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Friday, January 26, 2001


At its January 17 meeting, the Carlisle Finance Committee (FinCom) heard FY 02 budget proposals from the Gleason Library and the Concord-Carlisle Regional School Committee (RSC). Both groups presented budgets with greater than 20 percent increases over last year and significantly over current FinCom guidelines. ...more

Ellen Rauch of the Gleason Library presented a budget for Fiscal Year 2002 of $418,000, representing an increase of 27 percent over last year's budget of $329,600. Given that all town boards and agencies were given a guideline of a 3 percent increase for the FY02 budget, FinCom members were surprised by the size of the increase, and inclined to examine the library's numbers in detail. Three issues were of particular concern to the members: skyrocketing utility costs, the library's automation costs, and whether or not the proposed budget truly provided "level service" compared to the current budget. ...more

The budget for the Concord-Carlisle Regional School Committee was presented by Superintendent Ed Mavragis and RSC chair Lauren Walters. They presented a total budget of 14.9 million dollars, an increase of 12.6% over FY01. However, because Carlisle's share of high school enrollment is continuing to go up, Carlisle's contribution to the RSC budget will go from $2.7 million to $3.3 million, an increase of 21.4%. ...more

CCHS dances suspended
Concern over drinking, provocative dancing and inappropriate clothes

Dances at Concord-Carlisle Regional High School are suspended over concerns about appropriate behavior at the dances. Principal Elaine DiCicco says the decision was made in response to students drinking before dances, and dancing and clothing styles that have become more provocative over the years. She said the administration along with faculty and class advisors decided, "We needed to stop and take a look at what is appropriate at the dances." The principal, who is retiring this June after 24 years in her job at CCHS, believes the time has come to recognize and address these teen issues. ...more

U.S. Representative Marty Meehan (D-MA) announced today that the U.S. Department of Justice has awarded Carlisle $75,000 in crime fighting funds that will allow the police department to hire an additional community police officer. ...more


David Henley, superintendent of the Eastern Middlesex Mosquito Control Project (EMMCP), was invited to the January 16 meeting of the board of health to describe his project's services, discuss Carlisle's potential participation and answer questions. Henley emphasized that unlike the Central Massachusetts Mosquito Control Project (which the town had rejected at the Special Town Meeting) the town would have more choice and control over the costs and services. ...more

All horses tested for West Nile virus in Carlisle had negative test results for the disease last fall, according to Deb Toher, Carlisle's field driver. Working with state veterinarian Dr. Lorraine O'Connor and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, she helped to spot check over 100 horses within a five-mile radius of Bedford after a horse died from the virus there last summer. ...more

Sometime in the six weeks before April 15, all the farm animals in Carlisle will get their annual smile and nod from me. Everybody looked great last year. Clean or freshly rolled in the best of spring mud, all our Carlisle critters were content and well taken care of. That is what I hope to see again this spring, which will allow me to follow my real dream of helping animals all over live better, healthier lives through public education. ...more

At the January 9 meeting of the board of selectmen, town administrator Madonna McKenzie and the board reached a compromise on determining salary increases for town employees. The solution, proposed by Selectman Doug Stevenson, would make it possible to reward merit without the complications of an evaluation-based salary scale. ...more

A front-page story in this week's Boston Globe Northwest Weekly reports that Moody's Investors Service has given the town of Andover the highest possible municipal bond rating of Aaa, a classification awarded to just eleven Massachusetts communities. The article also shows Carlisle in a small group of towns holding the second highest bond rating. ...more

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