The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, October 13, 2006

Banta-Davis project will benefit the entire town

To the Editor:

We are writing to encourage all Carlisleans to take a close look at our Recreation Commission's well thought-out plan, Banta-Davis Phase 2. Our three girls have had the privilege of actively participating in Concord-Carlisle Youth Soccer, Lacrosse, and Softball programs over the past 10 years. They have moved from pre-school soccer to travel and now to refereeing games for younger children. They continue to enjoy soccer and lacrosse and we continue to enjoy coaching and watching them.

Unfortunately, Carlisle desperately needs new fields to continue to allow the children of Carlisle the same opportunity to play and grow that our girls have had. The Concord-Carlisle Youth Soccer organization reports that our player census is at an all-time high and our field inventory per player is at an all-time low. Participation in lacrosse is exploding.

Although our family has largely outgrown the urgent need for new fields, we strongly support the Banta-Davis Phase 2 plan. The benefits go well beyond soccer, lacrosse and all other sports in town; they also include walking paths, a pavilion with picnic benches This plan needs a 2/3 vote at Town Meeting on 10/30; it then needs support on Election Day. Please take a moment to consider how this plan benefits the entire town.

Dan and Marion Cook
Cross Street

A multitude of hungry houseguests

To the Editor:

You know how it is when your child asks for something and you agree without finding out what the "something" involves? My daughter, Jenn Fantasia, a second-year student at American University in Washington D.C., recently asked if I would host the American University Women's Rowing Team for their first time competing in the Head of the Charles Regatta. Jenn is on the team and looking forward to competing in Boston. If there are any Carlisle rowers, friends of Jenn's, supporters of the Regatta, we could certainly could use your help. We will have 20+ rowers staying at our house for three days October 20 -23. If you would like to send a casserole, baked goodies, juice, fruit water or donation, please call me at 1-978-369-8221.This is a great group of kids and hope to give them a warm Carlisle welcome.

Linda Fantasia
Cross Street

Kids are too busy

To the Editor:

When I told my two-year old that it was time to go to bed tonight, he actually said: "No, I'm busy!"

I went to hear Marilee Jones, the Director of Undergraduate Admissions at MIT, speak at the high school last week. Marilee, a Concord resident, is spreading the message that parental pressure and over-scheduled days are literally making our kids sick.

Marilee says take the technology out of the bedroom so your kids can sleep; let them quit one activity right now that they don't really enjoy. Allow them free time so they can be creative. The auditorium was packed and she got a standing ovation.

The energy shown by Concord and Carlisle parents at this talk makes me believe, for the first time in my 17 years as a resident of Concord and then Carlisle, that the Concord/Carlisle community has a chance to create a national revolution.

The American Academy of Pediatrics came out with a report saying that unstructured play is essential for a child's emotional, physical and mental development. A pediatrician was quoted on CBS News as saying the kids are getting belly-aches, fatigue, anxiety and depression from too much scheduled activity.

Perhaps those interested in halting this disturbing trend could organize in person or by e-mail and share ideas. Some are:

1. Eliminate mandatory community service. It's sending the wrong message.

2. State-wide edict not to have assigned homework, team practices, games, or any other school activities during school vacations.

3. Reduce homework across the board.

4. Allow our kids to ride bikes or walk around their neighborhoods, their community, and to and from school — with friends.

5. Reduce the specialized summer camps and give our kids more time in the summer to play.

6. If you are an executive position in your company, support a work/family balance.

In addition to my two-year-old, I have a senior and a sophomore at the high school. I'd like to see what we can do to make things better.

Tena Herlihy
Sunset Road

Boardwalk builders thanked

To the Editor:

Many thanks to the 28 volunteers who joined with the Carlisle Trails Committee to build three beautiful new boardwalks on September 10, 23, and 24. Despite the rain, we finished two boardwalks on the River Trail on Saturday, and another on the Greenough Land on Sunday. The major wet spots have now all been bridged on the River Trail and Red Tail Trail loop from Foss Farm to Greenough and back. We hope everyone in town takes the opportunity to enjoy a nice fall hike and check out the new boardwalks!

Steve Tobin, Chair
Carlisle Trails Committee

2006 The Carlisle Mosquito