The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, October 6, 2006


Margie Oleksiak weds Doug Crawford

Margie Oleksiak, daughter of Lyn and Bob Oleksiak of Autumn Lane, was married to Doug Crawford, son of Charlene Rathbun of Port Hadlock, Washington and Jack Crawford of Kenmore, Washington, at the First Religious Society in Carlisle on August 6. The Reverend Tim Jensen performed the ceremony. A reception followed at the Fruitlands Museum in Harvard.

Sharon Weinberg was her sister's matron of honor. Julia Oleksiak, the bride's niece, was a flower girl and Willem Weinberg, her nephew, was the ring bearer. Nephews Sydney and Alden Weinberg and Ian Oleksiak also took part in the service. Both Jackie Crawford, sister of the groom, and Kelly Crawford, the groom's daughter, did readings.

Ms. Oleksiak, who is keeping her name, graduated from Concord Academy. She participated in the Wellesley College - MIT five-year program and received her Ph.D. in biological oceanography from the MIT/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

Doug Crawford did his undergraduate work in biology at the University of Washington. He received a master's degree in ecology and evolutionary biology from the University of Kansas and his Ph.D. in biology from Johns Hopkins University.

Doug is director of Marine Genomics at the Rosenstiel School of Marine Science, University of Miami, Florida. Margie is an assistant professor in the same department at the University of Miami.

The couple currently resides in Coconut Grove, Florida.


Mia Joy Kablotsky

Deborah and Josh Kablotsky of Nickles Lane are happy to announce the birth of Mia Joy Kablotksy on August 22. Mia is now at home with her parents and three-year-old big sister Naomi.

Proud grandparents are Robert and Mary Madden of Sunnyvale, California, and Helaine Hartman of Sharon, Massachusetts, and great-grandfather Walter Chucnin of Boca Raton, Florida.

Our sympathy to. . .

Sarah and Robert Goldsmith of Lowell Street on the death of Sarah's mother, Helen F. Walsh, 91, of Marblehead, Massachusetts.

Patrick Brennan of Bedford Road, a senior at St. Sebastian's School in Needham, was named a National Merit Scholarship Commended Student.
With the popcorn and posters that they made for the fundraiser are (seated left to right) Mei Mei Siu and Charlotte Clarke; standing are Kaitlyn Peterson, Emily Flynn and Ali Forelli. (Courtesy photo)

A group of seventh-grade girls at Carlisle Middle School recently organized a fundraiser to help the family of a young man who died unexpectedly of a heart attack at the age of 22. The family had no insurance and needed money to cover the funeral expenses of sending the young man's body to the Dominican Republic where his mother resides. The mother could not get a visa to come to the United States and hadn't seen her son in five years. The girls sold popcorn and water to classmates and Carlisle residents and raised $245 to help out the family.

Restorative Justice program growing

The Restorative Justice program, which has been underway in Carlisle and Concord for a number of years, is being reorganized as Communities for Restorative Justice (C4RJ), an initiative intended to help other communities benefit from the lessons of the local program. Local efforts continue, and C4RJ is actively recruiting volunteers, including both adults and high-school students, preferably sophomores.

The job requirements are compassion for victims of crime and the beliefs that youth can learn from their mistakes and that the community can be strengthened by peaceful resolution. The next training opportunity for volunteers is a two-day session, Friday evening, November 3, and Saturday, November 4.

Known to many as the Restorative Justice Circle, the program addresses the needs of crime victims and holds offenders accountable in meaningful ways. Twenty circles have been initiated or completed in Carlisle since the inception of the program here in 2002. More than two dozen cases have been referred to the Concord Restorative Circle.

The Restorative Justice Program was set up as a joint effort with the police department in 1999-2000 to develop a program and educate volunteers in restorative principles. Both believed that usual criminal justice processes often failed to address the needs of victims and sometimes neglected to confront offenders with the harm they had done n their communities.

When police in the two communities deem it appropriate, they refer cases for Restorative Justice. Offenders must be willing to acknowledge their offenses. Trained volunteers work with both victims and offenders to encourage honest and open dialogue. This occurs, literally, in a circle, in which all parties have an equal voice and a right to confidentiality beyond the circle.

Together, circle participants develop consensus about measures offenders can take to compensate for harm done. Victims have used the opportunity to express their anger and fears. For offenders, the program is an alternative to court and a criminal record. But with that opportunity comes the obligation to face those they have harmed. Cases have involved vandalism, shoplifting, misuse of a credit card, and firing a dangerous weapon, among other offenses. Recently, restorative justice principles have been adapted to minor-in-possession-of-alcohol cases.

Several individuals, organizations and towns have expressed interest in replicating restorative-justice practices. In response to these requests and a need to move beyond a grassroots effort, the Concord and Carlisle programs have joined as C4RJ. For more information about restorative justice and training schedules for volunteers, contact executive director Betsy Maloney, 1-978-318-3447,

2006 The Carlisle Mosquito