Town Hall summer hours
Effective Monday, June 3, the Town Hall hours of operation for the summer months through September 2, 2019 will be as follows:
Mondays: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Tuesdays: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Wednesdays: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Thursdays: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Fridays: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Please feel free to contact the Selectmen’s office with any questions at 1-978-369-6136.
Community member needed for SAC
The Carlisle School Advisory Council (SAC) is looking for a Community member who does not have children currently enrolled in the Carlisle Public Schools to join the committee for a three-year term.
SAC is charged with supporting District Goals through writing and implementing the School Improvement Plan, reviewing the school district budget, and providing general enhancement for the school community. Members serve a three-year term, and meetings are held throughout the year. The SAC requires equal representation of school personnel and parents and must contain at least one community member.
The SAC meets one Wednesday a month from 3:15-4:30. To learn more about SAC, go to http://www.carlisle.k12.ma.us/Page/613 .
For more information and to submit your interest, email Carrie Patel, Carlisle PTO President at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ConsCom needs help with Open Space Plan
The Carlisle Conservation Commission is looking for Carlisle citizens interested in the town’s open spaces to assist with the revision of Carlisle’s Open Space and Recreation Plan (Plan). The current Plan has received state approval through September 2020. Approval for an updated Plan is is required in order to make Carlisle eligible for various grant opportunities after 2020. The purpose of the revision is to document changes that have occurred since the approval of the existing Plan and to provide plans and guidance for open space protection in the future. Copies of the existing Plan can be found in the Gleason Public Library, 22 Bedford Road, in the Conservation Commission office at 66 Westford Street, Carlisle, MA and on the Town website: https://www.carlislema.gov/580/Open-Space-Recreation-Plan
Anyone interested and willing to participate in this approximately 18 month project should send a letter of interest to Sylvia Willard, Conservation Administrator, Carlisle Conservation Commission, 66 Westford Street, Carlisle, MA 01741 or email email@example.com.
ConsCom seeking new member
The Conservation Commission has an opening on its seven member board. The board has two major areas of responsibility which include administration of the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act and protection of the town’s natural resources.
Under the Wetlands Protection Act, permits are required for projects with development and alterations in or near wetlands or other water resource areas. The Commission also manages the town’s conservation land, undertakes conservation planning and land acquisition, oversees the operation the Cranberry Bog, presents an annual conservationist award at the town’s Old Home Day celebration, and helps provide an environmmental educational role in the community.
The Commission is particularly interested in people with a legal, civil engineering or agricultural background, as well as the geological or other earth sciences. The Commission is seeking a member who is willing to volunteer to work to protect the public interests for the town and its residents. Those who have an interest in conservation and environmental issues, and are willing to actively work in resource protection will be considered.
The Commission, which generally meets on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month, is supported by full time office staff in the Conservation Commission’s office in the Town Hall and by their volunteer subcommittee, the Land Stewardship Committee.
If you would be interested in serving on the Conservation Commission, please send a brief resume and cover letter immediately to both the Conservation Commission, and to the Carlisle Board of Selectmen, the appointing authority, addressed to the Town Hall, 66 Westford Street, Carlisle. If you have any questions, please call the Conservation Office at 1-978-369-0336.
Do you have a File of Life?
“File Of Life” kits for Carlisle seniors are available at the COA office at Town Hall. In an emergency, the “File Of Life” card enables emergency medical technicians (EMTs) to obtain a quick medical history and vital personal information when a patient is unable to offer it.
The card, which is kept in a red plastic pocket labeled “File of Life,” lists the patient’s name, emergency contacts, health insurance policy and social security number, health conditions, medications including dosages, allergies, recent surgeries, religion, doctor’s name and whether or not there is a health care proxy or living will.
For more information about the “File of Life” program, call 1-978-371-2895.
Sign up for RUOK®
If you live alone, you may want to sign up for the free RUOK® Telephone Reassurance System. The system will call you at the predetermined time you request. When you answer, you’ll hear a short pre-recorded call message from the COA. If you don’t pick up after several tries, the police will personally try to reach you, and if there is still no reply they will stop by and check on you at home. This system has saved lives. Call the Council on Aging to sign up at 1-978-371-2895.
Police have drug disposal bags
The Carlisle Police now have drug disposal bags. Residents who want to dispose of bags but don’t want to use the station’s disposal container are welcome to pick up a bag or have one delivered to them. Pills are placed in the bag and water is added, which mixes with a chemical inside the lining of the bag, rendering the pills unusable. Chief of Police John Fisher said that residents are still able to deposit pills and sharps at the Police Station.
New emergency services available submitted by Chief John Fisher
The Carlisle Police Department is pleased to offer a new service to Carlisle residents. We added two new forms to our website that will provide contact information in case of emergency, titled ICE Forms on our website.
The first ICE form allows Carlisle parents or guardians to designate adults that may be contacted in the event they are unavailable to get home to their children. The “need” for this type of contact information was the idea of a Carlisle parent when they read an article about a mother (not from Carlisle) involved in a car crash on her way home from work. The mother was unconscious as a result of the injuries sustained in the collision, her children were elementary school aged and did not know where they could go or whom to call when the police arrived at their home. While the need for this information may not involve a case as dire as the one noted, there may be a variety of reasons a Carlisle parent or guardian may want the police to know who is authorized to be with or pick up their children in the event of an emergency. The information will be stored at the police department and only used in the event of an emergency.
The second ICE Form is for any adult who wants to leave similar directives. The form collects the adult’s information and then provides the space to list the cell, work and home contact information for other adults that the resident would like contacted in the event of an emergency when they are not able to provide it to the police. There have been recent cases where the Carlisle Police had no contact person for a Carlisle resident who became incapacitated at home.
Residents are encouraged to look at the forms by going to the town’s website at www.carlislema.gov, choosing the Police tab under Public Safety, finding the Downloadable Forms tab, and then looking at the ICE forms. If interested, fill in the desired form (both forms are in fillable format) and email, mail or drop off the forms.
Be a Mosquito friend
Like what you’ve seen in The Mosquito? We could use your help. We are a non-profit paper and every contribution, no matter the size, helps. So please consider a donation to The Carlisle Mosquito Fund, 662A Bedford Road, Carlisle or online at www.carlislemosquito.org.
Garden Club welcomes new members
The Carlisle Garden Club is welcoming new members. The Garden Club is a nonprofit organization dedicated to gardening education, town beautification and supporting the Debbie Wright Scholarship. Each month features a speaker on a subject of horticultural interest and other opportunities to learn, contribute and have fun. Group projects include a bi-annual plant sale and garden tour, Pumpkins on the Common, maintenance of the rotary, and decorating wreaths with senior citizens. All are welcome, novice gardeners as well as experts. Visit the website at www.carlislegardenclub.org or contact Elizabeth Acquaviva or Peg Gladstone for more information.
School meal applications available
The Carlisle Public School Food Service offers healthy meals every school day. Free and reduced price meal benefits are available to qualifying families. For a free and reduced application, you may visit the school website at http://www.carlisle.k12.ma.us/Page/463 or call Sue Robichaud at 1-978-402-8666. You may also pick up a copy at the school kitchen. You may apply for free and reduced meals anytime during the school year.