The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, April 4, 2003

Boston Magazine's "The Healthiest Towns"

In the recently published April issue of Boston Magazine there is an article listing the "healthiest" towns to live in, as well as the worst, in eastern Massachusetts. Some of the factors determining the rank were open-space percentage, air pollution, cancer incidence, violent crime, structure fires, motor vehicle deaths, and public safety spending. One of the top 20 healthiest towns to live in is Carlisle, which came in fifth behind Dover, Bolton, Lincoln and Wayland.

In a paragraph discussing life in Carlisle, Bonnie Miskolczy of Cross Street was interviewed. "Looks can sometimes be deceiving, however," says 65-year-old Bonnie Miskolczy of Carlisle, who, along with her husband Gabor, cross-country skis and grows organic vegetables. Despite the healthy lifestyle of her community, she worries about the toxic Superfund site upwind of the town, and the ChemLawn trucks she sees pouring fertilizers onto her neighbors' green lawns every summer. She even remembers aerial DDT spraying decades agobefore the toxic pesticide was banned. "There's a history here in the environment," she says, "and there is only so much it can take. Unless you look under the surface, who knows?"

Other communities considered the healthiest listed by rank, after the first five, are: Wenham, Sherborn, Weston, Boxford, Medfield, Cohasset, Wellesley, Duxbury, Sharon, Groveland, Hingham, Middleton, Boxborough, Concord, and Acton.

For more information on the best places to live in eastern Massachusetts, healthwise, see the April issue of Boston Magazine, available at the Gleason Public Library.

Carlisle Cub Scout fourth-grade Webelos visited WIQH Radio Station at Concord-Carlisle High School. Station director Ned Roos gave the Scouts a tour and two high school students helped the boys make a recording. (Photo by Ned Roos)

Our sympathy to....

Parkman Howe of Acton Street and his family on the death of Parkman's father, Rev. Parkman Dexter Howe, Jr., age 88, who died on Saturday, March 29, at his home in Gilford, New Hampshire.

Diver Luke Bagnaschi of Evergreen Lane, a junior at the University of Redlands in Redland, California, recorded a 15th-place finish in the 1-meter event at the NCAA Division III Men's Swimming and Diving National Championships on Thursday, March 20th at Emory University in Atlanta. Bagnashi's overall score of 364.00 earns him Honorable Mention All-American status. Bagnaschi, a 2000 graduate of CCHS, had an outstanding 2002-2003 season, winning both the 1-meter and 3-meter diving titles at the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championships. His wins helped the Bulldogs men's swimming and diving team claim their third consecutive SCIAC title.

A little old lady had lost a cat and was thrilled to find "Calvin" in Carlisle. So far we have a 100% return to owners even though the cats have been gone as long as seven months. "It's the photos and the posters and the Mosquito," says Sally Lakness, Carlisle Inspector of Animals.

Stephen Yu of Rutland Street and Mari Black of Cambridge were awarded First Place in the New England String Ensemble Youth Concerto Competition on March 4. They competed against 13 other finalists. Stephen and Mari began collaborating together as a two-violin duet last year with Bonnie Black as their coach. Mari and Stephen will perform Le Chevalier de Saint-Gerorges: Symphonie Concertante in G Major, Op. 13 with the New England String Ensemble Spring Strings! Concerts on Friday, April 11 at 8 p.m. at the First Parish Church in Wakefield and Sunday, April 13 at 3 p.m. at Sanders Theatre in Cambridge.

Yu, a senior at Concord-Carlisle High School (CCHS), is a violin student of Janet Packer. He has played in several orchestras including the Senior Orchestra of the Greater Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra (GBYSO) and the youth orchestras of the Longy School of Music. Stephen played selections of Bartok Duos at the Bard College Music Festival and has also won various awards in Longy School and GBYSO concerto competitions. In March, he played in the All-Eastern Honors Orchestra that performed in Providence, Rhode Island. Stephen also plays the clarinet in the CCHS Concert Band and played in the MMEA All-State Band in 2001. In school, Stephen participates in a variety of activities, serving as co-captain of the math team and co-editor in chief of the school newspaper. He will be attending Yale University in the fall.

Lightning Baseball of New England is pleased to announce the selection of Brenden Hedblom of Maple Street to its 13U AAU team for the 2003 season. The Lightning team is one of sixteen AAU teams in the state vying for a spot at the AAU National Tournament held the last week in July at Kinston NC.

Carlisle students on the honor roll for the second term at the Fenn School:

Academic High Honors and Effort High Honors

Peter J. Carroll
Luke T. Deary
Nicholas J. Foley
Alexander Green
Samuel R. Petrie

Academic High Honors

R. Eliot Stephenson

Academic Honors

Clark S. Bakewell
Julius S. Johnson
Bradford R. Mattison
Jess Petrie

Effort Honors

Michael A. Hernandez

Sarah Khederian will be appearing in Dance Prism's production of "Make Way for Ducklings" on Saturday, April 5, at Littleton High School auditorium, 56 King Street in Littleton.

Christopher Alberto, formerly of Carlisle and now residing in Concord, will run the 107th Boston Marathon on April 12 to benefit Children's Hospital, Boston. As members of the Children's Hospital Marathon Team, runners have an extra incentive to push themselves across the finish line of the 26.2 mile course.

Runners make a commitment to raise a minimum of $2,500 to benefit Children's Hospital and to support the hospital's efforts to deliver the best possible health care to all of its patients. Runners meet this fundraising goal through sponsorships, personal donations and gifts and pledges from their families, friends and co-workers.

If you would like to support this cause, please send a donation to Christopher Alberto or call 1-617-748-3311. You can also visit the Children's Hospital Boston website at and make an online gift.

More Dean's List and Honor Roll for the fall and winter terms

Ingrid A. Halstrom of River Road at the University of New Hampshire
Jeffrey C. Williams of Carroll Drive at Westfield State College
Stephanie Holleman of Shady Brook Lane at Westfield State College
Mark C. Smith of Elizabeth Ridge Road at Westfield State College
Jaimie Frailey of Tophet Road at Denison University
Samuel Gould of Pine Brook Road at Connecticut College
Rachel Elizabeth Holt of School Street at Connecticut College
Sydney Caroline Holleman of Overlook Drive at Catawba College in Salisbury, North Carolina
Alexandra D'Agostino of North Road at Lawrence Academy in Groton, won high honors for the winter trimester.
Philip Caruso of Robbins Drive received honors from Phillips Academy in Andover for the winter term
Laura Ferraro of Spencer Brook Lane, received honors from Phillips Academy in Andover for the winter term


Thomas Abend, a freshman on the CCHS boys fencing team, placed third in the State Championships for Saber. Thomas also won the New England Division Championship in Men's Cadet (under-16) Saber, which qualifies him to compete in the Nationals in June.

Because of a mistake on the part of a Mosquito editor the time to watch Zoom was listed incorrectly in last week's paper. Zoom appears on channel 2, weekdays, 5:00 to 5:30 p.m. Be sure to watch it. It's great!

2003 The Carlisle Mosquito