The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, October 26, 2001

Mosquito Mail

Walk organizers say thanks

To the Editor:

Where do we begin? We owe so many thanks to so many people who helped make the Walk for Heroes such a wonderful success. We'll start by thanking the many community members who so generously offered their support.

David Flannery's efforts were boundless. The Popolo family did a phenomenal job creating posters and flyers. Luanne Chiotelis spearheaded the Carlisle Parents Connection's many contributions. The Carlisle Minutemen provided a heartwarming, patriotic flair to the Walk. Bethany Kennedy, Jennifer Trebino, Charlie and Christina Cornish, and Danielle Geoffroy were instrumental in decorating and setting up. Special thanks also go to the Reed family, Susan Mills, and the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts for their unsolicited yet very welcome support.

Many companies generously donated products and services, including the Carlisle Public Schools, Concepts Unlimited, Inc., Welch's, Bagels Plus, Bedford Flowers, the Carlisle Mosquito, Daisy's Market, Express Sign & Graphics, and Rose of Sharon.

Last but not least, we'd like to thank the children, parents, grandparents and other community members who participated in the walk. Your enthusiasm was contagious. We came together to share an afternoon in our truly exceptional little town, all the while helping children, men and women who lost loved ones on September 11. We allowed our children to meet heroes and be heroes, as they helped raise approximately $15,000 for the New York Police and Fire Departments' children and widows. God Bless America and God Bless Carlisle!

Ellen Davin, Beth Bourque,
Marcy Guttadauro, Denise Dray
and Judy Guild

Let's find a reasonable solution

The following letter was sent to the board of the Carlisle Elderly Housing Association. It is printed here with permission.

To the Board of Directors:

Unfortunately your second change in date for the meeting open to the public to discuss the status of the Sleeper Room has been scheduled at a time when I am unable to attend.

I would like also to refresh everyone's memory. The Sleeper Room was constructed in the early '80s with public funds from Farmers' Home Administration and private money proceeds from a community show and individual donations. The room was designed so that there would be a community room available for both the residents of Village Court and the Carlisle community, large enough for elderly community needs. For almost 20 years this room has been the "Meeting Room" for seniors as well as for many other groups in town. What town organization hasn't used it? The seniors use it for blood pressure and flu clinics, senior gatherings, parties, the men's breakfasts, town appreciation events, exercise classes, and the Drop Inns, a social and educational time for the seniors. The kitchen has been used and appreciated but never in an excessive way.

However, why should concerns now about the kitchen cause the cancellation of programs that have been scheduled regularly and happily for 15 years? There are Carlisle residents who count on, need, or find the Drop Inns and the men's breakfasts an extremely important part of their lives. The programs developed by the COA director and the outreach coordinator are thoughtfully planned.

Everyone affected by your decision: the members of the Carlisle Council on Aging, Carlisle seniors, the residents of Village Court, are in the programs voluntarily. It is a way for seniors to have friendships, activity and feel more connected to the community. An incident like this can be very defeating to an already fragile and isolated population.

Having to disrupt services and events is no way to solve an issue. Hopefully town board heads will find a reasonable solution so the COA can continue with its fine programs.

Lee Milliken
former COA Outreach Coordinator
founder of the Drop Inn lunches

Keep Sleeper Room open

To the Editor:

The reality of the Sleeper Room being closed for the COA luncheons, men's breakfasts and other community events is of concern to many of us in Carlisle. What makes Carlisle such a special town is that it manages to address the needs and interest of all its citizens regardless of age.

With Carlisle's history of problem-solving and ingenuity, I am confident that a solution can be found that is in compliance with health regulations and insurance requirements. Issues regarding future use of the Sleeper Room will be discussed at the meeting of the Carlisle Elderly Housing Association at the Sleeper Room on Monday, October 29. The meeting will be open to the public between 7:30 and 8 p.m.

Estelle Keast
Westford Street

ConsCom thanks the trails committee and DPW

To the Editor:

The Carlisle Conservation Commission thanks the trails committee and department of public works for their hard work on town conservation land during the past several months.

Over fifty trees and a thick growth of shrubs needed to be cleared from the Greenough Dam prior to the engineering study for the dam repair. The trails committee, working four weekend days, felled and de-limbed the trees, mostly hardwoods. Gary Davis and his DPW crew chipped countless piles of brush, and also mowed both sides of the dam. Clearing vegetation from the dam will stabilize the dam and help the dam engineer to better assess its condition.

The trails committee diligently maintains over 40 miles of trails in town, and not only keeps trails clear of brush, but also constructs boardwalks in muddy areas and posts trail markers.

In addition to the dam work, over the past year Gary Davis and his DPW crew have removed brush at the entrances to Towle Field, Foss Farm, and Bisbee Land, providing better visibility, and have spread wood chips at various trail entrances.

Both the trails committee and the DPW have worked tirelessly on behalf of town conservation lands. Carlisle is truly fortunate to have such dedicated people.

Tom Brownrigg
Chairman, ConsCom

Deny cell tower variances

To the Editor:

We are writing in regard to the matter before the zoning board of appeals of approving variances to our town cell tower bylaw to an applicant proposing a cell tower on residential land at 662 Bedford Road.

Our cell tower bylaw requires a 900-foot buffer area with no dwellings in it. There are 21 homes within 900 feet of the proposed cell tower at 662 Bedford Road. The request for variance of that 900-foot buffer, along with the number of lot line variances asked for (at least 3) constitute an egregious assault on the neighborhood and on the spirit of our town bylaw. The variances being requested are not on the order of 4 feet or even 40 feet but 400-foot variances!

It is evident that a cell tower is coming to Carlisle. If all of the variances requested by the application at 662 Bedford Road are granted, there will be numerous lots in numerous neighborhoods in our town which by precedent will suddenly become candidates for a cell tower and the tempting financial benefits a cell tower lease offers. We do not believe that scenario to be the original intent of our town cell tower bylaw.

We have many laws that we as neighbors must abide by to protect our property values and our neighborhoods. The cell tower bylaw is meant to do the same. If these variances are granted the cell tower bylaw will be effectively gutted.

The variances (all of them) should be denied. The town is currently looking at sites on town land (which would bring in much-needed revenue) and would satisfy the town bylaw. Most of our town-owned land also comes under the jurisdiction of the conservation commission and unfortunately they have not as yet shown signs of working with the town to solve this problem which will affect us all.

If the conservation commission chooses not to help solve this problem, then we need one or two or three (or more) private landowners with about 60 acres of land, in areas of town that the cell towers need to be and with no dwelling within 900 feet of the tower to step forward. Otherwise, there may very well be a 150-foot-high cell tower coming to your neighborhood and literally to your backyard.

John and Cynthia Nock
Canterbury Court

Good cell phone service necessary

To the Editor:

I am writing in support of all my fellow cell phone users who live on a daily basis with poor service due to the lack of tower facilities within the Carlisle borders. Although we live in the "woods", it would greatly surprise me if the majority of Carlisle homes did not have at least one cell phone available for the convenience and security that wireless service provides.

Unlike the issues with our pathetic cable service and total lack of high speed Internet access however, we as a town have the capacity to improve our wireless communications.

And, yes, not all of us will be impacted in just positive ways.

I have personally reviewed the Bedford Road proposed site, and the before and after pictures do suggest the need for some reasonable variances, but the greatest impact appears to be the distant proximity to a tower and antenna system masquerading as an unattractive artificial pine tree. Taller than most, and not up to Carlisle pine tree standards, it is still orders of magnitude more attractive than a shiny metal structure in any other part of town.

I would ask that our town committees consider the administration of cell tower construction as a priority, while assuring the adjacent families and community at large that any necessary variances are minimal compared to the positive impact of reliable wireless telephone service to Carlisle residents.

Walter Hickman
Concord Street

Donate Halloween candy to the center

To the Editor:

Halloween is next week, and my young boys are looking forward to trick-or-treating. But, our street has houses up long, dark driveways so, once again, we will be knocking on doors in the center of town.

Last year, houses in the center handed out candy to 300 children. (Contrast that to the five costumed souls who made it to my front door.) Many residents also dress up and do a great job of decorating their houses. For the last two years, I've asked families who are planning on trick-or-treating in the town center to contribute a bag of candy to show the center's residents how much we appreciate them opening their homes to Carlisle's children.

You can drop off a bag of candy at Daisy's Market any time before the 31st. Dale Ryder, who lives in the center, will distribute the candy to her neighbors.

Terry Golson
Sunset Road

Tot Lot for tots only

To the Editor:

It has been brought to the recreation commission's attention that children over the age of 3 are enjoying the Diment Tot Lot. The Tot Lot is designed for children age five and under. Although it is tempting for parents who are spectators to games on Spalding Field to allow their seven- to ten-year-olds to play in the Tot Lot, it is not appropriate to do so. Unsupervised children should not be in the Tot Lot area. Help keep the Tot Lot safe and an appropriate environment for preschool-age children.

Recreation commissioner

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