The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, February 12, 1999

Carlisle Land Trust updates plans for Curve Street

To the Editor:

The Carlisle Land Trust (CLT) has launched the limited development portion of its plan to preserve most of the Curve Street Corn Fields for agricultural and conservation use. "We're taking a two-track approach," explains Wayne Davis, a member of the CLT Board. "We're listing the property and trying to attract prospective homeowners. At the same time, we're approaching several builders and developers directly and inviting them to submit proposals."

The fields, 43 acres that straddle Curve Street at the intersection with Fiske, are currently owned by Ms. Juliette Wang and farmed by Jack Valentine and Mark Duffy. Last August, Ms. Wang entered into an agreement to sell the land to developer Brian Hebb. Since the land had benefited from reduced property taxes due to its agricultural use, the town received an automatic right of refusal to match the developer's offer. In December, the board of selectmen assigned the right of refusal to the Carlisle Land Trust, which exercised the right and stepped into the contract.

"We hope to save the entire parcel north of Curve Street and a significant portion of the south parcel, which we can then offer back to the town" said Art Milliken, CLT president. To help reduce the acquisition cost, the CLT hopes to sell two or three house lots. The house lots will be situated on the western portion of the parcel to minimize the visual impact while maximizing preservation of the areas in agricultural use.

"We're looking for purchaserswhether a builder or the ultimate homeownerwho will work with us to find a solution that will enhance one of the most beautiful and distinctive vistas in Carlisle," explained Davis, who is coordinating the Land Trust's efforts.

In addition to selling a few house lots, the Land Trust is also helping to prepare a grant application to the state's Agricultural Preservation Restriction Program in hopes of further reducing costs to the Town.

A Warrant article for town purchase of the preserved portions is expected to be presented at May Town Meeting.

The Carlisle Land Trust and its sister organization, the Carlisle Conservation Foundation, are private, non-profit organizations dedicated to promoting conservation values in Carlisle and preserving land for conservation and agricultural uses.

Eunice Knight
CLT Clerk

Sixth graders to the rescue!

To the Editor:

On Monday, February 1, sixth-grade students and teachers at the Carlisle Schools gathered at an assembly to present a check of $1,142.72 to Mr. Offenheiser, president of Oxfam America. This money will help the people in Central America, whose homes were destroyed by Hurricane Mitch.

Last December, after hearing about Hurricane Mitch and the damage it did, the sixth-grade students (who were studying weather) decided to pitch in and work to raise money for the Hurricane Mitch relief fund. In addition, the sixth- and seventh-grade teachers donated money instead of giving each other holiday presents. At the assembly, Mr. Offenheiser (who is sixth-grader Patrick Offenheiser's father) explained how the donation will help people in Central America rebuild their homes and their lives. He said the money will also help to replace and store fresh water because, after natural disasters such as this, the water supply becomes contaminated. It can cause diseases and diarrhea, from which people can become dehydrated and die very quickly.

Mr. Offenheiser also gave a presentation on Oxfam America. He showed videos about another natural disaster, a cyclone in Bangladesh. In 1991, a cyclone with 150 mph winds struck an island off the mainland of Bangladesh. A total of 138,000 people were killed because they didn't have the money, the resources or the education to protect themselves. Oxfam America, along with other relief agencies, sent food, clothes, water, and medicine to help these survivors. They also gave money to build storm shelters and to educate people to protect themselves. The next time a cyclone hit the island in 1994, not a single person was killed.

Everyone at the assembly learned a lot about Oxfam America, but the most important thing we learned was the value of helping others who are in need. Austin Reed, a sixth-grade student, said, "I think it was really good that we raised the money because the people really need it. It was also so easy; everyone just gave a few dollars and it added up to a lot."

Rachel Schneebaum
and Jenny Zuk
Sixth-grade students

Grateful for quick and caring response

To the Editor:

I would like to express my gratitude to the Carlisle Fire Dept. and the Carlisle Police Dept.

In January we experienced a chimney fire. The response of the department was quick and caring. Having a number of familiar people respond to a potentially devastating situation brought a large degree of comfort.

I am grateful to Officer Cardone and to Mr. David Flannery and his crew. The situation was handled professionally with a big dose of friendliness and neighborly concern. This was a time when the benefits of living in a small town truly shone. Thanks so very much to everyone who helped!

Lynne Carpenito
South Street

1999 The Carlisle Mosquito