Friday, October 26, 2007
Being informed is crucial
To the Editor:
Thanks go out to our Finance Committee and our Carlisle School Association (CSA) for another great meeting at Carlisle Public School. Last Thursday morning the CSA held a monthly coffee which was open to the public and invited four members of our town Finance Committee. The panel informed us and as we all know by now, financially we have a tough time ahead. As dire as it looks, we were reassured it is doable. I believe we came away from this meeting realizing how crucial it is to be informed, to know the facts. We all have big decisions to make about our town and by knowing the numbers, the issues, the forecast, we can begin to understand how we got where we are, what our options are and what will be our best direction for the future. It's not the greatest news and won't be a lot of fun to figure all this out but it's always easier to write checks when you know where the money is going.
Our paper, the Mosquito, is a great source of information every week and lists all meetings (School Committee, Finance Committee, etc.) and almost all are open to the public. Attending these meetings goes a long way in minimizing the mystery of our town finances (meetings are also listed in the foyer of Town Hall and can be found on the calendar at www.carlislema.gov and www.carlisle.org). The Carlisle School BUZZ always has information and lists meetings. Also, the Finance Committee members told us they are happy to take phone calls from citizens with comments or questions.
We agreed our town is quite an impressive, creative and diverse group of citizens. Thankfully our town boards and committees put much thought and energy into our town. As hard as it is for the rest of us to find time to attend various meetings, if we do, we will all be more informed and most likely have a better chance for favorable solutions. And I'll say it again, the agony of writing those checks goes away.
CSA thanks Finance Committee
To the Editor:
On behalf of the Carlisle School Association I would like to thank the Town Finance Committee for an extremely informative presentation at our October Parent Informational Coffee. The school's budget comprises two-thirds of the total town budget and with this we learned that next year's budget is going to be even tighter than this year's. The problem that Carlisle is facing is not unique — other towns are seeing similar cut-backs and restrictions and Carlisle itself experienced similar financial devastation in the early 1990s. Carlisle is now in the position of having to seriously consider the path it should take over the next few years and set priorities for its future. With limited growth and lack of creative funding sources, Carlisleans will be facing many lean years with regards to the town budget. I urge anyone in the community who may have a creative solution or who is interested to attend the FinCom meetings during their budget process. Please look in the Mosquito for dates and times. Thank you.
Carlisle School Association
Pumpkins on the Common a grand event
To the Editor:
This is a very big thank you to the very special people that made Pumpkins on the Common such an extraordinary event. First of all there are Alison Saylor, Leslie Thomas and Susan Pepple who believed in the fundraising idea of selling pumpkins from the very beginning.
Alison used her special brand of magic to bring the concept alive. Among her many outstanding contributions were the scarecrows for advertising and the Festival for celebrating. Alison, you had an incredible group of volunteers helping you with the Pumpkin Festival.
Leslie found the local farmers that grew all of the beautiful, top quality pumpkins that were sold. Only the best and most locally grown would do for our procurer of pumpkins.
Susan set up the systems and procedures used to manage the daily sales of the pumpkins and to provide the data that will help us make next year's event even better. Thanks Susan for doing this not very glamorous but oh so important job.
And there are also our "crew leaders" to thank: Wendy Powell, Yona Carmichael, Dora Khayami, Lauree Eckler, Joeth Barlas, Cecile Sandwen, Gio DiNicola and Kathy Simpson. Next year, now that everyone knows how much fun the event is you're sure to have more "crew" to lead.
There's also a big thanks to our partnering organizations and their volunteers that made this event work: Friends of Carlisle Council on Aging, of Gleason Public Library, and of Bruce Freeman Rail Trail, Carlisle Chicken Group, CSA and FRS.
Without the grant from the Carlisle Cultural Council, Saturday's Pumpkin Festival would not have gotten off to such a fun start. Thank you for sponsoring Yankee Notions. They played beautiful music. And a big thank you to the Executive Committee of the Carlisle Garden Club for supporting the idea even though the business plan was sketchy, to say the least.
Last but not least, thank you to everyone who visited Pumpkins on the Common, bought a pumpkin, entered the pumpkin contest and/or enjoyed the Pumpkin Festival. Praise be! We had glorious weather; may we be so blessed next year.
Carol Nathan, Chair
Pumpkins on the Common
Spaghetti Supper thanks
To the Editor:
Wow! It happened again. The Spaghetti Supper has come and gone as so many time-honored, yearly events here in Carlisle do. The Supper is an amazing culmination of teamwork and persistence on behalf of the entire sixth grade class and their parents, and their efforts must be applauded. As co-chairs, we congratulate them for a job well done and thank all of the businesses and individuals who made this event possible and the success it has grown to be.
Aside from the important goal of raising funds to help offset some of the costs of middle school, this traditional event also serves as a team-building activity which unites sixth grade students and parents in a way that also reaches out to the greater community. Parents who might not meet otherwise suddenly find themselves side-by-side sharing stories while cooking up a delicious spaghetti sauce, baking scrumptious cookies, or seeking donations to be raffled off. The students experience, often for the first time, an opportunity to sell tickets and serve as the wait staff for the evening under the helpful guidance of parent volunteers. At the end of the day, over 1,400 diners left the Carlisle Public Schools with a full belly and maybe even a prize or two.
This yearly tradition would not be possible without the generosity of countless individuals and businesses. From the parents who devote their time, energy, and skills to the plethora of businesses who donate, many for decades, food, decorations, and raffle items, we thank you all. Additionally, the participation and support of the school administration, teachers, kitchen and maintenance crews, who work together with parents and children, make this event a unique partnership. Congratulations to all — we make a great team!
Kathleen Ryder Hauser,
Tony DiRomualdo, Leigh Tappen
Class of 2010 Spaghetti Supper
Remember your neighborhood this Halloween
To the Editor:
I am writing in regard to the situation that has developed over the last few years when the center houses began encouraging the parents in town to bring their children there for "Trick or Treat" night. Gradually the children here have become fewer each year on my street until now we get no children at all. It seems most of them now go to the center or Tall Pines; the effect of this is, we no longer get to meet either the parents or their children. I realize the houses here are not always close together and many have long driveways, but when our three children grew up here, we drove or walked them until they could go with friends.After all, how much candy do small children need to collect?
The purpose of my letter is to encourage people in town to take their kids out in their own neighborhoods. I am not saying no one should go to other areas; just please let us enjoy "Trick or Treat" night too. We love to see the kids and their costumes too!
Bill and Charann Brown
Thanks for cancer research donations
To the Editor:
Thank you very much for publicizing in your October 12 edition the CCHS boys varsity benefit soccer game which was played on Saturday, October 13, to raise money for cancer research in honor of the late Lois Wells, a Concord resident and mother of CCHS Assistant Coach Steve Wells. The evening was a huge success both in terms of over $7,000 raised and another win for the so-far undefeated boys' varsity soccer team. The proceeds were presented to a representative from Dana Farber Cancer Institute on Wednesday, October 24, at the boys' home game against Bedford. Thank you to all the Carlisle and Concord folks who came out and supported the boys in their effort to raise money for cancer research.
We were especially touched by seeing the picture on the front page of the October 12 edition of the youngest soccer players in town. As our son is in his last season of playing soccer for his hometown, that picture of little Carlisleans, with soccer jerseys down to their knees playing "swarm" soccer (wherever the ball goes, it is followed by a swarm of little enthusiastic players) brought back wonderful memories of his start in soccer in Carlisle's Kinderkicks program when he was five. Thank you to all the wonderful coaches and parents who helped him and so many Carlisle kids.
Kate Bauer Burke
Pine Brook Road
To the Editor:
Recently, we all heard or read about the enormous floating pile of garbage littering the Pacific Ocean, destroying sea life and polluting their natural habitats. Aside from man's inhumanity to man, we have created a menace which must be prevented in order to save this and future generation's reliance on the sea.
It is up to each and every one of us to do our part to protect the oceans and land masses from future destruction and mismanagement. We must eliminate or minimize the use of plastics in our lives, for they ultimately end up in our oceans and landfills.
The image of the Sea Turtle with the plastic bag caught in its mouth should awaken our instincts, hearts and minds to the seriousness and magnitude of this universal plight. Ninety percent of the floating garbage is comprised of some form of plastic, forever to become a part of our once pristine oceans.
Just think for a moment. Every time an ocean liner, a cruise ship or a large cargo carrier leaves port, it returns with its garbage and waste products dumped at sea. Even large tankers use the seawater to purge and clean out their tanks.
How long can we continue to wreak havoc with our oceans, lakes and rivers before we come to our senses?
Let's initiate the word "biodegradable" in our future manufacturing processes, take stock in recycling all that we can for the moment and dispose of our spent items in the best possible way available to us.
You can make a difference. Start by insisting on paper bags for your groceries next time you go to the grocery store. Think of that Sea Turtle trying to digest that plastic bag you just carried your groceries home with.
Dogs need tags
To the Editor:
This morning, we awoke to horns beeping on Concord Street. Drivers of cars going well above the speed limit and coming around a blind curve were being surprised by a white terrier trotting towards town in the center of the road. I ran outside and enticed the dog towards me with a treat. I hoped to call her owner, who I was sure would be so relieved to know that this dog was okay after her multiple near-misses on the road. I was surprised; there was no tag on the collar, just a blue and green pom-pom where a tag should be. We called the police to report the dog, hoping they would kennel her until the owner could be found, but they informed us that since Carlisle has no leash law, and the dog had no tag, the only thing we could do was to let her go. So we did, and she returned to the road. I could hear her progress by the sound of brakes squealing and horns beeping. Please, keep your dogs safe, and give them a dog tag with your phone number so that your dog can be returned to you!
Karen and Frank DeSimone
CROP Walk a great success
To the Editor:
The 27th annual Concord area CROP Walk for the Hungry, held on a beautiful sunny, windy fall day last Sunday, October 14, was most successful! Leaders of our faith communities and about 470 walkers from 25 faith communities and four schools in eight towns raised an outstanding total of $55,344 for local and world hunger programs. Nineteen youth groups from eight congregations and one school created and paraded attractive banners on hunger themes. See www.concordcrop.org
One quarter of the money raised supports six local supper/food pantry programs that assist very needy persons and families - Open Table in Concord; Community Supper in Acton; Bedford Community Table/Pantry; Open Table Maynard and Maynard Food Pantry; and Sudbury Food Pantry. In addition we support Gaining Ground in growing organic produce for guests at the local programs and in the local communities.
The local food pantries provide bags of food, and the four supper programs each serve one dinner a week to substantial numbers of needy people. All six supper/food pantry programs very much need volunteers to sort/hand out bags of food and to cook, serve food, and clean up. Gaining Ground needs volunteers for its gardens.
In addition, the CROP Walk supports the worldwide mission of Church World Service, which provides relief for victims of disasters such as hurricanes, tsunamis, floods and earthquakes. Church World Service also assists community development worldwide by programs such as digging wells for clean drinking water and irrigation; training people in improved crop growing methods; and supporting local programs in prevention and treatment of serious diseases, including HIV/AIDS and malaria.
Many thanks to all the walkers, sponsors, and the volunteers! We also thank the Concord Carlisle High School Pep Band, led by Al Dentino, for playing wonderful, energizing music at First Parish in Concord before the walk start, and to the Yankee Stompers for entertaining all with dixieland jazz after the walk. We are grateful to Domino's Pizza in Acton and New London and Sorrentos in Concord, for pizzas donations to banner contest winners.
We appreciate the support of our institutional sponsors: Barber Shop, J.M. Barrett, Concord Optical, Dr. Dana Booth, D.D.S., Joseph Dee & Sons Funeral Service, Erikson Grain Mill, Inc., Foley and Sons Floor and Tile, Fritz and Gigi's, Harold F. Nichols Insurance Agency, Dr. Kristen L. Mix, D.M.D, Leo S. Cavalier, MacRae-Tunnicliffe Funeral Home, Martha's Catering, Pedal Power, Joseph G. Perry Plumbing & Heating, Dr. Ronald E. Rosen, D.M.D., Silpro Corporation, Vanderhoof Hardware, and West Concord Liquor Store.
The CROP Walk Board
A poem of thanks
To the Editor:
This second year, at Verrill Farm,
Dawned hot but still no rain to harm
The day, the games so neatly planned
And roped by Mark, defined on land
We came with bags and bags of toys.
Hard at work, were men and boys
And women washing down the tables
Moving as fast as they were able.
Yellow ducks in pool of blue
Waiting for a ring or two,
Bales of hay, already scattered,
Hiding tokens (that's what mattered!)
Lollipops all set to go
Laid-out space for baseball throw;
And golf game too, and cans for trash
Anticipating noodle smash!
Raffle items on the table
Ponies coming from the stable.
Barbara bringing out the food,
It looked so great and smelled so good.
Cookies baked, awaiting icing,
Decorations so enticing.
So much work, already done,
All for children, having fun.
Behind all this were Steve and Joan,
Giving pumpkins that they'd grown,
Giving of their farm and land,
Lending us their helpers' hand.
Giving energy and time,
Giving dollar, giving dime
To help continue Coping Kits
For pediatric benefit.
We thank you, Joan, we thank you Steve.
We are so grateful. We believe
Your gift of Festival of Fall
Touches children, touches all.
With our deep appreciation,
The Pediatric Intervention Team at Emerson Hospital
Mallory Harrison, child life specialist
Kay Liebmann, RN, nurse coordinator
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