The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, October 12, 2001


A frustrated cable committee, accompanied by representatives of AT&T, appeared again before the board of selectmen on October 9 with a proposed contract from AT&T Broadband, significantly different from what was presented on September 18. On that date, Darice Wareham and Paul Gill received congratulations from the board as they reported significant concessions on the part of AT&T, whose contract for cable service to Carlisle expires October 14. ...more

Many familiar faces gathered at the Carlisle Board of Appeals' October 2 meeting to discuss the siting of the proposed American Tower 150-foot monopine cellular tower at 622 Bedford Road. With each meeting, the cellular companies along with American Tower Corporation trot out increasing numbers of lawyers, engineers, spokespeople, construction managers, and crew chiefs to present their case. On the other hand, more and more residents, abutters, and friends show up to state how strongly they are against granting the variances necessary for the application to proceed to the next stage. As a result, the meeting was moved to the Corey auditorium to accommodate the more than 60 people in attendance. ...more

Traffic on Westford Street was jammed all week as drivers stopped and smiled at the 340 sheep munching the weeds and grasses on Towle Field. The munchers, who had chomped their way into the hearts of patrons of Towle Field and the Spencer Brook Reservation last month, re-turned for a second visit on Columbus Day. The flock is owned by Dick Henry of Bellwether Solutions, a vegetation management company that rents the sheep to control noxious plants and weeds, such as the poison ivy and buckthorn growing on Carlisle's conservation lands. ...more

Local legislators who attended Minuteman Advisory Group on Interlocal Coordination's (MAGIC) October legislative breakfast expressed little or no joy about the FY02 state budget. Lexington representative Jay Kaufman summed up the dismal financial picture when he said, "It is difficult to speak of progress and the state budget in the same sentence," and went on to talk about "a very serious bit of belt-tightening ahead." ...more

Paul Gill of the cable committee uses phrases like "hard to deal with," "stonewalling," and "you can't expect much" when describing negotiations with AT&T Broadband. Unfortunately, there are few short-term alternatives. "We've been open to a secondary bidder," says Gill, "but so far there's been no candidate. The revenue prospects are too small." In the longer term, he expects towns with similar dissatisfactions to develop consortiums to enhance their negotiating positions with cable providers. "That's where I think towns will make inroads." He also points out that AT&T Broadband may soon be sold, and Carlisle may have an opportunity to negotiate concessions when asked to approve transferring the contract to the future buyer. ...more

The Concord-Carlisle Boys Under 12 Strikers soccer team snapped a losing streak with a commanding victory at Medford United two Saturdays ago. After a close loss to North Reading a week earlier, the Strikers dominated play from the opening possession, amassing thirty shots on goal by game's end. Only exceptional play from the Medford goalkeepers kept the Striker tally in single digits. The final score was 6-1. ...more

The conservation restriction advisory committee (CRAC) is looking for a Carlisle resident to complete the seven-member committee. This committee coordinates the negotiation, writing, approval and monitoring of conservation restrictions in Carlisle. It meets with landowners and developers to create the official legal documents that must be filed with the Commonwealth of Mass. Executive Office of Environmental Affairs. This committee also walks each restriction periodically. ...more

Two projects that will contribute to Carlisle's wooded trails received a grateful nod from the Conservation commission on September 27. Two Eagle Scout candidates requested approval of plans for trail improvements in the Davis Corridor and at Great Brook Farm State Park. Bedford Scout Brian Coppola discussed specifications for re-routing a portion of the Tophet Loop Trail in the park, and Richard Bruce proposed installation of a 50-foot- long boardwalk in a section of Two Rod Road near where it enters Estabrook Woods. ...more

At its meeting on October 4 the board of appeals faced three requests for variances, two of which were approved. ...more

· Notes from Davida. Carlisle Schools Superintendent Davida Fox-Melanson gave her report to the Carlisle School Committee (CSC) meeting on October 2, noting that this year's spaghetti supper appeared to be the best-attended ever. Her first Dialogue with Davida was also well-attended, with participants asking interesting questions. Due to recent events, all school field trips to large cities have been cancelled. Regarding professional days, Fox-Melanson noted that although Katie Wood Ray, a respected reading specialist, is unavailable for a professional day in February, teachers Donna Clapp (second grade) and Susan Helenius-LaPorte (reading specialist) will use the course they took this summer to run an exciting seminar. ...more

Anyone who attended Mary Leonhardt's discussion of homework last year (or didn't attend and later heard how great it was) will be pleased to hear she is back. This time the subject is reading, and from her perspective as a Concord-Carlisle High School English teacher, mother, and author of several books, including Parents Who Love Reading, Kids Who Don't and 99 Ways to Get Kids to Love Reading, she will address the topic "How to Get Your Kids to Love Reading." Leonhardt's approach is practical, experienced, and incorporates compassion for the difficult job of parenting, particularly in a community where pressure is constant and high achievement expected. Carlisle parents with students of any age are invited to join the Carlisle School Association (CSA) at the school library on Thursday, October 18 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. The talk is sponsored by the CSA, the parent-teacher organization of the Carlisle School, and will be prefaced by a business meeting at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Call Valerie Traynor, CSA president, at 1-978-369-3440 with any questions.

The CCHS Parents' Association (PA) is soliciting fall grant proposals. Twice each year the PA awards grants for programs, equipment and activities that benefit CCHS students and enhance their learning experience. ...more

On Thursday October 18, before the Mary Leonhardt program, the CSA will hold a business meeting to approve the 2001-02 budget. All board and committee members are asked to attend prepared to briefly defend their requests. There will also be adiscussion on what to do with funds for replacing the "Mexican Forge" play equipment for K-2. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the school library. Board or committee heads unable to attend are asked to contact Beth Platt at 1-978-369-4982.

The talents of thirty-five Concord-Carlisle High School students will be showcased at a Broadway Cabaret on Saturday, October 20, at 7:30 p.m. at the high school. ...more

An original 11-piece choral concert to benefit breast cancer research will be performed by the Concord-Carlisle High School chorus on Wednesday, October 24, at 7:30 p.m. in the CCHS auditorium. The concert features survivors' monologues. There is a suggested donation of $10 per ticket. All proceeds benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Call 1-978-318-1417, ext. 151, to reserve tickets.

Due to problems associated with lack of transportation and unavailability of volunteers, changes have been made with the scheduled October 13 foam drop-off hosted by the Carlisle Household Recycling Committee. ...more

Fall classes for adults are underway, including tennis, basketball, yoga, Pilates, fitness training, T'Ai Chi, watercolor and 60-minute workout. Spaces are still available in fitness training II (beginning November 6), T'Ai Chi II (beginning November 28) and basketball session II (beginning November 27). ...more

The Concord-Carlisle Community Partnership for Children announces that there are funds available to help working families afford the cost of quality child care. The Concord Children's Center is administering the program which is funded by a grant from the Department of Education. The program offers tuition assistance for eligible families. To be eligible, both parents must be working either full or part time, and meet the state mandated income requirements. They also must have their child enrolled in one of the participating child care centers­The Barn Cooperative Nursery School, The Concord Carousel Program, The Children's Meetinghouse, The Milldam Nursery School, The Carlisle Children's Center, The Carlisle Pre-School, The Children's Place, and The Concord Children's Center­or with one of the participating family day care providers. For more information about tuition assistance or other services being offered by the Community Partnership, call Kathy Clark at 1-978-287-6175.

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