The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, April 19, 2002


Computer crime is the focus of a 16-hour class sponsored by the New England Law Enforcement Council (NEMLEC). Carlisle Detective Scott Barnes is currently taking the class, and will subsequently be temporarily reassigned to the Medford police department for two weeks to do field work with them on current computer crime investigations. ...more

A student doing research on the Internet accidentally types in an address that brings up a pornography site. Middle school friends enter a chat room where gossip and rumors about classmates spread instantaneously. An instant messaging program is used to send a nasty message to someone in a new twist on bullying. How do students handle these Internet problems? How do parents help students deal with a tool that is sometimes misused? ...more

Yes, it is official.... the Pig 'n Pepper is over. For those of you who don't know, the Pig 'n Pepper barbeque festival has been the major annual fundraising event for the Carlisle Education Foundation (CEF) for the past eleven years, shared with a non-profit technology group in Westford. ...more

Balloon tests will be conducted on the Conant property and the DPW property on Thursday, April 25, between 7:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. In case of inclement weather or winds, testing will be postponed. The crane tests were completed and the town is still awaiting the results. ...more

At the Concord-Carlisle Regional School Committee (RSC) meeting on April 9, committee members, the administration and even audience members continued to grapple with the various complicated scenarios that might evolve should voters in Concord and Carlisle not align their approvals for the high school budget. (See last weeks' issue of the Mosquito ­ available in the library and at ­ for detailed information on two towns' regional school budget approval process.) ...more

Rules for debate

The Meeting expects vigorous and pointed debate, directed to the precise subject which is under consideration. Lengthy, rambling discourse serves no purpose and wastes the time of the Meeting. Attack on the personality or motive of another person is never permissible. ...more

At its April 9 meeting the board considered two applications on existing properties. ...more

The Carlisle Conservation Commission (ConsCom), like all municipal departments, has had to digest a warning from town administrator Madonna McKenzie that failure of all the tax overrides at Town Meeting, or subsequently at the polls, would return Town Hall budgets to the levels of the present fiscal year. This would mean $100,000 less money available than originally expected, and the required level funding would mean no cost-of-living raises for Town Hall employees. ...more

The Carlisle Conservation Commission (ConsCom) played host on April 9 to more than 25 residents ranging from newcomers who just wanted to get acquainted to familiar representatives from town organizations, official and private. Commissioner John Lee welcomed all to the first "Conservation Coffee" at Town Hall, an informal 7:30 a.m. get-together, with java and goodies, which its initiators hope will catch on as a monthly happening. He indicated that he and his colleagues view the events as a sociable exchange of information, concerns and creative ideas related to the quality of our surroundings. ...more

· New ConsCom officers. Christine Kavalauskas was elected to head the commission, and Jonathan Beakley took over as vice chair at the April 11 meeting. Kavalauskas replaces Tom Brownrigg as chair, and the new officers will preside until June 30,2003. Brownrigg was thanked for his labors of the past year and received a vigorous inkberry holly (a wetland plant) from his colleagues. ...more

The Concord Police Department and volunteers from the town of Concord have cosponsored the Concord Restorative Circle, which they describe as "an alternative method to deal with incidents that cause offense to an individual or to the community," since May 1999. All participants, police, community volunteers, victims of crime and the offenders, consider the Circle a successful alternative to the traditional courtroom method of punishing the offender, neglecting the victim, and ignoring the needs of the community. Last April 3, the Circle sponsors presented a panel discussion about the Circle program to almost 100 community and regional representatives of police, church and community groups interested in the program. The panel was chaired by Chuck Campbell and included Concord Police Chief Leonard Wetherbee and coordinating volunteers Jean Bell and Joan Hunter. ...more

Carlisle's Middle School Senior Band was awarded the gold medal for the fifteenth consecutive year at the annual Massachusetts Instrumental and Choral Conductors Association (MICCA) Concert Festival at Lexington High School on Sunday, April 7. The 87-member ensemble, comprised of students in grades 5­8, performed a difficult all-original program, which included Grundman's Irish Rhapsody, Fantasy on Yankee Doodle, by Mark Williams, and Sousa's Liberty Bell March. In addition to the band's clinician, Harry Owens (University of North Carolina, Charlotte), the two other adjudicators who rated the students on nine musical categories included Larry Lang, band director, USAF, Langley AFB, and Dr. Deborah Sheldon, professor of music education, University of Illinois. ...more

Four Carlisle residents have been chosen as members of the Greater Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras (GBYSO), an independent organization housed at Boston University's School for the Arts, which offers a variety of musical opportunities for young performers throughout New England. ...more

It was a dominant performance by the CCHS chorus at the statewide Massachusetts Instrumental and Choral Conductors Association (MICCA) competition on Friday April 5. The 160-person chorus sang with passion and professionalism for the standing-room-only crowd. The chorus rocked the house with three numbers: "Aina-That Good News", "Shenandoah" and "Rock My Soul". As a result of their gold performance, they will sing at Tanglewood on May 12 in Ozawa Hall. ...more

Carlisle Superintendent of Schools Davida Fox-Melanson presented the Edith May Slyffe Award for Distinguished Junior High School Mathematics Teaching to middle school math teacher Elizabeth Perry. This honor, awarded by the Mathematical Association of America, recognizes both Ms. Perry and the consistent excellence of the middle school mathematics program in Carlisle, as it is based on the top student scores for the past three years on the American Mathematics Competition 8 (AMC 8). ...more

First day of school

First day of school ­ September 3 and kindergarten walk-through ...more

Why is it important to exchange your mercury fever thermometer for a digital one? Mercury is a pollutant that is toxic to the nervous system. When mercury-containing products are broken or incinerated with trash, it can evaporate quickly and be deposited in lakes and rivers where it can be transformed into methylmercury, the most toxic form. Methylmercury builds up in the flesh of fish and may ultimately end up back on the dinner table. The amount of mercury in a single thermometer is enough to contaminate all the fish in a lake with a surface area of 20 acres. At least 80 bodies of water in Massachusetts currently have fish consumption advisories for pregnant women and children, since unborn children are most at risk to methylmercury poisoning. ...more

Town Hall, 6:30 p.m.

(Note time change)

6:30 Guy LaChance, state ...more

2002 The Carlisle Mosquito