The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, August 30, 2002

Family of Esther Wilson says thanks

To the Editor:

A sincere thanks to all for the extraordinary tributes given to the memory of our mother and grandmother. The Carlisle Fire Department, Carlisle Police Department, Robert Koning, Reverend Greer, Sarah Brophy, Jackie Hamilton and the Fireman's Wives organized a memorial day where friends, relatives and townspeople could reflect on Esther's role in Carlisle for over 50 years.

The day was like one had stepped back in time , as in Thornton Wilder's play, Our Town.

To express how deeply moved we are by your concerns and thoughtfulness is impossible. Thank you all most sincerely!

The Andreassen and Gillespie Families

D.A.R.E. needs public support

To the Editor:

The Carlisle Police Department has been an active member of the Massachusetts D.A.R.E. program for the last 12 years. D.A.R.E. was started in 1980 as a pilot program in Los Angeles, California and was designed to educate students on the dangers of tobacco, alcohol and drug abuse. The program focuses on seven major categories: cognitive information, recognizing pressures, refusal skills, consequential thinking and risk taking, interpersonal and communication skills, decision-making, and positive alternatives. Last year, D.A.R.E. reached over 36 million children in all 50 states and in 51 other countries. To date, over one thousand students from the Carlisle Public Schools have participated in and benefited from the D.A.R.E. program.

In my three years as a Carlisle Police officer, I have seen first-hand the positive impact the D.A.R.E. program has had on the children. This year our D.A.R.E. program is in jeopardy of being eliminated due to the recent state budget cuts. The police department had received $6000 annually for this program. I would like to continue the D.A.R.E. program and will be able to do so if I am able to raise the money.

If you support D.A.R.E., please consider a donation to the Carlisle Police D.A.R.E. Donations can be made in person at the Carlisle Police Station, 41 Lowell Street or by mail to "Carlisle Police D.A.R.E.," P.O. Box 821, Carlisle, MA, 01741.

Please help us keep this valuable program in place. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Scott W. Barnes
D.A.R.E. Officer

Building disposable houses

To the Editor:

I read with interest the letter written by the Zeisels in the August 16 issue of the Carlisle Mosquito. Having spent the first 18-plus years of my life in Carlisle, I too have witnessed the increases in population and development born of the unprece-dented economic bonanza of our time.

I share the Zeisels' concern about the Mc-mansionizing of Carlisle. I can remember a time when any new construction around town greater than 3000 square feet generated interest, awe, and in many cases admiration. These houses that we witness being built today, however, seem to have the opposite effect. What was once an object of tentative admiration is now a commonplace, and with that has come an awakening to what these monoliths are replacing: trees, wetlands, habitat and the small elegant dwellings so eschewed by the present generation. To speak only in terms of scale is to speak of our personal architectural tastes. But when our collective strive-for-the-prize results in the destruction of significant amounts of natural landscape, followed by the saturation of the newly turfed ground with chemicals to keep the eradicated floras at bay, it's not just our eyes that suffer.

There is also the question of quality. The demand for the volume of material needed to construct these outsized houses has resulted in new technologies used to produce fast-growing timber. The wood these new castles are being built of is lacking in structural integrity, as compared to the materials used in the past. Then there are the wood composites and plastic products which now make up a significant portion of modern residential construction. There is a debate within the construction world concerning the expected longevity of these new composite materials. Although they haven't been around long enough for their archival properties to be evaluated completely, some believe that homes built with these materials today may be too systemically weakened in forty or fifty years to be salvageable.

So, to the Zeisels I would say that therein lies a sort of perverse hope. We may not outlive these houses, but our descendents may see a time, not too far in the future, when these houses need to be razed. And who knows, maybe a light will turn on and they'll be replaced with modest, efficient, and above all, delightfully detailed and elegant homes.

Glenn Callahan
Johnson, Vermont

Realtor shouldn't be singled out

To the Editor:

I am writing in response to the Ziesels' letter to the editor, which appeared in the August 16 issue.

While their letter does raise valid points in regards to the effect of house teardowns on our community, the Ziesels are unfair in singling out one real estate agent. Ms. Baliestiero is not to blame for the teardowns; she is not building the large homes, rather doing her job to sell real estate.

Carlisle would benefit by adopting a bylaw to prohibit teardowns in order to keep what diversity there is. Perhaps the Ziesels' energies could be directed towards researching a way to control the demolition of smaller, affordable homes.

Susan J. Evans
Heald Road

2002 The Carlisle Mosquito