Friday, May 23, 2003
Old Home Day really needs help
To the Editor:
Carlisle's Old Home Day has been fortunate in attracting and keeping volunteers to bring us this special day now set for July 3 and 4. But year by year the amount of resources we need to pay the bills has steadily increased. And this year we just don't have the funds to meet all of our expenses, which cover rentals, entertainment, "facilities," cleanup, communications, prizes and awards, dunking booth and decorations. All of these support this year's events which will include:
Ice cream social
Pancake breakfast (it's back!)
Pie & bread baking contest
Cake decorating contest
Cakewalk and more music
Our expenses for these events aren't trivial and run around $1,500 to $2,000. If we could just encourage folks to donate a small tax-deductible amount of $5 or more, we know we can make all of this happen. If you would help us, please send a check made out to the Old Home Day Association and mail to 299 Heald Road.
We thank you in advance for your generosity in providing whatever help you can.
Old Home Day Committee
Come thank interim superintendent
To the Editor:
There are few well-qualified enthusiastic individuals whom you can ask to take on a very important responsibility on an interim basis. There are even fewer individuals whom you can ask to perform the same function a second time around. Dr. Eugene Thayer is one of those special individuals.
Four years ago, the Regional School Committee asked Dr. Thayer to step into the role of interim Superintendent of the Concord-Carlisle Regional School District. After years of exemplary service in leading the Lawrence and Framingham school systems, Gene stepped in and performed an outstanding job of guiding our schools. One year ago, the Regional School Committee, again facing the transition of school superintendents, asked Gene if he would help. He willingly and enthusiastically agreed.
During the past year, Gene has guided our schools through difficult times. Budget and operational issues have commanded a great deal of his time. He rose to the occasion, working tirelessly to maintain the excellence or our schools. During these difficult times, Gene has kept the educational needs and the well being of the children of the district first and foremost in all of the decisions he faced. He has done an outstanding job for our communities, and we owe him a great deal of thanks.
Please join with the Concord and Concord-Calisle School Committees in thanking Dr. Thayer for his service and dedication to our schools at a reception in his honor on Tuesday, June 3, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the CCHS library. All are invited to attend.
Michael Fitzgerald, chair
Concord-Carlisle Regional School Committee
Spring has sprung, and so has the threat of night flights
To the Editor:
For those of you struggling to hear the birds of spring over the din of jets, it's time to take notice of what's happening to Carlisle's air traffic and noise levels. Since 9/11, this area has been subject to a massive increase in corporate jet activity via Hanscom, as anyone spending any time out of doors can attest. Now, after approval of Massport's much-criticized Environmental Status and Planning Report, there's even more noise in store for local communities. The door is now open to cargo flights from the likes of FedEx, which is currently assessing the viability of Hanscom as an off-load site for Route 128 west deliveries. One of the reasons these guys are efficient is because they work (fly) at night, when you thought you might sleep. The contiguous towns of Bedford, Concord, Lexington and Lincoln have all been unanimously opposed to such expansion. We in Carlisle are equally affected and should not sit by complacently. Hanscom has the potential to easily become another LaGuardia Airport, and if Massport has its way, the health, lifestyle and property values of this region will change forever. Additionally, if one considers the increase in aircraft activities with the recent backdrop of a poor economy, just think of what Massport will send our way when business does pick up.
A sound aviation industry is an important ingredient in maintaining our region's socio-economic prowess, but without sustainable environmental and regional controls, we'll be undermining our long-term objectives as a community for the short-term benefit of a few. Current noise and air pollution standards for aircraft nationwide are still at appalling levels, especially for an environmentally-conscious town such as Carlisle. For information regarding Hanscom's impact on our local communities visit: Safeguarding the Historic Hanscom Area's Irreplaceable Resources at www.ShhAir.org and Save our Heritage at www.saveourheritage.com.
To learn more about the process and similar special interest expansionism in other areas of the country, pick up Rae Andre's book, Take Back the Sky, or sign onto www.us-caw.org, the web site for US Citizens Aviation Watch.
Thanks from Amari-Faulkner
To the Editor:
I wish to express my gratitude for all of the support I received during the election. As a relative newcomer to Carlisle, I was honored to have received such a strong endorsement at the polls. I believe this underlines that people have concern for more than just the "bottom line." This strong showing of confidence from voters emphasizes community concerns for our schools, seniors and the need to create a sense of community. I will continue to work as a citizen of Carlisle to enhance our town.
I am also grateful for the many phone calls and e-mails that I have received and continue to receive from residents.
Thank you to everyone who supported me as a candidate for the Board of Selectmen.
Pass It Forward Day thanks
To the Editor:
I'd like to thank everyone who participated in Pass It Forward Day last Saturday. It was a great success on all accounts. The representatives of the charities left with an abundance of donated items and many residents said they were glad to have a worthwhile place to bring their excess "stuff." I'd also like to thank the Household Recycling Committee for its willingness to sponsor this event, and Gary Davis, Herbert Campbell, and Thomas Hurley for their help at the transfer station.
The next time you see Mary Zoll, Mary Klinoff, Karen Morse, Carol Foster, and Jill Henderson, please give them a nod of appreciation for collecting, lugging, and transferring all of the donations.
Since all went well, we'll probably "Pass It Forward" again. If you would like to represent a charity at the next Pass It Forward Day, please contact me at 1-978-369-5291. In the meanwhile, if you just can't wait to discard some items, feel free to contact the Household Goods Recycling Ministry in Acton, House of Hope in Lowell, the Bedford Veteran's Hospital, and Boston AIDs Centers.
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