The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, December 12, 2008


Avery Grace Constable

Aaron and Melissa Constable are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Avery Grace Constable on October 6 at Tufts Medical Center, Boston. Avery was welcomed with love into her parents’ home in North Andover, Massachusetts. Delighted grandparents are Peter and Gale Constable of Lowell Street, and Dr. Joseph and Ann Guerrera of Andover.

Carlisle is awarded firefighter safety equipment grant

Representative Cory Atkins (D-Concord) is pleased to announce that the town of Carlisle is the grant award recipient of $3,897 for firefighting equipment.

“We are extremely grateful for safety efforts of our local fire departments and commend their commitment to fire education programs,” said Representative Atkins. “These programs are examples of the many successful and valuable programs that the legislature and the governor support on behalf of the citizens of the Commonwealth.”

Carlisle Neighbor Fund Providing financial assistance to Carlisle residents

One of the great gifts of living in Carlisle for a long time is seeing care expressed to neighbors in times of crisis. It was a great encouragement to listen during Thanksgiving week as a group of “neighbors” gathered together to set up the Carlisle Neighbor Fund. The desire of these “neighbors” was simple and straightforward, stemming from a concern for those in town who have been most impacted by the economic downturn.

The goal was to set up an independent account in each of Carlisle’s three churches to provide financial assistance to Carlisle residents in the areas of food, energy, or other short-term, critical needs. Funds would be offered to Carlisle residents regardless of affiliation with a faith community and would be administered by the clergy of the churches independently with collaboration with each other when appropriate.

I find myself surprised when, after much company, my milk is all gone, even when I have planned carefully. There are curve balls, the times when more milk disappears than I anticipated, that are out of my control. So what do I do – I call my neighbor and she sends one of her children over with a cup full (usually more) so I can continue to make breakfast – neighbor to neighbor, simple, with no expectation of return, or, as in the case of the Carlisle Neighbor Fund, without the need to know where the provision came from and with complete confidentiality as to where it is distributed.

Many in town have been surprised in a similar way with our economic situation. There are neighbors who are interested in sharing neighbor to neighbor with funds that are available for residents presently living in Carlisle.

As stated, the process to receive funds is to be simple and straightforward. We encourage you to contact Father Donohoe at St. Irene Church, Rev. Diane Miller at the First Religious Society, Rev. Keith Greer or Rev. Steve Weibley at the Congregational Church.

Sven Lerner of Brook Street, a ninth grader at the Fenn School in Concord took home the trophy for the annual Hector J. Hughes Extemporaneous Speaking Contest.

Speaking on the topic: “The two most useful words in the English language are ....” he proposed the words “food” and “bathroom” and improvised from there to the amusement of the audience and the approval of the judges.

Jake Dockterman of Russell Street, a senior at Concord Acacemy, earned a first chair spot for alto saxophone on the Massachusetts Music Educators Association’s (MMEA) Eastern District concert band. He was invited to audition for the All-State band, a highly selective honor. In addition, Concord Academy sophomore Alex Moskowitz, of East Street, a cellist, was named to the Eastern District orchestra.

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