Dance like nobody’s watching at Carlisle’s Friday Night Live

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.

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Why I write for the Mosquito

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

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Nature and technology meet at Gleason’s newest art show

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

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New England News

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.

New England News

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, 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.

New England News

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 Photo By James.lebinski (en:Image:Gladys_as_a_Chocolate_Easter_Bunny.jpg) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

New England News

Clearly the person that compiled this list at 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.

New England News

Here’s a visual list of supposedly “weird” things about Boston found at ~ 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.