The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, April 7, 2000


At the March 29 finance committee meeting, the Carlisle School Committee let it be known that they are taking the first step towards building a new school, to accommodate the rapid growth in the town's school-age population. Also, FinCom got a taste of what the upcoming debate on affordable housing will be like. ...more

Working up to the last minute again this year, the selectmen last week signed the Warrant for the Annual Town Meeting to be held on May 2. Townspeople will see 29 articles. Aside from routine articles relating to reports, salaries of elected officials, and other administrative matters, some of the major decisions to be made include the following: ...more

By a resounding vote of 607 to 50, the residents of Acton voted to purchase the 234-acre Robbins Mill Pond property for $6.8 million. To complete the project, Acton voters must approve a debt exclusion override at their election on May 16. If approved, 60 acres will be available for ballfields and the balance will be conservation land, available for low-impact recreation. ...more

A proposed shopping plaza on Route 2A just west of Pope Road has neighbors and planners rushing to get their concerns into the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Agency (MEPA) before the April 7 deadline for comments. The plaza will have a restaurant, some small shops and a possible day care center. ...more

Routine planning board business was at a minimum at the board's March 27 meeting. There was good news for the Swanson Lane developer but the two scheduled public hearings on definitive subdivision plans with special permits for conservation cluster and common driveway were put off until April 10. ...more

It's the location, location, location of a proposed real estate office at 7 School Street in the town center which caused the selectmen to delay action on the site plan approval request at their March 28 meeting. ...more

The Carlisle Planning Board was established to "hear and decide the applications for special permits for the use of land and/or buildings." This was not obvious on March 27 where most of the meeting was spent agonizing over the wording of four zoning bylaw Warrant articles being sponsored by the board. ...more

An anonymous donor of a van for use by the recreation commission will have to be patient a little longer. After hearing a detailed report by RecCom director Carol Peters on March 28, the selectmen decided to seek further information about the costs to the town before accepting the donation. ...more

Director of personnel Dick Sederstrom asked the Concord-Carlisle Regional School Committee for their input on recruiting teacher candidates at colleges this spring. Anticipating a large number of teacher vacancies, Sederstrom asked the school committee if they wanted to place more emphasis on recruiting candidates of color for openings at CCHS. At the March 28 meeting, RSC chair Fred Wersan spoke for most members, saying he strongly supports the idea because both white and minority students at the high school need more minority teacher role models. Member Lauren Walters of Concord said he wanted recruitment efforts to include candidates of diverse ethnic backgrounds. ...more

It is no small feat to coordinate a coherent social studies curriculum that allows depth within subject areas as well as provides exposure to a wide variety of topics for the grades kindergarten through eight. Jane Herrmann, the sixth-grade social studies teacher, has spent this past year meeting with the seventh- and eighth-grade social studies teachers and lower school grade-level teams to document content and skill development of the social studies program. By compiling a list, she was able to ascertain students' degree of exposure to vocabulary and terms, such as the word "barter" in economics. ...more

The 1999-2000 boys basketball team was talented, hard-working and exciting to watch. With five experienced eighth-graders returning from last year's successful team, expectations were high. In addition to the returning players, Ty Bitzer, Tyler Davis, Johnny Stone, Ben Phillippo and Robbie Clark, the team added three additional eighth-graders, Charlie Dennison, Alex Zywiak and Caleb Hsieh. This year's seventh-grade class was loaded with talent. The six who made the team were: Jason Fidler, Justin Negrin, Jeff Pan, Matt Phillippo, Ryan Duff and Brian Yu. They all saw a lot of playing time and will be the nucleus of a good team next year. ...more

The Carlisle girls basketball team had a great season this year! The girls on the team worked diligently throughout the season to improve both their shooting and their defensive skills. In league play, the team finished with a record of four wins and four losses. The season also included playing four non-league games against Bedford and Concord. Although Carlisle lost these games, both teams were surprised by the improved play of the Carlisle team when playing the second round of scrimmages. Throughout the season, Carlisle played each game intensely. The first win of the season was against Shirley. The Carlisle girls, despite missing two of the team's starters, played with a determination that paid off, winning 24-22 after four overtimes. This spirit stayed with them throughout the season as they learned to pull together as a team and to think on the court. Their hard work paid off as they won the final two league games against Parker and Hanscom. ...more

The selectmen opted not to place an article on the Warrant for the May 2 Town Meeting which would impose a conservation restriction on the Conant Land. At their last meeting before they signed the Warrant, the board told members of the conservation commission and other interested citizens that, while there was significant support for preserving the Conant Land, they wanted to take the time to "do it right." ...more

2000 The Carlisle Mosquito