The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, February 2, 2001


The Carlisle Selectmen are responsible for setting goals, objectives and policies for the town, for providing oversight of the various town boards, and for granting final approval on plans for subdivisions and other major changes affecting the town. It is an important responsibility, requiring many hours of sometimes difficult negotiation to arrive at solutions which protect the town's interests. ...more

Following receipt of five engineering service proposals from firms interested in designing and overseeing repair of the 300-foot Greenough Dam, the Carlisle Conservation Commission (ConsCom) decided to broaden negotiations with Stevens Associates Consulting Engineers (SACE). The need to renovate the 70-year-old man-made earthen structure or to contemplate the loss of the 21-acre pond behind it became obvious last fall following an inspection by the state Department of Environmental Management (DEM). Their report found the dam to be "in fair to poor condition" and recommended that the cited deficiencies be attended to "at your earliest opportunity." ...more

As the Massachusetts Legislature moves into action in this new year, Senator Susan Fargo of the Fifth Middlesex District, which includes Carlisle, has filed legislation to protect consumers from telemarketers. ...more

Gary Davis of the DPW was on hand at the January 23 selectmen's meeting to provide his comments on the cemetery policy document which is currently under review by the selectmen. This document will provide a consistent policy for lot ownership, interments, monuments and markers, and decoration of lots in the town-owned Green Cemetery. ...more

The signs are already there. Over the next 20 years, industrial growth will accelerate along the I-495 corridor, with corresponding pressure for residential development in communities sandwiched between Route 128 and I-495. Recognizing this reality, the Carlisle Municipal Land Committee (CMLC) has been asking the question, "What kind of community do we want Carlisle to be in the future, and how can we get there?" In preparing to answer this question, the committee has developed a preliminary vision for Carlisle in the year 2020, analyzed land needs to meet that vision, and identified land that is currently available, or potentially available in the future. However many strategic questions remain. ...more

Development and the imperative to accommodate to it and control it continues to be a major focus of concern and activity in the MAGIC (Minuteman Advisory Group on Interlocal Coordination) area. The emergence of the I-495 beltway and a myriad of accompanying business, transportation, housing and environmental issues are the focus of numerous task forces, workshops and meetings. Task forces are focused on planning for the resulting growth, while town boards within the MAGIC communities struggle to regulate it. ...more

This year the third grade teachers at the Carlisle School have added two new field trips, begun a new spelling program, added new units on explorers and simple machines, expanded the poetry unit and expanded the use of systems thinking in their classrooms. The third grade teachers presented an overview of these changes to the Carlisle School Committee (CSC) at their January 23 meeting. ...more

A new special education (SPED) funding formula devised by the state Department of Education (DOE) is scheduled to go into effect July 1, 2002, director of student support services, Linda Stapp, told the Carlisle School Committee at their January 23 meeting. Under the plan the state would provide more reimbursement for the most expensive SPED students who are served at the Carlisle school or in the C.A.S.E. (Concord Area Special Education) collaborative. The catch is that the state and federal governments have never appropriated the amount of money they would need to support the proposed programs, Stapp said. "I can't imagine we would get the full funding," she added. ...more

Carlisle's second grade teachers demonstrated their technique of using "activators" to grab students' interest and "summarizers" to pull everything together, at the Carlisle School Committee meeting on January 23. Lynn Walker began by having school committee members do the "sort cards" activity, which required them to sort examples written on cards into the categories as activators or summarizers. ...more

A modified version of a national youth risk behavior survey will be given to students in the sixth and eighth grades at the Carlisle School. After some discussion, Carlisle School Committee (CSC) members decided 4 to 1 that the modifications made by the school administration rendered the survey acceptable for sixth-graders. Cindy Nock was opposed. ...more

· At their January 23 meeting the Carlisle School Committee (CSC) granted permission for the Carlisle Middle School Senior Band to travel to Maryland and Washington, D.C. from May 3 to 6. The band will be playing at a middle school in Delaware, on the Capitol steps in Washington, D.C. and possibly at an indoor location in Washington D.C. as well. Band director Tom O'Halloran said, "This is a terrific opportunity." Karen Morse is making the travel arrangements. The students will be travelling by bus and staying at a hotel in Baltimore. Morse assured CSC chair (and band parent) Paul Morrison that the hotel is in a safe area. O'Halloran noted that the Band's citrus fruit sale was very successful and the profit, expected to be around $7,000, would be used to help finance the trip and to make scholarship money available to those who need it. ...more

Replacing obsolete computers should be like replacing old police cruisers; an expected part of the long-term capital requirements of the school, Burt Rubenstein told the Carlisle School Committee at their January 23 meeting. Rubenstein, co-chair of the Carlisle Technology Advisory Group (CTAG), explained that computers become obsolete after five years. The Carlisle school needs funding of at least $25,000 each year for the purchase of new computers to keep the school's fleet of computers up-to-date, he said. ...more

Dr. Tod Gross, a clinical psychologist with 30 years experience in counseling children, their families and their schools lived up to the title of his sermon, "Civility: The Challenge and the Hope." What he delivered at the First Religious Society on Sunday was a welcome practicum interspersed with some heartwarming anecdotes. ...more

The Carlisle Selectmen's meeting of January 23 addressed a variety of issues: ...more

Snowmobiling on the Concord River and the Great Meadows Wildlife Refuge can be dangerous to your pocketbook and even your freedom! Word from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officer David Nicely, who lives on the former O'Rourke property, indicates that the Service takes this illegal activity very seriously owing to potential destruction of vegetation and habitat. ...more

The conservation commission considered one Request for Determination of Applicability (RDA), one continuance of a hearing from the last meeting and one attempt to amend a previously-approved Notice of Intent (NOI) at its January 25 meeting. ...more

2001 The Carlisle Mosquito