The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, March 9, 2007

Town Caucus is March 12

To The Editor:

The Annual Town Caucus to nominate candidates for the May 8, 2007 Annual Town Election will be held next Monday, March 12, 2007 at 7 p.m. in the Clark Room at Town Hall.

The Notice of Town Caucus posted in last week's edition of the Carlisle Mosquito showed two openings for the Housing Authority; however, there is only one opening on that board. I apologize for any confusion this error has caused.

In total, there are 12 openings including Town Moderator and seats on the Boards of Selectmen, Assessors, Health and Planning, the Housing Authority, Library Trustees and the School Committee.

If you have any questions about this upcoming event, please contact the Town Clerk's office at 1-978-369-6155 or We look forward to seeing you on March 12.

Charlene M. Hinton
Town Clerk

Join Friends of Domestic Violence Services

To the Editor:

Whenever I see that a restraining order has been served, a scenario runs through my mind. A lot had happened to someone, probably a woman, before that restraining order was issued. She had been threatened and injured. He probably called her names, told her she was worthless. He probably followed the abuse with apologies, "It will never happen again." He'd be kind for a while, the man she loved. Too soon she'd see him getting tense and then angry and he might say "Why do you make me do it?" and he'd hit her again. Finally someone called the police. Maybe she did. Maybe a neighbor finally got scared for her. And at last she went to court and told the judge what had happened. The judge agreed with what she didn't want to believe. He was dangerous.

How do I know this? I am an advocate, a trained volunteer who works with the Domestic Violence Victim's Assistance Project, a division of Domestic Violence Services of Central Middlesex, which collaborates with the Carlisle Police Department as well as the police departments in Acton, Bedford, Concord, Lincoln, Maynard, and Stow, as well as the Hanscom Air Base. We call people the police departments have identified as victims and offer them support and resources. Some of us will go to court with victims, explaining the processes and being a support.

We know that some of you want to support our work but don't want to be directly involved with clients. Some of you may want information to help friends who are in abusive relationships. You can make a difference. A new organization called Friends of Domestic Violence Services is forming. Come learn how you can help. We're having a meeting Monday, March 19, at 7 p.m. in the Hollis Room of the Gleason Public Library. Refreshments will be served.

Cynthia S. D. Schweppe
School Street

Thanks for rainy day save

To the Editor:

A big thank you to Fred Iosue, the Carlisle Fire Department and the Public Works Department for "bailing" me out during the rainstorm last Friday.

They are great!

Ann L. Wright
Concord Street

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