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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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".
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 email@example.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 [...]
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 [...]
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
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. I wanted to update you on several upcoming events and topics that may be of interest to you Our 2018 Membership Drive was a success with over 250 of you renewing your membership for 2019. 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 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 they do a really great job with the event! Moving the date to September last year was received very well by our membership and the event was well attended. This year we have scheduled Sunday, September 9 as the date for the Summer Social. I have attached an invitation with more details and I look forward to seeing you there. Briefly: - 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. - 2018 Scholarship winners will be announced. - Please respond now or by August 15th by using the form provided. The Falmouth Road Race is coming up on Sunday, August 19. That makes for a pretty busy morning in the neighborhood with over 13,000 runners participating. Plan your travel that morning accordingly. On a more serious note, I am sure that you are aware of the stress that the Falmouth Police Department has been under this summer. Two of their officers narrowly avoided serious injury or worse in a confrontation with residents last week. This comes as other Cape Cod and Massachusetts Police Departments have recently lost officers in the line of duty. I saw Falmouth Chief Ed Dunne on television express his concern that the public has lost respect for the uniform. It is my personal belief that the vast majority of Falmouth residents and visitors have an immense amount of respect for our officers and the job that they do serving and protecting us all. If you share this sentiment, I would ask that the next time you see an officer on the streets or around Town you thank him/her for their service to the community. We need to let them know how we feel and help them reinforce their confidence in public support for doing a job that is so important to all of us. Thank you for supporting the Old Stone Dock Association and I hope to see you on Sunday, September 9! Jay Thayer President
The Falmouth Triathlon took place on Sunday, 07/15/18 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. The course is unique for its 600 yards (1/3 mile ~) warm salt-water swim, an 8.5 mile scenic bike ride that climbs to the majestic Nobska Point Light, and a 5k (3.1 mile) run 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. Old Stone Dock volunteers were at their posts from 5:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. and their assignments are listed below. Locust / Mill: Paul & Sarah Bechta and Polly & Jay Thayer Main / Walker: Mike Herlihy, Ed Jackson & Rocco Maffei Main / Library Lane: David Colacicco Main / Katherine Lee Bates: Steve Saunders Main / Shore: Greg Mills and Jack Driscoll, Falmouth Police Officer Surf Drive / Walker & Mill: Sheriff Department Officers Roving Bike Photographer: Terry Saunders 07-15-18 2 Triathlon 07-15-18 4 Triathlon 07-15-18 5, Paul & Sarah Bechta and Polly & Jay Thayer 07-15-18 6, Mike Herlihy, Ed Jackson, Rocco Maffei 07-15-18 7, David Colacicco 07-15-18 8, Steve Saunders 07-15-18 9, Greg Mills, Jack Driscoll 07-15-18 10, Falmouth Police Officer