The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, June 8, 2001


"I am doubly glad to be here," said Senator Susan Fargo to a full house after the May 24 annual meeting of Carlisle Communications Inc., which publishes the Mosquito. Speaking as a state senator in her third term, but also recalling her roots as a former editor of a small town newspaper, Fargo brought the corridors of Beacon Hill to Carlisle.

For the many Carlisleans and Concordians to whom the Estabrook Woods are an historical, environmental and cultural treasure, the past month has brought heartening news on one front and growing unease on another. The good news concerns a most generous conservation restriction that will protect Carlisle's major gateway to Harvard University's 670-acre Biological Research Preserve in The Woods. The anxiety stems from the apparent determination of the Middlesex School board of trustees to move forward with plans to expand the campus deep into Estabrook Country, if and when their motion to dismiss a citizen adjudicatory appeal against the project is successful.

Calling the May 14 Town Meeting discussion of the two overrides for the Carlisle (CPS) and Concord Carlisle High Schools (CCHS) "a bad moment," town moderator Sarah Brophy asked the selectmen for feedback on how to make budget presentations more easily understood. All were in agreement that this year's presentation caused confusion among attendees, with many voters at Town Meeting uncertain as to what they were voting for.

Ten school parents were singled out and presented with flowers and a certificate by Superintendent Davida Fox-Melanson and Principal Andy Goyer at the school committee meeting Tuesday evening, May 22. Noting that "volunteers are a welcome and vital part of our school community. The spirit in which they give of their time and talent enriches our school, and serves as a role model of community service for our students."

Thanks to the continuing financial support by the community, the Carlisle School Association's (CSA) grant allowed the fifth-grade teaching team and school library to expand its research unit on Ancient Civilizations. The students will participate in resource-based research activities learning about prehistoric civilizations of the Tigress and Euphrates Rivers, Mesopotamia and Ancient China, enriching the existing program which included ancient Greece and Egypt.

Michaela Hardimon and Jennifer Jones, teachers in the Carlisle Preschool program, gave an in-depth report on the preschool program on the campus of the Carlisle Public School at the school committee meeting, Tuesday, May 22.

Integrating science with other curriculum areas is a continuing goal at the Carlisle Public Schools, said systems mentor Alan Ticotsky at the school committee meeting on May 22. The students are encouraged to explore the facts and ideas in science through reading and writing research papers and reports. There is great value for the student to discover the nature of research as a process of synthesizing knowledge and presenting it in well-organized reports.

· Changes to board. Tim Hult was sworn in as selectman, replacing Mike Fitzgerald. John Ballantine was voted in as chair for the coming year, and Vivian Chaput as vice-chair. Hult took on the job of clerk, a role in which he will be responsible for signing things. "I can do that!" he said confidently.

At the May 22 school committee meeting, superintendent Davida Fox-Melanson thanked the town and the Carlisle Education Foundation (CEF) for their strong support of the school's technology program. The Carlisle Town Meeting approved article 6, which includes the school's request for $25,000 for technology, and the CEF has indicated that it will give approximately $25,000 to purchase computers and to improve the technology system in the school.

On Thursday, April 5, the Concord-Carlisle High School's Minuteman Chapter of the National Honor Society inducted 88 new members all from the junior and senior classes. The minimum scholarship requirement for membership is a 3.33 grade-point average. Academically eligible students must also fulfill a number of community service requirements, over and above the 40 hours of community service required for graduation.

Massachusetts General Law Chapter 90, section 9, states in part, no person shall operate any motor vehicle upon any way unless such vehicle is registered, Anyone who operates a vehicle in violation of this chapter and section shall be punished by a fine of $100 for the first offense and up to $1000 for any subsequent offense.

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