Salutations and Smiles

Falmouthite Hellos as we Begin A New Trip Around the Sun

Over the last weeks, as the sun set on an ever-changing 2008 and a hopeful 2009 began anew, many Falmouthites made the effort to provide feedback on Troy's Take, offered thoughts on the issues of the day, or just plain said "hello." Here, then, is a hello right back to those who made 2008 a memorable one:
I enjoyed seeing photographs of the many dedicated athletes who converged on Old Silver Beach for the third annual "Run & Dunk" to benefit the Cape Cod Center for Women. Dr. Greg Parkinson is one of finest people I know, and his selfless dedication to the well-being of others, whether he's placing a bicycle helmet on the head of a Falmouth youth, or diving into the frigid waters of Buzzards Bay to raise money for local moms in need, is proof that we are all blessed to have this valued volunteer among us. I also smiled broadly during the recent season while bumping into some old friends - like seeing attorney extraordinaire Kevin Callahan before joining an affable and enjoyable Chief Anthony Riello for the North Hill Homeowners' dinner at Bill Zammer's Coonamessett, or sharing a chuckle and a yule log with Bob and Natalie Pires while creating our own Trotting Park Christmas Vacation.
Speaking of the neighborhood holiday celebration, what a treat to share a meal with some of the finest neighbors, especially former linguist Mike Mello and wife Judy and comfort food experts Janey Norton and Leslie Sullivan. Many thanks to proud BU alum Ben Piscopo for arranging this year-end fete.
I couldn't help but beam while listening to daughter Sydney sing with soul and talented songmates Alan Porter, Liana Robbins, Kaleigh Lambrich and Karl Mullen at Pastor Ben Feldott's warm and welcoming Cape Cod Church. Seeing Bruce MacKilligan tickle the ivories at this memorable service was also a special treat.
It's always a pleasure to share a holiday smile with the ageless Antonuccis, Bob and Jeanne, while playing Guitar Hero with grandkids Jack and Anthony Karson. I'm hoping that Santa brought some smiles to my favorite trio of Town Hall stalwarts: Brian Dale, George Calise and Mike Palmer.
Bulletin feedback is always welcomed, particularly from trusted commenters like Dr. Charles McGowan, Jody Shaw, George Hampson, Tom Saudade and Pete Summers. My old pal Andy "da baba" Dufresne always shares a funny quip as well. Keep up the contact in the new year, fellas.
What a pleasure it was to share a trip to Boston and down Memory Lane with Selectman Mary "Pat" Flynn, a Saturday morning hello with highway guru John Lyons, a Stop & Shop salutation with Marilyn McKnight, a Post Office chat with Joe McCarthy, and a Wal-Mart wave with one of my pals in blue, newly minted Sergeant Scott Hartzler.
It was a treat indeed to hear stories of baseball in far-away Mexico from former Woods Hole foodie Mike Miller, Red Sox fan funnies from Lori Robidoux, and words of hope from Ellen Dolan.
My favorite version of Mickey Mouse is the one that has Dickie Stone inside, but he's given his ears and Christmas Parade legacy to a well-deserving Travis Schneider, whose unforgettable dad, Bob, gave them to Dickie years ago.
Faithful reader Felicia Garry frequently has a pleasant thought on Bulletin offerings, as do Old Silver alums Paula Kapulka and Jan Keating. I can always count on feedback from appliance-meister Bob Crane, an open hand from new friend Paul Rifkin, and words of wisdom from old friend, colleague and bagel shop prognosticator Eddie Marks.
To these and all Falmouthites within ear and eyeshot, here's to another year of bringing local newsmakers to these pages.

This column is reprinted from the Falmouth Bulletin.

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