The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, January 31, 2003

Thanks given to field driver, police and neighbors

To the Editor:

We were one of the families responsible for the four entries of loose horses in last week's (January 17) Police blotter (and appreciated the horse engraving at the bottom of the page.) It was our first "loose horse" experience and we would like to thank the town of Carlisle and its police department for their foresight in employing the use of field driver Deborah Toher expressly for the purpose of catching loose horses in our town. I am happy to pay the fee for her services; it cannot compare with the potential liability a loose horse poses to people, vehicles, other property, and themselves. Thanks to Ms. Toher, Officer Barnes, and our neighbors who called the police and helped in the catch, our horses had only a short joy-ride and we learned a bit more about our town and securing horse gates.

Linda Lerner
Brook Street

Donations sought for Community Chest's annual campaign

To the Editor:

As chairmen of the Concord-Carlisle Community Chest's Annual Campaign, we would like to thank the hundreds of people and businesses that have already made their contributions or pledges to us so far. During these challenging economic times, we are truly grateful for every gift the Community Chest receives, no matter how modest.

As we begin to review the funding requests submitted by our 35 human service agencies this year, we recognize that it will be critical to raise every dollar possible. For many of our smaller agencies, the Chest provides the vast majority if not all of their funding; many of our larger agencies rely heavily on state funding and find themselves more dependent than ever on the Community Chest this year due to state budget cuts.

If you have not yet given to the Community Chest we urge you to consider making a gift now. You can reach us at 111 Old Road to Nine Corner, Concord, or by phone 1-978-369-5250. With your support, we can make sure that quality programs and professional care continue to be made available to everyone in our community.

Jon Cappetta, Park Lane
Paul Kugler, Monument Street

RSC explains why the high school needs more parking

To the Editor:

Why is the regional school committee (RSC) putting forth a plan for more parking at CCHS in a time of tight finances? A warrant article for $30,000, if approved, will provide for 80 parking spaces adjacent to the current student parking lot.

For several years student parking at CCHS has been inadequate. Many students without parking permits look for parking in areas near the school. The problem has gotten worse.

One approach is to tell students that they cannot drive to school. However, when we look at why students drive to school, it is unlikely that this course of action will be successful. Reasons include getting to sporting practice which is not at CCHS or carrying sporting equipment which cannot fit on the bus, getting to jobs, getting home to provide care for younger siblings, or transport to medical therapy or appointments. Mr. Dulong, principal at CCHS, has heard every reason in the book about why students absolutely have to drive. It seems unlikely, after close examination, that this behavior will change.

Meanwhile, the neighborhoods surrounding the school are deluged with young students looking to park and walk to school. Many students are parking by the grocery store area and walking to school on the railroad tracks. This causes an obvious hazard. Police chief Len Wetherbee describes the situation as at a "crisis" point, stating that it has caused a major issue for the police department, and has led to students' first interaction with police being a negative one. In describing the situation, Chief Wetherbee summarizes by saying, "The police department has been pleading with the school administration to address the parking situation at the high school so it goes without saying that we fully support any plan to increase on-site access."

After thorough review, the RSC voted to put this solution before the voters. While it is not an educational priority as one thinks of in the classroom, it is an issue for the entire community, and it is our responsibility to address what the chief of police describes as a crisis. It is also our judgement that students will continue to drive to school and not addressing the issue will cause it to get worse.

Thank you to all voters for your consideration.

Betsy Bilodeau, regional school committee chair
Mike Fitzgerald, regional school committee vice-chair

Help Save the Children

Dear friends and neighbors:

I am writing to urge you all to support the outstanding work Save the Children does worldwide. The ads in the Mosquito running since December on behalf of Save the Children have been made possible by the generous contributions of many of our Carlisle friends. You know who you are. Thank you again! These are very troubling and unsettling times. My own response has been to support peace and those in need. By sponsoring a little girl named Dina in an Egyptian village, I feel that in a small way I am making a positive difference to a person, to a family, to another part of the world. I have the satisfaction of a personal commitment and a personal connection.

Save the Children was founded in the United States in 1932 during the Depression as a non-profit child-assistance organization to make lasting positive change in the lives of children in need. Today Save the Children works in 19 states across the United States as well as in 47 other countries in the developing world to help children and families improve their health, education and economic opportunities. Save the Children also mobilizes rapid life-support assistance for children and families caught in the tragedies of natural and man-made disasters.

Please join me in supporting the extraordinary work this organization does by sponsoring a child or by making a contribution. Please do visit www.savethechildren.org for more information.

Ann Ballantine
Fiske Street

Thanks for donations of toys at Christmas

To the Editor:

I am writing to thank each and every one of you for the very generous outpouring of gifts which you donated at Christmas for the less fortunate children in the communities we serve.

Year after year, we are filled with awe at how your community pulls together to provide such special gifts for our children. This year we were especially impressed, knowing that many families not involved with the department of social services were experiencing their own difficult times with added stress, loss of employment, and hard economic times.

I wish that your community could see, first hand, the surprise and happiness that your donations brought to each child. I can tell you that each social worker here at the Lowell Area Office is truly grateful for the opportunity that the Town of Carlisle gave for them to have a more positive experience with their families in bearing those gifts.

In thanking all of you, I speak from the heart, for each parent whose child received those special gifts, which made their Christmas a much more joyful experience.

May the joy you brought to each family be multiplied to yours in this New Year.

Family Ties Program
Social Workers and Staff
DSS Lowell Area Office


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