The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, May 19, 2000


"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

On April 6, the Carlisle Board of Appeals heard two requests for special permits and variances to town zoning laws; one pertaining to the operation of a business on Bedford Road, the other for an addition to a 200-year-old house on Curve Street with many site limitations. ...more

It's been a lengthy process, but on May 8 the planning board put their stamp of approval on developer Bill Costello's Carriage Way definitive subdivision plans. Carriage Way is a 23-acre subdivision at 314-346 East Riding Drive with three ownersCostello, Brian Anderson of East Riding Drive, and the town of Carlisle. Carlisle owns a four-acre pork chop lot that residents voted to accept at the May 2 Town Meeting. Two existing houses and eight new lots, including the Carlisle pork chop, are accessed via Carriage Way, a 1,086-foot-long cul-de-sac. Only a few loose ends remain before it enjoys final approval by members of the planning board. ...more

The conservation commission reviewed plans for a 1,086-foot Carriage Way cul-de-sac that will access ten lots in the 23-acre subdivision off East Riding Drive. The Notice of Intent was submitted by subdivision part-owners Brian and Nancy Anderson and the town of Carlisle, which will own a four-acre pork-chop lot abutting the roadway. ...more

Paul and Helen Hart obtained planning board approval for a definitive subdivision plan for Hart Farm Estates, adjacent to 893 Curve Street, along with a special permit for conservation cluster and common driveway. The 12-lot subdivision contains five lots with direct access to Hart Farm Road and six house sites, plus a bonus lot for the conservation cluster, on an 850-foot common driveway known as Daniels Lane. Sixty-five acres (Parcel X) will be donated to the town. In addition, the conservation cluster contains 13.54 acres of open space (Parcel Y), preserving a total of 78 acres out of the 115-acre property. ...more

It isn't often that a transgressor turns himself in to a regulatory board, but that is what happened here two weeks ago. Homeowner Kieran Nunan of Maple Street walked into the Carlisle Conservation Commission office and invited administrator Sylvia Willard and former administrator Katrina Proctor to inspect his property. This they did and determined to Nunan's dismay that fill from a construction project on his lot had been deposited in an area that gave strong evidence of being part of a wetland. ...more

It was 11 p.m. on May 8 and energy in the Heald Room was waning as Albert Gould and Betsy Goldenberg continued their quest for planning board approval of the Great Brook Estates subdivision. They are seeking a special permit for a conservation cluster and common driveway and have submitted a definitive subdivision plan with nine lots (plus a bonus lot) on a 1,000-foot cul-de-sac at 195 Rutland Street. At the last meeting, member Michael Epstein asked, "Are we getting enough bang for the bonus?" referring to the minimum amount of open space being set aside to qualify for a bonus lot. ...more

Albert Gould and Betsy Goldenberg cleared the last obstacles to conservation commission approval of their ten-lot subdivision off Rutland Street at the board's May 11 meeting. Engineer Rick Haywood of Ross Associates led off by describing a change in the configuration of the conservation cluster that will constitute a major part of the subdivision. At the request of the planning board, Lot 9 will now be included in the cluster, thus increasing the required amount of open space from 3.88 to 5.72 acres. ...more

May 8 was the last meeting for planning board chair Bill Tice, who did not seek re-election, and members paused to honor him and reflect on his five-year tenure. Secretary Anja Stam baked a cake for the occasion with the words "thank you" written in yellow on the chocolate frosting. Board members, and an appreciative Mosquito reporter, munched on delicious cake and strawberries while Kate Reid presented a homemade plaque to both Tice and vice-chair Michael Epstein commending them for a successful year. ...more

"Build-out analysis is a methodology for communities looking to the future," according to Mark Racicot of the Metropolitan Area Planning Commission in his presentation to the Minuteman Advisory Group on Interlocal Coordination (MAGIC) at their meeting on May 11 in Lincoln. ...more

Carlisle joined with 47 cities and towns across the state to adopt resolutions to increase waste reduction and recycling. A Waste Reduction Resolution from the Carlisle Board of Selectmen was delivered to Governor Paul Cellucci along with similar resolutions from 47 other towns and cities.. ...more

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