The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, October 8, 1999

Statement was a personal opinion

To the Editor:

Although the conservation commission is usually quite pleased with your coverage of our meetings, I must clarify the reporting of a rather chaotic discussion that took place at the September 23 meeting.

We spent about an hour listening to evidence supporting the Flannery family's claim to the right to pass, by automobile or truck, along a road dating back to the 18th century, connecting Two Rod Road to present-day Bellows Hill and Estabrook Road, continuing on to Concord via Estabrook Road (the route of the Minutemen). It isn't the place of ConsCom to make decisions on this complicated matter, but we were trying to understand the status of the part of that old road that passes through the town-owned Carr Land, purchased in 1997.

Walter and Jake Flannery presented a substantial body of evidence from maps and deeds that this road has existed, from the founding of the town to quite recently. The current status of that road is of considerable importance to the Flannerys, the McCormicks, and to the town, but only legal opinion from town counsel can clarify it.

The Mosquito article quoted me as stating that I don't think this will ever become a town road. That's true. I want to stress, however, that this is my personal opinion, which does not represent any official position of the ConsCom, nor is it based on any legal expertise. The touchy issue of "frontage" for the Flannery land lies strictly in the hands of legal experts on the matter.

Jo Rita Jordan, chairman, Carlisle Conservation Commission

O'Rourke trails are open

To the Editor:

The trails on the O'Rourke farm, part of Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, are now open to the public. The building demolition carried out over the summer is over and the trails are safe for use. A continuous 3.5 mile (one way) walk on protected land is now possible from Foss Farm on Bedford Road through Great Meadows to the open fields of the O'Rourke farm and on to the fields, pond, and woods of the Greenough Land. A public grand opening celebration is planned for the morning of Saturday, October 30, with appearances by Senator Kennedy and Representative Meehan, who helped secure federal funding for the purchase of the property. The Trails Committee will be leading tours of the trail system. Details of the festivities will be published in the Mosquito in coming weeks.

Open trails in the Great Meadows / O'Rourke property are marked with yellow markers bearing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service logo. Trail access is either through the Foss Farm conservation area to the south or the Greenough Land to the north. Both areas have parking lots. There is no public parking area on the O'Rourke farm. The gravel driveway at 342 Maple Street, once known as Piggery Road, is not a public access. Also as a reminder, federal rules prohibit horses and trail bikes on National Wildlife Refuges.

Please take the time to get out and see this beautiful natural area in the fall, when it's at its best.

Steve Tobin
Carlisle Trails Committee

Malcolm Meadows clarification

To the Editor:

The article on Malcolm Meadows in the October 1 issue was excellent and we appreciated the effort that went into it. There is, however, one important correction that we would like to make. Concerning the 38 acres of Malcolm land it was stated, " the town was able to purchase the land from the church for conservation purposes, with a senior housing unit to be built on 4 acres." 'This statement continues the misconception that Malcolm Meadows was built on town-owned land. The residents of Malcolm Meadows paid $750,000 for 24 acres of Malcolm land. Malcolm Meadows was built on 4 acres of this land and the Congregational Church received $62,500 from each buyer as the 12 units were sold. The owners of Malcolm Meadows deeded the remaining 20 acres of land to the town of Carlisle for conservation purposes. In addition, 14 acres of Malcolm land were purchased by the town for $200,000, plus $50,000 raised by the Carlisle Conservation Foundation and the Trustees of Reservations. We at Malcolm Meadows feel that we made a significant contribution to the cost of the Malcolm land and are proud of the part we played in preserving much of the beautiful Malcolm land for conservation. We like to think that Mr. Malcolm would be pleased with the way his land is being used today.

Ruth and Bill Reeder
Stearns Street

Save the Conant Land and solve the housing dilemmas

To the Editor:

I first explored the Conant land back in the early '70s when Cora Conant was still alive and the town was considering buying it for water, fire, police and town hall. Water protection was the major concern for the town center, even back then.

Twenty-five years later, I got reacquainted with the land where, as a sculptor, I searched it for environmental sculpture sites. All my old impressions flooded back and I was struck by how that land inspired me.

I applaud the Carlisle Housing Authority's diligent efforts to get some affordable housing built, but I adamantly reject their choice of the Conant Land, just because the town owns it and the numbers come out right. The land clearly serves other essential purposeswater protection and soul space. It provides a buffer and resource for our densely developed town center, a most remarkable wild space and unspoiled habitat for everyone to reconnect with the land.

Instead of spoiling our center's treasure and creating future water and traffic problems, why can't other solutions be worked out? First, why not pass a land bank article? Two percent of the now totally unaffordable housing sales could build a fund for both affordable housing and conservation land.

Second, why can't our realtors and developers help solve the problem they have largely created? They could help inventory existing housing and land parcels that would be suitable and advise when such sales come up. Third, just as development rights are now purchased to save farmland, affordable housing rights (the difference between top dollar prices and affordable cost) could be purchased by the town with land bank money. This would keep the diverse mix of housing all over town as it used to be and show the state our long-term commitment to affordable housing solutions.

Also, a non-profit could be set up, paralleling the Conservation Foundation, to accept sites of land and housing, giving an option for residents to balance future land-use decisions.

In my experience, environmentally sensitive townspeople are not opposed to affordable housing. In fact it's just the opposite. With everyone eager to achieve the same goal, couldn't Carlisle set an example for truly innovative affordable housing solutions? Let's preserve the Conant Land and get at it!

Bonnie Miskolczy
Cross Street

Trails to school

To the Editor:

What a joy on a crisp fall morning to walk to school. Second-graders Lili Boxer and Ivy Santos used the trail from Rodgers Road and Stearns Street, through Banta-Davis, behind Green Cemetery, crossed the wetlands on a boardwalk, crossed a mist-covered Spalding Field and up to the school. And it took less time than Lili's usual bus ride and definitely less time than walking along the roads.

Carlisle trails are great short cuts to school or throughout town. For example, much of Bedford Road can be cut off by using the trail behind the old St. Irene church to Spalding field and the trail from the school to the library will be open again next year.

Trails are just so "Carlisle."

Janet Conover
Westford Street

Community 'digs' in

To the Editor:

On Saturday, we had a fantastic turnout at the two Carlisle sites for the 5th annual Concord-Carlisle Community Chest Day of Caring. Thanks to all 103 community members who helped; Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, teens fulfilling community service hours and families.

What great improvements you have made. At the Skip Anderegg Memorial Garden, the overgrown space was transformed into a beautiful, weed-free garden. At the second site, 250 cubic feet of wood mulch was spread under the entire Carlisle Castle Playground.

A special thanks to David and Dan Flannery who prepped the playground and continue to put the finishing touches on the project. We greatly appreciate their direction and enthusiasm that now make the playground a safe place to play.

The following is a list of all Scouts, families and neighbors who helped: Tim White, the Fabrizio family, Nick Probolus, the Johnson family, Chad and Matthew Koski, the Cheever family, Jimmy and Chris Burnham, Henry Carr, April Stone and Harry Epstein, Johnny and Peter Stone, Dennis and Brian Lieb, Craig Pedersen, the Davin family, David Nelson, Warren Spence, Tucker Ford Webb, Kathy and Alex Horvath, Dan Luoma, Dan Cook, Russ Lamoreaux, the Walsh family, Abha and Privanka Singhal, Marian Goodale, the Endres family, Fran Hirschel, Robert and Sandy Dolins, the Hart family, Zach Jacobellis, the Ramnarine family, Brian Boule, the Amodei family, Alex Zywiak, Annie Pauler and Theresa Kvietkauskas, David and Steve Tobin, David, Dan and Michael Flannery, Phil and Meg Herman, the Creighton family, Bradley Bero, Terry and Catherine O'Kelly, Evan Carpenito, Barbara Howland and David Watson, Billy Luther, Lauren Lamere, Tim Galligan, Jimmy Ford, Parker and Windler Schweer, Nate Johnson, Monica and Bill Diercks, Derek Cribb, Tony Hayes, the McCandless family, the Hsieh family, the Thomas family, and Vikas Patel. Their time and efforts are greatly appreciated.

Laurie Diercks, president
Concord-Carlisle Community Chest

RecCom grateful for help

To the Editor:

The recreation commission and staff at Carlisle Recreation would like to thank all the people who contributed to the success of the summer program. Enrollments were excellent and we had to add new sections in our K-4 program to meet the demands of the town. These programs are only possible through the efforts of local townspeople who generously donate their swimming pools, time and expertise.

We would like to thank the Bohn family, the Forsberg family and the Allison/Burkel family for donating use of their pools for swimming lessons. We also want to thank Cindy Nock for organizing the swimming program which was especially challenging due to the regional shortage of swim instructors.

Our thanks to Jan Deyoe, Joyce Hamlyn, Karen Verrill, Nicole Burkel, Claire Scheffer, Anjli Trehan, Janet Gillies, Alison Saylor and Leslie Morgan for their dedication and hard work bringing the summer program to the community.

Several of our programs are taught by local residents who come forward to share their expertise with the children in town. We would like to thank Clyde Kessel for Bike Hike, Doug Deyoe for the canoe and kayak program, Anjli Trehan for Web page design, Joyce Hamlyn for ceramics, Karin Lemmerman for pottery and

Kathy Hassey for first aid, CPR and babysitter training.

We also would like to thank the many teens who worked for Camp Carlisle this past summer. Their gift of time and caring for the children is what makes all these programs successful.

With the success of the program this year, we face new challenges in meeting the demands for next year. If you have a skill or talent to share with our children, please call us at 369-9815 and help us make next year's program even better. Organizational work is done largely by volunteers. All positions working with children are paid. Please consider helping with this worthwhile program.

Carol Peters
chair, Carlisle Recreation Commission

1999 The Carlisle Mosquito