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Friday, January 10, 2003


Genevieve Saphier weds Brian Belfer

Genevieve Saphier and Brian Belfer were married on September 21, 2002, at the Saphier home on Bellows Hill Road in Carlisle. The Rev. Gail Berger, a Unitarian Universalist minister and dear family friend, performed the ceremony.

Gennie is the daughter of Margie and Jon Saphier of Bellows Hill Road. She is a graduate of CCHS, and also holds a bachelor's degree in history from Columbia University, as well as a bachelor's and master's in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania. She is a nurse practitioner at the Reproductive Science Center, an infertility practice in Waltham.

Brian is the son of Pat Belfer of Burlington, Massachusetts and Don Belfer of New York City. He is a graduate of Lexington High School and holds a BFA in theater production arts from Ithaca College. He is the manager of the Boston office of United Staging and Rigging in Brighton.

At the ceremony Brian and Gennie were attended by their families. Brian was attended by his parents, Pat and Don, and his sister, his brother-in-law and nephew, Catya and Dave Belfer-Shevett and Zach. Gennie was attended by her parents, Margie and Jon, and her three brothers, Gregory, Graeme and Andrew.

Brian and Gennie went to the White Mountains to do some hiking after the wedding and are planning a trip to St. Lucia in January. They live in Waltham.

On Sunday, December 29 local bicycle racer Matt Svatek of Cross Street signed a contract to ride for the Professional Bicycle Racing Team for the 2003 season.

Team director Bill Laudien, who flew into Boston for the signing, said, "We are excited to have Matt on the team. is looking for young, talented riders who will also serve as ambassadors of the company, of the sport, and at international events, of the United States. We think that Matt fits that profile perfectly." is sponsoring a professional cycling team in order to increase their presence both in the United States and overseas. The team will compete in the Boston, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Chicago, Miami and other major cities. The team will also race abroad in events such as the Tour of Ireland and Tour of Mexico.

Matt will start his first professional racing season at the the Mexican National Cup races in February.

The North Reading-based Middlesex Central Postal District (ZIP Codes 014-019), which includes the Carlisle Post Office, is gaining national recognition on several fronts for exemplary service to customers.

The district ranked first and second nationally in two significant customer-service-related categories.

The postal district was rated number one in the nation of the 85 districts in the country in Customer Satisfaction Measurement Residential, as determined through customer surveys conducted nationally by the independent Gallup Organization.

During the same first-quarter period, Middlesex-Central was the second-best performing district in External First Class Measurement performance. This measures first-class mail performance from the time it enters the mail stream until it is delivered to its destination. It measures service performance from a customer perspective and produces accurate, independent, externally generated results.

CCHS students perform at governor's inauguration
Members of the Sudamer Chamber Trio are (left to right) Dan Hanken, Meredith Eaton and Matt Phillippo.

The Sudamer Chamber Trio, consisting of three Concord-Carlisle High School (CCHS) students, was one of three student music groups to perform at the State House for Governor Romney's Inauguration on January 2. The Beverly High School Band and the Boston Latin School Choir played for segments of the program, while Sudamer played classical background music in the entrance hall throughout the entire morning.

The musicians, Meredith Eaton (flute) of Russell Street and Matt Phillippo (clarinet), of East Street, play in the CCHS Concert Band, and Dan Hanken (cello), of Concord, plays in the CCHS Orchestra. When these students were selected for the honor of playing at the State House, the governor's inaugural staff said: "Not only do they play beautifully, at a level well beyond their years, their main purpose of community service fits directly into the governor's inaugural theme of volunteerism."

At the conclusion of the official ceremony, Governor Romney and Lt. Governor Healey stopped to thank and shake hands with the three students. Later, when asked what was the best part of the inaugural day on Beacon Hill, Meredith Eaton replied: "It was definitely meeting the governor. And, the fact that we played our best ever." They also said they were thrilled to be up close to Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops at the Inaugural Gala, which they attended as the governor's guests.

The trio rehearses weekly and performs year-round at area nursing homes and community events. "Because of school and sports, we usually limit our events to weekends. We try to do a lot in the summer, too," said Eaton who founded Sudamer two years ago.

Sudamer played at the Concord Town House for the "sister city" signing ceremony with Concord and Nanae, Japan, and at the Carlisle Old Home Day art show last summer. The trio has also performed at the Wayside Hospice in Wayland, Concord Park Assisted Living Center in Concord, the Atrium in Chelmsford, and the Carlisle Council on Aging.

Artist Phyllis Hughes of Acton Street will have an exhibition of her paintings on display at the Acton Memorial Library. The show "Rock, Water, Wood" will be on display from January 12 through February. An opening reception will be held January 12, from 2 to 5 p.m.

2003 The Carlisle Mosquito