The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, March 7, 2008

Dazy Mae Cuccinello – The best little kitty in the world

To the Editor:

Dazy Mae Cuccinello. 12, of East Street, a Carlisle resident since 1997, died Friday, February 8. She was the beloved kitty of 12 years of Dian and Bill Cuccinello.

Born in Swampscott, Massachusetts in August of 1996, she was the daughter of the late, great Sophie Zaccardi of Swampscott, who was unfortunately lost to a bus she had no intention of taking, back in 1998.

Dazy Mae was a connoisseur of cocktail shrimp, and a renowned world traveler. She made a pilgrimage to the top of the kitchen cabinets at her Cape house get-away, back in 2000. The Falmouth Enterprise carried the story, and credited her with scaling and reaching the highest peak of any kitchen cabinet in the world.

Early in 2001, Dazy Mae made the cover of National Geographic after her expedition to an important subsurface microbial community in the remote regions of the dishwasher. The expedition was funded by the National Science Foundation.

Dazy Mae also made front page news in the New York Post and The Enquirer back in 1999 after a scandalous inquiry into the sudden death of the Cuccinellos’ cherished pet budgie, by the name of Sugar. Upon her return home, her mother found Dazy Mae in the corner whistling and filing her nails. After that, Miss Dazy Mae made herself scarce, and was not then, or ever was, available for comment. The case was soon turned over to CSI, and to this day, remains unsolved.

Dazy Mae had many aliases, but the one her parents best remember her by is, Miss Kitty Switkiss, the Swiftest Kitty in the West. She sadly leaves behind her Carlisle adoptive parents, and two siblings, Toodles and O’Brien, who both reside in happy homes in Swampscott.

As Andy Warhol once said, “Pets make a family that’s always loyal, will do just about anything to make you happy, never criticize, love you till the end of the earth, and never expect much in return.” That was Miss Dazy Mae – The best little kitty in the world. We miss her terribly.

A private memorial service has already been held.

With a sad heart,

Dian Francesca Cuccinello

East Street

Praise for peer tutor volunteer

To the Editor:

The public so often hears of disaffected youth, and we are all too familiar with the pitfalls facing young adults as they encounter the demands of school and society. The Sixth Grade Team of Carlisle Public School would like to take this opportunity to sing the praises of a Carlisle student who demonstrates commitment, compassion, and strength of character.

Samantha Dweck has been a peer tutor volunteer for two years in the Carlisle Middle School. She has gone above and beyond the requirements of her CCHS community service obligations. Sam tutors students in small groups and one-to-one in a range of subjects. She has done so throughout this school year, and last year. The teachers can “set their watches” by Sam’s punctuality and dependability. Furthermore, Sam is able to provide students with a sense of empowerment because, not too very long ago, she was a middle school student herself.

Ms. Dweck embodies the characteristics that inspire students and adults: dedicated, empathic, competent, humorous, cooperative, and responsible. Although she receives no additional credit for continuing her community service, she does so with a smile and her natural humility. This testimonial will probably shock Sam. She does not expect recognition; she tutors because it is a way for her to contribute. She is the kind of young person that makes us optimistic about the future. We sure hope Sam decides to tutor again next year.

Bill Gale

Sixth grade teacher

Carlisle Public School

The Past versus the Future

To the Editor:

Wait – before we spend money to restore the Goddess of Liberty statue in the rotary, perhaps we should consider replacing it with a wind turbine. Am I serious? Hmmm.

Mike Hanauer

Long Ridge Road

Not the best way to deal with deer

To the Editor:

Frank Sargent’s letter “How best to deal with deer,” Mosquito, 2/29/08, flies in the face of scientific studies conducted by professional wildlife biologists working for the Massachusetts Fish & Wildlife service. The seven deer photographed in his backyard may not have had a “tag” or collar, but that doesn’t disprove the 30 deer/square mile population established by field studies and counts.

The issue of the use of muzzleloaders or shotguns is nearly moot in Carlisle as most of the houses are too closely situated on most properties to lawfully permit their use. Massachusetts law prohibits the discharge of any firearm or release of any arrow within 500 feet of any dwelling or building in use, except as authorized by the owner or occupant thereof.

Despite Mr. Sargent’s willingness to wager to the contrary, it is untrue that more people are injured or killed in hunting accidents each year than are injured as a result of deer/auto collisions. As noted in the February 27/08 Mosquito article, “State wildlife manager encourages hunting to manage deer population,” page 7, there hasn’t been a human fatality due to hunting in Massachusetts in more than 12 years, whereas during that period, two people have been reportedly killed as a result of deer/vehicle collisions.

The long-standing opposition to hunting in Carlisle reflected in Mr. Sargent’s letter is what has made our deer problem as acute as it currently is. Carlisle has long been a “no-hunting” deer refuge, permitting the deer population to grow unchecked. As a result, we now have a large number of people, pets and horses that have contracted Lyme’s disease and that have been physically debilitated and have had to be treated at great expense; not to mention the extensive crop damage to gardens and the decimation of ornamental plantings we experience in Carlisle.

With due respect to Mr. Sargent’s viewpoint, trying to frighten landowners from giving permission to responsible hunters is not the way to solve our deer problem.

Ned Berube

North Road

Superintendent announces new hire

To the Editor:

I am pleased to announce that Dr. Joyce Mehaffey has accepted the position of Middle School Principal. All of her references gave high praise that included feedback on her intelligence, humor, dedication and loyalty. Parents, staff, and students gave excellent feedback during her visit to the Carlisle School on February 28. Many thanks to the hiring committee for identifying this exemplary leader to join us in Carlisle: Patrice Hurley, Karen Slack, Jim Halliday, Tracy Malone, Cheryl Hay, Kathy Horan, Jim Zimmerman, Holly Salemy, and Kris Tocci. Joyce will begin work in Carlisle on July 7; please join me in welcoming her to our community. We will hold a reception for parents in the fall so community members may have a chance to meet her.

Joyce has a very strong background across a spectrum of educational experiences. Since 1998 she has worked in the Greenfield, Massachusetts school district, where she currently serves as Director of Curriculum and Instruction. From 1998 to 2004, she was the principal at the Newton Elementary School in Greenfield. Prior to her Greenfield tenure, Joyce worked as a special educator and school psychologist in New Jersey and in Northfield, Massachusetts. Her educational background includes master’s degrees in teaching and education and a doctoral degree in counseling psychology. She holds Massachusetts Department of Education certification as a principal for grades K-8, as well as school psychology and as a superintendent. Her references also indicate that she possesses particular strengths in curriculum leadership and interpersonal relationships with both adults and students.

Thank you to all school community members who participated in the principal selection process. I anticipate a smooth transition.

Marie Doyle


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