The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, May 3, 2002


The blue Town Warrant book that arrived in the mail last week offered no rosy pictures of town finances for the next fiscal year and beyond. "Carlisle is entering a period where revenues, not 'level-service expenditures,' must drive the budget," the Carlisle Finance Committee (FinCom) warned in its letter to Carlisle voters. Slower town revenue growth and significantly reduced state reimbursements, coupled with skyrocketing costs for health insurance and other benefits will leave many town departments close to their FY02 budget levels, unless the town approves a Proposition 2-1/2 override at Town Meeting, starting next Monday, May 6, and at the town election the following week, on May 14. ...more

In the event that the Meeting overflows the Auditorium, there will be a second meeting room in the cafeteria. If you are making a presentation with visuals, you must have a second set of visuals to be presented in the second room by your own assistant, simultaneously. If you do not have a second set, you may not use the first set in the first room. ...more

Following up on recommendations made by Professor Brian Donahue of Brandeis University in a March appearance here, the conservation commission invited Region II state forester Guy LaChance to talk with them about forest management at their April 25 meeting. Donahue, a founder of Thoreau Country Forest, a coalition of public and private landowners and conservation organizations advocating coordinated protection and management of forests and open spaces in the suburban setting, obviously inspired his local audience. ...more

The Carlisle Conservation Commission (ConsCom) voted unanimously to support retention of the 2% surcharge on tax assessments above an automatic $100,000 exemption, as approved at last year's Town Meeting. The surcharge, which in its first year qualified the town for matching funds under the state's Community Preservation Act, brought in $215,758 and is slated to be matched by $216,000 from state coffers. ...more

This year Concord-Carlisle High School (CCHS) students studying physics are able to understand and apply certain rules of the science with new precise measurement tools thanks to a grant funded by the Concord Educational Fund. The grant, in the amount of $10,150, was given to the science department to buy equipment used in optics labs, which study the reflection and refraction of light, focal points of objects and other optical studies in physics. ...more

Community members, friends and relatives are invited to a book signing by award-winning author, biographer and historian Natalie Bober. The event will take place on Tuesday evening, May 7 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Carlisle School library. Booklist states of Mrs. Bober's most recent book, Countdown to Independence: A Revolution of Ideas in England and Her American Colonies, "She writes with an almost cinematic attention to physical detail, describing the rooms where revolutionary milestones took place and even the weather outside the windows. The result is a compelling, yet scholarly resource that places readers at the center of the action, encouraging them to learn about the historic events and people, care about them, and, perhaps, learn more by investigating the extensive bibliography. Even readers raised on political cynicism will come away feeling stirred by this powerful, exciting story of their government's birth." ...more

Recently Boston Magazine, letters to the editor of the Mosquito, political campaign flyers, school committee members and many concerned citizens have all tried to compare the cost per K-8 student in the Carlisle Public Schools with that in comparable towns. Most of these comparisons are incorrect as there is no standard method for calculating total costs. In some towns certain school costs are included in the town budget. ...more

The CCHS Chorus topped off their spring vacation week by competing in Norfolk Virginia on April 19 in the North American Music Festival and dominating all categories in which they competed. Eighty-five CCHS students competed in the Combined Chorus, Men's ensemble and Women's ensemble categories against high schools from all over the eastern United States including New York, Ohio, North Carolina and Florida. The judges, all of whom teach at the college level and work with professional choruses, gave the CCHS groups "gold medal status with superior distinction." These are the highest honors ever awarded. ...more

Two energetic members of the Carlisle Garden Club have developed a plan to restore elm trees to the town common. Eunice Knight and Alison Saylor presented the restoration proposal at the historical commission's regular meeting on April 23. The garden club has approved and funded the project as well as the cost of installation, which will occur later this spring. ...more

The audience that nearly filled Union Hall to hear a panel discussion of "Economic Globalization" must have driven home somewhat dazed by the complexity of the concept, but with a truckload of food for thought. The speakers, Oxfam America president Ray Offenheiser, International Monetary Fund (IMF) technical assistance advisor Neils Larsen and Northern Alliance for Fair Employment coordinator Tim Costello, brought a wealth of first-hand experience to the table. The panel was sponsored by the social action committee of the First Religious Society as part of an on-going exploration of issues of economic justice. Moderating was Carlisle selectman Tim Hult, who not only set the rules but posed a number of challenging questions to help frame the issues. ...more

WIQH, 88.3 FM, is the student-run radio station at the Concord-Carlisle High School. The station is on the air from 2:15 to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. You can catch two CCHS Patriots sporting events live on WIQH in the next week, including boy's lacrosse tonight and softball next Wednesday. ...more

Town Hall, 7:30 p.m.

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2002 The Carlisle Mosquito