The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, November 30, 2001

Racism in Carlisle

To the Editor:

After growing up in Pennsylvania where my school district allowed students to drive to school with Confederate flags on their cars, six months ago I moved to New England and Carlisle. It seems to me that because people in the north didn't own slaves, you presume that racism doesn't apply to you.

As my mother and I were going on a walk near my home on South Street, an elderly family pulled up in a Mercedes Benz, rolled down their windows, and yelled, "Go home!" I've heard this threat too many times in my past, but never from people in a luxury car.

Please don't try to justify the hate. This is not a time for ignorance.

Your community member,
Varuni Tiruchelvam
South Street

Thanks for successful phonathon

To the Editor:

The Concord-Carlisle Girl Scouts would like to thank Carlson Realty of Carlisle for their generous support in our recent fundraising drive. Additionally, the teamwork of Teresa Kveitkauskas, Joan Konuk, Linda Johnson, Jill D'Arbeloff, Gio DiNicola, and Debbie Diacidis (from the Boston Girl Scout office) was crucial to a successful fundraising effort.

The Girl Scouts are still welcoming donations, so if you were not contacted and would like to donate, please feel free to contact either of us or any Girl Scout leader.

Marty Galligan
Susie Weaver
Girl Scout Family
Partnership co-chair

Salvation Army is present in Carlisle

To the Editor:

The Salvation Army is a benevolent religious organization that was formed in London in 1865 by William Booth, a former Methodist. It is concerned with the spiritual, moral and physical well-being of people, and is devoted to the development and charitable distribution of resources to meet emergent needs. It is now in 400 countries worldwide, and is recognized as a place to turn to for compassionate support and relief when conditions of poverty, deprivation, and tragedy are encountered.

The principal sources of funds available to the service unit are public contributions, largely consisting of those collected in the familiar red kettles seen in public places during the holiday season and occasionally at other times, when major catastrophes occur.

The Carlisle Service Unit is again active, presently consisting of volunteers Susan Evans as chairperson and Cynthia MacLeod as treasurer.

This holiday season, the red kettle will be present at the transfer station on Saturdays. There will also be a counter kettle at Daisy's Market. Please be generous with your contributions.

To volunteer to join our service unit, please call Susan Evans, Outreach, at the Council on Aging, at 1-978-371-2895.

Susan Evans
chairperson, Carlisle Service Unit

Musician grateful for donations

To the Editor:

To all those in the audience on November 24 at the Arcturus Chamber Ensemble who donated to the fund for my treatment a gargantuan thank you!

I just want to say how much I enjoyed playing for you, and how much I have enjoyed participating in Arcturus performances in Carlisle in the past year. The incredible generosity and thoughtfulness of friends, both known and unknown to me, is astounding. I appreciate your donations so very much, as they are certainly more than just a drop in the bucket.

What I want more than anything else in the world is to be rid of the near-daily occurrence of seizures. The specialists, Dr. Donna Andrews and Dr. Joel Reiter, both of whom I was able to meet recently in New York, seem to be the first doctors who really know what to do with me. (More can be found out about their program at

I am looking forward to my trip out to Santa Rosa, Calif. in December, and a better chance at seizure control than ever before. Again, your donations to that cause are gratefully received.

Sincerely, and until the next gathering of Arcturus in Carlisle,

Alice Bradley
Townsend, Mass.

Resident is grateful, too

To the Editor:

I, too, would like to thank the good people of the Carlisle area who attended Saturday's Arcturus concert, and opened their hearts to Alice Bradley's cause. The $462 in donations is indeed more than a drop in the bucket toward the approximately $5,000 needed for her upcoming treatment.

Alice, the clarinetist in the Arcturus ensemble and longtime friend of my daughter Sarah, was sent home from her fourth year at Juilliard this fall on an indefinite medical leave because of her uncontrolled epileptic seizures. Since her first appearance with Arcturus last March, we have learned much about the Andrews/Reiter Epilepsy Research Program, first from the book Epilepsy, A New Approach (by Richards and Reiter, available through Barnes & Noble or Amazon), then on-line, then by meeting Andrews and Reiter at the recent NYC conference on complementary and alternative therapies for epilepsy.

I will be accompanying Alice to Santa Rosa, Calif. for an "intensive" work-up with Andrews and Reiter scheduled for December 13 through 18. The "intensives" are designed for people from out of the area one patient at a time and are followed up by phone contact at least weekly for at least six months.

The Andrews-Reiter approach is described as "neurobehavioral," and is more education and training than treatment in the mainstream sense. It is remarkably effective, with a success rate of 83 percent for total seizure control in the 2300 patients who have been through the program many of whom, like Alice, have complex partial seizures, typically difficult to control with drugs. Ironically, this approach is seldom covered by insurance (which does cover, at least minimally, expensive and interventionist approaches involving drugs, surgery, emergency room visits, ambulances, hospitalizations, and the like).

I will be happy to talk with anyone who would like to know more about the Andrews-Reiter approach. My number in Carlisle is 1-978-369-1475.

Again, a big "thank you" to all who contributed to Alice's treatment.

Margaret Darling
West Street

All or nothing propositions?

To the Editor:

Never being altogether fond of all or nothing propositions, I could not help but notice in Carlisle we have chosen this route in two instances affordable housing and the school septic dilemmas. Let's acknowledge identifying only one solution and no alternatives is never optimum; this minimizes choice and creates a win-or-lose scenario. People take positions and become very polarized. Creative problem-solving and communication erodes.

Regarding affordable housing: why can't we look for multiple alternative solutions for meeting our needs to this important undertaking? Today, is the solution the Town Forest Affordable Housing or nothing? There have to be multiple alternatives that could be costed out and presented for consideration by townspeople.

Regarding the school septic system problem, again there have to be alternative solutions. A sewage processing plant might be one septic solution but conceivably, are Carlisle townspeople going to be happy driving by or living next to a sewer processing plant?

Is buying the abutter's property a viable alternative, possibly allowing construction of a more traditional septic system? Maybe a school abutter would consider selling a property to the town? Has anybody asked?

Both affordable housing and the school septic system have significant implications for our community. Let's ask: "What do people want, or what are people willing to tolerate as they drive by affordable housing or a sewer processing plant in Carlisle?" For example, a 5,000 to 8,000-square-foot, 1800 farmhouse-facade that inside provides five-to-eight affordable housing units might be acceptable to townspeople, but a large square brick building with five to ten apartments sitting in a woodland location in Carlisle might be much less desirable.

Regarding sewage processing plants, having never seen one, I have no prior knowledge or basis for comparison so I invite someone else to let us know what might or might not be an acceptable Carlisle sewage processing plant. Is a processing plant our only alternative?

Susan Lowell
Carroll Drive

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