The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, May 14, 1999


More candidates who are willing to share their expertise


Harry Crowther

School Committee

Three-year term

Tell us a little about yourself.

I've lived in Carlisle since 1978 with my wife and two children. My son is a Concord-Carlisle High School junior, my daughter is a Carlisle sixth grader. We've lived in Massachusetts since 1970 when I was with the Army at Fort Devens teaching electronics. Later I worked for DEC, developing information systems, for almost 20 years. More recently, I seem to have spent much of my time doing public service. I'm a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, BS in physics, minor in literature. I know a lot about computers.

Experience, knowledge or special interests:

As a citizen, and a parent of school children, with day-to-day experience as a school volunteer, and without the pressures of a career, I think I would come to the school committee with an open mind and without any particular agenda. I have some anxiety about the school library, still without a qualified librarian.

The biggest challenges:

The biggest challenges have to do with small-town realities in this affluent suburb. The desire to preserve and improve the quality of education, while keeping costs (and class size) down, even as enrollment increases. The desire to maintain local control while looking to share costs with other towns. So, there are contradictions. I think the priority is to preserve/ improve quality.

On the school's ballot requests:

A major reality of small-town school budgets is that overrides are inevitable, if we are to continue with the Carlisle Schools as we know them. Offering several override levels allows voters to indicate their degree of interest in the continued success and improvement of the schools. I urge a vote in favor of Question 1b and Question 5, as the need for maintenance is evident in various areas, and note that the override structure seems particularly complex this year.

On foreign language:

To study a second language is a good idea, a noble undertaking in our English-intense culture, to show our kids that the world at large is a rich and complex place, n'est-ce pas? As for the 'most appropriate language,' Dutch is pretty interesting even if not wildly popular. However, I think French is appropriate and that it could be introduced around fourth grade and become more intensive through middle school. I do not believe it's feasible or necessary to offer more than one foreign language.

On the size of the school committee:

I have no opinion at present, except that this seems like an internal matter for the school committee at this point.

Rosalie Johnson

Library Trustee

Three-year term

Tell us a little about yourself.

I have lived in Carlisle since 1967, never expecting to be in the same place all these years later.

My children grew up here and now have left to make their own lives. I'm a landscape designer currently on a self-imposed sabbatical from a 9-5 working life. I spend a great deal of time with the Community Outreach Group, a non-profit organization that offers professional development for student landscape designers by pairing them with community groups who are unable to obtain more traditional design services. And of course, there is a library to build.

The biggest challenge:

Three years ago I wrote that the biggest challenge as trustee would be the renovation and expansion of the building. Now, three years later, it is still the biggest challenge. The town has voted the funds, but the building has to be built and $100,000 raised for the furnishings. I would like to see the project through and be a part of the excitement and challenge of growing a new building. Working with library director Ellen Rauch and the other trustees has been a delight, and I look forward to continuing this relationship into the future. This coming year will demand every skill, both those known and those yet to be discovered, to complete this project.

Thirty-two years ago I became a devoted library user. This is an enduring relationship I cannot do without. I look forward to this opportunity to be part of a new future for our 100-year- old library. The integration of a historic building with the programs of the future will demand all the ingenuity and creativity the trustees can lend to the project.

Louise Hara

Planning Board

Five-year term

Tell us a little about yourself.

I've been a resident of Carlisle for six years. I'm married, the mother of two children, ages 10 and 4, and currently on parental leave from the architecture profession.

Although born in Japan, I grew up in rural communities in Pennsylvania and Virginia. I love the outdoors, and animals large and small.

Experience, knowledge, and special interests:

After receiving a Masters of Architecture from MIT, I worked on a wide variety of public, commercial, and residential projects before becoming the architect/planner for the Brigham and Women's Hospital. I coordinated the programming and budgets for up to 50 construction projects at any point in time. When it comes to building things, I know how to deal with the design, engineering, construction and money people.

Since moving to Carlisle, I have been active with the trails committee, first as an associate and now appointed member. I edited the most recent edition of the Trails in Carlisle booklet, and worked with Steve Tobin in developing many of the maps. I am the committee's representative to the municipal land committee, and in that capacity have analyzed the town's build-out potential on a lot-by-lot basis. Through these activities, I have developed a deep knowledge and appreciation of the people and the land features that make our community special.

The biggest challenges:

We must strike a delicate balance between our desire to maintain the open, uncrowded look and character of Carlisle and respecting landowners' rights. Also, comprehensive permitswhere the town cedes considerable planning controlmay become increasingly attractive to developers as rapid advances in septic system technology lower their costs.

On limiting development:

As the Growing Pains report points out, rapid growth that creates the need for a new school and added services will have grave financial consequences. The planning board should continue its practice of encouraging developers to discuss conceptual plans early on, when flexible, creative solutions can most easily be found. We should also explore the possibility of a zoning bylaw that would "freeze" current regulations for landowners who place a 15- or 20-year no-build restriction on their land.

Most importantly, the municipal land committee needs to continue working towards a comprehensive plan for the acquisition of certain critical open parcels. At Town Meeting this fall, we will need to adopt serial bonding or some other creative financial mechanism that will enable us to pursue a deliberate plan on our own terms, rather than simply reacting to the imminent threat of a developer's bulldozers.

Marty Galligan

Housing Authority

Five-year term

Tell us a little about yourself.

My wife and I have lived in Carlisle since 1985. We have two children in the Carlisle Schools, and we have volunteered for a number of child-, church-, and town-related activities. I am a software engineer at Wavemark Technologies, where I work on embedded control software in printers.

Experience, knowledge:

I have been on the housing authority for 11 years, and my most useful experience and knowledge has been accumulated during that time. I have been involved in numerous discussions with state officials about the costs and benefits of subsidized affordable housing.

Perhaps more relevant, I have come to know many of the people that serve on various town boards, and I have a thorough knowledge of what is required in a housing development from points of view other than my own.

The biggest challenges:

The Carlisle Housing Authority is the focus of a number of pressures on the town. The bottom rung of the housing market in town now seems to be somewhere around $350,000. This means that a great number of the people that provide the services in town that we all need cannot hope to live here. Because the nearby towns are in a similar situation, town employees, children who grew up in town and elderly looking for a smaller home have no options available to them in this area.

Additionally, the state has a statute permitting developers to override local zoning in towns like Carlisle that have less than ten percent of their housing stock set aside as affordable. We are all concerned about the impact multiple such developments may have on our water resources, town budget and the appearance of the town.

For these reasons, a majority of the people in town support the development of affordable housing. There are continued difficulties to be overcome, however. Some of these include the high cost of buildable land, the great need to make any developed housing fit in with the character and appearance of the neighborhood and providing a careful and conservative management of construction projects and long-term management.

I am happy to serve on the housing authority for another five years, and would therefore welcome your vote on May 18.

Laura Semrad

Board of Health

Three-year term

Tell us a little about yourself

Like many residents in Carlisle, I had the fortune to grow up in town. My father, Theodore L. Semrad, held many elected positions and instilled in myself a belief in civic duty. When approached to run for the Board of Health, it seemed an opportunity for me to contribute in an area of interest.

I am a magna cum laude graduate of Simmons College, receiving a bachelor of science in nursing. The nursing program at Simmons is one of the oldest in the United States and has a traditional emphasis on community health. I hope to bring to the board of health an interest in expanding community awareness on health issues that do not pertain only to septic systems. This should be my greatest challenge in Carlisle!

Professionally, I am an oncology nurse at Massachusetts General Hospital.

1999 The Carlisle Mosquito