The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, June 8, 2007

Matching gifts for Center Park

To the Editor:

We are delighted to announce that an anonymous Carlisle resident has generously offered to match dollar for dollar the next gifts to reach the fundraising goal of $70,000 in June. After three generous gifts in May, the balance needed is $5,450.

A 2007 tax-deductible contribution payable to the Town of Carlisle (park fund account) will take advantage of this opportunity to have the amount matched, thereby doubling the value of your special contribution. As you see the beauty of the park evolving, and envision the plantings, benches, fence and improved parking area, we hope you will want to make your special gift now. We are eager to have a full mailbox soon! Envelopes addressed to Box 55, Carlisle are available at the Transfer Station, Carlisle Post Office, and Gleason Library.

The Center Park dedication on Old Home Day will feature the four-piece Ancient Mariners Dixieland Band calling us to gather at 2 p.m., and also the Second Wind Singers with Kerry Kissinger, Ray Taylor, and Jon Saphier will conclude the festivities with a special arrangement for this celebratory occasion.

If you have questions, please call Susan Pepple 1-978-371-2674 or Sabrina Perry, 1-781-259-9104, Friends of Carlisle Center Park. Your consideration and participation will be greatly appreciated. A history of the project and work in progress can be viewed at the town website:

Susan Pepple
Nathan Lane

Carlisle can be enriched by affordable housing

To the Editor:

My husband and I were newly married in 1961 when we moved into a charming house on School Street that had been built by the librarian's husband with the help of their children. The rent was low compared to other towns in the area. We loved it so much that we bought some land down the street, built a house, moved in and raised our family.

The people moving into Carlisle during that era were young families, headed mostly by technical people with a scattering of lawyers and other professionals. My husband went mountain climbing with Herb Bates who was farmer/selectman/police chief. His brother Rick Bates delivered milk. My children were driven to school in Mary Cann's school buses. One of the drivers was Sarah Wilson, later Andreassen. Joe Clark ran the DPW and Guy Clark was Town Moderator. Each year at Town meeting Mrs. Goldsmith Conant, a short, white-haired woman who lived in the center of town called for us to support our schools. Roger Davis dug me out of snow banks. Mutt Foss ran the gas station where we heard all the news. Frank's store had everything, some of it dusty. We had antique stores and a wonderful gift shop in the center. One of the great things about the town was the economic diversity.

All of us have noticed that Carlisle has changed. By the time I moved in, the town had about doubled its population for the first time. Many long-term residents were feeling uneasy about all these new folks. I liked the town with a mix of old and new, small and big, houses. I liked that teachers and librarians and young families could afford to move into town.

We can find a way to have affordable housing in this town without becoming Bedford. We look to Bedford and Concord and Lincoln and other towns, to learn what can be adapted to Carlisle. We will be richer for the experience.

Cynthia S. D. Schweppe
School Street

To the Editor:

On a lovely warm May morning, more than 40 women were treated to a wonderful breakfast of Homemade Sage and Thyme Sausage Patties, Basil-Cheese and Egg Strata, an assortment of wonderful homemade muffins, fresh fruit, juice and coffee. The Sleeper Room at Village Court was full of wonderful chatter as old and new friends had time to get together and enjoy each other's company. Everyone had a great time and the only request made as women went out the door was "when will the next breakfast be." I would like to thank the wonderful chef, Dian Cuccinello (Lady Di) who took on the task for making and orchestrating this amazing breakfast, and the other ladies who graciously helped with setup, serving, clean-up, etc.: Janet Lovejoy, Andrea Bunde, Elaine Pfeifer, Elizabeth Barnett and Carol Nathan.

I think everyone left feeling full, happy and having a sense of what a wonderful community we are lucky to live in. Thank you to everyone who made this event a success!

Angela Smith
Carlisle Council on Aging
Outreach Coordinator

Kids helping kids

To the Editor:

Many thanks to members of the Student Council at CPS for their collection and to school families for their donations of sports equipment for kids in Louisiana. The items will go to nonprofit organizations still helping on the ground post-Katrina. Schools and groups holding summer camps are really excited to be getting all kinds of play equipment. So many families and schools lost so much in the storm and are still putting their lives back together.

Thanks as well to Kim Reid, CPS guidance counselor and adviser, for helping the kids to organize.

Christy Barbee
Citizen Action Team
Cranberry Hill Lane

Pass It Forward thanks
Mary Zoll and eighth-grader James Lamb load clothing donations on Pass It Forward Day on Saturday. (Photo by Lois d'Annunzio)

To the Editor:

The fifth annual Pass It Forward Day this past Saturday at the Carlisle Transfer Station was a smashing success, and I want to thank everyone involved for their work and their generosity. Although we didn't get absolutely everything that had been asked for, we did get literally truckloads of items, and I am overwhelmed with the bounty. Thanks to the generous citizens of Carlisle for all their donations.

Thanks to the representatives for 11 local charities: Nadine and George Bishop for Big Brother Big Sister; Christy Barbee for Citizen Action Team; Claudia Veitch for Discovery Museum; Amy Fennick for Domestic Violence Victims' Assistance Program; Molly Sorrows for First Religious Society in Carlisle; Shirley Lynch, David Freedman and Warren Spence for Friends of the Gleason Public Library; and Jill Henderson, Carol and John Foster, and Joanne and David Driscoll for Household Goods Recycling Ministry. I collected items for Concord Poetry Center, Host to International Students at MIT, Rowe Camp and Conference Center, and Veteran's Administration. Thanks to Sandy Nash for delivering lost-and-found items from school. Thanks to high school students earning community service hours: Molly DeGuglielmo, Sarah Ganek and James Lamb. Thanks to the Mosquito and the Carlisle town web site for the public notices. Thanks to Jane Anderson from Household Recycling Committee for all her help. A special thanks to Gary Davis and the DPW, especially Chris Sireen and James Young, for their patience with the whole operation.

Mary Zoll
Director, Pass It Forward Day, 2007

CSA thanks Spring Luncheon volunteers

To the Editor:

The annual Spring CSA luncheon was held on Tuesday, June 5 to honor the outstanding work of the Carlisle Public School's teachers and staff.

The luncheon would not have been possible without the generous support of our school community. We would like to thank each and every parent who prepared the delicious salads, main courses, and desserts, as well as those who made monetary donations. We also extend special thanks to those who helped set up, serve and clean up the dining room: Nicole Bloomfield, Liz Bishop, Patricia Brigiotta, Andi Gettys, Jenifer Kidder, Mary Kirlin, Sandy Nash and Stephanie Shenton.

If you have not yet picked up your serving pieces, please contact Francine Royce at 1-978-371-2521 or

Thank you again to all those who helped make the luncheon a big success.

Jennifer Durbin
CSA Luncheon Coordinator
Acton Street
Francine Royce
CSA Luncheon Coordinator
Elizabeth Ridge Road

2007 The Carlisle Mosquito