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West Falmouth spring clean up

To everyone who participated in the 2018 litter clean up in West Falmouth - THANK YOU. We were fortunate to have 6 new volunteers this year which increased our total number to over 50. Miles of roadsides were cleared of many types of litter. The most prevalent item picked up this season was NIPS - hundreds of them - thrown out of cars.

Here’s some of the roadsides and areas where dedicated volunteers removed litter within the last two weeks - an amazing accomplishment.

1. West Falmouth Hwy. starting at Thomas Landers Rd. to Palmer Ave.
2. Nashawena Rd./Quaker Rd. from Old Dock Rd. to Old Silver Beach
3. Chapoquoit Rd. and island
4. Palmer Ave. from West Falmouth Hwy. to Sippewissett Rd.
5. Thomas Landers Rd./Route 28 intersection (2 exit ramps and 2 entrance ramps)
6. Brick Kiln Rd. from 28A to the bridges (Route 28 intersection)
7. Old Dock Rd.
8. Brick Kiln Rd./Gifford St. intersection
9. Blacksmith Shop Rd. and Swift Park
10. Salt Pond Bird Sanctuary land bordering Chapoquoit Rd.
11. West Falmouth Harbor shoreline at low tide
12. Little Island beach

Again, we are so grateful for everyone’s willingness to be part of our West Falmouth.

Milt and Sue Williamson Coordinators
April 2018

West Falmouth Village Association
Bi-monthly Meeting

Tuesday, March 27, 2018
7:15 PM
West Falmouth Library
Open to the Public- all are welcome to attend!

West Falmouth Library Survey

Please help the WF Library gather data for a grant application.

Take the short survey >

Annual Christmas Tree Lighting

Friday, December 8 at 4:00 p.m.

Across from the West Falmouth Market.

All are welcome to join in a village sing led by members of the West Falmouth United Methodist Church while enjoying a cup of hot chocolate provided by the West Falmouth Market.

Rain cancels the event.

View the poster

West Falmouth Library Re-Opens
The Cape Cod Times
By Christine Legere
A vital contributor to West Falmouth community life reopened its doors late last month just in time for the annual influx of the town’s summer population. Read more >

West Falmouth Harbor Eelgrass Study
The Falmouth Enterprise
By Brittany Feldott
A recent study shows that eelgrass in parts of West Falmouth Harbor is growing relatively healthily, but Philip Colarusso of the US Environmental Protection Agency said last week that it could take between six and 17 years before eelgrass beds fully recover. Read more >

Retreat for ALS Patients, Families, and Caregivers Planned
The Falmouth Enterprise
By Andrea Carter
Construction of the Compassionate Care ALS Education and Retreat Center in West Falmouth, formerly Beach Rose Inn, began in November.
Read more >

Swift Park

West Falmouth Swift Park

Many thanks to “Nautical and Nice” and the Shearer Family for the donation of two benches at the renovated tennis court at Swift Park. Photo: Chris Moskal and his daughters Julia and Caroline enjoy the benches with Denali the dog.
August 2016

West Falmouth Residents To Try Out Alternative Septic Systems
Read the Falmouth Enterprise article >
February 5, 2016

Open Village Fire Station Meeting

Village Fire Station Meeting

The West Falmouth Village Association would like to thank all of you who attended our December meeting at the West Falmouth Library for a discussion regarding our fire station. As you know, we had two main issues for resolution; first, we needed to secure a new vehicle with engine 24 being taken out of service this fall. We are pleased to report that a pre-owned fire truck was purchased and will soon be in service in West Falmouth. By all reports, this replacement vehicle is in very good shape and should serve our needs for the foreseeable future.

Second, we discussed our staffing concerns with our first responder frequently leaving to cover other parts of Town as backup support for other fire stations. This issue is not as easy to solve as the first issue. John Weyand and Jay Austin met with Town Manager Julian Suso on 12/22 to discuss this specific problem for 90 minutes. The two ingredients needed to solve the problem are bodies and money. Both will take time and some creative thought to resolve. As you know, we will be getting a new fire chief when Chief Sullivan retires in January. This will provide a new opportunity to visit this topic as we look to get better coverage for West Falmouth. We also need to look at increased staffing to relieve stress on the system and handle our growing call volume, now over 7,000 calls annually. Mr. Suso, our Selectman and your WFVA are fully aware of what we are missing and, more importantly, what we require. We ask for a little patience and understanding as we look for solutions and resolution.

Your Board is actively representing the community on this and many other issues. As more information becomes available, we will provide updates and reporting.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact Jay Austin or John Weyand. Thank you for your continued support!

Article in the Falmouth Enterprise
By Lannan M. O'Brien
Residents and town officials crowded into the West Falmouth Library on Wednesday evening, December 9, for a meeting led by the West Famouth Village Association on equipping the station. Town manager Julian M. Suso explained that the engine previously used at the station was one of the two that were taken out of service after failing inspections.
Read the rest of the article >

Tennis Courts at Swift Playground

Tennis Court Opening Day Celebration
Saturday, June 25, 2016  11:00 AM
Celebrate the opening of the new tennis courts at Swift Park on Blacksmith Shop Rd. Light refreshments will be served.

West Falmouth Tennis Courts opening

West Falmouth Tennis Courts Swift Playground

Photos show current progress (Nov. 20, 2015) of reconstruction of the Town

Swift Playground West Falmouth

Tennis Courts at Swift Playground in West Falmouth. The Town of Falmouth is overseeing and funding the construction. Courts will be ready for play in Spring 2016.

West Falmouth Tennis Courts

Swift Tennis Courts West Falmouth

Palmer Avenue Bridge Reconstruction

Palmer Avenue Bridge Reconstruction project

View the photo slideshow of the Palmer Avenue Bridge Project


West Falmouth Day, now a part of Pumpkin Day!
A free, family-friendly event at the historic Bourne Farm, Route 28A, West Falmouth, MA held each year in October.

WFVA Annual Meeting
Parachute Fun led by Elsa Partan.

Nancy Hayward WFVA Villager Award 2015
Board Members Jay Austin and Tom Ford
man the WFVA information table.
Read more about the Pumpkin Day and view more photos >


North Falmouth Elementary School Playground Project

North Falmouth School Playground Capital Campaign

The North Falmouth Elementary School PTO has been working hard to raise the funds necessary to replace 30 year old, unsafe wooden and metal playground equipment in three areas on the school grounds with innovative, ADA compliant structures and surfaces in the Summer of 2016. The total cost of the proposed playgrounds is $170,656.63. To date, they have raised approximately $108,000. They are anticipating receiving approximately $30,000 in upcoming grants, which leaves them with approximately $30,000 left to raise by May 2016 in order to be able to purchase the equipment in time for installation in July 2016. The aggressive timeline of this project is a result of the poor condition of the current equipment and the subsequent difficulty of obtaining parts for maintenance due to its age, which contributes to safety issues.

In addition to the more than 330 students who are enrolled in North Falmouth Elementary and their families, the playground will benefit the entire Falmouth community. According to U.S. Census 2010 estimates over 17% of Falmouth residents are under the age of 18, over 5,300 children. However, this does not account for all of the children who visit and vacation in Falmouth during the summer months. This new playground will create an environment for children of all ages, as well as their caregivers and visiting friends and relatives, to develop active, healthy lifestyles. It is the goal of the NFE PTO to create safe, exciting, and accessible playgrounds that students, families, and all members of the community will be able to enjoy for decades to come.

Additional information, including proposed design, can be found on their website, or their public Facebook page.

Falmouth Receives State Funding to Replenish Chapoquoit Beach

The Enterprise by Carrie L. Gentile

Falmouth has been awarded $120,000 from the state to replenish Chapoquoit Beach and adjacent dunes with sand dredged from the Cape Cod Canal.

The public beach in West Falmouth has been eroding at a rate of .7 to 1.3 feet a year, resulting in loss of recreation area and natural storm buffers, according to the grant application prepared by the town and M. Leslie Fields, coastal geologist for the Woods Hole Group in Falmouth.

Evidence that erosion is occurring is the lack of the bathing beach during high tide and exposure of the nearby seawall during high tide, the last line of defense for Chapoquoit Road that runs by the beach.

Following the announcement that the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management awarded the grant to Falmouth, the town will enter negotiations with the US Army Corps of Engineers to provide the dredged materials. The plan is contingent on testing that determines the material will match the beach grains in West Falmouth.

The application estimates the work to be complete by end of June next year.

This is the second attempt at bolstering this stretch of beach with sand from the canal. In 2002, the same initiative was in the works but because of scheduling problems with the Corps’ dredging contractor, the sand was instead dumped offshore instead.

The sand will be spread over a 3,600-foot swath, from Chapoquoit Island to the northern end of Black Beach on both the beach and dunes. The project is expected to increase the beach width at high tide by approximately 100 feet.

The beach, which has been diminished by erosion, acts as a protector of West Falmouth Harbor from Buzzards Bay. Both Chapoquoit Island and the eastern side of the barrier beach are developed, with year-round homes, the application states. The grant will be used to update the 2002 beach nourishment plan and to pay for the requisite local, state and federal permits.

Falmouth town officials will organize three public meetings in which they will present the project and gather input from residents. The town will also hold smaller meetings with local groups including the Chapoquoit Association, West Falmouth Village Association, and Bowerman’s Beach Club. The state awarded $2.2 million in grants to several coastal towns earlier this week to help local governments reduce the risks from coastal storms, flooding, erosion and sea level rise.

Buzzards Bay Guardian Award

buzzards bay coalition Guardian AwardThe Guardian Award was given to the West Falmouth Boat Club from the Coalition for Buzzards Bay. A beautifully carved scallop shell award created by New Bedford artist John Magnan from pine driftwood collected on Cuttyhunk sits on the mantel in the WF Library.

The Guardian Award is the “highest honor from the Coalition and is given for outstanding service in the clean-up, restoration, or protection of Buzzards Bay.” It honors “the unsung hero or heroine who deserves public recognition, not only for what they have achieved, but also to inspire others to make a difference.”

Please stop by the West Falmouth Library to read the complete award information on the bottom of the shell. John Magnan’s studio is located in the Waterfront Historic District of New Bedford.

Falmouth Healthy Lawns

What you need to know about Falmouth’s Nitrogen Control Bylaw for Fertilizer:

Falmouth adopted this Bylaw to reduce the nitrogen pollution going into our estuaries. The Bylaw applies to nitrogen used to fertilize grass only. The Bylaw does not apply to fertilizer used on your flower and vegetable garden, greenhouse, houseplants, farm, or orchard. The Bylaw also does not apply to the establishment or repair of turf (after substantial damage) in its first growing season.

•  Don’t fertilize any part of your lawn between October 16th and April 14th, or directly before or during a heavy rain event. Don’t spread fertilizer on paved surfaces and clean it up if you do.

•  Don’t fertilize any lawn located within 100 feet of wetlands - specifically the Resource Areas as defined in Falmouth’s Wetlands Regulations, FWR 10.02 (1)(a - d).

•  The Bylaw recommends that if you fertilize lawns not covered by the 100’ prohibition, fertilize sparingly! The Bylaw encourages use of materials such as yard waste, compost or other similar materials that are primarily organic in nature and that are not considered “fertilizer” to improve the physical condition of your soil.

Read more in the Healthy Lawns PDF.

Buzzards Bay Coalition

buzzards bay coalition save the bay

Buzzards Bay needs your help today.

The state budget has left out critical funding for protecting clean water in your community. This funding supports water quality monitoring across southeastern Massachusetts including the Coalition’s Baywatchers program.

Your voice can make a difference.

Tell Senate President Rosenberg and your senator to support budget amendment 226 to restore water quality monitoring funding for Cape Cod and Buzzards Bay.

Contact Senator Rosenberg now by calling (617) 722-1500 and emailing stan.rosenberg@masenate.gov.

Contact our Senator, Vinnie deMacedo, by calling 508-747-6500 and emailing vinny.deMacedo@masenate.gov.

For 23 years, the Baywatchers program has monitored the health of your local waterways. And that research has led to action. On Cape Cod, a major clean water planning process is almost complete and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency just launched a program to reduce nitrogen pollution.

The Baywatchers program is more important than ever. Tell the Senate to support budget amendment 226 to protect clean water in your community today.

WFVA Villager Award

This award is given for outstanding service and dedication to our village. If you have a recommendation, please contact Jay Austin at 508-566-0645 or by email at Aukina@aol.com. Please let me know why you feel the person you have nominated is worthy of such an honor. Thank you in advance for your help!

The WFVA Villager Award was established in 2010 to honor individuals in our community who have given great service, time and talent for the benefit of West Falmouth.

This award is bestowed at the Annual Meeting held in July/August.The person or persons to be honored will be notified in advance of the meeting and asked to be on hand for the presentation of the award. Recipients of this award are:

Nancy Hayward - 2015
John Ross - 2014
Peter Gedney and Paul Sellers – 2013
John F. Austin, Jr. - 2012
Maurie and Art Harlow-Hawkes – 2011 
Milt and Sue Williamson - 2010

West Falmouth beach protected forever with conservation restriction

The generosity of the Shearer family is shown through a remarkable gift of a conservation restriction co-held by the Buzzards Bay Coalition and The 300 Committee Land Trust.
Near Chapoquoit Beach in West Falmouth lies a special stretch of beach and coastal habitat. Tall dunes rise up over the shore, protecting a community of plants and shrubs sandwiched between West Falmouth Harbor and Buzzards Bay.
View photos of this unique coastal habitat that is now protected forever.

Flood Map Presentation
The West Falmouth Village Association and Falmouth Housing Trust sponsored a flood insurance presentation, including West Falmouth Flood Maps, by Town officials at West Falmouth Library on January 13, 2014.

A Representative panel comprised of Town of Falmouth's Building Department & GIS Department, as well as representatives from a local lender and insurance agency, gave the presentation followed by a question & answer period.

Click here for more details, including a video of the presentation.

On Crocker Pond—West Falmouth Neighbors Worry About Pollution
Cape Cod Wave - By Laura M. Reckford

On a recent Friday morning, an osprey swooped low over Crocker Pond in West Falmouth but then angled back up. No fish to be seen.

“They’re not awake yet,” said Mary Bunker Ryther, 50, who grew up on Crocker Pond and now lives just a quarter mile up the road in North Falmouth. Her Norwich terrier Rogue positioned himself on the edge of the Bunker family dock and looked intently into the water, willing a fish to squiggle to the surface. Nothing yet. Just clear water all the way to the bottom.

The pond off West Falmouth Highway (Route 28A) at the intersection of Thomas B. Landers Road is bound by the Bunker property taking up most of one side and Bourne Farm taking up most of the other. It is a serene place.

Ryther knows there are fish in the pond, always have been for the more than 65 years her family has lived next to it. But she is concerned about the future and whether the abundant wildlife in and around the pond will be there for her grandchildren and their children. > Read more

Falmouth Bikeways Committee Survey

The Falmouth Bikeways Committee is seeking your input; please fill out this survey. It will give the committee a better understanding of bicycle rider needs in Falmouth. The survey will take five to six minutes. Your bicycling needs will be incorporated into bicycling planning. Please only complete this survey one time. The committee would like the widest range of citizens to participate in this survey.

Take the Survey!

June 12, 2013 Letter to the Board of Selectmen:
Please be advised that the Board of the West Falmouth Village Association voted on the proposed closing of the West Falmouth Fire Station as follows:

The Board of the West Falmouth Village Association supports keeping the West Falmouth Fire Station open and staffed until such time as the Town of Falmouth can demonstrate an adequate plan exists to preserve or exceed the current level of emergency response for West Falmouth.

Please advise us of any further consideration of this matter so that we may timely advise the membership.


Susan L. Moran, President
West Falmouth Village Association

Hearings for 681 W. Falmouth Hwy.
Update: Application withdrawn

WFVA has been notified by the Historic District Commission that they will be holding the record open regarding the property at 681 West Falmouth Highway (HDC application #13-12). The intent of the record remaining open is to all for "further public testimony", according to the Commission's Chairman, Edward Haddad.

"Where in West Falmouth" Photos
Featuringl photos of West Falmouth by Peter Partridge.
West Falmouth Village
> Click here to view the photos

Save Crocker Pond
re: Crocker Pond in West Falmouth
"Most people don't know Crocker Pond or if they do know the Pond don't know the name of it. It is the Pond next to Bournes Farm on 28A in West Falmouth at the junction of Thomas Landers Rd. It is where Pumpkin Day is held each October.

The reason for the concern is that the town hopes to dishcarge wastewater 400 yds uphill from the pond." > Read more

IMPORTANT UPDATE Post Office Square / Liquor Store
Date set for Town of Falmouth Selectmen's rehearing on the relocation of the liquor store to 28A is now scheduled for April 29th, 2013.
The following is a message from Frank Duffy, Falmouth Town Counsel  

March 2013
We have received a decision from ABCC on the appeal and the ABCC has disapproved the action of the board of selectmen in denying the application of Murfslix's Inc. to transfer the location of its business from Main St. to West Falmouth Highway.  The matter is remanded to the board with the recommendation that the application be granted.  The board may impose reasonable conditions on the granting of the application.       The ABCC found that the board denied the application on the grounds that the transfer did not "serve the public need."  The board did not articulate its reasons for this finding and merely recited a summation of opponents who testified about parking and traffic.  The ABCC suggested that the board treated the hearing as a plebiscite.  In addition the ABCC noted that all public officials who submitted referrals to the board (the building commissioner, the fire deputy chief, the police chief and the board of health) all had no objections to the application.  The commission concluded that the board denied the application "simply by conjuring a parade of horribles" that it has the power to prevent (by the imposition of reasonable conditions). 

October 2012
Greetings:  I am contacting you individually or as members of the WFVA about the package store appeal. Murphy’s Package Store filed an application with the Falmouth Board of Selectmen to change the location of its store from Main St. to 410 W. Falmouth Highway. The Board of Selectmen denied the application. The applicant has appealed the denial to the Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission in Boston and a hearing is scheduled for October 10, 2012. In its decision, the BOS found that there was no demonstrated public need for a package store at this location. The board based its decision on public testimony and written submissions in opposition to the transfer. From a review of the record it appears that you submitted information considered by the board. I do intend to submit the BOS record to the ABCC, but to present the full case for denial, it will be necessary to present testimony from residents of the neighborhood to verify the facts in the record and support the board’s decision that there was no demonstrated public need. I am asking that you respond with your availability to serve as a witness at the hearing or to identify others in the neighborhood who can do the same. Thank you. 

Petition to Protect West Falmouth Groundwater
Synopsis: The Town of Falmouth is making some progress towards protecting the estuaries on the South Coast. However part of a proposed plan includes the possibility of adding new waste water infiltration sites which could threaten many of North and West Falmouth's ponds, streams, wetlands and marshes. Possible infiltration sites to the south and north of Thomas Landers Rd. will likely impact Crocker Pond, Wing's Pond and even West Falmouth Harbor. We ask that an Environmental Impact Assessment be conducted with a decision to proceed only after the potential impacts are definitively shown to be benign.

1. Please sign this petition online by visiting the petition page on Change.org.

2. Please share this petition with others who may be interested.

3. View PDF Map and Details.

3. For more information on the town's effort to manage wastewater please see the Town Wastewater Management Committee Website.

West Falmouth Harbor

West Falmouth Harbor

Here is a photo from a celebration of the favorable settlement to benefit West Falmouth Harbor and the success of efforts by John and Martha Ross which began in 1994! Included are WF Boat Club President Peter Partridge, members in the coalition, including President Mark Rasmussen and Representative Tim Madden.

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WFVA Projects

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West Falmouth new Playground

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