.  Treasurer Bob Lehtinen and Secretary Cindy Lehtinen manned the registration table checking in guests.  Membership Chair and Board of Director Rebecca Bevilacqua greeted guests.  Polly Thayer greeted members as they made out their name tags.  Steve Saunders and Board of Director Terry Saunders manned the OSD Logo wear table.  Past President Kevin Doyle directed parking.

Although it was a bit cool, we can always be thankful it didn’t rain. The bar was open and hot coffee and tea was available.  Our meal included pulled pork and chicken / ziti / broccoli with sides and was followed by ice cream sundaes.

The day’s program included Jay Thayer welcoming members and invited guests. Officials that addressed the membership included Town Manager Julian Suso, Deputy Fire Chief Scott Thrasher and Peter McConarty Deputy Director of Public Works.  Past President Kevin Doyle thanked host Don Filiault for allowing the OSDA to hold their summer meeting on their lawn for many years.  Karen Rinaldo presented a birthday cake to Don.   Jay highlighted some of the past years events (see full list below and full stories on the OSD web site).

Terry Saunders spoke about the Tuition Assistance Presentation that was made at the August 14, 2018 Board Meeting where 6 worthy recipients each received $500. Funds come from both the membership annual dues, additional donations members made and the generous contribution received from New England Endurance Events as a thank you to the members that provided Traffic Control Services the morning of the Triathlon.

Jay introduced the officers and Board Members in attendance including: Treasurer Bob Lehtinen and Secretary Cindy Lehtinen.  Past Presidents:  Kevin Doyle, Jim Crossen and Jim Fox.  Board Members:  Rebecca Bevilacqua, Anne Prior, Steve Saunders, Terry Saunders and Paul Smith.  Not in attendance were Board Members Jack Driscoll, Mike Herlihy, Dorie Ketterer and Rocco Maffei.

Jay thanked everyone for their attendance, announced the ice cream sundae station was open and closed the meeting.

Many thanks to the following

Beach Breeze Inn – Hosts Don Filiault and Walt Sullivan
Eat Your Heart Out Caterers – Sean Dailey
Smitty’s Ice Cream – Richard Smith
Tony at Murphy’s Liquor – Beverages
The Charlie Jamieson Duo – music
Sheriff’s Department – Tent’s, tables and chairs
















Prepared by Terry Saunders


President’s 2018 Annual Report,  Jay K. Thayer

Highlights of activities since the last Annual Meeting:

Ellen T. Mitchell Bathhouse:  OSDA members continue to donate the cost of the flower boxes as tributes to their families.  In 2018, the Thayer family donated the flowers in remembrance of loved ones.

Surf Drive Beach Clean Up: Terry Saunders organized the annual event in June with 25 members participating.  A cookout at Jay and Polly Thayer’s home capped it off.  Thanks all who helped make the beach and roads ready for the summer season!

Website / Email: The main communication for OSDA continues to be via email and our website.  It is administered by Terry Saunders and is effective, efficient and current.  We need your up to date contact information to succeed.  If you are not receiving our emails or have changed your address, please drop us an email at info@oldstonedock.com. Please check out www.oldstonedock.com for neighborhood items of interest and links to Falmouth activities.

Tuition Assistance Program: Terry Saunders also coordinates our tuition assistance program for relatives of members […]

September 10th, 2018|