Jewel of Main Street "On Time and On Budget."
With hundreds of people braving a brisk and breezy March afternoon to join in the celebration, the Town of Falmouth officially opened its newly renovated public library Sunday. Senate President Therese Murray joined a line of state and local dignitaries in re-dedicating the heart of Falmouth's dowtown, which has served a grateful public on this site since 1901.
Several speakers, including George T. Comeau, Vice Chair of the State Board of Library Commssioners, noted the vital importance of a public library in a free society and celebrated Falmouth's commitment to learning for over 100 years. Ned Nolan, Vice Chair of the Falmouth Library Board of Trustees and Master of Ceremonies for the day, thanked the public for their support in bringing the project to fruition. He was the first of many to recognize this important role.
State Rep. Eric Turkington (D-Falmouth), remembered how his mother, a former library trustee, opined that additions built in 1969 would be all the community would need. "How she would love to see this today," he quipped. After the brief ceremony, which also included remarks by Selectmen Chair Kevin Murphy, Town Manager Bob Whritenour, Assistant Town Manager Heather Harper, and Trustee Chair Marilyn Zacks, the public was invited into the building through the Main Street entrance, which has been closed for decades.
Several speakers, including Sen. Murray noted that this $10 million project, which included over $1 million in private funds for furnishings, was "on time and on budget," a oft-used quote from Boston's "Big Dig."
Here's a list of things to do, see, and observe, political and social, as the Ides of March are upon us -
Override Presentations - The proponents of the three override questions slated for discussion at the upcoming Town Meeting will make their case to the Selectmen (and public) in Town Hall and on television on March 17 (no luck of the Irish jokes, please.) According to Board Chairman Kevin Murphy, a decision on whether or not to support these requests will be made at a later date. The schedule is as follows:
- 8:30 Fire Chief Paul Brodeur
- 8:45 DPW Director Ray Jack
- 9:00 School Building Committee
This I Believe Lecture - Jay Allison, local resident and editor of the updated version of this powerful compilation of essays recently reviewed in this space, will speak on his work at Falmouth Academy on March 19 at 7:00 P.M., with a reception to follow.
GUNS v. HOSES - A hockey game to benefit the Cape Cod Police Athlectic League will be held on April 5 at 6:00 P.M. at the Falmoth Ice Arena. The rosters, Police vs. Fire or Guns v. Hoses, will be full of your favorite men and women who serve because they care.
TOWN MEETING - What has been heralded by many as one of the most anticipated and important local government gatherings in recent memory will kick of on Monday, April 7 at 7:00 P.M. at the auditorium in Lawrence School. The public is invited to attend and speak - only Town Meeting Members can vote. The meeting will also be carried live of FCTV, channel 13.
NOTE - Although the slate of Town Meeting Members is set for this edition, nomination papers are now available for seats up for grabs at the May 20 town election. For more information, contact Town Clerk Michael Palmer, 508-495-7360.