The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, October 5, 2001


In the days and weeks since September 11, we have all gratefully applauded the efforts of the rescue teams in Washington, D.C. and New York. All the professionals involved have been constant in their efforts to bring hope and closure to the families of victims, and to us all. They see and handle indescribable horrors, work long shifts, and take life-threatening risks. We know they are trained for these jobs, but what does it cost them to do these things?..more

The Carlisle Finance Committee (FinCom) has voted preliminary guidelines of 5% for the schools and 2.5% for all other town departments for the fiscal year 2003 (FY03) budget. According to FinCom member David Ives, the resulting tax rate would rise 4.6%, from $15.78 this year to $16.40 next year. This calculation does not count an additional 2% for the Community Preservation Act surtax to fund conservation, historical preservation and affordable housing...more

Congressman Marty Meehan discussed recent terrorist events and the anticipated U.S. response with approximately 300 Concord-Carlisle High School students at a noontime session on Monday, October 1. After reflecting on the events of September 11, Meehan answered a range of students' questions, from what needed to be done ­stop terrorism­ to what needed to be preserved ­our liberties. Asked if he thought the media was doing a responsible job, he answered that the media has shown restraint in dealing with the tragedy...more

On Tuesday morning, September 18, while police cars with their flashing lights were following one calf up Bingham Road, another drama was unfolding far out in the field behind Guy Clark's house on Concord Street, where the heifer calf had been hobbled. As the story unfolds, the cast of characters multiplies. . ...more

On Sunday morning, September 30 over 110 motorcycles converged at a private residence on Concord Road in Carlisle. Their mission was to donate money to the American Red Cross in support of their humanitarian efforts relating to the recent attacks on America...more

The Carlisle Conservation Commission (ConsCom) gave a firm "no" to a request from the board of selectmen to allow a balloon test on the Malcolm Open Space Parcel, in order to determine its suitability as a cell tower site. At their September 22 meeting, Commission members indicated that there appeared to be no rationale for the procedure, given that they would not subsequently approve a tower installation, even if the results were satisfactory to the telecom companies...more

Kirk Ware, chairman of the board of trustees of the Congregational Church, appeared at the board of health on September 25, for the sixth time. Board of health consulting engineer Rob Frado has completed his review of the church expansion with no conditions. Chairman Steve Opolski asked if there would be "candy canes," those little hook-like plastic pipes in the field. Frado explained that they would not be needed because the system is downhill from the church. The board unanimously approved the design, which will enable a building permit and allow the church to start the bidding process...more

Berry Corner Lane, a shady byway that belies its pastoral title, is the continuing locus of turmoil. Five owner/residents of the private way confronted the conservation commission September 27, facing five members whose demeanor suggested no desire to go another round. A discordant exchange resulted, with the unhappy plaintiffs leaving empty handed...more

Twenty-eight residents of the Tall Pines subdivision, exasperated by perceived planning board stalling on approval of their roads, faced the board again on Monday night. After a short debate, the board voted unanimously to send a letter to the board of selectmen stating that there are potential "defects" within the town's right of way. All members concurred that determination of any defect is the responsibility of the selectmen...more

2001 The Carlisle Mosquito