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Our purpose is to preserve the character of the village and to work with town officials from Falmouth to meet the changing needs of West Falmouth and the greater Falmouth community including the restoration of West Falmouth Harbor.


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Reindeer at Old Dock Road

Reindeer Old Dock Road, West Falmouth

The reindeer are made by West Falmouth resident
and professional arborist Paul Sellers.
Photos by Milt Williamson.

West Falmouth Wood Reindeer


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.
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Tennis Courts at Swift Playground

West Falmouth Tennis Courts Swift Playground

Photos show current progress (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


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.
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WFVA Annual Pumpkin Day 2015

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 >


West Falmouth beach protected forever with conservation restriction

West Falmouth protected coastal habitat

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.



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Town posts latest draft of CWMP
July 2013

Dear Friends of Crocker's Pond,

The town has posted the latest draft CWMP which includes their revisions, responses and re-assessments in light of all the comments that were made regarding the previous draft. The committee did include more information on Crocker's Pond which is not a difficult task for them since they included no information on it before. > read more

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


Membership Survey

Please take a moment to fill out our Membership Survey, and either mail or email it to the WFVA (instructions provided with the survery). Thank you!
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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.

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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.

Buzzards Bay Guardian Award

buzzards bay coalition Guardian Award

The 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.

Prohibitions:
•  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.

 

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