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Friday, May 19, 2000

Over a month ago, Alice Hardy and Eva Herndon of "The Juliets," a three-morning-a-week exercise group that meets in the Sleeper Room, responded to a Boston Globe article about the Boston organizer of the Mothers Day Million Mom March. They decided that they wanted to go to the Washington, D.C. event and be part of the rally designed to promote stronger gun control legislation. It didn't take much convincing to get others of us Juliets (Just Us Ladies Interested in Exercising and Talking) involved. ...more

"Whatever happened to former selectman Burt Rubenstein?" won't be a question on anyone's lips any time soon. After six years of serving on town boards, three as a school committee member and three as a selectman, Rubenstein decided not to run for re-election because the time commitment was too great. While Rubenstein passed the torch to Carol Peters as of May 9, he can be expected still to be a fixture in town affairs, albeit in an unofficial capacity. ...more

Concord and Concord-Carlisle High School teachers presented the Regional School Committee with a petition, asking the committee to take a public position opposing the the controversial Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) tests. Citing similar actions taken recently by the Lincoln-Sudbury, Arlington and Brookline school committees, the teacher petition states, "We believe your voice can make a difference. We call upon you to publicly oppose the current use of MCAS, particularly as a requirement for graduation." ...more

Two issues which caused the Carlisle School and town of Carlisle great headache, heartache and legal expense last year have resurfaced. A complaint against the Carlisle Public School, filed with the federal Office of Civil Rights (OCR) on April 6 alleges sexual harassment, according to Roger Murphy of OCR. In addition, a complaint has been filed with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) by Susan Greene, a Carlisle teacher who departed earlier in the school year and is slated to teach fifth grade next year. ...more

The board of health, with the assistance of the water quality subcommittee, is organizing a voluntary water-testing program for Carlisle homeowners on Saturday, June 10. The tests will cover volatile organic compounds including methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE), sodium and nitrates. The cost per household is $94. ...more

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