The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, November 5, 1999

Support Community Preservation Act

To the Editor:

The Community Preservation Act enables any municipality to create a fund to protect open space, preserve historic buildings and landscapes, and provide affordable housing. The state Senate recently passed this act with two alternatives for funding. A property tax surcharge and a real estate transfer tax were offered. The state law would maintain both options and a community would select one according to its particular situation. The House version of the bill contains only one funding option (property tax surcharge). However, Rep. Flynn has generated an amendment to restore the real estate transfer tax to yield the same funding option pattern as the Senate version.

Please contact our Representative Carol Cleven to express your feelings regarding the importance of the Community Preservation Act and the need for both funding options being available so that communities can choose. Action on the bill is expected in the Legislature (House) in the near future.

For more information on the Community Preservation Act, please call Mass. Audubon at 617-523-8448 and ask for Martha Westropp. For a pamphlet titled "The Community Preservation Act: A Tool in the Fight Against Sprawl," call the Community Preservation Coalition at 617-725-0597.

Dave Comstock
Pine Brook Road

What is appropriate for horse owners?

To the Editor:

Whose letter were the two horse owners responding to in the October 22 Mosquito? Certainly not mine. Nowhere did I state or imply that horses should be "outlawed" from Carlisle or that it should be a "people-only" town. Nor did I bring up the subject of dogs, cats, leash laws, fish, chickens or sheep.

I would agree wholeheartedly that horses are wonderful, beautiful animals and that they are a "wonderful hobby" enjoyed by a "minority" of residents in Carlisle. Don't they deserve the much-needed space to run and graze on "beautiful hayfield vistas," and not be cooped up in a backyard pen (which is uncomfortably close to neighbors), devoid of edible vegetation and forced to stand in their own excrement day after day? This is not a pretty sight or smell. I don't believe that anyone should have the right to impose the negative elements of his hobby onto his neighbors, causing damage to property or diminished quality of life and property values.

My concerns have been taken to the proper town officials and I found that there is no zoning bylaw that gives owners the "'right" to keep horses on their residential property and a special permit is required to board horses on residential property. Also the board of health (BOH) has regulations against stockpiling the excreta of "environmentally friendly" horses within 40 feet of a lot line or public way and 100 feet of any wetland, watercourse, pond or well. But the BOH also admits that the word "stockpile" is ambiguous and inadequate.

So, let's get back to the topic for discussion being proposed in this forum: is it appropriate for an owner to house and confine his horses in a very limited space located in its entirety closer to the houses of two neighbors than to his own house? And if not, how should it be prevented?

Again I would like to hear opinions of other residents, including other horse owners who can maintain some objectivity.

Sue Granger
Baldwin Road

Girl Scout phonathon coming

To the Editor:

Once again the Carlisle Girl Scouts will be holding their annual Family Partnership Phonathon on Sunday, November 14. Our phonathon is directed to the families of the Girl Scouts in town who should have received a "Family Partnership" letter by now from the Council. We know they already paid a $7 registration fee. This fee goes to the national organization and does not stay in the Council. The Council spends $152 annually for each girl who participates in Girl Scouting. This cost includes providing training and resource materials for leaders, program events and activities for troops and individual Girl Scouts, well-maintained campsites, girls who benefit from financial aid and so much more. It is critical that together we continue to offer every girl who participates in Girl Scouting a safe and quality experience. Any contribution that a family can give is welcome.

The Carlisle Service Unit also benefits from this phonathon. A

portion of the money that is received is given back to the girls to be applied to a townwide event where all the girls benefit. This year the money received was applied to our townwide Encampment that was held in the fall.

If you are not contacted and would like to make a contribution, please give the Patriots' Trail Girl Scout Council a call at 1-800-292-9545 or call Linda Fabrizio at 371-9029. If you would like more information regarding Girl Scouts, please give the Council a call.

Thank you in advance for helping support the Girl Scouts and especially the Girl Scouts in Carlisle.

Linda Fabrizio
Patch Meadow Lane

'Not for Ourselves Alone'

To the Editor:

The League of Women Voters of Concord-Carlisle (LWV-CC) invites residents to watch a compelling documentary by Ken Burns, award-winning filmmaker. "Not For Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony" will be shown on public television stations around the country on Sunday, November 7 and Monday, November 8 from 8 to 9:30 p.m.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony were two of the most influential citizens our country has ever known. Ken Burns has put together a riveting film on the lives of these two extraordinary women. They fought for over fifty years to repeal laws that allowed slavery and barred all women from public speaking, professions, property ownership, child custody, and the vote. Women were enfranchised in 1920 by the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, more than a decade after the death of Stanton and Anthony, and 144 years after the Declaration of Independence.

The LWV-CC board has purchased the two-volume video set, which will be available on loan to schools. Local public and private schools are working with the LWV to enhance U.S. history and government classes with excerpts of this film, and several are interested in developing an oral history project as a way to bring the past to life.

Teachers of eighth and tenth grade government and U.S. History students from Concord-Carlisle High School, Concord Middle School, Concord Academy, Nashoba Brooks School and Fenn School would like students to interview local residents who remember this era. If you, or someone you know, is interested in working on this project with the schools, please call me at 287-0627 by November 30.

Debbie Barr

Center folks say thanks

To the Editor:

On behalf of all of us who live in the center of town, we would like to thank those of you who so generously donated candy for this year's Halloween trick-or-treaters.

Each year we look forward to welcoming the parade of witches, goblins, ghosts and other assorted costumed children as they walk up and down Lowell Road visiting each house along the way, but as the town has grown so has the numbers of children, and we have found ourselves on average greeting between 250-300 children throughout the course of the evening!

Many, many thanks to Terry Golson who had the original idea of donating candy to the center, Daisy's Market for their support in holding the candy until it could be distributed and to all of you for your generous donations. It was most appreciated.

We hope it's the beginning of a wonderful new Halloween tradition!

Dale Ryder for the
Carlisle Center residents

Thanks for a great Halloween

To the Editor:

I would like to thank the center of town for a great Halloween. We came to the center of town because there are not too many places to trick-or-treat in the part of town I live in. I loved the decorations that people put up. They were really fabulous. I especially liked the lights and costumes that were at the houses. My favorite costumes were the witches.

Brittany Fay, grade 4
Overlook Drive

Donations were appreciated

To the Editor:

Many thanks to all the Carlisleans who so generaously donated Halloween candy. Those of us in the center truly appreciated your help. Alison's (River Road) wonderful banner added so much to old Hallow's eve. Thank you so much.

Barbara Culkins
Bedford Road

1999 The Carlisle Mosquito