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Friday, December 7, 2001

Santa Claus has a close resemblance to Red Balloon father Charlie Albanese at the tree lighting festival on Monday. (Photo by Ellen Huber)
Asking people to compare a book to a movie in a town of readers isn't an easy job. Nonetheless, it surprised me to find out how many adults in town had not only read one Harry Potter novel but had read all four books about the engaging character created by J.K.Rowling. Yet most adults queried had not seen the movie, and said they planned to wait for availability of a videotaped version. It was also interesting to find out who hadn't read the book. ...more

Just last week, USA Today recommended an award-winning children's book, Remmy and the Brain Train, by Dr. James B. Maas. Tucked inside the front cover of that book is a CD by Carlisle's own Suzanne Scheniman. Suzanne set the text of Remmy to music, and not only does it include her voice and composition, but also the voices of a number of members of the Carlisle community. On Tuesday of this week, Dr. Maas was scheduled to launch his book and Suzanne's music on the Today Show, bringing nationwide attention to a story and song about a little boy who needs a good night's sleep. ...more

Police department's Christmas for kids program

The true sprit of the holidays has always been helping those less fortunate than ourselves. The police department staff is asking for your help again this year.

The greater Lowell area is in need of donated children's toys this Christmas. Without this community's help, many of these children will likely do without on Christmas day. If you can help, please drop off a new, unwrapped toy at the police station anytime between Saturday, December 8 and Sunday, December 16.

These toys will then be delivered to the Lowell office of the Department of Social Services (D.S.S.), in time for Old Saint Nick's arrival.

We thank you and wish you a safe and happy holiday season.
"At no time in the past has the media normalized violence and negative relationship patterns to the degree it does today," said Catherine Steiner-Adair at the Education Forum December 1. "The task of adolescents is to join the culture at large," she observed, noting a "toxic media environment" has made that journey fraught with peril. ...more

2001 The Carlisle Mosquito