Palmer Avenue Bridge Reconstruction
View the photo slideshow of the Palmer Avenue Bridge Project
West Falmouth Dock Rebuild
View the photo slideshow of the West Falmouth Dock rebuild
News about the West Falmouth Library
You may have noticed the “book” sign on the front lawn at the West Falmouth Library. The Library is in the middle of a capital campaign fund-raising drive for a building project that will provide for the restoration and renovation of the historic West Falmouth Library as well as building an addition to ensure ease of access for everyone. The building project will provide the best library for our community now and for future generations.
Over $2.1 million (toward the goal of $2.9 million) has already been donated or pledged. With additional donations from the community, the Library will raise another $300,000 to reach the $2.4 million milestone goal in order to break ground this summer.
An informative presentation about the project and how to contribute to the capital campaign is available at the Library, on the Library website or you may send a check to the West Falmouth Library, attention to the Capital Campaign, P.O. Box 1209, West Falmouth, MA 02574.
North Falmouth Elementary School
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.
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
Photos show current progress (2015) of reconstruction of the Town
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.
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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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.