The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, December 7, 2001


Excerpts and summaries from town news in The Mosquito Volume Two - November 1973

Twenty-eight years ago Carlisle's newspaper had a very different look, but it covered the issues professionally and as shown below covered similar issues to the ones the Town is discussing now. It was pasted up from articles typed on various typewriters, illustrated by town children and collated by volunteers. The following are taken from the November 14, 1973 issue (Vol.2, No. 7

Town Meeting Fall 1973

A two-night Town Meeting brought out 368 voters the first night and 170 for the second round.

The voters turned down a plan presented by selectman Al Peckham to create a memorial park in the area next to the Texaco station.

But they did vote to acquire the 110 acres known as the Davis Corridor and the 8.9-acre "Wood Lot" belonging to the First Religious Society and the Davis-Banta land.

"There are no immediate plans for the site, which could accommodate a school for 900 students, but the town would have centrally located land with good drainage for any future school building needs."

-Mr. Shay of the school committee speaking at the November 1973 Town Meeting.

State still pursuing Carlisle Park

The stateis still negotiating with Mr. Farnham Smith with the view of acquiring a large part of his land for a state park

Editor Bonnie Miskolczy encouraged more townspeople to come out to Town Meetings where important decisions are made. "We think that the town officials are to be commended for their hard work and courage.Perhaps the increasing sophistication of the presentations at the Meeting indicates not only the dedication but also the expertise of the selectmen and the town's volunteer committees: school, conservation, planning, bicentennial and master planning, which continue to give great service to the town at no cost."

"We on the Mosquito staff are working to encourage greater citizen participation. We can't cast your vote for you, and we aren't quite yet ready to try cable TV."

Animal lovers unite!

But don't bring

your pets

...The selectmen will have an open house in Spalding Auditorium Owners of horses, dogs, cats and other pets are invited to attendto discuss problems related to these types of animals and to give animal owners a chance to come up with recommendations on how to deal with them. The selectmen are trying to avoid more bylaws and regulations.

New Laws Concerning Bicycling (1973)

Chief Richard Hersey submitted the following: Carlisle bicyclists should be advised that effective December 1, 1973, the new Massachusetts laws concerning a bicycle's legal rights on the road include:

a) Bicyclists are required to ride in single file with the flow of traffic and obey all traffic signs and signals.

b) Bicyclists are required to give hand signalsand must yield the right of way to pedestrians.

c) Bicyclists must use and give an audible warning signal when necessary via bell, horn or voice.

d) All new bicycles sold after January 1, 1974 will be required to meet certain equipment standards. These include proper brakes, proper lights, and proper reflective devices.

e) After dark, no bicycle, old or new, can be operated without front, rear, side and pedal reflective materials.

These and other bicycle laws will be strictly enforced in the Town of Carlisle. Violation can lead to court action with fines of up to $20. If the violator of bicycle laws is under age 18, the bicycle can be impounded for 15 days.

Parents of Carlisle children are requested to advise their youngsters of the new laws.

Marilyn Harte, chairman of the Bike/Foot/Woods Path Committee, added more of the state's rules including:

Main exemptions for bicycles from the motor vehicle rules of the road are:

Bicycles may pass cars on the right.

In case of an accidentwith a motor vehicle, the bicyclist is treated as a pedestrian.

Outside business districts, bicycles may be ridden on sidewalks where there are no bike paths.


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