The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, August 3, 2007

Register to vote by August 15

To the Editor:

As many of you know, Marty Meehan has resigned his seat in the House of Representatives and his successor will be chosen by Special Election. The Primary Election for this seat will be on Tuesday, September 4, 2007 and the General Election will be on October 16, 2007. The elections are held in the Clark Room at Town Hall, 66 Westford Street from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m.

The last day to register to vote in the Primary Election is Wednesday, August 15, 2007. To accommodate voter registration, the Town Clerk's Office will be open until 8 p.m. on that date. If you prefer, you may request a voter registration card from the Town Clerk's Office by telephone at 1-978-369-6155, or by e-mail at and return the card to this office by 8 p.m. on August 15, 2007.

Since the Primary Election is partisan, you will only be able to take a ballot for the party with which you are affiliated. If you are registered as "unenrolled," you may take any ballot at the Primary Election.

To confirm your current registration status you may contact the Town Clerk's office by telephone or e-mail as listed above. If you wish to change your party affiliation, you must do so by the August 15, 2007, 8 p.m. deadline.

Absentee ballot applications are also available at the counter or by telephone or e-mail.

As always, please contact me with any questions. I look forward to seeing you on Election Day.

Charlene M. Hinton
Town Clerk

Appeal for senior housing on the Benfield Land

To the Editor:

The proposal for the Benfield Land to be used for senior housing is an appealing one and also a practical one.

In 1954, my husband Jim and I moved to Carlisle. Jim was active in town affairs, serving as Selectman for two terms. He also served on many town committees. I taught grammar and literature in the school for over 25 years. Our three children grew up here. We felt fortunate to be part of the Carlisle community, and I still do.

Many senior citizens have the same allegiance to Carlisle. Senior housing on the Benfield Land will enable many of our seniors to remain in Carlisle in a beautiful, serene setting. The plan to house our own people who have been, and still are, an integral part of this special town is a worthy goal.

Wendy Davis
East Street

Thanks to the Harry Potter party producers

To the Editor:

Thank you to all the volunteers who participated in the very successful Harry Potter book launch party on July 20 to 21. For three hours, Gleason Public Library was transformed into Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, complete with Diagon Alley, a great hall, classes in magic, transfiguration, choral arts, wizard trivia, and treasure hunting, and an awards assembly, all leading up to the countdown to midnight, when the participants could take home the latest and final book in the Harry Potter series. Parents and other volunteers entered into the spirit of the evening by appearing in elaborate and accurate costumes, acting as Hogwarts faculty and book series characters, and providing supervision and snacks that would rival anything at the "real" Hogwarts. Not a detail escaped them. Special thanks goes to librarian Sharon Colvin, who created and organized the entire event. I was there and I can only hope that everyone had as good a time as I did. Kudos to Sharon and her able volunteers, and to the children of Carlisle for celebrating Harry Potter, our library and reading with this magical evening.

Priscilla Stevens
Maple Street
Stevens is a trustee of the Gleason Public Library

Pathway Palooza volunteers thanked

To the Editor:

The Carlisle Pathway Committee would like to thank the volunteers and supporters who made the "Pathway Palooza" a success. Special thanks to Peter Kimball and Kimball's Ice Cream for their generous contributions and support.

The Pathway Palooza raised public awareness and recruited sub-committee members for each street. A first kick-off meeting for new volunteers as well as anyone else who would like to participate will be announced shortly. If interested, please contact Deb Belanger at 1-978-371-9787.

Deb Belanger
Palmer Way

2007 The Carlisle Mosquito