Pat's Loft Unveiled!

By: CCBL Public Relations Office
07/10/2017 12:44 PM -

In April of 1989, Eric Palmer, a student at Springfield College and baseball player from Falmouth Mass was taken from us after an evening out with friends. In his honor, the Eric Palmer Press Box was erected/dedicated at Guv Fuller field. Over the years wear and tear deteriorated the press box, to the point of almost being un-usable and in 2013 the Falmouth Commodores raised funds via their Hot Stove, with John Farrell and Peter Gammons, to make the press box improvements. Regardless of the condition of the press box, each summer it continued to be used for broadcasting Falmouth Commodores games.

In 2008 Pat Loftus developed and formalized the Falmouth Commodores’ internship program focusing on broadcasting and media. Each summer Pat would welcome a new class of interns into the program and mentor them as they sharpened their skills. Many of these interns, such as Mike Couzens who is with us tonight and currently with ESPN, went on to broadcasting careers.  

After Pat’s death, in the fall of 2016 the broadcasting area of the Press box was dedicated and named Pat’s Loft, in recognition of Pat’s service to these young people and the Falmouth Commodores. Following that dedication, one year ago, Pat’s Family, Friends and many members of the Manhanut Yacht Club raised over $22,000 to begin the renovation of the broadcasting area of the press box.

After the initial donation of $22,000 this project took on a life of its own. The Falmouth Road Race, the premiere seaside road race in the country, granted an additional $30,000 for the extension of the press box, where the field equipment and game day operation equipment is now stored and used by both the Falmouth Commodores and the Falmouth High School baseball teams. With the grant from the Falmouth Road Race and the donations raised by the Loftus family, the renovation project still needed additional support from the community. Countless businesses and individuals giving time, discounted materials and donated labor, making this truly a community project.

We would like to recognize the businesses, the Town and individuals who have donated significant time, materials and/or offered discounts in the off season to complete this project:
Holmes & McGrath: surveys, field site plans, as-built building plans
Gary Sylvester’s Building Movers and Excavation: Moving of the press box off the original foundation and onto the new foundation
Eastman’s Hardware: Paint, painting supplies, and riding lawn mower
Bill Valadao Electrical: Complete rough and finish electrical labor
C.H. Newton Builders: Deck Floor Framing
Hamilton Tree & Landscaping: Finish site grading, roadway, driveway, foundation plantings
Cavossa Disposal & Recycling: Crushed bluestone Installation
David Wolf Building and Remodeling: Framing, exterior trim, roofing, windows, deck railings, interior finish work
Lawrence Lynch: Foundation fill, gravel, driveway base, crushed bluestone driveway top coat.
Granite City Electric: Paddle Fans
Nauset Disposal: Dumpster and trash removal
J Miller Pictureframer: Memory wall picture framing
Clarke Construction: Merchandise area epoxy floor coating
Johnson Electric Supplies – Bob Price: Electrical supplies
Silvio Rodriques: Interior and Exterior painting labor
Inman Tree Specialist: Hydro seeding
P&S Concrete, Inc: Foundation Labor
Curran Concrete, Inc: Concrete Slab Labor
Todd Willis Plastering, Inc: Plastering
The Carpet Barn: Carpet Installation
Canal Garage Door Company: Overhead Garage door and installation
The Town of Falmouth Highway Department: Foundation and concrete slab demo
The Town of Falmouth Parks & Recreation: Excavation and back filling

Town Employees:
Rod Palmer – Town Building Commissioner
Rocky Gomes – Superintendent Parks & Recreation
Richie Plescia & Shawn Speroni – Parks Department
Gary Forbes – Building Department – Electrical Inspector
Wayne King – Town Electrician
Mike Sousa – Assistant Highway Superintendent

In addition, there were several individuals who donated extraordinary amounts of time and effort to the renovation project:
The Uhl Family: David, Cathy and Anderson – Design, Finish work, and painting of the merchandising area
Steve & Deb Brocklebank – Design and Finishing for the Broadcast area and Game Day Ops Area and solicitation
Marty, Ann, Ryan Loftus – Installation of anchor bolts, installation of decking and Electrical
Richard Taylor & Sean Lincoln – Installation of decking, Electrical and Finishing
Kevin & Nan FitzGerald – General Help and solicitation
Bob Curtis – Grant Writing and solicitation
Gary Rabesa – Warehouse Storage
Mark Kasprzyk – Project Management

However, there is one individual who donated endless time and energy from inception to the completion of this project. Without him this project would never have been ready before the start of the season.  David Johnson, a member of the Falmouth Commodores’ board and owner of Johnson Homes, Inc represents the construction aspect of this project and has embraced this project each step of the way. At any given point, you could find him sketching designs, putting up rails, hanging hooks, sweeping, holding a paint brush, coordinating workers, procuring materials and the list goes on. In addition to donating his time as the general contractor he participated in each aspect of the project. We can honestly say this project could not have come to fruition without him.  

We are truly proud of the result of the press box and we look forward to many years ahead of helping broadcasters achieve their dreams of broadcast success!

Search Archive »


Browse by Year »

Browse by Month »
April 2018
March 2018
February 2018
January 2018
December 2017
November 2017
October 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
December 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
September 2005
August 2005
July 2005
June 2005
September 2004
August 2004
July 2004
June 2004
August 2003
July 2003
August 2002
July 2002
June 2002
August 2001
July 2001
June 2001
November 2000
August 2000
July 2000
June 2000