The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, August 25, 2006

Don't toss that computer

To the Editor:

A host of community organizations along the Gulf Coast needs computers. Citizen Action Team is collecting and shipping suitable computers to those who lost theirs and to organizations that have arisen to serve those affected by the hurricanes. Some of these groups are running free Internet cafés and computer skills training centers.

We can accept Macs or PCs, with internal modems and USB ports. Laptops are particularly valued by organizations that are outfitting FEMA trailers, which have scant room for eating, let alone computing.

For Macs, we will take computers as old as the early iMacs (no beige Macs, please). For PCs, we'll take machines running Windows 98 and later. Make sure to wipe any sensitive data. If you leave operating system or other software on the drive, please make sure they are not password-protected.

If you have OS and other software disks and manuals, please include. Office software is especially valuable. Peripherals are great, but not absolutely necessary. All these organizations need spare parts, such as drives, cables and cards. Boxes and packing material are welcome, but not necessary. CAT provides the shipping.

Citizen Action Team is a volunteer organization working nationally to match donations to needs. To donate, please contact me at 978-369-4343 or by e-mail crittyb@pobox.com. Thanks!

Christy Barbee
Cranberry Hill Lane

Basketball in Carlisle

To the Editor:

Now that basketball has been "pronounced the official sport of Massachusetts" ( The Boston Globe, August 9, page B1), this would seem a good time to reflect on the state of basketball in Carlisle. Carlisle has numerous playing fields and more are planned for the near future. Why then is it that Carlisle has no outdoor basketball courts? One might almost conclude that, relative to other towns, Carlisle has overlooked the value of basketball. From my own personal experience with the Carlisle Recreation Commission, this would not be an unreasonable conclusion.

The Carlisle Recreation Commission would like to have voters approve new playing fields at Banta Davis, a proposal that was defeated at the polls last spring. Part of that proposal is the installation of outdoor basketball courts at the site of the current tennis courts. This aspect of the proposal has received very little attention. One approach to convince voters would be to publicize the installation of the basketball courts as an integral component of the new fields project.

John Charkoudian
Pheasant Hill Lane

Tips sought to avoid bear damage

To the Editor:

It's been two weeks now, that we've been having bears damaging our fruit trees. We live on Patch Meadow Lane; my husband has planted most of our trees, apples and peaches, and these last two weeks at night we've been having our trees damaged. It's a sad sight to see the damage, all the trees have fruit, we have around 40 trees and seven of them have broken branches. We talked to the police in Carlisle with no kind of help since they don't know what to do or where we should seek help. My husband Matthew Dwyer works so hard to keep those trees healthy it's a shame and we are struggling to find some kind of help. If you want to contact me, my home number is 978-369-0279.

Teresa Dwyer
Patch Meadow Lane

Scouts help Historical Society

To the Editor:

On behalf of The Carlisle Historical Society, I would like to thank David Tobin for the wonderful job he did to complete his Eagle Scout project of refurbishing a room in the Society's Heald House barn. With the help of fellow Boy Scouts, David did a total clean-out of the room, painted all the walls, constructed new shelving, and installed peg board for displaying farm tools and equipment — all over two weekends in late July.

Thanks also to Steve Tobin and Marty Galligan for their expert operation of power tools in conjunction with this work.

The Society is deeply grateful to David for organizing and completing this project so that a display of farming in Carlisle can be completed.

Charlie Forsberg, President
Carlisle Historical Society
Autumn Lane

Does this bother anyone?

To the Editor:

Much has happened to our School System as we all enjoyed our "summer vacation." Some people are claiming that this is part of a normal transition, but I believe we are nearing a crisis in our Public School System. In addition to the retirees, and the usual normal attrition, we have lost the following top quality administrators and educators by resignations. These individuals have given countless years of dedicated service to the Carlisle Public School. I am extremely sorry to see them leave and thank them for their commitment to our school.

2006 resignations: Steve Goodwin, Principal; Michael Giurlando, Assitant Principal; Linda Stapp, Director, Special Education; Steve Moore, Business Manager; Susan Fitzgerald, fifth grade special education teacher; Katie Gustafson, fifth grade teacher; Skip Avery, eighth grade special education teacher; Sharon Grossman, K-3 Guidance Counselor; Deb Butts, fifth grade teacher; Rebecca Mis, first grade special education teacher

Why is this happening to our school and, more importantly, why is it happening in such vast numbers to our teachers and staff who have enjoyed a valued long term relationship with the Carlisle School? Does this bother anyone other than me? What are the short and long term implications for our children, their education, our remaining teachers, and our town? We owe it to ourselves, our children and the past dedication of these wonderful people to find out the answers. We must determine the cause of this exodus.

Are you aware that a facilitator has recently been hired to guide the superintendent? Who is this person? How were they hired and by who? And where did the money to pay that person come from when the School Committee had already approved the 2006-07 budget?

It is time to ask the hard questions that many of us have just been wondering about. I urge everyone that has an interest in the Carlisle Public School system to attend the next School Committee meeting on Wednesday, September 6 at 7p.m. We must demand answers to these difficult questions from our School Committee members. A lack of attendance at this meeting (and future meetings) will indicate a lack of concern.

James A. Harris
School Street

Last day to register to vote

To the Editor:

The Massachusetts state primary will be held Tuesday, September 19 in the Clark Room at Town Hall. Residents should be aware that the last day to register to vote in this election is Wednesday, August 30. The Town Clerk's office will remain open until 8:00 p.m. on that day to accommodate new voter registrations or changes to enrollment in political parties or political designations.

If you wish to register to vote or make a change in your current registration and are unable to come by Town Hall, you may request to have forms mailed to you. The forms can be completed and returned either in person, by mail, or deposited in the Mail Slot on the front of Town Hall to the left of the entry doors. To request a form please call 1-978-369-6155 or send email to chinton@carlisle.mec.edu. Please be certain to provide your complete mailing address and type of form requested (voter registration or party change). Also, please allow sufficient time for the forms to be mailed to you and then returned to Town Hall by 8 p.m., Wednesday, August 30.

As always, if you have any questions regarding your current registration or elections, please feel free to contact me. I look forward to seeing you on Election Day.

Charlene M. Hinton, Town Clerk
East Street

Babies and Books program concludes

To the Editor:

The Gleason Public Library is wrapping up the Babies and Books grant program. Awarded in January 2004, the Library's grant included asking parents about program times and offerings, providing new story times to more ages and at different times, and has bolstered its children's collection and programming. Fortunately, these story times will be continued throughout the coming years due to town funding for an early childhood story time provider.

There are many people to thank for help on this grant program. First of all the Children's Advisory Committee has helped guide the grant throughout and served as an endless source of ideas and energy. Our thanks to Jennifer Albanese, Susan Bacher, Lisa Chaffin, Lauree Eckler, Mary Grant, Julia Krapf, Jane Mosier, and Nancy West. In addition, the library would like to thank the day care and preschool providers in Carlisle, Sally Quinn Reed of the Center for Parents and Teachers, and the tireless Friends of the Gleason Public Library. Thanks also to Marty Seneta who tried new approaches and developed a successful program and to Seana Rabbito who presented the story times with verve and enthusiasm.

Though the grant is ending, there is still plenty to do. We would like to hear from families with young children (0-8) in Carlisle about your experiences. If you have a few moments, we would like to know your answers to the following four questions. They can be emailed to amollet@mvlc.org or dropped off for the Director at the library. 1. Does your family read as a regular family activity and how often? 2. Do your children show interest in visiting the library? 3. Have you participated in library events/activities? 4. What about reading and literacy is important to you? Any comments are appreciated.

Thank you all for sharing your ideas and time. And thank you for using your library.

Angela Mollet, Director
Gleason Public Library

Another view of global warming

To the Editor:

I attempt to avoid basing decisions on the scientific "expertise" of politicians, lawyers, Hollywood celebrities, movie producers, sports stars, religious zealots and all the other purveyors of the "One Truth" with an agenda. Instead, I attempt to do my own research and actually read some of the underlying data. While Al Gore has found his 1,000 scientists who may possibly agree with his conclusions, there seems to be at least a fair amount of doubt amongst the Climatologists who actually do the research.

Saying that "none of the scientists concluded that the danger of global warming is not real" is not the same thing as concluding that it is real.

It was, after all, only 30 years ago that "The Coming Ice Age" was promoted as a foregone fact. Even assuming for a minute that there is a current global warming, it's not at all clear that we are responsible for creating it, and complete hubris to think that we can do anything to change it.

Anyone who has recently visited India or China has seen for themselves the real force behind $3 gas, the global impact of the rapid development and expansion of those and other economies. They're using that gallon of gas tonight that you saved this afternoon.

But as long as these pages are being used to promote info-tainment as fact, let me recommend Michael Creighton's recent book "State of Fear" for a contrarian look at global warming (complete with annotated references to real research). It's got a great (non-preaching) storyline and as an added bonus, you'll learn why Katie Couric was the obvious choice for the CBS Evening News. If nothing else, "State of Fear" is a better read on the beach or in an airplane.

Ted Shaw
Stoneygate

Invitation to hear Deval Patrick

To the Editor:

The November elections are less than 11 weeks away, and the Primary is less than four weeks away. For Democrats, there are three candidates running to be the next Governor of Massachusetts. One of these candidates, Deval Patrick, is exceptional. Several long-time political activists I know who have been active in campaigns for 30 to 40 years, all agree that Deval is the best candidate they have ever met.

Find out for yourselves. You can't judge a candidate from 30-second TV commercials. This Friday (August 25th), I am hosting a House Party for Deval Patrick, starting at 6 p.m. At 7 p.m., we will hear Deval speak via a conference call with a question-and-answer session following. Video of some of Deval's speeches will be available for those of you who haven't heard him before. Also, meet and talk to progressive Democrats from Carlisle and possibly surrounding towns. Light food and drinks will be provided.

As you are receiving this on very short notice, RSVP to rwallhagen@aol.com or call 1-978-369-7802, only if you have time. If you don't have time to RSVP, come anyway.

Bob Wallhagen, Vice Chairman
Carlisle Democratic Town Committee
Timothy Lane


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