The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, April 27, 2001

Mosquito Mail

How to deal with speeders

To the Editor:

Traffic is a constant problem in our town, and now that Route 3 is under construction, our small roads are being turned into speedways. Between the commuting hours of 6:30 and 8:30 a.m. I am afraid to gather my newspaper from the front stoop as vehicles are literally traveling 50 miles per hour on our 35 mph road. The police seem overwhelmed and outnumbered. I propose that as neighbors and residents of this small town we help each other out by forcing ourselves to obey the slow speed limits, even if it means angering the cars riding behind us, only inches away from our bumpers. My hope is that if we obey the rules, we will either force others to obey the same speed limits, or to find an alternative route around Carlisle.

If you speed on our roads, you should be ashamed. Try driving 35 mph or slower on our roads. Notice the beauty of our town. Wave at your neighbor you may not know. And smile at the idiot in your rear view mirror having a coronary because he/she is forced to drive the speed limit as well!

Many thanks from a neighbor living on a busy road.

Jill Leviton

Text of ConsCom resignation letter

To the Editor:

I would greatly appreciate it if you could print the full text of my letter to the Carlisle Board of Selectmen resigning from Carlisle’s Conservation Commission. Thank you very much.

“Please accept this memorandum as my resignation from Carlisle’s Conservation Commission effective immediately. My private law practice activities have increased significantly in recent months, as have my family responsibilities. My work and personal commitments necessitate that I must significantly reduce my volunteer time provided to the Town of Carlisle.

“I urge you, as Carlisle’s leaders, to place significant value on Carlisle’s conservation, open space and wetlands protection priorities. I urge you to fully support conservation commission activities in furtherance of members’ statutory responsibilities under the state’s Wetlands Protection Act. I also urge you to fully support conservation commission initiatives to execute the commission’s fiduciary responsibility to maintain for the benefit of future generations in Carlisle our open space and conservation areas.”

Carolyn Kiely
Hartwell Road

Enjoyed seeing former home

To the Editor:

As a former owner of 698 Concord Street, I very much enjoyed your article [“Coppermine Farm: This Staunch House,” April 6] on its history. We employed a law firm to clear title on the property before we took possession. One owner missing in the article was Doug Sloan, who owned it before Lawrence Sanford.

When we arrived in 1965, one mine shaft was plugged with trash and the other shaft we plugged with an old bathtub behind the barn for safety reasons. We rehabbed the south-facing rooms and found no signs of the fire in that part of the house. We did find native corncobs as wall insulation and birch bark under the clapboards as a weather stop. Some workmen also left some new clay pipes in the walls. We also had the roof, A-frames, purlins and roof planks replaced. The end chimney was also parting company with the house, and we managed to put lag anchors into the chimney to secure it. The front bay windows were unsupported below, so we poured footings and worked in brick support.

Thanks for your article

George Cogswell
Stow, Massachusett

Carlisle Extended Day has it all

To the Editor:

An April 12, 2001 article by Barbara Meltz in the Boston Globe described an ideal after-school care program for children as one that has a flexible structure and lots of choices. When I read this article, I was struck by the fact that all the good features emphasized for an after-school care program can be found in the Carlisle Extended Day program (CED).

One feature that the article encouraged families to look for in an after-school program is space that looks “like your family room, not a classroom.” This type of environment puts children at ease, provides a slower pace than school and facilitates close relationships.

Recently, CED purchased a house with this goal in mind. It has since been tailored to accommodate the various age groups and developmental needs of children in the program. For instance, there are quiet areas for doing homework or resting and designated areas for games, puzzles, blocks and computers. There are even separate areas for older children who have different needs from the youngsters.

The article also mentioned the need for lots of activities for children to choose from during their time after school. Children need variety to maintain their interest and to expose them to new experiences. Because CED is in a house, the program can offer a large yard to play in, a kitchen for cooking and space for reading. And there are plenty of children to make team activities more fun.

What makes Carlisle Extended Day a special place is the staff. Sherry Ward, the director and the other teachers know the children so well that they can tailor the daily activities to ensure they have fun with a pretend business or acting in a play or working in a carnival. The children love all of the different options.

As CED celebrates its twentieth year, we encourage all parents to come and visit. This is a wonderful program and it offers lots of fun for your children after school. A great endorsement for the program comes from our son Derrick, who wants to be picked up as late as possible every day.

Rick and Leslie Amodei
Prospect Street

Support Walk for Women’s Lives

To the Editor:

I am writing to ask my neighbors to join me in supporting the Eleventh Annual Walk for Women’s Lives on Sunday, April 29, in Concord. The Walk raises money for local area battered women’s shelters and rape crisis centers. These groups provide safety to women and children who are trying to escape from violent homes. They provide programs and counseling for women in their attempts to create a violence-free life for themselves and their children.

The Walk also raises awareness about the problem of violence against women and children in our own communities. The Walk for Women’s Lives will be held from 12 noon to 2:30 p.m.beginning at the Concord Armory, 81 Everett Street, at the corner of Everett and Stow Street.

Over the past ten years, this event has raised thousands of dollars for local shelters and agencies working to end violence. This Walk is the only local event of its kind that addresses the issues of violence against women and children here in the suburbs. All the money raised will go directly to groups providing services and counseling to victims of violence.

Please bring your family and friends and join me in this relaxing three-mile loop through Concord Center, starting and ending at the Concord Armory. There will be a live band, food, face-painting and balloons for children; a silent auction, free give-aways, and a raffle including two round-trip tickets on Southwest Airlines for adults. Free t-shirts will be given to walkers who collect donations of $100 or more.

Even here in our small suburban communities we can all make a difference. Call 1-978-937-5777 to request a walker pledge sheet or send your donation directly to Walk for Women’s Lives, P. 0. Box 642, Acton, Massachusetts, 01720. Please join me on April 29 to support the women and the children in our communities.

Sam Coursey
Westford Street

Traffic plan for hazardous waste day

To the Editor:

April 28’s mercury thermometer exchange will have its own location in the DPW parking area, closer to the DPW building on the south side of the yard. As people enter the yard, we are going to try to ascertain the mission of incoming vehicles and direct traffic accordingly. People participating in the household hazardous waste collection will be sent directly through (around the loop) to the sand shed. People with mercury thermometers for disposal will be directed off to the right for that booth. They can then proceed on to the household hazardous waste area if they wish. Thermometers cannot be exchanged at the household hazardous waste area.

Dave Comstock
for the household waste committee

Fiske Street