The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, September 15, 2000


The municipal land committee is facing three major challenges, all three of which dominated their meeting on August 30. Selectman and chair John Ballantine continues his study of school population demographics as follow-up to last year's Growing Pains report. At the same time, the committee is trying to peer into the future and identify both the demand for and the supply of potential town land. Then, when land becomes available, the group will be prepared to advise the board of selectmen on possible uses, as envisioned when the group was formed at the 1997 Annual Town Meeting. ...more

The September 19 Massachusetts Primary election promises to be a rather one-sided affair. Of the three party slates to be determined in this run-up to the November election, only the Democrats list choices. Even their ballot, to no one's surprise, shows no contest in the nomination for U.S. Senator, conceding it to the reigning incumbent Democrat Senator Edward M. Kennedy. However, the Senator's congressional colleague, U.S. Representative Martin Meehan, has two challengers from within his party. Other contested offices on the Democratic ballot include Governor's Council, Clerk of Courts and Register of Probate. ...more

On Sunday, September 17, the town of Carlisle is invited to stroll through the renovated Gleason Library Building, enjoy refreshments and take part in the dedication of the newly-expanded library. ...more

At an emergency selectmen's meeting on September 5, eleven motions were required to legalize what seemed to be a simple thing: combining the positions of tax collector and treasurer, each a part-time position, into one full-time position. As reported on August 18, Ann Vandal of Dracut was appointed to the combined position, effective at the start of September. However, the state government notified Carlisle interim town administrator Madonna McKenzie that the town violated State Ethics Law Section 266 A in combining the two positions without a vote on a home rule petition at Town Meeting. ...more

Town zoning bylaw amendments, approved by residents at the May 2000 Annual Town Meeting, also received the requisite endorsement from the state Attorney General's office, according to a letter sent to the town clerk dated September 8. ...more

Douglas and Helen Edwards of RE/MAX Walden Country Real Estate wish to open an office at 50 School Street, the former site of the Congregational Church and presently the residence of Howard and Jan Hensleigh. They appeared before the Carlisle Board of Appeals on September 7 to request a special permit, thereby raising the total number of real estate businesses in the town center to four. ...more

Now that the debate and late night sessions are over and the state budget for fiscal year 2001 has been finalized, the Mosquito asked Senator Susan Fargo's office what Carlisle residents can expect. The Senate's top priorities: education, health care, housing and tax cuts are reflected heavily in the document. ...more

Carlisle residents have said that maintaining a volunteer government is a high priority, but in order to keep things running smoothly, citizens must volunteer to fill the boards. Vacancies exist on the following boards, committees and commissions; all are for three-year terms. Residents who would like to serve on the following committees should send a letter of interest to the Carlisle Board of Selectmen at P.O. Box 827 or call 369-6136. ...more

Internet access is now available to the students and teachers of the Carlisle Public School. As a result, school administrators and technical specialists asked the Carlisle School Committee to comment on the proposed Internet Acceptable Use Agreement/Policy. All school families and students will have to sign the policy when it has been completed. ...more

In spite of the fact that the Concord Public Schools officially welcomed 45 new educators, a record number, the remaining staff openings were the primary concern at the Regional School Committee meeting on August 29. One week prior to school opening, there were still nine openings, four of which were full-time positions. With a contingency plan in place, all classrooms could be covered, though in some instances, services were at risk. Fortunately a quick call to the personnel office confirmed that as of September 11, only one part-time position remains unfilled. ...more

At the September 5 school committee meeting, Superintendent Davida Fox-Melanson announced that the school enrollment now totals 809 students, including the preschool children, reflecting an increase of 34 students. Last year at this time, the school had enrolled 775 children. The Carlisle School Committee, aware of the growing demand for classroom space, is feeling pressure as the present school complex approaches its 900-student maximum. In response, the group discussed the composition of the school building expansion committee and agreed on the reappointment of its members. ...more

· Town planning day. Carlisle School Committee chair Paul Morrison reported that the municipal land committee hopes to have a town planning day, possibly in January, to enable various groups in town to meet, discuss and assess long-term needs for town land. ...more

"It is a wonderful day to be back. I anticipate a superb year," Superintendent Davida Fox-Melanson told the Carlisle School Committee on September 5. ...more

The September 19 primary race for an opportunity to unseat the appointed incumbent Republican Register of Probate, Lee Johnson of Medford, has attracted eight Democrat aspirants for the $88,000-a-year position. Campaign materials received from three of the hopefuls promise modernization, increased efficiency, and, above all, service to citizens doing business with the Middlesex Probate and Family Court. All candidates, with the exception of Robert Keough, a former Somerville alderman and present Billerica School Committee member, hail from some of the more populous of the 54 towns in the county, in a contest that usually goes to the one with the strongest local constituency. ...more

Concord-Carlisle promises to have an exciting season based on Saturday's game against Westford. Despite a 9 a.m. starting time and a mix-up that sent almost half the C-C team to the wrong field, C-C dominated the first twenty minutes of the game. ...more

Youth track teams from throughout Eastern Massachusetts gathered in Needham recently for the annual Needham Invitation Youth Classic Track Meet. Concord and Carlisle's very own Nitehawks Sports Club, a late entry to the field, surprised the other runners with their grit and determination. Although none of the Nitehawks had ever participated in a track meet before, the ten young athletes were able to place seventh out of 16 teams. ...more

Concord-Carlisle Youth Soccer held its first-ever set of community-wide player-clinics and was overwhelmed by the demand. Most all showed up at the recent clinics causing clinicians and administrators to have to adapt to the unexpected numbers. Much good soccer training occurred giving attending players and coaches examples of many "high ball touch" games. The program is adapting to the high demand by breaking out subgroups and allowing for the more personal attention originally intended by the initiative. ...more

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