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Friday, August 16, 2002

Amanda Hickman and her son Lucas are busy at the water pump down at their garden plot on Foss Farm. This hasn't been an easy summer to keep the plants watered and happy. See more on Foss Farm garden plots on page 8. (Photo by Cynthia Sorn)

At its meeting on August 1 the Carlisle Board of Appeals (BOA) voted unanimously to grant four of the five variances needed to push along the Woodward/Anderegg application to construct a cell tower on their land off Bedford Road. With the essential variances in hand, the applicants now must apply to the planning board for a permit to construct the tower. The BOA denied the applicants' fifth variance to construct a lattice-type tower rather than a monopole, which is required by Carlisle by-laws. ...more

Residents fear impact of 90-home development on Carlisle-Acton line
The Acton Planning Board may decide as early as Monday, August 26, to give the go-ahead to the Robbins Mill Estates subdivision, owned by Liberty Trust, which abuts the western boundary of Carlisle near West Street, Acton Street, Log Hill Road and Woodland Road. A number of Carlisle residents who attended the Acton hearings have expressed concern that the subdivision's 90 five-bedroom houses would have a serious impact on Carlisle in terms of increased traffic as well as possible groundwater contamination. ...more

The deadline to register to vote in the September 17, 2002, State Primary is August 28, 2002 at 8 p.m. ...more

Getting married during the 18th and 19th centuries was accomplished in a different style than it is today. Couples usually married on a weekday; a Carlisle wedding was likely to take place on a Tuesday or Thursday, seldom on a weekend. Brides wore their best dress regardless of color, and the color was often black instead of white. Simon Willard's daughter Elizabeth wore a red silk brocade dress when she married Carlisle's Robert Blood in 1653. Celebrations might vary from none at all to a gathering with family and friends, complete with dinner and dancing. Some couples did not "go to housekeeping" immediately after the wedding, instead living separately for weeks or even months until the situation was convenient for all involved. ...more

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