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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|

08-23-17 Old Stone Dock Association presents three $500 checks for tuition assistance

The Scholarship Committee consisted of Chairman Jim Crossen and members Mike Herlihy and Terry Saunders.

It is through the generosity of our members that we were able to provide 3 $500 awards this year.   Since the recipients were already back to school when the annual meeting was held in September the checks were mailed to the recipients on August 23, 2017.

Our first recipient was Meghan Doherty.   Meghan is attending St. Michaels College in Colchester, Vermont and pursuing a degree in Business.  Her parents are OSD Members Sean and Rebecca Doherty.  They have a home on Stratford Road.  Meghan graduated from Stoughton High School and played ice hockey for her school and club teams.  She was a volunteer tutor.  One of her summer jobs was to work at Pies a la mode.  She said she’d love to open an eatery in Falmouth that caters to people with food allergies.

Our 2nd recipient was Emily Doyle.   Emily is pursuing a degree in Engineering at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana.  Her grandfather is our President, Kevin Doyle who has a home on Mill Road.  Emily graduated from St. Mary’s Dominican High School in New Orleans with a 4.0 GPA.  She was co-captain of her cross country team and president of the National Honor Society her senior year.  Her volunteer work includes work with her church and a mission to the Dominican Republic.  She became certified as a life guard at Surf Drive Beach and has participated in the Falmouth Triathlon.

Our 3rd recipient was Calvin Kinghorn. Calvin is attending Bowdoin College in Brunswick Maine and pursuing a degree in Economics and Physics.  His Grandmother Melanie Karp has a home on Bywater Court.  Calvin graduated from Noble and Greenough School in Dedham.  He was on the crew team as well as the Varsity Ice Hockey Team.  He was also a dedicated percussionist and guitarist and has played with the Drum Ensemble and various student bands.  Calvin has logged over 100 hours as an academic and test prep tutor and member of the Leadership Council at school.  Calvin recalls fondly finding crabs and catching fish at Surf Drive Beach as a youngster.

 

September 24th, 2017|

08-17-17 Old Stone Dock Association and Kinlin Grover Real Estate co-sponsor Business After Hours

The Old Stone Dock Association and Kinlin Grover Real Estate co-sponsored the Falmouth Chamber of Commerce Business after Hours on Thursday, August 17, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Chamber of Commerce Members, Old Stone Dock Board Members, Kinlin Grover employees and guests enjoyed an hour or so of mingling both inside the Cultural Center Building and on the grounds of the Falmouth Museum on the Green.

Fruit, vegetables and dip, cheese and crackers and two types of chicken were offered as well as beverages from John’s Liquor.

Board of Director and Membership Chair, Rebecca Bevilacqua had a table set up with OSD membership information and spoke to attendees about the various activities the OSDA had taken part in the past year, many of which were memorialized on the poster board. Board of Director, Steve Saunders had a table with OSDA logo wear available for sale.  Attendees put their business cards in a basket and two t-shirts were raffled off at the end of the evening.  Tom Callahan and Jill Strombeck of Exit Cape Realty each went home with an OSDA T-Shirt.

Michael Kasparian, President / CEO of the Falmouth Chamber of Commerce introduced Mark Schmidt, Executive Director of Falmouth Museum on the Green who said a few words. Old Stone Dock President, Kevin Doyle recognized several guests who’ve supported the association over the years.  He spoke about the OSD activities this past year as well as the Bicentennial celebration of the Old Stone Dock (1817-2017).

 

September 24th, 2017|

07-31-17 Lifeguard and Parking Lot Attendants Appreciation Breakfast

Shortly after the sun came up on Monday, July 31st the Old Stone Dock Association volunteers set up our 2nd Annual Beach Staff Appreciation Breakfast at the Ellen T. Mitchell Bath House on Surf Drive Beach and then the parking attendants and lifeguards arrived along with their supervisors. They really seemed to appreciate and enjoy the breakfast break in the midst of their summer season and that morning expressed their appreciation many times.

The lifeguards and other beach staff got their chance to say goodbye to Don Hoffer and we welcomed Bruce Mogardo. Town manager, Julian Suso expressed Falmouth’s thanks and said for many tourists they are the welcoming face of the town. Breakfast ended abruptly when supervisors blew the whistle and yelled “grab some fruit and head to your beaches.”

Thanks to OSDA members Anne Prior (event Chairperson), Jack Driscoll, Mike Herlihy, Steve Saunders, Jim Fox and Sally Colacicco who helped and thanks to Lenny of the beach staff who always keeps the flowers in the window boxes looking great.

 

September 24th, 2017|

08-02-17 Newsletter to Members including Annual Meeting on Sunday, 09/10/17

Let’s celebrate!  It’s the Bicentennial Year of the Old Stone Dock!  200 years of serving Falmouth from 1817 to 2017!  And 365 days since we last got together!

What a banner year!
– The Historical Society presented its 2017 Heritage Award to the Old Stone Dock Association.
– Spritsail Magazine’s Anniversary Issue features the history of the Old Stone Dock.
– The Falmouth Enterprise has reported our many activities and successes.

Now it’s time for our Annual gathering of fellowship and end-of-summer fun! Sunday, September 10, 2017 from 3:00 to 6:00 pm at the Beach Breeze Inn.  Click here if you need another copy of the invitation:   http://www.oldstonedock.com/wp-content/uploads/OSD-Invite-for-09-10-17.pdf

Yes. That’s a month later than usual. Why? To meet when the frenzy of tourists and house guests has slowed, when the beach parking lot is open, and when we can get as big a tent and as many chairs as we want! After several years of discussion about the challenges of August meetings, the Board voted to try an after Labor Day party. We all know that September is the secret month when “locals” enjoy the neighborhood, so we thought we’d make the most of it!

We have kept the tradition of the $25 per person banquet!
– Host Don Filiault has arranged with Eat Your Heart Out caterers for another fine meal under the Big Top!
– Town officials are looking forward to joining with us once again.
– We have many new members to introduce.
– Scholarship winners will be announced.
– The past and future Old Stone Dock Bicentennial activities will be recounted.

Please respond now or by August 15th by sending your check to PO Box 835, Falmouth 02540. Please use the form on the attached invitation to reply.

ps: Many thanks to all for your generosity and support! I was honored to serve when Bob McCormick was President, and I appreciate all your encouragement for the three years I have headed the Association. Thank you! Hope to see you in September!! kmd

August 22nd, 2017|

07-16-17 Falmouth Triathlon at Surf Drive Beach

The Falmouth Triathlon took place on Sunday, 07/16/17 at Surf Drive Beach. New England Endurance Events, the sponsor is located on Cape Cod, and is fully immersed in the Southeastern Massachusetts triathlon and running communities.  Their management and staff are all current athletes.  Our contact was Kathleen Walker who is a seasoned triathlete, a USA Triathlon certified race director and a Red Cross certified lifeguard. She has been active in triathlon event production since 2003 for races both on and off Cape including assisting the race directors of both the Hyannis Sprint Triathlon and the Falmouth Triathlon.  For the past three years she has been the director of two annual triathlons (Wellfleet Sprint Triathlon and Gut Check Triathlon) as well as two road running races — all located on Cape Cod.

The course is unique for its 600 yards (1/3 mile ~) warm salt-water swim, a 9 mile scenic bike ride that climbs to the majestic Nobska Point Light, and a 5k (3.1 mile) run entirely alongside Surf Drive Beach.

 

 

 

 

 

Participants were notified that there will be NO parking at race site OR on Falmouth’s Main Street. Primary parking sites were the Mullen School, Lawrence School and Falmouth Marine Park (all less than one mile from venue).  All competitors received an athlete’s guide prior to the event with essential parking information. Additionally, police and staff were posted at all entrances to the race venue, blocking access by vehicles and directing participants to approved parking lots.  Cooperation by all is critical to the continued approval of this event by the town.

The Old Stone Dock Association was called upon to assist with traffic control. The Police Department detail was headed by Sergeant Michael Simoneau. Old Stone Dock volunteers were at their posts from 5:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. and their assignments are listed below.

Madeleine Marken – Locust/Mill
Anne Prior – Locust/Mill
Mike Herlihy – Main/Walker
Rocco Maffei – Main/Walker
Richard Worob – Main / Shore Street Extension
Steve Saunders – Katharine Lee Bates / Mullen School
David Colacicco – Main / Library Lane
Kevin Doyle – Main / Shore
Sergeant Michael Simoneau – Main / Shore
Charlie Deignan – Shore/Clinton (missed photo op)
Richard Prior – Roving Donut and Coffee Patrol
Terry Saunders – Roving Bike Photographer

Story reported by Terry Saunders

July 28th, 2017|

06-21-17 OSD Receives Heritage Award from Falmouth Historical Society

On Wednesday, 06/21/17 The 18th Annual Falmouth Historical Society Heritage Award Dinner honored the Old Stone Dock Association and the Falmouth Garden Club at the Coonamessett Inn.  Introductions were made by Marc Schmidt, Executive Director of the Falmouth Historical Society.  The awards were accepted by Kevin Doyle, President of the Old Stone Dock Association and Andrea Anderson President of the Falmouth Garden Club.  Pictures of Presentations and Awards / Citations follow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

E-mail to Members
From: “Kevin Doyle” <kmdkmd9@gmail.com>
Sent: Thursday, June 29, 2017 1:05:29 PM
Subject: OSDA Heritage Award Winner 2017

Hi Neighbor!

Just a quick note to tell you what an honor it was to represent you all in receiving the Historical Society’s Heritage Award this year.  This is obviously a special year for us as we celebrate 200 years of the Old Stone Dock’s service to the community.

There were about 125 folks at the dinner that honored us and the Garden Club for our contributions to the preservation, beautification, and betterment of the town.  We displayed some of the art and poetry of the high school students’ recognition of the Bicentennial that will be displayed at the Art Center in the months ahead.

We received many kind words and several citations to mark the occasion:

the Award itself presented by Troy Clarkson on behalf of Historical Society’s President Tamsen George
a citation delivered by Town Manager Suso on behalf of the Selectmen
a proclamation from the US House of Representatives from Congressman Keating
a certificate from the Massachusetts House of Representatives from Mr. Vieira
a citation from the Massachusetts Senate delivered by Senator Vinny deMacedo
and a picture on the front page of the Enterprise of Senator deMacedo’s presentation!

It was a delightful evening and I thank all those who were able to attend that night and the many of you who sent along your congratulations for our achievements.

It was also an appropriate time to recognize that our own Constable Jim Crossen is the only member who was present at the founding of the Association 55 years ago, and has NEVER missed a meeting!!    Happy 92nd Birthday, Jim, and thanks for your untiring leadership!

kmd

July 6th, 2017|