The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, February 6, 2004

Move quietly around wildlife

To the Editor:

I read the "I'm sorry, deer" Forum article, and my first response was horror. "I'm sorry, Mr. Green" . . . but you could have had the deer leave on his own by quietly going out, opening the gate and discreetly reentering your home. The deer without being put in a panic by three people would have eventually found the open gate to amble off and continue his life.

It would have taken perhaps a little more patience on your part to wait for his natural instincts of escape to find the opening, but I am certain that without the disturbance of being chased, he would have departed safely to his freedom.

Joan Rolfe
A Carlisle Animal Lover
Nowell Farm Road

Excerpt from a letter sent to the Board of the Concord Bookshop

To the Editor:

Surely there is no better bookstore in the Boston area than the Concord Bookshop. In what other bookstore do we feel so completely at home, so addicted to wandering in off the street to browse among the new books, ask about old ones, leaf through the art books, buy a title we've heard about or just talk about books with managers Jane Dawson, Carol Stoltz and Dale Szczeblowski, and with all the regular staff members — Gary Cowan, Martha Holland, Yoma Ingraham, Jane Jacobs, Nancy Jandl, Ellen Jarrett, Anne Miley, Leslie Riedel, Sue Roos, Christine Ryan, Binnie Smith, Betsy Spaulding, Susannah Vazehgoo, Anne Wagner and Robin Wilkerson.

At a time when so many independent bookstores are being crowded out of business, why does this one continue to thrive? Surely it is the pleasure and down-home comfort that we as customers enjoy in its exceptional staff, the very heart and soul of the bookshop. Most particularly we cherish Dale Szczeblowski and hold

him in the highest regard, as do his colleagues in the New England Booksellers Association, of which he is vice president. In the national organization of the ABA, Dale has been chosen to join the Booksellers Advisory Council.

We appreciate the fact that in the general downturn of the economy the owners of the bookstore must be concerned with profit and loss, but we earnestly believe that a change in the superb staff — the loss of Dale and the resignations of other important staff members — would have a bad effect on the bottom line.

Joanne Arnoud of the Boston Literacy Foundation, Priscilla Deck of ArtsAroundBoston, and authors Ann and Warner Berthoff, Al Blanchard, Nancy Bond, Claiborne Dawes, David Herbert Donald, Aida D. Donald, Stona Fitch, Kate Flora, Richard and Doris Kearns Goodwin, Gary Goshgarian, Alice Hoffman, Dorothy M. and X. J. Kennedy, Stephen Krensky, Jane Langton, Betty Levin, Gregory Maguire, Larry Millman, John Hanson Mitchell, Andy Newman, Susan Oleksiw, Katherine Hall Page, Philip Pullman, Barbara Shapiro, Vicki Stiefel, Bill Tapply, Maggie and Dan Terris

Will the public have a vote in shaping town's development

on Parcel A?

To the Editor:

Some South Street residents have been reading, with much interest and surprise, about the proposed purchase by the town of the Benfield Parcel A land.

This idea seems to have suddenly surfaced publicly. Though, an article of Mosquito 1/16/04 does mention that there has been discussion among the CCF, CPC, ConsCom, FinCom and Selectmen about using CPA funds to purchase 45 acres on South Street that is already slated for an ANR development.

I believe the purchase proposal would leave 24 acres of the land for open and passive recreational use, while 21 acres would be available for possibly 40 or more units of affordable housing and playing fields.

While 40 or more units of affordable housing might give Carlisle a 2-3 year break from developers being able to use Chapter 40B, what will the costs be to the town?

If the town pays $2 million for the land, who then pays to build the housing? Who pays the ongoing maintenance and the ongoing management costs of this many units of housing? Does the need then exist for a new town personnel position and if so, who pays for that?

Do these units, if town-owned, contribute to the town tax base? What is the cost if a possible 80 students were to enter the school from just this one development?

Forty is the possible number of affordable housing units that some residents of South Street have heard is being discussed. However, no one privy to the proposal has, to date, deemed it worthwhile to inform or open any dialogue with abutters or South Street residents.

We all need to understand all facets and implications of an undertaking of this magnitude. If we vote based on incomplete and/or vague or unknown information or plans, with what could we be potentially stuck?

Lynne Carpenito
South Street

2004 The Carlisle Mosquito