Blanchette is running for Town Clerk
To the Editor:
I worked in the Town Clerk’s office for more than two years (2015-2018). I was trained to oversee the day-to-day operations of the office in the Clerk’s absence, including one full month when the Clerk was hospitalized. I know the ins and outs of that office down to every level of detail, process and procedure peculiar to Carlisle. I have answered your phone calls, issued your dog licenses, notarized your documents, presided at your weddings, processed your census filings, tallied your votes, produced death certificates, d/b/a/s and birth certificates and performed myriad other duties on behalf of the Town Clerk. Now I’m asking for your vote so that I can continue the job.
I bring not only intimate knowledge of the office, but 30 years of senior program and project management experience, including time management, vendor management, risk documentation and mitigation planning.
I’ve worked for giant corporations and for start-ups and I have carried with me the same basic business philosophy: engage everyone, cascade information, don’t make excuses, deliver what you promise and strive for continual improvement.
This is the philosophy I brought and will bring back to the Clerk’s office. I want to prioritize and organize all the information you may need and make it universally accessible. I want to bring us into compliance with all Massachusetts General Laws regarding filings with the Commonwealth. I want you to walk into the office expecting rapid response to your query but also expecting the office to be totally ready for the next election or Town Meeting or whatever else requires thoughtful, long-term planning. I believe that the Clerk’s office could function more efficiently by moving from a reactionary mode to a pro-active one. This will take time, planning and patience, but I believe it can be achieved by putting certain best-practice tools in place, including automation and other modern business practices.
Please vote for me for Town Clerk. To learn more about me, visit my Facebook page ElectBlanchette ElectBlanchette. You may also write me at ElectBlanchette@gmail.com.
Red Pine Drive
Carlisle needs a Housing Coordinator
To the Editor:
The article in the March 16 Mosquito regarding the Board of Selectmen’s proposed budget for next fiscal year noted their decisions on staffing requests for various town boards. However, the most radical staffing change the Selectmen are proposing is elimination of the 24 hour/week Housing Coordinator. To our knowledge, no Board of Selectmen has ever proposed cutting all staff for an elected town board.
The Carlisle Housing Authority (CHA) intends to offer an amendment at Town Meeting on April 30 to restore this position on a half-time basis. We appreciate how precious your tax dollars are; we are proposing to reduce expense for the position by more than 20% compared to the current year.
The Housing Coordinator has been the only professional staff support for the Housing Authority going back 11 years; it is essential to our operation. Affordable Housing is a very complex, highly regulated field involving local, state and federal housing, non-discrimination, financial and land use laws and regulations. The citizen volunteers who are elected to serve on the Housing Authority are committed to expanding the supply of affordable and diverse housing options in Carlisle. However, none of the CHA board members have a professional background in housing, so we depend on professional support.
Over the last several years, Carlisle’s Housing Coordinator has been essential to the creation and monitoring of the Benfield Farms senior housing development and the Till, Inc. group home for adults with intellectual disabilities. The Coordinator also provides assistance to Carlisle residents experiencing housing insecurity, including threatened foreclosure.
The Housing Coordinator is critical to navigating and interpreting the technical information involved in developing housing options that will serve the needs of Carlisle seniors seeking to downsize, working people (including our own children) who can’t afford to own a home here and people of modest means eligible for subsidized housing. Technical elements include housing needs, state housing initiatives, financial feasibility and Fair Housing law compliance, to name a few.
We hope to earn your support for our amendment at Town Meeting. For more information or to volunteer your help, please email Steve Pearlman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chair, Carlisle Housing Authority
Wolf Rock Road
Scout sale is on
To the Editor:
It’s that time of year again: On March 24, the Carlisle Boy Scouts will be at the Transfer Station to take orders for the fabulous lawn, garden and bird seed products that are offered every year, including the red bags of Great Brook Farm composted manure.
Delivery to your door will be take place on March 31 or April 7.
Please support Scouting in Carlisle by placing an order.
Amy B. Coloian
For Troop 135
Thanks from seventh grade play producers
To the Editor:
This past weekend was the Carlisle School’s Class of 2019 Seventh Grade Play production of Seussical, Jr.
The Seventh Grade Play is a long-standing tradition in Carlisle. It is a unique opportunity for seventh-grade students to play an integral part in a full-scale musical production. The cast and crew are entirely made up of students, who begin working in January. Cast members learn lines, singing, dance choreography and blocking, while the tech crew lends their creative and technical talents to set design and installation, props, costumes, makeup and sound and light equipment.
It is a fabulous team-building opportunity, where months of hard work culminate in the pieces coming together in the final weekend of shows. It has been a joy to be part of their learning process and watch these kids come together as a class.
Thank you to all the parents who volunteered their time to make this a wonderful experience for their children, to those in the Carlisle community who lent their time and energy, and to our outstanding directing team: Linda St. Francis, Amanda Kern and Becky Robichaud.
And, thank you to all who joined the Seventh grade class for this very special production of Seussical, Jr. We hope you enjoyed the show.
Ali Walsh, Casey Smith,
Jane Hamilton & Stephanie Blunt
Seventh Grade Play Producers
Uncomfortable with stereotypes
To the Editor:
It’s always a pleasure to read about the Seventh Grade Play. Theater creates a level playing field, where students work together as equals with a common goal.
This year’s article, however, perpetuated a disturbing stereotype. It read, “The dads work on the set; the moms help with costumes, hair, make-up and getting the students back and forth for the rehearsals and performances.” Seriously? In 2018?
Our children participated in Night at the Wax Museum a few years ago, and the fabulous set was designed by a seasoned female architect. Yes, a mom. She also shepherded the construction of the magnificent backdrop. The props and set pieces were built by both boys and girls. And many dads drove the carpools.
Please reconsider how you characterize the roles of “moms and dads.” Such pernicious stereotypes are rooted in the 1950s.
Page Brook Road
To the Editor:
I loved Liz Bishop’s Forum in the March 16 issue about the game of bridge as a metaphor for life. After years of (still) learning the game, I strongly relate. Liz observes that learning bridge entails inevitable mistakes, forgiveness and intellectual growth. For me, bridge requires striving to continuously improve my communication. My goals are to better comprehend partner’s signals during play and be better understood by my partner. These are at the core of the essentials of learning and playing bridge. And for me, they work as a useful guide for everyday living.
Annie Jackson Hill