The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, November 9, 2001


After months of trying to come up with an alternative site for the new wastewater treatment facility needed for the Carlisle School, the school building committee has settled on the lower Banta-Davis field off Bedford Road as the only suitable town land within a reasonable proximity of the school. ...more

Over 100 signatures were obtained for a Warrant article by petition to place the 69 acres of the Town Forest under a conservation restriction. The article will be voted on at Town Meeting November 27. The restriction would thwart the plans of the housing authority, which has presented a Warrant article for a $15,000 study to assess the feasibility and cost of siting 12 to 24 units of affordable housing on that land. ...more

Results of the MCAS (Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System) exams were released last Thursday. Carlisle students in grades four and eight took both English/language arts (ELA) and math exams. Eighth-graders were also tested in history and social science, and given a new exam in science, technology and engineering, replacing the science test administered in past years. Since this was a new exam which included material not covered in most school curricula, the MCAS board did not report the scores. ...more

Carlisle's state representative, Republican Carol Cleven, was jolted last week, as the state Senate approved a redistricting plan that would splinter her district, leaving her to run against incumbent Democrat Thomas A. Golden of Lowell. Since Carlisle constitutes one "precinct," it cannot be split and will remain in the 14 ...more

Town residents, frustrated by the years it is taking to solve the wastewater problems at the school, have asked: ...more

Facing a Town Meeting with a number of potentially controversial issues, the board of selectmen took time at its October 30 meeting to fine-tune the eight Warrant articles. (See final version of the Warrant on page 13.) ...more

Congressman Marty Meehan, while introducing fellow representative John Lewis to a CCHS audience last week, vented his frustration over "the House of Representative's big mistake," the recent partisan debate on the Airport Security Bill. ...more

FinCom member Tony Allison anticipates his committee will not support the article. "This land could be sold for at least eight to ten million dollars. Placing this piece of land under a conservation restriction would reduce its value as an asset, possibly to zero." ...more

"Hold on to your dreams, do what you can to make our country, our society, a better place." Congressman John Lewis (D-GA), holder of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Nonviolent Peace Prize and the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award, spoke these words to the full student body of Concord-Carlisle High School in a presentation on November 5. Social studies teacher Joe Zellner, who was instrumental in arranging Congressman Lewis's visit as part of the school's Second Annual Distinguished Speaker lecture series, began by introducing Massachusetts Congressman Marty Meehan. Meehan said he was delighted to welcome his fellow congressman to Concord, saying Lewis is "one of the leaders of the twenty-first century." Noting that Lewis has fought for economic justice, Meehan added, "Democracy only works when people like you speak out for what is just." ...more

A public hearing was held in conjunction with the October 30 selectmen's meeting in preparation for a Warrant article for acceptance of the Tall Pines subdivision roads, Hutchins Road, Kimball Road, and Barnes Place. ...more

Each year, to add to the MCAS madness, the Boston Globe combines arbitrarily selected MCAS scores for each school district and uses the totals to create a competitive ranking. Last year, when the Globe added the average English/language arts, math, and science scores for the fourth, eighth, and tenth grades, Carlisle's fourth and eighth grades were the highest in the state. ...more

Senator Susan Fargo announced the awarding of a $22,138 grant for the New England Mountain Bike Association's (NEMBA) Trail Care & Assistance project. The Massachusetts Recreational Trails Program grant will be used for bike patrol at Great Brook Farm State Park, the Lynn Woods, and the Middlesex Fells Reservation. "I congratulate NEMBA on its dedication to local bike trails," commented the senator, "and for its success in developing safe trails." ...more

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