This weekend, thousands of visitors will join droves of Falmouthites in taking in the seasonal beauty, decorations and pageantry, and goodwill that is the annual Chamber-sponsored Christmas-by-the-sea weekend. This year, the weekend's festivities coincide with the celebration of Hanukah, making it special to even more locals.
This is my favorite weekend of the year. Everyone is festive, friendly, and free of the crankiness that sometimes trickles in this time of year. The weekend will culminate on Sunday at noon, when the annual Christmas parade, the largest of its kind in Southeastern MA, kicks off from the Falmouth Mall. As our spectacular hometown parade finishes up with Santa, many will continue the festivities by shopping locally - always a good idea.
On that note, here are a few things I'd like to see under the tree for some of some notable Falmouthites:
For Selectman Melissa Freitag - an end to the silliness and colossal waste of resources that is the current recall effort against her. It is the nature of elected politics - most certainly local politics - to disagree with an elected official, but that is no reason to trump up baseless charges and try to have them removed. Those behind this effort, including some with close ties to Town Hall, would do better to either make their concerns known directly and personally to our freshman policymaker, or run for office themselves. Hiding behind a recall effort is weak and un-Christmaslike.
For former Constable George Morse - closure. Whether or not this previously affable and currently disdainful local is behind the aforementioned effort to dismiss a Selectman, he has become inextricably linked to it because of his very public refusal to accept the democratic will of our local leaders. Whether or not you agree with the Selectmen's vote not to reappoint, the vote was what it was. Three constitutes a majority and the issue is over. Morse's refusal to recognize that is transforming his image from a respected public official to a caricature.
For retired Human Services guru Peter Kirwin - a shower of gratitude for making Falmouth a better place, and comfort in knowing you are loved by thousands.
For Town Moderator David Vieira - a horseshoe to hang over the door of his newly purchased home, signifying good luck and many years of happiness with the love of his life.
For Selectman Pat Flynn - a new gavel large and loud enough to maintain control when the Board's newest members try to offer a minority report, something just short of outlandish heard in the annals of local democracy lately. As previously mentioned, three is a majority. Let's hope Pat gets the help she needs to make that point.
For Town Clerk Michael Palmer - an enjoyable stroll down Main Street for his clown of an alter-ego, and the same horseshoe and happiness gifted to our Moderator.
For Legendary Barber Dick Stone - blessings of health for everyone at Oak Ridge.
For his brother Phil - a hole in one - mini-golf on Teaticket Highway not included.
For FHS Field Hockey Coach Janey Norton - A season that ends with the hard work and play of her team, not the missed call of an official.
For FHS Principal Joe Driscoll - A new building - finally! (Santa may have to work extra hard on this one.)
For the Finance Committee - A Board of Selectmen and Town Manager who listen.
For Assistant Town Manager Heather Harper - A copy of Donald Trump's book The Art of the Deal, singed by the Donald himself, in recognition of the one she put together bringing wind energy and a windfall to Falmouth.
For Acting Town Engineer Peter McConarty - the loss of a word, specifically "acting."
For Police Chief Anthony Riello - A metal detector, in case anything else goes missing.
For Parks Superintendent Brian Dale - An administration that recognizes that new fields don't maintain themselves.
For Enterprise Publisher Bill Hough - An entire staff of scribes who enjoy writing as much as I do.
For All of Falmouth - Good tidings, good times, and good government.
Enjoy the parade!
This column is reprinted from the Falmouth Enterprise.