The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, January 22, 2010

Remembering Amy Caruso

To the Editor:

Here is the additional information we promised to share about the death of our daughter.

Amy told us on November 16 that she was a heroin addict and needed help. On November 21 we drove her to detox at Gosnold on Cape Cod. She began rehab at Cataumet about a week later and moved to a residential treatment program at Emerson House on December 21 for an estimated 30 to 90 days. She earned a 12-hour pass for Christmas and our family had a picture perfect day – except no one had a camera for a family photograph.

The next day, her father, our daughter Evelyn and I departed to visit friends and family for the Holidays. Just past 4:30 p.m., west of Schenectady, we received a call from our son Phil that Amy had been taken to the emergency room. After regrouping at the nearest toll booth, we turned around and drove slowly toward the Cape in the dark cold rain. At about 8 p.m. we learned our daughter had died. The ER had been unable to resuscitate Amy after working on her for almost two hours. We arrived at Falmouth Hospital around 10:30 p.m.

Our family would like to share the following excerpts from her Funeral Mass We also welcome conversations with others who face challenges similar to those we faced, in hopes that we can share anything we have learned or are still learning. There is also a Facebook group “Amy Caruso....You Will Be Missed <3”

We are sincerely grateful to all who have given us their love and prayers and support during this unfathomable time.

Jeff Caruso and Melissa Weiksnar
Robbins Drive

Ryder will not run again

To the Editor:

After serving three years on the School Committee, I have decided, after careful consideration, not to seek re-election for a second term. I have enjoyed working with my colleagues on the School Committee and would like to take this opportunity to thank them for their sacrifice and dedication to our school and to our children. My commitments to my family and my going back to work part time were the main considerations in my decision not to run again.

I urge anyone who is interested in serving on the committee to attend the Caucus on Monday, March 1. There will be two vacancies on School Committee this spring and at this time of unprecedented fiscal and budget challenges and changes in the administration, the need has never been greater for concerned and interested citizens to step forward. Being present at the caucus is very important because it is the step required to get your name on the ballot for the spring election. If you have questions regarding the process, please check with the Town Clerk’s office. If you are interested in learning more about School Committee, please contact one of us. We would love to speak with you!

Dale Ryder
Lowell Street

Concerning cows, a book recommendation

To the Editor

For anyone interested in the opinions and issues concerning dairy cows and other farm animals, I recommend Animals Make Us Human: creating the best life for animals. Written by Temple Grandin and Catherine Johnson, the book has an excellent chapter on the nature of grazing animals.

My personal opinion is all animals that we eat and drink from, as part of their fee for services rendered, should have access to pasture. Weather permitting of course.

However, let’s face it, most decisions, excuse the pun, are made because of that sacred cow, the bottom line.

Dorothy Hall
Riverhurst Road, Billerica

Thank you, Team Brown!

To the Editor:

It’s been said that in America, all great changes start with individuals. In the past few months, thousands of individuals across Massachusetts came together to help elect Scott Brown and move our country in a new direction. You wrote letters; called, emailed and tweeted your friends and neighbors; and held signs in the cold (yes, at Fenway Park too) motivated by your convictions. The excitement was palpable.

You have altered the paradigm and changed expectations.

Martha Coakley expected a coronation; you gave her a contest.

The Democratic Party establishment expected complacency. You sent the message to Washington politicians and their special interest consorts that you reject their reckless spending policies and the burden that they’re placing on our kids and the economy.

The political elites expected conformance. You said “hell no!” to a health care bill that explodes the federal deficit and involves dozens of secret, special deals for unions, trial lawyers and corporate interests.

And when Martha Coakley unleashed her barrage of negative attacks, including a desperate, tasteless attempt to politicize rape and abortion, we took the high road.

Today, Massachusetts is a better place – with a healthier civic culture – than it was just six short weeks ago. The change began with you. Well done!

James G. Bohn
Concord Street

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