The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, November 12, 2010

“I didn’t quit the Board of Health”

To the Editor

On Friday, after a long week, I was looking forward to a relaxing evening – a glass of wine and a copy of the Mosquito. I settled in to catch up on the local news. After reading page 8, (candidates interviewed), relaxation quickly turned to dismay and anger. The article speaks of “filling a vacancy created by the early departure of Chris Deignan.” The Mosquito quotes Agent Linda Fantasia who “will check on the remainder of the term” I allegedly vacated.

I would like to set the record straight. I was elected in May of 2007. I voluntarily served the entire three-year term I was elected to, until March of 2010, at which time Cathy Galligan was elected by the people of Carlisle to replace me. The Mosquito article infers that I quit, that I fell short and walked on the commitment I made to the people of Carlisle. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Perhaps, in the future, the Board and its agent will get it right before making erroneous statements about the departure of its volunteers.

Christopher T. Deignan

Forest Park Drive

Ed. note: It was Michael Holland’s unexpired term that was being filled. The Mosquito regrets the error.

An apology restores my faith in Carlisle

To the Editor:

It must have taken a lot of courage for this lovely woman, this mother of a for-one-night-misguided kid, to sit down and pen her profuse, and heartfelt apology to me, after my encounter with the wanna-be terrorists who rang my bell on Halloween night. Apparently the kids had left the house in the afternoon with old pink bedsheets, some “pimp” jewelry and Mardi Gras beads, along with some black clothing and water guns. Perhaps she assumed they were going to dress up as rappers. It was hard for her to see that this could add up to any sensible costume, never mind one that would terrify someone. There were really no discussions between son and mom as to what the costume was going to be, and of course, if there had been, none of this would have taken place, I’m sure.

I have four wonderful sisters, and there isn’t a one of us that didn’t try to pull a fast one or two on our parents when we were young and foolish. We learned the hard way, but, so did our parents. Luckily, none of the pranks were serious, and neither was this one. But, there’s enough real fright in the world as it is, let’s just try and keep it out of Carlisle, shall we?

My letter to the Mosquito obviously upset her greatly, to the point where sleep was lost over it, and truth-be-told, I didn’t sleep so well myself; especially since my husband was out of town, and I had nothing but my two cats to stand guard for me at Hell’s Gate on spooky Halloween night. While it was not my intent to upset others, I am glad that it raised even more awareness about the comings and goings of our precious kids; mostly good kids who make dumb choices. Apology accepted, and thanks very, very much. Oh yes, I wonder who the other kid was. Hmmmmmmm?

Dian Francesca Cuccinello,

East Street

Center Park’s island and history

To the Editor:

You may have noticed the recent digging activity and mounds of dirt at Center Park’s island. Many small bulbs were planted so that next spring there will be a spectacular display of beauty to complement the 100 daffodils planted last fall in the vinca bed.

If you’re interested in the history of Center Park, more information is available at including Ellen Miller’s article in the Mosquito, September 29, 2006, “How a Parking Lot Became a Park.” And there’s a brief video on that you can find by searching in quotes “Center Park 2010.”

This winter we would like to hear from people interested in volunteering to help with maintaining the park as implementation of Maria von Brincken’s five-year landscape design continues.

If you visit the park now, it’s fun to see the birds flying off with bright red winter berries and small crab apples by the main entrance. The last of the roses, daisies, hydrangea, and wild geraniums are still adding color.

Sabrina Perry, Project Chair

Friends of Carlisle Center Park

Library’s Sunday success leads to more of the same

To the Editor:

The Gleason Public Library’s Sunday celebration on November 7 kept the parking lot full and the building hopping. We were delighted to have over 230 people participate in the day. Our greatest appreciation to the many volunteers, the Carlisle Artisans, the Friends of the Gleason Public Library, author and poet Richard Hoffman, the jazzy tunes of Equinox, and the Library Trustees and staff – this was a village effort.

We are thrilled to announce that we have nearly reached our goal to provide Sunday hours January through April from 2 to 5 p.m. Join friends, neighbors, as we celebrate Sundays throughout the winter months

Angela Mollet, director

Gleason Library

Pumpkin Spectacle was spectacular

To the Editor:

For the past 27 years, the Annual Pumpkin Spectacle of the Gleason Library has been a Halloween tradition that showcases the creativity and originality of Carlisle’s children in grades K-3. It was a great success thanks to the many people who contributed their help.

Our thanks go to the Friends of the Gleason Public Library who provided funding for the entire event. They paid for Tony Toledo, who gave a great performance, as well as the book prizes and refreshments. Thanks also to Lisa Lofdahl who helped with refreshments.

Our judges, Angela Smith, Priscilla Stevens and Bob Koning, had an especially difficult job this year choosing the prize winners from so many special pumpkins. Nancy Roberts took great pictures of each child, which are displayed in the library. Stop by and pick up the picture of your child.

Registrars were Ann Quenin, Matt Hill and Lauren Tice. David Smith and the Carlisle Police helped the children get safely back to the library from Tony Toledo’s performance at the school. Student helpers were Amelia Cox and Emma Marshall.

Thanks to the Carlisle Schools for the use of the auditorium.

Marty Seneta

for the Gleason Library Staff

Speak for yourself

To the Editor:

Let me start by saying “I love Halloween.” It is the best part about living in Carlisle Center. I love that virtually every family in Carlisle stops by my house to say hello, all in one night. I hand out over 600 pieces of “the big candy bars” and am happy to do so as it really is “my treat.” I decorate my house; I squeeze our dog into her costume; I play scary music and enjoy every minute of the holiday as my door is never shut for more than a minute before the next trick or treater arrives. But . . .

In the last few years I have been upset to find that an ad is placed in the Mosquito delineating set times to trick or treat in Carlisle. The ad reads “Sponsored by Carlisle Town Center Families, Carlisle Police, Carlisle DPW and Ferns Country Store.” Well, I have lived in the town center for 18 years with my four children and have never been informed of, or asked my opinion about, setting times for trick or treating in Carlisle’s “Village Center.” If our town government believes that there should be set times for Halloween then our elected officials should be the ones to promote the events of the day. If a private party takes it upon himself to dictate set times for Halloween by placing an ad in the Mosquito, then he has stepped out of bounds as he has affected every household in Carlisle without the authority to do so. If he then signs the ad as being “sponsored by the Carlisle Town Center Families” then that is just a blatant misrepresentation.

Carlisle should not be told what to do or when to do it by a private party. Take your hand out of our trick or treat bag and leave the holiday to the children.

Colleen O’Connor Klein

Lowell Street

Atkins says thanks

To the Editor:

Thank you to the voters for returning me to the House of Representatives. I feel it is an honor and privilege to continue to serve as your State Representative. Thank you to family, friends, and supporters who worked tirelessly holding signs, walking door-to-door, and talking directly to voters about the issues important to this community.

I have great respect for those that engage in the hands-on work of an electoral democracy. In that spirit I would also like to thank my opponent KC Winslow. Ms. Winslow ran a great campaign. She brought new concepts and encouraged a new group of voters to get involved in public engagement. KC and her supporters kept the race both lively and positive at all times.

The local Democratic Town Committees as well as the State Committee did a superb job of talking face-to-face with voters and getting out the vote on election day.

I am a Democrat, but I’m also the representative for all the residents of the 14th Middlesex District. Almost all of my legislation has passed with universal support. I pledge to continue to work in a manner that considers everyone’s ideas and concerns.

The challenges that face our towns in the next two years will be tremendous. It will require a lot of creative thinking and cooperative effort for our communities to prevail. The talent, compassion and commitment I observe in every one of my towns convinces me that we have the “stuff” to survive and thrive during these difficult times.

Cory Atkins

State Representative

Winslow says thanks

To the Editor:

I am sincerely appreciative for the many individuals who answered the call to citizenship by getting involved in our Independent campaign for State Representative. Thank you to those who contributed by hosting events, knocking on doors, sending e-mails, attending events and holding and displaying signs - many for the first time in their lives. It was extremely rewarding to see a non-partisan and bi-partisan effort come together with a common purpose. It was also encouraging to see so many young voters become involved in our democratic process with such enthusiasm.  A very special thank you goes to my committee for their vision, creativity, hard work and commitment. I will be forever grateful to you all. Congratulations to Cory Atkins for a well-fought campaign. I wish you the best this legislative session and I commend you for your continued commitment to public service. As to the question that I have been asked most frequently in the past week, I cannot yet respond. I only know that I will, in some capacity, continue to work to shape our future and I urge each and every one of us to do the same.

With sincere gratitude and appreciation,

K.C. Winslow

Lindsay Pond


Martinez says thanks

To the Editor:

I would like to thank all of the people of the 3rd Middlesex District who took the time to come out to vote in the election last Tuesday. You are to be commended for being a part of our democracy.

To the hundreds of volunteers who worked tirelessly for months, I cannot thank you enough. You have been an inspiration to me and have encouraged me with your willingness to give of your time and your resources. I would like to add a special thanks to your families, for their patience and their support of each of us who worked so hard over the last two years. While the votes we received were not enough for a win, you all are the reason we did as well as we did.

The campaign that we waged together was one in which we can all take pride. We stayed positive, and talked about common-sense solutions. We offered plans for cost-saving reform, and for cutting waste in a down economy. We came through this campaign with our integrity fully intact!

Finally, I would like to congratulate the candidates, regardless of party affiliation, who were successful in their races. I thank those who did not win, but took the time to run and to give the voters a choice. I know it is very hard work, and can be discouraging; however, our community is better off for your having run.

Sandi Martinez, candidate

State Senate, 3rd Middlesex

Fargo says thanks

To the Editor:

I remain deeply grateful to the voters of the Third Middlesex District for the opportunity to continue to serve you as state senator. My work at the State House is a reflection of what you tell me is important to you, your family, and your community. I am honored by your support.

While campaigns can be lost on Election Day, they are most often won over the weeks, months and sometimes years that precede them. My campaign staff, volunteers, and endorsing organizations helped me to deliver a 14-point victory; they also helped deliver your message to the Senate.

Many people have been talking about making changes in government, and I have listened. To help citizens learn just how accessible the process can be, I plan to hold an open house at the State House before January 1. I would like to welcome you to come and visit and ask questions, to understand more fully the functions of your government. Together, we are the government, and effective legislators will listen to and learn from the citizens.

The people of the Third Middlesex District, regardless of political party affiliation, are invited to stay in touch so that we can work together to solve our problems and make our state the very best it can be. To that end, I encourage you to sign up for my constituent service e-newsletter. The newsletter, found at, will keep you informed about important services, information, and tax programs that can benefit you and your family.

This was an exciting and challenging race, and I humbly thank you for returning me to the Massachusetts Senate. Please don’t hesitate to call my office if I can be of help at 1-617-722-1572.

Senator Susan Fargo

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