The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, December 5, 2003


Jeffrey Gilbert to wed Isabel Becerra

Verna and Ira Gilbert of Pheasant Hill Lane announce the engagement of their son Jeff to Isabel Becerra. The bride-to-be is the daughter of Ligia de Becerra of Bogota, Colombia. Isabel received her bachelor's degree from Universidad de los Andes in Colombia, and received her MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management. She is employed as a strategy consultant by Roland Berger Strategy Consultants in San Francisco, California.

Jeff attended the Carlisle School and graduated from CCHS in 1989. He received his bachelor's degree from Harvard University, his master's degree in England from Cambridge University and his Ph.D. in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of California, Berkeley. He is the Director of Advanced Technology at Atheros Communications in Sunnyvale, California.

A fall 2004 wedding is planned.

Heather Tobin to wed Clayton Abrams

Jesselyn L. Tobin of Judy Farm Road announces the engagement of her daughter Heather L. Tobin to Clayton P. Abrams. Clayton is the son of Erwin and Geraldine Abrams of Acton. Heather is also the daughter of Robert H. Tobin of Miramar, Florida.

Heather graduated from Lawrence Academy in Groton and received a bachelor of arts degree from Drew University in Madison, New Jersey. Heather also received a master of social work and master of public health from Boston University. She is a LICSW, currently employed at Tri City Mental Health Center, working in Lawrence and Haverhill.

Clayton received a bachelor of science degree from Johnson State University in Johnson, Vermont, and a master of science from Indiana University. He is currently the Athletic Trainer at Concord-Carlisle High School and the store manager for Pedal Power Bike and Ski in Acton.

A September 2004 wedding is planned.


Donald L. Cochran

Donald L. Cochran of Newport, R.I., formerly of Carlisle, died at home November 29. He was born in Glen Ridge, New Jersey, on January 14, 1928, the son of the late Walter B. and Esther (Teeter) Cochran. He was a graduate of Tufts School of Engineering in 1950 and received his Navy Ensign commission at the same time. He served in the U.S. Navy on active duty until 1953.

He leaves his beloved wife of 52 years, Eleanor (Sapega) Cochran and four daughters, Judith of Seattle, Janet Rosenberg of New York City, Jennifer Jill of Boston and Joan of St. Paul, as well as four grandsons and two granddaughters. He is also survived by three nieces and one nephew. He was preceded in death by his brother, Robert.

Don lived in Carlisle from 1959 to 1992. He worked at Raytheon Missile Systems Division. He served on the Board of Appeals for years and was a member of the First Religious Society of Carlisle. Many will remember his woodworking skills, as he produced many beautiful creations out of wood.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Tiverton Land Trust, P.O. Box 167, Tiverton, RI 02878-0167 or the Hospice Visiting Nurse Services of Newport & Bristol Counties, PO Box 690, Portsmouth, RI 02871.

Local young dancers perform in "Nutcracker"

Brittany Fay of Overlook Drive, shown in photo above, will be appearing in the Northeast Youth Ballet Company, which will be producing nine performances of "The Nutcracker" ballet during a two-week engagement at the Chevalier Theater on Forest Street in Medford from December 12 to 21. For more information or to purchase tickets, call TicketWeb at 1-866-468-7619 or visit, keyword northeast youth ballet or visit

Raquel deAlderete of Concord Street is performing in Boston Ballet's fortieth anniversary production of "The Nutcracker," running to December 30 at the Wang Theater, in the role of Lamb. Raquel has been a student at Boston Ballet School for five years.

Four Carlisle students will appear in the Albany-Berkshire Ballet 2003 production of "The Nutcracker" on Saturday, December 6 at 7 p.m. at the Collins Center for the Performing Arts in Andover. Catherine Brennan of Bedford Road and Amelia Huberman of Concord Street, third-graders, will appear as Polichinelle (clowns), and third-grader Roxane Sayde of West Street and fourth-grader Nikki Picard of Church Street will dance in the role of Angels. Tickets are available through the ballet box office at 1-866-476-6964. All the girls study at the School of Ballet Arts in Concord.

Sarah Khederian of Pheasant Hill Lane will perform various roles in Dance Prism's "Nutcracker." Sarah will appear in the tour as a Mouse in the Battle, a Snowflake in the Snow Forest, an Angel and a Flower at the Land of the Sweets. Dance Prism is a professional touring ballet company that has performed throughout New England for 21 years. It features a cast of 140 performers from five states, including both the professional dancers and a cadre of talented children who tour with the troupe. This year "The Nutcracker" will be performed at the Performing Arts Center in the Littleton High School in Littleton, Mass. on Sunday, December 7 at 1 and 5 p.m. To order tickets, call Dance Prism's box office at 1-978-371-1038 or

Lois Dennison (left) of Stearns Street is a member of the Vaulters of Ice Pond (VIP) Farm in Amston, Connecticut. Vaulting is the art of performing gymnastics on the back of a moving horse. Recently, the VIP team performed as part of a fundraiser for the In Harmony Therapeutic Riding School in Rhode Island.

Steve Zezima of Bedford Road was the grand-prize winner of the Pigskin Challenge, the high school football Thanksgiving Day challenge sponsored by The Boston Globe and Nearly 1,300 entrants predicted the outcomes of 34 holiday games. Of those 34 games, two people guessed 31 winners correctly: Jeff Hudson and Steve Zezima. And they got the same three games wrong they both chose Burlington instead of Lexington, Needham instead of Wellesley, and Xaverian instead of St. John's Prep.

It went to a tiebreaker, and they both incorrectly guessed that Leominster would beat Fitchburg. So on to the second tiebreaker: counting the total points scored by both teams combined. The answer was 38 (Fitchburg 24, Leominster 14). Zezima nudged out his rival by guessing that the total points scored would be 36 just two points off the total, thereby winning a $100 gift certificate to a sports restaurant of his choice.

2003 The Carlisle Mosquito