An opportunity awaits

To the Editor:

Do you enjoy fresh air? Can you schedule an hour some afternoons? Would you like to do something that makes you feel good? Then volunteer to be a crosswalk guard after school. From 2:15 to 3:15 p.m. (except early release days), you will ensure that the children who cross from the library to Ferns are safe. You may have seen us with our flourescent yellow vests as you drive through the center during that time. Sure, it’s cold in the winter but all you’ll need are feet and hand warmers. And yes, you may be out there in the rain. But it’s only one hour. And the children and adults are some of the nicest people I have met. I’ve finished my schedule for this school year and look forward to returning in September with my partners. But we need another person or two to complete the schedule. And we train! Please contact Angela Smith in the Council on Aging office at or at 1-978-371-2895. You do not need to be a senior citizen, but if you are 60 or older and a Carlisle Homeowner, you can do this and get some money toward your house taxes by working as a senior tax worker. Thanks for considering this important task. 

Carole Fiorentino

Aaron Way

Contribute to Center Park

To the Editor:

We hear it again and again, “I love Center Park.”

The Park is blooming now and welcoming visitors. It fulfills the mission statement voted unanimously by the Board of Selectmen, November 10, 2015, “… to be preserved and maintained in perpetuity for the use and enjoyment of residents, their families, friends, and visitors.”

This year in May the Selectmen appointed me to work with Town Administrator Tim Goddard as Interim Coordinator managing the park’s spring clean-up and developing the fundraising essential for its sustainability.

We invite residents and visitors to 

help jump start a fundraising campaign in response to the immediate needs of the park. A tax-deductible gift to sustain this jewel in the center of the Historic District is a worthwhile endeavor.  We already have a pledge of $4,000 toward an estimated need of $16,000 for maintenance and replacement plantings; however, we expect the donations and pledges will provide assurance for the park’s continued operation.

All gifts are payable to the Town of Carlisle, with memo: Maintenance, Center Park Gift Fund, and mailed to: Friends of Center Park, PO Box 55, Carlisle, MA 01741. In order to acknowledge gifts, please include phone, email, address, and how your name(s) should appear as a Friend of Center Park at

By joining together we can beautify our environment for ourselves and for generations to come.

Sabrina Elsie Perry

Interim Coordinator, Carlisle Center Park

Boosting town center?

To the Editor:

The June 29 Editorial in the Mosquito may have posed a wrong, even scary question for many of us who feel grateful each day to live in Carlisle. Carlisle is about the natural world where “convenience” and all things human made need not, indeed should not, take center stage. The town center improved when an expanded Ferns replaced a bank and a gas station, and when Clark Farm became a place to find the peace and beauty of an old-fashioned farm. Both of these developments also supported community building—with Ferns adding little tables for informal chats over coffee and Clark Farm giving us its wonderful CSA. We have no need for a restaurant, a pharmacy, or whatever to “boost” our Center.  After all, we live next door to big city Concord.

George Scarlett

Partridge Lane

Come to the DTC annual picnic

To the Editor:

I would like to invite Carlisle residents to the 2018 Carlisle Democratic Town Committee’s (DTC) annual picnic. The picnic will be held jointly with the 3rd Middlesex Area Democrats on Sunday, July 15, from 1-4 p.m. at the Wallhagens’ home at 64 Timothy Lane, Carlisle.

Come and meet fellow Carlislians and residents from the 3rd Middlesex Senate District including the towns of Bedford, Concord, Chelmsford, Lincoln and Weston; the city of Waltham; and precincts 3, 8, and 9 in Lexington, and precincts 1 and 4 in Sudbury. We will have some special BBQ (pulled pork & chicken) as well as the usual picnic fair of burgers, dogs and drink. We will once again have live music, performed by the Carlisle Jazz Group. The suggested donation for the picnic is $10. Parking is available on both sides of Timothy Lane (do not block neighbor’s driveways and please leave the host’s driveway for handicapped people and for late-arriving candidates). We expect a large crowd, so that parking will likely flow out onto Brook Street, where parking is limited, and may have to be found on Page Brook or East Riding Drive. Everyone interested is welcome. You don’t need to be a registered Democrat.

Our State Senator, Michael Barrett, and Carlisle’s State Representative, Cory Atkins, are planning to attend. Also of particular note, as 2018 is a major election year (both nationally and for constitutional offices in MA), we will have most of the announced Democratic candidates for Governor, Lt. Governor & Secretary of the Commonwealth coming to speak. We also expect to have most of the candidates that are running for Niki Tsongas’ seat in Congress, and to fill Cory Atkin’s seat on Beacon Hill.

Please RSVP (so we can provide adequate food), or for more information, contact Bob Wallhagen at 1-978-369-7802, or at; or Nancy Kronenberg at 

Bob Wallhagen

Timothy Lane

Co-Chair, Carlisle DTC

Canary in the mine

To the Editor:

Years ago my first dad was a coal-miner. I think it was then I became aware of carbide lamps and the canary in the mine. The miners did not necessary like birds nor did they particularly love their song. What they did like was the fact that the bird did sing. If it stopped singing, this was the notification that the bird died from a low dosage of coal gas poisoning. The miners in their wisdom would then leave the mine as soon as possible.

Today the environment is different and the function of the canary, I believe, is being performed by bees. I have heard that all the bee keepers in Carlisle and Concord lost all their hives and beekeepers across the US reported a forty to ninety percent loss in the past year. Unlike the miners, we have not achieved the wisdom to avoid the source of this danger. The belief of the keepers is that the use of pesticides is killing the bees. One class of pesticide that is known to be toxic to both bees and humans is neonicotioid pesticides. These pesticides are highly toxic to bees, causing paralysis and death by interfering with the central nervous system. Seeds are coated with the pesticide and, as the plant grows, it is taken up throughout the plant. according to Mother Jones News, 90% of corn seeds are coated with Bayer’s “Bee–Decimating Pesticide.” The impact on humans is being debated but there is evidence indicating that genetically modified seed products are also harmful to humans. For more data, read “Eating This Could Turn Your Gut Into a Living Pesticide Factory” at

Thomas Dunkers

East Street