75 Years Ago
July 21, 1944
Falmouth Police Relief association announces resumption of its popular summer event of pre-war days, the police ball. It will be held at Coonamessett Club in Hatchville on Monday, August 21. Mal Hallett’s orchestra will furnish music for dancing from 8:30 PM to 1 AM.
Proceeds of the ball pay for relief and emergency needs of the police department which cannot come from other sources. The association is managed by and for Falmouth policemen. Tickets can be obtained from any department member.
Chief Harold L. Baker heads the committee. His associates are Patrolmen Oscar W. Peterson and Antone Mogardo.
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Town beaches are dirtier this summer than they have been in many seasons. Bathers have no conscience or compunction about leaving bits of paper and even broken bottles in the sand. Cleaning up ls a matter of a few hands, contending with a rising tide of litter that promises to increase with every sunny day of summer. Cleaning the littered beaches today would be considerably more than a full day’s work for one or two men, and a daily grist of debris ls added. The few hands that each morning pick up a part of yesterday’s contribution are struggling like King Canute against a rising tide.
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Sailors on a small transport ship out in the Pacific have been reveling in the luxury of home-made pies—made from ingredients supplied by a Falmouth mother. Mrs. Charles E. Simmons sent a parcel of pie-fillings and ready-mix cake and piecrust to her son, Seaman Robert H. Simmons in April after he appealed for recipes for homemade pie. Successful use of her gift was reported in his letter of June 15, when the ship was in port for repairs, “so we had time to do quite a bit of baking.”
60 Years Ago
July 17, 1959
John Almeida Jr., who is sharing with the Short Line of Providence all the bus traffic to and from the Cape, wants the selectmen to help him negotiate with the New Haven railroad for use of its Depot avenue station as a bus terminal.
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New Bedford’s grip on boat line affairs may be loosening. State House of Representatives on Tuesday voted 130-85 after more than two hours of debate to reject the adverse recommendation of the House Ways and Means committee on a bill to repeal the 1956 “New Bedford amendment” to the boat line law.
Most significant was an apparent dent in the solid front heretofore presented by legislators from the New Bedford area. Representative Theophile J. DesRoches was quoted in the New Bedford newspaper as saying “there is no interest in the boat line at all in New Bedford. Very few people talk about it. If it wasn’t for the fact that the Standard-Times commented on the boat line so often, there would be no talk. That line ls costing the taxpayers needless money.”
40 Years Ago
July 17, 1979
Members of the Falmouth Chamber of Commerce were expected to attend the Woods Hole Steamship Authority meeting this morning to protest the proposed 1980 schedule, one which eliminates service from Woods Hole to Nantucket in the early spring and fall.
July 19, 1979
The burgeoning Woods Hole commercial fishing fleet will get better facilities in the next couple of years if the Falmouth selectmen have their way.
Selectmen this week submitted a grant proposal for money to hire an engineer to the Massachusetts Coastal Zone Management program.
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The Doreen Grace swim is tomorrow.
Twenty-four college athletes will enter the water at Nobska at 9 AM to swim across Vineyard sound to West Chop.
Never have so many tackled the swim at once. Nine young people swam across from the Woods Hole shore last summer.
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Papers have passed on sale of the Alden Tower, a 38-unit motel on a knoll on Grand avenue in Falmouth Heights, to three women, a mother and two daughters.
Seller was William G. Mullen who had owned the motel since 1969. The price was $225,000.
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Two Coast Guard rescue helicopters, a Coast Guard camera crew, the Falmouth fire department and hospital personnel filmed a simulated rescue mission last Thursday morning at the Falmouth hospital helicopter pad. The Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, called the Coast Guard for the film for use in its air and space museum.