The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, June 2, 2000


The pedestrian and bike safety committee recommended a new surface for town pathways and selectmen were willing to give it a tryat least on a short pathway to the toddler playground. ...more

The resignation of a valued Carlisle employee, a sad event in most respects, does have a bright side from the viewpoint of a political reporter. It presents a unique opportunity to pose some difficult questions without placing the interviewee in an awkward position. ...more

The Concord and Concord-Carlisle Regional School Committees are drafting a resolution stating their position on the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) tests to the state Department of Education. At a joint meeting of the RSC and the Carlisle School Committee at the Carlisle School library on May 23, Carlisle member Cindy Nock said constructive criticism of the tests is needed, "We want education reform to be a success. A lot of people believe it is on its way to failure." Nock handed out a draft of a resolution that supports the goals of education reform and high academic standards, but also asks the state to reconsider and re-examine some of the more controversial aspects of the tests. ...more

On May 23, the selectmen had the opportunity to hear Mike Holland of the water quality subcommittee present a history of the problem with methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) in the town center water supply. ...more

To the surprise of no one at the Carlisle Conservation Commission office, a form received there on May 22 announced that Cote & Foster, Inc. is appealing the commission's April 27 denial of their proposed project at 834 Acton Street. The appeal requests that the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) issue a Superseding Order of Conditions allowing them to proceed with their proposal to construct a single-family home, to be accessed by an approximately 1,000-foot road that crosses a large wetland in two places. ...more

On May 23, town administrator Madonna McKenzie presented to the selectmen an update on the status of implementation of the town wage and classification recommendations which had been prepared by consultant HRS but had been greeted with some concerns. ...more

Attorney Howard Speicher returned to the selectmen for the third time to present a septic plan for 7 School Street, a building at the corner of Bedford Road and the proposed site of a satellite real estate office. Speicher and his client Carlson Real Estate brought with them a letter from the board of health indicating that the board was "favorably disposed" to approve the septic plan. Abutter George Senkler raised a question about run-off due to the location of the septic tank, but appeared satisfied by the plan as presented. ...more

Trees beat out septic systems on the May 26 conservation commission agenda. In fact, the meeting covered a number of minor, but unusual, situations. ...more

· A visit to Hart Farm Estates two weeks ago by Pat Huckery of the Massachusetts Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program revealed no endangered species in an "isolated wetland subject to flooding." Yellow spotted salamander egg masses had been seen there last spring and, although that species is not considered endangered, it is classified as an "indicator species." Huckery, conservation administrator Sylvia Willard and ConsCon chair Carolyn Kiely found eggs, but only dead larvae. Huckery declared a second area "a beautiful, certifiable vernal pool." This amphibian breeding ground is in the open space area slated to be deeded to the town and therefore should be safe until certification can occur. ...more

There was good news for Albert Gould and Betsy Goldenberg on May 22 when they once again appeared before the planning board for the long-sought approval of their Great Brook Estates subdivision. They received a special permit for a conservation cluster and common driveway with a total of nine lots (plus a bonus lot) on a 1,000-foot cul-de-sac at 195 Rutland Street. ...more

Farnham Smith Lane will bring back memories to long-time residents of Carlisle. Farnham Wheeler Smith was a resident of Carlisle from 1954 until he died, at age 87, on November 4, 1989. In 1940, he had bought the Spaulding house and eight acres of land on Lowell Road and went on to purchase eight farms and 875 acres over the next 15 years. Smith was a prominent dairyman and proprietor of Great Brook Farms until 1974. He then sold the farm to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts where it has continued as the popular Great Brook Farm State Park for the past 25 years. ...more

The Concord and Carlisle School Committees met in the Robbins Building Library for an exchange of ideas on May 23. Carlisle School representatives made presentations on their middle school advisor/advisee program and on the use of systems thinking in the curriculum. ...more

The C-C GU-12 team stormed Framingham over Memorial Day Weekend and came away with four wins, the championship trophy, and the coveted Sportsmanship Award. The final was a 2-0 classic against a strong Dedham team. Goals by Julie Gray (a breakaway), and Stevie Pearl (a tap-in on a cross from Ashley McManama) were the difference on offense. Sweeper Damara Hawley dominated the defensive end, as she had all tournament, playing every minute of every game. In the Round Robin, C-C first beat Weymouth 3-1, coming from behind with scores from McManama, Kathy Nyholm, and Emily Ridgers and some strong cross-field passing from Elise Lehotsky and Sarah Franklin. The Woburn win came on a Jamie Longo rocket from the left which left the keeper sprawling while Sarabeth Henderson and Kathryn Bailey kept the offensive Woburn players away from C-C's net. Pearl was the filling in several Woburn sandwiches bouncing off the turf time and again. Sudbury headed C-C for a half but succumbed to an inspired second half effort led by the all-around determined play of Anna Parrott. C-C's pressure finally paid off in the form of an Ariel Morrison twenty-five yard blast (which she called in advance) and a Gray penalty kick. Sarah Takvorian was at her experienced best controlling play from fullback and igniting breakaways. Courtney Ford showed great footwork leaving several confused Sudbury players in her dust. Having clinched as winners of the Round Robin, C-C fell to Dedham 2-1 who needed the win to advance. Nyholm got her second goal to even the score in the second half and Lehotsky nearly got knocked out trying to prevent the winning goal for Dedham. ...more

In an earlier game this season, the Girls Under 12-1 soccer team completed their sweep of the "W" towns (after wins against Wakefield and Waltham) beating Woburn 2-0 and previously undefeated Wilmington 2-1. C-C carried the play throughout the Woburn game with strong defense from Emily Cote, Sarabeth Henderson, and Damara "Boomer" Hawley stepping up time and again to turn threats into a C-C attack. Anna Parrott ranged the midfield and scored the first goal on a bomb from 20 yards, which fought its way through the keeper's hands and into the net. "I was trying to pass!" she explained modestly, after the game. (Sound of coach sighing.) ...more

The GU12-1 soccer team rolled over Medford 7-0 and Tewksbury 2-0 to take the lead in the Middlesex League. The 6-2-1 Blue rocked against shell-shocked Medford scoring goals when goals were no longer needed. Elise Lehotsky got things cooking with a sweet assist to Jamie Longo for the first score. This was followed in rapid succession by an Anna Parrott assist to Nora Bussolari, scores by Sam O'Keefe and Sarah Franklin (from Stevie Pearl), and two by plucky tallies from Ducky Andrewes. The aging-impaired head coach was unable to remember the author of the seventh goal. The defense, rousingly led by Sarah Takvorian and Julie deJesus, smartly moved the ball to open spaces feeding midfielders Abbie Rolando and Ariel Morrison who kept the ball in the offensive zone. ...more

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