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Special Town Meeting voter registration deadline

To the Editor:

A Special Town Meeting will be held on Tuesday , October 2, 2018 at 7 p.m. in the Carlisle Public School Corey Auditorium. Only registered voters may vote at the Meeting.

If you are unsure of your registration status, you may check online at: https://www.sec.state.ma.us/voterregistrationsearch/myvoterregstatus.aspx or contact our office at 1-978-369-6155 or via email at townclerk@carlislema.gov.

For those who still need to register, the last day to do so will be Friday, September 21. The Town Clerk’s Office will be open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on this date for this registration session.

A copy of the Warrant Articles may be found on our website at: http://www.carlislema.gov/DocumentCenter/View/1443/STM-Warrant-l0-2-2018

Please note that check-in for this Town Meeting will be done by street name, as usually applied during elections.

Mary de Alderete, CMC

Town Clerk

When are the Deer Committee meetings?

To the Editor:

On May 2, I sat in the Deer Committee meeting that had been announced  the previous week in the Mosquito. Perhaps by sheer coincidence, the Deer Committee then abruptly changed their policy of announcing upcoming meetings in the paper. Or perhaps it had something to do with the fact that I told them I was opposed to deer hunting on Town Land and planned on attending future meetings. The bottom line is that no more announcements regarding upcoming Deer Committee meetings have been made in the Mosquito.  Stopping the meeting announcements is not an oversight as the committee secretary still posts Trails Committee future meetings in the paper.

As a former member of the Lyme Disease Sub-Committee, it had been my understanding that all such meetings must be announced in the Mosquito. I am trying to determine if I erred in my understanding. Regardless, the Deer Committee changed their policy to the detriment of Carlisle residents who would have liked to attend.

I propose that this change in policy by the Deer Committee invalidates all their meetings held since May 2.  Therefore, the deer hunt on town land is invalid and must be cancelled.

More important, the original purpose of the deer kill was to lower the odds of getting Lyme disease. The Lyme Disease Sub-Committee does not support the deer hunt. Not only do the deer not contribute to increased odds of getting the disease, but it is now believed by scientists that the deer may serve to dilute the number of ticks who carry the disease making it less likely.

When I attended the May 2 meeting, there were too many unanswered questions to do the hunt this year. Not only were questions of finances unanswered, but what would happen if someone were hurt–the hunters, the townspeople, pets. And what about the people from other towns who use town land and hike feeling safe assuming as in previous years there is no hunting allowed. And what makes up the background checks for the bowhunters? Is it solely DUI or addictions as I heard at the meeting?

Some things are better ended before they start.

Jeannie Geneczko

Maple Street

Knitters needed

To the Editor:

Can you knit a hat or scarf for a person in need? If so, you’ll join volunteers from across the community of Carlisle and surrounding towns who are knitting or crocheting hats and scarves for the homeless community in Boston. This intergenerational effort–the Knitting in Service Society (KISS)–started by a former Carlisle First Religious Society youth in 2006 has been responsible for the donation of over 1,700 handmade items to Common Cathedral, the homeless faith community in Boston. Common Cathedral uses these items as individually wrapped and labeled Christmas presents for its congregants, a tradition that is deeply meaningful and profoundly appreciated by its recipients. FRS volunteers visit Common Cathedral each Fall to worship with the homeless congregants at their open-air service on Boston Common, bring lunch to share, and also bring the hats and scarves knitted over the year. This year’s deadline to submit hats and scarves is October 18. Drop off your contributions at either the KISS basket in the front entryway of FRS or the COA office in Town Hall.  Also all are welcome to join the monthly knitting meetings; call FRS (1-978-369-5180) and leave a message for more information, or speak to Angela Smith at the COA (1-978-371-2895 ).

Thank you,

Linda Myers-Tierney

Angela Smith

Thanks, Carlisle, on behalf of Seamus

To the Editor:

My recently rescued senior Beagle Seamus got out on Friday afternoon and disappeared off into the woods. We live next to Great Brook State Park. First the good news he is home safe and sound after 48 hours outside.

I wanted to thank the Town of Carlisle for all the care and concern shown for Seamus. I posted on the Carlisle Parents group Facebook page and the cityinthewoods Yahoo group. The number of people who called and texted and took their dog walks on Saturday in Great Brook State Park to look for Seamus was overwhelming.

He was found Sunday morning by a Carlisle Mom who had seen the Facebook post the night before and went for her morning run in the park. He was on Woodchuck Trail about half a mile in, “waiting.” This amazing woman got him by the collar and waited with him until we could get in with his leash. 

Seamus came from Beagles of New England States (BONES) http://www.bonesbeagles.org/ and they organized and helped with the search as well. If you love Beagles they are an amazing organization.

“It takes a village” and the village of Carlisle sure came through for Seamus. Thank you.

Terri Grant (and Seamus)

Patch Meadow Lane

Important items from Master Planning Committee’s Workshop

To the Editor:

As Chair of the Master Plan Steering Committee (MPSC), I would like to clear up some confusion over recent reporting regarding the topics that the master plan will consider. The Planning Board Shorts from September 10 and an article from July 27 suggest that the MPSC is focused on only three topics. This information is incomplete. During the Ideas Workshop that the MPSC ran on July 18 more than 100 people attended and all topics and comments were recorded. The following is a summary of ten recurring themes that were at the forefront of people’s minds during the workshop:

1. Community Center: Desire for a multi-use space for use by different community groups 

2. Creating Community: General lack of places that support informal socializing and engagement, especially for the elderly and young people

3. Housing: Need for greater diversity housing choices and affordability

4. Revenue Generating Opportunities: Concern that the Town is limited by its reliance on residential taxes and great interest in finding creative solutions for increasing commercial activity

5. Town Center: Interest in developing the town center into a walkable destination and gathering place with retail options and dining venues 

6. Walkability: Need for sidewalks or pathways to enhance public safety and a sense of connectivity and community

7. Transportation: Limited transportation is a challenge, especially for the young and the elderly

8. Conservation and Recreation: Appreciation for the rural character of Carlisle and interest in preserving Carlisle’s character 

9. Agricultural Uses: Opportunities to diversify farm activities and explore new ideas for generating revenue

10. Sustainability: Interest in developing a sustainability strategy for the town that addresses energy, water, waste and recycling, transportation, economy and community.

The MPSC is developing an inclusive community process and encouraging broad participation from everyone who lives and works in our community. There will be many opportunities to participate over the coming months. The Carlisle Master Plan will create a shared vision and a road map for the town to prioritize future community needs.  Please visit the Carlisle Master Plan website for more information: www.carlisleplan.org

Janne Corneil

MPSC Chair

[Ed notes: See also the June 22 article “Ideas Forum uncovers desire for diversity, commerce, community” that includes many comments and suggestions by participants in the Ideas Forum. The Master Plan website, www.carlisleplan.org, was not yet functioning as of press time on September 19.]