The gifts are unwrapped. The fridge is packed with colorful Tupperware containers containing untold quantities of unspecified leftovers. “Batteries not included” has become profanity in your home (or at least inspires it). Your family’s version of Cousin Eddie from “Christmas Vacation,” who came on Christmas Eve for the night, is still on your couch in his boxers with a beer in his hand.
Things aren’t all bad. With New Year’s Day opening the door to 2015, Falmouthites from Megansett to Menauhant are looking forward to the arrival of a new annum and are making pledges, promises, and resolutions for the next trip around the sun.
To help out, here are my New Year’s resolutions and wishes for a flock of Falmouthites:
For town clerk Michael Palmer, a consensus for voting locations that resolve the current conundrum. For Representative David Vieira, continued wisdom and patience in moderating and encouraging that solution, met with sufficient kudos from a grateful community for his efforts. For newly minted Senator Vinny DeMacedo, a wish for the kind of acceptance and support he has demonstrated to Falmouth since the November election. He has been visible, involved, and committed to Falmouth issues even before taking office. Let’s hope that Falmouth embraces him similarly.
For FCTV guru Debby Rogers, another successful year of some of the finest community TV around, and for four agreements forevermore. For FCTV’s prolific producer Kevin Lynch, another year of the blessings of healthy family and friends—and more live call-ins on the show. Speaking of FCTV personalities, here’s wishing “Falmouth First” host and eminent barrister Kevin Callahan a year filled with smiles and successes. Falmouth should resolve as a whole to bid new chamber chief Mike Kasparian a fruitful and successful tenure. For those dedicated Falmouthites who are working to preserve Falmouth icon Nobska Lighthouse, much success and perseverance. For the talented thespians at the Falmouth Theatre Guild, another successful crop of shows, and for the Falmouth Education Foundation, much success in helping to expand the minds of Falmouth’s youth and the financial support to help them do it.
Let’s hope that 2015 brings beach superintendent Don Hoffer the support and nourishment (on the beach, that is) that he needs to continue his good works, and that his star employee Jenna Clarkson gets a well-deserved trip to Europe. For Don’s town government brethren at the DPW, particularly Edwin (Rocky) Gomes, continued appreciation for all of his unsung works.
For old friends Jim Bowen and Rich Sherman, a site for a carousel, and for new friends Don and Denise Terry, persistent esteem from their new hometown. For Enterprise publisher Bill Hough, a couple of best-selling books, a new blue apron, and plentiful laughs at the Bear ‘N Boots. On that subject, here’s wishing Main Street’s newest success story on Restaurant Row and its owners, Gates and Kate Rickard, a new year filled with new heights of culinary achievement. For their neighbors and fellow gastrophiles Mark and Cindy Cilfone, a kitchen full of friends and patrons. For Annie Hart Cool, a Valentine’s Day of music and merriment, and for John Salerno, every day of the same.
For Sheriff Jim Cummings, best wishes for his help in the transition to new leadership at the State House, and thankfulness for carrying the message of urgency to our new governor on the critical nature of the need for substance abuse treatment and the scourge of addiction. For all of our law enforcement community, comfort in knowing how their daily sacrifices are valued.
And finally, for Falmouth legend Cathy Norton, an eternity of peace and boundless supply of appreciation from an entire community, and for her family, comfort in knowing how much she was admired and loved.
So as the new year dawns and another goes to bed, many thanks to all of Falmouth for making memories and for coloring each tile of the Falmouth mosaic