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Friday, June 19, 2009

Post Office Appreciation Week

To the Editor:

Personal attention and care go a long way in our worlds of work and deadlines and stress. How often have we been “warmed by someone on a cold day,” by their act of kindness in going the extra mile? Many such kindnesses expressed in Carlisle have radiated from our Post Office. We’ve never seen anything like it! I don’t think it is just because we are a small town that each of us is known and remembered for more than our address and responded to as needs arise; a phone call, an inviting, helpful attitude, a wish to have a good day. These are not the norm elsewhere, from our experience.

June 29 – July 3 has been designated as Post Office Appreciation Week. This is our chance to say thank you to those who serve us so well by leaving a note for our carriers, stopping in with a written or verbal word of thanks, bringing a goodie for coffee break (we hear that they really like chocolate!), sharing flowers from your garden or extending some other expression that comes from a thoughtful consideration of their kind service to us all!

Thank you Gregory Lee, Postmaster, John Belleville, Donna Cantrill (retired), Alan Comeau, Andrew Comjean, Dan Desanctis, Chris Iveson, Keven Leboeuf, Lorraine Pasquantonio, Gerry Poitras, John Poitras, Eliza Vaillant, Wendy Wallerstein (and we still remember you Rick Muscatel)!

I bet that if you stop in with a note you won’t even have to put a stamp on it!

With great appreciation,

Judy Larson
Forest Park Drive

Bonnie Greer
River Road

In response to “Empathy needed”

To the Editor:

How sad that the only response to suggestion of sharing the reduction in state aid between regular education and Special Education is seen by Ms. Tucker (co-chair, Carlisle SEPAC) as having no empathy to Special Education students and their families. The state is cutting almost $700,000 from the CCHS budget. Of that, more than half is from the Special Education Circuit Breaker fund which funds out-placements which have increased in cost over last year by more than 25%. The high school budget, including Special Education and Special Education out-placement, was voted to increase by 5 to 7%. This means an actual decrease in the regular education budget before the state cuts.

When a student is placed out of district, the district is responsible for the total cost, which often includes special transportation and more, longer school days per year. Since Special Education funding is mandated, those schools do not have an impetus to be cost-efficient. CCHS has to make cuts to stay within a budget while these schools do not. Why can’t the school reduce expenditures in the areas where the state cut funding? Why does the entire $700,000 cut have to be covered by the regular education portion of the CCHS budget and none from the Special Education out-placement portion?

No one said that out-of-district placements were being made unnecessarily. I said that these schools need to share the state reduction in funding. No one said Special Education out-placement students should be put back into regular education classes. I just suggested that when the state cut funding, that some of the reduction in expenditures should come from the same line item.

This is not an issue of empathy or lack thereof. This is an issue of lack of funding. With limited funding, if one group can spend without limit, it decreases the funding available to all the other groups. This is an issue of maintaining a quality education for all our children.

Barbara Pauplis
Estabrook Road

Garden Club says thanks

To the Editor:

The Carlisle Country Gardens Tour 2009 was a terrific success. Our gardens, and Carlisle, never looked prettier.

The Garden Club wishes to thank the creative and hard-working garden owners who invited visitors to enjoy their gardens, the many townspeople who worked alongside garden club members to serve as docents at each garden and the town of Carlisle itself for welcoming hundreds of visitors over two days. Special thanks to Ferns, the First Religious Society and the Historical Society for their participation.

Also thanks to those who purchased tickets and plants, and to our advertisers, without whose support Garden Club activities would cease. Over the past year the Club has provided scholarships to Concord-Carlisle High School seniors, installed irrigation at Town Hall, purchased museum passes and mulch for the Gleason Library, and committed to supplying the plants for the new Veteran’s Honor Roll currently under construction on the Town Common. These activities would not be possible without the funds raised by the Garden Tour.

The Carlisle Garden Club welcomes new members. Monthly educational meetings are scheduled, as well as demonstrations, field trips and hands-on town beautification projects. We invite you to join us! Information is available at

Susan Pepple, Chair, Carlisle Country Gardens Tour, 2009
Judy Blaikie Lane, Immediate-Past President
Jane Coleman Williams, President
Carlisle Garden Club

“We must take care of all the children”

To the Editor:

I’m sorry, Ms. Pauplis, your child may be in an AP class of 20. I imagine they’ll succeed, though the class is large – not ideal, but your child has wiggle room. You’re mistaken that cuts have not devastated the special needs community. And, this is a community with no wiggle room. They will not survive cuts in respite, flex funding and the like.

As for the Special Education outplacements, my child “endured” public school through sixth grade. I fought years to get him the outplacement he desperately needed. After years spent deteriorating, he was finally outplaced. This boy, continually rejected by peers, this boy who was made to feel inferior in every way, was finally given the chance that mainstream takes for granted. But his chance was not “will I be groomed for MIT,” but rather. “will I survive?” With the help he needed, he indeed survived, and is college bound!

Special Education is not a hand out for throwaway kids, but a means to an end all deserve; a future. My child made enormous concessions over the years and still does. But, he can now make something of his life because of the help he gets at his school.

I have one child. Should I suggest the town pays for one child per family? Of course not. We must take care of all our children. Now is the time to be the decent citizens we are, making sure “especially” the frailest amongst us is taken care of during this fiscal crisis.

Joan Hoffman
Patch Meadow Lane

COA thanks Concord-Carlisle Community Chest

To the Editor:

On behalf of the Carlisle Council on Aging (COA) and all the seniors and their families that we serve, we want to express our sincere appreciation for the generous grant awarded to the Carlisle COA for fiscal year 2009-2010. The financial support of the programs that we provide each year is very crucial to us, especially in times when small towns like Carlisle are struggling with their own town budgets. We especially appreciate all the efforts of so many people who work with the Community Chest from the incredibly dedicated staff they have, to all the hard working volunteers and donors.

Because of their generosity, the Community Chest grant supplements our very important Podiatry Clinic every other month. Our primary source of information to our senior population is through the monthly newsletter, and this grant also provides the stipend for professional help in the production of this important informational tool for us. The meals programs (breakfasts, lunches and coffees) continue to be one of our primary sources of socialization and opportunities for outreach for the Carlisle COA. These meals programs are also in place because of the supplemental funds of Community Chest. Last but not least, we are able to have a very successful six-week Intergenerational Poetry Seminar with the pre-school students at the Carlisle Elementary School for the third year now.

The Carlisle COA is very grateful for the continued support of the Concord-Carlisle Community Chest, and we are very appreciative of the generosity of the donors in providing some of our most vulnerable citizens with essential services.

Kathy Mull, Director
Carlisle COA

Other scholarship recipients

To the Editor:

First, I want to thank you for publicizing the heartwarming response of named fund benefactors and other donors to the news that market conditions had produced a huge shortfall in Concord Carlisle Scholarship Fund (CCSF) monies available for 2009-2010 scholarships. Their actions restored CCSF awards to their previous year level and even provided a significant cushion that may be accessed in the event that the market does not recover adequately by next spring.

However, the article listed only the names of Carlisle graduating seniors receiving CCSF scholarships for the 2009-2010 academic year. Lest it appear that the CCSF is not adequately serving Carlisle students, I’d like to point out that the following Carlisle students who are currently enrolled as undergraduates are also receiving scholarship support:

Marie Benkley, Brook St., Tufts University
Philip Dumka, Fiske St., Northeastern University
Patrick Fantasia, East St., George Mason University
Erin Hassey, Fifty Acre Way, George Washington University
Alec Hutson, East St., UMass-Amherst
Kenneth Hwu, Tophet Rd., University of PA
Lauren Kirkness, East St., Mt. Ida College
Joseph Lesses, Curve St., Curry College
Alison Probolus, Munroe Hill, Endicott College
Evan Tierney, Lowell Rd., Bates College Kathleen Walsh, South St., Providence College

The CCSF is one of a very few local organizations to which Carlisle students can turn for scholarship assistance throughout their undergraduate years of study.

Further information about the Concord Carlisle Scholarship Fund may be found by going to Students who wish to be considered for the primarily need-based 2010-2011 academic year scholarships may download applications and instructions from the website anytime after October, 2009.

Al Powers, CCSF treasurer
East Street

COA volunteer appreciation thanks

To the Editor:

On Wednesday, June 10, the Carlisle COA held a Volunteer Appreciation graciously hosted by Carleton-Willard Village. We want to especially thank Stephanie Smith, Marketing Director, for all her help with this event. The Carleton-Willard staff went above and beyond what we expected, and it was a lovely way for us to acknowledge the hard work of our volunteers. Also, many thanks to the two donors who provided the Great Brook Farm ice cream gift certificates. Our volunteers really appreciated such a nice gift! We also appreciate the talent and gift of Phyllis Hughes’s art work and generosity of providing her note cards for us to give as gifts. Thanks to Lauren Tice for her work in putting the note cards and pens together so nicely. Another special thank you to Outreach Coordinator Angela Smith for all her hard work in recruiting all our wonderful volunteers and for the work she contributed to the Volunteer Manual. We also want to acknowledge all the efforts of volunteer Launa Zimmaro who put in so many hours in providing the COA with a Volunteer Manual. Our many, many thanks to all the volunteers who help us day in and day out to provide quality services to our seniors. Much of what we do would not be available without their dedication and many hours.

Kathy Mull, Director
Carlisle COA

Carlisle Democrats picnic tomorrow

To the Editor:

The Carlisle Democratic Town Committee invites everyone to our annual picnic tomorrow, Saturday, June 20, 4 - 7 p.m. at Cindy and John Nock’s house, 41 Canterbury Court. This popular annual event will be a great opportunity for Carlisle folks to get together and talk politics in this amazing first year of the Obama presidency. We especially welcome new Carlisle residents, all those who changed their party affiliation so they could take a Democratic ballot in the primary election and the young residents who voted for the first time in the historic election last fall. Join us for a fun afternoon with our terrific elected officials, State Senator Susan Fargo and State Representative Cory Atkins and your Carlisle neighbors and friends who are energized and tuned in to the passionate public policy debates this year more than ever. Picnic will be held rain or shine. Children are welcome. We hope to see you tomorrow!

Susan Stamps
Cross Street

Thanks to ice hockey Friends

To the Editor:

A sincere thank you to the Friends of Concord-Carlisle High School Ice Hockey for the donation of an automated external defibrillator [AED] to be available for use at CCHS hockey games. The acquisition of the AED was facilitated by John Cadigan and Phillips Electronics.

The AED is a portable computerized device that can provide a life-saving shock to the heart when the heart beat is no longer synchronized and fails to create the pumping action needed to circulate the blood. This situation occurs during a condition known as ventricular fibrillation which may be the result of a heart attack or trauma to the heart.

In addition to the home and visiting ice hockey players, the AED is available for spectators, officials, coaches and others in attendance at games. Needless to say, it’s a device I hope never to use but am grateful for its presence.

Raymond P. Siegelman, PT, DPT, MS
CCHS Sports Physical Therapist

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