by Karina Coombs Brother and sister act at last month’s FNL. (Photo by Parissa Khayami) [Reprinted from the original Carlisle Mosquito article found here.] If you are in middle school and looking for a fun Friday night, Carlisle’s hottest club is FNL. Located in the gym and exercise room at the Carlisle Public School (CPS), and sponsored by the Carlisle Youth Commission, this place has everything: dancing, a professional DJ, snacks and drinks, basketball, ping pong, games, monthly theme parties and more. First held in 1984, Friday Night Live, or FNL as it is known, is typically held the first Friday of each month from 7 to 9:30 p.m. and is open to Carlisle students in grades six through eight whether or not they attend CPS. Admission is $8 and snacks and drinks are available for purchase, with the proceeds from both directly supporting the program. Registration is required for FNL and can be done online through the Carlisle Recreation Department.
by Karina Coombs [Reprinted from the original Carlisle Mosquito article found here.] It’s not often that you get a chance to reinvent yourself and when it happens in your mid-40s, and you thought those chances had all but passed, you take it. Newly arrived in Carlisle, I first met the Mosquito’s General Manager Susan Emmons on the playground of the Red Balloon preschool. We talked about what it was like to live in a small town before she casually asked if I’d like to write for the newspaper. Without her knowing it at the time, she offered me the opportunity to pursue a dream I had shelved long ago, as well as a way back into the workforce after seven years of being a stay at home parent. If you want to learn about your community, reading the newspaper is a good way to start. But if you really want to know how it ticks from the inside out, its
by Karina Coombs A series of ceramic scrolls from Bedford artist Carol Rissman. Rissman makes each tile from white or red clay before imprinting or stamping them with natural found objects. Pieces are then fired and stained. Tiles are selected individually for each scroll and mounted on a wooden backing. (Photo by Karina Coombs) [Reprinted from the original Carlisle Mosquito article found here.] Gleason Library’s Art at the Gleason opened its first show of 2017 with “Affinity: puzzles, sculptures, and photography,” featuring the works of Carlisle residents Dale Joachim and Bill Claybrook and Bedford’s Carol Rissman. The show runs until March 25. The beauty of found objects Nature’s influence is apparent when looking at the ceramic works of local artist, Carol Rissman. Since retirement, as a broadcaster and news director for a local NPR station (in addition to writing and editing for a number of publications), Rissman has turned what had been a hobby into a full
My newest feature article from the Carlisle Mosquito. The link is here, with full text below. Giving city kids a
After a summer of sloth, my newest article just hit the web and features a local guy that designed and built a tiny solar house that can also be a tiny solar houseboat. I don’t know how I would manage living alone in 128 square feet, but he makes it pretty enviable. It’s at the Carlisle Mosquito.
New England really is crazy about its ice cream. I was reminded of that this past weekend driving along the
My feature article about the Battle of Gettysburg exhibit in town is now online. I could have written another few thousand words about the scavenging that went on after the battle, the gruesome guided tours of the land, and the pure wretchedness of it all, but then it wouldn’t have been a newspaper article. I had no idea I could find this so interesting. It was a pleasant surprise.
I also like pickles on my steak and cheese sub (sandwich), but I would like to think it would not turn to fisticuffs if there were too many (or not enough). Found at Boston.com. Photo from Cote on Fickr.
Well, if you do have to lose your life’s savings while playing carnival games, I suppose a giant stuffed banana with dreadlocks isn’t the absolute worst thing you could walk away with… Photo found on Flickr from Randi805
~ The saga of the bacon and syrup laden Maine hermit.
http://vp.telvue.com/preview?id=T01497&video=143843 ~ The history of New England stone walls presented while building a stone wall. From the Chelmsford, MA Public Library. Found at BoingBoing.
Boston.com puts together a collection of memorable MBTA moments. I still don’t understand “no pants” day. Photo Credits: By Christina Xu (originally posted to Flickr as IMG_1840) [CC-BY-SA-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Great service dog story from Boston.com. Photo by Found Animals Association as found on Flickr.
I love stories like this. A town spending money on a salary analysis that costs as much as the salary increase – they ended up approving! Fantastic. If only I got to write about such things, but not in an article rife with spelling errors, Boston.com. Photo Credits: “Private Issue Fractional Currency: Fifteen Cents, Boston, Oct. 4, 1862, issued by YOUNG’S HOTEL/15 in red on blank reverse. 97 x 57mm. ” –(catalog of Malter Galleries, “World Coins and Paper Currency Auction,” Monday, June 10th, 2002). Found on Wikimedia Commons.
A helpful list of Easter Egg hunt etiquette tips for parents bringing children to larger events. I wish I had seen this before we went to our first (and last) many years ago. When I skimmed the article and saw the heading labeled “Choking” I thought it was going to be something along the lines of, “No parent shall grab another and start manually choking him/her…” It was not referring to this kind of choking and I realize my egg hunt anger has not subsided. Found at Boston.com. Photo By James.lebinski (en:Image:Gladys_as_a_Chocolate_Easter_Bunny.jpg) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
I would still prefer to live in Whipsufferage than Belchertown. Found at Boston.com. Photo from Wikimedia Commons.
Massachusetts second graders track the “Last Great Race on Earth.” ~ A bit more self-promotion (and the reason my blogging has slowed down these past few days).
Is it trash or is it treasure? ~ Some shameless self-promotion on this snowy morning.
Thoughtful piece on Boston’s collective delusion.
President Obama pardons fish broker from 1990s fish scandal found on Boston.com. ~ I really just wanted to type “pardons fish broker” and “fish scandal,” although the story is interesting on its own non-humorous merit. Photo by Henry Zbyszynski found on Flickr.
Clearly the person that compiled this list at Boston.com has not been to college in the last decade or more because none of these seem all that unusual, particularly when you consider which schools are teaching which classes. ~ My most “unusual” class? A mass media course studying and analyzing pornographic movies with some viewed during class and others to be rented and watched outside of class. Didn’t seem all that weird at the time and, quite frankly, once you sit in a large group and start debating every little thing happening on screen they lose a bit of their “naughtiness.” Photo from Snapshots of the Past and found on Flickr.
Here’s a visual list of supposedly “weird” things about Boston found at Boston.com ~ I don’t think most of them are all that weird, but perhaps it’s because I’m a native. What I do find weird are street names that change depending on which direction you drive. I’m surrounded by streets that have one name going one way, but a different name when driving the other way. I’m guessing I forgot about this weirdness during my time away.
A tropical fish survives in a half inch of water overnight following a pet store break in. Found on Boston.com. Photo by Ben Popik found on Flickr.
The story of the potty mouth plow operator as found on Boston.com. Photo from Shanti Branford found on Flickr.
New Hampshire fishermen find possible mammoth tooth in their scallop nets? Fount at: Boston.com Photo found at Flickr from: http://www.petsadviser.com