The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, December 13, 2002

Carolyn Cappetta of Hillside Drive competed against the clock, always pushing her best personal time. In 1997 Carolyn's daughter, Cathy, suffered a massive stroke at the age of 38. Nearly seven years since running her last marathon, Carolyn has found a new reason to compete, and on January 12, 2003, she and her husband Chuck Cappetta will travel to the Walt Disney World Marathon in Orlando as part of the American Stroke Association's Train to End Stroke program.

Train to End Stroke was created to raise critically needed funds for stroke research and education. Participants either run or walk a full marathon (26.2miles) or half marathon (13.1 miles) in exchange for donations collected for stroke research. In return, participants receive a comprehensive five-month training program led by a professional coach, as well as transportation to the marathon, training clinics, and a chance to help save lives.

Most participate in honor of a "stroke hero," someone who has experienced a stroke. Carolyn and Chuck will be running in honor of daughter Cathy. Cathy was a healthy, active mother of four who enjoyed running, skiing and spending time with her children, including nine-month-old Clara, when she suffered a massive stroke. A blood vessel burst in her brain and bled into the thalamus, affecting her speech and right side of her body.

In addition to running in honor of Cathy, the Cappettas will also be running in honor of twenty other "stroke heros", including the person with whom Carolyn trained for her first marathon. By taking part in Train to End Stroke, Carolyn hopes to teach people that stroke is something that can happen to anyone, at any age, including young and healthy women.

If you are interested in supporting the Cappettas' efforts, please mail your check, made out to the American Stroke Association, to: American Stroke Association, C/O Carolyn and Chuck Cappetta, 20 Speen Street, Framingham MA 01701. Attn: Train to End Stroke.

Chef Michael Leviton and his wife Jill, owners of the restaurant Lumière in West Newton and residents of Carlisle on Lowell Street, must have been pleased when they opened the October issue of Gourmet Magazine to find their restaurant listed as one of the best restaurants in the country. The dining room was described as "beautiful and spare " and the two items on the menu which drew the highest praise were the "pork with hot and sour jus" and "mackerel with artichokes, haricots verts and sorrel."

Calling all Carlisle children

The Mosquito would be happy to print your holiday drawings in next week's newspaper. Use a black pen on white paper and drop off your work in the Mosquito drop box at Daisy's Market by noon on Monday, December 16.

MOSQUITO CHRISTMAS PARTY. Lyn Stewart, former C.C.I. vice president, is in charge of the glogg which she makes each year from a recipe that former editor Kay Kulmala used to make. (Photo by Midge Eliassen) Santa arrives at the tree-lighting ceremony on the Town Green on December 2.

(Photo by Ellen Huber)

2002 The Carlisle Mosquito