The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, July 27, 2001


This summer and fall Carlisle residents will be asked to participate in the U.S. Public Health Service's National Survey on Drug Abuse (NHSDA). This annual survey is the federal government's primary source of national data on the use of alcohol, tobacco, illicit substances, and other topics associated with substance abuse. It furnishes data necessary to make decisions about national mental health and substance abuse treatment and prevention programs. The study began on July 9, and a few initial families in Carlisle have already been asked to participate. It is expected that all selected households will have been contacted and interviewed within the next three months...more

For the second time in a decade town boards are looking to the 11-acre Fox Hill conservation parcel off Bedford Road to provide a possible solution to a municipal problem. On July 12 the conservation commission received an exploratory visit from selectman Vivian Chaput, who reported that her board and the school building committee have been pursuing both private and town-owned properties as possible alternative locations for a new school septic system, should the state reject the town's preferred site on the Banta-Davis Land. Fox Hill, which offers reasonable access from the school, is one of four parcels under consideration...more

Just as the spotlight of the national media focused on Representative Martin Meehan's efforts in support of the Shays-Meehan campaign finance reform bill in the U.S. House, Speaker of the Massachusetts House Tom Finneran surprised national, state and local political leaders by springing a plan to split the reformer's base of support. The plan would redraw the lines of U.S. Congressional districts redistributing the towns in Meehan's 5th District among five other districts. In announcing the plan, Finneran said he had assumed that Meehan would be a candidate for governor and thus unconcerned with the fate of his district...more

A new grassroots effort to bring broadband Internet service to Carlisle was off to a positive start on July 18 when more than thirty residents crowded into Tim Pierce's living room on Heald Road to exchange ideas. The meeting was scarcely underway when Linda Mahoney, Verizon's public relations representative, made a surprise announcement: "DSL [Digital Subscriber Line] service for Carlisle has been budgeted for 2001" and that the buildout "should be completed by the end of this year or the first quarter of 2002."..more

On July 17, the Carlisle Selectmen met with members of the school, school building, long-term capital planning, and financial committees to review the town's projected capital and operating requirements over the next five to ten years. Over several meetings, these committees hope to reach agreement on a long term plan for the town providing guidance on financing future expenses without undue hardship to taxpayers...more

The Carlisle Conservation Commission (ConsCom) has been brought up to full strength with the appointment of Peter Burn to replace Carolyn Kiely who resigned April 6. A professor of biology and coordinator of the Marine Science Program at Suffolk University, Burn has lived in Carlisle since 1982. He was recommended by the commission and named to the post by the selectmen on July 17, following a brief stint as ConsCom liaison to the board of health on the issue of joining the Eastern Middlesex Mosquito Control District...more

The Carlisle Conservation Commission (ConsCom) got its first look at the engineering and landscaping plans that will guide the million-dollar face-lift scheduled to begin this fall at Great Brook Farm State Park. It was the embarrassing recognition of violations of its own environmental regulations at the park that loosened the purse strings at the Department of Environmental Management (DEM). Therefore, the primary objective of the project is to correct out-of-control drainage and siltation problems in the area of the duck pond...more

CISCO Systems' plans to construct an additional 500,000 sq. ft. of office space in addition to the 900,000 sq. ft. of office space already approved for its 350-acre site along I-495, has stirred a number of regional concerns. The proposed changes were the primary topic of discussion at MAGIC's (Minuteman Area Group on Interlocal Coordination) meeting on July 12. The project is currently before the MEPA (Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act) for review, with a deadline for comments set for July 13 (the day after the meeting)...more

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