The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, August 15, 2008

Register to vote by August 27

To the Editor:

It is “Back to Elections” time again! Wednesday, August 27, 2008 is the last day to register or change party enrollment for the state primary to be held Tuesday, September 16, 2008. The Town Clerk’s Office will be open from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. to allow residents ample time to take care of these matters.

If you have any concerns about your registration or just wish to confirm your current status and party affiliation, please contact us by telephone at 1-978-369-6155 or by email at before August 27.

Absentee ballots will be available this week for the September 16 election and if you will be out of town on election day you may stop by and vote in the office. You may also request an absentee ballot application by telephone or by email for yourself or for a family member. Ballots for family members will have to be mailed to the voter.

You may have heard discussion about new legislation to allow for Election Day Voter Registration (EDR). The state lawmakers adjourned their session recently without voting on this policy change. Hence, the deadline for registering to vote in an election continues to be 20 days prior to the election.

Residents who will be 18 by the next election date may register to vote by August 27 and be able to vote on September 16.

Once again we will have the Automark Voting Machine available for all voters, regardless of impairment. The machines are provided by the State and are intended to allow voters with vision, hearing or any other disabilities to be able to vote with literally no assistance. However, all voters are welcome to use the machine if they wish. It will be set up in the Town Clerk’s office before the election and you are welcome to stop by and learn about this machine.

As always, please let me know if there is anything we can do to help accommodate you on election day or if you have any questions related to voting.

Best Regards and we look forward to seeing you on September 16!

Charlene M. Hinton
Town Clerk

To the Editor:

As a member of the School Committee’s representative to the Highland Task Force, I read the editorial in the Mosquito’s most recent publication with dismay. The suggestion that the School Committee has not been working with members of the task force to arrive at a solution to this decades long conundrum is patently untrue.

In January, I was appointed by the Selectmen to serve on the Highland Task Force and, as a School Committee member, I also represent the interests of the Carlisle Public School. Since that time, I have worked with the members of this dedicated and extremely professional team to find a solution that will best serve both the town of Carlisle and our school. We have spent tens of hours reviewing and debating all possible alternatives.

We have sought the counsel of members of the school administration and present and former School Committee members who have been informative, helpful and willing to work with the task force to find a compromise between the school building needs and preservation and restoration of this historical building.

The Highland Building and its future has been a source of discussion and debate for nearly 30 years. For the Mosquito to suggest that the school officials and School Committee members have not been involved and collaborative in this process does nothing to bring us closer to our goal of finally resolving the issue.

Dale Ryder

Lowell Street

Thanks to Pass It Forward Day volunteers

To the Editor:

I only have one item left to deliver from the items donated by Carlisle citizens during Pass It Forward Day on June 7 this year. The donated items went to Acton Community Supper at the Acton Congregational Church, Big Brother Big Sister, BKP (for Philippine children), Concord Players, Concord Poetry Center, Delta Project (for mentally retarded), Discovery Museum, Domestic Violence Victim’s Assistance Program, Edith Nourse Rogers Veterans Administration Hospital (Bedford), First Religious Society in Carlisle, Friends of the Gleason Public Library, Household Goods Recycling Ministry, Host to International Students at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, New England Home for Little Wanderers, Northampton Veterans Administration Medical Center, Rowe Camp and Conference Center, Salvation Army, Worcester Church of Christ, and needy individuals, families, and veterans in Carlisle and in Worcester and Franklin counties.

I thank Carlisle citizens for their generosity: representatives of the charities (too numerous to list individually) who showed up that hot day to receive donations; Elena Herbst, Steve Herbst and Jane Anderson for, among other things, ferrying items to my garage so I could spend the next two months sorting and distributing; and Gary Davis, Chris Sireen and Jimmy Woods of the DPW for accommodating the whole enterprise.

Pass It Forward Day has grown over the last six years. If you want to help, call me at 1-978-369-5236.

Mary Zoll

Director, Pass It Forward Day, 2008

To the Editor:

In spite of it being a time when most of us are focused on having a little fun in the sun, many of our neighbors have been helping others. The Carlisle Council on Aging (COA) is very lucky to have a number of folks who support our seniors and all deserve thanks and recognition. Today, I would like to thank Stephanie Smith and her daughter Katie Hendrickson, who donated their time to clean, organize and inventory the Council on Aging’s medical equipment. This is the second time that Stephanie and Katie have taken on this yearly task. Their help and support is greatly appreciated.

We would also like to thank Kimballs Ice Cream and Visiting Angels (Karen Rivero and Yoanna Osborne) for sponsoring our July ice cream social and singalong. Yoanna performed on an assortment of wind instruments. Thanks also go to Ray Taylor, Santo Pullaro and Al Cederlund for their musical skills in performing with Yoanna. Everyone had a good time, enjoyed the music and the ice cream was yummy!

If you can spare an hour or two once a week, month, once a quarter or even once or twice a year to do something for a senior in town, please call the COA to learn more about our many volunteer opportunities. We are always in need of help, especially in providing rides to Medical appointments. Make yourself feel good by doing something for someone else!

Thanks to all who support the Carlisle COA.

Angela Smith

Carlisle COA Outreach Coordinator

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