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Falmouth School Committee Eyes Job Cuts at Hearing

Five things to be aware of in Falmouth this week, including Monday's board of selectmen's meeting for which summer special events applications are on the agenda and Tuesday's hearing on proposed job cuts in Falmouth's public schools.

The Falmouth School Committee holds a budget hearing Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in the Falmouth High School auditorium. The school district's budget is in the red and officials are considering staff cuts of more than 40 jobs. (Patch file photo)
The Falmouth School Committee holds a budget hearing Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in the Falmouth High School auditorium. The school district's budget is in the red and officials are considering staff cuts of more than 40 jobs. (Patch file photo)
1. Achieve Wellness Through Laughter with Laughter Yoga at Gus Canty: Gentle stretches, deep breathing & playful exercises starting at 9:15 a.m. at Gus Canty Community Center, 790 Main Street, Falmouth. Free.

2. It will be no laughing matter for the Falmouth Farmers Market if town selectmen deny the market's application to return to its longtime Thursday home in Peg Noonan Park this summer. The matter is up for discussion at Monday's selectmen's meeting, which starts at 7 p.m. with an agenda that separates the farmers market application from other special events that are expected to be approved en masse.

3. The Falmouth School Committee holds a budget hearing Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in the Falmouth High School auditorium. The school district's budget is in the red and officials are considering staff cuts of more than 40 jobs, including 6 percent of the district's teachers. A video of the budget presentation can be viewed at the school district website, where you can also download the budget slideshow.

4. Tickets are on sale now for the Falmouth Theatre Guild's "The 39 Steps," which opens Friday at Highfield Theatre. Described as "Alfred Hitchcock meets Monty Python," the show plays Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. through Feb. 9. Tickets are $17, $15 for students and seniors, at falmouththeatreguild.org.

5. Friday at the Woods Hole Public Library, the Proteus Consort performs early baroque Italian chamber music by Frescobaldi, Merulo, Cima, Bassano and Fontana. Tickets to the 7:30 p.m. show are $20 and are available in advance at the Woods Hole Library, Eight Cousins Books, the Bank of Woods Hole, and at the door on the day of the performance.  The concert will be held upstairs in the main room of the Library, and doors will open at 7:00 pm.

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Bill Carson January 27, 2014 at 11:31 AM
The Falmouth School Committee needs to ask themselves and all those responsible for installing the two giant economic fiasco of two wind turbines would they be talking about a teacher layoff today ? The town installed two commercial wind turbines that are causing health problems making people sick. The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection notified the town on May 14 ,2012 the turbines are breaking the state noise laws. The turbines were to bring in one million a year but are now costing way more than $250,000.00 a year. A loss of 1.25 million in possible assets . On top of the loss of operating the turbines is an enormous debt service to the two wind turbines . The bottom line here is Falmouth would have been better off without the two wind turbines. There is no other town in Massachusetts talking about laying off more than 40 teachers .Only Falmouth. The Town of Princeton ,Massachusetts has two commercial wind turbines and that town pays the highest electric rates in Massachusetts . It's time for the school teachers to do their home work ! Look into the wind turbine mess in town ! Ask you Town Meeting Members and Select Board what happened ! Don't let them tell you they didn't have a Crystal Ball and couldn't foresee the future ! This has been an ongoing problem in Falmouth for 4 years and all the town does is keep going back to court wasting more money fighting the wind turbine victims. Stop the madness !

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