The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, April 16, 2004

Non-availability of DSL in Carlisle

To the Editor:

For those of us who need two telephone lines, DSL service would appear to be more attractively priced than cable Internet service for high speed Internet access as DSL permits voice/fax service concurrently with Internet access. Additionally, your e-mail account is accessible by dial-up for those of you who require access when away from home such as when traveling, or from a summer home.

Unfortunately DSL is not available to most Carlisle residents and it is unlikely that Verizon will upgrade their system to provide that service unless there is a demand. I was unable to get Verizon to give a date to make DSL available.

Carlisle residents can register that demand by logging on to and requesting DSL service. The system will inform you that service is not available and will give you the opportunity to request notification when it is available. By registering to be notified you are, according to the Verizon representative, increasing the likelihood that Verizon will upgrade their service, by showing that there is a demand for DSL in Carlisle.

Edward Sonn
Woodland Road

Ambulance crew thanked

To the Editor:

Please allow me to publicly thank the wonderful ambulance crew who responded to assist me on Tuesday, March 30. My mishap [a broken foot] took place at the school in the late afternoon, and the response by ambulance and police personnel was rapid, efficient and caring. I was impressed with the teamwork and professionalism of these kind and well-trained gentlemen. As a school employee on a campus serving nearly 1,000 children and adults each school day, I find it comforting to know that despite its small size, the Town of Carlisle can field such a terrific emergency team. It is equally comforting to know that Fire Chief David Flannery, an able leader in any difficult situation, is on campus each day. The Carlisle community is fortunate indeed to have such a dedicated and compassionate emergency company.

Peg Lynch
Assistant to the Superintendent
Carlisle Public Schools

Farhad Vazehgoo is a candidate for Board of Health

To the Editor:

I would like to announce my candidacy for the three-year term on the Board of Health. I am running because it has been brought to my attention that there is a need for choice in this election. My family and I have lived in Carlisle for three and a half years and have never felt so at home. Volunteering to run for town government and fulfill the obligations of a committee member seems a logical way to show how much this town already means to me and to invest in the future of our community.

I graduated with a bachelor's degree in Electronics from Manchester University in the UK and have been in semiconductor industry for the past 24 years. I am currently a director of engineering at Analog Devices in Wilmington where I have worked for ten years. I have served on my company's charitable contribution board over the last eight years, holding the chair for five. The board grants money to community projects such as water quality treatment, habitat preservation, youth programs and many others in towns and neighborhoods across Massachusetts. If elected I can bring my engineering background and experience with working with the community to the Board of Health.

I deeply respect the way of life cherished by many Carlisleans and, should I be elected, would work to conform to state laws governing the town's health while at the same time trying to preserve the rural way of life which makes our town unique.

As Carlisle grows I feel its Board of Health needs to have the vision to balance the health of its residents with combating the burden of bureaucracy and red tape so prevalent today.

Farhad Vazehgoo
Orchard Acres

Sign up to help build the skatepark at CCHS April 29 - May 1

To the Editor:

Want to help build a skate park? We are looking for community volunteers to help build the park at Concord-Carlisle High School. It has been a long time since we built a playground in town, and a community build is a wonderful youth/adult bonding time! Boys and girls, bring your dads or moms! Men and Women wanted too!The kids are welcome, but they must be 12 years old to help inside the park.Younger kids can help serve food, rake the outside of the park, and there will definitely be some fun relay races so mom or dad can help inside the park! This three-day build starts on Thursday, April 29 and ends on Saturday, May 1.The plans are to start every morning at 9 a.m. and work until 5 p.m. We are looking for a minimum of four-hour shifts, 9:00 - 1:00 and 1:00 - 5:00.But if you can only give less time, come anyway. Dr. Play, the vendor, has all of the tools.Water and food will be there all three days.All you need to do is pick up some work gloves and come!Or just come! But in order for us to make sure we have volunteers all day every day, we would love you to call and "reserve a spot."Contact one of the following: Kansas Wight 1-978-371-2478, or Ellen Davin 1-978-287-4219.Thanks. See you there!

Barbara Howland
North Road

Come learn about organic lawn care

To the Editor:

Our community will have a great opportunity to learn more about organic lawn care on Tuesday, April 27, at 7:30 p.m., in the Corey Auditorium. Pat Beckett and Chip Osborne, co-chairs of the Marblehead Living Lawn Project, will teach us how to have a healthy, green lawn without herbicides or insecticides. Bring your questions for these experts to answer.

It will be a thought-provoking presentation and we hope it will help residents start a dialogue about how we all can reduce our use of harmful chemicals for a better, healthier Carlisle.

This event is presented by the Carlisle Pesticide Awareness Group, in collaboration with the Board of Health and the Conservation Commission, and co-sponsored by the Carlisle Garden Club and the First Religious Society Environmental Action Committee.

Chris Chin
Carlisle Pesticide Awareness Group
Hemlock Hill Road

Carlisle's Town Clerk describes the job

To the Editor:

Since moving to Carlisle with my husband and daughter in 1989, I have observed that the position of Town Clerk is unique and vitally important. With the unfortunate loss of Sarah Andreassen this past summer, I sought and was appointed as the Acting Town Clerk to serve until the next Town Election. My tenure has proven to me that this office requires organization, dedication, sensitivity, and thorough knowledge and understanding of both the history of Carlisle and the ever-changing state and municipal regulations. I feel privileged to be responsible for the archives of the town's irreplaceable records as well as assuring the accuracy of the town's voter registrations and election results. While the Town Clerk's responsibilities are multifaceted, I feel that excellent customer service is one of the most important aspects of the job. To me it is important to treat each resident's request as if it is the most important task that day, no matter how minor it may be.

My experience in this position has strengthened the understanding of Carlisle's town government that I developed during my previous five years of employment with the town as the administrative assistant to both the Carlisle Conservation Commission and the Carlisle Zoning Board of Appeals. My professional background is in accounting and computer systems. These skills have proven to be very helpful in my daily functions as Town Clerk.

Serving as Town Clerk during these past few months has been an incredible and deeply satisfying experience. I am grateful to have been nominated to run for this position so I may continue to serve you as Town Clerk. If elected, I promise to proudly serve this community with integrity and professionalism. Carlisle is a very special place to my family and me, and I welcome the opportunity to give something back to the town in the form of public service. I would appreciate your support at the Town Election on May 25, 2004.

Charlene M. Hinton
East Street

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