Hello Neighbor, The Holidays are approaching once again and Falmouth is preparing for the Holidays by the Sea weekend (December 6-8) organized by the Falmouth Chamber of Commerce. This includes the 56th annual "biggest small-town Christmas Parade in all Southeast New England"! The parade kicks off at 12:00 noon on Sunday December 8th and this year's theme is "Peace and Goodwill". Check the Falmouth Chamber of Commerce website: www.falmouthchamber.com for a complete listing of the many fun activities planned for that weekend. As the Old Stone Dock Association, we take this opportunity to gather after the parade on Sunday afternoon for our own 16th Annual 'After-the-Parade' Christmas Party. Come join us after the parade and warm up inside the festive ShoreWay Acres Inn, enjoy a great buffet, some lively entertainment, great door prizes from the Falmouth Village Association and some wonderful friendships new and old. We invite you to share in the fun on Sunday, December 8, 2019 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm at the ShoreWay Acres Inn. All of the details including how to purchase tickets were included in the invitation from Dorie Ketterer, Innkeeper at the Inn and OSDA member (emailed to members on 11/07/19). We hope that this sounds like fun to you as well and want to remind you that members who sign up and pay with the Inn by Sunday, November 24, 2019 will receive a $5.00 savings on each ticket. If you need another invitation, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by ShoreWay Acres. Please join us on Sunday, December 8 for a fun conclusion to your Holidays by the Sea weekend! P.S. If any members are interested in walking in the parade with the Old Stone Dock Association please let me know by return email and I will get the details to you. Jay Thayer, OSDA President 508.439.1539, email@example.com
The Old Stone Dock Association held their Annual Meeting and Summer Social on Sunday, 09/08/19 from 3 pm to 6 pm at the Beach Breeze Inn on Shore Street. It was a beautiful day considering the day before there was heavy rain form Hurricane Dorian. Jay Thayer, Polly Thayer and Steve Saunders got the tables and chairs in order earlier that afternoon. Committee member Polly Thayer put together the lovely flower arrangements on each of the tables. The registration table was manned by Cindy Lehtinen (Secretary) and Bob Lehtinen (Treasurer). Membership Chair Rebecca Bevilacqua was instrumental in the production of the 2019-2020 rosters and distributed them to members as they arrived. Terry Saunders and Steve Saunders sold OSDA logo wear. New items this year included Navy Fleece Vests, Navy T’s and Navy Caps. Tent and table rentals were from Taylor Rental. Johns Liquor provided cold beverages. Appetizers and luncheon were by Eat Your Heart Out Catering and ice cream sundaes were from Smitty’s. We thank each of them. President Jay Thayer welcomed the members, their guests and invited officials. We heard an update on current town activities from Town Manager Julian Suso, Deputy Director of DPW Peter McConarty and local artist and historian Karen Rinaldo. Jay reviewed the activities and accomplishments of the past year. This included our annual Beach Clean Up, the Beach Employee Appreciation Breakfast spearheaded by Anne Prior and the traffic control supplied by members for the Triathlon that provides funds for our Tuition Assistance Program. Terry Saunders, Tuition Assistance Chair spoke about Georgia Gans the recipient of this year’s tuition assistance. She was presented a check for $500.00 at the August Board meeting (see separate story). We’d like to thank our hosts Don Filiault and Walt Sullivan for another successful meeting. Our next get together will be a holiday party after the Christmas Parade on Sunday, 12/08/19 will be held at ShoreWay Acres. Details will be provided early November. Logo wear will be available for sale at that event or if needed sooner by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org. Terry Saunders Featured Picture: Bob Lehtinen, Cindy Lehtinen, Rebecca Bevilacqua, Jim Fox, Steve Saunders
It is through the generosity of our members and local community that we are able to present tuition assistance awards each year. We had one applicant this year and we were pleased to present a check to her for $500 at our monthly board meeting held on Tuesday, August 13th 2019 to assist her with her college education. Ms. Georgia Gans resides on Shore Street with her parents and members Mary & Marvin Gans. Georgia graduated from Falmouth High School with a 3.87 GPA and will be attending Smith College in Northampton, Mass with an Economics Major. Georgia has two sisters that also attended Smith College. Georgia was on the honor roll every year in high school and was Secretary of the National Honor Society in 2018. She has been a chemistry and math tutor and has volunteered for Best Buddies and the Falmouth Road Race. She stated in her essay “I have never shied away from taking difficult courses or making difficult decisions. I am very interested in all manner of social issues that affect all of us and want to explore that in college as well.” We wish Georgia all the best.
OSDA Board Member Anne Prior and Margie Mitchell of the Falmouth Beach Committee arranged the annual Summer Beach Employee Appreciation Breakfast. It was an opportunity for the OSDA to thank them for the work they do for us on our beaches on a daily basis before they leave for other jobs, school, etc. The breakfast was held on Tuesday, July 30, 2019 at 7:30 a.m. in coordination with the beach employees weekly meeting at Surf Drive Beach. OSD members assisted Anne setting up and welcoming the employees that morning. Cape Cod Bagel graciously provided 6 dozens bagels. OSD Members in attendance were (L to R in the featured picture) - Karen Rinaldo, Jack Driscoll, Anne Prior, Polly Thayer, Jay Thayer, Steve Saunders, Mike Herlihy, Kevin Doyle Special Guests included (L to R in picture below) - Selectman Doug Brown, Beach Superintendent Bruce Mogardo, Town Manager Julian Suso, Beach Committee Member Dan Shearer and Beach Committee Chairman Paul Miskovsky These young people really appreciate this and it is gratifying to see the caliber of employees that Bruce recruits for our beaches. See group picture below.
Hello neighbor and greetings from the Old Stone Dock Association We are mid-way through the Summer and I hope that you are enjoying yourselves. We have had an abundance of sunny days this year and the reports from homeowners, businesses and vacationers have been very positive. Downtown merchants, restaurants, hotels and rentals all report new records being set for the summer of 2019. I wanted to update you on several upcoming events and topics that may be of interest to you. Our 2019 Membership Drive was a success with over 200 of you renewing your membership for 2020. Thank you! If any of you haven't gotten to that yet you can still renew on our website, www.oldstonedock.com, or by sending your application and check for $25 to P.O. Box 835, Falmouth, MA 02541. It's almost time for our Annual Summer Social! Don and Joyce Filiault at the Beach Breeze Inn are looking forward to hosting us once again and their grounds are a really nice backdrop for our event! This year we have scheduled Sunday, September 8, 2019 from 3:00 - 6:00 PM as the date and time for the Summer Social. Write to email@example.com if you need another invite emailed to you. I look forward to seeing you there. Briefly, We have kept the tradition of the $25 per person (only $5 for children 12 and under). Host Don Filiault has arranged with Eat Your Heart Out caterers for another fine meal under the Big Top! Falmouth Town Officials are looking forward to joining with us once again. We have many new members to introduce. 2019 College Tuition Assistance winners will be announced. Remember to please respond now or by August 23rd. This is important because our caterers need an accurate count as soon as possible. Falmouth Road Race is coming up on Sunday, August 18. That makes for a pretty busy morning in the neighborhood with over 13,000 runners participating. Plan your travel that morning accordingly. Thank you for supporting the Old Stone Dock Association and I hope to see you on Sunday, September 9, 2019! Jay Thayer President
Anne Pryor, OSDA Board Member and Margie Mitchell of the Falmouth Beach Committee have graciously arranged the annual Summer Beach Employee Appreciation Breakfast again this year. It is a chance for the OSDA to show our appreciation for the work that these young people do for us on our beaches before they leave for other jobs, school, etc. The Beach employees have a weekly meeting at Surf Drive Beach and we coordinate with that. The Breakfast is scheduled for Tuesday, July 30, 2019 at 7:30 a.m. OSD members will assist Anne setting up and welcoming the employees that morning. Town Manager Julian Suso and Beach Superintendent Bruce Mogardo will be there to thank the Summer Staff as well. These young people really appreciate this and it is gratifying to see the caliber of employees that Bruce recruits for our beaches. Jay Thayer, President OSDA
The annual Falmouth Triathlon took place on Sunday, July 14, 2019 at Surf Drive beach. The event organizers communicated to their participants that there is NO PARKING on neighborhood streets and this has worked well the past several years. To help make this happen, Old Stone Dock members worked 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 and will continue that support this year. This financial support goes towards the OSDA Tuition Assistance Program. Members worked from 5:15 am to 7:30 am. Volunteers are listed below: Pictured (L to R): Steve Saunders, Jay Thayer, Mike Herlihy, Ed Jackson, Rocco Maffei Missing from picture: Jack Driscoll, Polly Thayer, Terry Saunders Other pictures from the days events:
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.
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.
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".