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Friday, June 29, 2001

Mosquito Mail

Virtual communities in Carlisle

To the Editor:

Ellen Miller mentioned two virtual communities available to us Carlisle residents: (the cityinthewoods mailing list) and (Carlisle Community Center). I am a subscriber of both and both have been useful. However, people should know that there are differences between these two virtual communities. The cityinthewoods list is what is called a managed mailing list. It is a free forum: you go sign up, and whatever mail is sent to the list is e-mailed to you.

The Carlisle Community Center (CCC) is quite different. It is a more full-featured and secure virtual community. Context-based forums such as "Swap Shed," "Backyard Wildlife," "Town Issues," etc. organize discussions by topic, allowing access to topic history and previous discussions. The CCC, an R&D effort directed by a Carlislian and IBM/Lotus, verifies identity of members,making it more secure against people who shouldn't belong. Consequently, special interest areas can be made for use by the school tailored for young users, access managed by the room administrator. The CCC has a better security model, organization, and more useful features.

Another difference is that cityinthewoods messages come to you whether you want them or not. The CCC has a notification mechanism you can use to tell you when new information of interest to you enters the community. You have to go there to read it through your web browser, not your e-mail, but browsers have more capability than e-mail.

Lastly, Lotus has committed to including Carlisle residents in its decisions about CCC policy, features, etc. They've enlisted a volunteer advisory board, the purpose to guide the Carlisle virtual community from the input of Carlisle folks. Everyone in the community can have their say. That is the true mark of community.

Congratulations to the Mosquito for going online, yet another type of virtual community. There is no reason for anyone to feel that the three virtual communities for our town are at odds. They serve slightly different needs and perhaps different information and user base. We all win if those responsible for guiding the three make some ongoing effort to share information, know-how, and concerns.

William Lambert
Bingham Road

Thank you, paramedics

To the Editor:

Just a quickie to the Emerson paramedics to thank them profusely for their prompt arrival. I was a "scared lady," but they soon put me at ease -- a very comfortable and confident feeling!

Guys, you were, and are, just the greatest.

Helen Henderson
Lowell Street

CSA thanks volunteers

To the Editor:

The Carlisle School Association would like to say a big "thank you," to the many volunteers who generously gave of their time and energy. Your efforts helped make our school one of the best. From the library to the playground, in the classrooms and behind the scenes, you made a difference in the education of our children. Have a healthy and happy summer, and we'll see you in the fall!

The Carlisle School Association

CYC congratulates eighth-grade graduates

To the Editor:

The members of the Carlisle Youth Commission would like to congratulate the eighth graders on their graduation. We hope you have enjoyed Friday Night Live during your middle school years. Your example of positive behavior has set a standard for the other middle schoolers. Best of luck in high school; we will miss you. We would also like to thank all of the parents who volunteered at the FNLs this year. We could not run this program without your support. We wish all the sixth and seventh graders a happy, healthy summer and we look forward to seeing you in the fall.

Kathy Hassey
Nancy Orlando
Kathryn Dennison
Lynne Carpenito
Terri Chapman

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