The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, March 24, 2000


The ink is hardly dry on the lease between Bedford Road resident Dave Duren and communications giant AT&T, and already neighbors have mobilized against siting a cell tower in their backyards. Appearing on behalf of a neighborhood group, Colie O'Donnell of Canterbury Court urged the selectmen on March 14 to take a pro-active approach and find an alternative site which would better serve the industry and the town. ...more

A Carlisle Middle School student will be summonsed to court for threatening to bomb the school on March 17. His written threat was discovered in the boys' bathroom at the Carlisle Middle School on March 13. Superintendent Davida Fox-Melanson said the responsible boy has been suspended indefinitely. There is no indication that anyone else was involved in making the threat. ...more

Winter is finally over and the first day of spring marks the advent of town election season. A quorum of 25 registered voters quickly assembled in the Clark Room to nominate candidates for all vacant town offices at the March 20 town caucus. ...more

In what is hoped to be a semi-annual event, state Senator Susan Fargo and Representative Carol Cleven met with the board of selectmen on March 14 to answer questions about developments on Beacon Hill that may affect the town. ...more

Red Sox spring training is in full swing as another baseball season approaches. This also heralds the building season when developers begin pitching the first subdivision plans of the season to the planning board. Great Brook Estates was stretching for a triple at the March 13 meeting with a definitive subdivision plan, special permit for a conservation cluster and common driveway special permit. ...more

Despite the approval of approximately $95,000 in change orders, construction costs for the Gleason Public Library renovation and expansion are under control. "We're ahead of the curve," said library trustee Mary Cheever, who pointed out that the project is more than 50 percent complete while 75 percent of the contingency fund remains. ...more

Four lots on Swanson Lane approved

On March 13, David Erickson and his attorney, Alex Parra, presented a follow-up Approval Not Required (ANR) plan for four houses on Swanson Lane. The board had voted on February 14 not to endorse Erickson's original ANR plan calling for five houses. Erickson is also offering to donate 3.9 acres of open space to the Carlisle Conservation Foundation. The board voted 6-0 to approve the common driveway special permit amendment at their last meeting. Only endorsement of the formal ANR remains. ...more

The board of selectmen recently asked the planning board to review the use of 7 School Street for business purposes. The 200-year-old building has a history of commercial use and is now proposed as a satellite office for Carlson Real Estate. Member Michael Abend drafted a memo to the selectmen outlining the concerns raised by the planning board during the last two meetings. Although no recommendation for or against approval is given, it presents all of the facts to the selectmen who then have the authority to make a decision. ...more

Recreation commission repre-sentatives were unsuccessful in convincing the selectmen to add an article to the Warrant which would increase the commission from five to seven members. ...more

Program news

On March 7, Superintendent Davida Fox-Melanson updated the Carlisle School Committee on some of the school's programs. An author visited the second grade where students are learning about the Iditarod Husky Dog sled race in Alaska. The fifth grade had its science fair and there was a wonderful concert for the fourth- and fifth-grade chorus and the jazz band. The "Welcome to Kindergarten Program" scheduled for incoming children was very successful, Fox-Melanson went on to say. ...more

"Transportation is at the top of everybody's list right now," according to David Soule, executive director of the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC). He addressed members of the Minuteman Advisory Group on Interlocal Coordination (MAGIC) at the semi-annual legislative breakfast in Hudson on March 14. ...more

The Metropolitan Planning Organization's Central Transportation Planning Staff (CTPS) presented the draft of its new 25-year transportation plan for local comments at the Minuteman Advisory Group on Interlocal Coordination (MAGIC) legislative breakfast on March 14. ...more

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