The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, March 31, 2006

Koski is running for School Committee

To the Editor:

As a candidate for School Committee, I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself.

Our family moved to Carlisle almost ten years ago. Like many people, our primary reason for choosing Carlisle was the excellent school system. We have four children, and all of them have attended Carlisle Public School. Our oldest is currently attending CCHS. I am very invested in the school and had many opportunities to help in my children's classrooms and experience first hand Carlisle's educational excellence.

I enjoy community service, and for the past nine years, I have focused on serving the children of Carlisle. I was a Cub Scout Leader for six years, and have been an assistant Scoutmaster with the Boy Scouts for the past four years. I have been a basketball coach, a soccer coach and a baseball coach. I am currently serving on the Board of Directors for Concord Carlisle Youth Baseball. Through these wonderful activities, I have had the opportunity to meet and get to know many Carlisle families.

As a town, we face serious challenges over the next few years. By the end of this school year, the Carlisle School will have replaced its top three administrators in just two years. The School Building Committee is investigating long term solutions to address facilities problems, and a similar effort is underway for CCHS. The School Committee has a full schedule for the next few years, and the decisions they make will have a significant impact on our town for many years to come. I welcome the opportunity to help assure that our school continues to provide the excellent education we have come to expect.

Community service has always been important to me, and I am asking for your vote so that I may continue to serve the community as a member of the School Committee.

Chad Koski
Nathan Lane

Hendrickson is a write-in candidate for Assessor

To the Editor:

I wish to announce my candidacy for reelection as a member of the Carlisle Board of Assessors. I am running as a write-in candidate to ensure the town has adequate support as we enter this revaluation year. I am grateful to all for taking the initiative to write my name on the ballot.

Bruce E. Hendrickson
Russell Street

Motorists share responsibility

To the Editor:

With regard to the "Sharing the road" letter in the March 24 Mosquito: a driver clearly used the gas pedal to pass a cyclist when he/she should have used the brake and waited for conditions suitable for overtaking the cyclist.How this is the fault of the cyclist is beyond me. Sharing the road is a shared responsibility. Hello.

Mike Hanauer
Long Ridge Road

Motorists do not own the road

To the Editor:

I am a bit dismayed by Carolyn Kiely's characterization of a cyclist in her letter last week, implying that some feel they "own" the road. What about automobile drivers? The signs that have been erected on the roads in Concord are to remind automobile drivers, not cyclist! As an avid cyclist, I have been hit by cars, forced off the road numerous times, and had every conceivable expletive screamed at me. Then there are the motorists who go roaring by you only to slam on their brakes to make a right hand turn forcing the cyclist to take evasive action to avoid a collision. Those of us who cycle recognize that many drivers are totally oblivious to us. Worse yet are the drivers who are angered by our presence on the road and would intentionally try to harm us. They are the drivers who feel they "own" the road.

The driver of the car that almost collided with Ms. Kiely was clearly at fault by not yielding until there was no oncoming traffic to pass the cyclist. I realize that the presence of cyclists on narrow country roads, of which we have many here in Carlisle, does require drivers to slow down and wait until they have clear sight lines before passing so that the type of collision that Ms. Kiely almost experienced doesn't happen. A few seconds delay should not be a reason to recklessly endanger the lives of other drivers or those of us on bicycles.

Mark Robart
Wolf Rock Road

Bikes and cars

To the Editor:

Having had a number of harrowing experiences myself with cars and bicycles, mostly as a cyclist, I read Carolyn Kiely's letter with great interest.

While her letter seems to blame the cyclist in her particular incident, it is unlikely the biker was going to do her any physical harm. It is the idiot rumbling down the road on the wrong side of the yellow line, in his great iron box, feeling that nothing should delay his journey for a second, who put everyone in danger.

In general, the roads around Carlisle are not broad boulevards with wide shoulders and specially striped bike lanes. We like it this way. And we can all enjoy our roads and surroundings safely if we, cyclists and drivers alike, have a little mutual respect, slow down a little, and leave the "I am entitled to this road" attitude at home.

Let's all enjoy our country roads.

Tim Eliassen
Virginia Farme Lane

Writer supports Deval Patrick

To the Editor:

In last week's Forum, Greg Peterson warned Carlisleans about impending "trouble in paradise" if we fail to fix several problems in Massachusetts. Democratic gubernatorial candidate Deval Patrick has identified these same problems — and he also provides some real solutions. Patrick supports increased state investment in public higher education both to stem the outflow of young people from the state and to encourage business innovation and investment. He supports incentives to make Massachusetts the world leader in biotechnology R&D and in the development of environmentally safe, renewable energy sources. He refuses to play the political game of promising lower state taxes. Instead he reminds us that the drop in state taxes has led to increasing pressure on local property taxes to take up the slack, making it virtually impossible for young people to buy homes here and for businesses to attract young workers to the state. Unlike most politicians, Patrick understands the complex relationships among the critical issues facing Massachusetts — education, the economy, health care, and the environment. Patrick offers voters a refreshing alternative in Massachusetts-a candidate who has the vision to see a better Massachusetts and the pragmatic skills to make that vision real.

Marlene Fine
Acton Street

Producers thank seventh-grade play supporters

To the Editor:

On behalf of the parents of the Carlisle Class of 2007, the seventh grade play Producers would like to express their gratitude to the Carlisle community for the fantastic support received for the March 15, 16 and 17 production of "Getting to Know ... Once Upon A Mattress." Many community members donated their time, materials, services or financial support and gave a warm reception to the students' performances. The students will remember for years performing to sell-out crowds, receiving standing ovations and being asked for autographs. The Carlisle School is a learning, creative environment and, while the play is funded by the Spaghetti Supper and not by school funds, it is a wonderful example of team-building for the students and the school.

We want to thank play director and Carlisle music teacher Megan Fitzharris, choreographer and 7th grade parent Barb Caddell, vocal coach and Carlisle School aide Alexandra Granato, our accompanist and Carlisle music teacher Angela Monke, Fems, our high school volunteers, and all the parents for their wonderful support and hard work.

Finally, we would like to thank our performers, the Class of 2007. The students went above and beyond the call, from working hard on rehearsals, sets, costumes, backstage crew and lights to supporting each other when stage-fright hit. We are extremely proud of our children and are honored to have worked with them.

Joan Dalton, West Street
Janet Gilles, Swanson Lane
Nancy Roberts, Indian Hill
Cynthia Sorn, Rutland Street
Claudia Veitch, Pheasant Hill Lane

March Madness

To the Editor:

I am an enthusiastic supporter of both a wholesome interscholastic and a wholesome intercollegiate sports experience for all students who wish to participate. Therefore, I become deeply disappointed and disturbed when I observe the crass commercialism that has entered many of the intercollegiate sports programs. Presently, the news media are focusing on the NCAA basketball tournaments (a.k.a. "March Madness") and some shocking examples of athlete abuse emerge.

While many of the schools report impressive "Graduation Success Rates" for their basketball players, there are those institutions that give vivid evidence of a commercialism that could very well be interpreted as unethical conduct. For the teams in the men's tournament that emerged as "the sweet sixteen" this past week, The University of Texas and the University of Memphis report that three out of four varsity basketball players at these schools never receive an academic degree (i.e., they don't graduate). Just a few years ago, Southwest Missouri State University participated in the NCAA men's tournament and reported a zero percent graduation rate (i.e., none of that school's male basketball players completed an academic program). The athletes are used, abused and turned out into adult society and the job market with no credentials! So much for the NCAA term, "student-athlete."

When the media refer to "March Madness," it should be understood to include the insanity that accompanies so many big-time university sports programs.

Howard Knuttgen
Stearns Street

Citizen Action Team aids Gulf region

To the Editor:

Many thanks to Wendi Clark of Carlisle for donating her kitchen cabinets for shipment to Mississippi, where relief organizations will use them to refit kitchens in homes destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. And thank you to Bob and Marcia Wallhagen for telling Wendi about us. Thanks, too, to Carlisleans and UMass freshman Bryan Lieb and Stephen Tang for "Tetris-ing" all those odd shapes into their trucks and transporting them to the warehouse where they are being prepared for the trip south. It was good to work with you all.

Citizen Action Team, a local volunteer group, is still working with organizations along the Gulf Coast to learn about needs as the region rebuilds and to meet some of these with local collections. If you have new and gently used household items (sheets, blankets, small appliances, and cookware) you no longer need, please consider donating them. We'll make sure they get to the people who need them. I'm available at 1-978-369-4343 or

Christy Barbee
Cranberry Hill Lane

Some things haven't changed

To the Editor:

In looking through the new book, "Carlisle, as the Mosquito Saw it," on page 14, re: items that appeared in the 11-27-74 issue, there is an article about the Planning Board looking into subsidized housing and housing for the elderly.

There was heated disagreement at that time on such housing being built near the center of town. Nothing was resolved.

Here it is, 2006, and the problem has still not been resolved.

Hal Shneider
Bingham Road

Join the Minute Man March on April 29

To the Editor:

Our son was a delayed walker at age 18 months. As first time parents we were concerned, so our pediatrician recommended we contact Minute Man Arc Early Intervention. The referral process was very organized and without a long waiting time. We were assigned an assessment team, and shortly after that a physical therapist started coming to our home every week. It only took a few simple exercises to get our son walking; he was up on two feet in no time.

We were thrilled with Early Intervention. The home visits are so convenient and make the whole experience much easier and relaxing for the child. The staff was professional, knowledgeable, and wonderful with children. I learned a lot about child development from working with such a great team. In fact, our experience with Early Intervention was so wonderful that when our second child was not walking, we asked our pediatrician for a referral right away — we couldn't wait to work with them again!

In thanks to Minute Man Arc Early Intervention, we plan to support the Minute Man March on April 29 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The easy one-, two- or three-mile walk through West Concord will start and end at 130 Baker Avenue Extension. After getting a little exercise, participants can play games, bid on raffle items and enjoy food, beverages and entertainment. All are welcome. Come join the fun and support a great cause! For additional information, contact Patty Ochoa at 1-978-287-7932, or visit

Lisa and David Chaffin
East Street

Help support Old Home Day

To the Editor:

A few donations have come in since our appeal four weeks ago, and we are grateful. It's important for all to know that our expenses (approximately $5,000 each year) can only be met with the help of our citizens in concert with the various groups that participate in Old Home Day (OHD). In addition to the immense effort they all put in for the day, participating groups including the Friends of the Gleason Public Library, the Historical Society, the Boy Scouts, the Council on Aging and the volunteer firemen all help in meeting our expenses. We do so knowing what it takes to send out mailings, have the programs printed, attract vendors, pay for the use of the school, etc. and above all, dedicate ourselves to making sure it is a day that all will want to attend.

It's a joint effort and we are glad to give of our time with your support.

Please do what you can for this, your Old Home Day (, and send a donation to Old Home Day, at 90 Page Brook Road. For every contribution of $12 or more we'll mail you a DVD copy of the documentary of Old Home Day from last year.

Dave and Florence Reed
2006 OHD Chairpersons
Page Brook Road

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